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Third Quarter 2019 - July, August, September



Just when you think there cant possibly be any more innovation in retro gaming, a new creation, concept, or development arises. Even forty-year-old game consoles are seeing products and titles added to their ranks. We love tracking down these gems. Join us and explore the ever evolving realm of retro gaming!



September 2019 Retro Gaming Articles:

September 30, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Atari partners with retro streaming startup Antstream to offset lack of developers for its new VCS console

retro game streaming startup Antstream
Thousands of games sounds good if you don't mind subscribing to a new startup streaming company for content.
Atari is attempting to wriggle out of it's "game quandary" by partnering with a new start up company that offers paid subscriptions for streaming retro games. Thus, in addition the the built-in games from the Atari Vault collection (about 100 games), backers will have the option of streaming additional games via paid subscription.

Solving the "no Game" Issue

This solves two problems for Atari. They have not said anything about the promised online store from which owners can buy and download games. Similarly, Atari has revealed no developer partnerships nor have any developers come forward to say they are creating games for this console. Despite both of these potential setbacks, Atari now has an avenue for delivering games to their console.

Will Atari deliver the VCS console in 2019, and enable Antstream's games to be played?
The streaming service they've partnered with is Antstream Arcade, a company founded by Steve Cottam in 2013. They've been in development for a few years and recently completed a kickstarter campaign this past Spring. They can likely use the money, but the crowd funding exercise was primarily to gauge awareness and solicit opinion from like-minded gamers. Lots of Kickstarter campaigns are run for this purpose.

Antstream timeline

My concern about Antstream is their timeline. While in development for a few years, their Kickstarter indicates they have been beta testing this past summer with an end-of-year launch (2019). If you try to sign up on their website from the USA (at the time of this writing), they say a limited release will occur in January 2020 in America. So, Atari claims to be delivering to backers in December 2019 and to the general public in March 2020. That works out with Antstream's timeline... unless anything goes wrong.

Two Companies - One Deadline

We know Atari has missed every deadline they've ever set, but what about Antstream? Will they launch in the UK this year and expand to other territories in early 2020? We hope so, but keep in mind they are a new company. Once their service is under a full load of subscribers, unforeseen issues could arise.

The are promising 50 classic Atari games at launch for new VCS owners with a steady flow of new games. The first 30 days are free and then owners must subscribe to the service to continue accessing these games. My concern is Atari putting all their eggs in one basket - Antstream - to deliver games to the new VCS when they have no proven track record. It sounds like they are progressing well and we hope Atari is too!

We looked at Antstream when their crowd funding began and liked the concept very much. While preferring physical media, a lot of gamers use emulation to run many consoles on one device and like that convenience. I think a retro-centric game stream has a lot of potential. The question here is will Atari deliver capable hardware to make use of Antstream's subscription service?
September 29, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Rad Racer was the first driving game to really engage me in the genre

I'd played several driving games on my 2600 that were fun, but Rad Racer set my eyes wide open!
From the odd 3-D mode that amazed the kid in me - back in the day - to the changing scenes as you progressed in levels, I loved this game. Reminiscent of Out Run, it was another case of a favorite arcade game I could also play at home.

I loved the anxiety of other cars appearing on the horizon and trying to push me off the road. And finally, I had a radio that I was aloud to change stations! It was definitely a favorite game among my friends and I. Good times!

Rad Racer II illustration
September 28, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Bitmap Books' Metal Slug: The Ultimate History is an officially licensed account of the franchise's lineage

Metal Slug: The Ultimate History
This book is full of illustrations, artwork, and detailed interviews as it looks at Metal Slug's history.
Coming in November, Bitmap Books is releasing the first officially licensed book on the history behind Metal Slug. It began in arcades in 1996 and blossomed into many sequels as well as home releases across many consoles. It's a beloved franchise and deserves this kind of documented treatment.

Metal Slug: The Ultimate History features a lot of artwork from previously unseen works to concept art from various games in the franchise. Apparently SNK gave great access to their archive of visuals and history. There are eleven exclusive interviews with developers who shed light on Metal Slug's contribution to the Run 'N Gun genre.

It sounds like a great book, but I'm a stickler for formatting. When claiming to be a history of the game, I'm hoping it takes a timeline approach and delves into each game. Bitmap books have an excellent history of creating great gaming books. I'm hoping Metal Slug: The Ultimate History will follow that path.

You can still pre-order it from Bitmap Books.

Metal Slug: The Ultimate History
September 27, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Check out the mid '90s gaming influences on synth-slinger Alpha Chrome Yayo's latest release, After Diner Cigar

Its loaded with stomping swingbeat, catwalk cool and shimmering new age synths!
This album from synth-slinger Alpha Chrome Yayo has its heart rooted a little later than many retro-tinged releases taking their cue from the 1980s. Yo'll find it loaded with stomping swingbeat, catwalk cool and shimmering new age synths.

Alpha Chrome Yayo - After Diner Cigar You can pre/order After Dinner Cigar now or buy it on release day - October 4th!

From the press release:
Teddy Riley, Paula Abdul and Enya are obvious touchstones. And while there may be tongue in cheek elements, this is an EP that looks forward as much as it looks back, with vocaloid tales of robot romance and lofi jazz sitting alongside new jack swing.

ACYs previous releases have received tens of thousands of streams online, and have enjoyed network BBC radio airplay on BBC Radio 1s Chillest Show, as well as countless other stations worldwide. They have garnered a great deal of critical acclaim in the music press both locally (The Thin Air, REMY, Cans, 8 Radio, The Irish Jam) and globally (B-Sides and Badlands, Synthspiria, Echosynthetic, Pastel Wasteland, Brutal Resonance and many more).

His last EP Komorebi is in Bandcamps all time best selling category for Northern Ireland, and he is regularly featured on globally acclaimed podcasts, including Beyond Synth and Radio Free Hipster.
September 26, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Blazing Chrome is getting a physical release via LRG and it looks awesome

Blazing Chrome gets a physical release on Switch and PS4
If Contra and Metal Slug melded into a game, Blazing Chrome would be that game!
Limited Run Games has a pre order for Blazing Chrome and it looks amazing. Developed by JoyMasher, It was released this past July for Switch, PC, PS4, and Xbox One - but you'll want to get it on physical media. It's up to you to save the human race from extermination at the hands of machine overlords.

Created in a glorious retro style, you'll love the CRT options to get that old school vibe you crave. What does it for me is the manic pace and 2-player co-op. This game is fun and I want it on a Switch cartridge!

It has crazy vehicles, mech suites and way more action than I can handle, but that's just an age-issue. This game takes me back to my favorite arcade madness where it feels the entire world is descending on you, but somehow you survive - especially if your co-op partner is kicking butt!

Limited Run Games has an open pre-order for the standard version (Switch and PS4) while the deluxe editions are the standard first-come first-served mode on Friday morning/evening. I'm not one to go fro the deluxe versions, but this one is packaged in a retro VHS packaging (among other things). Love seeing the retro vibe extend to packaging. Fun game. Gotta have it on physical media!!

Blazing Chrome gets a physical release on Switch and PS4 From Nintendo's Switch website:
In Blazing Chrome, machines rule the world and the few humans left are on the edge of total extermination, lacking power, prestige or status among their metal and circuits overlords. Bring your best pal and kick some metal butts to free the humankind while enjoying a classic run 'n gun, fully loaded with action and exciting fights!

Dash through 5 apocalyptic environments with hundreds of robots-enemies to blow to pieces. Blast your way through the enemy lines and and try to defeat a bunch of mechanical bosses with using hoverbikes, huge armors and a whole arsenal of kick-ass weapons.

Blazing Chrome offers a lot of features in the legacy of classic run 'n gun games.
September 26, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Mario Kart Tour puts another iconic game on my phone when I want something surprising and unique

Mario Kart Tour mobile game
Mobile games have their place, but I'm not sure iconic console games need to be released in this space.
Mario Kart Tour comes to phones and tablets today! I'm sure many folks will download the game because it's a Nintendo favorite and making inroads all over social media. A month or two down the road, how many still have the app installed and how many are still active users? That's the challenge for Nintendo - duration.

Discovery is a huge issue for many smaller developers. How do you get the word out when your main character isn't a globally beloved icon? It isn't easy! But Nintendo easily skirts that concern. For them, retention is the key factor. They need players to remain engaged and continue playing enough to generate profits over time for Nintendo.

Mitomo Was Unique And Stood Apart

When Nintendo brought Mitomo to market, I jumped on it. It was fun, quirky and unlike other mobile games, but also much different from the console games I love. For me, I didn't want a "very Nintendo" game on mobile. I liked the surprise of seeing what Mitomo would offer. It was fun and then it was gone.

With today's Mario Kart Tour release, I kind of know what to expect. I love playing with a friend on a large TV or online. It's not really a game I want to play on a tiny screen with taps and swipes.

I'm not sure where success will lie for Nintendo in the mobile gaming realm. I want them to succeed, but I'm not sure if paring down iconic IPs for mobile is the answer. I love their iconic games for the game play then deliver on consoles and a television. For mobile games, I like to be surprised. Mario Kart Tour doesn't offer much surprise - which is od because Nintendo is often full of surprises and doing things their own way. I feel they are still discovering what formula will yield success on mobile devices.

Surprise Us With Games Crafted For Mobile

I wish them well, but wish they'd steer back toward games we may not expect from them. Just my personal craving. I've enjoyed Nintendo in my living room and respect the way they developed for their various handhelds from Gameboy to 2DS. I want to see another explosion of magic come to phones from Nintendo - not just another mobile effort.
September 26, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Atari fans rally together over love of 8-bit classics, but the next unifier may be a class action lawsuit

Atari VCS render
Atari has gotten away with a lot over the last several years, but they can't collect $3 million and offer nothing in return to their backers!
Atari collected over Three million dollars via crowd funding on Indiegogo and has yet to show a working prototype console. A year away from delivery, this would cause great concern. At two months out, it's catastrophic. If they can't prove they've created this device now, it is safe to assume they have not and will not. I'm curious to see who organizes the class action lawsuit against Fred's Atari company.

Atari took three million dollars from 11,600+ backers on Indiegogo!
Social networks are full of contempt for the awful PR job Atari has done. But that's Atari. It's what they do. They offer polite discourse as they desperately try to buy time, but even staunch defenders are beginning to cry foul.

But it gets worse. On Facebook and Twitter, no mention of Atari's VCS goes without strong demand to "stop lying to us," "show us something real," and the list goes on in the comments. Atari often replies in short polite bursts, but largely these complaints stand.

Not so on Redit. Atari had moderator rights on a VCS forum. As the negativity grew, this "moderator" simply deleted negative posts. Their moderator rights were quickly revoked. Atari set up their own forum - an area they could control - and continued deleting posts.

This behavior really cements the idea that they have spent years doing nothing toward delivering a game console to backers. They've missed EVERY deadline for both announcements and the actual delivery of the VCS console. How far can they go? How much longer can they delay delivery? When will they face any consequences for continuing to take pre-orders for a console that does not exist? Legal ramifications? I'm waiting for the start of a class action lawsuit.

How long can Atari delay a class action lawsuit?
For me it started with the Game Watch. It was an ill conceived "smartwatch" with a focus on gaming. They collected money, said nothing, and skulked away without much notice. I was tempted by it - as an Atari product - but in the end it served no real purpose, so I passed. Then I heard how Atari simply ignored the project and delivered nothing. They wouldn't do that again... would they? Could they be that stupid?

More than 11,600 people paid over $3 million on Indiegogo for the new VCS game console. Atari can't even deliver a status update. I'm in it for only $30 for the classic joystick, but if a class action lawsuit arises, that will be an interesting development.
September 25, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Amazon's Echo is getting a voice-over from Samuel L. Jackson. Get ready for the new Alexa

Heart of Neon documentary Samuel Jackson Amazon Echo voice
Using a technology to mimic rather than play voice clips will enable Alexa to sound like a wide variety of celebrity voices... each for 99¢
Entering the Star Wars universe as a Jedi Master was an amazing achievement for Samuel L. Jackson and made me thing there's really no limit to where he might appear. How about in your house? If you let Amazon's Echo in and ask Alexa everything from random trivia to weather reports, you may soon be able to hear a different voice!

Actor, Samuel L. Jackson has a deal to allow his voice to be the voice of your Echo device. Alexa is swell, although somewhat robotic. An interesting facet to Amazon's ability to offer celebrity voices is it won't be done by playing back pre-recorded clips or words. Amazon is using a new text-to-speech process that enables simulated voices to have much more inflection, making the voice more realistic. Part of this technology allows the mimicking of celebrity voices so they can reply just as Alexa does, but sounding like any number of celebrity voices.

The Sam Jackson voice pack is to be released later this year (featuring clean and explicit modes), at an intro price of 99¢, with other packs becoming available in 2020. This opens the possibilities of offering a lot of audible diversity to the Echo line. Jackson has a deal with Amazon for his voice, but I wonder what the process is to "create his voice" for the Echo. Do they need voice samples? Would it be possible to create a celebrity's voice without their participation in the process?

It sounds like an interesting process and adds a very appealing alternative to interacting with Alexa. I imagine down the road, we'll be able to have Sam Jackson deliver the weather report, Alyssa Milano reading your shopping list, and Cara Delevigne voicing delivery status. Gotta love technology.
September 24, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Ziva is back on NCIS - Cote De Pablo

I haven't watched NCIS for quite a while, but am excited to get back into it with Ziva David.
I'm hoping her return isn't a single episode sort of affair. She was an awesome character. Her departure seemed peculiar as though something was going on in her life. A while ago, CBS offered her a ton of money to come back and she declined. Now here she is. Enjoy her while she's on.

