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  • News Sky Skipper Arcade Restoration Revealed To The World

    Impressive work

    Keen readers of Nintendo Life may remember our report on the Sky Skipper project, an ambitious quest by UK-based Alex Crowley and US-based Whitney Roberts to save an almost lost piece of Nintendo arcade history. That piece of history is Sky Skipper, one of a number of arcades planned to arrive after the DK success story. It was...

  • Feature Is Tokyo's Arcade Scene Really Dying?

    Roland Ingram gives us a tour of Japan's coin-op underworld

    “I know Tokyo arcades are dying out, but are they easy to find?” I was asked this question recently by an author researching a Street Fighter book. Dying out?! Maybe – but there’s a long way to go.  Stand with me outside the Shinjuku Minami-guchi branch of the Taito Station...




  • Anniversary Donkey Kong is Now 35 Years Old

    When Mr. Video rescued Pauline

    We suspect that Shigeru Miyamoto and some veteran colleagues in Nintendo will be raising a glass this weekend in honour of Donkey Kong, as the arcade arrived in Japan on 9th July 1981 - 35 years ago. It was its impact in North America when it landed at the end of that month, however, which proved particularly vital to...



  • News Pokémon Ga-Olé Bringing Plastic Card Battling Action To Japanese Arcades This July


    A short time ago, we reported on the news that a fresh Pokémon arcade title was coming to Japan. We've now got more details on the unit - named Pokémon Ga-Olé - which is due to arrive in Japanese amusement centers this July. Developed by Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. and Marvelous AQL, Ga-Olé uses plastic cards for its 'mon battling action and...

  • Feature A Night at the Arcade

    Mitch Vogel on the experience of gaming in a simpler time

    As a millennial, I was born long after the great heyday of arcades, but it was something that always fascinated me. It was bizarre to think that there was a time before home consoles were so prevalent when the typical video game fan would grab a fistful of quarters and pop down to the arcade...










  • Video Gengar Confirmed as a Fighter in Pokkén Tournament

    Fingers crossed for a Wii U release

    Pokkén Tournament is an intriguing new project from Bandai Namco. A game that aims to blend the Pokémon series with traditional fighter action; it has so far only been confirmed to release in Japanese arcades, with no word of a Western launch to be found. Given the console-like controller that will feature on...






  • News Luigi's Mansion Arcade May Potentially Be a Thing in Japan

    Can you survive the night?

    Arcade machines are a medium that has waned in the West over the past few decades, but it's still an important part of Japanese gaming. An eagle-eyed Japanese blogger spied an interesting poster advertising an arcade machine that seems to be heavily based on the second entry in the Luigi's Mansion series, with the...





  • News Mario Kart Arcade GP DX Now Available To Play At Dave & Busters

    Never drink and drive, kids

    Last year we announced the good news that Mario Kart Arcade GP DX would be hitting Western arcades some time in 2014. While everyone has been busy revving their engines in anticipation, the popular chain of arcade/bar/restaurant/super-fun-place Dave & Busters recently announced that it'll be stocking the machines...



  • Ninterview Stepping Into The Nintendo Arcade

    Alex Crowley tells us about collecting cabinets and his love for DK

    When gamers refer to and discuss retro gaming, we suspect that in most cases the conversation revolves around ageing consoles, cartridges and CDs; occasionally, the debate may even revert to libraries and choices on services such as Nintendo's Virtual Consoles. Yet an integral part...

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    Review Life Force

    A force to be reckoned with

    The space shooter is a genre that has somewhat faded into obscurity in recent years, both due to advances in technology rendering their limited scope obsolete and their typically gruelling difficulty proving unpalatable to some gamers. The NES port of Life Force, (or Salamander, as it was originally known on Eastern...



  • News Mario Kart Arcade GP DX Racing to Arcades

    Like Mario Kart 7 on steroids, and probably not as good

    While talking about the Mario Kart franchise, we think the majority of people focus on those games published by Nintendo for its systems, but any discussion will have at least one person say "ah, but what about the arcades?" Typically they're not counted as part of the series, as they're...


  • News Donkey Kong Junior Arcade Has A New World Record Holder

    1,349,000 points is the new high score

    The classic arcade title Donkey Kong Junior has a new world champion after the previous record was beaten by 20,900 points Mike Kasper of Beaverton, Oregon is the man who achieved such a feat. During a live TV broadcast Kasper managed to score 1,349,000 points on an original arcade cabinet, topping the...


  • News F-Zero AX Found Hidden In GameCube F-Zero GX

    Arcade version discovered by hackers

    If you're one of the thousands of people that still despairs that the arcade version of F-Zero GX — cunningly titled F-Zero AX — was really hard to find in its heyday, and has since all but died out, we've got some good news for you. The intrepid folks over at The Cutting Room Floor have found that the...


  • News Here's What The Next Mario Kart Looks Like

    Just one catch - it's the arcade version

    Screenshots of the next entry in the popular Mario Kart series have hit the web - but before you get too excited about laying your eyes on the recently-announced Wii U sequel, we should point out that we're talking about Mario Kart: Arcade GP DX, developed by Namco Bandai. It's the third game in the coin-op...


  • News New Film "100 Yen" Looks at Japan's Arcade History

    Insert coin

    A new documentary exploring Japan's still-thriving arcade scene is about to hit the 'net. 100 Yen: The Japanese Arcade Experience — a reference to the nationwide shortage of 100 Yen coins following the release of the original Space Invaders — investigates what's helped Japanese arcades stay alive, while those in the West have all-but...



