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    Wii U eShop / NES

    Review Dig Dug II

    Dig in

    The original Dig Dug was fairly popular, so naturally a sequel had to follow eventually. Dig Dug II ended up being not nearly as widespread as its predecessor, only seeing release in arcades and on the NES, so you'd be forgiven for not even knowing it existed! Dig Dug II takes a massive departure from the first game. True to its title that...

  • News Nintendo Marks Back To The Future's 30th By Releasing Wild Gunman On The Virtual Console

    "You mean you have to use your hands? That's like a baby's toy"

    The NES isn't the only thing that hits the big Three-O this year - the legendary Hollywood movie series Back to the Future also began 30 years ago, and in a neat bit of anniversary fusion, Nintendo is acknowledging the fact by releasing Wild Gunman on the Wii U Virtual Console. As any...

  • News Sony Wishes The NES A Happy 30th Via Twitter

    "Thanks for paving the way"

    As we reported yesterday, the NES is now 30 years old. Nintendo's 8-bit console is arguably one of the most important video game hardware releases of all time, as it laid down the third party software licensing framework that still exists today and resorted consumer faith in a console market which had been all but...

  • News The NES is Now 30 Years Old

    The game changer

    The NES is 30 years old today, at least based on its widely agreed - albeit historically debatable - North American release date. Not to be mistaken with the Famicom release - which is way back in 1983 - it was nevertheless the Nintendo Entertainment System rebranding and a certain Super Mario Bros. that catapulted Nintendo further...

  • News NES Designer Explains the History of the Console's Release in North America

    The one that started it all

    The game industry was a very different place back in the early 80's, teetering just on the edge of extinction. Market saturation and poor quality games were major contributing factors to this, leading many to believe that video games were just another passing fad that would vanish as quickly as they appeared. It got to...

  • News These Limited Edition Analogue Nt Consoles Will Make Your Bank Account Weep

    Gold LE and Famicom LE limited to 50 units each

    We've been keeping a keen eye on the Analogue Nt since it was first announced as we're massive fans of the Analogue Interactive CMVS systems released in the past. By the sound of things this highly-refined NES system has been a real hit with fans, as the first production run is totally sold out...

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    Wii U eShop / NES

    Review Tecmo Bowl

    ​Move over Madden 16, Tecmo Bowl is back and stealing the NFL spotlight

    1989 wasn't just an amazing year because that's when this writer was born. It's an also amazing year because that's when Tecmo Bowl received its home console release on the Nintendo Entertainment System. Boasting an impressive roster from the 1988 NFL season, players could now...

  • Weirdness Japanese Company Wants To Bring NES Games To Smartphones Via A Tiny Cartridge

    Small device plugs into into your headphone socket

    Modern gaming is becoming increasingly focused on digital distribution, with publishers making use of online stores such as the Wii U and 3DS eShops to deliver games directly to consumers without having to produce physical media. With rumours that Nintendo's next console could abandon physical...

  • Video Watch Miyamoto And Tezuka Pick Apart The Iconic Opening Level Of Super Mario Bros.

    World 1-1 walkthrough by the guys who made it happen

    As you may well have seen, Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka recently visited the UK and were kind enough to spend some time not only with us, but also with our friends over at Eurogamer. While we decided to have a good old-fashioned music session with the two legends, Eurogamer spent its time...

  • Retro Float Back In Time With This Gallery Of Nostalgic NES Packaging

    Cardboard cool

    Old-school game packaging was pretty incredible. Sure, some 8-bit releases have terrible box art and were clearly designed in the space of a single evening, but there's a charm to their rough and ready nature - they hark back to a more primitive, innocent age. Engadget's Sean Buckley knows this all too well, and has kindly posted a...

  • News Quest Forge: By Order Of Kings Mixes Zelda And Secret Of Mana, But You'll Need A NES To Play It

    A brand new old RPG

    Homebrew developer Ludocity has just released a new RPG, but there's a catch - you'll have to take a trip up to the loft and dust off your old NES in order to play it. Quest Forge: By Order Of Kings is a top-down role-player which, according to the developer, combines elements of The Legend of Zelda and Secret of Mana. The game...

  • Weirdness Blizzard's Heroes Of The Storm Features A Nintendo-Themed Easter Egg

    Duck and cover

    Blizzard's popular MOBA Heroes of the Storm recently got a substantial update which updated existing characters and introduced the Dialbo III's Monk, who naturally has his own menu screen to reside in outside of the game itself. It's in this menu screen that Blizzard has chosen to hide a special Duck Hunt Easter Egg. Spotted by...

