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Review Pilotwings - 16-bit Flight Simulation, The Nintendo Way
Mode 7 is the wind beneath my Pilotwings
Now that SNES games are available on Nintendo Switch Online, we've decided to revisit each of them in a fresh review. Expect to see updated reviews for all of the titles currently available over the next few weeks. Upon introducing its new Super Famicom console in late 1990 it wasn't just critical for...
News The Wireless SNES Controller For Switch Unlocks Super Mario World Sound Effects
A nice surprise
The SNES Collection for Nintendo Switch Online subscribers has a lot of fancy built-in features such as the ability to rewind games, re-order games, play online with friends and save your progress at any time. If you were lucky enough to get your hands on one of the wireless Super Nintendo Controllers though, you may or may not have...
Review Super Mario World - Phenomenal Platforming Perfection
It's-a Mario masterpiece
Now that SNES games are available on Nintendo Switch Online, we've decided to revisit each of them in a fresh review. Expect to see updated reviews for all of the titles currently available over the next few weeks. Impressive software is vital for a console's launch, and the powerful one-two combination of the Mode 7...
Reminder Wireless SNES Controllers For Switch Online Can Now Be Purchased (North America)
Exclusive offer for members
Update: The wireless SNES controllers are temporarily out of stock on the Nintendo website. If you want to properly relive the glory days of the SNES on your Nintendo Switch, you must absolutely get the fancy wireless controllers Nintendo showed off during its most recent Direct broadcast. The good news is if you live...
Review F-Zero - The Game That Sold Us Mode 7
What a way to launch a console
Now that SNES games are available on Nintendo Switch Online, we've decided to revisit each of them in a fresh review. Expect to see updated reviews for all of the titles currently available over the next few weeks. At their very core, futuristic racing games should have visual flair, and there was already an early...
Poll So, Which SNES Games Have You Been Playing On Nintendo Switch?
Mario? Zelda? Star Fox?
Last week, Nintendo Switch Online subscribers were treated to a whole new bunch of retro delights in the form of the new SNES app. Available to download as we speak, the new collection lets players jump into 20 classic games on the go, and we're sure plenty of you have been enjoying your time with them. As such, we thought...
News Yoshi's Island On Switch Fixes The Glitch Found In The SNES Classic Version
All better now
If you've booted up the Nintendo Switch Online's fancy new SNES app, you may well have already given Yoshi's Island a fresh spin. The 1995 classic is now available at no extra cost to Switch Online subscribers - and we'd definitely recommend diving into it. Now, we wouldn't blame you for missing it
News Switch's NES And SNES Games Will No Longer Be Added Monthly
Mixing it up
SNES games have finally arrived on Nintendo Switch, joining the already existing NES library to create an ever-growing treasure trove of retro delights for Nintendo Switch Online subscribers. Previously, when we only had the NES games to enjoy, new titles were released (almost) religiously on the second Wednesday of every month, but...
Reminder The Super Nintendo App Is Out Today On The Switch
Includes 20 classic games
Today is an absolutely glorious moment for Switch Online members – with Nintendo finally making SNES games available. Provided you've got a paid subscription, you'll be able to head over the eShop and download this new library of classic games right away. Here's a tweet from the Nintendo of America Twitter account,...
News Nintendo Switch System Update 9.0 Is On The Way, Will Add SNES Controller Support
We all love a good Switch system update here at Nintendo Life - so much so that the idea of system 'stability' has become something of an in-joke amongst our lovely reader community - and the latest of these appears to be just around the corner. Nintendo has confirmed the existence of Version 9.0, which will eventually take over from...
News SNES Games Headed To Switch Online, 20 Titles Release Today In North America
Friday if you're in Europe
Well, the months of rumours, speculation and player wishes have finally come true, as Nintendo has revealed that SNES games are indeed headed to Nintendo Switch. Just like the NES games already available on the console, this new SNES library will be available exclusively to Nintendo Switch Online members. The games will...
Feature Super Nintendo Games We’d Like To See On Nintendo Switch Online
You can never have enough ways to play SNES games
The discovery of an FCC filing showing a SNES controller with the model number ‘HAC-042’ (indicating it’s part of the Switch’s library of peripherals) has all but confirmed that Super Nintendo games are finally on their way to the Nintendo Switch Online service alongside their NES-based...
Random 1992 Nintendo Power Interview Reveals Will Smith's Obsession With Zelda
"He needs help"
Nintendo Power / @nbajambook Now this is a story all about how Fresh Prince himself, Will Smith, developed something of a fondness for Nintendo games - and especially The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past - back in the '90s. In a 1992 issue of Nintendo Power magazine, both Will and music and TV partner DJ Jazzy Jeff spoke about...
