When it comes to gaming, you’ll find me in the past most of the time, and digital services are great ways to prevent a love of retro from ravaging a wallet or two. So here we are, five classics re-released in 2017 to make us look backwards, never forwards. If it wasn’t for the white bomber, this might as well have been a top five ACA Neo Geo list. Keep pumping them out, Hamster Corporation, keep putting me into the 90’s!
During the era of early 3D, many classic franchises had to deal with the idea of transitioning from pixels to polygons. Some series, such as Super Mario and The Legend of Zelda set a high standard right from the off. Others didn’t quite make it to the other side in one piece, and of course you know where we’re going with this. Sometimes bombs just end up dud. Continue reading
Super Mario Advance was a fairly disappointing launch game for the Game Boy Advance back in 2001. I remember picking the system up with the game, along with F Zero Maximum Velocity, and it didn’t take long to find boredom with the vegetable plucking adventure. I’d take my Advance and F Zero to the local park at six in the morning and really feel the speed by playing whilst on a swing. A little sad, and also a little surprising that the system didn’t fall out of my hands and shatter by the park’s wooden pig. I clearly had an iron grip on my new hardware. With Super Mario Advance however, I’d just play it here and there, usually before bed. It helped me sleep. Continue reading
Time, how much do you have? How much do you waste? How much are you in control of it all? Probably not much, too much, and not enough, for time is what controls us all. The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask is all about the ticking clock, reminding us all that maybe tomorrow we’ll have to deal with a falling moon. Or tax returns. Continue reading
It’s pretty weird walking around town, or popping onto Facebook, and seeing just how popular Pokemon is in 2016. The virtual console releases of Pokemon Red, Blue and Yellow hit some nostalgia strings back in February, then the release of Pokemon Go on mobile phones in July caught everybody else. More people are watching the cartoon on Netflix, shops have Pokemon mugs and t-shirts on display for any passing mugs, and the games which released after the Pokemania died down are suddenly flying off the shelves. Classic Pokemon games have also been popping up Nintendo’s Wii U virtual console service, which is how we come to Pokemon Snap. Continue reading
There’s no party like a Mario Party! Or so they say. Who wouldn’t want to attend Mario’s get together, which typically involves board games, mini games, and a lot of cheap luck? You have to bring your own cake, but that’s not so bad, it’s good enough to simply be invited. Though as the year’s have flown on by, there is one party which stands out as the wildest amongst them all. Mario Party 2, what a party that was. I remember it like it was yesterday, and thanks to the virtual console, it probably was. Continue reading
The previous two Channel Gaming Turbografx 16 entries were all about the platforming heroes who battled it out with the likes of Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog. But the Turbografx 16’s main appeal wasn’t really the platformers, but the shmups. A shmup, you say? What the heck is a shmup? Continue reading