Tag: Famicom - Page 2

  • Weirdness A New Animation is Found in Super Mario Bros. 3

    It's only taken 28 years

    It's amazing that still to this day, quirks and hidden information in the video games of yesteryear are still being surfaced from players around the world. The latest addition to this is NES classic Super Mario Bros. 3. For those accustomed with this title, you'll know that when our heroic plumber becomes Hammer Mario, he...

  • News Meet The Famicom Machine Gun Peripheral That Never Made It Out Of Japan

    Complete with realistic recoil system

    It's easy to forget just how massive the NES was back in its glory days, but even that system paled in comparison to the near-domination that its Japanese counterpart - the Famicom - enjoyed in its homeland. Simply put, the Nintendo "Family Computer" was the only real game in town if you were a Japanese player,...

  • Music 8Bit Music Power Review

    Chipping away

    In the world of music vinyl is currently enjoying something of a resurgence, with the antiquated audio format coming back from the dead to take pride of place in any self-respecting hipster's living room. While it's unlikely that this trend has anything to do with the release of RIKI's 8Bit Music Power, parallels can nevertheless be...

  • Random Conduct Interviews in Retro Style With a Famicom Voice Recorder

    Hopefully isn't 8-bit sound

    A number of the UK-based Nintendo Life crew spent four days at EGX in Birmingham recently, an expo with all of the noise, fun and shenanigans you'd expect. Your humble writer wasn't to be found out in the wilds of the main hall, however, but conducting interviews with plenty of Indie developers; the burden of...

  • Weirdness Japanese Company Wants To Bring NES Games To Smartphones Via A Tiny Cartridge

    Small device plugs into into your headphone socket

    Modern gaming is becoming increasingly focused on digital distribution, with publishers making use of online stores such as the Wii U and 3DS eShops to deliver games directly to consumers without having to produce physical media. With rumours that Nintendo's next console could abandon physical...

  • 27

    Wii U eShop / NES

    Review VS. Excitebike

    Enjoyable interlude

    It's undoubtedly a good thing when Nintendo starts releasing older titles on the eShop that are otherwise fairly difficult to find or play. But does VS. Excitebike, originally only released on the Famicom Disk System in Japan in 1988, offer enough extra content compared to the original to justify a purchase? As the core of the...

  • News The Famicom is 32 Years Old Today

    Should have a steady job and a mortgage by now

    Here's one to make some of us feel old - the Famicom is 32 years old today, released in Japan on 15th July 1983. It was, of course, the system that would be revamped and remodelled as the NES in October 1985 in North America. Famicom was the shortened name for Family Computer; a key difference of this...

  • Interview Aaron Hamel on Bringing the Mother Original Arranged Soundtrack to the West

    We talk about the soundtrack’s history, future projects, and much more

    We recently reported on the Kickstarter campaign that has been launched with the goal of giving the Mother Original Arranged Soundtrack a western release. In just four short days the campaign smashed its funding goal and is now well on

  • Weirdness Meet The Studybox, The Famicom's Audio Edutainment System

    Video games have often been twinned with education to create fun, interactive experiences which both entertain and enlighten, but one of the oldest examples has to be Fukutake Publishing's Studybox, a tape drive peripheral for the Famicom (the Japanese version of the NES) which ran tape-based games that featured actual recorded audio. Using audio...

  • News The NES Story Began On This Day 31 Years Ago

    We are Family (Computer)

    31 years ago today, Nintendo Co., Ltd. released the Famicom console in Japan, an event which would herald the beginning of the firm's wildly successful relationship with home video games. Hitting store shelves at 14,800 Yen (around $145 / £84 / 107 Euros), the system wasn't an instant hit with the Japanese public. Sales...

  • News Mother 25th Anniversary Fanfest Teleports in this 5th July

    Celebrating the Zero fans have always wanted

    Many of us caught the bus with Shigesato Itoi's quirky RPG series through EarthBound, but well before that came his first game, Mother. Also known as EarthBound Zero, Mother was released July 1989 in Japan and, unfortunately, nowhere else officially since. Not one to dismiss a reason to celebrate their...

  • News The 2014 My Famicase Exhibition Is Packed With Fascinating Flights Of Fictional Famicom Fancy

    Too bad none of them are real games

    Japanese game store Meteor has been running its "My Famicase" art exhibition for the past few years, and each year the entries go above and beyond our expectations. The idea is that artists create "fake" Famicom cartridge labels which are in keeping with the designs of the '80s and ''90s, but have a modern vibe as...

  • News Sleek Metal NES Analogue Nt Now Available for Preorder

    $499 price point and colour options revealed

    Seattle-based custom console manufacturer Analogue Interactive has spilled the beans on its upcoming Analogue Nt, a sexy aircraft-grade aluminium NES/Famicom we reported on back in March. Set for a release this summer, the Analogue Nt is now available for preorder through the company's website with a base...

