Tag: The RetroBeat

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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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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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: 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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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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The RetroBeat: Examining the GameCube’s 10 best-selling games in the U.S.

The Nintendo GameCube is one of my favorite systems ever. After pioneering 3D gaming on the Nintendo 64 with games like Super Mario 64 and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, the GameCube refined those ideas and gave us many of the best Nintendo titles ever. Heck, many of my favorite games of all […]

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The RetroBeat: Ocarina of Time is 20 years old and remains an all-time classic

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of time is 20 years old today! The Nintendo 64 classic came out on November 21, 1998. And, well, I guess I should say something … but it’s honestly kind of bizarre trying to write about why Ocarina of Time is good. I mean … it’s Ocarina of Time! It […]

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The RetroBeat: Final Fantasy XIII deserves — and gets — another chance

If you believe the internet, Final Fantasy XIII is the worst thing to ever happen to a historic RPG series. I don’t agree. Final Fantasy XIII is fine. Final Fantasy XIII and its sequels (Final Fantasy XIII-2 and Lightning Returns) received backward-compatibility support on Xbox One today. So if you own those games on Xbox 360, […]

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The RetroBeat: Why Blizzard is remastering Warcraft III — and what it’s changing

Warcraft III is one of the greatest real-time strategy games of all time, and its rich story and memorable characters set the foundation for what would become World of Warcraft. Blizzard announced during BlizzCon 2018 last week in Anaheim, California that the 2002 PC game is getting remade with Warcraft III: Reforged, which is coming […]

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The RetroBeat: I finally beat Super Mario Bros. 3 thanks to the Switch

As much as I proclaim to be a lover of retro gaming and Nintendo, I’ve somehow never beaten Super Mario Bros. 3. Well, at least until last night, when I finally made my way through the NES classic’s eight worlds and defeated Bowser (er, King Koopa, whatever we were calling him back then). And I […]

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The RetroBeat — Get excited for Castlevania: Rondo of Blood

Konami made it official today that the PlayStation 4 is getting a bundle of classic Castlevania games Symphony of the Night and Rondo of Blood. The collection comes out on October 26. You probably know about Symphony of Night. It’s one of the best 2D games ever, and it helped define the Metroidvania genre with […]

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The RetroBeat: The PlayStation Classic needs these 15 games

Sony announced the PlayStation Classic early this morning. Given the success of the NES and SNES Classic Editions, a micro console for the first PlayStation is a smart decision that will give Sony a way to make big profits off of its older library. Plug-and-play machines are a growing business, with sales of micro consoles […]

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