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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!

Sympathy for the Vampire: Castlevania II Is Way Better Than People Give It Credit For

STARTING SCREEN | Happy 30th anniversary, Castlevania II: Simon's Quest! You're not a perfect game, but you're a damn ambitious one.

Metroid Game By Game Reviews: Metroid

Nintendo's classic sci-fi adventure can be a tough sell today, but it redefined action games.

Konami's NES Box Art: So Good, So Bad

Konami deserves to be singled out in the grand, ongoing discussion about video game box art -- though not always for the best reasons.

Nadia's Midboss Musings: Let's Celebrate Good NES Box Art for a Change

Sometimes this stuff was really, really cool.

Only '90s Kids Want to Remember: Game Genie's "Thank You Canada" Ad

Totally an innocent "Thank You" note and not engineered to tempt US buyers into crossing the border. Scout's honor!

Authorities Bust Attempt to Smuggle Spiders in Famicom Cartridges

Sign my petition to turn the national anthem into a single sustained scream.

Starting Screen | All I Want in Life is an Authentic NES Controller

STARTING SCREEN | Sometimes a real controller can make all the difference. Plus: Hail to the Hungry Crab, 7th Saga, and a new addition to the USgamer team!

Retro Game Fans Get Riled Up by the Twitter Poll from Hell

You need to make a choice. What's it gonna be, kid?

The SNES Classic Won't Get Nearly as Much Hype as the NES Classic

OPINION: The SNES Classic (assuming it's a thing) is meant to capture a time in gaming history that was much more divided than the NES era.

Nadia's Midboss Musings: Learning About Capitalism the Bart Simpson Way

To love video games as a child was to quickly discover that some game-makers weren't obligated to offer you a fun experience for your cash.

Is Storage Wars' "Huge Game Find" Really Worth $45,000? Probably Not

Bargain hunter Rene Nezhoda allegedly made a lot of money off old Atari games on Storage Wars. Get ready for an excited phone call from your grandmother.

"Nuts for Nintendo" 20/20 Video from the '80s Proves the More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same

"Chip shortages?" Still got 'em. "Games make kids violent?" Check. "Japan will eat American industry alive?" Well ... that remained in the past, thankfully.

Let's Play, '90s Style: YouTuber Uploads Footage of Himself Playing Chip 'N Dale's Rescue Rangers for NES

With the Disney Afternoon collection around the corner, one YouTuber decided to upload camcorder footage of himself playing Chip 'n Dale. Hot tips and tricks within!

Rough Entry: My First Zelda Game Was Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

Zelda II has problems, but it should also be praised for showing us a side of Hyrule we usually don't get to see.

The NES Mega Man Games Are on Mobile, and They're Six Kinds of Awful

Mega Man's classic adventures suffer in six sloppy mobile ports.

USgamer Community Question: What's the Best Game-Related Deal You Ever Found?

The USGamer team dishes on their most successful bargains for games and systems!

Thanksgiving is Over as Retronauts Explores Terrible Games of The ’80s

A look at the dicey boom-era games of ’80s Japan and the vanished studios that made them.

As Nintendo Wii Turns 10, So Too Do Retronauts' Complaints About Virtual Console

A decade of lamentations for a potentially brilliant service that never quite lived up to its promise.

The NES Classic Was Always Going to be a Hit

It's not just artificial shortages driving demand for Nintendo's little collector's item.

NES Classic Edition Guide: Details, Game Cheats, Tips, and More

Everything you need to know about the NES Classic Edition and its games.

Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Jr, and Mario Bros NES Classic Edition: Tips and Hints for High Scores

Hints, tips, and everything you need to survive and get a high score in Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Jr, and Mario Bros for the NES Classic Edition.

Super Mario Bros 1, 2, and 3 NES Classic Edition: Tips, Hints, and Warp Locations

How to find warp locations and other hints and tips for Super Mario Bros 1, 2, and 3 on the NES Classic Edition.