Ziva is back on NCIS
September 24, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

A documentary about gaming legend Jeff Minter & LLAMASOFT is being crowd funded for a 2020 release

Heart of Neon documentary
For almost four decades Jeff Minter has made amazing video games across many different platforms. He's earned a documentary!
Paul Docherty started out as a video games graphics designer in the 1980s and sought another way to bring his gaming experience to the masses. He's chosen to make a documentary about Jeff Minter and Ivan Zorzin of LLAMASOFT. Heart of Neon being crowd funded on Kickstarter.

Minter is renown as a video game programmer with a knack for harnessing every ounce of power from hardware and software. His creations push limits and cross boundaries, generating some of the most amazing games to shower pixels across a screen. My introduction to Minter's brilliance was Tempest 2000 for the Atari Jaguar (and more recently, T4K on the PS4). That game alone makes the Jag a must-have piece of hardware.

Atari Jaguar - Tempest 2000 That speaks volumes about Minter's prowess as a developer. Aside from enjoying his creations, I know very little about him. He seems pretty low key and doesn't appear much in mainstream media. A guy this brilliant, must have a story.

Paul Docherty is kickstarting a documentary to pry a bit deeper into Minter, Zorzin, and LLAMASOFT. Personally, I'd love to know more about him. He's been so influential with no much fanfare. Minter's story needs to spread. A documentary seems like a good way to showcase his talent and life in LLAMASOFT.

Docherty's crowd funding campaign is ambitious and I hope he can get funded. If you want to know more about one of gaming's luminaries, check out Heart of Neon on Kickstarter and see if it's a project you'd like to see come to fruition.

Thanks to Ausretrogamer for pointing us toward this promising documentary!
September 23, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Some folks believe Nintendo's history began with the NES, but they were founded 130 years ago today

Surprisingly, Nintendo was founded during the Ottoman Empire. This was very pre-Mario :)
Nintendo was originally a playing-card company, founded on September 23, 1889 by Fusajiro Yamauchi in Kyoto, Japan. Many of us think fondly back to the mid 80s when the Nintendo Entertainment System shot new life into the video game industry and spurred game development in ways that hadn't been seen fo quite some time.

Ad Astra This image often accompanies articles about Nintendo's founding, leading many to assume it's their first HQ. Apparently this is true. The image is a pre-World War II photo of Nintendo's headquarters.
September 22, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

When a film like Ad Astra gets good reviews, I wonder if I missed something during this pointless space drama

While it may have touched on various emotions and human discovery, the characters and plot bored me to tears.
I heard good things and love sci-fi, what could go wrong spending two hours watching Ad Astra? With no knowledge of the plot, I was prepared to take in some good gravity defying action. Alas, it was not meant to be. I didn't mind that it was not an action film. what irked me was the utter pointless plot. Venturing to the edge of the solar system to discover the truth about a former mission to locate intelligent life shouldn't be an ambiguous quest of pointless dispair.

The presumptuous title - latin for "to the stars" - should have steered me away. There was no real interaction between characters and no depth or emotion to them. I didn't care about any of them. Their relationships were almost confusing. It was difficult to tell if they liked or hated one another which made Pitt's mission all the more confusing as it progressed.

After sitting through this monstrosity I visited two different arcades to feel as though the day wasn't wasted.

Ad Astra
September 21, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

The Terminator Resistance video game is coming to consoles and PC as Dark Fate hits theaters

Terminator Resistance video game
With James Cameron behind the next Terminator film, we hope to see many more tie-in products!
It's been a while since we had a terminator video game that spanned the available gaming hardware. My son and I still play Terminator Salvation on the PS3, but we'd love a new game based on the franchise! It looks like Terminator Dark Fate, with the story by James Cameron, is going to make a bigger splash than recent Terminator films. The film arrives November 1st and the video game, Terminator Resistance, will launch for PS4, Xbox One, and PC on November 15.

We hope Dark Fate will inspire lots of tie-in merch!
The film's story begins where Terminator 2 left off. The game, developed by Teyon is more of a mystery. It's a single-player first-person shooter and presumably follows the plot of Dark Fate. It takes place in post-apocalyptic Los Angeles 31 years after Judgment Day. A new hero and a new threat from Skynet.

The Terminator series got off to a strong start, but went in a wide variety of directions as it crept forward. Everyone had their own notion about the story line and how to bend time to make the next film palatable to movie audiences. James Cameron led the charge directing the first two films. With his return comes new hope that the Terminator series will live up to its initial glory. I've enjoyed the subsequent films, but the first two are strong favorites.

With both Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton returning, I'm excited. But my excitement extends beyond what I hope will be an awesome film. I"m hoping it will spark the toy and game industry to pack retail shelves with merch. The last few films have left toy store shelves empty of Terminator and John Connor figures, ships, and vehicles. I'm hoping this will change!

The launch of Terminator Resistance is a good sign that there is interest in tie-in ventures for the film. At the same time, it feels this was a recent decision and the game may have been rushed to launch while the film is in theaters. The game's trailer is very reminiscent of the last Terminator game I've played, based on the Salvation film, on PS3.

It's exciting to have James Cameron involved with the film and perhaps that will bolster faith in box-office revenue that might spill over to buying Terminator toys and games. I know I"m down for some new action figures and vehicles... and a Switch game.
September 20, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

With zero fanfare, Best Buy had each of the Switch Lite colors stocked on it's bottom shelves

Nintendo Switch Lite at Best Buy
It's surprising how small the Switch Lite box is when you don't have to include a dock
It's here! The Nintendo Switch Lite! At $199 it's an interesting option if you have no desire to play games on a TV. I'm surprised by the statistics indicating a large number of Switch owners use it exclusively as a handeld and don't play games on a larger TV screen.

The console a bit smaller and the box is downright tiny by comparison. The Joy Cons are built in and it plays all the Switch games that work in handheld mode. The entire concept flys in the face of "Switching" from handheld to living room TV, but I guess the console is established enough to drop such formalities.

As far as Best Buys' release-day non-celebration... At the very least, most release days at Best Buy involve a table set up near the entrance, showcasing the new product and every conceivable accessory. The Switch Lite was dumped on a bottom shelf at the back of the store. I've seen larger promotions for a DVD release! I guess Nintendo didn't want to fork over Best Buy's "paid placement" fee.

This makes me wonder if it's really a financial issue or if Best Buy doesn't expect to sell many of them, so they are relegated to the lower shelves with no promotion. It's quite odd.

Nintendo Switch Lite at Best Buy Nintendo's Switch Lite at Best Buy... sitting on the bottom shelf, with very little visibility.
Nintendo Switch Lite at Best Buy Sitting on a shelf, these Switch Lite boxes (in three colors: yellow, gray, and turquoise) blended right in with the 2DS boxes.

For me, I'm quite happy with my switch serving double duty from TV to handheld. However, on the run, I prefer bringing my 2DS along. Perhaps I'm just more accustomed to it as a portable, but at the same time, I don't want to drop a $300 console on the ground. Given the chance, I'd totally drop it.

I think the 3DS line of games are often better suited to short bursts on the run, while Switch titles seem to demand more committed time. It may simply be the way I'm accustomed to gaming. Still love my 2DS and my Switch is King of my living room. If you want a slightly smaller Switch at a lower price for handheld gaming the Lite version seems pretty cool.

Nintendo Switch Lite
September 18, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Many are saying "They can't stop all of us" regarding the limply planned storming of Area 51

I believe that is misinformation. They can and will!
Someone had the bright idea to storm Area 51 on September 20. They started an online petition to garner forces. I guess you have to admire the moxie, but the stupidity is glaring. I'm sure there's some neato keen stuff tucked away in a basement, but storming a military installation is moronic at best.

I keep seeing the phrase, "They can't stop all of us," implying there's something in there worth dying for. To each his own, but I feel obligated to say, no one is getting inside the perimeter of Area 51. If 50 people were to storm a supermarket, I'm confident each of them could get in and out with minimal harm - maybe even a grapefruit. Area 51 is a military installation. If you get in, you will not set out.

If you didn't know, Nintendo is releasing the Switch Lite on the 20th. This might be a good day to pick up a slick console and go play a few games. Dying in the desert on the premise of seeing an alien carcass sounds exciting until you get shot. Plan your day carefully...

They will stop you from entering Area 51
September 18, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Atari dropped this ridiculous Tweet about mindless 'Likes' and 'Re-tweets' rather than console progress updates

Balancing Likes and Re-tweets, then saying "don't mess it up." Are you kidding me?!?
Lisa from BlackPink wearing an AC/DC T-shirt I'm glad ATari has time for mindless idiocy like this when they are promising to deliver a new game console in December, for which they've not shown game play or proof-of-concept. We don't even know if they've got a working prototype.

I'm in it for one of their nifty looking Classic joysticks, but $30 was the most I was willing to dump into this console project. Their marketing and social media discourse shows their inexperience in bringing products to market. Keep in mind hardware is particularly challenging.

I love what Atari created in the 70's and beyond, but the current owner seems very dissociated from the original innovators. I'll be pleasantly surprised if that joystick ships in December.
September 16, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

They keep wearing AC/DC T-shirts, so BlackPink should do a Back In Black cover

Both Jennie and Lisa have been seen wearing AC/DC concert T-shirts. I wonder if they'd do a cover...
Lisa from BlackPink wearing an AC/DC T-shirt Having seen both Lisa and Jennie wearing AC/DC T-shirts makes me wonder if they are actually fans of the band. I hope so, but more importantly would BlackPink ever cover and AC/DC song? I'd love to hear them cover something from Back in Black or from the Bon Scott era!

BlackPink played Coachella and have a US record label. They're slowly taking over the world. Coming from South Korea, their global expansion is really cool to watch them gain popularity. I hope they keep their exposure up and come back to the US for a larger tour!
September 16, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

I played a stand-up version as a kid and recently found a cocktail cabinet, but a sit-in Missile Command rules

The sit-in Missile Command was a very limited run.
Sit-in Missile Command cabinet I had no idea there was a sit-in version of Missile Command. My childhood arcade, The Electric Playhouse had a stand-up version, and an arcade near where I live now has the cocktail version. I'd love to experience Missile Command from inside an enclosed sit-in style cabinet. How cool would that be!?!

From what I understand, the sit-in version was very limited with fewer than 100 created. That explains why I've never seen one. I can't even begin to imagine how cool it would be to defend cities from inside such an enclosure. Too cool!

This picture came from knapparcade on Instagram. Follow his account for lots of great arcade photos from his travels.
September 16, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

If anyone can make Crocs relevant again, it's Ariana Grande

I thought Crocs had gone out of style... Perhaps not.
Apparently Crocs were never "in style" nor fashionable. They are comfortable and convenient, so people tend to overlook the negative stereotypes in favor of comfort. OK.

Ariana Grande wearing Crocs
September 15, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

RIP Ric Ocasek of The Cars

Ric Ocasek passed away at his home in New York City.
RIP Ric Ocasek of the Cars I grew up listening to The Cars as part of the New Wave movement heard on Long Island's WLIR. They have such a unique and driving sound. I had several of their albums on vinyl and repurchased many of them when CDs became popular.

I was so excited in 2011 when Move Like This was released. It's sound was a rebirth of a beloved band from my youth. A few years later The Elektra Years was released as a 5-CD set and I jumped on it.

Ocasek and the Cars were such an important influence when I was growing up, it was so cool to have a new album decades later. It's hard to imagine we've lost another rocker who created and contributed so much during an amazing era in music's history. RIP...
September 15, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Hostess had some fun with customers who believed this atrocity might actually be turned into a Twinkie product

Don't worry. Peanut Butter Pickle flavored Twinkies won't be created!
Damn, I was about to run out to the store for a box of these nasty delicacies!

Peanut butter Pickle flavored Twinkies
September 15, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Drivetime lets you combat the doldrums of driving with handsfree gaming in your car

Drivetime mobile games for the car
Talking on the phone is a driving distraction. Just because these are handsfree games doesn't make it safe!
Don't play games while you drive. Just don't.

Drivetime is creating subscription-based content for the car. Via your smartphone you can play Jeopardy, trivia games, and even solve crimes in a detective game. All via handsfree audio. Their site speaks of how much time we spend sitting still in traffic and continues stating drivers need entertainment while on the road. Maybe.

It's easy to see the dangers of texting while driving, but we tend to ignore how distracting it can be to simply talk on the phone while driving. Even handsfree, your phone is a distraction. Just because something is "handsfree" we shouldn't equate that with proper safety.

Everyone has to make their own decisions on using products like this. I like listening to music in the car, but I can see the appeal of Drivetime's games. As Amazon's Alexa becomes more prevalent in cars, I'm sure automotive entertainment will become big business in the next few years. It should be interesting to see if it has an impact on safety.
September 14, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Ring Fit Adventure looks a lot more interesting than many will probably admit

Ring Fit Adventure for Nintendo Switch
Tricking gamers into becoming more fit seems like a good idea... for those of us who abhor sit-ups and gyms.
Ring Fit Adventure adds some human motion into gaming. It gets you off the couch! Comprised of a flexible ring to which you attach one Joy Con and a leg strap for the other one - you are the controller now! Jumping and running - along with a host of other motions - are achieved via the ring and motion of your legs. Running is no longer done by holding down the D-pad... YOU run (in place).

This game will get you moving or you can use it as a workout tool!
Nintendo doesn't want to be like the other game companies. They don't want to emulate their competitors. They like to go down their own path. Living in a world of lemmings and followers, it's hard for a lot of people to see the value in being unique or different. We all know what the PS5 controller will look like. A lot of people thought the Switch's Joy Cons were rather odd... until they tried them.

Nintendo puts a lot of thought into their products. They don't always hit the mark, but they aren't satisfied with simply replicating what worked in the past. They look far into the future.

LABO was met with morons trying to infer that Nintendo was selling random cardboard. I feel Ring Fit Adventure will be met with similar idiocy by those who love the familiarity of PlayStation controllers and can't fathom anything different.

