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Monday9th Sep 2019

Sunday8th Sep 2019

  • Poll Box Art Brawl #7 - Star Fox

    Barrel roll with the punches

    Oh, hello there! We were so involved with the freshly released Super NES games on Switch we almost forgot about the big bout. Of course it's time for Box Art Brawl, the weekly showdown where three regional retro boxes battle to find out which was the fairest of them all. Last week Mega Man 3 gave itself a sound...

Saturday7th Sep 2019

  • Feature 30 Weird And Wonderful Peripherals From Nintendo's History

    Playing with power... and a whole lotta plastic

    Nintendo’s history as a manufacturer of playing cards and toys means the company has always been very comfortable with expanding out from with video game console under the TV into the wider world of peripheral accessories and novelties. These extra lumps of plastic and electronics that interface with...

  • Reminder Rate Your Favourite GameCube Games

    The Dolphin turns 18 in September, and we need your help

    Update: Thanks to everyone who's rated their favourites so far. This is just a wee reminder if you missed this last week. Remember, you're scoring games - as many as you like - out of 10, not picking a top 10. Very good. Carry on! The Nintendo GameCube launched in Japan in September 2001 and...

Friday6th Sep 2019

  • News Pre-Orders Go Live For The Evercade Retro Handheld System

    More than 100 games already confirmed

    As promised, pre-orders for the upcoming Evercade console have now gone live. If you're looking to get your hands on one, keep reading! With an expanding library of cartridges that already includes the likes of Namco Museum (Pac-Man, Dig-Dug and Galaxian), Atari (Asteroids, Centipede and Pong), Interplay...

Thursday5th Sep 2019

Sunday1st Sep 2019

  • Poll Box Art Brawl #6 - Mega Man 3

    Blue on blue

    Ding ding! Round 6! Welcome once again to Box Art Brawl, the series where regional retro box art variations duke it out to discover which one rules the roost. Last week we saw Super Mario Kart race itself ragged until just one version took the chequered flag. The winner? Super Mario Kart, followed closely by Super Mario Kart, with poor...

Saturday31st Aug 2019

Friday30th Aug 2019

  • News This Exclusive Evercade Console Is Looking Pretty In Black

    Pre-orders go live next week

    UK-based online retailer Funstock is selling an exclusive black edition of the upcoming Evercade console - perfect for any dark mode fans out there. Releasing on the same day as the standard model (20th March, 2020), the black edition will be available in a Premium Edition bundle or in an All-In Edition bundle. The...

Thursday29th Aug 2019

Wednesday28th Aug 2019

Monday26th Aug 2019

  • Feature The Man Who Lost Tetris

    The almost unbelievable story of Robert Maxwell

    Media tycoon Robert Maxwell’s influence on the UK and international games’ software industry is the stuff of legend. As Dan Ackmerman’s writes in The Tetris Effect, Maxwell’s part in the international battle for the rights to Tetris resulted in legal battles between his son, Kevin Maxwell,...

Sunday25th Aug 2019

  • Poll Box Art Brawl #5 - Super Mario Kart

    Before the big blue shell

    Welcome to Round 5 of Box Art Brawl, where we take a gander at the box art of a certain retro game and crown one regional variant as champion. Last week the classic NES brawler River City Ransom duked it out with its counterparts until the Japanese version emerged bloody-nosed but victorious, beating down the North American...

Friday23rd Aug 2019

  • Random Reimagining The Famicom As An Apple-Style Home Computer

    Introducing the Family Computer PVM System

    The classic Nintendo Famicom was a design masterpiece compared to the boxier version which regions outside of Japan got in the form of the NES. Around the time of its release, there was a bit of a trend for having combined CRT monitors incorporated into a gaming device, such as the Vectrex from 1982. Later,...

Wednesday21st Aug 2019

Sunday18th Aug 2019

Wednesday14th Aug 2019

Sunday11th Aug 2019

  • Poll Box Art Brawl #3 - Resident Evil 4

    What'll it be, stranger?

    And we're back! Welcome to the third edition of Box Art Brawl, the series where we ask you lovely people to decide which lucky territory got the best box art of a certain retro classic. Last week we looked at Contra (or Probotector as it was known in Europe) and it was decided that the North American muscle-bound variant was...

Saturday10th Aug 2019

Friday9th Aug 2019

Wednesday7th Aug 2019

  • Reminder Vote For Your Favourite Nintendo DS Games

    We need your help to rate the finest Dual Screen games

    Update: A big thank you to everybody who has already voted when this went live over the weekend - to anyone who missed it, feel free to dive in below and help us rank the top 50 Nintendo DS games ever. Carry on! Later this year we'll be celebrating the 15th anniversary of the Nintendo DS, a...

Sunday4th Aug 2019

  • Poll Box Art Brawl #2 - Contra / Probotector

    I Think Ur A Probotector

    Welcome back for round two of the series where we throw the regional box art variants of a particular retro game into a pit and see which one scrambles out victorious. Last time we kicked things off with Super Metroid for the Super Nintendo. After a week of voting, the Japanese art has emerged with a very comfortable win,...

Friday2nd Aug 2019

Thursday1st Aug 2019

Wednesday31st Jul 2019

  • Feature Best Game Boy Games

    As voted for by you

    Back in April the Nintendo Game Boy turned 30 in Japan and to celebrate this amazing occasion we ran a series of related features over the course of a week. Today it's 30 years since the system's North American debut, so we're republishing this collection of the finest games on the console, as voted by Nintendo Life users. Enjoy!...

  • Anniversary Game Boy Turns 30 Years Old In North America

    Three decades of playing with portable power

    Back in April we celebrated the 30th anniversary of the one handheld to rule them all - the humble Nintendo Game Boy. We ran a series of features on the all-conquering lump of grey plastic and had fun reminiscing about green screens, AA batteries and some incredible games. Well, that was in celebration...