Tag: retro gaming

The RetroBeat: Sonic & Knuckles turned a problem into success 25 years ago

Sonic & Knuckles is what happens when you make the best out of a bad situation. The Sega Genesis 2D platformer is celebrating its 25th anniversary today. But Sonic & Knuckles only exists because of time and memory constraints. Sega had planned for everything that’s in Sonic & Knuckles to be a part of Sonic […]

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Analogue Pocket is a gorgeous handheld that plays Game Boy games and more

Ever since Analogue released its Nt Mini console that re-creates Nintendo Entertainment System hardware, I wondered when it would do the same for Game Boy. Well, here comes the Analogue Pocket. This is a sleek device that looks like a modern reinvention of a Game Boy Pocket. The difference is that it has four face […]

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The RetroBeat: Luigi’s Mansion gave Mario’s brother his own identity

Luigi’s Mansion 3 comes out on October 31, and it’ll be Nintendo’s biggest Switch release for the rest of the year (that doesn’t include the word Pokémon in the title). But before the Halloween launch, I’m looking back and appreciating the original Luigi’s Mansion for GameCube, a game that helped define a console and a […]

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The RetroBeat: Give me a Diablo II remaster, not Diablo IV

We’re less than a month away from BlizzCon, Blizzard Entertainment’s yearly fan event that always hosts major announcements. The show happens on November 1 and November 2 this year, and I’ll be there covering the proceedings for my third year in a row. This looks like it could be the most exciting BlizzCon I’ve been […]

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The RetroBeat: Zelda’s Oracle games deserve some Link’s Awakening-style love

Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening remake for the Switch is the retro gaming event of the month. It’s a fantastic re-imagining of one of the best games in the series, at the same time showing off the timelessness of the original’s gameplay and design while showcasing adorable new graphics. A lot of people […]

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The RetroBeat: Demon’s Crest is the best SNES game on Switch that you haven’t played

Super Nintendo games are on the Switch, hooray! The timing is a bit bad for me, since I have so many new games to play with the holiday season fast approaching (and I’m still putting a lot in the time-sink that is World of Warcraft Classic). But I’m still sneaking in some time before bed […]

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The RetroBeat: The Dreamcast needs its own micro-console

I reviewed the Sega Genesis Mini earlier this week, and I love this micro-console homage to the 16-bit masterpiece. But that wasn’t the only Sega-themed retro event of the week. The Dreamcast celebrated its 20th anniversary on September 9. The Dreamcast is one of my favorite systems ever, but I struggled for most of the […]

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Sega Genesis Mini review — Worthy of one of gaming’s greatest consoles

The Sega Genesis Mini is the best plug-and-play console since the SNES Classic Edition came out in 2017. This new micro-console comes out September 19 for $80. It includes 42 games and two wired controllers that are replicas of the original Genesis three-button gamepads. If you were a fan of Sega during its prime in […]

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The RetroBeat: 5 SNES that Nintendo Switch Online still needs

Super Nintendo games are finally on the Switch, and the initial library is fantastic. Nintendo put 20 SNES games on the Switch’s online service yesterday.. This already includes many of the 16-bit console’s heaviest hitters like Super Mario World, Yoshi’s Island, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, and Super Metroid. It also […]

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Polymega retro console promises to accurately emulate Sega Saturn

The Sega Saturn is one of the most difficult consoles to emulate, but a new product wants to make it as easy as owning the original hardware. The Polymega retro console is a multi-system emulator box that enables you to play your old games for a number of classic platforms. Most notably, the modular Polymega […]

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The RetroBeat: World of Warcraft: Classic shows what MMOs have lost

I’m having the most fun with any video game this year playing an old massively multiplayer online role-playing game from 2004. World of Warcraft Classic launched earlier this week. This new version of Blizzard Entertainment‘s hit PC game gives players a chance to experience World of Warcraft as it was in its earlier days, before […]

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RetroArch uses AI to translate Japanese to English in classic games

RetroArch is one of the most impressive tools for classic gaming. It is a front-end for launching multiple different emulators, but it has grown into so much more. A good example of that is the software’s most recent update, which uses artificial intelligence to translate Japanese text to English with the press of a button. […]

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The RetroBeat: World of Illusion is a Genesis co-op treasure

I’m still playing a lot of the Sega Genesis Mini. Sadly, most of you will have to wait until the retro console’s official release date on September before you can enjoy its library of 42 games. But I’m having a great time going back to a lot of my childhood favorites. World of Illusion is […]

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Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 gets retro 2D events

The Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games franchise is now more than a decade old. And if you’re like me, you’ve never really cared about these mini-game collections. But Sega, which develops the games, has finally come up with something that has me excited for Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020: […]

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The RetroBeat: Strider is the craziest 16-bit game I never played

When I turned on the Genesis Mini that Sega sent me, I first went for Mega Man: The Wily Wars (for reasons I’ve detailed before on this column). After that, I played the familiar classics: Sonic the Hedgehog, Ecco the Dolphin, and so on. Then I decided to try some of the games that I’ve […]

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Sega Genesis Mini hands-on: 5 things you’ll love

I sure am loving my Sega Genesis Mini, and I think you will too. Sega has sent me an early system, and I’ve been delving deep into the classic console’s built-in library of 42 games. You’ll have a chance to buy one of your own for $80 on September 18. I was a big Sega […]

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The RetroBeat: It’s time for a Game Boy Classic

On July 31, the Game Boy celebrated the 30th anniversary of its U.S. launch. Sadly, Nintendo didn’t do much to mark the occasion. That’s a shame, because I’m feeling a ton of nostalgia toward the classic portable machine. Nintendo is usually smart about turning people’s fondness for its older consoles into money. The NES Classic […]

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The RetroBeat: Critiquing classic Sonic box art

I bought a refrigerator magnet last week that has the box art for the original Sonic the Hedgehog, the one that came out for the Sega Genesis back in 1991. Not to sound like a crazy person who just stands in front of his fridge all day, but I’ve spent a lot of time staring […]

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The RetroBeat: I can’t wait for the TurboGrafx-16 Mini

Having miniature, HDMI-compatible versions of classic consoles like the Genesis and Super Nintendo is great, but a lot of us actually owned those systems. The TurboGrafx-16 Mini is exciting because it gives a chance to experience a console few of us played. The micro console comes out on March 19, 2020. It doesn’t have an […]

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Nintendo Switch Online’s NES games are getting a rewind feature

Nintendo announced today that a rewind feature is coming to the Nintendo Switch Online’s collection of NES games on July 17. Many older games have some kind of rewind button added when re-released in the modern era. Retro games are often difficult and unforgiving, so the ability to undo a mistake can help people finish […]

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