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  • News Super Coder Speeds Up Yet Another SNES Classic

    Konami's Axelay benefits from the FastROM treatment

    Remember Brazilan coder Vitor Vilela? He's been making it his quest to fix SNES games that are plagued with slowdown, and he's already worked his magic on titles such as Contra III, Super R-Type and Super Mario World. The issue is that th

  • News PlayStation's Ken Kutaragi "Never" Considered Nintendo To Be A Competitor

    "We were workmates"

    Before the existence of the PlayStation, Sony worked with Nintendo on a CD-ROM drive for the Super Famicom. Nintendo decided to pull the plug on the device, and so Sony entered the console business by itself - becoming a direct rival and industry powerhouse. With this in mind, “The Father of PlayStation” Ken Kutaragi...

  • Guide Best SNES / Super Nintendo RPGs

    Flame spells at the ready!

    The expansive software library of Nintendo’s 16-bit powerhouse wasn’t short of any of the most popular genres of the '90s, and perhaps least of all RPGs. Intense strategy, whimsical adventure, tear-jerking goodbyes to characters you’ve spent months with… the SNES has it all. And that makes compiling a list of ten...

  • Anniversary It's Super Mario RPG's 25th Birthday!

    Don't get too excited - Nintendo likely won't do anything for this one, either

    Let's just ignore the woeful approach of the end of Mario's 35th anniversary, or the completely-ignored 35th anniversary of the Zelda series for a moment. 2021 is also a big year for Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars

  • News Store Your SNES Games In Style With These Rather Fetching Book-Like Cases

    "No more shoeboxes or shady repros"

    Ah, the SNES. What a machine, eh? Home to some of the greatest video games of all time, this legendary 16-bit console still gets plenty of action in the Nintendo Life office – but, after more than 30 years, we have to admit that many of the games we load up are loose carts, largely because SNES software...

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  • Video 27 Years Later, Early Donkey Kong Country Concept Sketches Are Revealed To The World

    Rambi, Kremlings, and other characters also shown

    Back in the '90s, Rare had quite a reputation for being secretive about its internal practices. Though it has opened up significantly since being acquired by Microsoft, it's one of the reasons why we get interesting stories still

  • Guide Best Super Nintendo (SNES) Games

    As rated by you

    A lot can happen in thirty years. To be fair, a lot can happen in one year (2020 was a stark reminder of that), but thirty?!? We've seen five-ish console generations in that time, and some incredible advances in the tech and design ideas behind video games, but there was something special about the 16-bit generation. Maybe it's just...

  • News The SNES Almost Got A Zelda-Style Back To The Future II RPG

    Great Scott!

    The Back To The Future movie franchise is one of Hollywood's most famous products of the '80s, and it should come as no surprise to find that it had its fair share of licenced video games. The original movie got a home computer adaptation in 1985 for the likes of the C64 and ZX Spectrum – as well as a later NES game in 1989 – and...

  • News Arcade1Up Is Releasing Its Very Own Killer Instinct Arcade Cabinet

    Includes Killer Instinct 1 & 2, Battletoads and Battletoads & Double Dragon

    Arcade 1Up - known for recreating classic arcade cabinet titles such as Mortal Kombat and NBA Jam - has revealed a cabinet for Rare's 1994 release, Killer Instinct. This is the same game that was ported to the Super Nintendo a year later - although there are notable...

  • News The PocketGo S30 Is Basically A SNES Pad That Plays Retro Games

    Nintendo will be pleased

    Update: A custom update is now available which solves many of the issues mentioned in this review. It smooths out the visuals, making them look less distorted (but sadly not pixel-sharp), and adds in better menu icons. There's a thriving market for emulator-based handhelds these days, with factories in China pumping out...

  • News How One Man Is Fixing The SNES' Biggest Weakness

    Slowdown, be gone

    The SNES is a legendary console, of that there can be absolutely no doubt. However, it did have one considerable weakness when compared to its main rival, the Sega Mega Drive / Genesis: the clock speed of its CPU. The Ricoh 5A22 which powers the console runs at 3.58 MHz, while Sega's 16-bit system has a Motorola 68000 running at...

December2020

November2020

  • Poll Box Art Brawl #68 - Super Mario World

    It's a Mario, Mario, Mario, Mario World

    Welcome back, you beautiful bunch, to Box Art Brawl — our regular poll to find out which of two or more vintage video game cover variants from around the globe is the best, better than all the rest (diew, diew, diew-diew, diew), better than anyone we ever met. Last time we watched F-Zero take itself to the...

  • Video A Look At Ocean Software's Cancelled SNES Game Green Lantern

    That never got the green light

    Green Lantern might not be remembered for much other than a failed movie starring Ryan Reynolds over the past decade, but long before this in the early '90s, British developer Ocean Software was working on a licensed Super Nintendo video game for the DC Comics hero. This unreleased project has been largely shrouded in...

  • Hardware Classics Super Famicom

    Still super after all these years

    To many, it's the greatest video game console ever made. The Super Famicom — or Super Nintendo Entertainment System as it is more commonly known outside of its native Japan — is host to some of the finest pieces of interactive entertainment ever made. It was on this console that Nintendo refined so many of the...

  • Poll Rate Your Favourite SNES Games

    Help us assemble the top 50 Super NES games ever

    It varies from person to person, of course, but your favourite console generation is often the one you played most in childhood — in that impressionable pre-to-early teen sweet spot where a foundation of gaming memories are formed. That's when you play the classics you return to later in life for...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl: Duel #67 - F-Zero

    From zero to F-Zero

    Welcome to Box Art Brawl, the weekly vote to find out which of two or more regional box art variants has what it takes to win your hearts and minds. Last time we boarded the Halloween train with a trio of Resident Evil 0 covers. While Japan and North America scarpered to lock themselves in the WC when the ticket man came, the...

October2020

  • News The SNES Encyclopedia Is An Exhaustive Resource For Nintendo Fans

    Penned by Chris Scullion, no less!

    As long-time readers of this very site will be aware, Chris Scullion really knows his stuff. That's why we get him to fill these hallowed pages with lovely words; he's something of a boffin when it comes to the world of Nintendo, having worked at Official Nintendo Magazine during its heyday. Scullion has been...

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  • 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

    Bust-a-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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Anniversary EarthBound Turns 25 In The USA, And A Whole Generation Feels Old

    Mother!

    As time continues to march on relentlessly, it's time for another significant video game anniversary - and today's is a particularly nostalgic one. It's 25 years to the day since Shigesato Itoi's lovely EarthBound first arrived on US shores and gamers in the West got to take on Giygas with Ness and his band of young heroes on the SNES. They...

  • Poll Rate Your Favourite Nintendo Switch Online SNES Games

    Help us rank the 29 SNES games on Nintendo's online sub service

    They might have taken a while to arrive, but the library of 29 SNES games available as part of Nintendo's Switch Online subscription service adds considerable value to Switch's online offering for many retro gaming fans. Throw in authentic-feeling wireless controllers that mimic the...

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