Why I like Ring Fit Adventure

The Wii Fit Board was pretty cool if you're into fitness, but wasn't strong on the gaming side of things. I'm sure more people enjoy platformers and FPS style games, but diversity is what makes it all so much more fun. Ring Fit Adventure seems to be inserting fitness into games. For lack of a better term, it tries to trick you into moving about rather than sitting stationary as your fingers dance across the controller.

I'll admit to being something of a couch-potato and am open to using gaming to add a bit of fitness into my routine. I've tried Just Dance - mostly because Black Pink was on the 2019 edition (bought if for the Wii too). However, its format is obviously motion/fitness oriented. Ring Fit Adventure seems to mask the fitness elements a bit more.

Sure this whole arguent is ridiculous. I'm an adult and know I should exercise more. Debating whether Nintendo can trick me into being fit is dumb. However, there's an element of reality in this and I think I might enjoy an adventure game with a finess element rather than a fitness game with a gaming element. For this reason, I think focusing on the game, not fitness may be a great help to many gamers.

I like that the ring has many facets from it's form to moving it around as well as the leg-strap that allows simulated running. It even has a "quiet" mode so you don't have to stomp loudly to play. Additionally, it also has a fitness mode for those who just want an exercise coach without the gaming element. Seems like a well-rounded product. I like it. I'm getting this!

My only complaint from watching it's explanatory video is the character. Your character is dressed in gym clothes with a headband. That's not how we dress for an adventure. The gym is not an adventure. Maybe that's just one character option, but if I'm getting fit on an adventure, give me a more Hobbit-like appearance. :)
September 14, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Charlie's Angels' anthem, Don't Call Me Angel, by Ariana Grande, Miley cyrus, and Lana Del Rey climbs the charts

The song's success reminds how seldom female collaborations top the charts.
The current trio's success is reminding fans of the song Destiny's Child put forth for the 2000 Charlie's Angels. Give both tracks a listen. Who do you think did it better?

Charlie's Angels' anthem, Don't Call Me Angel
September 13, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

RIP Eddie Money

This past summer, I discovered his Real Money TV show and bought a few of his albums. Sad to hear of his passing.
I caught Eddie Money's reality show on TV and went out and bought a few of his albums. So sad to hear of his passing. I loved many of his songs starting with his debut album and he seemed like such a cool guy on his Real Money TV show.

RIP Eddie Money
September 13, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Friday the 13th seems like a good night for The Craft and some retro gaming

Happy Friday The 13th!
Friday the 13th - The Craft and retro gaming
September 13, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Five Below often has a few video games - today it was Yo-Kai Watch for $5

Yo-Kai Watch for $5
I was obsessed with this game and loved the characters and the actual watch at Toys R Us.
Yo-Kai Watch toy Discount retailer Five Below often has a few random video game titles, but they come and go pretty fast. I got a tip they had some 3DS games, so I stopped by and discovered about eight copies of Yo-Kai Watch for the 3DS! Previously I've found Wii U titles as well, but it's pretty random as to what they have.

I became obsessed with the Yo-Kai series after seeing a game trailer and all the toys and figures at Toys R Us. It seemed like an interesting offshoot of Pokemon. My son is a big Pokemon fan, but I struggle to play it at a competent level. I hoped Yo-Kai Watch might be the answer.

Life gets busy and I never got around to buying the game. Finding it at Five Below for $5 has re-inspired my quest to experience my "obsession" in the actual game!
September 12, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

The video for Hey Violet's latest single is out - check out “Queen OfThe Night”

Hey Violet are paving the way to an insanely awesome career with new summer releases
Hey Violet's latest single, Queen OfThe Night I'm really stoked about the band, Hey Violet. They're a modern pop band with a nice hard edge They're the kind of band I grew up loving. They write their own songs and play instruments - a rarity these days.

Starting as a hard rock band (formerly Cherri Bomb) they took a turn toward pop for their debut full-length album, 2017's From The Outside. They've followed in that path with recent singles. The latest, Queen of the Night, has a new video release.

Hey Violet shows a lot of promise and I hope they forge ahead and release another LP soon. They are fantastically talented and gained so much during their first album release. Their name was everywhere! I hope they can revive that excitement with their new releases.
September 12, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Shakedown Hawaii is coming to 3DS and a physical copy for Switch- coming soon

Shakedown Hawaii is coming to 3DS
From the boardroom to the streets, build your corporate empire and destroy the competition.
Shakedown Hawaii from Vblank Entertainment is coming to the 3DS on September 19th. You can buy it for switch as well, but a physical release is coming in the future.

Revel in this open-world adventure that parodies big business, and the most absurd business practices that come with the territory. Shakedown Hawaii fuses open world action and empire building. Build a "legitimate" corporation by completing open world missions, acquiring businesses, sabotaging competitors, and "rezoning" land.

After playing Retro City Rampage - and getting a physical copy for Switch - I'm excited to give Shakedown Hawaii a try on my 2DS. AND it's pretty cool that a physical cartridge release is coming soon!

Shakedown Hawaii
September 10, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

They've posted and deleted this message from their social accounts, so what is Atari's pro gamer move?

More ambiguous messaging from Atari. It would seem their pro gamer move is... confusion.
Each time this obtuse message appears on one of Atari's social media accounts, confusion ensues. Pro Gamer Move? Who's six-year-old nephew told them about this phrase? More importantly - what does it mean? And why re-post if when it only gets deleted a day later?

The comment sections get whacky with folks interpreting what they consider "classic favorites" and "All " of them.

I imagine this is an attempt to appease the gamers they've pissed off with their monotonous renders of the VCS console, the lack of details about the launch games - aside from Atari Vault titles - and the non-existent developer list. But this is such an open-ended statement, it has no meaning. It's laden with interpretation.

It's a poor way to deal with the customers that collectively paid over $3 million to Atari for a modern VCS game console. This sort of marketing BS is another reason I suspect the VCS still has plenty of disappointment in store for it's backers. I'm one of them, by the way. I ordered a classic joystick.

If Atari can't convey a simple message to backers, how can we expect them to deliver a viable game console?

Atari's ambiguous messaging
September 10, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Twitter wouldn't let #PresidentPussyAssBitch trend after Chrissy Teigen called trump a... pussy ass bitch

Celebrities have always had a platform due to their notoriety, but not all of them use it as tactfully as Chrissy Teigan!
As the world's brutality and natural disasters rage on, trump decided to pick a fight with Jon Legend and randomly include his wife, Chrissy Teigen, for no apparent reason. OK, she long ago tweeted to trump: "LOL no one likes you," for which he blocked her. She's awesome!

Teigen is a Twitter ninja who can easily mince a dimwit like trump. She did.

By the way, do you know why trump is so adamant about running for reelection? Once he's out of the Oval Office he'll be facing several trials that will likely involve jail time. Winning the election gives him four more years of freedom - to ruin the planet.

Teigen is a Twitter ninja
September 9, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Happy Anniversary Sega Dreamcast 9/9/1999

The Sega Dreamcast was released on September 9, 1999
The Sega Dreamcast was released on September 9, 1999
September 9, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Check out Celest Farewell, the followup soundtrack, by Lena Raine, to the popular video game

Good Burger Pop-up restaurant
I believe this is a second soundtrack offering more music in the spirit of the Celest game.
The soundtrack is available from a variety of sources including Bandcamp.

From Scarlet Moon's promo email:
Materia Collective is thrilled to release the Celeste: Farewell (Original Soundtrack) by composer Lena Raine. Following up 2018's acclaimed indie darling and ASCAP Video Game Score of the Year.

"It's been an intimidating prospect, to return to the world of Celeste for one more outing," comments composer Lena Raine. "The original soundtrack releases saw so much love from thousands of people, and so it seemed like an impossible task to follow it up with something new. It was only through creating something different, and adding to the existing sound of the game, that I felt comfortable telling one more story for these characters and world."

About Lena Raine
Lena Raine is an award-winning composer and producer, whose work on Celeste was nominated for a BAFTA and won ASCAP's Video Game Score of the Year. She has been writing videogame scores for 13 years, most notably having worked on Celeste and Guild Wars 2.
September 8, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

“Where'd You Go, Bernadette” is a great movie about rediscovery and compassion

We don't always see the good in people and/or see a singular perspective. This movie is about rediscovery. Loved it!
I hadn't heard anything about this film, but decided to see it on a lark... and there's a great arcade around the corner from the theater. Where'd You Go, Bernadette stars Cate Blanchette and newcomer Emma Nelson along with Judy Greer and Kristen Wiig. The film has a lot of heart and makes you see the value of giving someone a second chance and even root for them. Is she hiding, escaping, running away? It's not always clear, but your first impression may be wrong. Give folks a chance. Not everyone is as "bad" as you may think. ;)

The big blockbusters get so much press and hype, but a small film with a lot of heart often gets very little promotion. Films like this continue to surprise and delight me, enabling me to tolerate the rowdy garbage that often fills the big screen. I like a good portion of the garbage, but films like "Bernadette" make it all worthwhile. Go see it!

Where'd You Go, Bernadette movie
September 7, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

I watched Good Burger tonight and later discovered there's a pop-up restaurant in Hollywood

Good Burger Pop-up restaurant
Pop-up restaurants have become quite popular with the high level of detail in recreating famous TV & movie restaurant sets, ready to serve!
Good Burger is one of those annoyingly silly movies that you just have to like. The ridiculousness alone is funny. I hadn't seen this movie in ages, but it was playing on cable so I dug in. Like most movies it brought back a lot of memories. The battle against Mondo Burger. Crazy stuff. But now YOU can eat at Good Burger, if you live in Hollywood.

A pop-up recreation of the movie restaurant opened on July 10 for a limited time, through Sept. 29 - then moving to Chicago. There was a similar pop-up restaurant for The Max restaurant from Saved By The Bell. I believe 90210's Peach Pit was around as a pop-up at one point.

If you're into high levels of nostalgia, check out the Good Burger Pop-up restaurant on Instagram for links to their reservation site. Looks like fun and the arcade games are set to free-play!

Good Burger's All That Game Room Serving Good Burgers, Good Chunks and Good Shakes... they even have an All That Game Room.
Good Burger's All That Game Room The All That Game Room has Football, Defender, Zaxxon, and what looks like a multicade of some kind. They also mention adding a Nintendo 64 console. Cool!

September 7, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

For the Walkman's 40th anniversary Sony unveiled a high-end digital music player with a cassette pic on its screen

Sony Walkman logo
Don't get too excited about your old cassettes and CDs. This device is a digital-only tribute and more akin to an iPod.
The original Sony Walkman TPS-L2 launched in 1979 and here we are 40 years later with an anniversary commemoration of the Walkman. Like many of us, I began with the cassette version and moved on when it became the Discman and CDs were all the rage.

As the Walkman turns 40 and CD sales are on the decline, Sony's tribute to the Walkman comes in a high-end digital music player, the Walkman ZX series. Your cassettes and CDs can stay on the shelf (or in storage) as the ZX series of players can stream over wifi, play via micro SD or USB. It will play High-Resolution Audio at a higher bitrate than CDs (24-bit/192kHz and beyond) as well as a variety of other high-res audio formats.

Almost everyone loves music and many of us consider CD to be a high standard and don't think much about the quality of MP3 files. However there are a variety of popular and niche formats for audio that exceed the rate/quality of audio found on CDs. Bandcamp for example offers downloads in formats above the average MP3 file, but many of these formats are niche and not well known among the masses of music fans. At $900, this commemorative ZX series is a celebration for the niche crowd.

Sony Walkman ZX digital music player

My Issues With Modern Music & Formats

If you've ever downloaded an MP3 file from a questionable source and wondered why it sounded awful, the answer may be in the bitrate at which it was produced. We casually use the tern MP3 to represent any and all digital music files. There are many more, but more importantly, MP3 as a format does not adhere to a standard quality. You can find M3 files at fairly low bitrates. This is similar to the visual quality of a high vs low quality jpeg image file.

Since we have these hi-end formats, why are they not adopted across all devices. Does format compatibility with a device really alter it's retail price. Why are only insanely expensive players capable of high-end audio? Music should be available to everyone at a reasonable price. I don't feel better quality formats should be restricted to only expensive devices.

Contrast this to stereos from my childhood to today's state of playback. I grew up with this thing called stereo. These days, speakers function over wifi and connect to their source via Bluetooth. But it's not even speakers - plural. We're seemingly expected to buy one speaker to connect to a cell phone. WTF? I'm no audiophile, but when I inquired about new speakers (plural) for my stereo, the guy at Best Buy asked what kind of phone I had. I left the store.

When I was a kid, I yearned for a guitar so I could play songs by my favorite bands. I wanted to rock out! Today, if a kid was motivated to buy an instrument to delve into their favorite songs, I'm not even sure what instrument to recommend. A synthesizer? Software? The landscape is changing and I'm OK with that, but Stereo is still relevant and a Walkman tribute should play tribute to cassettes in a more meaningful way than a pic on a touch-screen.

So, this turned into a rant, didn't it? Not my original intension, but too many of today's musicians don't play instruments and pretending your phone is a stereo robs this generation of volume, power, and feeling the bass line!

The Original Sony Walkman TPS-L2 Released in 1979

The Sony Walkman TPS-L2
September 6, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Refusing to provide proof-of-concept, game play, or developers, Atari earns a lot of online abuse

Evercade game console
Any normal company would share some progress as they approach their launch. Atari has refused to even demonstrate proof-of-concept!
Let me begin by saying a few things...
I love the Atari company, under Bushnell, that created the 2600 in '77. I think the Atari brand is strong and insanely recognizable in 2019. However, the current owners of the Atari brand have done an awful job promoting their upcoming game console.

Atari loves to post the same year-old renders of their console with pithy comments for all to enjoy. They are continually met with gamers seeking information that should be readily available. We want to see the console playing a game - even an Atari Vault title. Let's see some game play of upcoming games for the system. How about letting us know a few developers who are making games for the new VCS.

