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Random Here's The Reason Why The North American Super NES Looks So Different
"I thought the Super Famicom didn't look good when stacked"
There was great excitement in the Nintendo Life team when the Super NES Classic Edition was revealed to the world, but of course it didn't take long for envy to set in from our US based colleagues when they saw the European version of the SNES Mini; the design differences have always been a...
Poll Are You Excited About the Super NES Classic Edition?
Big hype for a little console
Nintendo, as it likes to drop big announcements through press releases and social media posts, has confirmed the rumours and unveiled the Super NES Classic Edition (NA) / The Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Nintendo Entertainment System (PAL). Let's just call it the SNES Mini from this point on for clarity. It's not just...
News Register Interest in the SNES Classic Mini on the Official Nintendo UK Store
If it works, there's a bit of traffic...
Today Nintendo of Europe announced The Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Nintendo Entertainment System alongside the equivalent Super NES Classic Edition in North America. Now we're all desperately waiting for pre-orders, knowing full well that demand will be very high. If you're in the UK there's a small...
Feature The Full Story Behind Star Fox 2, Nintendo's Most Famous Cancellation
"The series was never intended to be limited to linear 3D scrolling stages"
To celebrate the announcement of the SNES Classic Mini, we're republishing the full story behind the cancellation of Star Fox 2, which first appeared on the site back in May 2015. This year will see the launch of another entry in Nintendo's long-running space battle...
News Thankfully, Europe Is Getting A More Handsome SNES Classic Mini
Following the recent surprise announcement that North America is getting a Super NES Classic Edition, we have now heard from Nintendo UK that Europe will be getting The Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Nintendo Entertainment System (what a mouthful, eh?). Of course this will look like the European and Japanese version of the SNES with its...
News Star Fox 2 Will Finally Be Released Thanks To Super NES Classic Edition
It only took 22 years...
Nintendo has just casually announced the Super NES Classic Edition which had long been rumoured ever since the initial NES Classic Edition last year. One thing that no-one saw coming was that Nintendo is including a (we're assuming) finished version of Star Fox 2, a cancelled Super Nintendo game that has widely been...
News Nintendo Announces Super NES Classic Edition
Now you're playing with super power
Nintendo today announced the long-rumoured Super Nintendo Classic Edition. The system launches on 29th September, will retail for $79.99 in the U.S. and comes with 21 games, including the never before released Star Fox 2. It includes two Super NES controllers and works with the Wii's Classic Controller and...
Random Should The Rumoured SNES Classic Be In Short Supply, This Modder Could Help
Nintendo wouldn't do that again though, right?
Nintendo hasn't officially stated if we're getting a SNES Classic Mini yet, but rumours suggest that it's happening. The company has apparently learned its lesson from the NES Classic and will hopefully, you know, actually make
News Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 is Announced, But is Skipping Nintendo Switch and 3DS
Capcom has officially announced the existence of Mega Man Legacy Collection 2, which was outed by a Korean rating back in April and as expected includes Mega Man 7, Mega Man 8, Mega Man 9 and Mega Man 10. Unfortunately it
Review Shin Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun: Kunio Tachi no Banka (SNES)
Say that title three times in a row
With the celebrations of all these other anniversaries going about it is easy to forget the adventures of Kunio, which also celebrated thirty years in 2016. Despite being absent from most Western gamer’s memories in the past several years (despite the odd virtual console re-release), the legacy of Technōs most...
News Super Famicom Title "Ghost Chaser Densei" Translated Into English
The other Ghosts in the Shell
You may not be familiar with Winkysoft’s rather decent and zany “Denjin Makai” series of scrolling beat’em ups. Like so many others they stubbornly remained Japan-only affairs, with both games (the titular “Denji Makai” and the sequel “Guardians”) sticking to Japanese arcades. But not all hope was lost,...
News Columbus Circle Is Releasing A New Super Famicom Game This Year
1997's Kaizou Choujin Shubibinman Zero is going physical
Nintendo's Satellaview add-on for the Super Famicom was blessed with several download-exclusives which never saw a physical release back in the day, making them particular desirable to collectors and gaming historians alike. Thankfully, one Satellaview won't be consigned to mists of time...
News Bitmap's SNES / Super Famicom Visual Compendium Kickstarter Ends With Almost £225,000 In The Bank
Publisher was only seeking £25,000
Bitmap Books latest Kickstarter campaign has ended pretty spectacularly, raising £224,773 (around $291,000) despite only asking for £25,000. 5,101 backers pledged their support for the book, which follows the NES Visual Compendium crowdfunding campaign that raised £
News Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 Outed By Korean Rating, Nintendo Release Uncertain
Includes Mega Man 7 and the two WiiWare outings
The Korean Game Rating Board has just issued a rating for Mega Man Legacy Collection 2, which will, according to the description, include Mega Man 7, Mega Man 8, Mega Man 9 and Mega Man 10. This collection follows in the footsteps of the 2015 original, which was released on the 3DS as well as other...