News Switch SNES Controller Confirmed, Nintendo Switch Online SNES Games Next?
Just in time for the one year anniversary...
A SNES-style controller for the Nintendo Switch has been spotted thanks to a new FCC filing, which hints that we could see SNES games added to Nintendo Switch Online service sooner rather than later. The filing – spotted by Restera user
News Kirby's Super Star Stacker Receives English Fan Translation 21 Years After Japan-Only Release
Kirby's final Super Famicom appearance
Fans have released a western translation of Kirby's Super Star Stacker, a game which released on the Super Famicom just over 21 years ago. The game is a remake of Game Boy title Kirby's Star Stacker and was only ever released in Japan (the original Game Boy game did launch in North America and Europe). The...
News The Evercade Handheld's Latest Cartridge Features Several Rare SNES Games
More retro delights
Yet another wave of games set to be released on Evercade have been shared - the upcoming cartridge-based handheld system which can connect to your TV. You can read all about the new system here if you're not familiar, but for those of you who have seen our previous coverage, let's dive into the good stuff. This latest set of...
News A Forgotten (And Kirby-Free) HAL SNES Title Has Been Preserved For The Ages
Anyone for golf?
Some great news for retro gaming enthusiasts as the year of noteworthy Super Nintendo efforts continues unhinged. Reports of successful preservation of HAL Laboratory's Special Tee Shot prototype and subsequent public release means that we can all now enjoy the isometric mini-golf game that was meant to show up as a regular SNES...
Video The Making Of SNES Classic Star Fox And The Super FX Chip
And so, the Lylat System was born
Whether you're a diehard fan of the series, or even just familiar with the team thanks to the Super Smash Bros. games, Fox, Falco, Slippy, and Peppy hold a special place in the hearts of many Nintendo fans (yes, we're including Slippy here). The series' Lylat System was born in 1993, when Star Fox (known as Starwing...
News Super Famicom Exclusive Fire Emblem: Thracia 776 English Fan Translation Released
The epic tale of Prince Leif, twenty years later
You might have noticed that the first half of 2019 has been rather exciting for Super Nintendo fans worldwide – with several new hardware and fan projects ensuring that the old 16-bit powerhouse remains relevant to this day and age. This latest news will do very little to dimmish such a trend...
News Earthworm Jim 1 & 2 Getting A SNES Reprint Courtesy Of iam8bit
Recent news that the original team behind beloved 16-bit platformer Earthworm Jim is getting back together for a sequel on the Intellivision Amico confirmed that there's still an audience for the worm and his zany antics. His games on SNES and Genesis / Mega Drive were f
Random The Captivating Mystery Of Pilotwings’ Crashing Plane
And what it means for the art of emulation
These days, we’re used to games evolving over time; developers add content, patch out bugs and generally tinker with their creations for months (if not years) after their publication, subtly re-shaping them into a form which often differs quite wildly from the initial release. Even though this practice...
Random Someone's Working To Fix SNES Shooter Gradius III's Slowdown Issues
SA1 to the rescue!
As one of the earliest shmups to hit the Super Nintendo along with Super R-Type, it was hard not to love Konami's Gradius III. It remains an absolute luxury to have such a great exclusive home port, but reviewers at the time were unanimous in pointing out a single flaw which was somewhat common among earlier SNES releases. The...
News Super Nintendo Emulator Brings HD To Mode 7 Retro Classics
Beyond super, beyond 4:3!
There's no shortage of options when it comes to playing SNES games on a PC, but programmer Byuu's extensive work on bsnes throughout the years has ensured that it remains by far the most cycle accurate Super Nintendo emulator ever developed. While not as user friendly or CPU-light as other offerings, it remains an...
News Fans Are Remaking Zelda: Link's Awakening In The Style Of A Link To The Past
How long until Nintendo’s lawyers step in?
A fansite called ZeldaForce is currently hard at work on a remake of The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, swapping its visual style to suit that of Zelda: A Link to the Past on the SNES. The project is called 'A Link to the Dream' and is planned to be released on platforms like AmigaOS, Windows, and...
News This 3D Model Of Super Mario World Is Breathtakingly Beautiful
We'll take ten, thanks
If you love Super Mario World anywhere near as much as we do, you're going to love this 3D model based on the game's overworld, too. Shared on Twitter by Matt Brailsford, this gorgeous little creation features all of the key areas seen on the game's famous map. Everything from the little world numbers, the Yellow Switch...