The Legend of Zelda and The Legend of Zelda II NES Classic Edition: Dungeon Locations, Heart Container Locations, and How to Find Lots of Rupees

How to find dungeons, heart containers, and rupees in Zelda and Zelda II for the NES Classic Edition.

Let's Spend an Afternoon With the NES Classic Edition [Archived]

Our mini-NES has arrived, and Jeremy will be streaming it for a few hours beginning at 1:30 ET (4:30 PT).

Retronauts Gets Kooky, Spooky, Altogether Ooky

The ghost of Bob Mackey returns to tell us the haunting tale of an unbeatable (?) NES death gauntlet: Fester's Quest.

We Rank the Games of Nintendo's NES Classic Edition

The USgamer team weighs in on the 30 titles included with the upcoming miniature NES, from crummiest to coolest.

Red Dead Redemption's Curious 8-Bit Origin Story

How 2017's Western juggernaut can trace its family history all the way back to the frontier days of 1985.

Retronauts' 8-Bit Superhero Sampler Returns with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Batman

This week on USgamer's classic gaming podcast, we look into two of the more memorable comic book games on the NES.

NES Classic Edition Hands-On Impression: Big on Fun, Light on Features

Nintendo's mini console certainly does what it's supposed to, but not much else.

Nintendo Reveals The Mini-Famicom For Japan

The Mini-NES is cute, but the Mini-Family Computer is cuter.

At 30, Castlevania May be Dead, But Its Influence Lingers Beyond The Grave

Happy anniversary, Simon Belmont! Too bad your bloodline is as deceased as Dracula himself.

Retronauts Rumbles with the History of Punch-Out!!

This week on USgamer's classic gaming podcast, we dig into the surprisingly deep history of Nintendo's gloriously cartoony take on pugilism.

Final Fantasy XV's Strangest Plot Twist Yet: An 8-Bit Revival

It's been a weird and turbulent decade for Final Fantasy XV, but this new mobile tie-in may well take the cake.

Retronauts Micro Presents an 8-Bit Superhero Sampler

This week on USgamer's classic gaming podcast, we dissect two of the earliest (and worst) superhero games the NES has to offer: Superman and The Uncanny X-Men.

RetroUSB AVS Review: The All-Purpose Modern NES

An in-depth look at the new HD-capable NES clone. Is it worth the price?

Analogue Nt, the Luxury NES, Returns to Heat Up This Fall's 8-Bit Console Wars

The pricey, limited NES redux will make a comeback back in a smaller, more versatile (not to mention less pricey and less limited) release.

Preorders Open for AVS, the Fancy Hi-Spec NES Clone for the Rest Of Us

Sitting directly between the NES Mini and Analogue NT in terms of pricing and features, the Retro USB AVS could be the classic console to get.

This Fan-Made Mini NES With Cartridges is Cool, but it's Not What the NES Mini Should Be

A very cool 3D-printed NES emulation machine is prompting people to ask why the NES Mini isn't similar, but Nintendo has good reasons for keeping things simple.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Brings Borrowing Full Circle

Don't call it "stealing." Great ideas never die, they just bounce around from game to game.

Hallelujah! Wisdom Tree Gives the Classic Mini NES a Holy (and Wholly Unlicensed) Counterpart

The infamous Christian-themed NES developer hopes to Kickstart its own 8-bit clone console (among other things).

Retronauts Explores Final Fantasy (the NES Game)

The adventure that kicked off the world's most popular RPG series is getting a new lease on life through the NES Classic Mini, and we give it a thorough look.

Stream: Kat Makes Her Ninja Gaiden Run at 4pm PT/7pm ET.

RETRO: Kat runs through one of her favorite NES games of yore.

The Legend of Zelda's Only Cartoon Aspired to Competence in a Landscape of Trash

It might not have been the most faithful adaptation, but Link's animated adventures stood slightly above typical kids' TV dreck.

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