Daily I see another Atari VCS rendered pic and 50 or 60 replies begging for ANY basic info. Atari sometimes replies with fluff-responses. They offer no detail. None.

These comment sections contain three types of people:
  1. Dreamers - folks who backed this console on day-one and are convinced Atari is hard at work to deliver the end-all be-all of video game consoles.

  2. Gamers - folks who are curious about the system and want to know what games it can play, who's developing games, and see some game-play clips.

  3. Realists - folks who know this is vaporware and aren't afraid to say so.

So, these groups battle it out on every "atari" post on social media. It's kind of fun to read through once, since it's pretty repetitive....
"This is going to be the best game console ever!"
"What games will it play?"
"It doesn't exist. It's vaporware."

Over and over, this is all we see in the comments. Atari sometimes replies "Thanks" to those with favorable comments. Or, "You're going to love the VCS!" It's comical at best.

Why I Think The VCS Is Vaporware

  • Today's Atari is a holding company that simply manages/licenses the brand and the IPs they own.

  • The current holding company has no experience bringing hardware to market.

  • Find me someone who backed the Atari Game Watch and received one.

  • We've only seen rendered (computer generated) console images. No photos of a working model placed in a real-world setting - like on a coffee table.

  • Atari has mentioned no developers by name. No developers have independently claimed to be developing games for the VCS.

  • Atari is an iconic brand. Anyone developing for it would say so. No one has spoken.

  • The console has no media ports (CD ROM, Cartridge, SD card). Who is developing the online store so gamers can download/purchase games?

  • If Atari was on the cusp of launching a new game console, they'd be showing it to anyone who wanted a peek.

I know this seems harsh, but I think it's realistic. I'd love to see Atari succeed and bring a cool game console to market. I love all the Atari consoles - some are better than others, but all of them had a uniqueness to the era. I bought one of the classic joysticks from their Indiegogo campaign - so, I'm in it. However, the current iteration of Atari has demonstrated no signs of a successful hardware launch. I predict they will deliver one of two things: Nothing -or- Garbage.

If Atari was a smart company, they'd make a killing creating a lifestyle brand. Go the "Gene Simmons" route and put the Atari logo on everything from hats and shirts to lunch boxes and magnets. The brand is iconic and beloved. A new console would be cool, but they lack the capability and it shows.

Atari doesn't seem aware they are provoking gamers with every stale post of an old rendered image, yet they keep doing so daily. Here's hoping I get a cool joystick in December, along with the many backers who put forth over $3 million, but I'm glad to only have risked $30.
September 5, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

The handheld Evercade game console uses multi-game cartridges full of retro games

Evercade game console
I have several handhelds with built-in games and there's something special about the tactile feel of inserting a cartridge full of games.
Atari Collection for the Evercade game console At first glance the Evercade handheld game console looks like a lot of other handhelds on the marke, but it takes a different approach. I have a few handhelds with bilt-in games and you never really know what version (legal or illegal) of each game is provided. Evercade uses multi-game cartridges!

It's says it is designed for retro games - 8 & 16 bit - which may be based on it's hardware capabilities. Regardless, Evercade games are licensed from the source and come on cartridges, complete with boxed packaging. This is a nice nod to collectors who like boxes and physical game carts. The cartridges are all multi-game and contain between 6 and 20 games. You'll see the current list of developers in the list below, but they come from the likes of Namco, Atari, and Data East.

You can play anywhere (even while charging) on the 4.3" or connect it to your HD TV. The games support save-states so you can stop and resume anywhere within a game. They are a UK-based company, but will be selling via Amazon to enable more territories to buy the Evercade in a local manner.

Seeing a variety of arcade classics from Namco makes me wish Atari had provided arcade titles rather than the usual console games we see on many devices. Overall, the Evercade has a nice selection of games from solid sources and they promise to keep the carts coming. Hopefully they'll announce new partners as the launch date nears.

Evercade game console

Evercade Game List, by Manufacturer

I copied the list from their website and dumped it into Excel so I could sort it alphabetically by each participating vendor. This way you can view the offering from each company.

Game Title Game Cartridge Collection
Adventure (2600) Atari Collection 1
Alien Brigade (7800) Atari Collection 1
Aquaventure (2600) Atari Collection 1
Asteroids (2600) Atari Collection 1
Canyon Bomber (2600) Atari Collection 1
Centipede (2600) Atari Collection 1
Crystal Castles (2600) Atari Collection 1
Desert Falcon (2600) Atari Collection 1
Double Dunk (2600) Atari Collection 1
Food Fight (7800) Atari Collection 1
Gravitar (2600) Atari Collection 1
Missile Command (2600) Atari Collection 1
Motor Psycho (7800) Atari Collection 1
Night Driver (2600) Atari Collection 1
Ninja Golf (7800) Atari Collection 1
Steeplechase (2600) Atari Collection 1
Swordquest Earthworld (2600) Atari Collection 1
Tempest (2600) Atari Collection 1
Video Pinball (2600) Atari Collection 1
Yars Return (2600) Atari Collection 1
   
Air Sea Battle (2600) Atari Collection 2
Asteroids (7800) Atari Collection 2
Basketbrawl (7800) Atari Collection 2
Bowling (2600) Atari Collection 2
Centipede (7800) Atari Collection 2
Dark Chambers (2600) Atari Collection 2
Demons to Diamonds (2600) Atari Collection 2
Desert Falcon (7800) Atari Collection 2
Haunted House (2600) Atari Collection 2
Human Canonball (2600) Atari Collection 2
Millipede (2600) Atari Collection 2
Planet Smashers (7800) Atari Collection 2
Radar Lock (2600) Atari Collection 2
Realsports Tennis (2600) Atari Collection 2
Solaris (2600) Atari Collection 2
Sprintmaster (2600) Atari Collection 2
Street Racer (2600) Atari Collection 2
Submarine Commander (2600) Atari Collection 2
Wizard (2600) Atari Collection 2
Yars' Revenge (2600) Atari Collection 2
   
Bad Dudes Data East Collection
Burger Time Data East Collection
Burnin' Rubber (Bump & Jump) Data East Collection
Fighter's History Data East Collection
Joe & Mac 2: Lost in the tropics Data East Collection
Karate Champ Data East Collection
Magical Drop 2 Data East Collection
Midnight Resistance Data East Collection
Side Pocket Data East Collection
Two Crude Dudes Data East Collection
   
BattleChess Interplay Collection 1
Boogerman Interplay Collection 1
Clayfighter Interplay Collection 1
Earthworm Jim Interplay Collection 1
Incantation Interplay Collection 1
Titan Interplay Collection 1
   
Clayfighter 2 Interplay Collection 2
Claymates Interplay Collection 2
Earthworm Jim 2 Interplay Collection 2
Prehistoric Man Interplay Collection 2
Super Castles Interplay Collection 2
The Adventures of Rad Gravity Interplay Collection 2
The Brainies Interplay Collection 2
   
Almost Hero Mega Cat Studios Collection 1
Coffee Crisis Mega Cat Studios Collection 1
Creepy Brawlers Mega Cat Studios Collection 1
Justice Duel Mega Cat Studios Collection 1
Little Medusa Mega Cat Studios Collection 1
Log Jammers Mega Cat Studios Collection 1
Multidude Mega Cat Studios Collection 1
Old Towers Mega Cat Studios Collection 1
Super Painter Mega Cat Studios Collection 1
Tänzer Mega Cat Studios Collection 1
   
Battle Cars Namco Collection 1
Dig Dug Namco Collection 1
Galaxian Namco Collection 1
Libble Rabble Namco Collection 1
Mappy Namco Collection 1
Mappy Kids Namco Collection 1
Metal Marines Namco Collection 1
Pac Man Namco Collection 1
Quad Challenge Namco Collection 1
Star Luster Namco Collection 1
Xevious Namco Collection 1
   
Burning Force Namco Collection 2
Dig Dug 2 Namco Collection 2
Dragon Spirit Namco Collection 2
Galaga Namco Collection 2
Pac-Attack Namco Collection 2
Phelios Namco Collection 2
Splatterhouse 2 Namco Collection 2
Splatterhouse 3 Namco Collection 2
Tower of Druaga Namco Collection 2
Warp Man Namco Collection 2
Weapon Lord Namco Collection 2
   
8-Eyes Piko Interactive Collection 1
Brave Battle Saga Piko Interactive Collection 1
Canon - Legends of the New Gods Piko Interactive Collection 1
Dorke and Ymp Piko Interactive Collection 1
Dragon View Piko Interactive Collection 1
Drakkhen Piko Interactive Collection 1
Iron Commando Piko Interactive Collection 1
Jim Power - The Lost Dimension Piko Interactive Collection 1
Magic Girl Piko Interactive Collection 1
NightShade Piko Interactive Collection 1
Power Piggs of the Dark Ages Piko Interactive Collection 1
Power Punch II Piko Interactive Collection 1
Radical Rex Piko Interactive Collection 1
Switchblade Piko Interactive Collection 1
The Humans Piko Interactive Collection 1
The Immortal Piko Interactive Collection 1
Tinhead Piko Interactive Collection 1
Top Racer Piko Interactive Collection 1
Water Margin Piko Interactive Collection 1
Way of the exploding fist Piko Interactive Collection 1


It should be interesting to see which other developers will put their games on cartridges for the Evercade handheld.
September 4, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

New Wave Toys is creating a USB charger, for your mini arcade games, designed like a change machine

New Wave Toys Change Machine
Both the Change Machine and Walkman style chargers are brilliant! They fit the era and enhance the vibe!
Check out these two clever devices from New Wave Toys on Kickstarter. The Change Machine fits right in with their mini arcade cabs and can power six devices at once. The HotLine 16000 is a power bank with a built-in battery to charge devices out in the wild when an outlet isn't available. Tons of retro vibes here!

I see a lot of social media posts posing the question, "what game did you go to first when visiting the arcade"? The answers run the gambit from Defender and Pac-Man to Zaxxon and Berzerk. But I think we all know where we went first... the change machine! It's a pivotal element of the arcade. Whether you needed quarters or tokens, this machine was your best friend.

When I saw this charger, designed like an actual change machine, I wanted one! It's the perfect visual companion to the RepliCade arcade games from New Wave Toys. Alas, I don't own any of their cool mini arcade cabinets, but they have another product...

New Wave Toys Change Machine

Hotline 16000 Power Bank

Check out the Hotline 16000 - a 16000 mAh Power Bank capable of charging all sorts of electronics, via it's built-in battery. Looks like a Walkman and can charge your phone when you're camping or just away from an electrical outlet.

I love the idea and the design. Very clever. This faux cassette player brings out all sorts of 80s memories. I think this is the one for me!

New Wave Toys - hotline 16000
September 3, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Here's a classic token from an arcade I played in when I was a kid

I love the arcade era when many arcades had custom branded tokens representing their location!
The American Classic Arcade Museum often posts classic arcade tokens on their Instagram. As they add arcade games to their collection, there are often tokens rattling around the cashbox. They post pics and see if anyone remembers the arcades these tokens came from.

Schools Out Arcade was a place I played video games (in the K-Mart plaza) during the summers, on Cape Cod, when I was a kid.

Legends Ultimate Home Arcade cabinet
September 3, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

The Legends Ultimate Home Arcade cabinet from AtGames contains 350 built-in games

Legends Ultimate Home Arcade cabinet
I'm curious about this large and impressive release considering how long shoddy emulation plagued their Genesis plug-n-play device.
Legends Ultimate Home Arcade cabinet The Legends Ultimate Home Arcade game boasts 350 games and now offers a game list (PDF file) on their website.

When I first looked at their list, I rolled my eyes at the random order of the games. I was hoping for an alphabetized listing so I could easily check to see if my favorites were included. Then I decided this list must be alphabetized and copied the info into Excel so I could maintain the columns and still properly sort the info.

After copying the info from their PDF, I realized I had 401 games in my Excel file. Wait... what? Their data sheet says 350 games. They are numbered from 1 - 350. Then I noticed the game numbering doesn't begin on page one - it starts with page 2. Very odd.

Being in the same price realm as the Arcade1Up cabinets, I'm curious to know the build-quality and whether the emulation is any good. 350 games for the pice Arcade1Up presents 4 games seems a better deal, but I have concerns with the way their Genesis console was released for several years with the same emulation defect that altered colors and sound.

it's also worth noting that all the games come from only a handful of developers: Atari, Coleco, Data East, Disney, Jaleco, and Piko. The device is expandable, but there isn't a lot of info about how robust that feature is. Can ROMS be added? Does it support MAME? I have a lot of questions before plunking down $300.

