Tag: retro gaming

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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The RetroBeat: The best retro speedruns from Summer Games Done Quick 2019

Summer Games Done Quick managed to break an event record last week, raising over $3 million for Doctors Without Borders. The show featured speedruns of all sorts of games, but of course I was most interested in ones covering some of my retro favorites. I got to spend a good chunk of the week watching […]

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The RetroBeat: Timespinner is a beautiful Symphony of the Night indie tribute

I love Metroidvanias, and indie developers have taken to the genre to create worthy games like Hollow Knight, Guacamelee, and Axiom Verge. Metroidvanias have two primary influences: Metroid and Castlevania (speficically the nonlinear, role-playing game-infused installments in the series that started with Symphony of the Night). Many of the indie Metroidvanias lean on the Metroid […]

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Evercade is a new handheld for classic Atari, Interplay, and Namco games

Evercade is a new portable gaming machine partnering with publishers of classic games Namco, Atari, Interplay, and Data East to make it easier to play retro hits like Bad Dudes, Earthworm Jim, and Yars’ Revenge on the go. The handheld is coming out during Q4 2019. A base version will come with one cartridge (Evercade […]

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The RetroBeat — Mega Man: The Wily Wars is worth the 25-year wait

The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) trade show is a chance for most people to catch with the biggest upcoming games. But I was most looking forward to playing something that came out back in 1994. Mega Man: The Wily Wars is a Sega Genesis game that contains 16-bit remakes of the first three games in […]

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The RetroBeat: Aladdin is a Genesis masterpiece

I saw Disney’s live action remake of Aladdin last week. Along with video games, I’m a big Disney fan. I’m usually at the theater for every movie event from the Mouse House. Aladdin was OK. Maybe a little worse than OK. It was something interesting to watch once, but I’d never prefer it over the […]

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The RetroBeat: Sonic movie’s delay isn’t the fault of whiny fans

Paramount has delayed the Sonic the Hedgehog movie from November 8 this year to February 14, 2020. This is so the animation team has time to redesign Sonic’s look following backlash from the film’s first trailer, which featured an oddly realistic take on iconic Sega character. As a Sonic fan since my early childhood, I’m […]

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