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Turbo Grafx-16 Thank You for Trying – Today in Retro Gaming – August 19th, 1989

When NEC announced the Turbo Grafx-16 the press was abuzz with anticipation.  Up till this point in recent years it was clearly Nintendo holding the power of gaming in their hands.  Sega was just a meddling second placer fighting it out with Atari and their 7800 console (it was not much of a fight at […]

R-Type III Third Lightning Blows Up Super Nintendo – Today in Retro Gaming – August 2nd, 1994

The Super Nintendo was known for slow down when trying to put a lot of action on the screen.  This was most apparent in scrolling shooters (horizontal and vertical) such as Gradius III.  By the time R-Type III Third Lightning came around developers pretty much had the SNES hardware figured out.  It helped just a […]

Xydonia, Retro Inspired Side Scrolling Shooter, Hits Kickstarter

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 […]

R-Types Brings Arcade Originals Home to Playstation – Today in History – February 28th, 1999

Over the course of gaming, we have seen a ton of scrolling shooters come and go.  The genre that started with the likes of Defender and Space Invaders evolved all the way up to visually impressive titles such as Ikaruga and the various bullet hell games.  One series that has held its own over the […]

R-Type Deluxe In Development for Atari ST, Trumps Original

The Atari ST, and Commodore Amiga, was quite the arcade to home gaming computer, even though it was trumped by the IBM platform.  The 16-Bit computer was capable enough to provide quality ports of popular arcade titles such as R-Type.  Now homebrew developers are working on improving on the official port that we received so […]

Kickstarter: Starr Mazer Mixes Monkey Island with R-Type but Does it Work

R-Type and Monkey Island are two iconic, though very different, games from the late 80’s and early 90’s era of gaming, affectionately known by gamers as the 8/16-bit time period.  On one hand, you have a side scrolling, 2D, arcade shooter franchise and on the other you have a snarky story about an island and […]

Keith Courage in Alpha Zones Pits Players Against the Beastly Alien Dudes – Today in History – August 19th, 1989

This was NEC’s answer to Altered Beast, Keith Courage in Alpha Zones. There is no arcade tie-in here (though the Turbo Grafx-16 did launch with R-Type). NEC was at a disadvantage as far as arcade ports went but that didn’t stop them from trying different things such as a pinball game at launch. Keith Courage […]

NEC Makes Their Console Debut with the Turbo Grafx-16 – Today in History – August 19th, 1989

NEC took a lot of chances with the launch of their Turbo Grafx-16 in North America, for one, it was their first (and only) console outside of Japan. The PC-Engine, as the Turbo Grafx-16 is known in Japan, was co-developed with Hudson (more like NEC slapped their name on Hudson’s designs). This was the first […]

New Game: R-Type 128K for the Amstrad CPC Does Port Better than Official Game

The Amstrad CPC did receive an official port of R-Type many years ago. To say it was lacking is an understatement. For one, the official port did not have a soundtrack (a big no-no in a scrolling shooter) and it was bogged down with slow down and lack of color (just look at the comparison […]

New Game: Atlantean for Turbo Grafx-16 Closer to Completion

In issue #1 of Retro Gaming Magazine, we featured two new games for the Turbo Grafx-16 CD-ROM (Pyramid Plunder and Insanity). We are now able to discuss another Turbo Grafx-16 title by Aetherbyt Software- this one is a Hu-Card release- the first in over 20 years for the platform. Shooter fans will be interested in […]


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