News Nintendo Remains Tight-Lipped On SNES Classic Mini Rumours
No news is good news?
2016's NES Classic Mini was a shock success for Nintendo, and almost from the moment it was announced many speculated that the company would, in the fullness of time, follow up with a SNES version. The NES Classic Mini is now officially discontinued, apparently because a SNES edi
News Super Mario Kart Started Life As An F-Zero Multiplayer Prototype
Mario Kart got boost power!
Super Nintendo launch game F-Zero was an impressive feat of development at the time. With its use of Mode 7 visuals it made for a compelling single-player futuristic racing experience that is enjoyable to play even today. It's a shame that the franchise appears to be pretty much dormant now with the last entries being...
Feature 30 Games We Might Get On The SNES Mini Classic Edition
And some more which we'd love but probably won't get!
As exciting as it is, it came as no surprise to hear about Nintendo's plans to release a SNES Mini Classic Edition in time for the holiday season this year. The NES Mini was a tremendous success and flew off the shelves as soon as stock arrived - you could argue that Nintendo did everything...
News Super Nintendo Games, "Legend" And "Iron Commando", Seek Re-release
Piko Interactive seeks to republish Arcade Zone's finest
You might remember Arcade Zone's "Legend" for the Super Nintendo, a game that cult magazine Super Play issue #22 reviewed with a conclusion of "Skillfully crafted with cracking graphics and some novel touches (...)", despite failing to bring anything new to the sidescrolling brawler formula...
Rumour SNES Classic Mini Coming Later This Year
Coming this Christmas
Nintendo is apparently working on a successor to the NES Classic Mini, if reports from Eurogamer are to be believed. Speaking to sources close to Nintendo, Eurogamer is reporting that Nintendo is already hard at work on the "Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Nintendo Entertainment System", which is expected to launch this...
News Bitmap Books Flies Past Kickstarter Target for Super Nintendo Visual Compendium
Bitmap Books is now Playing With Super Power
We are big fans of Bitmap Books' previous Visual Compendiums, so it is exciting to see that the next Kickstarter campaign is dedicated to everyone's favourite 16-bit machine of wonders, the almighty and all-conquering Super Nintendo. While in Europe Sega put up an impressive fight with the equally...
News Super Nintendo's 'Unholy Night' Pre-Orders Are Now Live
Ex-SNK-developed fighter gets back up after Kickstarter KO
After a disastrous Kickstarter campaign that managed to raise only half the needed funds to publish Unholy Knight on the Super Nintendo later this year, it seemed like NU-GAIA's ambitious Super Nintendo one-on-one fighter was heading for an early retirement. So it was surprising to find out...
News SNES Prototype Quik The Thunder Rabbit Uncovered
Quite A Departure From The Original Amiga Game
After the success of Sonic The Hedgehog back in the day there was a flood of animal mascot platformers on every system imaginable, trying with varied degrees of success to cash in on the overnight popularity of the genre. French developer Titus Software was one of many companies all over the world...
Video Let's Have a Closer Look at the Player's Guide for Zelda: A Link to the Past
Retro is the new open world
Amidst all the hype surrounding The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild it's important to take stock and remember the good old days before everything was measured in teraflops and gigaslaps. That's just what our man Dan Thompson has been up to and has decided to make the bold move of muscling in on my turf in the form of...
News Secret Of Mana Sequel Seiken Densetsu 3 Shown Running On Nintendo Switch
Virtual Console incoming?
The official Twitter channel for the Seiken Densetsu series has tweeted footage of the third game running on the Nintendo Switch. Seiken Densetsu 3 is the sequel to Seiken Densetsu 2 (obviously), a game better known in the west as Secret of Mana. It's widely regarded as one of the best RPGs ever made - as you'll know if...
Random Would You Trade Your Brand New Nintendo Switch For A Fully-Boxed SNES?
Breath of the Wild or Link to the Past?
After months of waiting the Nintendo Switch is finally here, and many hardcore fans attended midnight launches to make sure they got their consoles as quick as possible. Our friends over at iRetrogamer.com attended one such event and popped that most difficult of questions: would you be willing to trade your...
