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News The Switch Famicom Controller's Microphone Actually Works, Just Like The Original
Could future Joy-Con have a mic built-in?
As you may well remember, to coincide with the launch of the Nintendo Switch Online - Nintendo Entertainment System collection, both NES and Famicom-style wireless controllers were released for the Switch for online subscribers only. The Famicom versions are exclusive to Japan - just like the system on which...
News Nintendo Forgot That You Can't Complete StarTropics Without The Original NES Manual
What a blunder
Just last week, Nintendo added StarTropics - along with other games and goodies - to the NES Nintendo Switch Online app, presenting the game to an entirely new audience. Unfortunately, these new players are finding themselves unable to complete the game thanks to what can only be described as a bizarre oversight from Nintendo itself...
News Nintendo Adds New NES Games And SP Versions To Switch Online Earlier Than Planned
Kid Icarus, StarTropics and more
In a surprise turn of events, the NES Switch Online app has updated one day earlier than expected, meaning you can now play March's new offerings by updating the software. As promised, this month adds both Kid Icarus and StarTropics. You can find
Random Disney Adds Lyrics To Iconic DuckTales Song From Original NES Game
Reviving a classic
In 1989, Capcom released the action platform title DuckTales on the NES. There's a famous tune in this classic game that is still considered to be one of the greatest 8-bit songs of all-time. Now, after all these years, Disney has paid its respects to the NES outing by featuring the iconic Moon theme in the latest episode of the...
Random Unreleased Wrestling Game On NES Discovered After 30 Years
An incredible find
It might be 2019, but somehow people are still discovering unreleased games on the NES. YouTuber Stephan Reese, also known as Archon 1981, recently acquired the NES game UWC from a former Nintendo employee. If you've never heard about this wrestling title before, that's because it was never actually released. The name is...
News Kid Icarus And StarTropics Join The Switch Online NES Library This Month
Japan gets Fire Emblem
Nintendo will add Kid Icarus and StarTropics to the Switch Online NES library on 13th March. Below are the descriptions of each game, courtesy of the Nintendo YouTube channel: Kid Icarus – The evil goddess Medusa has stolen the Three Sacred Treasures and imprisoned the goddess of light, Palutena, in her evil plot to...
Reminder Super Mario Bros. 2, Kirby's Adventure Now On Switch, Plus Two New SP Edition NES Games
More retro goodness
Today sees the latest update arrive in Nintendo Switch Online's NES app, with four new games in total being added for your playing pleasure (or five if you're in Japan). The two main additions this month are Kirby's Adventure and Super Mario Bros. 2, which Nintendo pre
Gallery Check Out This Rare Super Mario Artwork From The 1980s
A blast from the past
The Nintendo preservation experts at Forest of Illusion have shared some interesting Super Mario artwork, apparently dating back to the 1980s. The artwork was featured in an issue of Televi-Kun, which was a Japanese magazine for children. According to the source, the artwork was never featured in any other released media...
News Unreleased NES Title Panic! Dizzy Hits Kickstarter
The Oliver twins find another eggy treat in the loft
Dizzy fans rejoice! In what seems like an unending trove of unreleased software that Philip and Andrew Oliver have found down the back of their sofa, Panic! Dizzy is the latest in a line of rediscovered Dizzy titles seeking crowdfunding. The game will be free to play on their website, but the pair...
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 Kirby's Adventure And Super Mario Bros. 2 Join The Switch Online NES Library This Month
Nintendo has revealed the next two games being added to the Switch Online NES service on 13th February. They include Kirby's Adventure from 1993 and Super Mario Bros. 2 from 1988. Below are the descriptions of each one, direct from the official PR: Kirby’s Adventure – Using 20 unique tricks and Kirby’s ability to steal...
News Show Off In Front Of Your House Guests With This Sleek NES Controller Bottle Opener
Crowdfunding campaign launched
If you happen to enjoy your gaming with the odd beverage or two, this NES controller-shaped bottle opener might come in particularly handy - and it just so happens to be one of the coolest takes on a generic household item we've seen, too. Part of a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign which has gone live today, the...
News Modder Tries To Create A First-Person 8-Bit Zelda Game Inside DOOM Engine
A new perspective
The Legend of Zelda series has taken some interesting new steps in recent years - Breath of the Wild was an entirely different take on the franchise's usual setup - but one thing we wouldn't expect to see is a first-person adventure. And especially not a first-person adventure with NES-style graphics. As it so happens, though,...
