Tag: Nintendo 64
Random Rare Co-Founder Tim Stamper Teases 'Dream 64' Development Cartridge
"Dream 64 does exist after all"
Update [Tue 11th Apr, 2023 00:05 BST]: Tim Stamper has now posted a follow-up tweet featuring video footage of Dream 64. In it, he notes how it was "probably" shown at Japan's Nintendo Shoshinkai show (Space World) in 1996. In the video, there's a pirate mentioning how "the Nintendo 64 treasure does exist after all"...
Random Bitmap Bureau Is Bringing Xeno Crisis To N64 And GameCube
"This is no joke"
April Fools' Day has been one heck of a minefield this year, with some video game companies going an extra step by actually releasing a real product. With this in mind, Xeno Crisis developers Bitmap Bureau have announced they'll be bringing the retro-inspired shooter to the Nintendo 64 and GameCube. And yes, it's not a joke! We've...
Random Unseen Zelda: Ocarina Of Time Proto Footage Found On Rare VHS Tape
Hey! Look! Listen!
We love a bit of unseen footage here at Nintendo Life - especially when Zelda is involved. The N64 games have often been goldmines for this, with original trailers winding up on VHS tapes years later and revealing a whole host of unseen goodness for some classic titles. One such example has recently been the case for a little...
News The Nintendo 64 Platformer Glover Is Coming Soon To Switch
A blast from the past
Move aside Mario and Sonic, because Glover is back! Yes, during the latest QUByte Connect 2022 broadcast, it was revealed the Nintendo 64 3D platformer would be making its way to the Switch "soon". This title was originally released on the N64 in 1999 and earlier this year got a Limited Run re-release on the same platform and...
Random Zelda Texture Bug Explains Ocarina Of Time & Majora's Mask Deku Difference
A sticking point..?
If you've spent a good amount of time with the N64 classic The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and its sequel The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, you may have become quite familiar with the visuals of each games and which assets were brought over from one title to the other. The keen-eyed among you may even notice some small...
Random Someone Turned Super Mario 64 Into A First-Person Horror Game
If you see the ghost of Peach, RUN!
Luigi has made a name for himself as a ghostbuster, but why does Mario have to miss out on the fun? Never fear, because there's now a new "Super Mario 64 inspired horror experience" made by developer 'CM9_Animation'. In this game, players embark on Mario's scariest adventure yet! In Another Princess Is In Our...
Random Mario Kart 64 Nearly Had A 'No Item' Mode To Appeal To F-Zero Fans
If you look at the Mario Kart franchise and the F-Zero franchise, it's pretty easy to determine which of the two has been more successful. On the one hand, Mario Kart has seen major releases all the way up to 2020 with Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit, and will see a whole bunch of DLC launched for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe all the way...
News Microsoft Renews Trademark For Rare's Classic N64 Game Blast Corps
Viva Piñata, too
Video game trademark renewals are always happening, and while they don't necessarily mean something is on the horizon, they do tend to create some excitement whenever it's a classic game or series we haven't heard about for some time. The latest ones, as highlighted by Game Rant, are tied to iconic British developer Rare - owned...
News New N64 Emulator Plugin Adds Ray Tracing, Widescreen, 60FPS (And More) To Classics Like Zelda & Paper Mario
"Don't expect this to come out any time soon"
Remember the absolutely stunning showcase of Super Mario 64 with ray tracing? Well, the same individual is now working on a new project that could evolve N64 emulation. Modder turned software developer Dario has just revealed 'RT64' (the path tracer behind the sm64rt project) is being transformed into a...
News Switch Online's N64 Update Is Live (Version 2.3.1), Kirby 64 Game-Breaking Bug Fixed
Not long after Nintendo added Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards to the Switch Online N64 service a few weeks ago, a game-breaking bug was discovered, preventing players from progressing under a certain condition. Nintendo publically addressed this last week - revealing an update would be released to resolve the problem (Kirby being stunned...
News Game-Breaking Bug Discovered In Switch Online Version Of Kirby 64
Update: Nintendo has released a patch
Update #2 [Tue 31st May, 2022 03:15 BST]: Nintendo has now patched this Kirby 64 game-breaking bug in Version 2.3.1 of the Switch Online N64 app. You can learn more in our latest post: Switch Online's Latest N64 Update Is Live (Version 2.3.1), Kirby 64 Game-Breaking Bug Fixed Update [Fri 27th May, 2022 16:10...
Video Do You Own A Video Game So Rare That You Can Never Actually Play It?
Poor, neglected souls
There's something quite satisfying about owning a particularly rare video game, isn't there? Not so much in the sense that you can brag to your friends about owning something they couldn't possibly hope to get their hands on; no, that's quite insufferable, if you ask us. Rather, the idea of owning something valuable and...