  • News Famicom Remix 1 + 2 Coming to Retail in Japan

    A one-two nostalgic combo right in Japan's childhood

    NES Remix was a pleasant surprise when suddenly announced for the Wii U eShop, and the appearance of its slightly more mature cousin NES Remix 2 is a good sign that this particular brand of retro carnival play is taking off. It may come to the delight and/or great envy of others, then, that Japan...

  • Weirdness Famicom Cartridges Turned Into Chiptune Harmonicas

    Because some of you will just never stop blowing into them

    The idea has been sitting right under our noses (where our mouths are) the entire time: we blow into cartridges; we blow into harmonicas. Why not merge the two together? Finally, we have the technology — or at least someone creatively wily enough to use it. The gadgeteer(s) at Ugoita...

  • Hardware Review Gametech Neo Fami

    The Famicom Clone To Rule Them All?

    The concept of clone retro hardware isn't anything new — in fact, we've already covered the likes of the Retro Duo V2, RetroN 3 and SupaBoy here on Nintendo Life — but as time goes on these cheap and cheerful systems are becoming more and more desirable. Older machines are either failing as

  • News Retro Collection of Manga Titles Coming To 3DS in Japan

    Dragon Ball, Saint Seiya and Go! Go! Ackman all feature

    Namco Bandai is bringing a compilation of Famicom and Super Famicom games known as J Legend Biography in Japan. The games included in the collection are Dragon Ball: Mystery of Shenlong, Go! Go! Ackman 3, Saint Seiya: The Golden Legend, Saint Seiya: The Golden Legend Final Chapter and...

  • Feature The History Of The Famicom, The Console That Changed Nintendo's Fortunes

    As Nintendo's iconic system turns 30, we chart the rise of a legend

    Nintendo may be a company with a history that stretches back over a hundred years, but it has only enjoyed its current level of fame for the past thirty or so — and that’s largely thanks to a remarkable 8-bit console which launched in its native Japan three decades ago this...

  • Talking Point The Famicom Was the Beginning of the Modern Gaming Era

    Solid building blocks

    We recently shared the landmark news that the Famicom has celebrated its 30th Anniversary, having launched in Japan on 15th July 1983, over two years before the NES made its way West. The latter version is that best known and most commonly cited, yet it was the original model's release — Nintendo's first dalliance with a home...

  • News The Famicom Turns 30 Years Old

    The system that started it all

    At the time of writing it may still be 14th July in many countries, but it's 15th July in Japan — that means that the Famicom has now turned 30 years old in its homeland. It would eventually make its way to the West, redesigned, as the iconic NES. Of course, Nintendo had been a Playing Card company in its earliest...

  • News 8-Bit Titles Nuts & Milk And Mach Rider Hitting Japanese 3DS eShop Next Week

    500 Yen a pop

    Nintendo has confirmed that two new 8-bit titles are coming to the Japanese 3DS eShop next week. The excellently-titled Nuts & Milk was in fact the first third-party game for the Famicom, and launched way back in 1984. It's a curious puzzle / platfomer hybrid which involves linking up Milk with his girlfriend whilst avoiding the...

  • News This Custom Twin Famicom Is The Stuff Hardware Dreams Are Made Of

    Remember when console designs actually mattered?

    We hate to keep going on about it, but Microsoft revealed the Xbox One to the world this week. We're obviously biased, but we happen to think it looks a little underwhelming in purely physical terms — Nintendo Life Operations Director Darren Calvert said it best when he described the console as...

  • News This Famicom GamePad Skin is a Thing of Beauty

    A retro reminder every day

    So, who is it says that the Japanese market gets all of the coolest limited edition Nintendo hardware and accessories? Well, lots of people, including us at Nintendo Life — because it's often true. The latest example is the pictured Famicom skin on the way to lovingly cover Wii U GamePad controllers in Nintendo's...

  • News Famicom Hardware Designer Masayuki Uemura Explains Origins of its Name and Red Colouring

    Colour choice "due to an order from the company's president"

    The original Famicom — which would be branded as the NES in the West — remains an iconic example of Japanese hardware design. That's not to say it was perfect, with one notable feature being that the controllers were hardwired into the system — it's easy to see why that idea was...

  • News Famicom Classic Recca Could Be Blasting To Western 3DS eShops

    Big in Japan

    Naxat Soft's Recca seems destined for a 3DS eShop release in the west. The game — which is a vertically-scrolling shooter from 1992 — has just been given a rating by the Australian Classification Board. Also known as Summer Carnival '92: Recca thanks to the fact that it was used in Naxat Soft's "Summer Carnival" shooting game...

