Retro Gaming Archives – Fall 1987

The year was 1987. I was a young boy obsessed with video games, horror films and MTV. Arcades were still extremely popular hangouts for me and my friends. The Nintendo Entertainment System was all the rage in my town, and I was on the verge of getting my own that December. The Sega Master System was also in stores in 1987, but definitely playing catch-up due to the NES’s head start and exclusive titles […]

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A Nightmare on Elm Street – NES

At the turn of the 1990’s, Fred Krueger was on the Christmas lists of children across America.

Yes, that’s the same razor-fingered child killer with the burnt face and darkly sexual wit. Sure, he had softened quite considerably since his cinematic debut back in 1984, but his primary purpose – if you exclude selling crappy merchandise by the bucket load – was to stalk children in their dreams and find increasingly elaborate ways to kill them. So, how did we get to this point, I hear you ask? […]

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Resident Evil: Code Veronica – Sega Dreamcast

“Said the spider to the fly. How do you wish to die?”

The survival horror genre has been around for about 20 years now, and 3D gaming really opened up the possibilities for creating environments that are desolate, creepy and downright frightening, and in 2000, the Sega Dreamcast benefited from the increased interest in this style of gameplay with the release of Capcom’s Resident Evil: Code Veronica […]

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Splatterhouse – Turbografx-16/PC Engine

Do you want head smashing, gut splashing, grotesque monstrosity pummeling action this Halloween? If the answer is yes (and of course it is), then Splatterhouse is your game of choice.

Splatterhouse is a diabolical, gruesomely violent game for the Turbografx-16/PC Engine based on the Namco beat ’em up arcade title of the same name. There were two direct sequels made for the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive, but the TG-16/PC Engine has the one and only original […]

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Adventure – Atari VCS 2600

Grandson: Grandpa, what were fantasy-adventure games like back when you were young? Way back in 1979?

Grandpa: Well, sonny, there was this one particular game on the Atari VCS called Adventure that was kind of like your own grandpappy but in video game form. Today we may show our age and may not look too impressive anymore but when we were young we were quite the catch. We also managed to sire a bunch of young ‘uns for better or worse (no offense to you sonny […]

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NBA Jam: Tournament Edition (SNES)

The key ingredient that allows a game to stand the test of time is playability, and NBA Jam: Tournament Editon has it in abundance.

Back in 1994, the Super Nintendo had long since usurped the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive as the world’s most popular home video console, introducing a whole host of stellar titles which went a step further in bringing the arcade arenas to the comfort of your very own living room […]

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Mike Tyson’s Punch Out!! – NES

‘He’s Hurt Me Doc!’…..  ‘Join the Nintendo Fun Club Today Mac.’

Doc really didn’t seem to know what he was doing when it came to coaching and training beyond late night jogs in lower Manhattan, and providing sometimes useful advice between rounds. He probably also should have been reprimanded for putting a tiny 17 year old boxer up against grown men twice his age and weight […]

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Night Trap – Sega/Mega CD

Full motion video games, or FMV’s for short, were all the (short lived) rage back in the early 90s.

CD technology had been around for a few years in the music industry, but, by 1992, it was finally mainstream to the point where just about everyone had traded in their cassettes for CDs. The same was becoming true for the video game industry as well […]

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Kung-Fu Master (Arcade)

Kung-Fu Master was my first lesson in corporate ambition. This game was hard; nigh-on impossible for any coin-loaded juvenile with a pixelated glare.

I must have been five years old when I first laid eyes on it, and King Kong couldn’t have dragged me away. Remember, this was the 80s, and Kung-Fu Master was quite the novelty, a complex and fluid […]

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