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ToeJam & Earl

Nostalgia alert: New ToeJam & Earl in development

No need for the Genesis
Feb 04
// Robert Summa
As a '90s kid, there was nothing better than sitting down and wasting hours upon hours playing ToeJam & Earl on the Genesis. It was a game unlike any other I had played and I can't even really think of any other game like...

Double Fine's Devs Play video series is fantastic

Dec 23 // Jordan Devore
Future episodes of Devs Play will release weekly through January 27, 2015: EarthBound (The Mother Trilogy) - Featuring Ben Burbank Programmer on Costume Quest 2 and Mother superfan Ben Burbank shows off selected scenes from the entire trilogy and explains the complicated history of this beloved cult series. Featuring a mix of Japanese and English releases, fan translations, and imported hardware, Ben takes us on a journey through the bizarre cultural mashups and heartfelt story that define Mother. Gauntlet DS - Featuring Anthony Vaughn and Geoff Soulis with guest Mike Mika Massive Chalice producer Anthony Vaughn and artist Geoff Soulis take a trip to the legendary game dungeon of Backbone Entertainment head Mike Mika to play the unreleased Gauntlet DS. The plug was pulled on Gauntlet DS shortly before its release after unfortunate events caused the title to be bumped from one publisher to another. In true Gauntlet fashion, Mike, Anthony, and Geoff tackle the campaign in multiplayer wireless before jumping in to some local deathmatch action. The Legend of Zelda - Featuring Brandon Dillon and Matt Hansen Hack N Slash creator Brandon Dillon and producer Matt Hansen get to the roots of Brandon’s inspiration by cracking open the NES classic The Legend of Zelda, literally.  After taking apart the cartridge, de-soldering and dumping the rom, and booting the game up in an emulator, Brandon sets about altering the running memory of the game to cheat his way through and unlock some unexpected secrets about how the game was developed. Doom - Featuring JP LeBreton with guest John Romero Doom history enthusiast and Spacebase creator JP LeBreton joins id Software co-founder John Romero as the two play though the first episode of Doom, “Knee Deep in the Dead,” in its entirety. John Romero’s run through each level turns up fresh and encyclopedic insight into how this genre-defining title was designed and set the stage for first-person action games for years to come. Psychonauts - Featuring the original development team with guest Stephen Kiazyk This very special episode features many of the original members of the Psychonauts development team watching in frustration and amazement as speed runner Stephen Kiazyk blows through the entire game faster than they thought possible. The creator of many popular techniques used for running Psychonauts, Stephen takes the team through many of his tricks step by step, explaining what he’s doing while receiving insight from the team as to how the glitches are possible in the first place. Perhaps most upsetting to Tim Schafer, much of the dialogue is skipped.
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Damn those monkey puzzles in The Lion King
Even if you aren't usually one for Let's Play videos, I'd suggest taking a look, if only for a moment, at Double Fine and 2 Player Productions' slick, informative new YouTube series Devs Play. The debut episode is The Lion K...

I think videogames made me hate funhouses

Oct 28 // Brett Makedonski
[embed]283099:56128:0[/embed] What should have been an interesting action-puzzler with a coat of hot branding ended up as unnerving. Looking back, it's mostly due to the music and sound effects. Hearing slightly warped circus music on a loop with interspersed pogo noises doesn't exactly make for a relaxing time. Adding an extra layer to the subtle creepiness was Krusty's mostly permanent toothless grin. That expression just stared back at you for the vast majority of the game. Even something was slightly off with Bart when he'd unflinchingly and sadistically crush the poor rodents one by one. Some cartoons end up being more distressing than anything else. That's the category that Krusty's Fun House fell into for me. And, it turned me off to funhouses for good. [embed]283099:56130:0[/embed] My first introduction to funhouses was in Mickey Mousecapade. Well, that's an overly specific statement, because it was also my introduction to videogames as a whole. I was just a wee lad when I got an NES, and Mickey Mousecapade was the first game I played. The initial stage in Mickey is titled "Fun House," although it's anything but. It's a level rife with spiders, snakes, and sentient brooms. Halfway though, there's a witch who's guarding a key that's necessary to exit the stage. It's tough to pinpoint exactly why this didn't sit well with me when I was a kid. The music's a bit abrasive, but it's right in line with all the other games of the time. More likely is that I didn't like the idea of mysterious birds swooping in to kidnap Minnie. When that happened, you had to find a special key which warped you to a different room, where you had to correctly guess which of four creepy statues she might be hidden in. In hindsight, Mickey Mousecapade probably wouldn't have had an effect on me if I hadn't played it at such a young age. Still, the juvenile action-platformer holds a very special, yet unsettling place in my heart. And, it's the reason I got off on the wrong foot with funhouses.
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A lot of rodents
I don't like funhouses, although, I suppose I haven't given them a fair shake. I've never been inside one, but I'm pretty certain that makes no difference. You see, videogames trained me at a very young age to hate funhouses....