News Nostalgia Alert! James Pond Codename: Robocod Slips Onto Switch eShop
Cod help us
With the huge lists of new titles on eShop every week, it's sometimes easy for smaller games to slip thought the net as the bigger releases grab our attention. Eagle-eyed readers will have spotted a 16-bit classic that dropped onto Switch yesterday. Yep, James Pond Codename: Robocod is available to download on eShop as we write. For...
News The English Translation of Super Mario RPG Cut Many Japanese Pop References
Explains some of the oddness
That's Mallow Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars was a grand departure from the Mario template when it launched back on Super Nintendo in 1996. Nowadays there's nary a genre the precocious plumber hasn't dipped his toe into, but his first foray with role-playing turned out to be a classic that still stands up...
News All Secret SNES Data Has Just Been Removed From Nintendo Switch Online's NES App
You may remember that, just last month, a total of 22 SNES games were spotted in the Nintendo Switch Online - Nintendo Entertainment System app. Ever since, and especially with Nintendo's public commitment to "boost the appeal" of its Switch Online service, we've been practically convinced that SNES games will make it to the console in...
Feature Behind The Scenes On Sensible Software's Unreleased SNES Bomberman Beater
Sensible Software is a studio embedded in gaming history for many reasons outside of the admittedly immortal Sensible Soccer. Along with the Canon Fodder games – the destructive sibling of Sensible's popular football sim – the company's commitment to the 16-bit Amiga proved that, sometimes, you can achieve impossibly addictive gaming...
News Combined Sales Of SNES Mini And NES Mini Likely To Surpass Lifetime Wii U Sales
If you need to be reminded just how miserable lifetime Wii U hardware sales were, Niko Partners analyst Daniel Ahmad has shared a number of charts on Twitter, comparing Nintendo system sales as of 31st December 2018. Noticeably, the combined sales of the SNES Mini Classic and the NES Mini Classic are expected to surpass Wii U lifetime...
News Gods Remastered Is Bringing The Bitmap Brothers' Classic '90s Platformer To Switch
From SNES to Switch
Hercules is well and truly on his way to Nintendo Switch, as a remaster of the classic '90s platformer Gods is on its way to the console. Fittingly called Gods Remastered, this new release has been developed by Robot Riot Games and actually released on Steam towards the end of last year. The remaster presents the original title...
Rumour SNES Games Might Be Coming To Switch Sooner Than You Think
New datamining efforts reveal
Yesterday may well have introduced a few more NES games to play on your Switch, but it appears that they might not have been the only things added to the Nintendo Switch Online service in the update. Just a few days ago, datamining efforts uncovered a total of 22 SNES games listed in the NES online app's code, and...
Talking Point Which SNES Games Do You Want To See On Nintendo Switch Online?
What are your must-have picks?
While it's by no means written in stone, a recent datamine suggests that we may soon be playing SNES games on our beloved Switch consoles via the wonder of Nintendo Switch Online. The games uncovered in this datamine are Super Mario Kart, Super Soccer,
Rumour Dataminer Uncovers SNES Games For Nintendo Switch Online Service
22 in total
The Nintendo Switch Online service has been chugging along at a steady pace since it officially launched in September last year. When it did arrive, a digital library of NES titles was made available as part of the subscription package, with more classics added to the service each month. Although Nintendo's focus is currently on NES...
Random Fans Ask Nintendo To Revive Super Mario RPG's Geno And Mallow In Online Petition
The Geno for Smash debate continues
Almost everyone knows and loves the likes of Mario, Link, and Pikachu, but what about the slightly more obscure bunch of video game characters who fly under the radar of mass attention? Whether it's the weird and wonderful Tingle from The Legend of Zelda series, or the "top percentage of Rattata" Joey from...
Feature The Day I Met Donkey Kong On Live TV
Alex Norton talks of TV fame and people in ape suits
No, you're not suffering from déjà vu; this article originally appeared on the site in August this year, and we're republishing it as part of our 'Best of 2018' series which celebrates what we feel were our finest features of the past twelve months. In this special one-off piece, reader Alex...
News NES And SNES Classic Consoles Won't Be Restocked After Holidays, "Once They Sell Out, They’re Gone"
Focus shifts to Switch Online
Nintendo's NES and SNES Classic systems have had an interesting time on the market over the last couple of years. Initially, consumers struggled to get their hands on the NES console as shipments sold out faster than they arrived, but things slowly started to improve over time and the SNES had a much smoother launch...
News SNES Classic King Arthur's World Is Getting A Modern Day Remaster 25 Years Later
Recreated by the original team
It may well have been around 25 years ago that SNES classic King Arthur's World invaded our screens for the first time, but a brand new remaster for modern platforms is currently in the works. If you need a quick refresher, or if you're simply too young to have been around, the game has you playing as the titular King...
