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Some Cool Stories About The Making Of Super Mario 64

Mario 64 is one of the best games of all time. You probably know that, but have you ever wondered about the specifics of why that is? Here, let the game’s creators explain to you that it’s stuff like the momentum of Mario’s movement, the placement of the camera and the feel of Mario’s jumps.


The Star Trek Game Every Star Trek Fan Should Play

On September 8, Star Trek turned 45 years old. Happy Birthday, Star Trek! Even though I hate you and your cheap-arse sets and lame vision of the future and hammy plots and silly aliens and…


The Reason Behind Street Fighter's Iconic Button Layout

This week 29 years ago, the first Street Fighter was released in arcades. There was Ken, Ryu and some very different buttons.


How Sega Made Pixel Art In The '80s & '90s

In a 21st century world of free software, powerful computers, tablets and mice, making pixel art is fairly easy! In the 1980s, though, your favourite games had to be made on expensive and highly specialised equipment.


Nintendo Once Published A Game Featuring Nazis, Baby Jesus And The KKK

In 1991, Nintendo published an adventure game (developed by Pax Softnica) in Japan for the Famicom Disk System called Time Twist. It is not the kind of game Nintendo would publish in 2016.


Nintendo Has Tried Detachable Controllers Before (In 1984)

There’s a report from Eurogamer today that the Nintendo NX will be a handheld featuring “detachable” controllers. It’s a neat idea, but it’s also one that Nintendo have a bit of experience with.


Original Xbox Controller Prototypes Look Like Dreamcast Tears

Seamus Blackley, one of the key people involved in the creation of the original Xbox, has shared some concept images for Microsoft’s debut control pad, which date all the way back in November 1999 (the Xbox wouldn’t launch until 2001).


PlayStation 1's Most Unusual Japanese Box Art

The PlayStation 1 got an array of games. Some were good, some were bad and some had odd box art. “Odd”, however, isn’t a bad thing at all.


Pinball Was Once Illegal

Pinball. The great American (mechanical) pastime. It’s about as innocent as gaming gets, especially compared to the blood, drugs and sex you find in video games. Yet bizarrely, for decades, pinball was actually declared illegal in some of America’s biggest cities, including New York and Los Angeles.



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