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    Review F-Zero X

    Classic game, now with added flaw

    There was some F-Zero-related DLC for Mario Kart 8 and a mini-game in Nintendo Land, but disappointingly the Wii U has not proven to be the console where the series made its return with a brand spanking new game. Whilst hopes for a new entry in the series must now switch to future hardware, Wii U-owning fans of...

October2016

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  • Video Let's See How That Xbox One N64 Emulator Held Up

    Gone but not forgotten

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOUCSIaFutg Despite the recently infamous Win64e10 emulator being removed, we managed to download it before Microsoft pulled it from the Xbox One Store and put it through its paces. The blurb promised it to be the most powerful N64 emulator on Windows 10, but if it runs anything like it does...

  • News Nintendo 64 Emulator Unceremoniously Yanked From Xbox One Store

    Double quick

    Yesterday we reported on the fact that a Nintendo 64 emulator was available for download on Microsoft's Xbox One console. Win64e10 - which retailed for $9.99 - allowed Xbox One owners to run N64 ROMs on their consoles by copying the games to a OneDrive account and loading them into the emulator. The app actually went live over the...

  • News The Xbox One Now Has A Nintendo 64 Emulator

    But for how long?

    Given the recent fuss surrounding a NES emulator on the Xbox One - and the resultant "will it, won't it" saga - it's perhaps a little surprising that you can now boot up your Xbox One system and download an N64 emulator. Win64e10 - a modified version of the Nintendo 64 emulator Mupen64plus - was previously available on Windows...

  • News Lost Nintendo 64 Racer Rev Limit Rolls Out Of The Garage

    The Gran Turismo beater that never was

    Seta is a name that will be familiar to SNES owners thanks to the firm's well-recieved Exhaust Heat / F1 Race of Champions titles and the Castlevania-inspired Nosferatu. During the N64 era the firm pledged its support to Nintendo with a raft of titles including Wild Choppers (Chopper Attack in the west) and a...

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  • Hardware Classics Nintendo 64

    Will you still love me when I'm 64?

    To mark the 20th birthday of Nintendo's 64-bit wonder we're republishing this feature on the console, which originally went live on the site in December 2014. The Nintendo 64 is a console which divides opinions, even today. For some, it was an unforgivable fall from grace after the dizzying heights of the...

  • Video Here's What It Felt Like To Get Hold Of Super Mario 64 Early, 20 Years Ago

    Scorching

    The N64 turns 20 this year, as does Super Mario 64 - one of the most notable launch titles in the history of video games. Those of us who were lucky enough to own this console at the time of release were rewarded with one of the most riveting gaming experiences of all time, but iretrogamer.com boss Tyler Esposito was even more privliedged...

May2016

  • Video Re-Live your School Years with these Five Nintendo Lies We All Believed

    My dad worked for Nintendo

    Thanks to the internet the storm of misinformation that swirled throughout friendship groups and magazines are largely a thing of the past, with a few exceptions. There was something strangely appealing about all the whispers you'd hear on the breeze about how you could unlock various unbelievable content in various games,...

  • Feature The Making Of Turok: Dinosaur Hunter

    Good dino, nice dino

    When it comes to the Nintendo 64 and first-person-shooters, there are two titles that have become synonymous with the genre: GoldenEye 007 and Perfect Dark. While these classics rightfully deserve their place among the greats, the Turok series has largely fallen into obscurity, which is a crying shame when you consider that...

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  • News ENKKO to Restore the N64 Controller to Its Former Glory with New Kickstarter Campaign

    Keeping the generation alive

    While renowned for popularising the incorporation of analogue joysticks into modern video game controllers, the Nintendo 64 Controller's joystick is, in fact, its biggest flaw. Those who played their N64 extensively back in its heyday will remember that the stick would become loose after extended use, so much so that it...

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    Review 1080° Snowboarding

    Shreddin’ the gnar

    Originally released for the Nintendo 64 in 1998, 1080° Snowboarding was Nintendo's attempt to bring the snowboarding experience to its home console. It did a good job: six courses provide a variety of thrills as you hop on a board and tackle the snowy slopes. Five riders of varying abilities and several boards are available and...

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  • News Shiny Founder Dave Perry Wasn't Keen On The N64 From The Start

    "He was declaring quite loudly that he was never going to support N64"

    The Nintendo 64 is one of the most beloved consoles of the '90s, and played host to some truly amazing games, such as Goldeneye 007, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Super Mario 64 and Star Fox 64. However, compared to the incredible commercial succe

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    Review Mario Golf

    Serious Golf for Serious Plumbers

    You could argue that the best part of many of the Mario sports titles is that they bring goofy, lighthearted aspects to those pastimes. Games like Super Mario Strikers and Mario Hoops: 3 on 3 all make dramatic changes to the sports they're portraying, capturing the attention of players who might not be interested in...

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    Review Sin and Punishment

    On the rails and off the hip

    It's no secret that many Japanese titles never see the light of day overseas. Countless games have been unreleased for fear of lack of public interest and fear of bad. This was the initial reason Sin and Punishment, released in 2000, never surfaced on the Nintendo 64 outside of Japan. The hectic shoot'em up only made...