News USPS Recovers Lost Package Containing $10,000 in Rare SNES Cartridges
All is well
Some of you may remember the unfortunate news last week that a SNES archiving project was essentially destroyed when the US Postal Service lost a package containing $10,000 in rare SNES cartridges. The package had been sent from a private collector in Germany and vanished shortly after it made it to US soil. Heartbroken over the loss,...
News New SNES Fighter Unholy Night Takes To Kickstarter To Fund Cartridge Production
Created by former SNK staffers, no less
Last year we reported on the development of Unholy Night: The Darkness Hunter, a one-on-one SNES fighter developed by a team of ex-SNK staffers. The title has now progressed to the point where additional funding is required to create physical cartridges, and as a result a Kickstarter campaign has been laun
News Ambitious SNES Preservation Project Ends After $10,000 Of Rare Carts Get Lost In The Mail
A noble attempt to accurately preserve every single SNES game has come to an end after a package containing between $7,500 and $10,000 of rare cartridges was lost by the United States Postal Service. The package was en route to renowned archivist Byuu, best known for creating the superb SNES emulator higan. It contained 100 of the rarest PAL...
News Retro-Bit Bringing Capcom-Themed Controllers And Jaleco Multi-Carts To Market This Year
What's old is new again
In addition to the Super Retro Boy - an all-in-one Game Boy clone - Retro-Bit has revealed at CES 2017 that it is bringing a range of retro controllers and multi-carts to market later this year. The controllers - for NES, SNES and Mega Drive / Genesis - all feature Capcom artwork and retail for $19.99. They're expected to...
News Check Out These SNES Inspired Sneakers
Only a handful of pairs being made
Many of you no doubt remember the Nintendo x Vans promotion that took place this summer, wherein Vans produced a line of fashionable shows with various designs on them related to popular Nintendo IP. They were certainly the Nintendo shoeware to own, but now it seems that a small-time custom shoe designer...
News A Trio Of Super Famicom RPG Classics Are Now Playable In English
Glory of Heracles IV! Xak The Art of Visual Stage! Super GokuDen Totsugeki!
When it rains, it pours. The world of fan translation is an active one, but it's rare that we get three notable releases so close to one another - but that's exactly what has happened; thanks to the dedication of Super Famicom translators we can now play Glory of Heracles...
Hardware Hyperkin SupaBoy S Review
It's back, but is it better?
The industry's passion for "new" retro hardware has been growing steadily over the past few years, and the launch of the NES Classic Mini finally signals Nintendo's entry into this niche yet vibrant sector of the market. Given the astonishing success of that venture it is almost inevitable that we'll see a SNES Classic...
Random Someone Is Localising Final Fantasy IV Using Google Translate
"I want to hit it with my mother chocolate"
Modern gamers are quite fussy about how Japanese games - RPGs in particular - are localised. Back in the 16-bit era, translations were often hack-jobs riddled with errors, but more recently we've seen a rise in quality which is all down to the tireless efforts of localisation teams who seek to maintain the...
News Former SNK Staffers Are Bringing A New Fighter To The SNES
Say hello to Unholy Night: The Darkness Hunter
A team of ex-SNK staffers are working on a one-on-one fighter for the SNES called Unholy Night: The Darkness Hunter. Yes, you read that right, the SNES. The project has passed under the radar somewhat, and only came to light thanks to a recent Facebook post regarding the game's playable debut at the...
Video Everything You Wanted To Know About The Super Game Boy, But Were Afraid To Ask
Don't matter if you're black or white
The Super Game Boy accessory might seem a little pointless to modern gamers who are used to playing retro titles in a wide range of ways on various systems, but back in the early '90s it was a wise investment for the typical Nintendo fan. On the surface, the selling point was simple - you can play your portable...
News Six New SNES Titles Hit The New 3DS Virtual Console In Japan
Kirby! Fire Emblem! Mario's Picross! Pop'n Twinbee!
Last week we reported that six Super Famicom (SNES to me and you) titles were hitting the New 3DS Virtual Console in Japan, along with a special retro 3DS home theme which was free to download if you purchased any of the half-dozen titles. At the time Nintendo confirmed that six more Super Famicom...
Art This Guy Has An Insane Amount Of Original Western Mega Man Cover Artwork
This promotional image for Game Players Magazine unites two of Greg Winters' cover subjects - he also did some covers for Sega's Sonic the Hedgehog While it can't always be said that western cover artwork is superior to that seen in Japan, it's important to remember that for many gamers growing up during the 8 and 16-bit eras, it was...
