Ninterview Coronation Street Star George Banks Talks About His Love Of Nintendo
"Nintendo fans are always a joy to hang around with"
As part of our long-running (but often neglected) Ninterview series – where we speak to Nintendo fans from all walks of life – we got the chance to sit down with British actor George Banks, who is perhaps most famous in this part of the world for his role as Henry Newton in Coronation Street,...
Ninterview Super Mario Faker - The Man Behind An Unobtainable Dream Factory
If you can think of it, Tim can fake it
It's been a little while since our last Ninterview, but we're bringing back our series of articles which see us interviewing people with unique and shining a spotlight on their interesting roles within the gaming community. This time, we meet Tim aka Super Mario Faker from Instagram, a graphic design artist...
Ninterview Meet The Nintendo Life Splatoon 2 UK Championship Team
EGX 2017 FTW!
EGX - the UK's biggest games event - gets under way today at the NEC in Birmingham. The four-day event gives UK gamers the chance to get their hands on the latest games due for release this holiday season including our favourite, Super Mario Odyssey. On Saturday the show will host Nintendo UK's Splatoon 2 UK Championship Grand...
Ninterview Joseph "Stampy Cat" Garrett On Minecraft's Future And Why Switch Is His Favourite Nintendo Console
"I feel like Zelda: BOTW might become my favourite game of all time"
It might be a struggle to explain to your grandparents exactly how big a deal YouTube is these days, but a few facts and figures usually help. Joseph "Stampy Cat" Garrett - one of the world's most popular Minecraft YouTubers - has over 8 million subscribers (not to mention...
Ninterview Learning Retro Secrets With A Former Nintendo Game Play Counselor
"We couldn't say 'kill', we had to say 'defeat'"
In the remainder of 2016 we'll re-share some of our favourite feature articles from the year. We're actually cheating with this one, as it was originally published way back on 20th January 2015; with the NES Mini hype of 2016, however, it nevertheless seemed worth sharing once again. In its day the...
Ninterview Channy and Kimberly, Sharing A Love for All Things Nintendo Through Animation
Tributes to the likes of Switch, Star Fox and now Pokemon Sun & Moon
We often like to share the best of fan-made creations here on Nintendo Life, whether it's artwork, music, live-action videos or animations. One YouTube channel that's had a bit of love from us is Channy & Kimberly, which emerged this year and achieved some success with its...
Ninterview Ste Pickford On The Ever-Expanding World Of Plok
"If you want to see a new Plok game, buy the comic books!"
Created by legendary developer siblings The Pickfords, Plok is a fondly-remembered cult smash which appeared on the SNES way back in 1992. Ste and John Pickford's history in the games industry pre-dates that game by quite some margin, and the talented duo were among the first British...
Ninterview Stu Brett On Putting Super Famicom Guy To Rest And His Next Venture, Ghost Arcade
"My collection is done and dusted"
Long-time fans of the site will surely know the name Super Famicom Guy. It's been the online handle of Scotman Stu Brett for almost a decade, and using this moniker he has spread his love of Nintendo's 16-bit console to thousands via his Twitter account, Instagram feed and - most notable - his book Super Famicom:...
Ninterview Avid Retro Game Collector Justin "Jutman" Hickman
"I would say close to 60 percent of my total collection is Nintendo"
In the latest of our long-running Ninterview series we speak to a UK-based video game collector with the kind of haul you can't help be insanely jealous of. Lifelong Zelda fan Justin Hickman - known on Twitter as "Jutman / thec0llect0r82" - was kind enough to sit down with us for a...
Ninterview Preserving Gaming History With Arcade Collector ShouTime
"Without preservation, titles would be lost today"
If you're one of the many wise people who picked up the excellent Sega 3D Classics Collection on 3DS recently then you may spot the mysterious name "ShouTime" in the credits section. ShouTime assisted developer M2 with its port of Power Drift, and is one of the world's foremost collectors of arcade...
Ninterview Ahmed Bin Fahad Discusses Building the World's Biggest Nintendo Collection
"Don’t think purchasing games is a waste"
In 2014 Ahmed Bin Fahad made headlines when he received the Guinness World Record honour for the biggest Nintendo collection. Consisting of over 8000 pieces, it's an impressive range that shows his love for all things Nintendo, with the estimated cost coming in at around 1.5 million dirhams - the United...
Ninterview How NeoGAF's Watch Da Birdie Is Creating The Most In-Depth Pokémon Retrospective Yet
Gotta discuss 'em all
With Pokémon celebrating its 20th anniversary and a mysterious Pokémon-related broadcast imminent, there is certainly no shortage of content to keep fans engaged and excited about the future of the series. We've seen that the Pokémon fandom is capable of some truly amazing feats, including fanart and other impressive...
