Character Column: Count Bleck is a Mario villain with substance

Categories: Retro

Welcome to the Character Column! Each week, I’ll be taking a look at a different character from Nintendo’s long and esteemed history, and I’ll analyze what makes them interesting, nuanced, or just plain memorable. Whether they’re heroes, villains or NPCs, I’ll explain why they deserve respect or love from the…

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Fan recreates Metroid soundtrack using ’80s-style synths

Author: Tom Brown
Categories: Retro

One of the most effective soundtracks of the NES-era belongs to the first Metroid game. Composed by industry icon Hirokazu “Hip” Tanaka, it perfectly encapsulates the atmosphere of the planet Zebes, with its immersive and creepy sci-fi stylings perfectly suiting the alien-infested caverns that Samus must venture through to defeat…

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Super Mario Bros. world record broken… again

Categories: News, Retro

Speedrunners are always looking to break boundaries (and frame data) in their quest to speed through games in the fastest time possible. A new record has been set, as Super Mario Bros. speedrunner Darbian has beaten his old record by .316 seconds, setting a new world record in the process….

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eShop Update: Week of 10/6/16 (North America)

Categories: 3DS, Retro, Wii U

This week in the Nintendo eShop: Paper Mario paints the town red, Mega Man mops up Sigma’s leftovers, and 1987’s Psycho Pigs gets a reboot. For the first time in forever there’s nothing truly notably in the discount aisle of the Nintendo eShop, not even good ol’ reliable Atlus! If…

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Nintendo Wire’s favorite N64 games

Categories: Retro

The system that ushered most of Nintendo’s franchises into the third dimension, Nintendo 64, celebrated its 20th anniversary this year. We commemorated this sobering milestone back in June with a look at the system’s launch, games and impact on the industry. To keep the celebration going, we put together a…

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