News Japan Gets A Bumper Helping Of SNES Titles On New 3DS Virtual Console
With six more on the way next week
Seven Super Famicom titles (SNES to you and me) are launching on the New 3DS in Japan this week. The games are Final Fight 2, Final Fight Tough / Final Fight 3, Tactics Ogre, Rockman X3 / Mega Man X3, Romancing SaGa, Super Castlevania IV / Akumajō Dracula
Video Check Out Mario & Wario, The Japan-Only SNES Mouse Game
Lemmings meets Mario vs. Donkey Kong
There are always games that skip some regions, and sometimes large audiences miss out on some interesting concepts. The latest video from DidYouKnowGaming? shows another example of a neat retro game that, for various sensible reasons, was only released in Japan. It's Super Famicom title Mario & Wario -...
News Check Out This Fan Concept of an SNES Mini's Packaging
C'mon, Nintendo, just make a real one
The NES Mini only came out this past week, and seems to have drawn mostly positive reaction (barring the ridiculously short controller cord). This is a landmark moment for Nintendo, as it's never released a product quite like this before, and it begs the question of whether or not the company will continue to...
News Hyperkin Supaboy S Promises Multi-Region SNES Gaming On The Go
Bigger screen and support for PAL games
Long-time readers of the site will be aware that we covered Hyperkin's Supaboy a few years back, and came away impressed with its ability to play SNES and Super Famicom games on the road. The company is now revamping the system with the Supaboy S, which boasts a bigger screen, better stamina and the ability...
News Mondo Music Releasing Super Castlevania IV Vinyl Soundtrack Next Year
"What music they make!"
Pop culture reissue company Mondo has revealed that it is releasing a limited edition vinyl soundtrack for Konami's legendary SNES hit Super Castlevania IV next year. Mondo - which creates limited edition posters, vinyl soundtracks, collectibles and clothing "inspired by our favorite movies, TV shows, comics and more" - has...
Exclusive Check Out Wil Overton's Gorgeous Cover Art For HyperPlay RPG Issue Two
No longer a Secret (of Mana)
We're big fans of HyperPlay RPG here at Nintendo Life, partly because it reminds us of the days before the internet where fanzines were commonplace, but mostly because it's an extremely well-produced publication packed with reviews, features and other cool stuff. A short time ago we confirmed that the one and only Wil...
Video Get Yourself In The Halloween Mood With This Look At Zombies Ate My Neighbors
And its not-so-spooky sequel, Ghoul Patrol
Zombies Ate My Neighbors came at a time when Konami was really firing on all cylinders. Granted, it wasn't strictly a Konami game - it was developed by LucasArts - but many kids at the time associated it with other classics from the Japanese company, such as Turtles in Time, Castlevania IV and Legend of the...
News Get Some Nostalgia Feels From These Super Game Boy Borders
Bordering on the amazing
It might seem cute now, but back in the '90s the Super Game Boy was a big deal. It allowed you to play your beloved Game Boy and Game Boy Color games on your TV via your SNES, and offered a wide range of bonuses - such as adding minimal colour to certain titles as well as an attractive border around the edge of the screen...
News Piko Interactive Is Launching New NES, SNES And Genesis Games
Oh, and one for the Atari Jaguar as well
Publisher Piko Interactive is building up a solid reputation for keeping old formats alive with new releases, and has just announced its next wave of titles. Of interest to Nintendo fans will be Iron Commando and Legend on the SNES, and
News Lost SNES Game Socks The Cat Hits Kickstarter
Bill Clinton's pet could come back from the dead
Back in March we reported on the news that a working ROM of the unreleased SNES title Socks The Cat Rocks The Hill had been found by Tom Curtin, and that he hoped to publish the game with the help of crowdfunding. The notion of resurrecting a game that is over two decades old and stars the (now...
News Super Turrican Gets The Ultimate Digital Audio Treatment
MSU1 magic again, Chris Huelsbeck approved
To be honest the regular Super Turrican soundtrack is stunning as is, with Chris Huelsbeck using the Super Nintendo's Sony SPC700 sound chip to deliver a unique take on his iconic synthpop compositions and even managing to make it one of the very few SNES games to use Dolby Surround in the process...
Soapbox It's High Time Seiken Densetsu 3 Got A Western Release
Forgotten, overlooked, lost… but why?
Allow us to turn the wayback machine to a couple of decades ago. The Internet was slowly but surely becoming an everyday part of our lives, cellphones were over-sized, expensive bricks and video games had gone from being a niche but blooming industry mostly aimed at children in the West to a mainstream...
News Satellaview Exclusive BS Zelda: The Ancient Stone Tablets Dubbed Into English
Relive the 1997 experience as if it had happened in the west!