News Analogue Announces New Limited Edition Super Nt, And You Can Order One Right Now
Limited to 1,000 units, so be quick
If you're a fan of your fancy tech and intriguing video game consoles, you may already be aware of the Analogue Super Nt. Inspired by the design of the Japanese and European Super Famicom / SNES systems, this machine can play your original games on your modern 1080p setups with beautiful ease, and a new Limited...
Random The Famous Basketball From The Front Cover Of NBA Jam Is Actually Real
But how is it not on fire?
The famous arcade basketball game NBA Jam was originally released by Midway in 1993 and made available on the Super Nintendo the year after. Anyone who played it will no doubt remember the game's cover art depicting a basketball exploding through a paper-like banner. For those who didn't know, this wasn't a CGI render or...
Random Japanese Man Named Miyamoto Arrested For Selling Modded Super Famicom Mini
No, not that one
A 39-year-old man located in Japan has been arrested by police for selling modded Super Famicom Classic Mini consoles to three individuals in online net auctions. According to a report by Asahi via Nintendo Soup, the man added a total of five games to each of the modified systems and then resold them for approximately 61,500 yen...
News Columbus Circle Is Releasing A Converter That Lets You Play Game Boy Color Games On Your SNES
Colour me excited
The Super Game Boy was great, especially if you were a Nintendo fan who was short on cash and wanted to extract as much enjoyment as possible from your small library of games. Being able to experience your Game Boy games on the big screen was a real boon, and if you're anything like us then you'll have many happy memories of...
News SNES Mini And NES Mini Combined Global Sales Surpass 10 Million Mark
The SNES and NES Classic Mini have proven to be a huge success for Nintendo since the systems were launched and resulted in many companies trying to emulate this success with their own retro devices. It turns out, both of Nintendo's miniature systems have been so successful, combined global sales have now surpassed 10 million units...
Random Slack App Engineer Discovers Way To Load Conversations Into A 1995 SNES Game
Using the Satellaview
Back in 1995, Nintendo released a satellite modem peripheral for the Super Famicom in Japan called the Satellaview, allowing the console to receive data transmissions at any given time. Bundled with this peripheral was a game called BS-X: The Story of The Town Whose Name Was Stolen, and sure enough, Nintendo sent magical waves...
News Super Butoden Will Remain Exclusive To Dragon Ball FighterZ Pre-Orders
Buy now or miss out
If you were hoping the Super Nintendo game Dragon Ball Z: Super Butoden would eventually be added to the Switch eShop or upcoming online service, we've got some unfortunate news to share. Bandai Namco reportedly has no intentions of making the classic fighting game publicly available on Nintendo's latest system. When Nintendo...
News Nintendo Classic Mini Double Pack Releasing In Japan On 15th September
Double the fun!
The NES Classic Mini and SNES Classic Mini have been a roaring success, with sales for both devices temporarily outperforming modern generation video game systems during certain mo
News Use Original Cartridges On Your SNES Mini With This Classic 2 Magic Attachment
Also plays ROMs
One less favourable aspect of Nintendo’s mini line of retro systems is the fixed library of games. As fantastic as the collection is on the SNES Classic Mini, some fans are admittedly disappointed by the closed state of the console - with no ability to update the device or download more nostalgic hits. The Classic 2 Magic...
Random Honda Commercial Shows Mario Bros. 3 Being Played With SNES Controllers In HD
Dark magic at work?
As technology continues to improve, so does the equipment inside our everyday automobiles. Video game devices in cars aren't exactly new, but we couldn't help but question what exactly was going on in one Facebook commercial posted by Honda Australia last month. The commercial plays out just like you'd expect from any car...
Random Ever Wondered What's Inside A SNES Controller? Here's A Look
If you think back to the glory days of the Super Nintendo, you might recall how there were two versions of the system available. Even now, the unique controllers are still used to debate which one is the best. A recent post on Reddit has brought attention to the fact SNES controllers include assembly instructions on the inside...
Video How Music Was Made On The SNES
The hard work behind the scenes
Video game soundtracks can make up a huge part of a player's overall gaming experience; hearing just a couple of notes from your favourite games as a child can instantly transport you back to that world, bringing back all those feelings you thought you'd forgotten. Once they've entered your head for the first time,...
News Donkey Kong Country Designer Shows Off Early King K. Rool And Kremling Art Concepts
A much more serious design
Rare employee Gregg Mayles is at it again, giving us even more tasty insights into the makings of the Donkey Kong Country franchise. Earlier today, Mayles shared a list of the original names for Donkey Kong Country's characters and even the game itself, including the recent addition to the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate...
