Tag: retro gaming

GamesBeat Decides: Sonic’s best (and worst) friends

We had so much fun making a tier list of Nintendo’s consoles last week that Jeff Grubb and I are back at it again with a topic that’s a bit more silly. We’re ranking Sonic the Hedgehog’s friends. Yup, we go through all of the notable anthropomorphic characters that have showed up in the Sega […]

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The RetroBeat: River City Girls is a beat-’em-up delight

I enjoyed my holiday break because it gave me time to play a lot more games than normal. And after spending about 20 hours diving into Dragon Quest VII, a JRPG notorious for its slow pace, I needed something that’s a bit more exciting. So I jumped on my Xbox Series X and started browsing […]

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Arcade1Up reveals Killer Instinct, X-Men, and Dragon’s Lair home cabinets 

Arcade1Up is a leading name in the home arcade market, and the company has announced three new cabinets today during the Consumer Electronics Show. These new machines will host Killer Instinct, Konami’s X-Men beat-’em-up, and Dragon’s Lair. Each cabinet includes more than one game. The Killer Instinct machine also comes with Killer Instinct 2 and […]

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The RetroBeat: Dragon Quest V is a marriage made in retro-JRPG heaven

My discovery of the Dragon Quest franchise was one of my few happy happenstances of 2020. For decades, I convinced myself that I just didn’t like this iconic JRPG series. Then I fell in love with Dragon Quest XI. Now, I’m on a quest of my own, playing through each game. But I’m not going […]

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The RetroBeat: 2020’s biggest retro gaming moments

I have to be honest: 2020 wasn’t as a big year for retro gaming as some of the other ones we’ve had in recent memory. The mini-console craze is dying down, the the release of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S had more people looking forward than backward. But if you love old games […]

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The RetroBeat: Midway’s jammin’ rise and mortal fall

Arcades are a novelty these days, but they were a massive force in the industry in the 1990s. That was thanks in large part to huge hits like NBA Jam and Mortal Kombat, both of which came from Midway. Insert Coin is a new documentary that looks at Midway Games and its arcade dominance in […]

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Black Friday gift guide for Nintendo fans

Nintendo is the most beloved brand in gaming. The likes of Mario and Link have attracted fans of all ages, for decades now. Some people just can’t get enough Nintendo games, accessories, toys, and collectibles. If you’re shopping this holiday season for someone who loves Nintendo, this gift guide should help. I’m a big fan […]

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The RetroBeat: Retro gifts for holiday 2020

I love retro gaming. I love the holidays. Put them together, and I’m one happy Mikey. Every year, I put together a list of some retro-themed gaming gift ideas as part of our Black Friday coverage. I do my best to suggest gifts of varying types and price ranges. So if you’re shopping for anyone […]

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The RetroBeat: The Video Game History Foundation is on the hunt for source code

The video game industry is still young, but we’re already in danger of losing parts of its history forever. That’s why the Video Game Source Project by the Video Game History Foundation is so important. This project is a call-to-arms for the industry to locate and preserve source code, the original art and programming that […]

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RetroBeat: 5 other games Nintendo needs to finally bring to the U.S.

Nintendo announced this week that it is finally giving the original Fire Emblem an English translation. Yay! But I hope that Nintendo doesn’t stop there. Plenty of Nintendo games have never made the U.S. journey from Japan. I’m hoping that they can also get the localizations that they deserve. And these days, why not! Tons […]

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The RetroBeat: 30 years of Monkey Island

This week, The Secret of Monkey Island turned 30 years old. Monkey Island is one of my favorite video game series, and Secret is the one that started that beautiful franchise. The Monkey Island games are point-and-click adventures. They focus on exploration and puzzle-solving, and you navigate your character, the wannabe pirate Guybrush Threepwood, by […]

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The RetroBeat: Will we ever feel nostalgia for PS4 or Xbox One?

I was clearing up some clutter this week, and I came across my old childhood TV. This is the screen I had in my room to play games on consoles like the Sega Genesis, Nintendo 64, and PlayStation 2. Now it’s set back up in my room (my adult one, not my childhood room). It’s […]

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The RetroBeat: Crash Bandicoot 4 lets you play without game overs, and you should

If you’ve read my review for Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time, you know that I love this new 3D platformer from Toys for Bob. That’s thanks in large part to the game’s challenge, which tested my skills while rarely feeling unfair. I may have felt differently if I had played on Retro mode. You […]

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The RetroBeat: Can Microsoft save Quake?