Earthworm Jim 2 scares me to this day

Oct 27 // Jordan Devore
[embed]283088:56125:0[/embed] Just watching this video puts me on edge, but I needed to make sure it was a decent representation of the hellish stage. It sure is. Getting a clip with mistakes was crucial. No one I knew ever played Puppy Love flawlessly; you'd slip up sooner or later and the worse you performed, the more unnerving it became. I can admit to being terrible at it. Shit is hard! You have the herculean task of catching puppies thrown out of a tower before they go splat, literally. Innocent, adorable puppies, and lots of 'em. Except, you aren't catching them -- you're continuously bouncing them off "the giant marshmallow o' love" (haha, this game) until they reach Earthworm Jim's pal, Peter, who is all the way on the right-hand side of the screen. It sounds simple, but Jim's nemesis Psy-Crow -- the jerk throwing the dogs -- times his tosses with such evil precision that you practically have to be in two places at once to save everyone. And that marshmallow you're using as a safety trampoline? Unwieldy on a good day. Once you miss enough puppies -- again, you will, eventually -- Peter freaks the hell out. He transforms into a monster who tears across the screen to slice Jim to pieces and the accompanying sound effect is unforgettable in the worst possible way. Just awful. It's a testament to how much I dig Earthworm Jim 2 that I was ever able to put up with Puppy Love. At least the level ends with a reassuring cow who says "Well done." I needed that. [Image credit: Hardcore Gaming 101]
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Puppy Love
Leading up to Halloween, I've been wanting to write about horror games because that's what you do in October, right? I still might; I'm playing the oft-recommended Fatal Frame II for the first time now and am planning to revi...

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Sega and Sony once again duke it out for supremacy with these Transformers

I wish they would have made the Genesis a Constructicon
Aug 18
// Brittany Vincent
Toymaker Takara Tomy has produced Transformers based on the rivalry between the Genesis and the PlayStation during the early part of the fifth generation of consoles. The PlayStation is represented by Optimus Prime, while the...
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Sonic the Hedgehog

Scientifically accurate Sonic the Hedgehog is more nightmarish than even my fanfiction

Animation Domination does it again
Jul 28
// Brittany Vincent
What's weirder than Sanic making a big boy puddle for Amy? This newest video in the Scientifically Accurate series from Fox's Animation Domination HD YouTube channel, which features good ol' Sonic the Hedgehog. Going fast. And other things. I won't spoil it. Just go ahead and watch it yourself. Then check out the rest of the series. You're welcome.
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Mega Drive

This Mega Drive is actually Megatron in disguise

He's just really good at hiding
May 28
// Brittany Vincent
This Mega Drive isn't what you think it is. No, there's more than meets the eye here. Look closer. Closer still. It's actually Megatron! Yes, Megatron. Tomopop brings us this transforming Mega Drive, first announced at Won...
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The RetroN 5 is my childhood of gaming in one box