Video Work Up A Sweat With This NES Indoor Cycling Game
Welcome to the RacerMate Challenge II
Indoor cycling has really taken off in recent years, with innovations made with modern smart turbo trainers such as the Wahoo Kickr combined with software such as Zwift, which offers cyclists who wish to get in some virtual miles in their pain caves a gamified experience as they can user power-ups to gain an...
Reminder Zelda II And Blaster Master Hit Switch Today, Plus Two New Special Edition NES Games
Your monthly retro fix
Just in case it had slipped your mind, we've once again reached that time of the month when Nintendo updates the Nintendo Switch Online service's selection of NES games. A total of four new offerings have arrived today (five if you're in Japan), so let's get stuck in. The two main additions this month are Blaster Master and
News Blaster Master And Zelda II Arrive On The Switch Online NES Service This Month
Two classic adventures
The library of NES games on the Switch Online service continues to grow, with Nintendo revealing Blaster Master and Zelda II: The Adventure of Link are making their way to the digital platform next week on 16th January. Here's some information about each game from the Nintendo PR: Blaster Master – It’s panic or perish...
News The Retro Champ Is A Switch-Like Hybrid Console That Plays Your Original NES Games
Take your NES on the go
The Switch is slowly but surely becoming a super-useful tool for playing NES games on a modern display, and even on the go in handheld form, with the Nintendo Switch Online service throwing in three more games from the original system's library each month. Still, for anyone who has a large collection of real, physical NES...
News Bandai Namco Files Trademarks For Classic Famicom And NES Titles
A link to the NSO?
Bandai Namco might have plans for a handful of Famicom and NES games in the near future. According to Gematsu, the Japanese company recently filed trademarks for games that were originally released on Nintendo's classic hardware. These games include Battle City, Warpman, Final Lap, Family Pinball and Aratanaru Densetsu. As the...
News Hyperkin To Reveal New NES Light Gun Which Works With HDTVs
Play Duck Hunt on a modern display
Video game peripheral maker Hyperkin has announced that it will soon be unveiling a brand new light gun accessory which is set to work with modern displays. Named the 'Hyper Blaster HD for NES', Hyperkin describes the product as being the "first-ever commercially-produced solution" for playing Duck Hunt on the NES...
Video You Can Actually Play Games With The NES Controllers Still Attached To Your Switch
A weapon to surpass Metal Gear
Peripherals come and peripherals go, and one of this we thought would be going very swiftly out of people's minds was the NES Controllers for Nintendo Switch. They look clunky, they were reportedly only going to work with NES games via Nintendo Switch Online, and the price didn't fill a lot of fans with confidence...
Video Unlocking The "Minus Worlds" In The NES Version Of The Legend Of Zelda
Exploring the uncharted
If you haven't heard about the "minus worlds" before, it's basically a glitch found in multiple classic games such as Super Mario Bros. on the NES. Now, decades after the release of The Legend of Zelda on the same platform, the minus worlds in this title have been discovered. YouTube channel Skelux has accessed the minus...
News Unreleased NES SimCity Gets Preserved, Publicly Released
An 8-bit Christmas miracle!
You may remember last year this humble NL scribe reported on the surprising discovery of two NES SimCity prototype cartridges in the wild. This unreleased, Nintendo-developed version was one the NES holy grails of prototypes but not many people got their hands on the content of those two cartridges... until Frank Cifaldi...
Feature How One Nintendo Christmas Shaped The Rest Of My Life
Chris Scullion recounts how the NES altered his destiny one festive morning
It was the summer of 1987. My aunt had fallen in love with an American chap and moved to the States to marry him and live there. And so, my family – including a 4-year-old me – flew out from Scotland to Parma, Ohio to visit them during the summer. That was when I saw...
Random Man Uses Disguised NES Zapper To Rob A Bank
And has since been arrested
The NES Zapper was a cool little piece of kit back in the day, allowing gaming fans to use a realistic peripheral to enhance their experiences in titles like Duck Hunt, Wild Gunman, and more. As always, though, someone out there has to go and ruin the fun, with one man being caught using the accessory in a shocking...