Game List for the Legends Ultimate Home Arcade

Game Title Developer Platform
3-D Tic-Tac-Toe Atari Console
64th Street - A Detective Story Jaleco Arcade
8 Eyes Piko Console
Act-Fancer Cybernetick Hyper Weapon Data East Arcade
Adventure Atari Console
Adventure Atari Console
Adventure II Atari Console
Air Cavalry Piko Console
Air-Sea Battle Atari Console
Aladdin Disney Console
Aladdin Disney Console
Alphabet Zoo Coleco Console
Antarctic Adventure Coleco Console
Apocalypse II Piko Console
Aquattack Coleco Console
Aquaventure Atari Console
Argus Jaleco Arcade
Asteroids® Atari Arcade
Asteroids® Atari Arcade
Asteroids® Atari Console
Asteroids® Deluxe Atari Arcade
Asteroids® Deluxe Atari Arcade
Astro Fantasia Data East Arcade
Atari Baseball Atari Arcade
Atari Basketball Atari Arcade
Atari Football Atari Arcade
Atari Soccer Atari Arcade
Atari Video Cube Atari Console
Avalanche Atari Arcade
Avenging Spirit Jaleco Arcade
Backgammon Atari Console
Bad Dudes vs. Dragon Ninja Data East Arcade
Bad Dudes vs. Dragon Ninja Data East Arcade
Bad Street Brawler Piko Console
Basic Math / Fun with Numbers Atari Console
Basketball Atari Console
Battle Wings / B-Wings Data East Arcade
Best Bout Boxing Jaleco Arcade
Big Run Jaleco Arcade
Birdie Try Data East Arcade
Black Widow Atari Arcade
Black Widow Atari Arcade
Blackjack Atari Console
BlackJack / Poker Coleco Console
Bloody Wolf / Battle Rangers Data East Arcade
Bloody Wolf / Battle Rangers Data East Arcade
Boogie Wings Data East Arcade
Bowling Atari Console
Brain Games Atari Console
Brain Strainers Coleco Console
Brave Battle Saga Piko Console
Break Thru Data East Arcade
Break Thru Data East Arcade
Breakout® Atari Console
Brutal Sports Football / Beastball Piko Console
BurgerTime Data East Arcade
BurgerTime Data East Arcade
BurgerTime Data East Console
Burnin' Rubber Data East Arcade
Burnin' Rubber Data East Arcade
Burnin' Rubber Data East Console
Canyon Bomber® Atari Console
Canyon Bomber® Atari Arcade
Captain Silver Data East Arcade
Carrier Aces Piko Console
Casino Atari Console
Centipede® Atari Arcade
Centipede® Atari Arcade
Centipede® Atari Console
Chameleon Jaleco Arcade
Champions World Class Soccer Jaleco Console
Championship Soccer Atari Console
Checkers Atari Console
Chess Atari Console
Chimera Beast Jaleco Arcade
Choplifter! Coleco Console
Choplifter! Coleco Console
Circus Atari® Atari Console
Cisco Heat Jaleco Arcade
City Connection Jaleco Arcade
Cluster Buster Data East Arcade
Code Breaker Atari Console
Combat® Atari Console
Competition Golf Data East Arcade
Congo's Caper Data East Arcade
Cosmic Avenger Coleco Console
Crude Buster Data East Arcade
Crystal Castles® Atari Arcade
Crystal Castles® Atari Arcade
Crystal Castles® Atari Console
Cybattler Jaleco Arcade
Darwin 4078 Data East Arcade
Dash Galaxy in the Alien Asylum Piko Console
D-Day Jaleco Arcade
Demons to Diamonds Atari Console
Desert Assault / Desert Storm Gulf War / Thunder Zone Data East Arcade
Desert Falcon Atari Console
Desert War Jaleco Arcade
Destroyer Atari Arcade
Disco No.1 Data East Arcade
Dodge 'Em Atari Console
Dominos Atari Arcade
Donald in Maui Mallard Disney Console
Donald in Maui Mallard Disney Console
Dorke and Ymp Piko Console
Double Dunk Atari Console
Drag Race Atari Arcade
Dragonfire Coleco Console
Dragonview Piko Console
Drakkhen Piko Console
Dual Assault / Liberation Data East Arcade
Dunk Dream 95 / Street Slam / Street Hoop Data East Arcade
E.D.F. Earth Defense Force Jaleco Arcade
Edward Randy, The Cliffhanger Data East Arcade
Eliminator Boat Duel Piko Console
Evolution Coleco Console
Exerion Jaleco Arcade
Express Raider / Western Express Data East Arcade
Express Raider / Western Express Data East Arcade
Facemaker Coleco Console
Fatal Run Atari Console
Fathom Coleco Console
Field Combat Jaleco Arcade
Fighter's History Data East Arcade
Fighter's History Data East Arcade
Fighter's History Dynamite / Karnov's Revenge Data East Arcade
Fighter's History Dynamite / Karnov's Revenge Data East Arcade
Fighting Fantasy / Hippodrome Data East Arcade
Fighting Ice Hockey Data East Arcade
Fire Truck Atari Arcade
Fix-It Felix, Jr. Disney Arcade
Fix-It Felix, Jr. Disney Arcade
Flag Capture Atari Console
Flipper Slipper Coleco Console
Football Atari Console
Formation Z Jaleco Arcade
Fortune Builder Coleco Console
Frantic Freddy Coleco Console
Frenzy Coleco Console
Frog Pond Atari Console
Full Throttle - All American Racing Piko Console
Gargoyles Disney Console
Gate of Doom / Dark Seal Data East Arcade
Generals of the Yang Family Piko Console
Genesis / Boomer Rang'r Data East Arcade
Golf Atari Console
Gondomania Data East Arcade
Gourmet Sentai Bara Yarou Piko Console
Gravitar® Atari Arcade
Gravitar® Atari Arcade
Gravitar® Atari Console
Gun Ball / Nitro Ball Data East Arcade
Hachoo! Jaleco Arcade
Hangman Atari Console
Haunted House® Atari Console
Heavy Barrel Data East Arcade
Heavy Barrel Data East Arcade
Home Run Atari Console
Homerun Nighter '90 The Pennant League Data East Arcade
Hostages Piko Console
Human Cannonball Atari Console
Iron Commando Piko Console
Jaleco Rally Big Run: The Supreme 4WD Challenge Jaleco Arcade
Jim Power Piko Console
Joe & Mac 2: Lost in the tropics Data East Arcade
Joe & Mac 2: Lost in the tropics Data East Arcade
Joe & Mac Returns Data East Arcade
Joe & Mac Returns Data East Arcade
Joe & Mac: Caveman Ninja Data East Arcade
Joe & Mac: Caveman Ninja Data East Arcade
Joe & Mac: Caveman Ninja Data East Console
Judge Dredd 95 Jaleco Console
Jumpman Junior Coleco Console
Jumpman Junior Coleco Console
Jungle Hunt Coleco Console
Kamikaze Cabbie / Yellow Cab Data East Arcade
Karate Champ Data East Arcade
Karate Champ Data East Arcade
Last Mission Data East Arcade
Legend Piko Console
Legend of Makai Jaleco Arcade
Liberator Atari Arcade
Little Lancelot Piko Console
Lock 'n' Chase Data East Arcade
Lock 'n' Chase Data East Arcade
Lock 'n' Chase Data East Console
Lucky Poker Data East Arcade
Lunar Lander Atari Arcade
Lunar Lander Atari Arcade
Magic Girl / Spell Damsel Piko Console
Magical Drop / Chain Reaction Data East Arcade
Magical Drop / Chain Reaction Data East Arcade
Magical Drop III Data East Arcade
Magical Drop III Data East Arcade
Major Havoc Atari Arcade
Major Havoc Atari Arcade
Maze Craze Atari Console
Meikyu Hunter G (The Real Ghostbusters) Data East Arcade
Mermaids of Atlantis: The Riddle of the Magic Bubble Piko Console
Metal Clash Data East Arcade
Metal Mech Piko Console
Midnight Resistance Data East Arcade
Millipede® Atari Arcade
Millipede® Atari Arcade
Millipede® Atari Console
Miner 2049er Coleco Console
Miniature Golf Atari Console
Missile Command® Atari Arcade
Missile Command® Atari Arcade
Missile Command® Atari Console
Mission X Data East Arcade
Monte Carlo Atari Arcade
Montezuma's Revenge Coleco Console
Motor City Patrol Piko Console
MotoRodeo Atari Console
Mountain Bike Rally Piko Console
Mountain King Coleco Console
Mr. Bloopy - Saves the World Piko Console
Ms. Space Fury Coleco Console
Mutant Fighters: Death Brade Data East Arcade
Naughty Boy Jaleco Arcade
Night Driver Atari Console
Night Slashers Data East Arcade
Night Star Data East Arcade
Nightshade Piko Console
Nova Blast Coleco Console
Off the Wall Atari Console
Oil's Well Coleco Console
Omega Race Coleco Console
Outlaw Atari Console
P-47 Aces Jaleco Arcade
P-47: The Phantom Fighter Jaleco Arcade
Parallel Turn Jaleco Arcade
Pepper II Coleco Console
Peter Pepper's Ice Cream Factory Data East Arcade
Peter Pepper's Ice Cream Factory Data East Arcade
Pinbo Jaleco Arcade
Pinkie Piko Console
Plus Alpha Jaleco Arcade
Pong® Atari Arcade
Pong® Atari Arcade
Pool Shark Atari Arcade
Pop Flamer Jaleco Arcade
Power Piggs of the Dark Age Piko Console
Power Punch II Piko Console
Pro Bowling Data East Arcade
Pro Soccer Data East Arcade
Pro Tennis Data East Arcade
Psychic 5 Jaleco Arcade
Psycho-Nics Oscar Data East Arcade
Pyramids of Ra / Scarabeus Piko Console
Quadrun Atari Console
Quest for Quintana Roo Coleco Console
Race / Indy 500 Atari Console
Radar Lock Atari Console
Radical Rex Piko Console
Realsports® Baseball Atari Console
Realsports® Basketball Atari Console
Realsports® Boxing Atari Console
Realsports® Football Atari Console
Realsports® Soccer Atari Console
Realsports® Tennis Atari Console
Realsports® Volleyball Atari Console
Red Baron Atari Arcade
Return to Haunted House Atari Console
Rod-Land Jaleco Arcade
Rolloverture Coleco Console
Rootin' Tootin' Data East Arcade
Saboteur® Atari Console
Saint Dragon Jaleco Arcade
Sammy Lightfoot Coleco Console
Saturn Jaleco Arcade
Save Mary Atari Console
Scrum Try Data East Arcade
Secret Agent / Sly Spy Data East Arcade
Secret Quest Atari Console
Shackled / Breywood Data East Arcade
Shoot Out Data East Arcade
Side Pocket Data East Arcade
Side Pocket Data East Arcade
Side Pocket Data East Console
Sir Lancelot Coleco Console
Sküljagger: Revolt of the Westicans Piko Console
Sky Diver Atari Arcade
Sky Diver Atari Console
Sky Fox Jaleco Arcade
Slot Machine Atari Console
Slot Racers Atari Console
Soccer Kid Piko Console
Space Duel Atari Arcade
Space Fury Coleco Console
Space Panic Coleco Console
Space War Atari Console
Spinmaster / Miracle Adventure Data East Arcade
Sprint Atari Arcade
Sprint Master Atari Console
Squirrel King Piko Console
Squish 'Em Featuring Sam Coleco Console
Stadium Hero Data East Arcade
Stanley: The Search for Dr. Livingston Piko Console
Starship Atari Console
Steeplechase Atari Console
Stellar Track Atari Console
Street Racer Atari Console
Stunt Cycle Atari Console
Submarine Commander® Atari Console
Super Action Baseball Coleco Console
Super Action Boxing Coleco Console
Super Action Football Coleco Console
Super Baseball Atari Console
Super Birdie Rush Data East Arcade
Super Breakout® Atari Arcade
Super Breakout® Atari Arcade
Super Breakout® Atari Console
Super Bug Atari Arcade
Super Burger Time Data East Arcade
Super Burger Time Data East Arcade
Super Doubles Tennis Data East Arcade
Super Football Atari Console
Super Magician / Elf World Piko Console
Super Pool III Data East Arcade
Super Real Darwin Data East Arcade
Super Real Darwin Data East Arcade
Super Real Darwin (Darwin 4081) Data East Console
Super Star Wars Disney Console
Super Star Wars Disney Console
Super Star Wars: Return of the Jedi Disney Console
Super Star Wars: Return of the Jedi Disney Console
Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Disney Console
Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Disney Console
Super Cross Force Coleco Console
Surround Atari Console
Switchblade Piko Console
Sword of Sodan Piko Console
SWORDQUEST® Earthworld Atari Console
SWORDQUEST® Fireworld Atari Console
SWORDQUEST® Waterworld Atari Console
Target Renegade Piko Console
Telly Turtle Coleco Console
Tempest® Atari Arcade
Tempest® Atari Arcade
Tempest® Atari Console
Terranean Data East Arcade
Tetris® Tetris Console
Tetris® Tetris Console
Tetris® Plus Jaleco Arcade
Tetris® Plus 2 Jaleco Arcade
Tetris® Plus 2 Jaleco Arcade
The Astyanax Jaleco Arcade
The Astyanax Jaleco Arcade
The Gadget Twins Piko Console
The Heist Coleco Console
The Humans Piko Console
The Immortal Piko Console
The Jungle Book Disney Console
The Jungle Book Disney Console
The Lion King Disney Console
The Lion King Disney Console
The Mutant Virus Piko Console
The Way of the Exploding Fist Piko Console
Threshold Coleco Console
Thunderbolt II Piko Console
Tinhead Piko Console
Tomarc the Barbarian Coleco Console
Top Racer Piko Console
Top Racer 2 Piko Console
Top Racer 3000 Piko Console
Tournament Pro Golf Data East Arcade
Tournament Tennis Coleco Console
Treasure Master Piko Console
Trio The Punch - Never Forget Me Data East Arcade
Tron Disney Arcade
Tron Disney Arcade
Tryout Data East Arcade
Tumble Pop Data East Arcade
Valtric Jaleco Arcade
Venture Coleco Console
Video Olympics Atari Console
Video Pinball Atari Console
War Room Coleco Console
Warlords® Atari Arcade
Warlords® Atari Arcade
Warlords® Atari Console
Warpspeed Piko Console
Water Margin - The Tale of Clouds and Wind Piko Console
Wing War Coleco Console
Winner's Cup Data East Arcade
Wizard Atari Console
Wizard Fire / Dark Seal II Data East Arcade
Wonder Planet Data East Arcade
World Grand Prix Pole to Finish / Al Unser Turbo Racing / Turbo Racing Data East Arcade
World Trophy Soccer Piko Console
Yars' Return Atari Console
Yars' Revenge Atar Console
Yars' Revenge® Atari Console
Zaviga Data East Arcade
Zaxxon Coleco Console
Zero Tolerance Piko Console
Zippy Bug Data East Arcade
Zombies Ate My Neighbors Disney Console
September 3, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Musical collaborations are on the rise... Can Hannah Montana tempt Dua Lipa into a video game?