Random Sorry GameCube, LeBron James Likes The Nintendo 64 More
The King has spoken
King James, otherwise known as the Los Angeles Lakers' player LeBron James, recently held a Q&A on Twitter, and unsurprisingly there were a number of video game questions thrown at the basketball superstar. One, in particular, that's already received quite a bit of attention on social media is a question from the technology...
Random Portal 64 Demake Shows Portal Running On "Real N64 Hardware"
GLaDOS would be pleased
Valve's Portal: Companion Collection will see the release of Portal and Portal 2 on a Nintendo system for the first time ever, but have you ever wondered what the original 2007 game might have looked like if it got a release during the N64 era? Well, there's now a 'Portal 64' demake in the works. It's still in development,...
Video This Fan-Made Banjo-Kazooie Remaster Trailer Looks Absolutely Stunning
Unfortunately, you can't actually play it...
Even if Banjo-Kazooie is now Microsoft-owned, the bear and bird duo will always have a special place in the hearts of Nintendo gamers around the world. And although Rare re-released an improved version of the original title during the Xbox 360 generation, many fans are still left wondering what a proper...
News Nintendo 64 Platformer 'Glover' Returns, Just Not On Switch
It should fit like a glove, though!
Who remembers Interactive Studios' Glover? If you had an N64, you likely snagged a handful of 3D platformers from Super Mario 64 and Banjo-Kazooie and its sequel, to Goemon's Great Adventure and Chameleon Twist. There was a glut of them on the system, but not many have been ported to other systems. Glover,...
News A Long Lost N64 Video Game Prototype Has Been Released
See this 1999 build of Carnivalé: Cenzo's Adventure
It's always nice when a long lost game is unearthed and today is one of those days. Reintroducing the cancelled Nintendo 64 title, Carnivalé: Cenzo's Adventure. This obscure 3D platformer, developed by Terrraglyph Interactive Studios and published by Vatical Entertainment, was shown to the...
Random 22 Years Ago Today The Nintendo 64DD Had More Online Features Than Switch
Randnet Disk offered an impressive range of options
The Nintendo 64DD remains an intriguing part of the company's history, with the expansion ultimately being short-lived and limited to the Japanese market. Though it wasn't a commercial success after frequent delays and an arrival that fell too close to the GameCube, it nevertheless helped to pave...
Random Tired Of Waiting For An N64 Switch Controller? There's Another Option
All you need is an Arduino board and some patience
When Nintendo released the Switch Online Expansion Pack, a number of us also rushed to our regional My Nintendo website to buy the new wireless N64 controller. It's a rather lovely thing, but this being the 2020s and Nintendo being Nintendo, stock was extremely limited and restocks haven't eased the...
Video Here's A Look At Another Zelda 64 PC Port, And It's "Nearly Fully Playable"
"All of this footage is 100% real"
As you might recall, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time was successfully reverse-engineered back in November last year - opening the door for ports of the N64 classic. We heard earlier this week how one group known as the "Harbour Masters" had a
News Xbox Studio Rare "Immensely Pleased" About Banjo-Kazooie's Arrival On Switch
We've waited almost 24 years...
It was a bittersweet moment yesterday when Banjo-Kazooie arrived on the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack service. As fantastic as it is to see the UK developer's iconic duo return to a Nintendo platform after so long. It's now been nearly 20 years since Rare was acquired by Microsoft, and almost 24 since the...
Review Banjo-Kazooie - Peerless Platforming Perfection, And Now Available On Switch
"Kazooie, we're home"
This review originally went live in 2009, and we're updating and republishing it to mark the long-awaited return of Banjo-Kazooie to a Nintendo console, available as part of the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack N64 library. Back in the days of the N64’s prime, there was one firm that managed to stand out from the rest:...
News Nintendo's Giving Away A Set Of Awesome N64 Posters (Europe)
Just pay shipping!
It might not have reached Club Nintendo levels of awesomeness just yet, but the current My Nintendo reward service is certainly starting to change for the better with some very tempting physical goodies. The latest addition to the party is this set of Nintendo 64 posters depicting three of the system's best games. The Legend of...
News Fans Have Discovered A Neat Mario Party 3 Reference Hidden Inside Mario Party DS
A familiar tune
If you were lucky enough to have had a copy of Mario Party DS back in the day, you might well remember Toadette’s Music Room, one of the game's unique boards. What we're willing to bet you didn't know, however, is that the board actually contains a cool little easter egg relating to an older game in the series. Toadette’s Music...
Review Paper Mario - A Well-Crafted Creation That Stands Up Beautifully
This review originally went live in 2017, and we're updating and republishing it to mark the addition of Paper Mario to the other N64 games on Nintendo Switch Online. Can we take a moment to appreciate just how gloriously wacky it is that a game like Paper Mario exists in the first place? This is an idea that followed in the...