  • Gallery This NES Console Mod Is The Ultimate Metroid Tribute 

    Worth hunting for

    This year marks 29 years since Metroid was released in North America, and to celebrate the occasion fans are paying tribute to the NES classic in a wide range of ways. Modder Platinumfungi has collaborated with airbrush artist Noel McEwen to craft a one-of-a-kind NES console complete with a Samus sprite which lights up when the...

  • News This Controller Wants to Bring the 'Next Gen' to NES

    Works on the 8-bit system or PC

    Plenty of companies tackle the surprisingly complex challenge of producing a high quality game controller, and not all pull it off successfully. We somewhat admire the effort from Retro Fighters, then, which is aiming to crowdfund a 'next gen' NES pad. The main pitch for this pad is that it has both usb and a NES...

  • 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...

  • News The Classic NES Lives On As An Awesome PC Case Mod

    Pimp my NES

    The iconic Nintendo Entertainment System was hardly a design classic back in 1985, but it holds special memories for many of us. What better way to keep the spirit of the humble NES alive than with a custom PC case mod? A PC Gamer reader gutted an old NES which he had lying around, went to work with a dremel and sandpaper and gave the...

  • News Analogue Nt Starts Shipping To Buyers, Pitched As "The Leica Of Home Consoles"

    "We've always looked up to the standards of companies like Leica"

    Analogue Interactive's Analogue Nt has completed its initial production run and is now shipping out to consumers. The aluminium-cased console - which plays NES and Famicom carts - comes from the same company which gave us the wooden SNK Neo Geo AES and features a wide range of AV...

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    Review EarthBound Beginnings

    ​Everybody's gotta start somewhere

    If you were an early adopter of EarthBound fanaticism in the West, you likely caught wind of a previous title made for the Famicom. Translated into English and perfectly playable, it oddly never made it to retail release on the NES. And yet, like from some urban legend, a group of fans managed to buy a beta...

  • Weirdness Drink Back Your Childhood With This “Bartendo" Line From Ink Whiskey

    Drunk on nostalgia

    Think back to 2013 and you may or may not remember the release of the Ink Whiskey Entertainment Flask, which was an alcoholic take on classic NES games of the past, with titles such as, “Legend of Drink" and “Drunk Hunt." It might not have been one of the classiest ideas, but it had a strong Kickstarter campaign and was...

  • Video Latest Teens React Episode Proves Age Has Done Little To Dull Contra's Insane Difficulty Level

    Co-op for experts

    We're keen followers of the excellent React YouTube channel, especially the retro videos which show gamers young and old struggling to come to terms with some of the most famous titles in the business. This time up, it's Konami's hard-as-nails run-and-gun shooter Contra (or Probotector if you're in Europe). Contra is considered to...

  • News Final Fantasy Wasn't Named For The Reason You Think

    Creator Hironobu Sakaguchi sets the record straight

    Final Fantasy is arguably the most important release in the entire history of Square Enix - or Squaresoft, if you'd prefer - and one of the biggest names in the video game business. For many years it was said that the game was so named because it represented the last throw of the dice for the...

  • Video Get The Best Picture From Your NES With This Comprehensive Guide 

    Retro refinement

    Whether you're hoping to dig into some more obscure titles, or want to fully relive the days of flickering tv screens and boxy controllers, there's still plenty to be said for hooking up the original NES and getting a properly authentic experience. Unfortunately, Nintendo's first home console isn't the easiest to work with if you're...

  • News Unofficial Metroid Prequel Uses The Original NES Hardware To Impressive Effect

    Metroid: Rogue Dawn is coming later this year

    Will we see a new Metroid game at this year's E3? Fans will certainly hope so, but in the meantime we can all get excited about a fan-made prequel which uses the original NES hardware for that extra degree of authenticity. Metroid: Rogue Dawn takes the original title and hacks it apart, building an...

  • Video Teenagers React To Duck Hunt And The Iconic NES Zapper

    “I feel the power within me”

    Not everyone was around to experience the iconic NES Zapper when it was originally released in 1984, so that’s why the latest Teens React video is showcasing Nintendo’s accurate light gun and the all-time NES classic, Duck Hunt. Watch as teens come to the consensus the electronic light gun accessory is actually...