  • Hardware Classics Nintendo AV Famicom

    Give the dog a bone

    The Nintendo Entertainment System — or NES, for short — is arguably the console on which Nintendo's current lofty status was built. Launched in Japan as the Famicom, the 8-bit platform is home to an almost endless list of solid-gold classics, including Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Metroid,

  • News Watch the Translated GameCenter CX vs. Iwata Asks Segment Right Here

    Fresh from Japan

    If you watched last week's Japanese Nintendo Direct presentation you'll know that at the end there was a special GameCenter CX segment featuring none other than Nintendo President Satoru Iwata. For those of you that don't know, GameCenter CX (known in the west as Retro Game Master) is a TV show starring Shinya Arino, who plays...

  • News Go On, Judge a Game By Its Cover

    Nobody says you shouldn't

    You might remember some of our previous coverage of Famicase, where artists create stickers for fictional Famicom games. A Game By Its Cover (AGBIC) takes this concept to the next stage, inviting developers to create games based on the stickers. The competition runs from 17th June until 18th August and is open to anyone...

  • Feature Slipped Disk - The History of the Famicom Disk System

    We look back at Nintendo's first misstep in the domestic gaming hardware arena

    Given what we now know about add-on hardware for games consoles, the very concept of the Famicom Disk System seems hopelessly flawed. Since this Japan-only system hit the market in 1986 we’ve seen the equally ill-fated Sega Mega CD, Sega 32X and Nintendo 64DD all come...

  • News How Nintendo Manufactured the Famicom on the Cheap

    Recently revealed report hints at Scrooge-like attitude

    As we all know, the Nintendo Famicom (the Japanese version of the NES, in case you were wondering) was pretty damn successful back in the day. In fact, it would be no exaggeration to state that the machine practically created the modern console market - certainly in Japan, at least. Nintendo...

  • News Read About the Birth of the Famicom in Latest Iwata Asks

    Go right back to the start

    Nintendo's Famicom is a piece of gaming history. The company's first cartridge-based gaming system, it set the revitalised the industry and set the standard for what was to follow. Satoru Iwata sat down with two of Nintendo's behind-the-scenes heroes for his latest "Iwata Asks" feature: R&D advisor Masayuki Uemura and...

  • Nintendo Download 5th & 6th October 2010 (Japan)

    October begins with Virtual Console and DSiWare

    WiiWare's alternating weeks continue, but at least there's the Virtual Console to keep Wii owners happy – even better when the releases include classic arcade games! The DSi has a trio of actual games for a change with nary a lifestyle download in sight. Virtual Console: Commando (800pts Arcade,...

  • News Developers Make Famicom Games from Unreal Famicom Cartridges

    It'll make sense soon

    You might remember a story back in May about a Japanese art project where artists created fictitious Famicom cartridges to display their work. Here we are, three months later, bringing you news that some enterprising developers took the cartridges as inspiration to create games. Taking in cat-touching adventure Neco Touch,...

  • News Start Saving as Famicom Box Surfaces on eBay

    Rare machine up for grabs

    Back in 1980s Japan, Nintendo's Famicom was doing the business, but the company wanted to get more gamers to experience what it could offer. The answer was the FamicomBox, a machine used by retailers to allow customers to try out a selection of Famicom games, with some models even featuring a coin slot to allow gamers to...

  • News Unreal Famicom Games are... Well, Unreal

    Famicase project shows off 2010 line-up

    The humble Famicom cartridge may not seem like the perfect canvas on which to create art, but every year Japanese game shop Meter hosts Famicase, a project aiming to prove just the opposite. Artists are asked to create artwork for a fictitious game and display it on a Famicom cart, and predictably the results...

  • News Samurai Warriors 3 to Feature a Nazo no Murasamejou Mode

    Koei's latest Warriors game is Wii-exclusive and includes a Nintendo-related bonus mode.

    If you're not familiar with Koei's popular franchise you shouldn't be too surprised - The only game released on a Nintendo platform, Samurai Warriors: Katana, was a spin-off which was not that well received. All is forgiven with Koei's latest announcement...

  • News Famicase 2009 Art Exhibit Opens

    Fifty-eight artists and designers craft imaginary Famicom game carts

    The art on game boxes and carts from the 8-bit era was generally pretty crap. A lot of it is still crap today, but back then gaming was still considered largely a kid's thing so people gave even less of a **** on whether or not the box art looked good. Japanese retro games shop...

  • News Stupidly Cool Portable Famicom Mod Surfaces

    Shame we don’t know how to use a soldering iron...

    The stuff these crazy modders seem to dream up never fails to surprise us, and this latest endeavour is totally off the chart in terms of sheer genius. Modder ‘goteking’ has taken a business card holder shaped like a Famicom cartridge and skillfully inserted a media player with a Famicom...