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News: Before Sonic, Sega Almost Picked ToeJam & Earl As Its Official Mascots

Before Sonic, Sega Almost Picked ToeJam & Earl As Its Official Mascots

Alien pair were rejected for being "too American"

Cast your mind back to the 16-bit console war between the Mega Drive (Genesis to our North American readers) and the SNES, and you'll no doubt think of Sonic's titanic struggle against Mario. These two mascots towered over their rivals, and have gone on to become instantly recognisable all over the...

News: Ultra Rare Gold Nintendo World Championship NES Cart Auctioned And Sold For Over $100,000

Ultra Rare Gold Nintendo World Championship NES Cart Auctioned And Sold For Over $100,000

Going, going, gone!

There are some things money can’t buy. Even if you had cash paid into your bank account every time you blinked, there will always be something out there more valuable than silver and gold. Take Time for instance. Time is something that can be spent but not bought, and once it’s gone it’s gone forever. The present becomes...

Video: Short Film Extols The Virtues Of Buttons, Features Nintendo Quite Heavily

Short Film Extols The Virtues Of Buttons, Features Nintendo Quite Heavily

Can you spot R.O.B. the Robot?

Gaming used to be exclusively about buttons, but with the rise of touch-screen gaming — pioneered by the Nintendo DS and taken to the next level by the proliferation of smartphones and tablets — we've got an entire generation of players growing up in a world where buttons aren't necessarily the default gaming...

News: Critical Analysis of Wario Land 4 Now Available on Kindle, Discount Price Extended

Critical Analysis of Wario Land 4 Now Available on Kindle, Discount Price Extended

Get analytical

Late last year we told you about an eBook called Game Design Companion: A Critical Analysis of Wario Land 4, which aims to take a thorough, academic approach to assess the popular Game Boy Advance title. It's stated aim is to step beyond the normal boundaries of games criticism and to drill down into significant detail. Author...

News: Super-Rare Nintendo World Championship Cartridge Up For Sale On eBay

Super-Rare Nintendo World Championship Cartridge Up For Sale On eBay

One of only 90 ever made

If you've got a few thousand dollars just sitting in your bank account doing nothing and you fancy owning a piece of (somewhat grubby) Nintendo history, then point your browser at this eBay auction for a NES Nintendo World Championship cartridge. These cartridges were produced for the 1990 Nintendo World Championship event,...

Ninterview: Stepping Into The Nintendo Arcade

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...

Video: This Awesome Gerudo Valley Violin Cover Brings the Heat

This Awesome Gerudo Valley Violin Cover Brings the Heat

Desert thieves, for strings

We last checked in on violin virtuoso Taylor Davis after she released an inspiring medley of songs from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Since then, Davis has traded her Sheik outfit for a Goron Tunic, bringing her talents to an arrangement of the famed Gerudo Valley theme. The video hits the trifecta: a stirring...

Weirdness: Someone's Actually Compiled All of the NES 'Start' Screens

Someone's Actually Compiled All of the NES 'Start' Screens

Just, because...

No matter how much games change, some things stay the same — like 'Start' screens. Nowadays they represent a "this has finally stopped loading, wake up" screen, but in the NES days the focus was arguably different — load times weren't a particular issue, so they perhaps felt more like arcade-style prompts to give that initial...

News: Cody, Haggar And Guy Are Scrapping Their Way To The Japanese 3DS eShop In Mighty Final Fight

Cody, Haggar And Guy Are Scrapping Their Way To The Japanese 3DS eShop In Mighty Final Fight

While we get Mighty Bomb Jack

Next week, Japanese 3DS owners will be able to step into the super-deformed shoes of Metro City's famous wrestling mayor Mike Haggar thanks to the release of Mighty Final Fight on the 3DS Virtual Console. Capcom's side-scrolling fighter originally launched on the Famicom and NES back in 1993, and offers the same kind...

News: Listen To This Awesome Street Fighter II Rock Opera

Listen To This Awesome Street Fighter II Rock Opera

An epic six years in the making

What started as a throwaway joke between friends has now concluded as something much, much more; a fully-fledged rock opera extravaganza. In 2007, Texan indie group Man Factory got together and decided that there was enough referential material in the Street Fighter series to knock together a garage rock album telling...

Interview: Kennedy Baruch on Filmmaking Inspired by Games

Kennedy Baruch on Filmmaking Inspired by Games

"The Legend of Zelda is basically the Holy Grail of gaming"

Over the past year we've shared two videos produced by Kennedy Baruch, the first of which was an award-winning short film titled ESCAPE!, a heart-wrenching tale of a young girl seeking escapism from bullying at school and abuse in a breaking home. Just recently Baruch confirmed that he's...

News: Book Focused on EarthBound's Development and Localisation Shut Down by Nintendo

Book Focused on EarthBound's Development and Localisation Shut Down by Nintendo

Marcus Lindblom: "I have no desire to rock the boat with Nintendo at all"

Marcus Lindblom was the primary translator and localisation expert for iconic Super NES title EarthBound, and since its emergence on the Wii U eShop last year he's spoken a fair amount about his work on the project. It's emerged, however, from an interview with

News: Final Fantasy VI On Android Is Pricey and Looks Rather Peculiar

Final Fantasy VI On Android Is Pricey and Looks Rather Peculiar

One alternative is the Wii Virtual Console...

Square Enix is a publisher that's made a significant push on smart devices, often standing apart due to its willingness to release some of its biggest franchises at premium prices, clearly resisting the ongoing race to the bottom. The latest case in point is Final Fantasy VI — commonly known on the...

News: Quest Begins To Find The Best Game Boy Tetris Player In The United Kingdom

Quest Begins To Find The Best Game Boy Tetris Player In The United Kingdom

Block buster

Since the release of the excellent King of Kong, it's fair to say that the world of video game high-score chasing has become a little more respectable. The documentary showed that the people who post these amazing scores are necessarily locking themselves away in rooms for weeks at a time; they're normal people with families and jobs...

Weirdness: Alex Kidd Infiltrates The Legend Of Zelda, With Disastrous Results

Alex Kidd Infiltrates The Legend Of Zelda, With Disastrous Results

Crossover chaos

Before Sonic the Hedgehog sped onto the scene, Alex Kidd was Sega's undisputed mascot, appearing in a host of Master System adventures — as well as a single 16-bit outing — and attempting to challenge Nintendo's Mario in the sphere of platforming goodness. Since being ousted by the blue hedgehog, Alex Kidd has wandered in the...