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News Studio Behind Netflix's Castlevania Opens Up On Story Changes And The Meaning Of Anime
"I grew up on Castlevania. I play Symphony of the Night to this day"
Netflix's Castlevania series may not have pleased absolutely everybody, but we certainly enjoyed it - and it seems have gained favour with plenty of hardcore followers of Konami's vampire-slaying video game franchise. We've already spoken to producer
Random Sealed Copy Of Super Mario Bros. Fetches Over $30,000 On eBay
Who needs two kidneys anyway
When you think of rare and collectable NES games, chances are Super Mario Bros. is the last thing that springs to mind. It's one of the most common NES releases in existence, and logic would dictate that on the secondary market, it's not worth a great deal - even in exceptional condition. However, a sealed copy of the...
News Show Off Your 8-Bit 'Style' With This NES Classic Hoodie
Zip up, plug in and play
If you like walking around town donning a Power Glove for the world to see, then this might well be the item of clothing for you. Merchoid, the videogame merchandise specialist, has unveiled its NES Classic Hoodie to an unsuspecting world; pre-orders are open for shipping in September. Costing £44.99 / €54.99...
News Wisdom Tree Wants To Inflict Noah's Ark On The World, Again
What more can be said about Wisdom Tree's unlicensed games that the Angry Video Game Nerd hasn't already said? (NSFW kids, he swears a lot!). Games such as Noah's Ark are tedious platformers, dressed up with biblical themes which often don't even make any sense. If for some crazy reason you have any nostalgia for these games then...
News Fan-Made "Mega Maker" is Releasing Next Week
DIY Mega Man
“Super Mario Maker's” popularity proved something most people in the ROM hacking community already knew for years: there is a game designer hidden in all of us. Yet most of us do not have the technical expertise to look up code and understand how it works. Level editors are nothing new, of course, going as far back as some games...
News Netflix Renews Castlevania Series For A Second, Longer Season
8 episodes, up from 4
Netflix's animated take on Konami's Castlevania series went live on Friday, and we're sure a great many of you will already have basked in its blood-soaked, foul-mouthed brilliance. Penned by author and comic book legend Warren Ellis and featuring some impressive vocal talent, it's a surprisingly effective take on
Rumour Nintendo Switch Comes With A Built-In NES Emulator
Flogging a dead horse
The Switch has been out for a while now and hackers have had sufficient time to delve into its firmware and pick things apart. One of the more interesting discoveries that has been made during this exploratory work is the fact that the console apparently comes pre-loaded with its own NES emulator, named "flog". There's very...
Hardware Review Hyperkin's Retron HD Is The Cheapest Way To Play NES In High Def
Can't get a NES Classic? Check this out
Hyperkin is one of the elder statesman of the clone hardware arena, having operating in this sector for quite some time now via its line of Retron systems, the earliest of which replicated the performance of the fan-favourite Nintendo Entertainment System, or NES. The recent kerfuffle regarding the...
Random NES Found "Rotting" In Kentucky Barn For Decades Is Resurrected
Back from the dead
Vintage consoles are beloved by collectors for many reasons; for some, it's down to pure nostalgia and the belief that games really were better back then, and for others it's the iconic designs and familiar controllers. Another reason cartridge-based retro systems are so appealing is their robust nature; they can withstand much...
News The Cast For Netflix's Castlevania Series Includes A Few Famous Faces
Or should that be voices?
Netflix's promising Castlevania animated series isn't far away now, and producer Adi Shankar has revealed some of the voice talent signed up for the show. He's joined in the video above by Scottish actor Graham McTavish (Erik the Viking, The Hobbit) - who plays the role of Dracula
Video Man Plays Super Mario Bros. In Augmented Reality, Puzzles Bystanders
People are doing some pretty amazing things with Microsoft's Hololens headset, but Abhishek Singh deserves additional praise for his efforts. Not only has he recreated the first level of Super Mario Bros. in augmented reality, he even dressed up as the famous plumber and tested the stage out in New York's crowded Central...
Hardware Analogue NT Mini Review - Not Just The Best NES Clone, It's Much More Besides
FPGA or GTHO
It's fair to say that the gaming public's interest in clones of vintage consoles hasn't diminished over the past few years; in fact, interest in such hardware is arguably on the rise. We've seen a raft of systems which aim to replicate the performance of retro hardware, including the Hyperkin Retron 5, the Cyber Gadget Retro Freak and...
