Tag: The RetroBeat

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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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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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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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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