We wish you a Mario Christmas

What games are on your Christmas list?

What games are on your Christmas list? Image credit: Bryan Ochalla

Apologies for the terrible pun.

With the festive season well underway, we want to know what your retro wish would be. If you could find one retro game or console under the tree this Christmas, what would it be?

A retro classic like Super Mario 64, Secret of Mana or Sonic the Hedgehog? Or a super rare collectible like Clay Fighter 63 1/3, Eliminate Down or Pro Sport Hockey for the NES? Or maybe even something fiendishly difficult like the infamous Battletoads?

Whatever your dream choice, let us know in the comments below.

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Could it be a SNES?

Could it be a SNES? Image credit: Hades2k

Welcome to The Next Level Gaming!

The PlayStation 4 launched a few days ago, selling over a million copies in 24 hours. Not bad.

It may seem strange to launch a gaming site that aims to take a measured look at the industry at a time when both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are being launched to global fanfare.

But if anything, this is the perfect time. With screaming headlines and frenetic column inches being filed the world over, this is a good opportunity to take a step back and ask ourselves: how did we get here?

Nintendo 64

From this to the PlayStation 4. Image credit Jonas Nilsson Lee

The gaming industry is an amazing world, and there are some pretty incredible things going on. Mobile gaming is radically changing the way games are played, shared and created. Big name titles are propelling many bands and singers into fame and fortune, something that would have been unthinkable in the past. Gaming shapes us and our world in so many incredible ways. And we love it.

It all seems a long way from the days of Pong and Pacman. But if you want to see how we got here, this is the site for you.

What better time to get started?