Ninterview The History of Gaming, In Oil Paint
We have a chat with Randy Gallegos about his gaming art
If you've ever seen our Instagram account you'll know we love a bit of gaming art here at Nintendo Life. The majority of the art we come across is digital, however we recently came across the work of an American artist who does things a little differently. Artist Randy Gallegos has been...
Ninterview Retro Video Gaming's Heidi stopXwhispering On Building The Ultimate Game Room
"Retro games are filled with 'spelglädje' for me!"
Nintendo Life: Can you tell us a little about yourself? Heidi stopXwhispering: My name is Heidi, I was born in 1984 and I'm from Sweden. I grew up in Sweden, but lived abroad during my college years - in the UK, Germany and Japan. Now I'm back in Sweden. When did you get into gaming? I always...
Ninterview Dave Higgins And The Quest For A Complete European Game Boy Library
Collecting at a rate of 1.064 games per day
Nintendo is responsible for some of the most iconic gaming systems of all time, but one of its most technically humble seems to be undergoing something of a resurgence at present. The monochrome Game Boy may not have the visual impact of the SNES or N64, but its portable nature arguably lends a more...
Ninterview Meet The Man Who Makes Hip-Hop Music From Classic Nintendo Hardware
"The controller we have created is like wearing my childhood round my neck"
We recently came across a UK based hip-hop producer and DJ by the name of Imperial, who makes quite a striking impression with a strange musical instrument strapped around his neck, which has parts that might seem very familiar to our readers. This musical instrument is...
Ninterview Patrick Scott Patterson is Geared Up For the Nintendo World Championships Qualifiers
"For me personally this is as awesome of a scenario as could be"
Patrick Scott Patterson (also known by some as OriginalPSP) is familiar to plenty of gamers, especially those that follow his reports on retro gaming and world records; he also has a strong record of media appearances talking about the medium as a whole. His public gaming history goes...
Ninterview Talking Super Smash Bros. With UK Grand Master James Miller
He plays a mean Luigi
James Miller is rather good at Super Smash Bros. He recently won Nintendo UK's Super Smash Bros Invitational event at the MCM Comic Con in Birmingham - a massive achievement for many players but merely another title in Miller's eyes; he's already made his presence felt in the UK's Smash community several times in the pa
Ninterview Jeremy Parish On Cataloguing The History Of The Game Boy, One Game At A Time
"I've made peace with the fact that I'll die before completing this"
The original monochrome Game Boy is the elder statesman of Nintendo's handheld family, having arrived on the market back in 1989. The console became a commercial and cultural phenomenon, effortlessly casting aside its more technically-competent rivals and establishing a brand which...
Ninterview Tom Bramwell On Nintendo and 15 Years at Eurogamer
Eurogamer.net's departing Editor-in-Chief
It came as a surprise to many, not least the Nintendo Life team, when earlier this year Tom Bramwell announced that he would be leaving Eurogamer.net at the end of November, after 15 years with the company. If you are a reader of Eurogamer (we know 1 in 5 of you are) then Bramwell needs no introduction, for...
Ninterview We Talk Bits and Beats With Mega Ran
Bringing nerdcore to the masses
Raheem Jarbo, known as Random or Mega Ran, is a popular American underground rapper, Chiptunes DJ, and record producer. To those that love retro game music and the creativity it can spark he can perhaps be considered as a trailblazer; best known on the Nerdcore Hip-Hop scene, Mega Ran has also coined the term...
Ninterview Taylor Davis Shares Her Musical Journey and Love for Gaming
"Just focus on what you love about yourself and what makes you happy"
Videogame music is, as we and many others have argued, absolutely vital to what makes particular experiences memorable and special. It's no surprise, either, that there are a lot of musicians in the world that readily cite gaming as a core passion in their lives — whether in the...
Ninterview Sami Cetin On His Journey To Super Mario Kart Success
The UK Super Mario Kart champion shares his experiences
With Mario Kart 8 now around the corner, it's an ideal time to begin looking both forwards and to those predecessors that made the series such an integral part of our gaming lives. Super Mario Kart on Super NES started it all, with its Mode 7 visuals and terrific design winning over millions of...
Ninterview Jason "Mew2King" Zimmerman on Mastering Super Smash Bros.
The King of Smash
Not long ago we conducted a Ninterview with TriForce Johnson, who told us about his journey from being a passionate gamer in the Bronx, New York, to a gaming celebrity famous for being first-in-line for a record number of Nintendo launches. He's far more than a keen video game shopper, however, with multiple world record scores and...