News Zelda 64's Game Code Has Been Successfully Reverse-Engineered, Making Mods And Ports Possible
It's also great news for video game preservation
A fan group known as 'Zelda Reverse Engineering Team' has reportedly been able to successfully reverse-engineer "100%" of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time code. Essentially what it does is "open the doors" to mods, hacks, and even ports of the Nintendo 64 classic. While there's the possibility of...
Video Everyone Should Play Sin & Punishment
The Wii sequel is darn good, too
Sin & Punishment is a Nintendo 64 game well known among Nintendo enthusiasts, but there are also likely to be a number of Switch owners that see the logo for the game in the N64 app (for those that opt to get the Expansion Pass) and won't have that flash of familiarity. It's no wonder, too, as despite Nintendo...
News Giles Goddard Shares A Glimpse Of Zelda 64 'Portal' Demo In Action
Back in May we shared an interesting nugget of information from Giles Goddard relating to a pre-Ocarina of Time 'Zelda 64' demo. Goddard is well known for moving to Japan on the '90s alongside Dylan Cuthbert to assist Nintendo and produce games like Star Fox; he did some notable work on visual technology in the N64 era such as producing the...
Video MVG Takes A Closer Look At Nintendo's N64 Emulation And "What Went Wrong" Over The Years
From GameCube to Switch
Last week, Nintendo launched the 'Expansion Pack' tier for its Switch Online service. As you may have noticed, it hasn't gone down well with some players. Apart from the trailer becoming the most disliked Nintendo YouTube video ever, the N64 emulation has been criticised for not even matching the
PSA Enjoy Rumble In Super Mario 64 On Nintendo Switch Online With The Japanese Version
You'll have to work for it
Nintendo Switch Online's Expansion Pack is now live, adding various Nintendo 64 and SEGA Mega Drive / Genesis games into the mix. There are a small number of regional differences at the moment, and perhaps the most notable is that Super Mario 64 has rumble in Japan and not North America and Europe. Before those pitchforks...
News Yes, The Nintendo 64 Controller For Switch Has Rumble
"No Rumble Pak required" - Oh Nintendo, you crack us up
As you may have seen, pre-orders are starting to appear for the wireless Nintendo 64 Switch controllers in different territories, which will offer us retro-heads a rather fun way to try out the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pass titles when they land on 25th/26th October. You have to have a...
News Nintendo Switch Online N64 Games Will Be 60Hz In Europe After All
With 50Hz options also available
Last month, the reveal of Nintendo 64 games headed to Nintendo Switch Online was mostly met with adoration from fans, although one problem did prevent the announcement from being truly special. As you may recall, footage shown off during the Nintendo Direct suggested that European fans might have to put up with games...
News Sin & Punishment For Nintendo 64 Now Has An Official Western Box Art
Thank the Switch Online service
After a recent rumour, Nintendo yesterday lifted the lid on N64 games for its Switch Online service. They'll be arriving "late" next month as part of an 'Expansion Pass' which also includes Sega Genesis (Mega Drive) titles. Fans have been spotting some smal
News Nintendo 64 And Sega Genesis 'Expansion Pack' Announced For Switch Online, Launches This October
Pricing, timing and more will be revealed soon
During the latest 'Direct' broadcast, Nintendo dropped some big news - with the reveal of a Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis (Mega Drive) 'expansion pack' for the Switch Online service. This will be a "new membership plan" and is launching "late" in October (aka next month). It will come packed with all...
Rumour Insider Says N64 Is Coming To Switch Online, Believes It Will Introduce A "Higher-Priced" Subscription Tier
Will Nintendo ask members to pay more?
A few weeks ago, known insider 'NateDrake' revealed on his podcast how Game Boy and Game Boy Color games would supposedly be coming to Nintendo's Switch Online service in the near future. Eurogamer added to this - noting how "other retro platforms" are also likely to show up. While no syst
Random Speedrunner Beats Zelda: Ocarina Of Time In Smash Bros. Brawl
And even defeated Ganon in under five minutes
Remember the timed Nintendo demos you were able to play in Super Smash Bros. Brawl on the Nintendo Wii? Well, a speedrunner has used this trial to roll the credits in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (yes, you can play through the entire game). The speedrunner and YouTuber known as 'Savestate' used...
News Accusations Of Foul Play Surface Around Record-Breaking Graded NES Game Auctions
What the grading companies and auction houses "didn't want us to see"
Update [Wed 25th Aug, 2021 14:20 BST]: A PR firm representing WATA Games has contacted us with a statement from the company regarding Karl Jobst's video. It is presented in full at the bottom of the page. Original story [Tue 24th Aug, 2021 04:05 BST]: In July, just days after a...
Video Check Out This Fan-Made Remaster Trailer For Banjo-Kazooie
It looks good enough to play
Although Rare technically re-released an improved version of Banjo-Kazooie during the Xbox 360 generation, there are still many fans out there who have been wondering for many years now what a full-blown remaster of the first title would look like. YouTuber Project Dream has been working on a video series called...
