Explore Hyrule together
One of the most famous video games of all time, and arguably one of the most important and influential, is The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Sitting at the very top of many players' lists of favourite games, Ocarina of Time is one of those titles that really is a 'must-play' experience, partly thanks to that level of hype...
Lucky there's a family guy!
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has an incredible lineup of Nintendo stars: Mario, Link, Pikachu, Donkey Kong, Peter Griffin... Hang on. Yes, not content with the 70+ characters available in the game, and no doubt trying to add a little humour to proceedings, this mod has replaced King K. Rool with Peter Griffin, star of US...
A new perspective
The Legend of Zelda series has taken some interesting new steps in recent years - Breath of the Wild was an entirely different take on the franchise's usual setup - but one thing we wouldn't expect to see is a first-person adventure. And especially not a first-person adventure with NES-style graphics. As it so happens, though,...
"Console modding has often been sort of shady"
A large part of the Skyrim experience on other platforms centres around its Creation Club feature; also supported by Fallout 4, it acts as a way to enhance your gaming with a whole variety of mods and extra content available at the click of a button. The feature was created by the game's developer and...
Be gone, cheaters!
Splatoon 2 has proven to be a wonderfully enjoyable experience online, with round after round of the ink-tastic shooter warfare being a highly addictive pastime, but a number of issues with hackers and modders cheating their way to victory have been ruining the fun for a lot of users recently. It appears that this could now...
It's finally possible
If you're a video game streamer, sharing videos on the likes of YouTube or Twitch, or even if you just like to play around with game-related tech, you'll no doubt be aware that capturing direct Switch footage is a pretty easy task. A whole host of game capture cards are now on the market which hook up to the Switch's dock to...
Already modded Skyrim and Super Mario Odyssey
The Switch hacking community has had another major success this week thanks to a brand new program called LayeredFS, allowing them to replace in-game models and text with pretty much whatever they like. LayeredFS is a tool that works in a similar fashion to those more commonly found on PC, giving...
The perfect crossover doesn’t exis-
The modding community has been quite strong for The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild, bringing new and bizarre changes to Nintendo’s awe-inspiring open world adventure. Whether it be the inclusion of an in-universe character, like a playable Zelda, or someone from outside, like
Wherever you look, people seem to love hacking into games systems and cartridges to create gameplay experiences that just would never be possible through official means. This latest project is no exception, and amazingly allows SNES games to be played on a real, unmodified NES console. Tom Murphy, aka Tom7, has found a way to...
Because why not?
Back in September, we reported on a mod for Super Mario 64 created by Kaze Emanuar which allowed players to play the game online with up to 24 players at once. The project's videos and the creator's Patreon account were soon
The means streets of Hyrule
What happens when you mix Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild? Pretty much what you'd expect, to be honest. A new hack has been released which places San Andreas' protagonist Carl Johnson in Breath of the Wild. It's a basic skin swap for Link and is easily broken - equipping...
But mod remains available for download
A short time ago we reported on Super Mario 64 Online, an ingenious mod which allows up to 24 players to inhabit the world of Super Mario 64. Its creator, Kaze Emanuar, was bullish about his chances of avoiding Nintendo's legal gaze, but it would seem that the Japanese giant has finally had enough. It has...
Close, but yet so far
Those of you who happen to follow the Game Boy modding scene will be aware that its relatively easy to tinker with your monochrome system and get a gorgeously sharp and well-lit screen these days, but the Game Boy Color is a harder nut to crack, largely due to the nature of its reflective display, which can't be lit with LEDs...
Famicom classics on the go
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3tYZUblBmM We recently got our hands on the Famicom Classic Mini and it is truly a thing of beauty. However, it's mighty tempting to sacrifice its innards for the greater good after we watched the video above. The modders over at Kei Studio have seemingly achieved the impossible and...
Goodbye lag, goodbye blur
We've been raving about the GCVideo HDMI mod for the GameCube for a little bit now, but what we haven't yet done it compare the quality to that of your average AV to HDMI converter; a common option for those trying to get older systems and games onto modern screens. These cheap devices present all sorts of issues with...
Just because they can
The rebirth of Virtual Reality in the games industry is blurring the lines between the real world and fantasy, offering an immersive experience which - as time goes on - could become indistinguishable from reality. But that's not the only way that video games and real-life can mix with one another - electronics hacker James...
Back to the future
A HDMI mod is already in the works for the N64, and allows you to get the best possible picture out of the vintage system. However, that's not the only modification which brings retro hardware bang up to date - there's a similar mod available for the older NES which performs the same trick. Available via Game-Tech, the Hi-Def NES...