Coming real soon
May 24
// Jordan Devore
Hyperkin's RetroN 5 console will be released in the Americas for $140 beginning June 6, 2014. It seems to be sold out for the time being, so I hope you got your pre-order in. This thing is a beast, supporting NES, Famicom, SN...
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Steel Empire

Steel Empire on 3DS is like Castle in the Sky, the shmup

Coming to North America this summer
Mar 25
// Chris Carter
That Steel Empire remake is still on course, and it's going to drop in North America this summer. As a blend of steampunk and shoot 'em up, Steel Empire is a new take on the original Genesis game, remade from the g...
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OutRun is going to be a 3D Classic in Japan

And elsewhere, if there's any justice in this world
Mar 24
// Jordan Devore
Every time we cover Sega's 3D Classics line for 3DS, someone inevitably jumps in to talk about how OutRun should be among those games. I agree. And it will be -- at least in Japan. A logo for the legendary arcade racing game ...
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Sega has a new Humble sale and it's super tempting

Featuring the likes of Alpha Protocol, Typing of the Dead, and Binary Domain
Mar 13
// Jordan Devore
Over the next seven days you'll be able to save on a wide array of Sega-published PC games in a Humble Weekly Sale. A nice mix of new and old titles, the deal is broken down into three tiers. You can name your price for a bun...
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Aladdin designers weigh in on which version was best

Shinji Mikami and David Perry speak up
Feb 21
// Jordan Devore
Which is the better version, Aladdin on Sega Genesis or Super Nintendo? It's a question that will never be resolved given the varying strengths and weaknesses of these distinct games and our personal preferences. One looks be...
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Sega 3D Classics Altered Beast and Sonic out now for 3DS

Take a trip to the ol' eShop
Dec 05
// Jordan Devore
Following last week's debut of 3D Space Harrier and Super Hang-On on the 3DS eShop, another pair from the Sega 3D Classics line is available: 3D Sonic the Hedgehog and 3D Altered Beast. These are priced at $5.99/€4.99/&p...
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Upcoming Sega Genesis/Megadrive art book looks marvelous

25th anniversary book celebrates Sega's 16-bit glory
Nov 17
// Wesley Ruscher
SEGA Mega Drive/Genesis: Collected Works, an officially licensed 25th anniversary commemorative compilation of artwork, development sketches, hardware manufacturing plans, and interviews from Sega's golden years looks to be t...
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Sonic, Streets of Rage, and other 3DS re-releases dated

3D Classics Series
Oct 30
// Jordan Devore
There was a time when I would load up my 3DS with re-releases of games I already owned because I needed an excuse to use the system. That time is long gone now that Pokemon X/Y is devouring my free time and Animal Crossing: N...

Jimquisition: Vertigo

Sep 30 // Jim Sterling
Jimquisition happens every Monday!
Let's look for a playable woman protagonist in a videogame that doesn't rely on the same pool of restrictive stereotypes as every other playable woman protagonist. To do this, let's look at a fighting game from 1994. That one about the dinosaurs. Yes, that one. Because I damn well sure can't find many better example. Folks, be prepared ... to RAGE.

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The Adventures of DnB

Duane & BrandO's remastered LP is ready for yo' bawls

NES all up in this beast with LP of Devastation [Remastered]
Sep 30
// Tony Ponce
It's been almost a year since the comedy rock-rap duo of "8-Bit Duane " Zuwala and "The Amazing BrandO" Lackey made peace with each other following a very intense falling out. Back in the studio as The Adventures of Duane &a...
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Gunstar Heroes

Celebrate 20 years of Gunstar Heroes with OC ReMix

Be Agressive! is the latest OCR tribute album
Sep 14
// Tony Ponce
Treasure knows how to make some f*ckin' games. That's an undisputed fact. And one of the best Treasure games is of course Gunstar Heroes on SEGA Genesis. Did you know it just celebrated its 20th anniversary this past Monday?...
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Steel Empire

A 3D Steel Empire remake is coming to the 3DS

Shoot 'em 3D!
Aug 23
// Chris Carter
If you're a long-time shmup fan, you may remember a largely forgotten Genesis classic called Steel Empire that dropped in 1992. Well it appears as if said classic was fondly recalled by someone, as it's heading to the 3DS in ...
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Chaos Engine

The Chaos Engine hits Steam and this month

Online co-op, you say? August 29, you say? Have some money!
Aug 17
// Jordan Devore
Abstract Games, the folks responsible for porting Hotline Miami to PlayStation 3 and Vita, has also been working to restore The Chaos Engine / Soldiers of Fortune. The classic top-down shooter will have some additions, like ...

