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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...

  • 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

  • Guide Best Virtual Boy Games

    Every Virtual Boy game ranked

    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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Guide 50 Best Nintendo DS Games Of All Time

    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...

  • 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...

  • News New Book Charts The Oral History Of Street Fighter II, And It's On Kickstarter Now

    Over 60 people interviewed

    UK book publisher Read-Only Memory has announced that it is releasing a book which charts the history of Capcom's Street Fighter II, as told by the people who made it happen. "The culmination of several years of research by acclaimed games writer Matt Leone, Like a Hurricane gathers together over 60 voices, spread across...

  • Feature Should You Ditch Your GameCube Discs For The GC Loader?

    We go hands-on with the system's ODE option

    Back when cartridges were the main means of distributing video games on home consoles, the prospect of optical media was a technological revolution of sorts; these shiny discs promised greater storage at a cheaper cost (not that the consumer always saw the latter benefit), and carts were considered to be...

  • Deals The Sega Genesis Mini Is Now On Sale For Just $40

    Go! Go! Go!

    If you've been holding out on buying the Sega Genesis Mini (or the Mega Drive Mini as we'd call it here in the UK), you'll be pleased to know that there's never been a better time to jump in and grab one. At the time of writing, Amazon is selling the console at a whopping 50% off the regular asking price, meaning you can now snap one up...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl #50 - ActRaiser 2

    Raise your act

    Welcome back to Box Art Brawl, the weekly contest between box art variants from around the globe to find out which is the best, better than all the rest. Last week Puzzle Bobble, or Bust-a-Move as it's known in North America, graced us with its presence. It wasn't a contest, really - Japan absolutely stormed it with over two thirds...

  • News GC Loader Ditches The GameCube's DVD Drive So You Can Run Games From An SD Card

    DVD drive playing up? This might be what you're after...

    A short while back, we reported on a new optical drive emulator option for the Sega Saturn and Sega Dreamcast, and we've since been made aware of another product which does very much the same thing – but for the Nintendo GameCube. The GC Loader is GameCube DVD drive replacement that allows...

  • News The Super Mario 64 PC Port Just Got A 60fps Patch

    Smoother than before

    The Super Mario 64 PC mod - that Nintendo tried to take legal action against - has certainly come a long way since its unofficial release in May. When it first arrived it included 4K and ultra-widescreen support and in the following month, modders added in a modern Mario model and some imp


  • Random Turns Out NBA Jam Has Been Cheating The Chicago Bulls All This Time

    "Make sure you pick the Pistons over the Bulls"

    If you're a Netflix subscriber, you'll no doubt have seen the excellent basketball documentary series, The Last Dance. It charts the incredible story of Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls during one of the most exciting periods in the history of the sport. It also spends a bit of time covering the...

  • News Fan Turns Broken SNES Into A Working Switch Dock

    Even the eject button (kind of) works

    If you fancy a new project to take on while you're stuck at home, or if you happen to have a broken SNES already lying around, perhaps it's time to turn one into a custom, fully-working Switch dock? Remember last month when we shared Reddit user IMOKRUOK's work on a broken NES, which transformed the faulty...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl #49 - Bust-A-Move / Puzzle Bobble


    Welcome once again to Box Art Brawl, our weekly poll to discover which of three regional box art variants sits at the top of the tree. Last week we scrutinised Natsume's Wild Guns on Super NES. Following a classic Western-style gunfight, North America emerged from the smoke victorious, growling at second place Japan and third place...

  • News Someone Created A Hand-Drawn Guide For The Original Zelda And It's Breathtaking

    Puts Navi to shame!

    Back in the 1980s, the original Legend of Zelda for the NES was a massive success. People all over the world were journeying into the land of Hyrule for the very first time, figuring out its puzzles and spilling its secrets on the playground, in the breakroom, at the pub, you name it. Many of its riddles were extremely cryptic...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl #48 - Wild Guns

    Wild world

    Welcome to Box Art Brawl, our weekly dust-up to find out which of three regional box art variants is the best. Last week it was Shadowrun's turn to battle itself. Japanese Shadowrun obliterated the competition with over 70% of your approval, leaving second-place North America and third-place Europe to mop up the remainder. This week...

  • Guide How To Fit An IPS Screen To Your Game Boy Advance SP

    Take your GBA to the next level of brightness

    The Game Boy line of consoles may be old news to Nintendo, but that doesn't mean it isn't still evolving. Fan-made modifications are appearing all of the time which help augment and improve the tech which makes these handhelds tick, and one of the latest upgrades is a new IPS screen for the Game Boy...

  • News The Super Game Boy Is Now 26 Years Old

    Only for Super Nintendo

    If you're as old as some of us here are at Nintendo Life, you might have fond memories of the Super Game Boy. It was an adapter cartridge for the Super Nintendo that allowed you to play Game Boy and dual-mode Game Boy Color cartridges on the big screen - aka your television. Some games, like the Pokémon titles, even had...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl #47 - Shadowrun

    What we do in the shadows

    Welcome back to the Box Art Brawl, our weekly poll to find out which regional box art variant of an old video game is best. Last week we looked at the three main cover variants for Sonic the Hedgehog 3. The North American Genesis version won out in the end, with Japan not too far behind and Europe trailing in third place...

  • News WayForward Says It's Open To A Remake Of The Original Shantae Game

    Yes, please!

    The half-genie hero Shantae recently celebrated her 18th Birthday with the release of Shantae and the Seven Sirens on the Nintendo Switch eShop. That obviously means her original outing on the Game Boy Color is now also 18 years old. So, when are we getting a remake or remaster of sorts? Siliconera asking a similar question during a...

  • News M2's Pac-Man Championship Edition Demake Was Originally Intended For The 3DS

    "We’ve been working on this for around nearly five years"

    Bandai Namco is about the release Namcot Collection in Japan, which is available either as a complete physical release or as downloadable content, with players given the option to pick and choose which titles they want to buy at 300 yen apiece. As a bonus for downloading all 10 games...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl #46 - Sonic The Hedgehog 3

    2's company

    Welcome to Week 46 of Box Art Brawl, the poll to find out your favourite box art from a selection of three regional variants. Last week we looked at SNES shmup Phalanx. Surprisingly, the infamous North American cover picked up over 50% of the vote for an easy victory. Japan came in second and Europe trailed in a distant third pl

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