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Weirdness: You Can Now Play Zelda Really Badly on Twitch

You Can Now Play Zelda Really Badly on Twitch

Struggles to Link players together

In recent days you may have seen us directing your attention to TwitchPlaysPokémon and the mayhem it's caused, attracting tens of thousands of gamers at once. It may be a chaotic mess, in practice, but it's hit a nerve and, for those invested in the idea, become a highly enjoyable hobby. As it's the Flappy Bird...

Video: F-Zero Gets the "Did You Know Gaming?" Treatment

F-Zero Gets the "Did You Know Gaming?" Treatment

Japan had so much more F-Zero than the West...

While the size of the prospective audience is debatable and no-doubt informing Nintendo's decision-making, there's undoubtedly a vocal group of gamers rather desperate for new F-Zero titles. With no sign of that happening as yet, our only option is to look back and reminisce on the high-tempo, thrilling...

Weirdness: Listen To The Super Mario Theme On A 3,000 Year Old Chinese Instrument

Listen To The Super Mario Theme On A 3,000 Year Old Chinese Instrument

A bit trickier to play than a warp whistle, probably

Doodoo doo do dooo do, dah! - It's the Super Mario theme! Known across the globe and endlessly catchy, this tune has been played on every instrument under the sun, as well a few renditions that should barely count. Hearing a cover version is certainly nothing new, but allow us to present one just...

News: Console Wars Book Paves The Way For Movie Written By Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg

Console Wars Book Paves The Way For Movie Written By Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg

Nintendo or Sega, the ultimate question

In many respects the current home console scene is relatively complex. Nintendo is pursuing its own ideas and philosophies, while Microsoft and Sony are in a tug of war over resolutions, framerates and probably things called gigaflops. Throw in the rise of smart device gaming, some stuttering micro consoles...

Video: The Legend of Zelda Brings the Epic in Oculus Rift

The Legend of Zelda Brings the Epic in Oculus Rift

This whole 3D Zelda thing could really catch on...

Have you ever wanted to be Link? To really see through his eyes and experience his realities for an entire adventure: traversing, exploring, swordfighting, tights management? OK, maybe not the last one. Thanks to Oculus Rift, the concept of first-person Link is being realized; at least for the...

News: Super Mario Bros. Stop Motion Pixel Art Kickstarter Campaign Hops Over Its Target

Super Mario Bros. Stop Motion Pixel Art Kickstarter Campaign Hops Over Its Target

Funding goal passed with weeks of funding remaining

Nintendo's titles, particularly of the retro variety, inspire many fan projects in the form of music albums and, of course, videos. One example we highlighted in the past was an impressive stop motion video featuring the original Donkey Kong, which was remarkably produced with beads. That was the...

News: Shinji Mikami Prefers The Sega Version Of Aladdin, Even Though He Worked On The SNES Game

Shinji Mikami Prefers The Sega Version Of Aladdin, Even Though He Worked On The SNES Game

"The Genesis version had a sword, actually"

Those of you old enough to recall the epic 16-bit console wars will remember that Sega and Nintendo fans utilised every available weapon they could to belittle each other. SNES owners boasted that they had Street Fighter II first, and Sega fans wore unbearably smug grins on their faces when they got an...

Weirdness: Super Mario Bros. Record For Lowest Score is Beaten

Super Mario Bros. Record For Lowest Score is Beaten

A 500 point play-through done without tool assistance

Normally while playing a game, the goal for most people is to see how many points they can rack up; more often than not they aim for the most points possible. There are, however, a select few who flip that idea on its head and shoot for the lowest score possible. Going out of their way to avoid...

News: Famicom Remix 1 + 2 Coming to Retail in Japan

Famicom Remix 1 + 2 Coming to Retail in Japan

A one-two nostalgic combo right in Japan's childhood

NES Remix was a pleasant surprise when suddenly announced for the Wii U eShop, and the appearance of its slightly more mature cousin NES Remix 2 is a good sign that this particular brand of retro carnival play is taking off. It may come to the delight and/or great envy of others, then, that Japan...

News: TwitchPlaysPokémon Takes Internet By Storm

TwitchPlaysPokémon Takes Internet By Storm

60,000 people struggling to cut a tree

Gaming has always been a social event. Whether playing the classic split screen on the SNES or large multiplayer games over the internet, gaming has reinforced the idea that it's meant to be enjoyed with others; this latest situation has shown the ideology is here to stay. TwitchPlaysPokémon is a Twitch.tv...

Weirdness: Purchase This "Nintendo Dolphin Prototype Console" at Your Own Risk

Purchase This "Nintendo Dolphin Prototype Console" at Your Own Risk

Ever wanted to own a Nintendo development kit?

Of course you have. Before your very eyes is an elusive and very rare development kit for Nintendo’s sixth generation console - the Nintendo GameCube. Also codenamed "Project Dolphin" back in the day. An eBay seller from Canada, who has been a member of the site since 2005 and has a user rating of...

Feature: Meet The Gamate, The Handheld Which Tried To Take On The Game Boy And Failed

Meet The Gamate, The Handheld Which Tried To Take On The Game Boy And Failed

We look at the history behind one of gaming's more obscure portables

When Nintendo launched the original Game Boy to a rapturous critical and commercial reception in 1989 it was almost a forgone conclusion that other companies would follow suit and concoct their own portable systems. Arch-rival Sega quickly pushed the Game Gear onto store shelves...

Remake Request: ActRaiser

ActRaiser

Playing God

Back when the Super Nintendo launched in Japan — where it was of course known as the Super Famicom — it was accompanied by some truly remarkable titles. As a young (and loyal) Sega Mega Drive owner at the time, for me personally it was torture to see the likes of Pilotwings, F-Zero and