Ninterview Joe Heaton on The Joy of Game Boy Mods and Chiptune Music
"Over time it’s achieved an iconic status "
Nintendo's unrivalled history and cultural impact in gaming is manifested in various ways, and brings together fans and enthusiasts of many kinds. A number of us enthusiastically jump into the company's latest systems and games, while others find the most joy in collecting retro equivalents. There are...
Ninterview TriForce Johnson - A Journey From Game Master to First in Line
"Video games kept us off the streets"
In recent weeks we've spoken to a number of people with an exceptional passion for gaming, with that dedication centred on Nintendo. Isaiah TriForce Johnson's love of Nintendo is well known, as many will recognise him for the fact he's been first in line to multiple major launches in the U.S., all while wearing...
Ninterview Legendary Designer Julian Gollop On Ghost Recon, Fire Emblem And Chaos Reborn
"Chaos Reborn would actually work really well on the Wii U"
A true veteran of the industry, British developer Julian Gollop has been making games for longer than many of this site's readers have been alive. His career started way back in 1983 with Time Lords, but it was with titles like Rebelstar and Laser Squad that he really made his name; Gollop...
Ninterview The NES Club and an Epic Collector's Quest
Take a ride on the ultimate 8-bit road trip
A major ongoing strength for Nintendo is its cultural heritage, a history in the games industry that makes the brand immediately recognisable to so many. Younger gamers may be familiar with the DS, Wii, 3DS and gradually the Wii U, but we're approaching 30 years of major home console and gaming handheld...
Ninterview Smooth McGroove On A Life In Game Music
"I'm used to people calling me Smooth McGroove when they meet me"
If we say we're interviewing Max Gleason from Oklahoma, you may wonder what exactly we're talking about. If we say we've posed some questions to Smooth McGroove, however, there's a good chance that you already subscribe to his YouTube Channel, or will be doing so shortly. Gleason,...
Ninterview Aaron "NintendoTwizer" Norton and the Ultimate Retro Collection
"The history of video games is awesome"
Even when Nintendo is in a quiet phase between Nintendo Direct broadcasts, or there's a wait for the next hot retail or download game, fans of the company are never short of conversation points. The big N's legacy and history give it a powerful impact in gaming culture, and the keenest of gamers do amazing...
Ninterview Stepping Into The Nintendo Arcade
Alex Crowley tells us about collecting cabinets and his love for DK
When gamers refer to and discuss retro gaming, we suspect that in most cases the conversation revolves around ageing consoles, cartridges and CDs; occasionally, the debate may even revert to libraries and choices on services such as Nintendo's Virtual Consoles. Yet an integral part...
Ninterview Dan Clarke And Jake Smith Talk Project Dolphin, A Print-Based GameCube Tribute
"More games consoles need to be bright orange and have a handle"
By day, Dan Clarke and Jake Smith run JP74, a digital design agency based in the UK, but by night they're passionate gamers with a love of retro. Given their design background, it should come as no surprise to learn that the duo has successfully combined interactive entertainment with...
Ninterview The Power Of Glove Filmmakers Adam Ward, Andrew Austin And Paula Kosowski
"At the time it looked like the coolest thing humankind had ever produced"
We recently reported on The Power of Glove, a documentary about one of the most notable Nintendo accessories of all time: The Power Glove. We got a chance to sit down and chat with the team behind the film — Adam Ward, Andrew Austin And Paula Kosowski — about their...
Ninterview Meet Matthew Mercer - Voice Actor For Chrom
No one can stop me now!
Thirteen is unlucky for some, but not for Fire Emblem: Awakening, the thirteenth entry into the Fire Emblem series. The RPG title has enjoyed success across all regions, becoming the best selling game in the series in its first month in North America, and shifting enough copies in the UK to
Ninterview Behind The Scenes At Club Nintendo Magazine
We speak to former staffer Natalie Griffith
Those of you in the UK who are old enough to recall the days of the NES and original Game Boy will no doubt have fond memories of Club Nintendo magazine. It was essentially the "official" mouthpiece of Nintendo at the time, and was distributed via subscription. It contained details on forthcoming games, as...
Ninterview Meet Trevor White - Voice Actor For Frank Honey
WAFFLES?! Uh, what are we doing?
Last month, our Wii U consoles were graced with the latest addition to the LEGO video game franchise, LEGO City: Undercover. It brought numerous missions and a brick load of entertainment thanks to its selection of fun and witty characters. One of these characters, in particular, seems to be the people's favourite,...
Ninterview Per Fhager On Combining Embroidery With Video Games
"Video gaming is an important medium that reflects our time"
Video games and art regularly collide with spectacular results, but the work of Swedish artist Per Fhager is one of the most surprising examples of this fusion of interactive entertainment and the world of visual crafts. Fhager's work has been displayed all over Europe, and manages to...
