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The Super Mario Bros. Game and Watch is Packed With Adorable Easter Eggs

See Mario run. See Mario snooze.

Pokemon Artist Gives Kirby Legs and a Purpose, and Now He Cannot Be Stopped

Look out world, Kirby has some important poyo to take care of.

We've Already Forgotten What Real Console Wars Looked Like

In the olden days, game companies would sooner shank each other than put exclusives on each other's consoles.

Coldstone's Super Mario Bros. Anniversary Goods Sound Too Sweet For Humans to Consume

Celebrate Super Mario Bros. 35th anniversary with lots of cake batter ice cream.

I Had a Childhood Crush on Mega Man's Mysterious Robot Brother

When Mega Man 3 arrived 30 years ago, it introduced us to Protoman. Be still our beating clockwork hearts.

Super Mario Bros.'s Weird, Stark Instruction Booklet Is One of Gaming's Most Important Documents

The Super Mario Bros. instruction book was our key to the dark depths of the Mushroom Kingdom.

Samus Has a Bastard Space Son in a Weird Bit of Half-Canon Metroid Lore

Didn't like the story for Metroid: Other M? Here's something a little wilder.

A Brave Attempt to Rank 30 Years of Super Robot Wars Games

From the Game Boy to the Nintendo Switch, this is the best (and worst) Super Robot Wars has to offer.

I'm Now Super Worried About the Mega Man Movie

Say, I know a gal who's available to help with the script. Her name rhymes with Nadia Ploxford.

Nintendo Confirms Lego NES Replica Set For Launch in August

It'll retail for $229.99 in total.

Now You're Building With Power: Lego Teases a Big NES Set

Flush Lego Mario down your toilet to send him to the Minus World.

Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2 Has a Missing Link in Its Castlevania Nostalgia

What a perfect night to pay tribute to Castlevania games that deserve it.

The Time Nintendo Got Hooked En Masse on Space Invaders Because of Hiroshi Yamauchi

Some "research" led to a company-wide obsession in 1978.

Evo President Goes On Leave as Wave of Abuse Allegations Hit Fighting Game Community [Update]

In light of the past day's events, some top players are also stepping away from Evo Online.

One Collector's Quest to Find and Preserve the Rarest Retro Nintendo Artifacts

Nintendo Power mainly existed to sell games to kids, but to collector Stephan Reese, it represents something more.

Starting Screen | Remembering the Joys of Sin-Free Gaming in Summer

There ain't no gaming like summer vacation gaming.

20 Amazing In-Game Maps That Did More Than Show the Way Forward

From A Link to the Past to Planescape: Torment, these are our favorite maps in video games.

A Lost NES Game Based on Tom Cruise's Days of Thunder Has Been Fully Reconstructed

There's a functional build, and the story of how it was put together is fascinating.

Who Is the Best New Nintendo Character of the Past Decade?

Some amazing Nintendo characters have surfaced in the past ten years alone. Which one takes the top spot?

David Wise and Grant Kirkhope Remember Composing Goldeneye 007, Meeting Miyamoto, and Rare's Golden Age

"It was quite surreal demonstrating music I'd created whilst [Shigeru Miyamoto] was in my studio, listening."

How Documentaries Are Helping Preserve Gaming Culture We're at Risk of Losing

USgamer spoke with six filmmakers about their work and how it makes gaming history accessible to viewers.

Nintendo Switch Online Getting Four More Classic Games, Including Rygar

Also Panel de Pon, a win for those who are too cool for Tetris Attack.

A Salute to the Absurdly Ugly Video Game Guide Cover Art of the Past

Retro game guide covers were a hot mess, but they sure turned heads.

New Final Fantasy Interview Reveals the First Summoned Monster Square Ever Created

Also, Moogles were originally supposed to be a throwaway race.

How I Connected With Other RPG Fans Through Rental Game Save Files

In the '90s, RPG fans blazed trails for each other with high-level save files in rented games.

Uniqlo's Super Mario 35th Anniversary T-Shirt Line-Up is Totally Bland

Mario's Uniqlo birthday suits aren't much fun compared to last year's Pokemon line.

"Konami Code" Creator Kazuhisa Hashimoto Dies

The developer of the infamous series of inputs reportedly died yesterday.

Starting Screen | Video Games Held No Meaning for Me Until Developers Gave Us Endings

If video games are a chaotic digital sea, narrative and endings are its lighthouses.

What Was the Best Console Launch Lineup Ever? Share Your Answer and Win Tickets to PAX East

COMMUNITY QUESTION | We're giving away passes to PAX East to anyone who answers this week's CQ.