I can see clearly now
We've covered RetroActive's promising N64 HDMI project in the past, but the guys over at My Life in Gaming now have exclusive footage of the mod in action, and it's amazing. As anyone who has owned an N64 will know, the video output is the wrong side of average. Because the machine lacks RGB output as standard there's no easy...
Pre-order details due this week
Nintendo wasn't shy of releasing a whole load of Game Boy designs and variations in the '90s, and in the modern day enthusiasts and modders are more than happy to keep the trend going. There are a lot of cool mods out there - if you can think of a cool design you'd like to see, the odds are reasonable that someone,...
"The controller we have created is like wearing my childhood round my neck"
We recently came across a UK based hip-hop producer and DJ by the name of Imperial, who makes quite a striking impression with a strange musical instrument strapped around his neck, which has parts that might seem very familiar to our readers. This musical instrument is...
Taking retro to it's logical conclusion
We've seen some lovely console mods over the years here at Nintendo Life, but this one from our Texas-based reader Marshall Clark was too good not to share. While the classic N64 design had some nice curves and came in a range of colours during its lifespan, Marshall has given it a woodgrain makeover which...
Sometimes it feels like electronics manufacturers these days are all totally obsessed with the miniaturisation of their products. We recently got the iPhone 6 Plus and the New Nintendo 3DS XL... erm, actually, it's probably best to stop there. Let's be honest, the original Game Boy was always a reassuring brick in stature; not exactly...
Now you can play anywhere, even in darkened rooms
Not so long ago, we spoke to Shaun Jones of GameBoyMods.co.uk about the services he offers to Game Boy owners looking to breathe some new life into their ageing handhelds. Shaun was kind enough to perform some surgery on our trusty old DMG-001, and we thought you might like to see the results in...
Well constructed mods of retro systems are among our favourite things here at Nintendo Life, and we recently featured GameBoyMods.uk's Shaun Jones, who unsurprisingly specialises in modding the original 'brick' system. We also interviewed Matthew "Wiggy" Wiggins of Rose Colored Gaming last year, a company that specialises in gorgeous...
And we want one
Getting ten free NES games as part of the 3DS Ambassador program is good, but for some inexplicable reason the 3DS doesn't take original NES carts. This baffling oversight may never be corrected, but at least talented modder LovableChevy has created a portable NES to give 8-bit gamers on the go a reason to be cheerful. The HandyNES...
See a classic in a new light
We've already seen hints that Super Mario on 3DS will include the famous Tanooki suit from Super Mario Bros. 3. What would the entire game look like in 3D, though? Let user Kevin Zeeff show you. As part of Zeeff's "Game Cubed" series, Mario's best 8-bit adventure has received a retro 3D makeover, and while it's...
Surprise, a control port!
Custom consoles are all the rage these days, and the Nintendo 64 is particularly ripe for fan-made hardware revisions. The portable machine below might look oddly familiar to those who've seen the iNto64, but it's got an ace up its sleeve: a controller port. The combination of N64, screen and control port means split-screen...
Well, sort of
The humble Nintendo Entertainment System has been everything from a lunchbox to a guitar, but for those who like the classic experience of putting media in and getting entertainment out will be intrigued by this latest mod that turns the console into a fully functioning DVD player. A little more complex than simply putting a DVD player...
Odd combination creates very cool effect
Remember those first Wii trailers showing people jumping across their living rooms, blasting at the screen, so immersed in the game it's like they were actually in it? Their minds would be blown by this video, as were ours. Strapping a laser projector to the Wii Zapper and harnessing the power of a gyrometer, talented modder Nirav Patel's creation almost..
Modder recreates first stage for PC shooter
Dracula's castle has come down with a bad case of alien head crabs. Where are the Belmonts to stop them? Dead, presumably, so it's up to Gordon Freeman to crowbar them into crab juice in this translation of the original Castlevania's first level to the PC's Half-Life 2. The mod retains the same look of the 8-bit rendition in its transition to 3D, complete..
You gotta shoot 'em in the head
Has the Mushroom Kingdom ever really been a happy place? Seems every time we visit the castle is under siege, the princess is kidnapped and a Brooklyn plumber goes on a killing spree. The old kingdom looks like it's going to be in for another bumpy ride as, what else, zombies are preparing to muck up the post-apocalyptic place via the fan-made campaign Mushroom..
Play as Luigi in The Missing Stars
We can all finally stop resorting to hokey FAQs to find Luigi buried deep within the castle in Mario 64 (I hear he hangs with Boo), all thanks to a computer-savvy fan. Typically reserved for PC games, the TC-loving has been extended to the plumber's 3D debut. Dubbed The Missing Stars, not only does the emulator-only mod feature 38 stars in 10 new levels (!), it..
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