News Turns Out The Switch's Wireless NES Controllers Will Work With New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
Teach your old controller new tricks
As you may well know already, subscribing to Nintendo's Switch Online service presents you with the wonderfully generous option of spending even more money on a set of NES-style controllers for your Switch. These are, of course, designed to make your collection of online NES games feel more authentic, and double...
Random John Cena Is A NES Aficionado
American actor, professional wrestler, rapper and all-around good guy John Cena recently spoke about his love of the original Nintendo Entertainment System during an IGN video promoting the new Transformers film, Bumblebee. The cast of the movie was quizzed about '80s toys, and the most knowledgeable of the bunch was John. After...
News The Wireless NES Controller For Switch Has A Few Surprises But Still Lacks Compatibility
When Nintendo first revealed the wireless NES controller for Switch, details were limited. Now that the first shipment has arrived, new information about the retro-themed pads is beginning to surface. Kotaku's Chris Kohler explains how the L and R buttons on the wireless controller function: "The L button will serve as your...
Video Nintendo Really Wants You To Buy The Wireless NES Controllers For Switch
"There's really no better way to play"
When the digital NES game library for Switch Online was revealed, Nintendo announced it would be releasing a pair of wireless NES controllers. If you're still not convinced, perhaps the above video will change your mind. Presented by Nintendo Treehouse staffer JC Rodrigo, the short clip takes the time to unbox...
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...
Reminder Three New NES Games Hit Switch Today, Plus SP Versions Of Metroid And Dr. Mario
Fill your retro boots
In case you'd forgotten, today sees that time of the month when Nintendo boosts the Switch's NES game catalogue with a handful of new games. Three new titles have appeared today, and as has become tradition, we've also be treated to a couple of SP versions of old favourites, too. The three main additions this month are...
News This Awesome Hand-Drawn Ninja Gaiden Guide Brings Back Lovely Pre-Internet Memories
And you can have it for free
Before strategy guides and that pesky, know-it-all internet came along, completing tricky games was a serious challenge. There was a time when players couldn't simply Google "how do I unlock Simon Belmont's luscious locks in Smash Bros.", and instead had to figure everything out by playing over and over again. Often,...
News The New BittBoy Can Play NES, Game Boy And Game Boy Color (Ahem) Games
Let's hope Soulja Boy doesn't find out
We reviewed the original BittBoy some time ago and found it to be a perfectly likeable – if legally questionable – handheld system. Now, the company behind it is releasing a successor, and while it retains the same basic design, there are a few extra features worth noting (and no, it's no less dubious from...
News It Looks Like An (Unofficial) Game Boy Advance Mini Is On The Way, But It Plays NES Games
While you're probably still clinging onto any remaining hope you might have for an upcoming N64 Classic Mini, you may be intrigued by this little tease for a miniature Game Boy Advance design. Before you get too excited, though, this is absolutely not a real GBA Mini - it's actually a NES game emulator. If you're a regular reader of...
Reminder Three New NES Games Have Launched On Switch Today, Plus Another Bonus SP Version
NES games for everyone
As promised, today sees another trio of retro delights hit the Nintendo Switch Online - Nintendo Entertainment System library of games (plus a special bonus version, too). If you're subscribed to the service, here's what you can expect to find joining your collection. The three main additions this month are Metroid, Mighty...
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...
Anniversary Super Mario Bros. 3 Turns 30 Years Old Today
Feel old yet?
Thirty years ago today, on 23rd October 1988, Super Mario Bros. 3 launched in Japan. Following the traditions already put in place by previous Mario games, Super Mario Bros. 3 had players controlling either Mario or Luigi as they went on a quest to save Princess Toadstool from the dastardly claws of Bowser. There were enemies to stomp...
News 16-Year-Old Joseph Saelee Beats Seven-Time Tetris World Champion For The Ultimate Crown
The hard work pays off
Joseph Saelee, a 16-year-old Tetris prodigy, has just emerged victorious at the Classic Tetris World Championship, defeating a seven-time world champion in the process. The event took place at Portland, Oregon this weekend, ending yesterday on 21st October, with Joseph taking on Jonas Neubauer in the grand final. The...