Castle of Illusion out first week of September

Plus get the original Genesis version if you pre-order
Aug 16
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse will be out on September 3 for the PlayStation Network, and September 4 for Xbox Live Arcade and PC. It'll run you $14.99 across all platforms. Starting on August 20 and until Septembe...
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Ripple Dot Zero

Free PC game Ripple Dot Zero is Sonic mixed with Strider

Genetically engineered penguin in sneakers
Jun 29
// Tony Ponce
It's a pretty slow weekend. Why not kill an hour or two by playing this freeware Flash game just released yesterday? Ripple Dot Zero by Pixeltruss is an homage to the super awesome Genesis years of my youth. Taking its cues ...
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The Chaos Engine

The Chaos Engine is coming back with a 'restoration'

Updated, but not a full-blown remake
Jun 24
// Jordan Devore
My first reaction to this annoyingly teaserish trailer for The Chaos Engine was, "Holy eff! They're remaking The Chaos Engine!" That is not quite what's happening here -- this is a "restoration" of the classic top-down co-op...
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3DS eShop

Two more Sega titles getting the 3D treatment on 3DS

Well at least in Japan...
Jun 19
// Wesley Ruscher
Sega's marine mammal simulator extraordinaire, Ecco the Dolphin, is coming to the Japanese 3D eShop next week alongside arcade classic Galaxy Force II. Similar to Sega's other -- hopefully for the time being -- Japanese-...
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VG a cappellas

The ecstacy of Smooth McGroove's VG a cappellas

Two months of Sonic, Chrono Trigger, DuckTales, and more
May 25
// Tony Ponce
I've tried my very best to avoid sharing too much of Smooth McGroove's kickass a cappella arrangements. Not because I think he's lost his Midas touch, but because I didn't want to be held responsible for making heads explode...
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Sonic the Hedgehog

Original Sonic the Hedgehog out now for Android

Well, I've got the Labyrinth Zone theme stuck in my head again
May 16
// Jordan Devore
As promised, Sonic the Hedgehog ($2.99/£1.99/€2.69) is out now for Android devices via Google Play. Widescreen support at 60 frames per second, a remastered soundtrack, leaderboards, achievements, Time Attack mode,...
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3D Sonic 1 on eShop

3D Sonic The Hedgehog coming to 3DS eShop in Japan

The other side of the rainbow
May 12
// Tony Ponce
It's been a while since any region outside of Japan received a new 3D Classics touch-up on the 3DS eShop. You may think that the only difference between the originals and their 3D remakes is the added stereoscopic effect, but...

Super Retro Console plays SNES, NES, Genesis, GBA

May 01
// Dale North
The Super Retro Console and Adapter by Retro-bit doesn't have the best name, but I like what it could do for my old game collection. It accepts carts from the SNES, NES, Genesis, and through an adapter, GBA, covering mos...
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Console chimera

18 different gaming consoles combined into one system

The ultimate mod
Apr 16
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Modder Bacteria spent over three years and over $1,000 to merge 18 different consoles into one giant box. It contains circuitry from 15 different systems, works with one master controller, a single power supply, and a single...
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RetroN 5

Hyperkin's new RetroN console will also support Famicom

Along with a new name
Mar 25
// Jordan Devore
Ahead of release, Hyperkin's upcoming RetroN 4 console has become the RetroN 5. With the change comes increased support: the new system count is NES, Famicom, Super Nintendo, Super Famicom, Genesis, Mega Drive, and Game Boy A...

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