Tuesday9th Feb 2021
"We were all told as a team that everyone had approved it"
GoldenEye 007 has been back in the news lately. We've known for a long time that Rare planned an Xbox Live Arcade remake of the acclaimed shooter and, courtesy of Youtuber Graslu00, we recently got a full look at what that could have looked like. Since then, sever
Fan support continues on
You may recall that before Super Mario 3D All-Stars was formally announced, Super Mario 64's source code was reverse engineered and released on PC. Offering greater modding possibilities than emulation for the platforming classic, naturally, Nintendo tried shutting this down.
Monday8th Feb 2021
Go home and be a middle-aged family man
Capcom's seminal Street Fighter II turned 30 last weekend – a fact that makes us feel very, very old indeed. Originally launched in arcades on February 6th, 1991, the game triggered a flood of imitators throughout the early part of the decade, and spawned several 'update' variants in the form of Street...
And Star Trek's Patrick Stewart could be involved
If you're from the UK and are over the age of 30, then chances are you'll vividly recall tuning in to Channel 4's GamesMaster TV show back in the '90s. A truly revolutionary piece of television programming, the show was based around a series of challenges where members of the public and celebrities...
Sunday7th Feb 2021
Where's my DS wrist strap thumb nub thing?
Welcome back to Box Art Brawl, our poll series to find out which of two or more regional retro box art variants is the most pleasing to our modern sensibilities. Last time we observed SNES brawler Final Fight 3 as it engaged in a fierce duel between East and West. It seems that ganging up was a smart plan...
Friday5th Feb 2021
Steve, darling, aren't you a bit old for frisbee
Following the slightly disappointing news that Windjammers 2 was delayed to 2021, we're getting a ton of news, new trailers, and even a demo on Steam, which makes us think that maybe the frisbee-throwing game isn't as far off as we thought. This latest trailer reveals the addition of Arcade Mode, in...
No stone left unturned
French publisher Geeks Line is no stranger to a good book – it has already given us the superb N64, SNES and GameCube anthologies – and it's rounding off this Nintendo-themed selection with an exhaustive look at the machine that started it all, the NES (or Famicom if you're of the Japanese persuasion). Penned by Math...
And it sounds glorious!
The Super Nintendo game Super Mario World is already amazing, but what might have changed if there were no file size limitations back then? For starters, the iconic music might have been even better. The truth is, we've been listening to "heavily compressed" music in this game for many years now. Today, though, we can...
Thursday4th Feb 2021
Game developers are notoriously bad at archiving. In fact, Kotaku wrote a whole piece about how some games are in danger of disappearing forever, partly because of just how bad game developers are at archiving. Nintendo loses code. Floppy disks decay and crumble. Long-lost prototypes lie in dusty drawers of filing cabinets sent to...
Second-hand Nintendo games are notoriously pricey, but why?
The year is 1999. I'm in a GAME, in Loughborough town centre. The grey carpet is sticky, the awful fluorescent lights are so dim I can barely see, and everything sort of smells like stale sweat. I'm standing in the N64 section with my brother, both of us clutching a small fortune in pocket...
We're absolutely here for this
We know the GameCube didn't get the love it deserved when released, and these days, many players going back to Nintendo's older library use their Nintendo Wii instead. Criticised for being "gimmicky" due to its shape, we'd argue the GameCube's appearance is nothing short of high art. So, if we may offer a suggestion,...
Become a "master of the ninja arts"
Hamster is bringing some old-school ninja action to the Switch eShop this week, with its Arcade Archives release Ninja Kazan. This side-scrolling action game was originally released by Jaleco in 1988 and requires the player to set out on a journey across the world and reclaim the 5 lost secrets, in order to...
Wednesday3rd Feb 2021
Grab your Betamax tapes and boot up your Sega Mega Drives
If Ready Player One left you craving more of that shameless '80s nostalgia, then Narita Boy is probably right up your alley. With elements of Tron, Star Wars, and various retro consoles sprinkled throughout its pixel art graphics, Narita Boy is bound to tickle that memory gland of yours in...
"I love that fans found out about the original ending"
It's been quite the week for retro discoveries. Alongside GoldenEye 007's cancelled remake resurfacing online, DuckTales has been in the news after an unearthed prototype build made its way online, revealing a previously unreleased song called "Map". As it turns o
Tuesday2nd Feb 2021
These games went above and beyond simple preservation
For years the Virtual Console allowed us to relive our fondest memories in gaming. Being able to download The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and play it in its original untouched state held a tremendous amount of value...but sometimes the service went above and beyond. Did you know Super Mario...