Ninterview Meet Adam Howden - Voice Actor For Shulk
This is the Monado's power!
Xenoblade Chronicles is an epic adventure on Wii, receiving universal praise from critics and gamers alike. Its release was so desired that it partly prompted fan-movement Operation Rainfall, and was the first of a trio of fantastic JRPGs to be localised for the West - The Last Story being second, and Pandora's Tower...
The Amazing Bento Lady!
We've always been told that you shouldn't play with your food, but we'll make an exception for the art of Bento. For the uninitiated, Bento is kind of like a Japanese packed lunch - it's a single-portion meal which is often arranged in a visually appealing manner. In Japan, mothers often spend a large amount of time creating...
Ninterview Meet Roger Craig Smith - Voice Actor for Sonic the Hedgehog / Chris Redfield
A hedgehog's got to do what a hedgehog's got to do
Roger Craig Smith is a very talented man. He's done voice overs for a wide range of characters in top video games, but most would recognise him as the voice behind the modern Sonic the Hedgehog, and Chris Redfield in the more recent Resident Evil series of games, including Resident Evil:...
Ninterview Wiggy Design On Breathing Life Into Old Systems
Console modification with the human touch
Although it's always exciting to open up the latest and greatest consoles and get to grips with the incredible advances being made by hardware manufacturers, there's something about vintage systems which makes them appealing long after they fall out of fashion and become technologically obsolete. Your...
Ninterview The Blake Robinson Synthetic Orchestra
Orchestrating classic gaming music
Earlier this week we told you about the upcoming Super Metroid Symphony, which will be formally licensed by JoyPad Records and available for sale. It's being produced by Blake Robinson's Synthetic Orchestra, a prolific project that's specialised in producing orchestral arrangements of popular music, ranging from...
Ninterview Heather "Miss Gamer Girl" Cascioli
Avid collector and beadcraft expert
Our next Ninterview subject is someone who has found fame on Instagram under the name MissGamerGirl. Heather Cascioli - for that is her real name - has been a keen gamer all her life, and has amassed an impressive collection of vintage hardware. We sat down with her to talk about gaming, confounding stereotypes...
Ninterview Phil "Shamoozal" Summers
Shamoozal.com has a pretty straightforward objective: to create "Flash Cartoons and Animation about Nintendo, Rabbits, Ninjas, Monsters and More". It's the brainchild of Phil Summers, a rabid Nintendo fan whose unique sense of humour has resulted in a series of incredibly amusing animations based on famous video games from the past few...
Ninterview Australian Retro Gamer
Retro gaming from down under
The next subject in our Ninterview chair is a retro gaming fanatic from Down Under known as Australian Retro Gamer - or ausretrogamer, for short. We caught up with this internet phenomenon to quiz him on his love of all things retro and Nintendo. Nintendo Life: Who are you, and what do you do for a living? Australian...
Ninterview Cosplayer Regina "RikkuGrape" Marie
We speak to a seriously talented Zelda cosplayer
It's been a while since we ran a Ninterview, but we're back with our first of 2013. This time, we're speaking to cosplayer Regina Marie, better known as RikkuGrape. She's dressed up as a wide variety of different characters, but we're most interested in her amazing replications of individuals from The...
Ninterview Charles Martinet, The Voice of Mario
We caught up with the man himself at the recent EB Expo in Australia
He voices one of the most iconic characters in global culture yet he could probably walk down the street and not receive a second glance from passers-by. He is Charles Martinet, the man behind the voice of Nintendo's Mario, and has lent his vocal chords to the world-famous plumber...
Ninterview Howard "Gamemaster" Phillips
We speak to one of Nintendo of America's first employees
Howard Phillips joined Nintendo in the early '80s with the intention of helping transport a few new-fangled arcade cabinets, but he ended up becoming the spokesperson for one of the fastest-growing entertainment companies in the US. He recently began a Kickstarter campaign for his first...
You can call me Stu
Welcome to a new regular feature on Nintendo Life: the "Ninterview". Once a month we'll be taking the time to talk to someone who has a special affinity to Nintendo, and our first subject is Stu Brett - who also goes by the moniker Super Famicom Guy. Stu, a 33 year old designer from Scotland, is such a huge fan of Super Famicom...
Ninterview IAmThatOneGuy Talks About Creating Paper Samus
Last week we told you about a giant paper Samus created by Flickr user IAmThatOneGuy, and we decided that we wanted to learn more about how it was created. We reached out to the paper artist and learned more about him and his unique project. Nintendo Life: First, please introduce yourself and your creation. Matthew R Green: My name is...