Video Exploring The Process Behind Mickey Mania's 'Into-The-Screen' Chase
A gaming first
If you cast your minds back to 1994, or allow yourself to simply imagine that time if you weren't born yet, you may remember Mickey Mania on the SNES. Developed by Traveller's Tales, this platformer also arrived on Sega Genesis and Sega CD, with one noteworthy element being its 3D, 'into-the-screen' chase - seemingly a first in...
Random High School Student Sends EarthBound Cartridge Into Space
And it still works!
Here's a whacky and wonderful one for you: a copy of EarthBound has recently been sent up to the edge of space, presumably being the only copy of the game that isn't actually bound to Earth. 14-year-old student, Ronnie Doyle, was recently given the chance to send an item of his choosing into space through a donation made by his...
Gallery Unboxing Retro-Bit's Incredible R-Type And Holy Diver Limited Editions
Limited to 2,900 copies each
Retro-Bit is doing an excellent job when it comes to keeping the past alive, and has already released a couple of welcome compilations for the NES and SNES. However, the company has really outdone itself with its latest project, which features limited edition versions of Irem's R-Type and Holy Diver, for the SNES and...
News Make Your Official NES, SNES And Mega Drive Controllers Wireless With 8BitDo DIY
No tricky soldering required
8BitDo has been gracing Nintendo fans with a whole range of controllers and accessories for some time now, with fancy wireless setups for the NES and SNES-themed pads, Switch controller alternatives, and more. Now, though, the company is giving you the opportunity to mod your own official controllers from home. To...
Feature This Unreleased SNES Super FX Racer Could Be Getting A Physical Rebirth
Elite's PowerSlide might be coming back from the dead
1994 was the year that 3D gaming truly came of age in the console arena. While both Nintendo and Sega had dabbled in the three-dimensional realm prior to this – with titles such as Star Fox and Virtua Racing – '94 marked the point where real-time 3D visuals were the expected norm, rather than...
Video How Ingenious British Teens Helped Nintendo Fly With Star Fox
The dawn of the Lylat Wars
The story of how a group of ambitious young British programmers gave Nintendo the courage to enter the 3D arena is hardly new; we've covered it on this very site, for example. However, the tale behind the development of Star Fox is one that bears repeating, making this new video from People Make Games well worth a...
News August Sees Triple Flavoured Kunio Super Famicom Release
Baseball, dodgeball and puzzle variety on a single cartridge
Great news if you're a fan of Kunio and happen to be looking to expand your Super Famicom cartridge collection. A recent Amazon Japan listing has revealed what can be roughly translated as 'Kunio's Triple Play Replica Package', a complete Super Famicom boxed cartridge that brings...
News Programmer Gets SNES Games Running On The NES With A Little Bit Of Hacking
Wherever you look, people seem to love hacking into games systems and cartridges to create gameplay experiences that just would never be possible through official means. This latest project is no exception, and amazingly allows SNES games to be played on a real, unmodified NES console. Tom Murphy, aka Tom7, has found a way to...
News Two Classic Super Famicom Games Are Set For A Special Reprint In Japan
There's been a spate of retro re-releases as of late in Japan, with publishers reissuing classic titles (and a few obscure gems) on their original platform. Japanese firm Tommo is the latest publisher to leap aboard the bandwagon, with two Super Famicom titles getting a reprint. It's been confirmed that Shodai Nekketsu Kpuha Kunio-kun...
News Super Famicom Exclusive Super Robot Wars Gaiden Deploys English Fan Translation
With the recent release of five Super Famicom Great Battle games still fresh in our minds, Aeon Genesis and his group are back again with a complete English translation patch for one of the most iconic games in the whole Super Robot Wars saga: Super Robot Wars Gaiden: - Masōkishin – The Lord Of Elemental. However, according to the...
News Devolver Digital Is Releasing A New SNES Game, And It's For A Worthy Cause
Buy a game, prevent mental illness
Devolver Digital and Megacat Studios are teaming up to create a brand-new SNES game which aims to raise awareness of mental health issues within the game development industry. Fork Parker’s Crunch Out was announced at the Game Developer Conference today, and is available to preorder...
News Mega Man 2 And X Are Getting Limited Edition Cartridges And We Want Them All
They'll work with your NES and SNES, too
With the Mega Man 30th anniversary now upon us, Capcom is pulling out all the stops to celebrate. Not only have we got Mega Man 11 coming alongside the two Legacy Collections, we've also got these limited edition cartridges for Mega Man 2 and Mega Man X. They even work on your old NTSC NES/SNES! Both...