Starting Screen | I Moderated a Gaming BBS in 1995, and It Was a Beautiful, Life-Changing Mess

When it comes to video game discourse, everything old is forever new.

In the '80s, "Parental Controls" Were a Master Lock Chastity Belt on the NES

Totally unbreakable. Totally insurmountable. Totally Master Lock.

Super Nintendo World Will Let You Treat the Theme Park Like a Real-Life Video Game

Just make sure any pipes you jump down don't lead to the park's septic tanks.

Starting Screen | Why is Nintendo Hesitant to Remember Super Mario Bros. 2?

Super Mario Bros. 2 is a major part of Nintendo's history, but it seems scared to dish out relevant nostalgia.

Nintendo's Old Kyoto HQ is Being Made into a Hotel, so Make Your Pilgrimage Now

See the Nintendo plaque, $5. Touch the Nintendo plaque, $10.

Nintendo Switch Online Getting Four More SNES Games After Long Wait, Including the Once Lost Star Fox 2

Crystalis is also on its way to the NES version of the service.

USgamer Holiday Gift Guide 2019: For the Nostalgic Gamer

If you're shopping for someone who still finds beauty in cartridges and pixels, have we got a gift guide for you.

Make a Statement At Your Next LAN with This NES-Inspired Mouse

You'll probably come in last at whichever game you're playing, but you'll look good while losing.

What's Your Favorite Sports Game?

COMMUNITY QUESTION | Deadspin forever.

Starting Screen | Three Classic Letters That Show How Much Easier It Is to Be a Video Game Fan in 2019

The gaming community knew nothing in the '90s, and frankly, neither did a lot of publishers.

This Weekend's Tetris World Championships Showed Why Classic Tetris is Thriving

As the NES Tetris community grows, newcomers and hyper-tapping players are rising to the top.

Return of the Obra Dinn's Creator Reminisces on Getting Its Iconic Style Just Right

"After working on non-graphical stuff for so long, I took a moment to reflect on what I had with the visuals. It wasn’t great."

John Kirby, the Lawyer that Saved Nintendo, Dies at 79

In 1982, Kirby assisted with legal gorilla warfare.

The First Three Dragon Quests Finally Leave Their Mobile Prison For Switch

Erdrick's violent kids are about to run rampant on your Switch.

Why Dragon Quest Failed to Make it In America 30 Years Ago

Nintendo tried its best to make the West love RPGs, but culture—and more importantly, timing—was against the attempt.

Starting Screen | EarthBound’s 25th Anniversary Makes us Pine for Classic Instruction Books

Earthbound's player guide is a great example of the effort publishers expended trying to make the West fall in love with RPGs.

Where Nintendo Switch Online Has Gone Wrong

The reasons Nintendo's online service is flaccid, and what it can do to pump things up.

Sorry, but a Zelda 2 Remake Isn't Being Planned

Inti Creates boss would like you to know he's not working on it.

Recovered Super Mario Bros. Super Show Animation Cels Bring Us Back to the Franchise's Weirdest, Most Aimless Days

If you can't mix Super Mario Bros. with Billy Idol, then what's the point of life?

Shadows of the Empire and The Empire Strikes Back Are Getting Re-Released For Retro Consoles

And publisher Limited Run Games says more are on the way.

Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! Speedrunners are Setting New Records Thanks to the "Hippo-Manippo"

They can manipulate the big guy into the most optimal run.

Mario Rocks a Surprising Bald Look in an Ancient Donkey Kong Coloring Book

To be fair, losing your girlfriend to a giant ape will make you tear your hair out.

Nintendo Switch Online Is Getting A Rewind Feature This Month

If only I could turn back time.

MAD Magazine Published the Ultimate Video Game Parody in its January 1990 Issue

For a gang of idiots, they were pretty smart.

Limited Run Games is Releasing New Star Wars NES and Game Boy Cartridges and They Look Brilliant

Those old Star Wars games can be yours if you're that attached to them.

Summer Games Done Quick '19 Starts This Weekend—Here Are Some Runs To Watch For

The Link to the Past-Super Metroid randomizer mash-up is sure to be a blast.

Square Enix is Mulling Over a Subscription Service for Classic Games, if It Can Find Them First

Square Enix may have misplaced a few classic video game source codes.

Best Retro Video Game Consoles 2019

From the NES Classic to the Sega Genesis Classic, we break down the best retro video game consoles you should buy—and which ones you should avoid.

Super Mario Maker 2 Proves the Angry Sun Never Had Mercy, Compassion, or a Soul

The Angry Sun's relentless urge to burn has been replaced by a robotic drive to obliterate all living things.