News Famicom Title "Ganbare Goemon Gaiden: Kieta Ōgon Kiseru" Translated to English
1990 JRPG spin-off includes healthy doses of Ebisumaru
Despite very few and far between official Western releases, Konami’s “Ganbare Goemon” series has quite a following outside of Japan, a deserved status considering that despite a few ninja duds it is a strong and solid series that made its way across several generations of Nintendo...
Hardware Review BittBoy Portable Video Game Handheld
Unofficial NES gaming on the go
Of all the obscure clone consoles to come out of the Far East, the BittBoy is one of the most interesting we've seen in a long time - for obvious reasons. We're massive fans of the original Game Boy here at Nintendo Life and the fact that the BittBoy shamelessly steals the same basic design was enough to get our...
News Nintendo's Online Service For Switch Will Offer "Ongoing Access" To Classic Games
"Monthly classic games" idea has been ditched
We (very) recently reported that Nintendo has gone into more detail regarding the Switch's online service, which will cost $20 a year and is now due to launch next year. The original report suggested that Nintendo's plan to offer a different retro game each month has apparently been shelved, and now...
Video Take a Look at Retro-Bit's Capcom-Themed NES Controllers
Go ahead dauntlessly!
At the start of the year Retro-Bit unveiled its Capcom-themed controllers, mimicking iconic pads from the NES, SNES and Mega Drive / Genesis eras. Naturally those of us with a love for retro gaming can't help but be tempted, especially as they're compatible with PC in addition to the original NES / SNES hardware. Now our video...
News This New Artwork For Netflix's Castlevania Series Sure Does Look Familiar
Fangs a lot
The more we see of the new Castlevania Netflix series, the harder it is to contain our excitement. Last week we were given the first taste of this animated epic and now we've got this awesome artwork, which is a neat tribute to the cover of the very first NES game. While the series will t
News Famicom Version of "Rampart" Translated to English
But your castle is (with)in another castle!
If you fought in the great medieval wars of the 1990s, you might read the headline and wonder what the fuss is all about. After all Atari's "Rampart", a perfect mix of artillery / puzzle game, conquered the arcades and gained quick cult status among gamers; it also had many home conversions, even managing...
News Hyperkin's RetroN HD Runs NES Games In 720p, Arrives Later This Month
"This is the best time to be an NES enthusiast"
Hyperkin has announced that it is releasing a new RetroN system which runs NES games in 720p HD. The RetroN HD is compatible with NTSC and PAL NES games and comes with its own bespoke controller, but also supports original NES pads. It launches on May 25th and will cost $39.99 - you can...
News Eskimo Bob Kickstarter Campaign Announced for the NES
You can even poke the walrus
A Kickstarter campaign has begun for arcade-style puzzle-platformer Eskimo Bob. The throwback game is intended for release directly onto the NES and will include 64 levels, 15 types of enemies and two playable characters. As Bob and Alfonzo you will try to gather all the fish in the land whilst trying to stop the evil...
News Fan-Made Zelda Title Breath Of The NES Gets Hit With Inevitable Takedown Notice
Development will continue, as planned
When we reported on Breath of the NES, Winter Drake's 8-bit take on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the indie developer made it clear that if Nintendo did decide to take legal action to prevent distribution of the game then production would co
News Italian Discontinuation of the NES Mini Seals Its Fate
Our favourite Italian plumber is saddened
In yet another confirmation that wraps up the final applicable region, the NES Mini has reportedly been confirmed as discontinued in Italy. Following North America, Japan and Australia, this marks Europe as the fourth
News The Famicom Classic Edition Has Now Also Been Discontinued
No new information on the NES Classic Edition production in Europe
As we reported earlier, the NES Classic Edition has been discontinued in North America. It also appears, via an update on the official website, that the same has occurred for the Famicom Classic Edition in Japan. A message on the site says: This product has ended production for...
Video Seeing A R.O.B. The Robot Get Torn Apart Is Rather Hypnotic
Don't worry, he gets put back together again
The Robotic Operating Buddy - or R.O.B. for short - was one of the many ways Nintendo attempted to differentiate its NES system from "traditional" console platforms which had poisoned the market after the 1983 video game crash. This robotic companion could connect to the console and interact with various...