News The SNES Classic Edition Has Sold 5.28 Million Units Worldwide
Nintendo has revealed that the SNES Classic Edition has sold an impressive 5.28 million units worldwide. The micro-console - which launched in September last year - comes pre-loaded with 21 SNES titles - including the previously unreleased Star Fox 2 - and is the sequel to the equally-successful NES Classic Edition. The NES
News Super Famicom Megami Tensei Spin-Off Last Bible III Gets Translated Into English
Now import friendlier
Jolly news for Megami Tensei fans today as Tom and DDSTrans have announced the release of a complete English translation patch for Super Famicom 1995 exclusive Last Bible III. This was the first entry in the series released on a home console, with the previous two games having graced the humble Game Boy Colour also...
Feature Game Bar Space Station - Osaka's Gaming Paradise
Cocktails and controllers to cater for all tastes
While Tokyo may be the first stop on many gamers' lists due to its numerous arcades and the famous Akihabara area, other parts of Japan also have their own little pockets of gaming heaven for locals and tourists alike. Located in Amemura - just a few minutes walk from the Dotonbori river and...
Random Here's What Donkey Kong Country Would Have Looked Like With Classic Kong
Alternate timeline monkey business
When Rare was given the chance to work with one of Nintendo's most famous intellectual properties, it created one of the SNES' truly classic 2D platformers. However, Donkey Kong Country not only gave Kong a new lease of life; it gave him an entirely new look which has become the accepted template ever since. What,...
News Super Famicom Exclusives 'G.O.D.' And 'Ranma ½: Chougi Ranbu Hen' Translated to English
Double Easter treat from Dynamc-Designs
Dynamic Designs picked April first for a double Super Famicom games translation release, but no need to worry, this is no April's fool. Add one of the last great JRPGs plus one anime fan favourite brawler to the club of fan translated Super Famicom games. Originally released by Infinity/Imaginer in...
News Veteran Game Designer Hidenori Shibao Passes Away
Writer and director of SNES RPG Paladin's Quest
We've got some sad news today as it's being reported that veteran writer and game designer Hidenori Shibao has passed away. Shibao was best known for writing and directing the Super Nintendo RPG Paladin's Quest, which was published by Enix. In later years Shibao would go on to work...
Random Nintendo's SNES-Era Troubleshooting Phone Line Still Works, Troubleshooting Still Given
Support through the decades
Nintendo is unusual in that it offers much better after sales service than most of its rivals and, in the past, has supported systems for many, many years after they stopped being sold in stores. When one fan recently found his SNES was unresponsive, he decided to see if the troubleshooting telephone line printed on the...
Hardware Review The Hyperkin SupaBoy SFC Is A Portable SNES For Under £100
Third time lucky?
It's fair to say that the SupaBoy handheld is one of Hyperkin's most successful products; it initially hit the market in 2012 and has been revised once already in the form of the SupaBoy S. We're now on the third iteration of the same model, and we can imagine this fresh SKU will do the business just as well as its forerunners did...
Video Try to Remember these Top Ten Forgotten Mario Characters
Can't do Mushbert-er than these
Mario's had a lot of friends. So many in fact that you'd be pushed to remember every single one of them, and even then there's probably one or two you've just never even heard of. That's why we've teamed up with the excellent rabbidluigi so that we can collate the very finest of these Mario relics to put in front of...
Music There's A Secret Of Mana Folk Album And It's Beautiful
The soundtrack to Secret of Mana has to rank as one of the best ever committed to silicon, with stirring battle songs rubbing shoulders with soothing lullabies and bittersweet tunes. Hiroki Kikuta's work remains masterful, even after all these years. We didn't think it could get much better, but it seems we were wrong - if you take...
Hardware Review Shika Arcades SOZU.S1 Isn't Just The Ultimate SNES Stick, It's A Work Of Art
The humble video game controller is one of the most important elements of interactive entertainment; it is your interface to an immersive virtual world and any shortcomings it may have (Kinect, we're looking at you) impact massively on your overall enjoyment. It's equally true, however, that not all controllers are created equal, and as...
Deals Check Out These Retro-Bit Famicom And Super Famicom Cart Collections
Many games, one cart
We recently took a look at Retro-Bit's classic game collections sold in the US, classic NES and SNES games lovingly put onto reproduction carts with fancy packaging - a must-have for retro game collectors. It just came to our attention that Retro-Bit is selling a bunch of new retro classic game collections on Play-Asia which...