How the NES Changed RPGs Forever

Axe of the Blood God's Console RPG Quest continues!

5 Cool Retro Castlevania Facts You Didn't Know in Honor of Castlevania Anniversary Collection's Release

What NES sprites have to teach us about the darkness in men's hearts, and more philosophy delivered in 8-bits.

A Metroid Cartoon Proposal Made Samus a Man, Embodying Everything That was Terrible About Video Game Cartoons in the '90s

Anyone who says licensed cartoons were better in the '90s has vapor for brains.

Nintendo Switch Online's NES Games for May are Starting to Scrape the Bottom

Donkey Kong Jr. and two more games are coming to the Switch in May.

Nintendo Kills Impressive Super Mario Bros. Commodore 64 Port

Like the Commodore 64 itself, its spirit will not easily fade.

What's the Most Painful Game Save You've Ever Lost? Players Share Their Stories

A cartridge's save battery is finite. Just like a parent's love.

The Best Version of Every Final Fantasy Game

Some Final Fantasy games have remakes of their remakes. What's the definitive version of each single-player mainline installment? Let us help you.

April's Free NES Classics Include Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels and Punch-Out!!

Three new games headline this month's free NES classics.

Link is an 80s Anime Lady in This Ancient Magazine Unearthed by Twitter

Now I want to fight Ganon while listening to some Bonnie Tyler.

Mega Man 6 Retro Review

It's been 25 years since Mega Man 6 came to North America. Nadia plays it again to see if it deserves the thumping fans and critics tend to administer.

DuckTales Cartoon Turns Classic NES "Moon Theme" Into a Lullaby

The "Moon Theme" is now an official part of Disney canon.

Destroying Video Games—Even the Bad Ones—Isn't Funny. Here's Why

The high-priced Super Mario Bros. auction offers a reminder to treat all video games with respect.

Mint Sealed Copy of Super Mario Bros. Sells for More Than $100,000 at Auction

A world record price for one of the most famous video games of all time.

Nintendo Has One Unannounced Game for 2019 That'll Make "Everyone Happy"

Fingers crossed for Ice Climbers.

10 Virtual Console Games That Are Tragically Dust in the Wind After the Wii Shop Closure

"Memento Mori" applies to video games, too.

This is What Zelda and Doom Look Like When Mashed Together in a Mod

When a game about an elf boy and another game about rampaging hellspawn love each other very much...

Zelda 2 and Blaster Master Are the Two NES Games on the Switch This Month, but Another Is Japan-Only

The "weird" Zelda game and an NES classic are coming to the Switch.

Legend of Zelda Hack Uncovers Creepy Hidden Minus World

Visit eerie Minus Hyrule, where Octorocks moonwalk and graves stretch as far as the eye can see.

For Super Mario Bros 3's 30th Anniversary, Let's Look Back on This Mario Fanfiction I Wrote When I Was 10

Brought to you by a Mac Plus, ClarisWorks, and no idea how paragraphs are supposed to work.

Only '80s Kids Remember: Breaking Into Houses to Get an NES Fix

The Reagan administration's "Just Say No" campaign left out one particularly powerful drug.

Nintendo Switch Online: The NES Games You Need to Play, and the Ones You Can Safely Ignore

You get a mess of NES games with your Nintendo Online subscription, but not all of them are worth your time.

Nintendo's Wireless NES Controllers for Switch are Exclusive to Nintendo Switch Online Subscribers

As part of the Nintendo Switch Online's Special Offers program.

Ducktales NES Moon Theme Gets Tribute in New Ducktales Cartoon Season Finale

A beloved bit of game music crosses time, space, and mediums.

The Famicom Celebrates Its 35th Anniversary: The Console That Changed Gaming Forever

The Famicom (and the NES that followed) was a game-changer. Take it from someone who was there.

NES Classic Review

Nintendo's mini-NES isn't the ultimate 8-bit experience, but it delivers ample quality for a reasonable price.

Would You Pay $129 to Play NES Duck Hunt on Your New TV?

A Kickstarter campaign wants to give you reason to drag your Zapper out of storage.

Here's an NES playing Super Mario World for the SNES.

The NES is Mario's world now.

The NES Golf Game Hidden on Every Nintendo Switch Could be a Tribute to Satoru Iwata

The late Nintendo President has a presence on all Nintendo Switch consoles.

NES Classic Edition F.A.Q.: UPDATE: New Stock Coming in 2018! Everything You Need to Know About Nintendo's NES Mini

Fully updated! Your questions about Nintendo's new mini-console — answered!

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