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  • Quiz Can You Name These Nintendo Console Games From Their Box Art?

    The devil's in the detail

    Over the years there have been some truly iconic covers for games on Nintendo platforms. Often you only need to catch the most fleeting of glimpses to recognise a classic from your collection. Today we're going to put your Nintendo console box art knowledge to the test! We've selected fifteen great games from Nintendo...

  • Site News We've Got A Polymega, Ask Us Anything

    Ahead of our review, let us know your burning questions

    After what feels like a lifetime of waiting, the Polymega console is finally a solid reality, and we were lucky enough to be sent a unit as part of the company's ongoing beta testing phase. The system formerly known as RetroBlox has come under fire over the past few years following a series of

  • News The FunKey S Is A Handheld Console That Fits On Your Keyring

    "What is this, a handheld for ants?!"

    The impossibly dinky retro handheld FunKey S is close to finishing its Kickstarter run, and has raised an impressive £124,000 so far – and it's easy to see why. This diminutive handheld system is small enough to fit onto your bunch of keys, yet it runs Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, SNES and even PlayStation...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl: Duel #53 - Tetris

    Block droppin' beats

    Welcome one and all to Box Art Brawl, our weekly vote on a bunch of regional box art variants. It's Round #53 which means we've got a year's worth of brawls under our belts - thank you to all you box art critics and voters out there! This week we're introducing an ever-so-minor tweak to the format which will accompany the...

  • Random Artist Shows Off Totally Rad Cyberpunk 2077 Game Boy Concept

    Launching in 2077

    CD Projekt Red's new game Cyberpunk 2077 might not be out until November, but it's already established a fanbase. Blender artist, Tomek Dittrich, is such a big fan, he's gone to the extent of creating a "Nightcity Cyber Boy". The full 3D model of this concept even includes a Cyber Boy version of Cyberpunk 2077. In the brief clip...

  • Quiz Which Years Were These Classic Nintendo Games Released?

    The Year of the Cart

    After multiple decades in the home console gaming business, Nintendo's library of beloved games are etched in the memories of players across the planet. Most of us will never forget the first time we plugged that shiny new Super Mario World cartridge in the Super Nintendo's slot, or the magical holiday season when we first...

  • News Street Fighter II's Zangief Was Nerfed Because One Player Was Too Good With Him

    "It's your fault Zangief became weaker"

    Russian wrestler Zangief has been part of the Street Fighter universe since he made his debut in Street Fighter II, the game which truly turned the franchise into a global phenomenon. He's traditionally been seen as one of the game's expert-level characters, primarily because of his slow speed, lack of...

  • Feature The 9 Strangest Choices For Licensed Karting Games

    The racing tie-ins nobody really asked for

    The Switch can’t avoid licensed kart racing games. It’s already seen its fair share of gems (Team Sonic Racing, Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled) and stinkers (Hello Kitty Kruisers, Garfield Kart Furiou

  • Hands On Retro Fighters Follows Up Its Superb Brawler64 Pad With The StrikerDC For Dreamcast

    The ultimate upgrade

    When Retro Fighters released its Nintendo 64 'Brawler' controller a while back, we thought it was pretty darn good – it's just a shame that so few games on the N64 really take advantage of its amazing D-Pad. However, the company is back with another pad, this time for a system which has plenty of amazing fighting 2D games: the...

  • Feature Every Virtual Boy Game Ranked

    Virtual virtues

    Nintendo is an odd company in many ways; deeply conservative in some respects, but also able to swing for the fences and invest money and resources in the pursuit of pure novelty. Time and again it puts out products that no other platform holder would have dreamed of, and more often than not those frivolities turn out to be...

  • News Finally, Sega Genesis Fans Can Feel Good About Their Version Of Street Fighter II

    The "Remastered" edition is here

    The console wars of the early '90s weren't just fought on specs alone – software was perhaps the biggest deciding factor when it came to buying either a Super Nintendo or Sega Genesis / Mega Drive. Nintendo had Super Mario World, Zelda and Metroid, while Sega had Sonic, Streets of Rage and

  • Poll Box Art Brawl #52 - Mega Man 2

    Mega 'The Rock' Man returns!

    Welcome back to Box Art Brawl, our weekly poll to find out which of three regional box art variants whips the behinds of the other two. This week is a rather special edition because we've reached Round #52, which means it's been one year since we began this fun little exercise. We hope you've enjoyed it so far; from...

  • Feature 10 Of The Most Blatant Snack Sponsorships In Retro Gaming History

    Don't read this on an empty stomach

    Last month the Philippines arm of KFC grabbed the headlines (well, our headlines at least) when it created its own KFC restaurant in Animal Crossing: New Horizons and invited its Twitter followers to visit its island, with the hope of finding Colonel Sanders and getting a voucher code for free chicken in real...

  • Feature Best GameCube Games

    As ranked by you lovely people

    The Nintendo GameCube launched in Japan in September 2001 and a couple of months later in North America. Unlucky Europeans wouldn't get their hands on it until the following year, but the wait was worth it for one of the best-looking video game consoles of all time. The NGC (sorry, GCN) is a beautiful, compact piece of...

  • Soapbox It's Time For WWE No Mercy To Make A Comeback On Nintendo Switch

    The champ deserves a comeback run

    In case you haven’t been keeping tabs on the WWE video game scene, it’s currently in a state of complete anarchy. Ever since THQ went bust and 2K Games took over the licence in 2013, the games have been gathering a steady flow of criticism, which has been rapidly gaining in pace as each instalment is released...

  • Feature Best Nintendo DS Games

    As voted for by you

    This ranked reader-voted list of the 50 best Nintendo DS games is governed by Nintendo Life User Ratings and can change depending on those scores. Feel free to rate your favourites and, perhaps, rejig the ranking below. Enjoy! One of the joys of Nintendo's Switch is how it marries the company's home console heritage with its...

  • Feature Best Game Boy Games

    Black and white brilliance

    Friday 21st April 1989 – the day that the Game Boy launched in Japan. Over thirty years ago the video gaming landscape would be forever changed as Nintendo opened up the new frontier of portable gaming to the masses. The company’s Game & Watch line let you take limited gaming experiences on-the-go, but the Game Boy...

  • News Nintendo Officially Unveils The LEGO NES Console, Launches Next Month

    Official images released

    Update (Tue 14th Jul, 2020 13:10 BST): It's official! Nintendo has confirmed that the LEGO NES console is indeed the real deal. It will launch on 1st August priced at £209.99 / $229.99, and will remain exclusive to LEGO Retail stores for the remainder of the year. From 2021, it will also be available at other leading...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl #51 - Super Aleste / Space Megaforce

    A Megaforce to be reckoned with

    Welcome to Box Art Brawl, our weekly contest that pits three box art variants from around the world against each other in a fight for your vote. Last week observed three versions of ActRaiser 2 locked in combat. While Japan trailed from the very beginning, it was an exceptionally close fight between North America and...

  • News This Sealed Copy Of Super Mario Bros. Just Sold For $114,000

    That's a new world record

    Remember when a super rare sticker sealed copy of Super Mario Bros. on NES sold for $100,150 USD last February? Well, another copy of the exact same game (in a similar condition) has now broken this record - going for the sum of $114,000 USD (this roughly equates to £90,000). That makes this particular copy the most...

  • Feature 8 Games That Could Really Benefit From A Modern Remake On Switch

    How about revisiting and repairing some flawed gems?

    Ever since the rumour that several 3D Super Mario remasters may be coming to Switch, we've been champing at the bit to experience those classics again on Switch. Say what you like about Switch ports but if they're treated with the care and respect they deserve, we're all for bringing...

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