News Zany Super Famicom Great Battle Series Gets Translated Into English
AGTP celebrates 19 years with five simultaneous translations
One of the longest-running franchises that sadly remains niche in the West is Banpresto's Compati Hero series. Based on super-deformed gashapon toys you can still collect from vending machines across Japan, it marked the first time several franchises crossed over to create an...
News Hyperkin's New SupaBoy Has Superior Coloured Buttons And A 4:3 Screen Option
The best portable SNES just got better
The Hyperkin SupaBoy has already been revised once - resulting in 2016's SupaBoy S - but the company isn't done with the machine yet. The SupaBoy SFC is the latest variant and brings with it some notable upgrades. The most welcome is the ability to toggle between 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratio by holding down...
Hardware Review Hyperkin Supa Retron HD: Time To Dust Off Those SNES Carts
UPDATE: UK launch now confirmed for March
For a wide range of reasons, the public's interest in retro gaming has arguably never been higher. New players are being drawn into this fascinating corner of the industry to explore the origins of characters like Mario and Sonic, while veterans who still bear the scars of the '80s and '90s console wars are...
News Cult Super Famicom Title Majyuuou Is Making A Comeback
A second chance in Hell
Super Famicom cult classic Majyuuou - and possibly the finest Altered Beast clone you will ever get the chance to play - is getting a reprint this coming April, thanks to Columbus Circle. This 1995 KSS-developed horror platformer gathered quite a following thanks to its incredible pixel art, tight gameplay with...
Anniversary It's Been 25 Years Since Star Fox Barrel Rolled Onto Super Nintendo
"Doesn't time FLY when you're having fun making games!"
Good old Dylan Cuthbert. He's gone on to bring so many video game delights to the world with Q-Games, but whenever he gets a chance to tweet about the original Super Nintendo Star Fox - a game he was the lead coder of - he jumps on it. It's hard to believe it's been a quarter...
Random Funko Is Confused About Whether Or Not It's Licenced To Make Earthbound Merch
If you're a fan of pop culture collectables then chances are you'll already been aware of Funko's line of big-headed figures, known as Pop! This series of successful toys has covered a wide range of media, including TV, movies, comics, cartoons and - of course - video games. The company has just released a Strider Hiryu figure for...
News Analogue's Super Nt Gets Its First Jailbroken Firmware
You can now run SNES ROMs from an SD card
When we reviewed the stunning Analogue Super Nt recently we commented that the console's SD card slot might be used to deploy jailbroken firmware that enhances the functionality of the machine - very much in the same way that custom firmware allowed you to do cool stuff on Analogue's previous device,...
News Super Famicom Exclusive JRPG La Wares Translated Into English
A late Valentine Day's gift from Dynamic Designs
Hot on the heels of its complete English translation of Princess Minerva last year, Dynamic Designs is back with a new translation release for yet another Japan only Super Famicom JRPG; Shin Seikoku: La Wares now joins the ever growing list of Super Famicom games that is now accessible to any...
Review The Analogue Super Nt Is The Ultimate Way To Play SNES Games In 2018
Reborn, remastered, remarkable
If you're seriously into audio visual entertainment then chances are you'll have gone through the exciting (yet mildly scary) process of blowing an entire month's pay cheque on the latest television, Hi-Fi or associated piece of audio visual hardware. Like everything in life, how much you want to spend on this kind of...
News MSU1 Support For Yoshi's Island, Seiken Densetsu 3 And Final Fight 2 Is Here
Dinosaur babysitting, action RPG perfection and Mike Haggar's world tour
The Zeldix MSU1 community continues its incredible streak of MSU-1 audio project releases, with this week seeing the conclusion of two major projects from Conn and a nice Capcom surprise from Kurono and PepilloPEV. Without a doubt one of the greatest Super Nintendo (perhaps...
News Analogue's Christopher Taber Opens Up On The Super Nt And Future Projects
"I’m a Sega kid. Who knows? Maybe we’re already working on it"
Tomorrow, Analogue will start shipping its latest system, the Super Nt. Like the company's other consoles - such as the wooden Neo Geo and Analogue Nt Mini - this is a classic reborn; Nintendo'
Gallery Leafing Through Bitmap Books' SNES / Super Famicom Visual Compendium
You can order it from today
The SNES is so hot right now. Not only have we seen the SNES Classic Edition fly off the shelves amid rave reviews, we've also got the lovely new Analogue Super Nt to look forward to. To cap it all off, today sees the launch of Bitmap Books'
News SNES Classics Illusion of Gaia And Mystical Ninja Receive MSU1 Audio Support
Will and Goemon join the high fidelity club
Another week and another two major MSU-1 Audio projects released by Super Nintendo fans. Considering both these classic soundtracks come in at nearly one hundred tracks each this is no small feat. Two epic quests featuring brand new audio possibilities await you. Caught between the brilliance of both...