Video Here's A Look At The Latest NES Releases Now Playable On Switch
A blast from the past
If you're not sure what games have been added to the Switch Online NES library recently, Nintendo's YouTube channel has released a clip showing off each one in action. For the month of October, the releases include Solomon’s Key, Super Dodge Ball and NES O
Reminder Three New NES Games Are Now Available To Play On Switch
Technically four, actually
While the new 'Special' edition of The Legend of Zelda stole the show and hit the headlines earlier on today, we felt it worth reminding you lovely readers that today marks the arrival of the first set of new NES games on Switch - and give you a little bit of background info on all three, of course. The three games in...
News Surprise! A Special Version Of The Legend Of Zelda Has Appeared In The Switch's NES Library
Well, they kept that quiet
If you're a subscriber of the recently launched Nintendo Switch Online service, and especially if you're a fan of the instant-access NES catalogue now available to you, you may well be aware that today sees the release of three new games. Well, it turns out there's actually a fourth - and it's a spin on a Zelda classic...
News The Power Glove Was "Way Ahead Of Its Time" According To One Of The Men Behind It
"It was pretty cooly designed, for that time"
Ah, the Power Glove. It may have sold a million units but it has become something of a joke among Nintendo gamers; a product which arguably looked much better than it played. The device was supposed to immerse players like no other controller, but the reality was rather less appealing; the glove was a...
News Speedrunner Beats Super Mario Bros. In 4 Minutes 55 Seconds To Claim World Record
A near-perfect run
Chances are you've probably played Super Mario Bros. - the classic NES title that helped catapult the little platforming plumber into stardom has been available to play on so many different consoles at this point that we've actually lost count. It's even available on the Switch thanks to the recent addition of NES games in the...
Video How Do NES Games On Switch Compare To The NES Mini, Virtual Console And More?
A detailed analysis
If you've jumped headfirst into Nintendo's new online subscription service, you've probably found yourself re-exploring the 20 NES games now available to play on Switch. Including classics like Super Mario Bros. 3, The Legend of Zelda, and Donkey Kong to name a few, this service has finally given us a way to play NES games on...
News The Nintendo Switch NES Controllers Are Now Available To Pre-Order In Europe
Playing with power
If you're wanting to play the Nintendo Switch Online's selection of NES games in style, then you've probably been keeping an eye on the recently announced NES-style controllers for the console. The good news for European players is that the controllers are now available to pre-order directly from the My Nintendo store. With the...
Video Here's How Nintendo Switch Online Handles NES Gameplay Over The Web
Now you're playing with online power
Nintendo Switch Online launches today, and no doubt many of you will already have subscribed and gotten stuck into all that lovely cloud-saving, online goodness. However, perhaps the biggest draw at this moment in time is the fact that the service comes with a bunch of NES games which can be played over the web...
News Get Money Off Those Lovely NES Controllers For Switch With My Nintendo Gold Points
Currently in Europe only
A new My Nintendo listing on the European version of the site has revealed that users of the service will soon be able to redeem vouchers towards the recently revealed NES controllers for use with Nintendo Switch Online. If you've missed the news, these new controllers are designed to work specifically with the new Nintendo...
Reminder Wireless NES Controllers For Switch Are Now Available To Pre-Purchase In North America
Get them while you can
The Nintendo Switch Online service is now live, meaning the recently announced wireless NES controllers can now be purchased from the official website, at least in North America. You must have a subscription to the Switch online service and the deal is limited to one pack per Nintendo account. The pack will set you back...
Random Canadian Actor And Comedian Seth Rogen Shares Mind-Blowing Duck Hunt Secret
Did you know?
The 1984 NES game Duck Hunt might not have been announced for the Nintendo Switch digital service just yet, but that doesn't mean fans of the NES Zapper title have forgotten about it. Out of the blue, Candian actor and comedian Seth Rogen has shared a "hot tip" about the original Duck Hunt game that appears to have surprised many...
News NES Game Library On Nintendo Switch Is A Single Software Download
The more you know
There's not long at all until Nintendo Switch Online arrives and still, we're finding out more about how exactly certain aspects of the service will function. If you were expecting to see individual tiles for each NES game clogging up your Switch HOME Menu, it's worth pointing out all of these classics will be contained within a...
Soapbox Why I'm Not Excited About Playing NES Games On The Nintendo Switch
All NES'ed out
Soapbox features enable our individual writers to voice their own opinions on hot topics, opinions that may not necessarily be the voice of the site. In this piece, Nintendo Life Operations Director Darren Calvert admits that he's not in the least bit excited about the prospect of playing NES games again in 2018... They say that...