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  • Gallery Marvel At This Woodgrain Styled N64

    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...

  • Feature The Making Of Body Harvest

    Former DMA Design staffer Steve Hammond spills the beans

    "Development Hell" is a well-known term for the painful gestation of a Hollywood movie. Whether modern AAA games suffer the same problems from concept to release, I don't know personally but I am certain that they do. I am currently reading Tales From Development Hell, and whilst the movie...

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  • Feature The Best Pro Wrestling Games That the N64 Has to Offer

    We're tapping in, not out.

    The thought of a modern pro wrestling game these days is often coupled with an eye-roller. They've become as iterative as most sports games released on an annual basis - such as FIFA and Madden - but certainly have far less to offer than the examples just mentioned. What we're left with is a game that's ever-so-slightly...

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December2014

  • News The N64 Almost Got A Multiplayer-Focused Doom Sequel

    Details regarding the cancelled Doom Absolution emerge

    The N64 got an exclusive Doom title in 1997, but this wasn't the only game in the lineage that was planned for Nintendo's 64-bit system. The plan was to follow up with Doom Absolution, a 2-player competitive shooter developed to capitalise on the deathmatch craze triggered by Rare's excellent...

  • Video Learn About the Nintendo 64 in Stop-Motion Style

    Seven fascinating facts

    It's the season for being a little lazy, which can certainly include sitting around watching a lot of films, TV shows and online videos. For Nintendo fans, it's not hard to find enjoyable snapshots of entertainment to chill out with. Case in point is this short effort from hugely popular YouTube channel Vsauce3, which covers...

November2014

  • News Science Tries To Ruin Our Fun As Zelda's Hookshot And Mario Galaxy's Planets Come Under Scrutiny

    Don't watch the Zelda video if you're squeamish

    We all know that video games are pure fantasy, and that they should rarely be considered accurate representations of reality. Even so, it's fascinating to consider how popular franchises would fare if they were governed by the proper laws of the universe. If you've ever wondered what games would be...

  • Video Two Smash Bros. Instructional Videos to Get You Brawling with the Best of Them

    One's perhaps more advanced than the other

    Did You Know Gaming and Nintendo have both released some instructional videos for the Super Smash Bros. series. Did You Know Gaming focuses on the advanced techniques from the earlier games such as wave dashing and directional influence, but Nintendo has taken a much more basic approach. It's the first part...

  • Video Teenagers Try Their Hand at the Original Super Smash Bros.

    Arguable levels of success throughout

    If you've ever wanted to feel old or skilled at a game from the Super Smash Bros. series, this video should be able to accommodate you. The REACT YouTube channel has taken six teenagers of varying names and sexes and pitted them against one another to see who has the most skill on the N64's classic Super Smash...

  • Nintendo 64x64 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

    One game to Hyrule them all...

    The most hyped game the N64 ever received was a heavenly gaming spectacle. The franchise leapt across to 3D glitch-free, providing everything that was already loved: a franchise-traditional story, dungeons, longevity and challenge. The game's engine, controls and camera were perfect and allowed us to be immersed in...

  • Nintendo 64x64 Rocket: Robot on Wheels

    Unfairly overshadowed by its high-profile counterparts, Rocket: Robot on Wheels is one of the best 3D platformers available for the N64. Physics-based gameplay and a futuristic theme park setting provide the basis for seven different game worlds, each filled to the brim with challenging platforming segments and hugely inventive puzzles -- the...

  • Nintendo 64x64 Wipeout 64

    Psygnosis could've released a port / rehash but us Nintendo 64 gamers were treated to an exclusive: delivering the best of the franchise at that time. Seven tracks were people's negative but quality was important here – mastering them on Phantom tested the pros; varied challenges kept the one-player interested. The signature soundtrack didn't...

October2014

  • Nintendo 64x64 Donkey Kong 64

    A divisive DK outing where the character's transition to 3D split fans' opinions. Plot, graphics, locations, and handling all do a DK game justice and are not faulted. However, it suffers from over-collectablitus, causing some tedious gameplay. DKC games had an addictive simplicity - offering challenge in a far more rewarding way which is lost...

  • Nintendo 64x64 Wetrix

    Combining Tetris with terraforming isn’t your usual recipe for making a video game. Nevertheless, the Pickford Bros. managed to take these elements and merge them into the creative tour de force that was Wetrix. A thrilling 3D puzzler in which you attempt to create lakes to contain a never ending flood of water; it's remarkable just how tense the...

  • Nintendo 64x64 Banjo-Tooie

    Rare’s follow-up to Banjo-Kazooie didn’t arrive on the N64 with quite the same amount of impact as that of its first 3D platformer, but it nevertheless an impressive, and one which drew much critical acclaim. Banjo-Tooie is an even bigger game that achieves a number of technical feats, such as long draw distances and real-time shadows, without...

  • Nintendo 64x64 ISS 98

    Taking everything that made ISS64 a true next-generation football game, ISS 98 went far further, solidifying its reputation as the best football game on the N64. Its arcade style stands the test of time with fluid controls and ISS64’s bugs eradicated. Tournaments / scenarios allow immense enjoyment alone but multiplayer is where it truly shines...