News 25 Seconds Of New EarthBound 64 Footage Emerges Online
Travel back to 1997
At the beginning of this month, someone put a corporate Nintendo CD-ROM from 1998 on sale. The winner of the online auction was a Twitter user known as Zen, who paid the equivalent of $357 USD for the item, after discovering the disc contained footage of the cancelled N64 project, EarthBound 64 - also known back then as Mother 3...
Anniversary The Nintendo 64 Launched 25 Years Ago Today
Super Birthday 64
On 23rd June 1996, Nintendo launched its latest home console, the Nintendo 64, in Japan. Boasting a 64-bit processing unit and good old clunky cartridges (incidentally, the N64 would go on to be the last home console to use game cartridges until the Switch), the system has become one of the most iconic consoles in gaming history...
News Project64 Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary With A 3.0 Update
Fixes for "issues" with Donkey Kong 64 and more
Emulation might be a bit controversial, but (like it or not) it's arguably played a crucial role in gaming over the past two decades. Beyond fan-made projects and attempts to preserve long-forgotten releases, developers and publishers have also made use of emulators to revive certain releases. With...
Anniversary The Legend Of Zelda: Majora's Mask Is Now 21 Years Old In Japan
You've met with a terrible fate, haven't you?
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask today turns 21 years old in Japan. Although it's not quite as significant as last year's 20th anniversary, in some countries Link and Skull Kid would now be old enough to have a drink. The game first arrived in Japan in the year 2000 and despite being one of the...
News Retro-Bit's Next Tribute64 Controller Offers Wireless N64 Play, And Pre-Orders Open Today
Use it with your Switch, too!
Accessory maker Retro-Bit is back with a new take on its Tribute64 controller, this time offering fans the chance to enjoy wireless gameplay with the Nintendo 64. The company launched a wired version of the Tribute64, a redesign of Nintendo's iconic N64 pad that was inspired by the popular Hori Mini Pad 64, in April...
Talking Point Is The N64 Pad Actually The Best Controller Ever?
Vote with the Pak
We recently had cause to sit down with our beloved Nintendo 64 and blast through the opening sections of a few 64-bit classics. It was all in the name of capturing comparison shots for an article that touched on the topic of original Super Mario 64 vs. the version included in Super Mario 3D All-Stars
News Guinness World Records Has Declared This The 'World's Smallest Nintendo 64'
Who needs an N64 Classic?
With the NES and SNES Classic consoles all wrapped up, plenty have wondered whether we might see an eventual Nintendo 64 Mini system. Nintendo has said in the past that it wouldn't rule the idea out, but until such a thing becomes a reality, perhaps this fan-made attempt will do? Introducing the world's smallest Nintendo...
News Rare's Cancelled N64 Project Dinosaur Planet Originally Starred The "Cute Tiger" From Diddy Kong Racing
"believe it or not"
Last weekend, Rare's cancelled Nintendo 64 project Dinosaur Planet was leaked online. It surprised many, including Kevin Bayliss - a former Rare employee who now works at Playtonic Games. With all the memories flooding back, in his words over on VGC, Kev has now revealed how the original star of the game was actually intended to...
News Rare's Cancelled N64 Project Dinosaur Planet Has Been Leaked Online
Take a trip back in time
Just weeks after GoldenEye 007 XBLA was leaked online, Rare's other cancelled project Dinosaur Planet has now appeared on the internet. This title started out during the Nintendo 64 generation around 1999, was cancelled for this system, and eventually resurfaced as Star Fox Adventures on the GameCube. You can read about how...
Video How Pokémon Snap Replaced Its Blockbuster Collaboration On Wii & Wii U
Next slide please, professor
With New Pokémon Snap on the horizon, we can be sure many of you are itching to share the various photos you take around the new Lental region, but things weren't always so simple in the olden days. The original Pokémon Snap had quite a marketing campaign when it launched in 1999; in collaboration with Blockbuster...
News Nintendo's Paper Mario Series Is Now 20 Years Old
This week marks the 20th anniversary of Paper Mario in North America. Yep, the original Nintendo 64 Mario RPG was first released in this region on 5th February 2001. This also marks 20 years - in general - since the series started out. To celebrate this special occasion, Nintendo of America has shared the following tweet, asking...
News Pixel FX's N64Digital Promises "Crystal-Clear HDMI Video" For Your Nintendo 64
New device offers lag-free HDMI output up to 1080p
Much as we love the Nintendo 64, it's a known issue that HD TVs don't always play nice with our favourite 24-year-old console. When plugged into newer units, the N64's composite and S-Video outputs look washed out, meaning you'll need an HDMI upscaler to make them playable. Pixel FX is the latest...