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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...

  • Video New Interviews Uncover Rare's History, Famous Nintendo-Era Games And Tantalising Cancelled Projects

    Witness the Mario Kart killer that never was

    Given the amount of love and attention we've bestowed Xbox One title Rare Replay recently, you'd be forgiven for thinking that you'd logged onto our sister site Pure Xbox by mistake. Still, Rare will forever be a major part of Nintendo history, and there's a lot of bonus content in this collection which...

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    Review Mario Tennis

    Love All

    Some people would say Mario Tennis is worthy of praise solely for the fact it introduces the glorious specimen known as Waluigi into the Nintendo World. These people are right, but you can't write a full review out of that. In all seriousness, Mario Tennis marks a highlight in Nintendo's adaptation of the sport into a fun, casual style...

  • Ninterview Meet The Man Who Makes Hip-Hop Music From Classic Nintendo Hardware

    "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...

  • Video Brace Yourself for these Top Five Most Exciting Intro Cutscenes in Gaming

    Five alive

    Intro cutscenes are generally the first real bit of a game you get to experience beyond the menu, so it's pretty important that they hook you as quickly as possible. We at Nintendo Life have coupled together five of what we feel are the most exciting examples, whether it be because of atmosphere, dialogue, or just downright awesomeness...

  • Video Capcom Shares Footage of Resident Evil 0 N64 Prototype

    Fuzzy horror

    We love a bit of survival horror here at NL Towers, and Resident Evil 0 was one of our favourite GameCube games, along with the slightly more accessible Resident Evil 4 of course. What you might not have realised is that Resident Evil 0 was originally intended to be a Nintendo 64 game which was planned to come out in 2000. The game...

  • 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...

  • News Cabbage Is The Dream Nintendo Game That Never Was

    Shigesato Itoi, Shigeru Miyamoto and Tsunekazu Ishi all involved

    We recently ran a feature on Star Fox 2, one of Nintendo's most famous cancelled projects. This SNES-based sequel had all the ingredients to be a sure-fire classic, but never made it to market. However, there's another game in the company's past which had the potential to be even more...

  • Video The Nintendo 64 Kid Is Taking Unboxing To The Next Level For Taco Bell

    "Nintendo Sixty-Foooooooooour!"

    Remember Brandon Kuzma, AKA The Nintendo 64 kid? He got rather excited about his shiny new Nintendo 64 console back in 1998, and when YouTube arrived a few years later, became something of a celebrity. He's now harnessing that power by starring in a commercial for Taco Bell's Steak DoubleDilla. His sister Rachel is...

  • Hardware Settle It With This Customised Super Smash Bros. Nintendo 64 Console

    Complete with four pads

    Super Smash Bros. may be the big thing on Wii U and 3DS right now, but veteran players will lovingly recall when they played the first entry on the N64 all those years ago. If you're hankering to revisit the past - or you're a newcomer who wants to see how it all started - then you might want to point your browser towards

  • Video Donkey Kong 64 Tumbles Onto Wii U Virtual Console

    Don't even think about that rap

    The avalance of Wii U Virtual Console games continues with a game that is new to the Virtual Console service, having never previously received a re-release. Rare's Donkey Kong 64 has achieved infamy thanks to THAT intro song, but is the gameplay worth talking about? As someone who missed out on the game the first...

  • Video Super Mario 64 Leaps Onto Wii U Virtual Console

    We show off the Wii U features for this classic

    Nintendo brought us all a treat during the most recent Nintendo Direct, when it announced the long-awaited arrival of Nintendo 64 games to Wii U Virtual Console. Available now on your Wii U, one of the first available games is the legendary Super Mario 64. We took the time to play and capture some...

  • News Buy Three Nintendo 64 and DS Virtual Console Games and Get the Fourth Free in Europe

    Knocks the average price down a little...

    During this week's Nintendo Direct we had the news that Nintendo 64 and DS games are coming to the Wii U Virtual Console in force. In the madness then and since we didn't notice a particular deal that's running in Europe as a result of the region having four games available right from the off. As was...

  • News Nintendo DS And Nintendo 64 Games Finally Coming To The Wii U Virtual Console

    Update: Four games available in Europe right now

    If you feel that the Virtual Console on Wii U has been a neglected of late then today's Nintendo Direct should have put a big smile on your face. Nintendo not only reconfirmed its commitment to bringing Nintendo DS titles to the service, but also revealed that N64 games are on the way, too. DS titles...

  • 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...

  • Feature Five Nintendo 64 Games We'd Love to Play on 3DS

    And plenty we'll never have

    The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D has now been in stores for over a week, joining compatriots The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D and Star Fox 64 3D on Nintendo's portable system. In some ways it's also the beginning of the home-straight for the handheld - if its generation is to be 5-6 years, we're perhaps...

  • News Gamer Proposes To Girlfriend During Mischief Makers Speedrun Livestream

    Awesome Marriages Done Quick

    This year, gamers all over the globe got together for Awesome Games Done Quick, a gaming marathon that raises money for the Prevent Cancer Foundation. The event has delivered many memorable moments -- including our very own Marcel blasting through Shovel Knight -- but one of the most heart-warming has to be this...

  • News This Fan-Made Facelift Of The Original Paper Mario On The Nintendo 64 Looks Stunning

    Five years in the making

    For those of you who weren't particularly fond of more recent entries in the Paper Mario series, perhaps an unofficial re-textured version of the original game released on the Nintendo 64 in 2000 might be of interest. A game design student at Zurich University of the Arts, who goes by the handle Nelde, has been chipping...

  • Video Super Mario 64 Is Getting A Fan-Made HD Remake, And It Looks Gorgeous

    And is totally unofficial, needless to say

    Super Mario 64 is one of the finest video games ever made, but aside from a Nintendo DS remix, it has rather been forgotten by Nintendo. Thankfully, dedicated fans still love the title enough to bring it back from the dead, and four such individuals -- Aryoksini, mStuff, Callum Martin and Chadtronic -- are...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 Pok?mon 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 Pok?mon 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,...

  • Nintendo 64x64 Quake II

    Operation Alien Overlord

    A valiant console port of a PC classic, Quake II on the N64 comes with an original campaign and four-player multiplayer. The latter is where the game truly shines, providing a quicker and much deadlier arena shooter experience than competing titles on the system. It excels in terms of technical performance -- notably the...

  • Nintendo 64x64 Paper Mario

    Hey, Mario! We got a letter from Princess Peach!

    It may possess a paper-thin aesthetic, but Paper Mario's biggest success is that it adds considerable depth to what is historically a story-weak franchise. The puzzles may be a little on the simple side, but otherwise this is a rich and fulfilling RPG experience -- something which is quite hard to...