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1997 beta build of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time discovered

A Nintendo time capsule!

Well here's a super interesting discovery! Some fans have stumbled upon an F-Zero X developer cartridge, and tucked away inside was a 1997 beta build of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. As you might expect, the build is filled with all sorts of content that didn't make its way into the final game. Graphical changes, text tweaks, different fonts, and so much more! You can see some of the discoveries in the video above, and keep track of all the discoveries here.

GoldenEye 007 mod adds in Mario and Peach's Castle from Super Mario 64

ToMario never dies

Super Mario 64 and GoldenEye are two of the most iconic games from the N64, and both are looked back on quite fondly. Feeling nostalgic for these games? Why not play both of them at once?! It's possible, thanks to a mod from StupidMarioBros1Fan.

StupidMarioBros1Fan took GoldenEye 007 and completely reworked it to make Mario the star. In the video above, you can see Mario taking on the role of Bond as he works his way through Peach's Castle from Super Mario 64.

Arcade1up reveals cabinet with Killer Instinct 1 and 2, Battletoads, and Battletoads & Double Dragon

Pretty much irresistible for retro Nintendo fans

While Nintendo and RARE split long ago, the history between the two will live on forever. To this day, we still see reasons to remember RARE, like new Donkey Kong Country games, and the inclusion of Banjo and Kazooie in Smash Bros. Ultimate. For those who love to relive the RARE nostalgia, another fantastic option is on the way.

Arcade1up has revealed a slew of new cabinets, and one of them is a RARE fan's dream come true. This cabinet is decorated with Killer Instinct art, but there's more hiding in there than that. Packed inside is Killer Instinct 1 and 2, the arcade version of Battletoads, and Battletoads & Double Dragon. All classic titles/franchises that fans of the NES, SNES, and N64 will remember quite fondly. It even includes online multiplayer!

We don't have info on pricing or release date just yet, but we'll be sure to bring you those details when they become available.

Check out the launch trailer for Wrestling Empire

64-style goodness on Switch

Wrestling Empire came to Switch a few days back, and it's unabashedly N64 in every way possible. This game is squarely aimed at those who spent countless hours playing wrestling games on the N64. Fans of the genre consider those N64 games to be the gold standard for wrestling games, which makes something like Wrestling Empire instantly appealing. It certainly has the look for those games, that's for sure!

Check out the launch trailer for Wrestling Empire above, and then read a bit more about the game below to see if it's for you.

Recalling the genre's 64-bit heyday, this is wrestling that puts the fun first - filling the ring with as many wrestlers as you can handle and letting them loose with freestyle animation where anything could happen at any moment. Design matches before your very eyes with the intuitive setup process, and tag in up to 4 controllers at ANY time for old school multiplayer!

Console modder makes the smallest, most portable N64 yet

Pocket power

There have been plenty of projects that aimed to make the N64 portable, and some of them have been rather successful in achieving their goal. That said, the latest iteration from GManModz takes the cake. It's definitely the smallest N64 yet, making it extremely portable. Equally impressive, it uses an actual N64 motherboard, and it takes regular cartridges! This sucker is a modern marvel!

Did You Know Gaming - The Worst N64 Games

Looking at you, Superman

We take a look at some of the worst reviewed N64 games ever; not to mock them, but to shed light on the struggles their developers faced during production.

Did You Know Gaming - The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Did you know?

In this video, Did You Know Gaming takes a look at some facts, secrets and Easter eggs surrounding The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time for the Nintendo 64.

Zelda: Breath of the Wild mod adds in Whomp’s Fortress from Super Mario 64

Something old, something new

What do you do while you're waiting to see more about The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2? You add new content into Breath of the Wild, of course! That's what one modder has done by recreating Whomp's Fortress from Super Mario 64 in Zelda: Breath of the Wild. It looks like a perfect mix of nostalgia combined with a great location to explore!

Piko Interactive teases the possibility of a Kickstarter campaign for Glover

Seemingly out of nowhere, Piko Interactive has returned to social media to ask its audience about their opinion regarding potential stretch goals on a Kickstarter campaign about Glover. The social media account previously mentioned the possibility of finishing development on the game's unreleased sequel, Glover 2, and fans speculate that this Kickstarter campaign could lead to finally completing the game. 

Banjo-Tooie devs say the game's darker tone was deliberate

A sequel with a darker tone

While Banjo-Kazooie was a bright and colorful 3D platformer, the follow-up was a bit more grim. Banjo-Tooie certainly had its bright spots and funny gags, but the overall tone was somewhat darker. That was all by design, according to ex-RARE dev Gregg Mayles. He shared some insight into the darker path in an interview with Nintendo Life.

"It was deliberate. We didn’t want to do the same thing again as the first game and we wanted to surprise players. I don’t think anyone would have expected us to kill off one of the main supporting characters and I can remember us laughing when we plotted Bottles’ downfall. There were some pretty dark and mature elements to the tone that we tried to balance out with our sense of humour, I think my favourite was when Bottles’ family was asking about him and Banjo had to pretend he didn’t know the mole was no more."