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  1. spanky debrest

    Sega Master System Essential Games.

    Kenseiden is another true system great. Probably ties with R-Type with boasting my favourite FM audio arrangement too.
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    Sega Master System Essential Games.

    I'd recommend Wonderboy in Monster Land over Wonderboy III: The Dragon's Trap in a heartbeat. Another incredible, perpetually underrated SMS classic is Psychic World.
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    Mega SG - New FPGA Console from Analogue

    Shout out to the M30 2.4g pads which are on sale now. They're every bit as amazing as the Saturn MK2 pad - perfect d-pad and buttons, great feel and zero detectable lag (tested now with breezy, complete playthroughs of MUSHA, ESWAT and Contra Hard Corps). Part of me feels s bit dirty using a wireless pad but it's still about half the price of a Joyzz or a refurb OG MD 6-button pad.
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    Neo Geo Appreciation Thread

    I played on an AES a fair bit in the early '90s as well the arcade machines that were prevalent in many stacked arcades we had in Brighton. Magician Lord, Nam 75 and Baseball Stars were what we played the most. My mate would trade games with a Japanese contact he had, the same dude who sold him numerous models of disc-copying devices for the SNES and Mega Drive. I don't think he ever had more than a couple of games at a time. I've never seen a consolised MVS in the flesh. I also have no doubt that a 100% cycle accurate Neo Geo FPGA core will be a reality within a couple of years - rendering OG hardware with its rapidly chip-rotting guts obsolete.
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    Sega Saturn for Beginners

    I have little faith in Retro-Bit. Traditionally their replica controllers look and feel okay but inside they're super-duper cheap and will definitely crap out after a little normal use. And while I get that these new pads of theirs are officially up-to-spec there's no guarantee that they aren't the typical Retro-Bit trash on the inside.
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    The 3DS Resurrection thread

    You can use any size SD card - it just just needs to be formatted to FAT32.
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    The 3DS Resurrection thread

    The New 3DS is the greatest handheld console ever. There'll never be anything like it again.
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    What type of retro fan are you?

    I have plenty of love and nostalgia for the Neo Geo and aim to pick up either an AES or MVS at some point (if Furrtek doesn't perfect his Neo Geo FPGA implementation first).. But buying any cartridge other than a proper, electronically sound flashcart won't ever be on my agenda. Similarly with a PC Engine. If I ever own one of these again I'll be factoring in the cost of an SSDS3 all-in-one flashcart / ODE / RGB solution as part of the setup. My only Hucard will be a fake dummy to occupy the slot.
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    What type of retro fan are you?

    Always original hardware via RGB on a CRT nowadays. Game collecting was always about hunting specific games and I stopped buying years ago after I completed my modest, mainly nostalgia-driven wish list. My Mega Drive / Master System is the only permenent hook up but right now rediscovering the glory of the Dreamcast (with the Noctua fan mod and SD solution) is where it's at. What an amazing goddamned console. I feel a bit silly for neglecting it for the best part of 15 years or so.
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    Volgarr the Viking

    What an incredible game. the true and ultimate successor to Rastan and just my kind of thing. It's even more perfect that it's on the Dreamcast - looks glorious on a CRT.
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    This guy, right here

    Pretty sure the entire contents of the Wii eshop itself have long been dumped and preserved as well. Cifaldi has been a brilliant ambassador for emulation and ROM preservation for a long time. The next time easy access to digital game content gets closed down he'll say something similar again.
  12. If the new Switch revision is an actual portable with either a traditional clamshell design or a super comfy wedge like the original 2DS - AND A D-PAD I'm in. Otherwise hell no.
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    This guy, right here

    I'm forever surprised as which old games my young nephews will be captivated by. Of course, the classic Mario (and Sonic) games are well loved but their favourite arcade game in recent times turns out to be Data East's The Real Ghostbusters - which to be me is probably the weakest game of theirs from the era.
  14. Super Mario Kart was the hot game in the neighbourhood but I wasn't impressed. It felt slow, slidey and grossly unfair. Kids several years younger than me were destroying me on it - including my younger brother who was merciless in his dominance. This tricky, difficult, frustrating game wasn't for me and I didn't care. Several years later one of my new mates at my Halls of Residence bought his SNES back from home and the Super Mario Kart mania began all over again but this time - not having any other gaming distraction at hand - I gave it a fair shot. And I got good. I learned the kart mechanics and the tracks. I stuck with Toad / Koopa because their stats seemed to complement my play style the best. Today - with a solid twenty years of SMK appreciation under my belt - I maintain without hesitation that pound for pound Super Mario Kart is the finest, most complete and perfect videogame Nintendo have ever produced.
  15. I know the story. I too thought this was an old thread. ATGames deserve criticism (as always, since forever and for ever more) for the naked contempt they have for their demographic and the turd products they push out. This shouldn't really have to be said at this point. But Hancock and others love being marketeers for ATGames and Hyperkin and other parasitic peddlers of shite. They get to crank out easy YouTube content whilst pretending to be looking out for their less well-off viewership. They're foul.
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