With Microsoft’s $7.5 billion purchase of Bethesda, everyone is buzzing about how the Xbox brand now owns huge franchises like The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, and Doom. But I’m just sitting over here thinking about Quake. Quake is one of the most important first-person shooter franchises ever. It’s from Id Software, the same studio that created […]

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Konami brings Metal Gear Solid and more to GOG

GOG announced today that is has partnered with Konami to bring many of its classic games to the PC gaming store. Starting today, Metal Gear, Metal Gear Solid, and Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance are on GOG. You can also grab Konami Collector’s Series: Castlevania & Contra, a $6 compilation that includes the 8-bit games […]

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Console Wars Is a Fun Look at the Height of the Sony-Nintendo Beef

Image: CBS There was a brief period of time where Sega and Nintendo were the only real contenders for the gaming throne. If Mario was Tupac then Sonic was Biggie. Emotions surrounding the two brands ran so high that I almost got beat as a kid for suggesting Sonic Adventure was cooler than Super Mario […]

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Console Wars documentary gives Sega and Nintendo’s epic battle visual context

Console Wars was a hit book, and now it’s documentary. It tells the story of Sega and Nintendo’s fight for gaming dominance in the ’90s, which is really more a tale of marketing than anything else. And it’s a fascinating one. The Console Wars documentary is available through the CBS All Access subscription service, and […]

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The RetroBeat: How Super Mario 3D All-Stars could have been better

I reviewed Super Mario 3D All-Stars, and while its three games are still a joy to play, it’s easy to be disappointed that Nintendo didn’t do more with this package. Super Mario 3D All-Stars debuts today on the Nintendo Switch. It includes remastered versions of Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy. […]

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Sonic the Hedgehog marks 30th birthday with an encyclo-speed-ia and other merch

Sonic the Hedgehog is celebrating his 30th birthday next year, with 2021 marking the milestone anniversary of his 1991 debut for the Sega Genesis. And Sega is talking about how we’ll celebrate Sonic’s dirty thirty. And while we haven’t heard about new games yet (that info is coming), Sega revealed a deluge of new Sonic […]

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The RetroBeat: Watch the first trailer for the Console Wars documentary

Console Wars remains the best book I’ve ever read about the gaming industry. It’s the exciting story of Sega of America taking on Nintendo’s console monopoly in the ’90s. We’ve known that it would become a documentary, and now we have a first trailer. The documentary will be available on CBS All Access on September […]

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The RetroBeat: Leave Super Mario Sunshine alone, ya goombas

Earlier this week, Nintendo finally announced Super Mario 3D All-Stars for Switch, a compilation with Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy. But while 64 and Galaxy are often the subject of universal praise, Sunshine can be a bit more divisive. So I’m here to defend it. Why does Super Mario Sunshine […]

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The RetroBeat: — Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time is the franchise at its best

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is my most anticipated next-generation game so far. And it has me thinking about one of my favorite PlayStation 3 games. I’m not the world’s biggest Ratchet & Clank fan. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve enjoyed all of the games in the series that I’ve played. But I also have […]

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The RetroBeat: The 5 worst U.S. console launch lineups

Last week, I talked about some of the best U.S. launch games ever. This time, I want to look at the consoles that had the weakest launch lineups. I have a few notes before we get started. I’m talking about home and handheld consoles starting with the NES (if only for the arbitrary reason that […]

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Netflix’s High Score tells the stories of gaming’s golden age

High Score is a new documentary series on Netflix that debuted today. The show looks at the history of the medium through its golden age, which the series roughly defines as the years from Pac-Man to Doom. As an avid retro gamer, I love seeing this story told on such a big platform, and I […]

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The RetroBeat: The 10 best U.S. launch titles ever

Halo: Infinite’s delay puts Microsoft in a weird spot, as its upcoming Xbox Series X is now without a major launch title. This had me pondering the importance of launch games. Do they really matter? Well, they can! A great game that comes out at the same time as a new system can help give […]

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SNK’s Neo Geo MVSX brings the classic arcade machine to your home

Gstone Group and SNK have announced the SNK Neo Geo MVSX home arcade system, a replica of the iconic SNK Neo GEO MVS arcade machine. The Neo Geo MVSX will launch this November in North America with 50 built-in titles and support for 10 languages. It uses a 17-inch 4:3 LCD display and supports two […]

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The RetroBeat: Why the heck didn’t the GameCube sell better?

What’s your favorite video game console of all time? That’s one of the most fun questions you can ask folks who love games. For me, the answer could change depending on the day and my mood. Yet a lot of the time, I’ll choose the Nintendo GameCube. And this isn’t that odd of an answer! […]

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The RetroBeat: Disney’s Rescue Rangers gave the NES two fantastic sidescrollers

I hope you’ll indulge a little self-promotion. I co-host a podcast about Disney in the ’90s called (simply enough) 90s Disney. Our next episode is about one of my favorite cartoons when I was growing up: Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers. To prepare for the podcast, I not only watched some episodes of the show, […]

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The RetroBeat: Why Suikoden deserves a spiritual successor

Japanese role-playing game fans are buzzing today thanks to the announcement of Eiyuden Chronicle, a spiritual successor to Konami’s Suikoden series that involves many of the key people responsible for that celebrated franchise. You can learn more about Eiyuden Chronicle from The Verge. A Kickstarter campaign will seek crowdfunding for the project starting on July 27. […]

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