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!
Here we are, it’s the Metal Slug everyone who knows Metal Slug knows, and also the Metal Slug everyone who doesn’t know Metal Slug knows (say that fast). Number 3 is the classic, that one to play, that one that always sees a re-release no matter the console, and here we are again with it on the Switch. It’s as they say, three really is the magic number. Continue reading
Metal Slug X is an example of what game companies had to do before online patches were a thing. When going over Metal Slug 2, which you can read about here, I found the game to be a chuggy sluggy mess, grinding to a halt whenever the player dared to breathe. X is the marker pen crossing out such issues, and adding zombie dogs as it does so. I guess sometimes you have to give just a little bit more when saying sorry. Continue reading
When arcade gaming was more than just a small corner tucked away in a Blackpool Coin Pusher Amusements Centre, you had to be the freshest slice of coin sucking entertainment to ensure survival. The King Of Fighters achieved this through yearly updates, so unless the arcade proprietor was a real stingy kind of guy, kids would be able to spend all their lunch money without the feeling that things are getting a little bit ancient. And so, The King Of Fighters ’95 was the first update of many, showing that yearly updates had some merit for the industry. Not that I ever actually saw a King Of Fighters arcade cabinet in the UK…
Metal Slug 3 is the one we all know, with the blood spewing zombies, the gun-toting monkey sidekick, the squid alien invasion, and the seemingly never-ending final mission being just a handful of the reasons why. But taking the fight back, back to where it all began, will show that it isn’t just the magical number 3 that is full of heart, metal, and slugs. Continue reading
When it comes to the NeoGeo, you generally have a choice between two types of games, fighters or shooters. The two were the bread and butter of the system, but one thing the shooter genre had an advantage in was how much variety was available in shooting down soldiers and ships. Side scrolling, top down, vertical were choices for all gun lovers, with an even more unusual faux-light gun target range set up being available with the likes of Nam-1975, a terrifyingly accurate rendition of the horrors of that one particular war… Continue reading
The Nintendo Switch didn’t launch with a Virtual Console, but that hasn’t stopped Hamster (the company not the furry critter) from releasing some NeoGeo Arcade oldies for fresh new Switch players to enjoy. You can go for the obvious classics such as Metal Slug 3 and King of Fighters 98, or look into the oddities from the golden era, perhaps Waku Waku 7 for example… Continue reading