Not happy with dubbin the original BS Zelda events (the 'BS' stands for 'Broadcast Satellaview', so stop sniggering at the back), the same group of dedicated fans has at long last released the complete English dub for BS The Legend of Zelda: The Ancient Stone Tablets, the four-part...
News Prototype Of Unreleased SNES Title Shadowhawk Surfaces Online
Quite a saga
Update: Jim Valentino has since gotten in touch to clarify that he did not give permission for the game to be reproduced: Please be advised that Rose Colored Games did not have my blessing to make this game and I filed a suit against them over it. Original story: Jim Valentino's ShadowHawk was one of many super heroes birthed...
News SNES Classic Mega Man 7 Gets Screeching Guitars Thanks To Digital Audio Patch
Putting the "Rock" in "Rockman"
DarkShock is back with another quality MSU1 effort to bring a digital audio soundtrack to a Super Nintendo classic: this time, it's Capcom's Mega Man 7. Replacing the original SPC soundtrack is none other than the complete soundtrack of covers by Polish musician Krzysztof Slowikowski taken from his album
Random Someone Has Created A SNES Mini Out Of Clay And A Raspberry Pi Zero
Nintendo, take note
The NES Mini is coming this year and looks set to be quite a popular Christmas present, but a great many Nintendo fans will have their fingers firmly crossed that the SNES Mini follows shortly afterwards. For those of you who can't wait - and don't mind getting your hands dirty - there's always the unofficial route. Modder Hugo...
Video These Five Mario Games Were Never Really Mario Games
A Link to the Farce
Companies will often use a mascot to sell a mostly unrelated product, whether it be a tin of SpaghettiOs or otherwise, it's an expected move by big brands. Video games are no exception to the rule, and more times than we'd like we've been tantalised by the Mario name only for the portly plumber of Nintendo fame to not be the...
Poll What Are Your Favourite Super NES Games?
A tough call...
As you've likely been aware, the Super NES recently turned 25 in North America. It's another nice landmark for the iconic system, and one that's prompted us to get all misty-eyed and reminisce on our youth. That aside, it's a chance to celebrate the best of the SNES era, so with that in mind we thought it'd be nice to have an...
Feature From Paul Rudd to Dancing Link and Beyond - Some of the Best SNES Commercials
Can you handle all 24 Megabytes of Super Metroid?
With the Super NES / SNES reaching its 25th Anniversary in North America on 23rd September, we've been reminiscing over the 16-bit powerhouse a lot, and let our minds drift to the advertising that Nintendo used for the system. It was... quirky, though that is a comment admittedly made through a...
Video Relive The Wonders Of The Super Nintendo's Famous Mode 7
Scale, rotate and manipulate
To celebrate the Super Nintendo's 25th Anniversary in North America, certified Retronaut Jeremy Parish gives himself a break from 8-bit tech to explore the wonders of Nintendo's 16-bit wonder console. Launching a new series affectionately titled "Mode Seven", Jeremy aims to provide a chronological survey of U.S. releases...
Anniversary The Super Nintendo Is 25 Years Old Today
Happy birthday, you boxy thing
25 years ago, the Super Nintendo - or Super NES (or even SNES, if you're in a rush) - arrived in North America to critical acclaim and great fanfare. Following on from a successful launch in Japan - where it was named the Super Famicom - the console recieved a rather drastic facelift for its North American debut,...
News Sailor Moon Super S: Fuwa Fuwa Panic Translated To English
For Love And Justice, Sailor Moon… will pop balloons!?
When the anime craze finally picked up steam around these lands in the '90s, the high school playground was divided between boys who watched Dragon Ball and girls who watched Sailor Moon. A few more enlightened people actually enjoyed both shows, refusing to accept that gender should decide...
Video Make your SNES and NES Tangle-Free with 8Bitdo’s Retro Wireless Controllers and Adapters
Everything old is new again
When it comes to retro gaming there are few who would disagree with the notion that playing on original hardware is the most faithful way to play the classics, even if it's not necessarily the most convenient. Well one of the biggest pet peeves of older hardware has been eliminated for the SNES and NES thanks to 8Bitdo's...
News Tom Dubois Talks About Creating Some Of The Most Iconic Boxart Of The NES And SNES Eras
"There was never any direct influence from Konami of Japan"
We're used to video game art assets being more or less consistent across all regions these days, but back in the 8 and 16-bit eras it was common for games from Japan to receive entirely new box artwork when released in the west. In the majority of cases the replacement covers were woefully...
Hardware Review 8Bitdo x Analogue SNES Retro Receiver
Look Ma, no wires!