  • Live Text The Kong Off

    The doctor, the teacher and the saucier go head-to-head

    1,090,400 points. That's the record to beat, set by the cheerful Dr. Hank Chien just last week. Now the New York plastic surgeon joins the double-decade champion and hot sauce tycoon Billy Mitchell and the mild-mannered schoolteacher who toppled his throne, Steve Wiebe, to duke it out for Donkey Kong dominance. What will happen today at Richie..

  • News Hank Chien Breaks Previous DK Record, Climbs Further Up the Ladder

    The high score just got higher

    To be the best you have to beat the best, even if that means beating yourself. On 27th February, current Donkey Kong champion Hank Chien did just that. Nearly a year after he originally broke the record for the highest score on a Donkey Kong arcade machine, the New York surgeon has surpassed his best score, making...



  • Nintendo Download 21st January 2011 (Europe)

    More Capcom classics

    Virtual Console is the clear winner this week with two new Capcom arcade games, but that's not to say the rest should be ignored outright. Although WiiWare only gets one new download, DSiWare gets four of them, so hopefully there's something for everyone. WiiWareSpot the Differences! (Sanuk Games, 500pts) – Another difference-spotting game, this one is strangely one letter..

  • Nintendo Download 7th January 2011 (Europe)

    More Capcom arcade classics, plus a bunch of catch-up titles

    Capcom is continuing their Virtual Console Arcade support with another two games, both of which were of course announced some time ago. At this rate they'll run out of games before we hit February! They're accompanied by a mixture of completely new games and games North America already got, most of which are fairly low-key. WiiWareGhost..



  • News Billy Mitchell Was Never the Donkey Kong Jr. Record Holder

    Score was beaten before he started

    Last month, Billy Mitchell beat Hank Chien's Donkey Kong score to reclaim his place at the top of the game's scoring girders. On the same day, he also felt like setting a new high score on Donkey Kong Jr., something we reported on last month. Now it transpires the latter record is not really a record at all, Mitchell's score having been beaten before the bearded..

  • Nintendo Download 7th & 8th September 2010 (Japan)

    The gang's all here: WiiWare, Virtual Console and DSiWare next week in Japan

    WiiWareSurinuke Anatōsu (800pts - Nintendo) -- Though we've gotten the distinct impression that third parties have abandoned WiiWare in Japan, Nintendo certainly hasn't. Keys Factory is credited as the developer – a bit odd since all they seem to make are Wii and DSi accessories like stands and cases. If this is their..


  • News Billy Mitchell Back on Top of Donkey Kong

    And Donkey Kong Jr for fun, too

    You may remember a recent article about former Donkey Kong world champion Steve Wiebe's induction into the International Video Game Hall of Fame, which took place yesterday. The event will likely be remembered for another reason though – the return of Billy Mitchell as the Donkey Kong world record holder. Setting a...



  • News Donkey Kong World Record Smashed

    New York plastic surgeon Hank Chien bests Billy Mitchell's top score

    Twin Galaxies, the website that monitors and rules over gaming's top scores, today announced that a new Donkey Kong champion has been crowned. Plastic surgeon Hank Chien has rocketed into first place, racking up a score of 1,061,700 points in 2 hours 35 minutes, and ending on the...

  • Nintendo Download 5th March 2010 (Europe)

    "Retro" delights from Capcom, along with plenty of other things.

    There's quite a lot to downloads to pick from this week. The Virtual Console makes yet another return after being nowhere in sight the past two weeks, while Capcom has released not one, but two new "retro" games at once. Also finally available in Europe is the third installment in the Bit.Trip series, along with several..










  • News Ten Arcade Games We'd Like To See On The Virtual Console Arcade

    Now that the Virtual Console has its very own arcade section, we couldn't help but begin thinking about all of the wonderful classic arcade titles we'd love to see pop up on the Virtual Console Arcade.

    Below are ten arcade classics that we would love to see on the Virtual Console Arcade. Keep in mind that these games are listed in no particular...

  • News Capcom Mum Regarding Virtual Console Arcade Plans

    While Capcom has now fully admitted that they knew about the Virtual Console Arcade long before the announcement was made, they've decided to remain quiet as far as what their plans are for supporting the service.

    Below is a statement made by Capcom Corporate Officer/VP of Strategic Planning & Business Development Christian Svensson regarding Capcom's thoughts on Nintendo's recent announcements..

  • News Namco Announces Upcoming Arcade Games

    As you might've been able to tell from the first four arcade games available, Namco's not shy with releasing their back catalogue. That's why they've now revealed about 25 arcade games they're planning on releasing during the coming weeks - That's right, Japan is getting one game every week! No word yet on other regions, but of course we can hope we get the same treatment.

    The full list of upcoming..

  • News SD Card Game Launching + Arcade Games Available on VC Now!

    During Satoru Iwata's GDC keynote Nintendo was sneaky enough to release a Wii update for all regions - This features two long-wanted new things for your Wii!

    First off, you can now finally do what Nintendo promised months ago. If you update your Wii now you will get a little blue icon of an SD card at the bottom of your Wii Menu - Clicking it lets...


  • News Mario Kart Arcade Returns

    Namco updates its Arcade version of Mario Kart, two new characters available.

    Not very well known over here in the west, but Namco have previously released an Arcade adaptation of Mario Kart and are now set to release another, it seems the new version will only be slightly upgraded but will now feature Waluigi and Tamagotchi. "There will also be lots of new items and courses to spice up those..