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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 […]

Today in Japan Retro Gaming: Dragon Slayer IV (NES)

Dragon Slayer IV: DraSle Family is one of those lesser-known but still classic titles for the NES. Five playable characters, each with different abilities, must work in tandem to explore a dungeon, find essential equipment, and SPOILER ALERT!! slay the dragon. If that sounds somehow familiar, it’s probably because you’re a North American gamer who’s […]

Save the Kingdom of Daventry in King’s Quest – Today in History – May 10th, 1984

The original King’s Quest was quite a game.  For the time it was amazing, it still is in many respects.  King’s Quest was a marvel for the period and something that was just not seen on computers.  Up to the release of this harbinger of things to come title by Sierra Entertainment (later to become […]

Beetlejuice!  Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! – Today in History – May 7th, 1991

Fans of this period of video games knows that there are more than a few licensed titles to pick from.  Some are quite good while others make the Nintendo Entertainment System version of Total Recall look like a masterpiece.  Beetlejuice is one of those that ran the middle ground quite well as far as licensed […]

Kirby’s Avalanche Brings Puyo Puyo Puzzle Adventure to North American SNES Fans – Today in History – April 25th, 1995

The Super Nintendo was, for many, the best console ever.  Sure, that is a lofty statement and one that is VERY subjective based on the person making it.  The fact remains though, for a large group of gamers, both old school and new, the Super Nintendo holds up quite well.  One of the titles that […]

Baseball Slides Home on Nintendo Wii’s Virtual Console (NES) – Today in History – January 1st, 2007

What’s one of the first things that any hot new console on the market needs? Sports games! Given the worldwide popularity of baseball  (at least in North American and Japan) it was a no-brainer that Nintendo would want to capitalize on the sport for the NES. While I’m not a huge fan of watching baseball […]

Rampage Through Time Lets You Let Loose with Your Inner Animosity Towards History – Today in History – June 9th, 2000

The Rampage series of games is one of a storied history.  The original was well received, and ported to quite a few platforms, but the sequels have been hit or miss.  Mostly miss but that did not stop Midway Games from trying to milk the series drier than Capcom has done with the Street Fighter […]

Film Noir Gaming Brings Cyber Punk Action Shadowrun to the Super Nintendo – Today in History – May 1st 1993

Shadowrun was an interesting title for the Super Nintendo (Sega’s version is COMPLETELY different).  Partly because it predated their “Play it Loud” campaign by a full year, even though it had quite mature elements to it (for starters your guy just got axed/murdered/is dead).  Shadowrun is also unique in that it was a cyber punk […]

Street Fighter 2: The World Warrior Dragon Punches Arcades: Today in History – February 6th, 1991

Street Fighter 2: The World Warrior by Capcom, the game that arguably put the Super Nintendo on the map for many gamers (I lived through it and remember the scene vividly).  When Capcom released Street Fighter II into the arcades though, it had a similar effect.  Gamers were flocking to this new fighting game and […]

Gyromite and Rob The Robot Break the Fourth Wall on Nintendo NES: Today in History- January 13th, 1985

Developers spend so much time trying to figure out how to immerse the gamer into the game they are playing and usually fail miserably resulting in a wild mess.  The sad fact is, Nintendo had already broken that fourth wall of entertainment way back in 1985- that is right, 28  years ago today the fourth […]


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