  • News Say Hello To Star Fox's NES-Based Forerunner, NesGlider

    The prototype which started a profitable friendship

    Star Fox is one of the most technically impressive games on the SNES, and was a collaboration between Nintendo and UK-based Argonaut Software. We've covered the making of the game in the past, but Unseen64 has an excelle

  • News Pirate Bay Co-Founder Unable To Experience The Joys Of NES Behind Bars

    Game over

    In November last year, The Pirate Bay co-founder, Fredrik Neij, was arrested after five years on the run. Since then, he’s been experiencing life behind bars. Now, according to the latest reports from Swedish news magazine, Expressen.se, Neij has recently been denied the use of a Nintendo Entertainment System to play video games while...

  • News Nintendo Submits Trademark for NES Controller

    We weren't aware it was still required

    The legal world of trademarks and rights can be slightly baffling at the best of times, so a Nintendo of America trademark for the NES controller, essentially, is certainly one to raise eyebrows. The application is most certainly for the design of the iconic controller, with the image above being included...

  • News NES-Style Adventure Alwa’s Awakening Could Be Casting Its Spell On The Wii U

    Inspired by NES classics like Battle of Olympus and Solstice

    Yesterday saw the announcement of Alwa's Awakening, a gorgeous NES-style platform adventure for "modern systems" which takes inspiration from 8-bit gems like Battle of Olympus and Solstice - and, if we're lucky, it could be coming to the Wii U. The work of Alexander Berggren, Kevin...

  • News Game Freak's GBA Title Drill Dozer Rated By The Australian Classification Board

    Konami's The Adventures of Bayou Billy is also on the way

    The Australian Classification Board has revealed Game Freak's GBA hit, Drill Dozer, will be arriving on the Wii U Virtual Console in the near future. The critically praised action platformer previously released in Japan in 2005 and North America in 2006 has players take control of a...

  • Video Did You Know Gaming Delves Into the History of the NES

    Hopefully, an SNES video is in the works

    For those of you out of the loop, Did You Know Gaming is a fun site dedicated to sharing obscure trivia and facts about video games, both new and old. The site also runs a YouTube channel which gets updated on a fairly frequent basis, featuring videos about particular series, companies, or consoles and...

  • Interview Aaron Hamel on Bringing the Mother Original Arranged Soundtrack to the West

    We talk about the soundtrack’s history, future projects, and much more

    We recently reported on the Kickstarter campaign that has been launched with the goal of giving the Mother Original Arranged Soundtrack a western release. In just four short days the campaign smashed its funding goal and is now well on

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    Wii U eShop / NES

    Review Sky Kid

    Bombs away

    Originally an arcade game, the 1986 Namco NES title Sky Kid draws hard battle lines from the start, though exactly who the warring parties are is unclear. This quirky game is iconic of Namco's early days and even earned a song and a cameo in Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U. The action here is a combination of unforgiving and short,...

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    Review Flying Dragon: The Secret Scroll

    There’s not much fight in this one

    Culture Brain's Hiryū no Ken fighting series dates back to the 1985 arcade release, Shanghai Kid. The 1987 NES title, Flying Dragon: The Secret Scroll – exclusive to Japan and the US (1989) – took the original concept and expanded on it, as well as paving the way for future entries in the franchise. This...

  • News Retro-Bit Is Releasing A Super Mario Edition Of Its RetroDuo Console

    Dubbed "Mascot Edition", for obvious legal reasons

    The Retro-Bit RetroDuo clone console may have been surpassed by Hyperkin's Retron 5 and the Super Retro Trio, but it's still a neat little system which allows you to play your old Nintendo games without having to have multiple consoles conne

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    Review Mappy-Land

    Cats vs. Mouse

    Mappy, a plucky mouse detective, is one of many arcade game mascots lost to time, having only starred in a few games over the years. While the character has guest-starred in various Namco games over the years (and makes a clever cameo in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS), the biggest role Mappy's had is in a web series from the...

  • News Take A Glance At The First Screens From Downtown Nekketsu Jidaigeki

    Down by the river

    If you were as excited as we were about yesterday's announcement of Downtown Nekketsu Jidaigeki then the first published images below may be too much for you to handle. Japanese publication Famitsu has now released its first online preview of Arc System Works' new game and from what we can see the images are clearly reminiscent...

  • News Yes, People Are Still Making NES Games In 2015

    Just because they can

    The NES is one of the most iconic gaming systems of all time, but it hasn't been on Nintendo's radar - at least from a hardware perspective - for quite some time. That hasn't stopped homebrew developers from continuing to support the vintage console, and as a result 2015 will see the release of The Mad Wizard: A Candelabra...

  • News The Nintendo Game Plan - How the NES Slowly Won Over the USA

    A Tale of Two Cities

    Lots has been written on the video game crash of 1983; needless to say after events with Atari, North American retailers were left with their hands burnt, so launching a new console was a risky proposition. We recently took a look at the baby steps which Nintendo took at CES in 1984, which provided usefu

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    Review Blaster Master

    Master your blast!