Video Get Green With This Complete History Of Battletoads
Remembering Rash, Zitz & Pimple
Battletoads - along with Rare's back catalogue - may be owned by Microsoft these days, but NES owners will always have a special place in their hearts for Rash, Zitz & Pimple, three radical amphibians with plenty of attitude. Created at a time when Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles dominated TV, gaming and toy aisles,...
News Disney Afternoon Collection Includes Six NES Classics, But It's Skipping Nintendo Systems
DuckTales! Chip 'n Dale! Darkwing Duck!
Capcom has announced another collection of classic NES titles to follow in the footsteps of Mega Man Legacy Collection, but in a rather strange twist it will be skipping Nintendo systems. Disney Afternoon Collection pulls together some of the company's most beloved NES titles, including Chip 'n Dal
Book Review The Unofficial NES/Famicom: A Visual Compendium
Could this be the perfect coffee table book?
We've seen an explosion in books celebrating retro video game history lately. One of the most prolific publishers is UK-based Bitmap Books, which is responsible for many of our favourites - including the excellent Super Famicom: The Box Art Collection. Their catchily titled 'Visual Compendium' series has...
Video Leafing Through The NES / Famicom Visual Compendium
The ultimate coffee table companion?
Bitmap Books' series of visual compendiums already has a strong following amount retro gamers but its latest iteration has been perhaps the most notable yet, for two key reasons. Firstly, it utterly smashed its Kickstarter goal of £25,000 and eventually raised a whopping £190,000, and secondly, it very nearly...
Hardware Review My Arcade NES Classic Mini Controller
Looks aren't everything
Given how hard it is to actually find a NES Classic Mini right now, it should come as no great shock to also learn that spare controllers for the console are also in very short supply. While Nintendo seems incapable of meeting demand for this clone system and its accessories, third party peripheral makers are having a field...
News TheMexicanRunner Is One Game Away From Finishing Every NES Title On Twitch
714 games, three years, one epic journey
Way back in May 2014, TheMexicanRunner began his NESMania project with the ultimate objective of completing every single officially licensed western NES game live on Twitch. That's a whopping 714 games in total, in case you were wondering. After three epic years, he's now one game away from achieving that...
News The Developers Of Alwa's Awakening Are Putting The Entire Soundtrack On A NES Cartridge
Because why not
Back in 2015 we reported on the development of a NES-style platform adventure by the name of Alwa's Awakening, a faux-retro homage to the likes of Battle of Olympus and Solstice. The game is now available on Steam, and to mark this occasion the developers have announced a special collector's edition which comes with the complete...
Video Let's Take A Look At Contra Force, The Black Sheep Of The Contra Family
The world's most hated Contra game?
Contra (or Probotector / Gryzor if you're in Europe) is one of those series which perhaps isn't as popular today as it deserves to be. During the 8 and 16-bit eras it was one of the best run-and-gun action franchises around, with amazing instalments on the NES, Mega Drive, SNES and Game Boy. While there have been...
News New Hack Offers A Full Game Library On Your NES Classic Edition
Legally questionable, of course
A while back we reported on news that a hack had been released which allowed NES Classic Mini owners the ability to edit and add to the 30 games which come pre-loaded on the console out of the box. A new hack has now emerged which goes one better; you can now put the full NES library onto the machine. The process...
Random Epic Haul Of Boxed NES Items Found In Abandoned RV
Seek and ye shall find
Retro collectors will know full well the thrill of unexpectedly finding a gaming gem at their local charity shop or car boot sale (thrift store and flea market to non-UK folks), but this latest discovery by the one and only Patrick Scott Patterson is on another level entirely. Patterson found many early NES items - including...
News Fan-Made Prequel Metroid: Rogue Dawn Released On NES
Set before Metroid Zero Mission
Time and time again fans surprise us with projects born out of their love for Nintendo franchises despite the obvious legal issues. One franchise in particular that seems to generate substantial fervor is Samus Aran's very own backyard, the Metroid series. As years go by without a new mainline entry in this revered...
Feature Ten Classic Games Which Would Be Great To Play On The NES Mini
If only there was legit way of adding more games
We really loved getting our hands on the NES Mini back in November last year; this diminutively-sized replica of Nintendo's nostalgic first home console really shows off some of the best games in the NES library. However, after a while even the greatest games in the world may feel a little bit stale,...