As a platformer or FPS game, I'd play it!
Crossovers in music are the rage. Hardly a hit makes the charts without two or three "featuring" names in tow. From Taylor to Ariana and beyond, they're all collaborating to fuel sales. I almost wrote album sales, but so few consumers remember what an album is.

I guess more star-power equals more interest and then more sales. I'd like to see more bands and musicians get into the video game mix outside of typical Just Dance titles. To name a few: Journey chased the paparazzi on the Atari 2600, Britney Spears was on the PS2 and Miley Cyrus (as Hannah) was on the Wii.

Let's break that typical music-mould and put Cyrus and Lipa in a Charlie's Angels scenario with guns and badassery! Make a real video game of it!

Miley Cyrus and Dua Lipa
September 2, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

This weekend's Steven Universe marathon culminates in a commercial-free movie

This has been part of a great era of animated shows on Cartoon Network.
This show has always had a wonderful way of conveying important messages through inference rather than shoving ideas down your throat. Most entertainment with a message puts the message at the forefront of everything. I've really enjoyed this series and am looking forward to the Steven Universe movie following the Labor Day weekend marathon.

I'm surprised it's only generated one video game - Steven Universe Save The Light. I felt the same way about Regular Show... so much gaming potential.
Steven Universe hat My Steven Universe hat I picked up at Hot Topic a few years ago.
Steven Universe The Movie Steven Universe The Movie.

September 2, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Jay & Silent Bob bring the View Askewniverse to the NES via Mall Brawl

Jay & Silent Bob Mall Brawl for Nintendo NES Mall Brawl cart - green Mall Brawl cart - gray
This side-scrolling brawler takes place in the View Askew universe.
Mall Brawl was originally a companion prequel to the Jay and Silent Bob Chronic Blunt Punch game. Chronic Blunt Punch has taken more time than expected, so Mall Brawl is a reward for those waiting on the original game. And its being made available, in a limited run, for anyone to order! Mall Brawl is being developed with Tomas Guinan of Spoony Bard Productions (Eskimo Bob, Galf for NES) and released by Limited Run Games.

Mall Brawl, featuring an 8-bit aesthetic, is a fully complete game for one or two players and even has 2-player co-op mode. The game cartridge is packaged in traditional NES style with a box, manual and Styrofoam insert. It will also be available in 3 colors: Jays Yellow, Bobs Green, and NES Gray.

Ive enjoyed other Spoony Bard games and have high hopes that Mall Brawl will have a great 8-bit look & feel as well as be a fun brawler for your NES. And it plays on original consoles via a traditional cart - gotta like that!

Jay & Silent Bob Mall Brawl Deluxe for Nintendo NES

Links to the games mentioned above:
Chronic Blunt Punch | Mall Brawl | Limited Run Games
September 2, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Having the right tool for the job helps Kendall keep the paparazzi at bay

While many LA celebrities show off their cute little lap-dogs, Kendall's a tougher sort of gal, with a stable of muscle cars!
In a world full of celebrities setting up Instagram accounts for their tiny dogs, I love that Kendall has a pup that will tear your head off. She's seems like such a cool person. From her cars to her choice in pets, I dig her! I imagine this pup keeps her as safe as most security details and the photographers who follow her must think twice about her personal space.

Kendall Jenner's dog I like everything about Kendall Jenner from the amazing cars she owns to her choice in pets.
Kendall Jenner's dog I love this dog. No lap-dogs for Kendall!

September 2, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Amazon recommended a product Im actually interested in

I'm down to get the TurboGrafx-16 Mini from Amazon, since theyre the only distributor.
I never owned NECs TurboGrafx-16 console during its retail cycle. When shopping Toys R Us game aisle, I saw the selection of games and wished I could afford to buy another game console. I wound up buying on many years later, but never collected for it. The TurboGrafx-16 Mini seems like an easy way to play some of its better titles.

As I understand it, Amazon is the sole distributor for this mini console - launching in March 2020. Recently, Amazon sent me an email recommending it. I find Amazon likes to send me two kinds of "recommendation" emails. In one, I presented with products like this TurboGrafx-16 Mini console. The other kind of email contains a line list of random garbage no one wants. I used to think the second type was an AI fail, but it occurs to me that even Amazon has to get rid of junk too.

TurboGrafx-16 Mini from Amazon
September 1, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Leaks of an SNK character addition to Smash Bros. has fans hoping for a Metal Slug inclusion

Which SNK character would you pick for the Smash Bros. roster?
Seeing "Metal Slug" trending on Twitter caught my eye and vivid expectations leapt through my mind as the page loaded. Hearing about an SNK character joining the Smash Bros. lineup has fans speculating about what character it might be.

Id love to see some Metal Slug representation in Smash. I thought they were a great addition to Battle Cats. I vote YES for adding a Metal Slug character to Smash!

Will a Metal Slug Character be added to Smash Bros.?

About The Smash Bros. Logo

Nintendos Smash Bros. franchise has long used a simple logo of crossed lines on a circle. It was explained that the intersecting lines represent the many crossovers featured in the character roster. These lines create four sections within the circle that speak to the 4-player multi-player ability. Thats good logo design... simple, but clever.

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August 31, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Gun Gun Pixies for Nintendo Switch really needs a Chibi-Robo crossover

Gun Gun Pixies for Nintendo Switch
Chibi Robo was pretty helpful as a household helper robot. Im sure his help and tidiness would be welcomed in most girls dorms.
When you see cute anime girls adorning a video game cover, the M rating firms up any speculations of the games content. Gun Gun Pixies isnt intended for the Hello Kitty crowd. These games dont usually garner my attention, but this one - billed as a third-person shooter - did due to the size of the main characters and their likeness to one of my favorite Gamecube titles.

Usamaeru and Kamerieru travel to earth to study humans with the hope of using this info to save their home planet. However, their "study" practices seem more akin to why we have restraining orders, here on Earth. Their planets salvation seems to rely on info gathered from exploring a girls dorm.

The two main characters are quite tiny compared to the occupants of Earths many girls dorms. The images I saw instantly reminded me of Chibi-Robo, one of my favorite games on Gamecube. Chibi-Robo is a tiny helper in a Japanese home where he undertakes various chores. Size-wise hes about the same size as Gun gun Pixies Usamaeru and Kamerieru.

Hed fit right in, and Im sure most girls would welcome his help when it comes to keeping their rooms clean!

Gun Gun Pixies with Chibi Robo

Check out the Chibi-Robo series of games, especially the Gamecube version... and give Usamaeru and Kamerieru a look as well!
August 10, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Our summer vacation Part II (the sequel) is in full gear

From Arcades and movies to mini golf and epic snacks, the summer is far from over and were down for some serious fun!
On vacation Spending time with my son has always been the best of times. Even as hes grown up, we still have a great bond and share our own uniqueness with each other. I share my favorite 80s bands, 8-bit games, and dumb movies. Im not entirely sure what todays kids like to do, but I love that my kid enjoys playing Joust, listening to Van Halen and watching Terminator movies.

With a kid like this, its a dream to take some time off and spend it with him. If theres a kid (yours or someone elses) take time to share your hobbies with them. You may be surprised how interested kids become when you share your time with them. Everyone loves a new toy, but a new toy is even better when theres someone eager to play with you. Bust our your 8-bit games and play! A little bit of effort can make a huge difference :)
August 9, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Taylor Swifts Vogue interview showcased her power and savvy causing Kid Rock to dispense his special blend of stupid

Taylor Swifts Vogue cover
Once she achieved success, power came with it and a lot of men cant handle that... like Kid Rock.
Whether you like Taylor Swifts music or not, take a few minutes to read her interview in Vogue as it casts her in a much more realistic manner than social media. People are so quick to judge and love to dispense hate at the slightest provocation. Taylor Swift is a pretty remarkable person who has a creative ability far above most artists of any genre. Shes a smart lady who doesnt always come off that way and that has caused her a lot of stress.

Its interesting to see how many men were eager to capitalize on her growing success when she was a sweet country lass with good song writing chops. But those same men were very threatened by the same country lass when her success enabled her to sell out stadiums, earn millions, and use her power for good. Suddenly she was a pariah. When she wielded the power to pull her songs from online streamers or change the way her concert tickets were sold, those men didnt like what they saw.

They couldnt control her and that scared them. Scared people do petty mean things and Swift was on the receiving end of a lot of jealousy.

The latest bout with a jealous moron came from Kid Rock who out of the blue made crude allegations. I initially liked his music, his vibe, and the genre he carved fro himself. Then he went the "ted nugent route" and became a right-wing voice of self righteous idiocy. People really need to calm down.

Kid Rock is so obviously jealous of Tayor Switfs success
August 8, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

It seems there are a few additions to the TurboGrafx-16 Minis game list, now at 57 titles

TurboGrafx Minis game list expands to 57
Splatterhouse, Galaga 88, and Seirei Senshi Spriggan have been slipped into the mix among others.
The TurboGrafx-16 Mini console now has 57 games on its roster with a few recent additions. I also found a chart (see below) outlining the differences between the three models. The release date is still March 19, 2020 and is available exclusively through Amazon - at this time - for $100.

One really cant complain about more games being added to the TurboGrafx-16 Mini. At the same time, Id love to know how this came about. Im sure something other than altruism led to this decision. Its one of those interesting back-stories that I find fascinating.

Below are the game lists separated by US and Japanese titles. You will notice slight overlap.

TurboGrafx-16 Mini Games - US Versions

  1. Air Zonk
  2. Alien Crush
  3. Blazing Lazers
  4. Bomberman -93
  5. Bonks Revenge
  6. Cadash
  7. Chew-Man-Fu
  8. Dungeon Explorer
  9. J.J. & Jeff
  10. Lords Of Thunder
  11. Military Madness
  12. Moto Roader
  13. Neutopia
  14. Neutopia II
  15. New Adventure Island
  16. Ninja Spirit
  17. Parasol Stars
  18. Power Golf
  19. Psychosis
  20. R-Type
  21. Soldier Blade
  22. Space Harrier
  23. Splatterhouse
  24. Victory Run
  25. Ys Book I&II

TurboGrafx-16 Mini Games - Japanese Versions

  1. Akumajo Dracula X Chi No Rondo
  2. Aldynes
  3. Appare! Gateball
  4. Bomberman -94
  5. Bomberman Panic Bomber
  6. Cho Aniki
  7. Daimakaimura
  8. Dragon Spirit
  9. Dungeon Explorer
  10. Fantasy Zone
  11. Galaga -88
  12. Ginga Fukei Densetsu Sapphire
  13. Gradius
  14. Gradius II - Gofer No Yabo -
  15. Jaseiken Necromancer
  16. Nectaris
  17. Neutopia
  18. Neutopia II
  19. Ninja Ryukenden
  20. PC Genjin
  21. Salamandr
  22. Seirei Senshi Spriggan
  23. Snatcher
  24. Spriggan Mark 2
  25. Star Parodier
  26. Super Darius
  27. Super Momotaro Dentetsu II
  28. Super Star Soldier
  29. The Genji and the Heike Clans
  30. The Kung Fu
  31. The Legend of Valkyrie
  32. Ys I & II
TurboGrafx Minis game list variations
August 7, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Id heard rumblings of a BH90210 reboot, but saw no promotion until it appeared on my TV tonight

Ill admit to watching Beverly Hills 90210 in the 90s.
Beverly Hills 90210 was a drama that began airing October 4, 1990 and continued for ten seasons! Not a bad run for a drama with a batch of 35-year-old teens. Truth be told, it had a huge following!

The thing I find odd about this reboot is the lack of promotion. Maybe my aging demographic is in other places, but Ive seen no social media attention on this. If nothing else, I imagine a lot of folks would get a kick out of seeing the cast reunited twenty (or more) years later.

The premise of the new show is the cast has reunited at a convention to discuss their lives after 90210. Essentially, they are playing themselves as the actors on the show. I liked the first episode and will give it a chance.

Beverly Hills 90210 reboot The BH90210 cast in 2019 Beverly Hills 90210 original cast photo The BH90210 cast in the early 1990s
August 7, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Pizza Hut to close 500 locations that once used to be destinations - with a video game or two

Pizza Hut is closing 500 locations
When I was a kid Pizza restaurants were destinations with arcade games and a welcoming vibe.
Pizza Hut announced upcoming closure of five hundred locations. The idea of Pizza Hut closing so many locations makes me reevaluate my dining choices and look at what really attracts me to a restaurant. The chain was founded in 1968 and has over 18,000 locations worldwide! As a kid I loved Pizza Hut and Shakeys Pizza. They had more going on than just eating pizza. It was a destination - they had a few arcade games!

Pizza Hut logo The hallmark of a good pizza place is its dine-in attributes. Over time, many restaurants have updated their look and tried to modernize, but in doing so... have they equated "modern" with cold and uninviting?

Most pizza restaurants seem to flourish on take-out and delivery. The dine-in crowd has moved on. Or were they repelled? The average pizza joint in todays world is not focused on their dining area - and it shows. I"m sure they need to compete with a slew of delivery apps, but why are people ordering out?

Should Pizza Restaurants Become Destinations Similar To Changes Retailers Have Made?

Retailers are discovering that competing with online sellers involves change. They should adapt their stores to become destinations. No longer can retailers survive with a brick and mortar location that does nothing but ring up sales. People shop in their slippers and bathrobes from home. Give them a reason to go to your store!

I wont say video games could save Pizza Hut, but if there was a Pac-Man or Defender arcade cabinet in the corner, Id eat there all the time. A buddy and I (as teenagers) spent hours eating in a local pizza parlor because they had a cocktail-style Tempest game. We kept ordering slices and Cokes until we ran out of money.

