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Revenge of the License: Five NES Games That Missed the Point

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I love licensed NES games. I love the sound they make as I yank them out of my system and hurl them against the wall. The relentless plundering through the morass for this column in search of something worth playing and finding the occasional surprise is always delightful, and why I keep coming back to […]

Sonic Mania 25th Anniversary Returns Series to Roots on Xbox One Playstation 4 and Windows PC

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Sega is apparently regaining their wits as they have just announced a brand new 2D Sonic the Hedgehog game.  What in the world is going on?  While I am not the biggest fan of Sonic the Hedgehog I can say I am impressed with what is shown in this trailer that Sega just released for […]

DotEmu Android Retro Gaming Sale

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DotEmu are a publisher gamers should pay special attention to.  They are similar to Piko Interactive in the way they rescue classics and bring them to modern platforms.  They primarily are known for doing this with the Android and iPhone platforms while Piko sticks with physical cartridge platforms and Steam.  Anyhow, DotEmu are having a […]

Amstrad CPC GAMING GEMS

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Some Amstrad CPC gaming gems that flew under the radar. What makes a good game stand out from the rest? Some may say amazing graphics and sprites, while others will argue playability or smooth scrolling, addictiveness and even great tunes and sound effects. During the Amstrad CPC gaming era of the 1980’s and early 1990’s generally, the biggest […]

Retro Gaming Over Saturation – Are We There Yet?

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It seems that with each new release of hardware in the console and hand held worlds we see re-releases of retro games.  Whether these are compilations of classics or single releases themselves.  This has been going on since the first follow up console was released in the 1980’s.  Companies have been working to monetize past […]

Micro Transactions Could Save Arcade Games as we Knew Them

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Back in the day arcades were king.  This was in the 80’s up to the early 90’s when home consoles were still underpowered.  When the Playstation and Sega Saturn came out though, while still underpowered by comparison, the quality of ports was much better.  This spelled the downfall of arcade games.  Gamers were no longer […]

New Game- Marlow in Apocalyptic Acid World Released for Windows

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Okay, that title is a little wild but the idea behind the game is going to be familiar to a lot of readers.  Marlow in Apocalyptic Acid World is a 2D side scrolling action platform title- sound familiar?  There are a lot of similarities to the Super Mario series, without pulling a Gianna Sisters copying […]

Salamander Infects Japanese Arcades – Today in Retro Gaming – July 4th, 1986

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Retitled “Life Force” when released in North America a few months later, Salamander was iconic for gamers.  First, this was a spinoff of another Konami arcade shooter- Gradius.  We all know how well spinoff titles usually do in gaming so it is rather interesting that Salamander was able to buck the trend.  Can anyone name […]

Xydonia, Retro Inspired Side Scrolling Shooter, Hits Kickstarter

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Remember R-Type, Gradius, Darius and Thunder Force?  Sure you do.  So does Breaking Byte Games who are making a homage to those classics called Xydonia.  Xydnonia is not simply a game that “feels” like those classics or has an enemy or two inspired by those games.  No, this is a tour de force challenger for […]

Lee Brothers Beat up Gangs in Double Dragon – Today in Retro Gaming – July 2nd, 1987

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When you think of arcade brawlers there are not many names that will top Double Dragon.  Technos knew they had a good blend of unique to the competition gameplay and graphics with this one.  Sure, there were other brawlers available before Double Dragon but none captured the fan base that this arcade unit did.  When […]


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