  • Nintendo 64x64 Top Gear Rally

    As a rally racer, TGR was not alone on the N64. Yet it stood shoulders above the competition. Its copious variables really added longevity; taking time to become skilled enough to be an expert, whether racing in snow or choosing the right suspension. Graphically impressive with excellent course layouts and locations: Strip Mine a personal...

  • Nintendo 64x64 Jet Force Gemini

    Rare again with another original title: wonderful visuals, addictive gameplay and atmospheric soundtrack. You're the JFG team, attempting to thwart antagonist Mizar and his insect army. As a third-person shooter, it showed another string to Rare's bow and was very popular. Personally, a least-favourite Rare N64 outing, having awkward controls and...

  • Nintendo 64x64 Turok: Rage Wars

    Amongst four Turok games, Rage Wars is only for the purest Turok fan. Essentially, it’s a multiplayer-only game: lots of game options, characters, weapons and levels make for great battling. Single-player is weak compared to canonical Turok games, with its most redeeming feature being Co-op mode; although, subsequently bettered by Perfect Dark...

  • Nintendo 64x64 Tetrisphere

    In the 3D age, this took Tetris to the next logical stage. By matching shapes, you break into a sphere to (e.g.) rescue that which is trapped inside. Graphically, it sensibly wasn’t overcomplicated, further accompanied by superb music score. Highly addictive in single and multiplayer modes, as all puzzle games should be. Despite this, still parts...

  • Nintendo 64x64 Super Smash Bros

    It may feature a limited number of characters and stages compared to later instalments, but Super Smash Bros. packed one hell of a punch when it landed in 1999. It feels a tad sluggish today, but the brawl 'em up's arena style gameplay system stills offers an addictive and frantic multiplayer experience. The merging of different Nintendo universes...

  • Nintendo 64x64 Shadows of the Empire

    At the time, a decent addition to the Star Wars franchise despite its failings being magnified up against Mario 64. Level locations, atmosphere, music capture the Star Wars universe well. Personally, too many third-person platform levels: the game needed more variety. These levels are clunky and some overly long. Bosses can also be unnecessarily...

  • Feature The Making of Rocket: Robot on Wheels

    How one of the N64's most criminally under-appreciated games came to be

    The Nintendo 64, while simultaneously renowned and infamous for doing many things, is arguably best remembered for defining the 3D platforming genre. When Super Mario 64 released in 1996, it didn't just blow everyone’s socks off; it revolutionised home console gaming and set...

  • Nintendo 64x64 The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask

    A Link To The Mask

    Releasing another same-platform entry following up the greatest game the N64 had seen was bold by Nintendo. Its two new gameplay mechanics, time travel and the use of masks, were simple at heart yet utterly integral in creating a sublime, more interesting, and darker world than Hyrule. It retained everything exquisite about OoT...

  • Nintendo 64x64 Bangai-O

    What a treasure

    Few N64 games manage to come close to delivering the sheer amount of chaotic action that Bakuretsu Muteki Bangaioh delivers in droves. A Japanese exclusive, this 2D shoot ‘em up majestically -- and intentionally -- puts both the player and the console through their paces; the hundreds of projectiles and enemies on screen at any one...

  • News Mad Men Football Shows Off Its New N64-Inspired Sports Uniform

    "It's time for another revolution"

    AE Games caused quite a stir when it announced Mad Men Football a while back. Showing off little more than concept artwork, the indie developer made some bold claims about the final product — despite not having any real industry experience — and predictably attracted quite a bit of criticism online. This...

  • Nintendo 64x64 Pokmon Snap

    Say Cheese

    Off-beat and remarkably novel, it’s surprising just how well Pokémon Snap works as a concept. In this snap ‘em up, you trade in your Pokéballs for a trusty camera, with which you have to take the best Pokémon portraits possible. Sporting delightful environments and plenty of secrets to keep you coming back, it’s still one of the...

  • Nintendo 64x64 Snowboard Kids

    Mario Kart on snow

    Racdym's cute and vibrant snowboarding-themed racing game is one that's unfairly drowned out by the perpetual, yet understandable noise that surrounds its more popular counterparts, Mario Kart 64 and Diddy Kong Racing. Incorporating a remarkably balanced offensive / defensive power-up system and a nifty stunt system that feeds...

  • Nintendo 64x64 007 The World is not Enough

    Christmas only comes once a year

    No beating around the bush here; Eurocom produced a Goldeneye clone of epic, almost plagiaristic, proportions. Yet if one ignores this, TWINE is still an enjoyable FPS: objectives vary and increase with difficulty; AI is decent; locations represent the film faithfully; and it’s well-animated throughout. A return to...

  • Nintendo 64x64 Pokmon Stadium

    THE PRE-BATTLE HAS BEGUN!

    Transferring data between games is a common feature nowadays, but in 1999 it was a huge deal for Pokémon fans who could finally see their favourite creatures battle it out in 3D. The pure focus on battling -- with various rule sets to choose from -- makes for a change of pace from the Game Boy original. The mini-games,...

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