I know I live in the past, but that was the sort of draw that got me to dine out. I can eat well at home and I enjoy doing so. Dining out has to involve more than just food. Entertain me in some manner (video games).
August 6, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Metal Slug 3 is getting a PS4 and Vita release from Limited Run Games

Metal Slug 3 for PS4 and Vita
As a fan of Metal Slug and owner of the Anthology set of games, Im wondering how they arrived at releasing #3.
Im a huge fan of Metal Slug and Im glad to see Limited Run Games release Metal Slug 3, for PS4 ad Vita. However, as its such an iconic series, I really want all the games. The Anthology is great fun and I can also see the appeal of individual releases, but why not start with the first game to whet our appetites for future releases?

Ideally, Id love to see the Metal Slug Anthology come to modern consoles as a single release. My next wish would be the individual releases, but Im a bit miffed that MS3 is coming only to Sony platforms and not the Nintendo Switch! I would be stoked to get physical releases of the Metal Slug games for Switch. I wonder why Nintendo was snubbed on this round?

On the bright side, they have a special edition with a shockbox, poster, and a few extras. Im really on the fence with this one. I adore the franchise, but I have the Anthology for Wii and PS2. It would be nice to have this game on a modern platform, but I want some assurance this wont be the only Metal Slug game to be released. The PS4 is nearing its end and evolving to the PS5. The Vita seems finished. If Metal Slug games come to the PS4 will they break the series across two PlayStation consoles? Its a lot to think about.

If youve Never experienced Metal Slug, this may be a good intro to the madness thats sure to become an addiction!

Metal Slug 3 for PS4 and Vita
August 6, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

I could go for some video games and pizza with Kendall

She strikes me as a PlayStation 4 kind of person.
pizza with Kendall Jenner As with all things, Ill be down for some Mario Kart on Switch and shell want Gran Turismo Sport. Have you seen the cars she owns? She has great taste in automobiles!

She may be an international super model with a portfolio full of fashion, but her best pics are with her cars. You can feel how much she loves them!

From muscle cars to Italian super cars, she has all bases covered.

She should be a guest on a car show. I tire of her appearances on Jimmy Fallon, get her with some gear-heads!
August 5, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Pre-Orders are open for Arcade1Ups Star Wars arcade cabinet

Arcade1Ups Star Wars Home Arcade Game
Customized beyond their other cabinets, this one features original arcade games, a realistic control Yoke and an illuminated marquee.
Arcade1Ups Star Wars Home Arcade Game Arcade1Ups The Star Wars Home Arcade Game features the original arcade versions of the classic games based on Star Wars: A New Hope, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. The 3/4 size cabinet has original artwork on both the cabinet and included riser-stand.

The most notable customization is the 4-trigger yoke, similar to that on the original games. This is a special touch giving the game an added jolt of realism similar to the spinner controller installed on the Tempest cabinet.

Many of us remember the Star Wars games from the arcade and the vibrant vector monitors they employed. Alas, that technology doesnt come with the game. It uses the same display found across the line of Arcade1Up games.

The unit is bundled with a riser featuring matching artwork and unlike all the other models, the marquee lights up. The lit marquee is actually a really great upgrade. When I think of arcade games, the illuminated marquees was a huge part of the vibe. Its gotta be lit and I"m glad they did this for Star Wars. I hope it will continue with future games too.

Im curious to test the durability of the yoke controller as it is central to all the included games. As cool as this is, Im still skeptical of a device like this with only three games on it, especially at $499! Arcade1Up seems aimed at customers collecting multiple cabinets as opposed to offering more games.

Most of their cabinets have three of four games which are grouped nicely and fit together well, but pale next to the multicades with hundreds if not thousands of games. As Ive often said, these cabinets are really cool, but not for everyone.
August 3, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

“I Want My Mtv” documents a glorious era when the "M" stood for Music and videos were as important as songs

I Want My Mtv documentary
This documentary debuted at the Tribecca Film Festival in May 2019.
Im dying to see this documentary, “I Want My Mtv,” about the beginnings of the Mtv network. I love music, but even to me, the notion of watching music just didnt compute. I didnt get it when I first heard about Mtv.

We didnt get cable TV at the outset of Mtv, but we had it in the early 80s and as soon as I saw for myself what Mtv was doing - I was hooked! They brought a whole new dimension to music. Ive always loved album art and considered it along with any inserts and sleeves to be an integrated part of the music I loved. Having a video component to many of the songs I loved was amazing. It let me see the heroes I associated with my favorite music.

As they added additional programming, I was glued to it. I adored Beavis and Butthead and all the bands that were showcased on the boys tv, with commentary. Mtv was everything I could have hoped for.But it didnt last. It devolved into a lame reality TV network with shows catering to the lowest common denominator of television.

Im hoping this documentary will restore my love of Mtv and bring back those magical times when seeing a song was just as important as hearing it!
August 2, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Turok was the first N64 game I played, now Turok and Turok 2 games are coming to Nintendo Switch

Announced at E3, Limited Run Games is bringing Turok to Switch August 16.
So yeah, LRG is releasing Turok and Turok 2 on August 16!

Turok and Turok 2 for Nintendo Switch
August 2, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Cosplayer Joanie Brosas puts a nice touch on Lara Croft

From video games and Vampirella to Star Wars, Joanie creates awesome cosplays.
Check out more of her cosplays on Joanie Brosas Instagram.

Cosplayer Joanie Brosas
August 1, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Atari Flashback Classics came to Switch with all 150 games and now its on Vita

Limited Run Games is bringing this collection of Atari classic games to the Sony Vita.
Limited Run Games is bringing an amazing collection of Atari games to Sonys Vita. If youre familiar with the Atari FlashBack Classics for the PS4 and Switch, the collection of 150 games is heading for the Vita. But what about PSTV? Im wondering if it will be compatible with Sonys oddball console that has a Vita-compatible game slot.

When I first hear the Atari FlashbackClassics were coming to the PS4, I went out and bought a PS4. Worth every penny! But it got better. A compilation of the first two sets of games and a third installment, totaling 150 games, was coming for Switch. I already had the console and waited patiently for the release. Again worth every penny! Such a great collection.

Atari Flashback Classics for PS Vita Atari Flashback Classics for PS Vita.
Atari Flashback Classics  Classic Editionfor PS Vita Atari Flashback Classics Classic Edition for PS Vita. This deluxe edition comes with a faux Atari cartridge case and foil trading cards.

But heres the real hook for me. I want this Atari collection for the Vita in hopes it is compatible with the PLayStation TV (PSTV) console. That would be pretty cool.

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July 31, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Im not a country music fan, but love this Joan Jett / Carrie Underwood performance from the 2019 CMA Fest

I didnt realize the festival took place in June, so I was pleasantly surprised to bypass the show on ABC and see Jett on YouTube.
Joan Jett / Carrie Underwood duo at the CMA Fest Joan Jett is an amazing persona and performer. She rocks like none other, so I was pretty excited to check out her appearance at the 2019 CMA Fest doing a duo with Carrie Underwood. I prepared myself to sit through a lot of music I didnt care for during ABCs presentation on TV. I was pleasantly surprised to discover the actual concert was in June and all over YouTube! Yay!

Pairing her with country star Carrie Underwood was enough to tempt me to listen to some country music and check out this pairing. Joan Jett rocks in every scenario and she didnt disappoint. She even brought out a tougher side in Underwood too. I love a good mix-up like this and stoked I was able to see it.

The two musicians rocked through a medley of classic Joan Jett tunes - "I Hate Myself for Loving You," "Bad Reputation," "Crimson and Clover," and "I Love Rock n Roll."

Joan Jett / Carrie Underwood duo at the CMA Fest
July 30, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Programmer posted his Death Race game ROM (for Atari 2600) as a free download

Michael Salzmans Death Race homebrew gmae for Atari 2600
Death Race is based on the arcade game and is a lot of fun on the Atari 2600!
When you hear "theres no such thing as a free lunch," dont forget a cool Atari ROM is much better than a meal. Programmer, Michael Salzman has posted his Atari 2600 homebrew game ROM, for Death Race, on his Patreon page. You can access the page and download the ROM for free without any logins.

Of course hed like you to sign up for his Patreon and help spread the word. And you probably will because this is a really cool game that youll probably enjoy as much as I have.

Posted as a bin file, you can run it in Stella or on real hardware with a Harmony cart. Its based on the arcade game (check out the Death Race flyer) with easy controls and plays nice and fast for one or two (co-op) players. It even has a demo mode.

Rack up points by running over people who turn into blocks (tombstones in an 8-bit world) which begin to impede your ability to drive. Give it a look and download a copy to see what a cool game it is. Its developers and programmers like this that make the Atari community so diverse and expanding. Support indie devs!

Michael Salzmans Death Race homebrew gmae for Atari 2600
July 29, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

If your arcade has a Worlds Largest Pac-Man game, it can be upgraded to also play Galaga

Worlds Largest Pac-Man game plays Galaga too
Pulled from the initial release, Galaga is a free update to any Worlds Largest Pac-Man game!
On several occasions Ive seen one of those impressive Worlds Largest Pac-Man games at an arcade. While more of a Space Invaders Frenzy fan (on enormous LED displays) I was certain I saw a Galaga screen in the attract mode. The idea of Galaga on one of these large screens is very enticing, but Ive never been able to find a way to play it.

Worlds Largest Galaga Out of frustration, I did a bit of digging to figure out the Galga connection to these Worlds Largest Pac-Man games. Arcade heroes has a good explanation that pans out the more I read up on this oddity. Originally shown in 2015 as Worlds Largest Pac-Man & Friends, it featured both Pac-Man and Galaga. Apparently Galaga was removed at launch in favor of a co-op version of Pac-Man.

There were rumors of a return of Galaga, but it didnt happen for a few years. As I understand it, Galaga is available as a free upgrade on any Worlds Largest Pac-Man game. Set-ups with the ability to play Galaga seem to have a game selection screen where you can select Pac-Man or Galaga.

One way to know if the game has been updated with Galaga, is to watch the attract mode screens. The high score screen will periodically appear for Pac-Man. If you see a high score screen for Galaga, youre all set - its in there! Interestingly, the game can be run in Galaga only mode, eliminating the ability to play Pac-Man.

If Galaga isnt installed, tell your arcade operator to contact their game distributor about version 1.33. There may be a later version now with Galaga. This update Adds Galaga as well as a few bug fixes. Check the linked article above for the upgrade details outlined by Namco.
July 28, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Some Switch games may be unplayable in the distant future, but Switch Legacy categorizes game dependencies

Switch Legacy tells which games are server-dependent
When Nintendo moves on to a new platform, beyond the Switch, some Switch games may cease being playable!
Switch Legacy is a site dedicated to the future legacy of Switch games, via a database of ratings to let you know which dependencies your games may have. Some games for 6th and 7th generation game consoles are no longer playable because the servers that support these games have been shut down. You dont have to travel too far back in time to find games orphaned by the servers that once enabled them.

Such shutdowns are executed by the companies paying to keep the games running. It could be the developer or publisher. Shutdowns are attributed to gamers lack of interest in the title or perhaps an effort to push gamers to buy the next game in the series.

Switch Legacy chart I have no firm stats, but Ill say that a vast majority of modern games have some dependency on servers. This means the games may become unplayable beyond the control of gamers. Sometimes a game requires a Day-One update, other times only a leader-board feature is dependent. But how do you tell. Looking through games on a retail shelf gives little info about a titles dependency on an outside resource like servers.

Switch Legacy is a side project - like most of us its creator has a separate full-time job - providing info about Nintendo Switch game dependencies. Using an "A" through "F" ratings system, the degree of playability is described on a chart outlining each ratings criteria. Collectors should find this useful when deciding on purchasing some physical game carts.

I grew up with an Atari 2600 which fostered the idea that the game you buy is the game you play. Quality control was high because there was no going back to release an online update or fix. A defective game would remain that way unless another run was produced and sent to retailers. While online updates offer a lot of good options, it also makes gamers feel more like beta testers. However, getting back to my original Atari console... I still use it today with my son and the games play just the way they did when I was twelve and sitting on the living room floor in front of our TV.

Switch Game Cartridges Are Non-Writable

If youve ever played a Nintendo DS or 3DS game on a different console than your own, you may have been surprised to find your latest save state or high score was present. Similarly, if you bought a used game, you may find data from the previous owner.

The Nintendo Switch does not follow this model. Its game cards (I still call them cartridges) are non-writable, so everything from high scores and save states to updates and DLC is stored on the Switch consoles internal memory. This creates a different experience from the previous handhelds. Switch game carts dont contain all your game data.

The non-writable status of Switch games is worth noting as potentially vital game updates may not be salvageable or moved from an old or damaged Switch console. All these factors may influence your desire to own a physical copy of a game destined for extinction in the future.
July 27, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Opcodes Super Game Module 2 for Colecovision has reached a new milestone

Opcodes Super Game Module 2
The SGM2 hardware specs are locked down and several games are under development.
As an ardent fan of the initial Super Game Module, Opcode has really taken it to the next level both in terms of the quality of the games and the way it integrates with the Colecovision and upcoming Omni console. The latest SGM2 Progress newsletter arrived with a look at the development of Junge King, Moon Patrol, and Zaxxon. What a great selection of games for this promising update!

The link above features YouTube videos of the games in action (WIP). The final versions will have enhanced graphics and sound as well as additional game modes.

I always wanted a Colecovision as a kid, but started with an Atari 2600. There are a lot of great homebrew games for the 2600, but I feel the Colecovision has a really hardcore following of developers who take on both hardware and software. Few retro consoles see this much love.

The super Game Module 2 is scheduled for beta testing late this year and manufacturing seems set for 2020 with a tentative launch next summer. They estimate a price-point below $150.
July 25, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

The Beastie Boys Pauls Boutique turns 30

The follow up to Licence To Ill is making me feel old, but glad I was there. What an era!
Beastie Boys
July 17, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Watching one of my favorite 80s comedies, Real Genius, I saw a quick shot of a Food Fight arcade cabinet

Real Genius with Food Fight arcade game
The Food Fight game is briefly shown in the dorm as Mitch is acquainting himself with college life.
Real Genius with Food Fight arcade game 1985s comedy, Real Genius struck a chord with me. In an era of Val Kilmer being renown for Top Gun the following year, I loved him as a wise-ass college genius. The story revolves around the quirks of a group of geniuses, one only fifteen, and their high-tech antics. They also sabotage a diabolical government weapon, turning it into a snack food generator.

