Archive for the ‘retro gaming’ Category

Retro Review: Super Punch-Out!

I was not lucky enough to have played Super Punch-Out back in the early 90s when it was released. The reason I had no interest with the Punch-Out series was because:1. I played the original Mike Tyson’s Punch Out for NES and it was way too difficult for me at such a young age2. It […]

NEC Turbo Grafx 16 – The 1st 16-bit console?

First Released: August 29, 1989 (USA)Gaming Era: 16-bitCPU: Hudson Soft HuC6280Cost: $189.99 (w /Keith Courage)Sales: 2.5 Million Units (USA) 10 Million (Worldwide)Controller: Gamepad (1 port)Death: 1993 (TurboDuo in ’92 Japan-Only 32-bit PC-FX in ’94)Life: 4 yearsBest Games: Bonk’s Adventures, Bomberman, Ninja Spirit The TurboGrafx 16 was a joint effort of HudsonSoft (Bomberman Fame) and NEC. […]

Remember the Noid? What about Yo! Noid for NES?

Remember the Noid? He was that weird looking claymation mascot of Dominos Pizza. If you don’t remember the company’s mascot than you surely don’t remember his NES game: Yo! Noid! The game was marketed towards kids (obviously…who else would be a fan of the Noid) but was a game so hard that it was unsuited […]

Sega Master System

First Released: June 1986 (USA) Gaming Era: 8-bit CPU: 8-bit Zilog Z80A Cost: $139.99 (w /Hang-on & Safari Hunt) Sales: 13 Million Units Controller: Gamepad Death: 1989 (rights sold to Tonka in 88) Life: 3 years Best Games: Alex Kidd in Miracle World, Space Harrier, Strider, Shinobi, Penguin Land The Sega Master System was pretty […]

Retro Review: Grand Theft Auto III

With the Release of Grand Theft Auto IV this week, it’s a good time to sit back and take another look at the game that made DMA design – Rockstar North. GTA 1 and GTA 2 were top down open world games that were fun, but never really had any sense of story. You were […]

Best Games You’ve Never Played: Dragon Force Sega Saturn

Dragon Force was one of the best games for the Sega Saturn. It was released in Japan as a Sega Ages Collection for Playstation 2, but unfortunately we are not that lucky here in the U.S. Dragon Force was translated and released by the now defunct Working Designs (great studio) and released for the Saturn […]

Retro Review: Eternal Champions: Challenge from the Darkside

“Nine of the greatest fighters throughout history have met untimely and unjust deaths. They now compete against each other for a chance to face the “Eternal Champion” and reclaim their souls. The victor will return to Earth with the chance to avenge his or her own death and restore balance to the universe.” That quote […]

The Nintendo Entertainment System (NES)

First Released: October 18 1985 (USA) Gaming Era: 8-bitCPU: Ricoh 8-bit Processor Cost: $199.99 (SMB bundle) Sales: 60+ Million UnitsController: GamepadDeath: 1995 (Japan continued manufacturing them until Oct 2003) Life: 10 yearsBest Games: Super Mario Bros. (1-3), Metroid, Legend of Zelda, BattleToads, Double Dragon, Ninja Gaiden The Nintendo Entertainment System was a game changer. It […]

The Atari 7800 Video Game Console

First Released: June 1986 (USA)Gaming Era: 8-bit CPU: 1.79MhzCost: $139.99Sales: 1 Million Units Controller: Joystick Death: Jan 1992 Life: 5.5 years Best Games: Pole Position II, Mario Bros, Asteroids, Donkey Kong The Atari 7800 was too little too late. By the time it was released, the NES already had a firm grasp on the US […]

Retro Review: Atari Asteroids

You can play asteroids above for yourself. The above is a pretty spot-on translation of the 80s Arcade classic. It seems even more appropriate to review Asteroids since it was just released to Xbox Live Arcade. Asteroids was surely one of the best games for the Atari 2600. The game gave you more control over […]