    The latest eShop release of Sunsoft's 1988 NES classic, Blaster Master, marks the title's third Virtual Console appearance. With the game previously sighted on the Wii and more recently the 3DS, now it's the Wii U's turn to host this side-scrolling and top-down platform shooter that has since spawned an entire series. The western...

  • Video Watch A Bunch Of Teenagers Use The Legendary Power Glove Accessory For The First Time Ever

    “I can feel the energy flowing through my veins”

    The Power Glove is an iconic NES controller accessory that was originally released in 1989. For Nintendo fans, it is a love and hate relationship, helping to establish Nintendo within pop culture, paving the way for future technology, but also becoming the butt of jokes. It was most prominently...

  • Weirdness A Budding Little Mac Beats Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! While Blindfolded

    A knock out performance

    You may remember late last year that Mike Tyson himself showed off his own skills at Punch-Out!! on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. While this was an entertaining moment, it served to prove that this classic NES boxing game is no pushover. You'll need to train hard to beat Iron Mike (or indeed Mr Dream!)...

  • News This NES Arcade-Style Unit is a Thing of Beauty

    Some games incompatible due to use Retron cartridge emulation tech

    Hardware mods for retro systems are rather common, so those seeking a stylish or convenient option for playing their old NES games aren't short of options. Not many are quite as impressive as the Model G1 from Rabbit Engineering, though, which features arcade-style inputs, a...

  • News Woah Dave! May Become a Real NES Cartridge Release

    Woah!

    Woah Dave!, a 3DS eShop title that we reviewed late last year, may just be arriving on the console that inspired the game's alien-exterminating mechanics, as well as gaming as a whole - the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). Tiny Cartridge has spoken with Choice Provisions Director Jason Cirillo and learned that the company has tentative...

  • News Bidding Hits $100,000 on Uber-Rare NES Game, Stadium Events

    Nintendo are welcome to bid on it if they want it!

    We reported a few days ago that a user-rare copy of Stadium Events on the NES had been listed on eBay. While this isn't the most accomplished 8-bit game of all time, it is one of the rarest with a low production run - which was subsequently recalled as it was then rebranded. Only two sealed copies...

  • News Get Ready For The Most Expensive Video Game Auction Of All Time

    Factory sealed Stadium Events is now on eBay

    Given the massive popularity of video gaming and its long and proud history, it's hardly surprising that many rare games are fetching incredible prices when them come up for sale online. However, Bandai's 1987 NES title Stadium Events makes pretty much everything else look like chump change. The title...

  • News Nintendo's NES Predecessor, Unveiled at CES 31 Years Ago, Was Rather Different From the Iconic Home Console

    The Advance Video System was a more literal family computer

    This week has brought us the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, which has been particularly light on gaming goods. It's an opportunity for companies big and small to show off their technology, ranging from expensive high-end gear to slightly quirky or silly 'innovations'. For...

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    Review Lode Runner

    Not quite endless runner

    Broderbund's Lode Runner is a challenging puzzler that, unfortunately, hasn't aged particularly gracefully. Originally released in 1983 on computers like the Apple II and the Commodore 64, Lode Runner feels dated, even for an NES game. It's easy to see the reason Lode Runner was released on so many different platforms over...

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    3DS eShop / NES

    Review S.C.A.T.: Special Cybernetic Attack Team

    Invading aliens, a fight for survival and all that jazz

    It is the year 2029 and aliens are attacking the earth. Have they observed mankind’s violent nature and opted for a pre-emptive strike to protect themselves? Or do they just dislike the way the people of S.C.A.T.: Special Cybernetic Attack Team have taken to painting their buildings a shade...

  • Video Today's Teens Simply Cannot Handle The Insane Challenge Of Mega Man

    "EVERYTHING is hitting me!"

    As seasoned gaming fans we all wonder exactly why Capcom is ignoring its legendary Mega Man franchise, but the latest video in the React series points to a possible answer: the games are just too damn hard for modern players. The video places a NES controller into the hands of a group of teens and points them in the...

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    Wii U eShop / NES

    Review Shadow of the Ninja

    Go ninja, go ninja GO!

    Ninjas really were a hot ticket back in the '90s. The Turtles were making TV and toy executives money hand over fist, and children became so caught up in the craze they had the sheer gall to drag their parents into the cinema to watch dreck like Surf Ninjas. Yep, it was a great time to be a kid. The trend bled into gaming and...