The removal of the pesky joypad cable has to rank as one of the most important advances in video game tech. For far too long were we resigned to dealing with tangled wires that shackled us to our games consoles, forcing us to sit within a range dictated by the length of the cable itself (Super Famicom owners will feel this pain...
Review Front Mission Series: Gun Hazard (SNES)
Out Of This Valken World
The original Front Mission raised the bar very high indeed for what we have come to expect from mecha games on Super Nintendo. Just one year later, Square released a sequel - but don't be fooled, Front Mission Series: Gun Hazard is everything but a traditional follow-up. In fact, it's not even in the same timeline as the...
News Retro-Bit's Next System Aims To Challenge The NES Classic Edition Mini Console
Over 100 titles, HDMI support, SD card slot and 6-button controllers
Ever since the Retron 5 and Retro Freak arrived on the scene clone hardware maker Retro-Bit has fallen a little silent. The company's last major release - the Super Retro Trio - was seen as a rival to Hyperkin's hardware, but lacked HDMI su
News 8bitdo And Analogue Interactive Team Up Again For The SNES Wireless Retro Receiver
Peripheral maker 8bitdo and retro revivalist Analogue Interactive recently joined forces to create a wireless adapter for the NES which allows players to use Bluetooth controllers on their vintage hardware. The pair have combined their efforts once again, but this time it's Nintendo's 16-bit console which is getting the cable-free...
News The Definitive Version Of Super Turrican Was Denied A Virtual Console Release Back In 2008
We got the incomplete retail release instead
There was a bit of a surprise on the latest Retro Spielen webcast with legendary composer Chris Huelsbeck - the show's special guest was none other than founding president and creative director of the defunct and very much missed Factor 5, Julian Eggebrecht. The stage was set for some nostalgic chatter...
Video Learn a Little More About the History of Super NES
Did You Know Gaming? does its thing
A lot of retro gaming chatter right now, courtesy of the upcoming minitiarised version, is focused on the NES. Yet its successor has a fascinating history - the Super NES arrived in a time of notable upheaval in the gaming market, with the so-called 'Bit Wars' as SEGA grappled for supremacy with Nintendo. It...
Video Ben Heck Fixes and Plays the Rare SNES PlayStation Prototype
One for all you electronics buffs
The so-called 'SNES PlayStation', which exists in prototype form, is undoubtly intriguing to observers of gaming history. Just recently we shared a video in which one of the units had a full technical teardown, with The Ben Heck Show doing the good work. A follow-up has now been shared in which Heck works on fixing...
Review Super Boss Gaiden (SNES)
Bad Day At Sony Headquarters
The retro gaming world came to a halt on Sunday when Chrono Moogle and Dieter von Laser released this game to the unsuspecting Super Nintendo-loving crowd. Understandably only one person in the world will be able to play Super Boss Gaiden on the SNES Playstation prototype, but for the rest of us the
AKA: Xandra, the legendary klutz gummy hero
You might have stumbled upon Namco's love letter to Norse mythology, the Valkyrie series, in the past. Of the few games released, there is one rather noteworthy entry for the arcade named Walküre no Densetsu, a one or two player overhead shmup/platformer hybrid with a lot of impressive scaling effects...
News Someone Has Actually Made A Game Which Works On The SNES PlayStation
Yes, you read that correctly
There are some news one never expects to write and this is one such case. A new Super Nintendo and SNES Playstation CD video game has been released! Super Boss Gaiden is the product of German duo Chrono Moogle and Dieter Lazer. If you like 16-bit retro platformers with tight controls, humorous dialogue and challenging...
News Japan-Exclusive Satellaview Zelda Game Gets Translated And Dubbed Into English
Yes, we said dubbed
The Satellaview truly stands as one of the most unique and visionary peripherals Nintendo has ever developed. Downloading games from outer space (well, Low Earth Orbit if you want to be technical about it) truly sounded like science fiction back in 1995. In the five years this Japan-only add-on operated along with the Super...
News Super Famicom RPG Classic Wizardry Gaiden IV Now Playable In English
Our demon's heart is throbbing
The original Wizardry turned many heads upon its original release in 1981 on the Apple II. It was a winning combination of Dungeons & Dragons-style gameplay with graphics unlike anything seen before. The series went to find success both in the west and Japan, where it was licensed to ASCii Soft. It gained such a...
News Miyamoto And The Super Mario Kart Team On Drifting, Battle Mode And Creating Tension On The Track
1992 interview gets translated into English for the first time
Mario Kart is one of Nintendo's most recognisable series but back in the early '90s the idea of the famous mascot hopping into a car was quite unique, and was even seen as something of a risk for the developer. With the benefit of hindsight we can clearly see Super Mario Kart as a moment...