Despite all the times Ive watched this film, I had never seen the Food Fight arcade cabinet in their dorm. Fun film - check it out!
July 17, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Dells brand new Wii console offer, in May, turned out to be an epic fail on their part

Two reps confirmed Id be receiving a new Wii console. They screwed up and sent out a Switch game instead.
When a friend told me of an offer on Dells website for a brand new Wii console, we both thought it was too good to be true. But for a new Wii... I had to go for it! We both felt this way. A new Wii in 2019. How cool would that be?

Each of us chatted with multiple Dell reps who all assured us these were new Wii consoles, not refurbished models from a decade ago. We were stoked. Two months later, I came home to a slim bubble-wrap envelope on my doorstep. Definitely not a Wii console.

Inside was a video game - Dragon Quest Builders 2 for Nintendo Switch. WTF!?! The page on Dells site, formerly touting the sale of new Wii consoles, now has info for this game. What a waste of time and disappointment. I guess the old adage about things being "too good to be true" is true. I know mistakes happen, but this seems like more than having the wrong SKU. Its an entirely different type of product.

Dell thinks this is a Wii console
July 15, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Despite disliking the genre and title, I really enjoyed Crawl and its gators a lot

You cant always jude a movie by its advertising. Crawl was surprisingly engaging and entertaining!
Movies like this get a bad rap mainly because so many of them are dreadful. Misinterpreting the movies title, I assumed it would be awful and predictable. I was wrong. It was very engaging and kept me on edge through most of the film. Lets just say, "crawl" is not a reference to an alligators movement.

Naturally, there are the usual "coincidences" that able the plot to forge ahead, but I got very wrapped up in how different it was from my expectations. I assumed there would be a Florida-wide assault on mankind by killer gators seeking vengeance for... something. Check out this film. I hope youre as pleasantly surprised as I was.

Crawl movie poster
July 13, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

The TurboGrafx-16 Mini reveals 50-title game list, but will miss the Christmas season

Stranger Things fake VHS cases
The SEGA Genesis Mini will arrive first, but its smart for Konami to wait and not crowd the holiday market with two console releases.
The TurboGrafx-16 Mini will be released on March 19, 2020. Previously, design differences between the regions for the original console led us to believe each would have its own set of games. However, it seems as though all the games will be released on both consoles. This makes the total 50 games for both the TurboGrafx-16 and PC Engine Mini models.

There have been no official prices release, but speculation is aiming around $99. All games feature a save function and a five-player multiplayer with a multitap accessory will be sold separately. Im also hearing these consoles will be exclusive to Amazon (perhaps only for pre-order) and can be pre-ordered during their Prime Day event.

Below are the game lists separated by US and Japanese titles. You will notice slight overlap.

TurboGrafx-16 Mini Games - US Versions

  1. Alien Crush
  2. Air Zonk
  3. Blazing Lazers
  4. Bomberman 93
  5. Bonks Revenge
  6. Cadash
  7. Chew-Man-Fu
  8. Dungeon Explorer
  9. J.J. & Jeff
  10. Lords of Thunder
  11. Military Madness
  12. Moto Roader
  13. Neutopia
  14. Neutopia II
  15. New Adventure Island
  16. Ninja Spirit
  17. Parasol Stars
  18. Power Golf
  19. Psychosis
  20. R-Type
  21. Soldier Blade
  22. Space Harrier
  23. Victory Run
  24. Ys book I&II

TurboGrafx-16 Mini Games - Japanese Versions

As one might expect, the Japanese versions will be in japanese.
  1. Akumajo Dracula X Chi no Rondo
  2. Aldynes
  3. Appare! Gateball
  4. Bomberman 94
  5. Bomberman Panic Bomber
  6. Cho Aniki
  7. Daimakaimura
  8. Dungeon Explorer
  9. Fantasy Zone
  10. Ginga Fukei Densetsu Sapphire
  11. Gradius
  12. Gradius II - Gofer no Yabo
  13. Jaseiken Necromancer
  14. Nectaris
  15. Neutopia
  16. Neutopia II
  17. Ninja Ryukenden *Japanese ver. of NINJA GAIDEN
  18. PC Genjin
  19. Salamander
  20. Snatcher
  21. Star Parodier
  22. Super Darius
  23. Super Momotaro Dentetsu II
  24. Super Star Soldier
  25. The Kung Fu
  26. Ys I - II
July 11, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

It feels early in the lifecycle, but the scaled-back Nintendo Switch Lite is coming in September

Stranger Things fake VHS cases
In a time where we celebrate diversity and uniqueness, the Switch Lite will easily fill a void.
To me, it feels rather early in the Switch consoles lifecycle to be introducing a scaled-back version. Typically this is done to boost sales and potentially tap new markets/demographics. The Switch Lite will debut on September 9, 2019 at a $199 price point. Its a handheld-only unit with attached joy cons and no TV compatibility.

At this price, it seems strip away all the facets that made the original Switch ground breaking. Drop it another $50 and I would consider it. The Switch sold itself on flexibility from handheld to living room TV and a variety of ways to play - from mobile multiplayer with detached joy cons to pro controllers on a big TV... and more. Its a uniquely flexible console. But taking away the TV and control options makes it very different from the Switch.

Personally, I like the Switch and enjoy its varied options on the go and at home. The Switch Lite doesnt appeal to me because of the ways I like to play. To be honest, I am shocked by the number of people who never dock their Switch to play on a TV! The Lite version is perfect for them.

The $199 Lite is too pricey as a little-kids alternative.
Ive heard a lot of folks saying its great for little kids much like the 3DS versus 2DS. I dont agree with that. I love my 2DS and bought it because I didnt care for the 3D effect. As it turned out, the 2DS is a robust and inexpensive alternative, which I think is great for the little tikes. Jumping from a $79 2DS to a $199 Switch Lite may not be the best alternative for little kids. I think its a high price for a unit that offers much less flexibility. The 2DS is much more similar to the 3DS that theWitch Lite is to the original Switch. Again, drop it $50 and Ill reconsider.

I see a lot of complaints and Ill bet a lot of them are simply those whod rather save $100 regardless of features. The toxicity of the complaints put most of them in the unworthy category. People just like to complain. For me the features that have been removed are too important to me and its pricey. But those who love handhelds should flock to this version. Maybe its a secondary device to take to the beach or places you dont want to ruin a $300 console.

Im not in the market for Switch Lite, but I think there is a demand for such a version. As its price inevitability drops, I wonder if well see more custom/themed releases like the former Nintendo handelds. Of course we will!
July 6, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Our summer vacation has officially begun

Our summer Stay-cation will take us through numerous arcades, with mini golf, Slurpees, and movies! And a museum or two.
On vacation The Summer heat is raging and the beach is calling so were taking a few weeks off to play. If theres a kid in your life, spend time with them - share your hobbies and interests. Despite all the cool toys and games that exist in the world, the best thing you can give a kid is your time.

Kids are smart and know the difference between something store-bought versus spending an afternoon fishing, hiking, biking, or just hanging out. Put in the time and that kid will benefit from it! Have a great summer!!
July 4, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

As Stranger Things 3 arrives on Netflix, Im still OK with being a year behind

Stranger Things fake VHS cases
I dont have Netflix, so Im a year behind and buy the DVD releases in those snazzy faux-VHS cases.
Not having Netflix set me back, time-wise, on viewing this amazing series. Absolutely loved it. Still didnt subscribe to Netflix. Having missed the first two seasons, I picked up those cool DVD releases in the fake VHS. Once again Stranger Things is being released today and Im still not too interested in Netflix... or streaming movies in general.

Binge watching always came after a shows run. How did this flip?
Ivd said this before, but I dont understand binge watching tV shows upon initial release. For me this binge concept came after the weekly released shows were released in physical format. I loved watching shows like Miami Vice and La Femme Nikita.

Binge watching these shows years later is awesome. Binge watching when a series is first shown? I dont get that. I love the weekly cliff-hangers that excited me to tune in the following week on TV. So, binge watching after the initial run makes more sense to me. Thus, I dont get the appeal of watching Stranger Things 3 all at once.

I just watched the second season a few weeks ago, but I can wait a while to see the third season. If they do another VHS-style DVD release, Ill gladly snag it. The internet has trained us to crave instant gratification. Do we need an entire season of a TV show all at once? Can no one wait? People no longer have enough patience to watch weekly? I guess it all began with time-shifting shows on VCRs which progressed to DVR and now we stream shows and movies at will. Its not for me.

I love the weekly breaks and watching shows in real time. Each night features a show I look forward to seeing. If I can watch things any time I want, TV would be like my book and video game schedule - piled high! I guess Im still attached to the good old days when you had to be there to see it.
July 4, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Mad Magazine will forge ahead, reprinting vintage material while no longer soliciting new content

As a fan of Mad Magazine for decades, this sounds like the beginning of the end, although they say otherwise.
News spread quickly around the web about the demise of Mad Magazine who will only publish new material through October with #1- being the last. It was mentioned they would reprint older material in order to fulfill subscriptions extending past the October deadline. Then the story changed a bit.

Ma Magazines bars and skewers at pop culture and current events will continue via their clever cover images, but the magazines content will consist of reprinted vintage content. The notion being put forth is that Mad Magazine will forge ahead, beyond October, with classic content from the past.

As the print world dwindles, its hard to imagine Mad Magazine being able to continue without new content. While I still remember stories from their past (loved their take On American Graffiti) Im not sure thats enough to sustain the publication. Only time will tell.

Mad Magazine
July 3, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

WayForward brings River City to modern consoles in the form of River City Girls

WayForward River City Girls
Kick butt, take names, and pound punks in this all-new installment of the classic co-op beat em up series!
Shantae series developer WayForward is working with Arc System Works to take care of the fighting mechanics in River City Girls. This classic Beat Em Up series is getting a make-over with the addition of two new protagonists. When their boyfriends are kidnaped, Kyoko and Misako hit the streets of River City to battle baddies to pull off a rescue.

River City Girls comes out on September 5th for Switch, PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Featuring 16-bit pixel-art graphics and a synth-pop soundtrack, you can bare-knuckle brawl your way through six regions of River City as a high school girl on a rescue mission. Only you can rescue Kunio and Riki.

This new installment of River City offers one and two-player coop mode which should fit in well with the Switchs portability. The game has been expanded to include a shop, power ups, and side quests to keep you going through the city.

WayForwards River City Girls Trailer

July 3, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

BurgerTime Party is coming in October for Nintendo Switch

BurgerTime Party for Nintendo Switch BurgerTime Party for Nintendo Switch
XSEED is bringing back the Data East classic with new challenges and levels and a 4-player multiplayer mode!
I hadnt heard the news when it first came out, but XSEED is updating BurgerTime for Nintendo Switch with an October 1 launch. It may have been shown at E3.I love BurgerTime! I played it in arcades, although it was a hard game to find in my area back in 1982. Such a great concept!

BurgerTime Party for Nintendo Switch Ive played it on the Atari 2600, NES, and last years Super BurgerTime from Flying Tiger Entertainment. My favorite BurgerTime reboot was BurgerTime World Tour on the Nintendo Wii. Alas, they lost a licensing component and the game was removed.

Super BurgerTime was a fun update to the original with a look more reminiscent of the original where as BurgerTim World Tour was quite a departure. XSEEDs version looks to be somewhere between these two with a modern look to the original platformer but not quite as crazy as the spinning tower of World Tour.

BurgerTime Party logo The beauty of all these versions is the passion for an awesome game. When Devs want to enhance it in so many ways, you know that comes from a passion for the original.

Im looking forward to BurgerTime Party in October. Get your pepper ready!

From XSEEDs press release:
Chef Peter Pepper and the Food Foes return to serve up a fresh look and tons of new gameplay in this tasty reimagining of Data Easts 1982 arcade classic! After firing up the grill for some action, new modes and items will have modern chefs thinking outside of the bun to solve bite-sized puzzles like crumbling floors, oil spills, and freezing ladders, all while evading edible enemies both old and new.

Local multiplayer lets 2-4 friends cooperate as cooks or compete as cuisine across 100+ stages that will keep the fun from getting stale long past Mr. Hot Dogs expiration date. Now, lets get cooking!
July 2, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Stranger Things Palace Arcade comes to life with retro games and games based on the Netflix show

Stranger Things Palace Arcade game
Twenty built-in games bridge the world of Stranger Things and the arcade classics of the 80s!
The Palace was a local arcade in the Stranger Things town of Hawkins. It featured a variety of games, including Dragons Lair, Dig Dug, Centipede, Galaga, and Pac-Man, as well as several pinball games. This group of amazing games is now represented in a small handheld electronic game available at Target.

Netflix Stranger Things Handheld Arcade Game has a very vague description on the Target website and most other sites seem to offer the identical blurb. Finding the game list has proven challenging. Alas, I do not live near a Target. It seems as though this device contains Pac-Man, Dig-Dug, Galaxian, and Galaga along with 16 new games based on 80s-era gameplay mechanics, each one featuring a Stranger Things motif os sorts. So, it has 4 known games and 16 others approximating 80s era arcade games.

It sounds like you get four familiar classics and 16 games that are simply based on vintage games and have some Stranger Things elements. That could be good... or it might be awful. If you like these miniature playable arcade games, you likely already own one with these four game on it. Theyre among the most common ones found on plug N Play

Stranger Things Palace Arcade game I prefer the "game boy" style devices rather than this boxier one that approximates an arcade cabinet. The handheld games often have larger controls that are easier to use. Im not a fan of tiny joysticks and micro-buttons.
Stranger Things Palace Arcade game The game has a full-color screen and runs on three AA batteries.

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