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Third Quarter 2019 - July, August, September

Just when you think there can't 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!

July 2019 Retro Gaming Articles:

July 13, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

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

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The SEGA Genesis Mini will arrive first, but it's 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 it's 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. I'm 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. Bonk's 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

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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 console's 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. It's 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. It's 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 it's varied options on the go and at home. The Switch Lite doesn't 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.
I've heard a lot of folks saying it's great for little kids much like the 3DS versus 2DS. I don't agree with that. I love my 2DS and bought it because I didn't 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 it's 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 I'll reconsider.

I see a lot of complaints and I'll bet a lot of them are simply those who'd 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 it's pricey. But those who love handhelds should flock to this version. Maybe it's a secondary device to take to the beach or places you don't want to ruin a $300 console.

I'm not in the market for Switch Lite, but I think there is a demand for such a version. As it's price inevitability drops, I wonder if we'll 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 we're taking a few weeks off to play. If there's 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, I'm still OK with being a year behind

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I don't have Netflix, so I'm 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 didn't 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 I'm still not too interested in Netflix... or streaming movies in general.

Binge watching always came after a show's run. How did this flip?
I'vd said this before, but I don't 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 don't 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 don't 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, I'll 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. It's 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 I'm 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 Magazine's bars and skewers at pop culture and current events will continue via their clever cover images, but the magazine's 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, it's 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) I'm not sure that's 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 Switch's portability. The game has been expanded to include a shop, power ups, and side quests to keep you going through the city.

WayForward's River City Girls Trailer

July 3, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

BurgerTime Party is coming in October for Nintendo Switch

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XSEED is bringing back the Data East classic with new challenges and levels and a 4-player multiplayer mode!
I hadn't 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 I've played it on the Atari 2600, NES, and last year's 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. XSEED's 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.

I'm looking forward to BurgerTime Party in October. Get your pepper ready!

From XSEED's 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 East's 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 Dog's expiration date. Now, let's 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 Dragon's 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 80's 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. They're 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. I'm 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.