Metroidless Bounty Huntress
Banpresto always boasted a healthy lineup of anime and manga licensed video games. If you had a favourite series, there would be a good chance if there was a video game counterpart made for your video game console of choice, it was probably released by Banpresto. Of course, getting a western release was easier said than...
Review Kaite Tsukutte Asoberu Dezaemon (SNES)
Super shmup construction kit
How would you like to make your own video game? The incredible Super Mario Maker was not the first time a company gave players the tools to produce their own interactive entertainment. In fact, such titles predate the online infrastructure which modern examples of the genre rely on for growth, idea exchange and level...
News Chrono Trigger Director Would Love To Create A New "High End" Version Of The Game
"Or a movie production, or something of the sort"
Chrono Trigger is rightly considered to be one of the finest JRPGs ever made. Released on the Super Famicom / SNES back in 1995, the title was critically lauded upon release and has since been re-released on the Nintendo DS to equally effusive acclaim. Despite the game's enviable status in the...
Review Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together (SNES)
Never Cling Alone
There are some video games that show up late in a console generation that push boundaries and defy preconceptions on what was considered possible. Resident Evil 4 immediately springs to mind, not only pushing the series to a point Capcom that hasn't been able to match since but also serving as a template to every other game in...
News Hyper Light Drifter Collector's Edition Looks Pretty Fine
Fingers crossed that it comes to Wii U after all
A couple months back, it was announced that Hyper Light Drifter may not actually make it to the Wii U, as originally promised. Due to contractual issues with the developers of GameMaker – the engine it was developed for – it seems that the Wii U port has been put out to pasture, though there is...
Gallery Cover To Cover With Super Famicom: The Box Art Collection
Super Famicom: The Box Art Collection launches this month, but we've been lucky enough to have the chance to thumb through an advance copy ahead of its official release. Published by Bitmap Books and created by fanatical Super Famicom fan Stu Brett, this 276 page tome highlights some of the best cover artwork of the 16-bit years.
Exclusive Unboxing The Super Famicom Box Art Collection Collector's Edition
A work of art
We've been keenly following the progress of the Super Famicom Box Art Collection book for some time now, from its initial (aborted) crowdfunding campaign to the news that it would be published by Bitmap Books. After what feels like forever, the book is
Review Choujikuu Yousai Macross: Scrambled Valkyrie (SNES)
Now that Star Fox Zero has made transforming space fighters cool again (as if they could be anything but cool, we hear you cry) we take a break from the relentless war raging in the Lylat system and go back to the classic shmup formula on a console that is not all that well known for the genre. Produced by Winky Soft – a studio responsible for a...
Video Meet The Akira Video Game That Never Saw Release
Footage of cancelled project surfaces online
If you're a fan of anime, then chances are you'll have already appreciated the masterpiece that is Akira. Arguably the first anime movie to find mainstream success in the west, Katsuhiro Otomo's 1988 classic triggered a surge of interest in the medium and offered many western viewers their first taste of...
News Get Ready To Spend Those Platinum Points, New My Nintendo Rewards Are Live
Super Famicom hoodie! Bee costume! Viking hat!
A series of new Mii clothing items have gone live on the European version of My Nintendo (Edit: they're live in North America, too). These include a Super Famicom hoodie, bee outfit and viking hat. All three cost 200 Platinum points each. These rewards will be available until June 1st and can be used...
News Unreleased SNES Game Starring Bill Clinton's Cat Could Yet See The Light Of Day
Letting the cat out of the bag
You have to wonder exactly what the guys at Kaneko USA were thinking when they began work on Socks the Cat Rocks The Hill, a 16-bit platformer featuring Bill Clinton's moggie. Boasting a risible plot which involves Socks saving the world from nuclear destruction and featuring bosses based on caricatures of former...
Random Runner Injects Flappy Bird Code into Super Mario World
An interesting work of sacrilege
The ability to practically program code into Super Mario World through the use of glitches opens up all sorts of possibilities, some definitely more bizarre than others. Just look toward speedrunner and tinkerer Sethbling, who managed to turn Mario into a Flappy Bird clone. Sethbling injected the code using...
Review Shodai Nekketsu Kouha Kunio-Kun (SNES)
If you were to ask kids in the late '80s and early '90s for iconic NES video game characters, alongside the usual gang of Nintendo, Konami and Capcom regulars, you would often hear the name "Alex". No, not our own Alex "Lovely People" Olney - this Alex was none other than the western version of Kunio, the short-tempered high school...
Feature Batman V Superman In The Battle Of The Nintendo Games
Which superhero comes out on top? Find out within...