That's no moon (theme)...
Capcom brought us a remastered edition of DuckTales several years back, but we still hold a lot of love for the original NES version. Offering us a unqiue platforming adventure, DuckTales was widely noted for its excellent soundtrack – the Moon Theme most prominently – though it only featured a dozen tracks. Within the...
And in four colours
When we reviewed the Retro Fighters Brawler64 controller for the N64 back in 2019, we came away suitably impressed. Described as a "next-generation" N64 pad replacement, it's comfortable to use and very responsive. While it has serious competition in the form of the Tribute64, it's still an excellent option for th
Well, the Japanese one, at least
F-Zero may not be on Nintendo's radar at present, but it's a series which is close to the heart of many a Nintendo fan – and part of its appeal is the colourful cast of comic book characters which have populated the franchise since it made its debut on the Super Famicom / SNES way back in November 1990. Takaya...
Monday1st Feb 2021
Don't try this at home
A few years ago a clever, witty, and shockingly beautiful Nintendo Life writer had to spend a few boring days trawling numerous websites searching for a brand new and eye-wateringly expensive wafer-thin HDTV with which to replace their ageing and sadly then only semi-functional slightly less wafer-thin HDTV. This new triumph...
New device offers lag-free HDMI output up to 1080p
Much as we love the Nintendo 64, it's a known issue that HD TVs don't always play nice with our favourite 24-year-old console. When plugged into newer units, the N64's composite and S-Video outputs look washed out, meaning you'll need an HDMI upscaler to make them playable. Pixel FX is the latest...
Friday29th Jan 2021
Zoom, just one look
In the last four decades, Nintendo has produced some of the most ubiquitous and iconic video game hardware and peripherals on the planet. Even if you don't have a stash of retro consoles and peripheral goodies tucked away somewhere, Nintendo's range of home and handheld consoles and the games and accessories that went along with...
Karu_gamo, the developer behind Japanese cult classics Protect Me Knight, Gotta Protectors and Amazon's Running Diet, is bringing a new game to the NES / Famicom. Blazing Rang
And things get tense
We've all seen bizarre gaming setups streamed online before – like that time someone played Super Smash Bros. Ultimate using a bunch of bananas as a controller, or Cadence of Hyrule being played on a dance mat – and the latest effort to catch our eye takes us back to the wonderous levels found within Super Mario W
Thursday28th Jan 2021
Save the solar system
Hamster's latest Arcade Archives release on the Switch eShop this week is Halley's Comet. This vertically scrolling shooter was originally released in arcades in 1986 by Taito. The Switch eShop release will set you back $7.99 or your regional equivalent. Here's a bit about the game along with some screenshots: "HALLEY'S...
Tuesday26th Jan 2021
And they're going to upload it all to the internet for free!
Back on the 5th January, a Twitter user and self-proclaimed "unofficial Mega Man brand ambassador" named Brian put out a call for donations. He wasn't raising money for a medical procedure or a political campaign, though - he wanted to buy a "rare and unusual piece of Mega Man animation...
'Attack of the Fluff Monster'
The Game Boy Camera is a surprisingly cool piece of kit – did you know that you can use it as a webcam or that it can be used to photograph the moon? – but we didn't ever think we'd see a fully-functioning, fan-made game playable on the Camera's software itself. Amazingly, though, that
"We are taking matters back into our own hands"
The Polymega saga rumbles on. Following news that the system's much-delayed launch would be pushed back again into 2021, Playmaji – the company behind this all-in-one wonder console – has just revealed that anyone who pre-ordered a unit with US retailer Walmart must cancel it and re-order directly...
Monday25th Jan 2021
And it was all yellow
Many of us remember the bright yellow Game Boy Color units. It's a good colour choice, but we never saw an official lemon yellow unit for the original Game Boy Advance – however, a new prototype unit has been uncovered with that exact colour scheme. This reveal comes via Developer Jeff on Twitter, who often showcases...
"We must ask that you remove this feature"
Stop 'N' Swop was undoubtedly one of the N64's biggest mysteries, and even now, we're still learning new things about it decades later. With six coloured eggs and an ice key scattered across Banjo-Kazooie, it was designed as a means of unlocking special content in the sequel, Banjo-Tooie. It was never used...
Sunday24th Jan 2021
When you run fast sometimes you outrun a second chance
There was a time where Sega made a significant effort to preserve their legacy titles which would allowed new fans to experience games even if they're predate by them. Fast forward to modern day and the company only seems interested in rereleasing Sonic 1 & 2 on every platform imaginable...