News Super Retro Trio Getting A HD Upgrade This Year, NES Top Loader Clone Also Incoming
HDMI or bust
Retro-Bit is updating its Super Retro Trio console with HDMI output, it has been confirmed. Like the original Super Retro Trio, the new system will play NES, SNES and Mega Drive / Genesis carts and boasts support for original controllers, but with HDMI included the picture quality should be much improved. S-Video output is also...
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 Nintendo Shares Original Design Documents from The Legend of Zelda
It all started with some graph paper
The original Legend of Zelda blazed many trails for gaming, arguably setting the standard for what would eventually become the open-world genre. Seeing as how this is the 30th anniversary for the series as a whole, Nintendo has opted for a blast from the past and dug up some of the original design documents from...
News The First NES Advertisement Has Been Successfully Preserved
Chalk up another point for gaming historians
Despite the gaming industry's relatively young age, it's interesting that much of its history is subject ot permanent loss. As standards have changed over the years, many games, advertisements, prototypes, and so on, have been lost due to poor efforts to future proof them. A great example of this can be...
News New NES game Dreamworld Pogie Finds Kickstarter Success
Let's hope the Oliver Twins don't go dizzy
Are you itching for something 'new' to play on your beloved NES? Then the Dreamworld Pogie Kickstarter might be the one for you. If you are British and of a certain age, you'll no doubt remember the Dizzy series of games by The Oliver Twins. While most of the Dizzy success story was on home computers,...
Video Remembering The Soggy Awesomeness Of Mega Man 2's Bubble Man Stage
Water good level this is
Mega Man 2 has to rank as one of the best action platformers in the NES library, if not the entire genre. Regarded by many as the pinnacle of the 8-bit series, it's the only Mega Man release to make it onto the NES Classic Mini, which speaks volumes about its quality. Our friends over at iretrogamer.com cl
A minimalist trip down memory lane
We've seen lots of attractive coffee table art books aimed at retro gaming fans in recent times, which is no bad thing. Joining the ranks is a publication simply titled 8-Bit Art Book - by Ear Books - which pays homage to the visual quality of classic games spanning from 1975 to the early '90s. The author Stephan...
News Footage Of Unreleased Akira Game Boy Title Hits The Web
Plus Heavy Weight Hockey on NES and Mall Rats on Mega Drive
Remember back in October when someone found four prototype copies of Akira for the Game Boy? Well that someone - Patrick Scott Patterson - has recently released gameplay video of one of the prototype Akira carts being played on the Super Game Boy. The game looks promising despite its...
News Toys 'R' Us Expecting Fresh NES Classic Mini Stock This Weekend
"They will sell very quickly"
Retail giant Toys 'R' Us has revealed that it will be getting more stock of the NES Classic Edition in its North American stores this Sunday. The console has been incredibly hard to find all over the globe, with demand far outstripping supply. Nintendo has stated previously that a steady flow of machines is expected...
Video A Brief Interview with One of the Original Nintendo Power Line Counselors
They were simpler times
One of the most notable features of the days of the NES was the existence of the Nintendo Power Line. Seeing as it would be several years before the internet became usable to the world, obtaining information back in the day was mostly related to schoolyard discussions and advice from that one kid whose dad worked for...
News Check Out This Officially Licensed Famicom Stationary Collection
Want a Famicom pen?
With the recent launch of the NES/Famicom Mini, Nintendo's debut home console has seen something of a pop culture resurgence. It's always been an iconic piece of tech, so it's no surprise that Nintendo hasn't been afraid to dip into its past a bit to tap into nostalgia every now and then. Of course, the new microconsole has been...
News 8Bitdo Is Bringing A Wireless Controller Option To The NES Classic Mini
$39.99, and it ships before Christmas
Fed up of the stupidly short controller cable on the NES Classic Mini? Fear not, because peripheral maker 8bitdo has confirmed today that it is bringing its own wireless control option to the NES Classic Mini. 8Bitdo has already performed the same trick with the standard
News Nintendo UK Promises More NES Classic Mini Stock Before Santa Arrives
Ho Ho Hope there's more than 10 this time
The NES Classic Mini has been a hot ticket this festive season, with demand far outstripping supply all over the world. If you're in the UK and still want to get one before Christmas, then you might want to keep your eye on the Official Nintendo UK store. More stock is promised in December according
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...