This article was originally published on 25th November 2014, and has been re-posted to celebrate the cinematic release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Things are really heating up in the world of superhero movies, thanks to both Marvel and DC revealing their cinematic hands like two Texan...
Review Fire Emblem: Mystery Of The Emblem (SNES)
All Hail Prince Marth! (Yes, that Marth)
Ask any western gamer who Marth is and they will quickly reply something along the lines of "That cool sword-wielding guy from Super Smash Bros." - something that is understandable since the Fire Emblem series that began all the way back to 1990 on the Famicom only reached the West in 2003. But behind his...
Editorial Nintendo's Virtual Console Revolution Must Wait as We Pay Once More for SNES Games
This cycle is surely ending...
In one sense Super NES games on the New Nintendo 3DS is rather exciting - it's the first (legitimate) time a lot of these games can be played on a portable device, after all. That's something to celebrate, but the reveal and pending line-up also comes with its own nagging issues and annoyances, some of which could...
News SNES Games Finally Arriving on the New Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console
Launching in waves over the coming weeks
During today's Nintendo Direct, an announcement many have anxiously been awaiting finally surfaced. Super Nintendo games are coming to the New Nintendo 3DS; they're not, however, coming to older models. Over the next few weeks, many of Nintendo's most beloved titles will be rolling out for the system. For...
Crows of Metal, Soldiers of Sorrow
War never changes. Unless someone replaces tanks with giant walking robots, then it looks much, much cooler yet is still quite tragic. That is exactly the point of Squaresoft's 1995 mech tactical RPG Front Mission. How does a man survive on the battlefield of the future? Canny strategy, pots of money and making...
Video See The Beginning Of A Link To The Past Come To Life in Unreal Engine 4
Another one bites the dust
We've posted a fair share of fan-made projects taking our favourite video games and characters and giving them a HD graphical overhaul, from the Ocarina of Time's Master Sword cutscene to Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle frolicking in an open field. These have come from a range of creators, and while sometimes their...
News Super Famicom Satellaview Title Golf Daisuki! O.B. Club Translated To English
Birdie from Outer Space!
The Nintendo Satellaview was a visionary achievement - attaching a satellite modem to your Super Famicom and having scheduled game downloads was certainly something out of science fiction back in 1995. It achieved a moderate amount of success in Japan and has gathered a cult following among diehard Super Famicom...
News Cult SNES Hero Plok Stars In Another Action-Packed Comic Book
"It feels great to get fourth Plok book out there"
Plok is without a doubt one of the true hidden gems of the SNES library. Created by British coding siblings Ste and John Pickford, Plok originally starred in a unique platforming epic for the 16-bit console but has since gone on to become the lead character in a series of web-based comics, drawn by...
Review Gundam Wing: Endless Duel (SNES)
Bringing a Gundam to a fist fight
Mobile Suit Gundam Wing made quite an impact in the West, with the forty-nine episode anime series getting aired by Cartoon Network which would ensure it became one of the most recognizable entries in the iconic Japanese science fiction mecha series in our part of the planet. Predictably, video game adaptations...
Review Crystal Beans From Dungeon Explorer (SNES)
Do NOT shoot the food
Gauntlet remains a dear memory among many retro gamers. After all, Atari's revolutionary dungeon crawler was one of the best co-op arcade games ever produced and it certainly was no stranger to Nintendo owners with several conversions making their way to NES, Game Boy, Nintendo 64 and GameCube. You will notice a strange...
News Hudson's SNES Action Platformer Kishin Douji Zenki: Battle Raiden! Gets Translated Into English
Get ready to battle
In a period when dubious anime-licensed video games flooded the Eastern markets (or "The Great '90s Import Gamers Nightmare" as we cool kids used to call it) it was often hard to distinguish between good and bad Japanese titles - especially when the cover art featured your favorite manga or anime character in a cool pose,...
Video Paying Tribute To Secret Of Mana's Superlative Soundtrack
iRetroGamer tips the hat to one of the very best
Secret of Mana is unquestionably one of the best SNES RPGs ever made, and a huge part of the game's appeal comes from Hiroki Kikuta's gorgeous soundtrack, which still sounds amazing even today. Our friends over at iRetroGamer have put together a video which celebrates the musical legacy of this...
News Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles In Time Gets CD Quality Audio Hack
Cowabunga doesn't even begin to cover it
Prolific hacker DarkShock strikes again, increasing his already impressive list of similar enhancement hacks in the past, this time adding MSU-1 high quality PCM audio support for Konami's stellar SNES title Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time. In place of the already quite impressive SPC music,...
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