The Story of Sega's First Console (And It Wasn't The Master System)

On July 15, 1983, the Famicom was released in Japan. The console, later rebranded in the West as the Nintendo Entertainment System, would go on to change video games forever. Did you know, though, that the Famicom wasn’t the only gaming system released on that day? It was joined on shelves by the SG-1000, the very… » 3/30/15 9:40am Monday 9:40am

8 Things People Say In Interviews That Usually Mean A Movie Will Suck

We constantly get our hopes up for upcoming movies... and then they let us down. It's easy to get sucked into the hype cycle, as people talk up their projects — but sometimes, you can tell just from the way people talk about a film that it's probably not going to work. Here are eight key phrases that usually indicate… » 3/26/15 5:00pm Thursday 5:00pm

Before Elder Scrolls, Bethesda Created...Madden

Bethesda is a developer famous for its work on the Elder Scrolls and (more recent) Fallout games. It's also now a successful publisher. Over twenty-five years ago, though, it started small, playing an important—and controversial—part in the creation of the...Madden series. » 3/23/15 9:40am 3/23/15 9:40am

Zelda Was A Badass In This Classic Nintendo Comic

There was a Zelda animated series, and it was terrible. Let’s not dwell on it. But if you ever wondered what would happen if the same art style ditched the excuuuuuuuuuuuse me’s and played things a little straighter, you should know that such a thing actually exists. » 3/16/15 11:30am 3/16/15 11:30am

Awesome Fighting Game Let You Cut Other Player's Heads Off

You can keep Street Fighter, Tekken, King of Fighters and Dead or Alive. My favourite fighting game pre-dates every single one of them, starred large men in furry underpants, and rather than lasting minutes could, if you knew your moves, be over in seconds. » 3/09/15 10:40am 3/09/15 10:40am

A History Of Maxis: Thanks For SimCity

The Maxis that you knew, the studio that released SimCity and invented The Sims, is no more. The SimCity brand might live on, and the Maxis brand might live on elsewhere, but they'll survive only as brands, things EA will invoke to sell things. This is a very sad thing, but let's try and remember the good times. » 3/04/15 7:30pm 3/04/15 7:30pm

Nintendo's Official Rules On What Color Mario Must Be

Press the Buttons (via Fast Co.) recently got their hands on something very special: a copy of Nintendo's Style Guide, a 1993 document that sought to formalise all kinds of weird Nintendo-related mascot matters, like what exact colour Mario's and Samus' outfits have to be. » 3/02/15 7:00pm 3/02/15 7:00pm

The NES Was Once So Rare You Could Only Get It In Two Cities

It's easy to forget now, given its enormous success, that the NES was once seen as a risky proposition. Coming on the heels of the great video game crash of 1983, into a market unsure if games were a fad that had already died out, the system didn't just magically appear in stores across North America. » 2/18/15 9:00pm 2/18/15 9:00pm

Nintendo's Ballsy Star Wars Knock-Off

Crazy SNES Controller Had All The Buttons

In the late 90s, Canadian company TranDirect Holding had an idea: what if you could connect a Super Nintendo to a phone line, and use it to do your banking on? And what if instead of using a regular SNES controller, you used a sweet custom BANKING CONTROLLER. » 2/11/15 9:00pm 2/11/15 9:00pm

The Gun Game That Nearly Broke Nintendo

Nintendo's Kick-Ass 1966 Board Game

Before they made video games, Nintendo made loads of other sweet stuff. One of the sweetest was this Ultraman board game, which has art that looks as awesome today as it did in 1966. » 1/28/15 8:00pm 1/28/15 8:00pm

Star Wars' Most Explosive Moment, Captured Perfectly In A Video Game

Since it's out today on GoG, meaning a bunch of people are going to be playing it for the first time, let's talk about X-Wing Alliance. And how it has the best ending of any Star Wars game ever made. » 1/20/15 9:00pm 1/20/15 9:00pm

Nintendo's "Boob Shaped Controller" Was, Sadly, A Failure

One of Nintendo's most important innovations in video games has been the invention of the d-pad, which is still used prominently on controllers today. To get there, though, they had to go through some less successful prototypes. Some with stupid names. » 1/15/15 8:30pm 1/15/15 8:30pm

In 1997, Lucasarts Tried To Copy Diablo

People gave Lucasarts a lot of crap towards the end, mostly for being a company interested in nothing but licensed garbage. For the most part that was totally fair criticism. But there was once a time when Lucasarts wasn't just brave, it was a little weird about it. » 1/13/15 7:30pm 1/13/15 7:30pm

Doom Is Now Old Enough To Drink

This week, classic PC shooter Doom turned 21. So if you see someone in green slide up next to you at a bar and scream RIP AND TEAR, buy the guy a drink. » 12/11/14 7:00pm 12/11/14 7:00pm

100 Year-Old Nintendo Souvenir Is An International Treasure

I Miss Television Sets With Character

I can describe the television sets I gamed on as a child in intimate detail — the texture of the dials, the dusty ventilation holes, the faded wood paneling. The past three televisions I've had in my living room? A series of increasingly larger black rectangles. » 12/01/14 2:30pm 12/01/14 2:30pm