News This Could Well Be The Ultimate SNES Arcade Stick, And It's Made Of Bamboo
Wood you believe it
UK company Shika Arcades has produced what is shaping up to be the very best arcade stick option for SNES players - and it's made from bamboo. We're no strangers to gaming hardware fashioned from wood here at Nintendo Life, but this example looks like it could take things to the next level. Featuring Sanwa parts and...
News It's Been A Bumper Month For Super Nintendo MSU-1 Audio Enhancement Patches
Pump up the volume
Love them or hate them, the MSU-1 audio enhancement patches are here to stay and the effervescent, passionate community of hobbyist hackers and music producers at Zeldix have been on a non-stop roll of releases during this month. We've rounded up most of those projects on this news post and who knows, one of your old...
Random Here's What Star Wars: The Last Jedi Would Have Looked Like On The SNES
Spoilers contained within, young Jedi...
Star Wars has a long and proud history in the realm of video games (as well as a few bum notes), but one of the most memorable interactive adaptations has to be the excellent trilogy of titles on the SNES. We'd dearly love to see some of the modern movies recreated in this 16-bit style on Switch, but that's...
News How DOOM On The SNES Pushed The Hardware To Its Technical Limits
DOOM recently launched on the Nintendo Switch and while technical compromises had to be made in order to get it to run on Nintendo's portable platform, we nevertheless praised it in our review for being a quality port that had enough of a flavour of the full-fat version of the game to be worthwhile. It's amazing to think that...
News Retro-Bit Announces R-Type Returns For Super Nintendo
Irem's Holy Diver also making a comeback on NES
Looks like Retro-Bit is once again targeting retro gamer's wallets in early 2018 with a couple of exclusive physical re-releases. R-Typepe Returns will bring both excellent entries of the series exclusive to the Super Nintendo (Super R-Type and R-Type III: The Third Lightning) in a single...
News 'Super Famicom Wars' And 'Princess Minerva' Translated to English
Plus ' U.N. Squadron' gets a spiffy MSU1 audio patch
Once again the Super Nintendo community made sure that this was yet another Christmas to remember if you are still playing around with Nintendo's 16-bit wonder. Three major projects were completed and released in time for the Holidays, including a complete English translation for one major...
Gallery Cracking Open Retro-Bit's "New" Old NES And SNES Games
Data East and Jaleco classics are back!
Remember those terrible cardboard boxes that Nintendo games used to come in, way back when? The company thankfully moved onto more civilised plastic cases in the GameCube era, but NES, SNES, N64, Virtual Boy, Game Boy and Game Boy Advance titles all came in easily-crushed cardboard packaging which, for modern...
Video This SNES Classic Mini Teardown Explores the Similarities to the NES Model
One small difference, but it leaves plenty of questions
It's been known for a good while that the innards of the SNES Classic Mini are pretty much the same as the NES Classic Mini. It makes perfect logistical sense for Nintendo and no doubt means solid profits on each unit, but it also raises questions around supply issues and what Nintendo may need...
Video Check Out The Analogue Super Nt's UI And Boot Animation, Created By Phil "FEZ" Fish
With music from Squarepusher
Analogue has lifted the lid on the UI of its forthcoming Analogue Super Nt system, as well as giving some details on the console's unique boot sequence. The man responsible for the clean look of the UI is none other than Phil Fish, creator of the cult indie platformer FEZ. He has crafted all of the art, layout and...
Gallery Checking Out 8Bitdo's New SNES Classic Edition Wireless Gamepad
New look, same quality
While the biggest news to come out of 8Bitdo recently is the launch of the excellent SN30 Pro controller, the company has also released another notable product: the SNES Classic Edition Wireless Gamepad. As the title suggests, this is a controller aimed at those who have purchased a SNES Classic Edition and are looking for a...
Hardware Review Retro-Bit Super Retro-Cade: A Treasure Trove Of Vintage Gaming Goodness
Finally, a legal way to play Boogie Wings in your home
It's fair to say they we weren't all that impressed by the Retro-Bit Generations, 2016's attempt to bring a selection of classic Data East, Capcom and Jaleco titles to the home. An odd library, terrible emulation and general sloppiness made it a product to avoid, despite the tantalising promise...
News Resident Evil Nearly Got its Start on the SNES
Resident Evil is arguably the most prominent horror franchise in existence, spanning several consoles over a few generations, starting on the PlayStation. Though the series has taken some very different directions with all its spin-offs and sequels, the original still stands as a classic that is revered by many, even if it hasn’t aged all...
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