Tag: retro gaming

The RetroBeat: Blizzard gets serious about preserving its history

Warcraft turns 25 this year. World of Warcraft will celebrate its 15th anniversary. Many of Blizzard Entertainment’s franchises are getting old, which is why the company put a new focus on preserving its history. Blizzard realized how important protecting its own past is when it decided to make World of Warcraft Classic. This version of […]

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Warcraft at 25: How Blizzard’s strategy game became a media empire

This is a landmark year for Warcraft. World of Warcraft Classic will bring players back to the massively multiplayer online role-playing game’s earliest days when it launches on August 27. Warcraft III: Reforged is updating the popular real-time strategy games with new graphics. But the franchise is also celebrating a milestone birthday this year, as […]

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The RetroBeat: Capcom’s Phoenix Wright remains the best thing in adventure gaming

I fell in love with Phoenix Wright when the first Ace Attorney came out for the Nintendo DS in 2005. I grew up with the LucasArts point-and-click adventure games of the mid-to-late ’90s, but nothing could fill that puzzle-solving void in my life once LucasArts moved on after Escape from Monkey Island’s 2000 release. Phoenix […]

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The RetroBeat: Capcom Home Arcade looks cool, clunky, and confusing

Earlier this week, Capcom revealed its entry into growing the plug-and-play console market with the Capcom Home Arcade. I am both excited and confused by it. The Capcom Home Arcade is a giant, plastic Capcom logo with two arcade sticks. Just like micro-consoles such as the NES Classic Edition or the PlayStation Classic, you can […]

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The RetroBeat: Genesis Mini would be great with these 5 less-obvious games

Sega looks like it’s finally making a decent plug-and-play console with the Genesis Mini. This retro machine is coming out on September 19 and will include 40 games. We only know 10 of those 40 games so far, but I’m encouraged by Sega’s selections.We have usual suspects like Sonic the Hedgehog and Ecco the Dolphin, but […]

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The RetroBeat: Mega Man 3 makes for an incredible live soundtrack performance via Bit Brigade

I love living in Ohio, but it isn’t exactly an epicenter of the gaming world. So I was surprised when my friend in Cleveland told me that a band would be playing Mega Man 3‘s soundtrack in a bar that is within walking distance of his apartment. Not only that, but they would have someone […]

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Classic castle-crawling adventure game Shadowgate comes to Switch, PS4, and Xbox One

Abstraction Games announced today that Shadowgate will release for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch on April 11. This is a remake of a classic PC point-and-click adventure game. The original came out in 1987. This updated version first released for PC in 2014. Shadowgate has players exploring an evil castle as they attempt […]

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Analogue Mega SG review – An excellent console for old Sega games

If you want to play some old Sega games, you have no shortage of options. You can get the Genesis Classics collection on PC and consoles. You can grab the classic hardware and physical games. Or maybe you could use a downloadable emulator. But in 2019, all of those options either come with compromises or […]

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The RetroBeat: 5 fun facts about Panzer Dragoon’s creation

Panzer Dragoon is a magical game about riding dragons and shooting stuff. It’s one of the few memorable things Sega did during the Saturn era, and the 1995 launch title remains a game that I often think about. So I was excited to attend a talk at the Game Developers Conference 2019 in San Francisco […]

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The RetroBeat: I finally appreciate Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

Zelda II: The Adventure of Link has always been the franchise’s black sheep, red-headed step child, insert cliche here. Look, it’s weird, and I never was able to get into it. But thanks to its release on Nintendo Switch Online‘s selection of digital NES games, I gave Zelda 2 another chance. And I’m finally digging […]

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The RetroBeat: Mechstermination Force combines Contra with Shadow of the Colossus

I have backlog of indie games that I need to play on my Switch. I still haven’t touched great-looking 2D platformers like Owlboy and Hollow Knight. But it looks like I’m going to be throwing another side-scroller on the pile soon. Mechstermination Force was announced today for the Switch with the trailer above. It looks […]

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The RetroBeat: Tales of Vesperia is the best JRPG you can play on Switch

In an earlier RetroBeat this year, I talked about how I wanted to get back into Japanese role-playing games in 2019. But the way I game has changed since 2017, back when I was playing my Vita almost every night as I went through classics such as Suikoden II, Breath of Fire IV, and The […]

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The RetroBeat: Kirby’s Adventure can teach today’s devs how to nail their endings

Earlier this week, Nintendo announced that Kirby’s Adventure is coming to Nintendo Switch Online on February 13 (along with Super Mario Bros. 2, but we’ll talk about that one another time). This is fantastic news. Kirby’s Adventure is one of the best games ever made for the Nintendo Entertainment System. The side-scroller’s release in 1993 […]

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The RetroBeat: Scarlet Moon gives us a taste of its Squaresoft chillout album

Scarlet Moon creates fantastic albums of fan-made arrangements of classic video game music, and its next album will celebrate some of the biggest titles form Squaresoft’s 16-bit and 32-bit RPG days. You know, stuff like Final Fantasy VI and Chrono Trigger. But this new album, called The World is Square, give all of these songs […]

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The RetroBeat: What Kingdom Hearts III should have learned from the original

I almost can’t believe it, but Kingdom Hearts III is now a real game that I’ve actually played. And I liked it! You should go read my review before the Disney crossover extravaganza releases on January 29 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. But as much as I enjoyed Kingdom Hearts III, Square Enix made […]

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The RetroBeat: Phantasy Star IV is the perfect classic JRPG experience for Switch owners

I started my 2019 gaming by finally tackling a Japanese role-playing game I’ve wanted to play for some time: Phantasy Star IV: End of the Millennium. I love JPRGs, but I spent a little time in 2018 on them. The two I was looking forward to — Ni no Kuni II and Octopath Traveler — […]

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The RetroBeat: This Sonic the Hedgehog speedrun at Games Done Quick makes life better

Awesome Games Done Quick is amid its annual speedrunning marathon. The event, which will go until Sunday night, has people playing through games as fast as possible (known as a speedrun), all while those watching can donate money to the Prevent Cancer Foundation. You can watch it live on Twitch. In 2018, AGDQ raised over $2.2 […]

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GameShell DIY handheld is a cool idea with one big problem

Ever since the Nintendo Switch came into my life, I’ve played a lot more games. You would think I was already playing them all the time due to my job. And sure, I played a lot. But I spend most days writing about them. And in the evening, I dislike hiding away on my PC in […]

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The RetroBeat: 2018’s biggest retro gaming moments

2018 was a big year for giant modern games like Red Dead Redemption 2 and God of War. But it was also a great year for fans of the classics. Last year, I celebrated 2017’s best game releases and moments that highlighted the industry’s more old-school side. Now it’s time to give that same treatment […]

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Arcade1Up review — An affordable home arcade experience

I’ve long wanted an arcade machine in my home. And for the first time ever, that dream feels attainable. That’s due to the relatively affordable Arcade1Up machines that repackage classic games into slightly smaller cabinets. These are three-fourths scale replicas with a 17-inch LCD monitor. Arcade1Up officially licenses classics like Rampage and Super Street Fighter […]

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