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Final Fantasy VI turns 25 – A look back

Categories: News, Retro

Editor’s note: Today marks the 25th anniversary (in North America) of one of the most beloved RPG’s of all time — Final Fantasy VI. To celebrate, we’re sharing a piece that was originally published on the 25th anniversary in Japan. The sentiments are timeless and beloved — a reflection of…

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Looking back at AlphaDream’s adventures with Mario & Luigi

Author: Tom Brown
Categories: 3DS, Retro

After over 19 years, Japanese developer AlphaDream has declared bankruptcy. Comprised of many former Square staffers, the studio got its start on the Game Boy Color with Koto Battle: Tengai no Moribito, a Pokémon-adjacent card battling role-playing game that already showed a willingness to experiment with traditional RPG battle systems,…

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Happy 130th birthday to Nintendo!

Categories: Retro

In an anniversary that makes the company well over the age of any human being who’s ever lived, Nintendo celebrates its 130th birthday today, September 23rd! The company was incorporated in 1889 by Fujisaro Yamauchi as a producer of hanafuda trading cards, following a rollicking trajectory — including yakuza dealings…

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Prototype Nintendo 64 controller uncovered and documented

Author: Tom Brown
Categories: News, Retro

Whenever a new piece of video game hardware is in development it always goes through multiple prototyping phases, which always leads to some interesting “what if?” scenarios. In most cases, however, we rarely get a close look at these early designs in practical form, which is what makes this Nintendo…

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