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  1. Couldn’t find a dedicated thread for the first Castlevania on the NES/FC so here it is. I played through the NES version a few years back on an emulator with save states and a rewind option. I really enjoyed it, but still found it very hard towards the end (especially the boss fight with death and the corridor leading up to it). Yesterday, I fired up the Japanese version of Castlevania Anniversary Collection on Switch and was surprised to find an Easy Mode option! I took it gratefully and completed the game in one sitting. You take less damage, don’t get knocked back and retain power ups when switching sub weapons. I still think it’s head and shoulders above most of the other NES games I’ve gone back to. The visual design and consistency of the architecture etc. is second to none. The colour palettes, whilst a bit garish in places, are really well utilised. The music is excellent too, but that almost goes without saying! This morning I read Jeremy Parish’s anatomy of games article on the game, which is good but not as in depth as I remembered. I would love to read any other analysis of the game, particularly about the use of colour palettes or music composition, if anybody has any good links they could share. Here’s the Anatomy of Games archive index: https://www.anatomyofgames.com/anatomy-of-a-game/
  2. Browsing through my recommendations on the Xbox One i came across this! https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/p/double-dragon/9mv39gfqmwl4?activetab=pivot:overviewtab Looking further into it there is a whole host of other releases:- https://arcsystemworks.com/double-dragon-kunio-kun-retro-brawler-bundle-brings-18-classic-games-to-the-west-later-this-month/ https://arcsystemworks.com/game/double-dragon-kunio-kun-retro-brawler-bundle/ - This seems to be Nintendo Switch & PS4 only! Contains DOUBLE DRAGON series – DOUBLE DRAGON (1987) – DOUBLE DRAGON II: The Revenge (1988) – DOUBLE DRAGON III: The Sacred Stones (1990) Kunio-kun series – Renegade (1986) – Super Dodge Ball (1988) – River City Ransom (1989) – Crash’n the Boys Street Challenge (1992) Kunio-kun series (Published only in Japan, first time localized in NA) – Nekketsu Renegade Kunio-kun – Nekketsu High School Dodgeball Club – Downtown Nekketsu Story – Nekketsu High School Dodgeball Club – Soccer Story – Downtown Nekketsu March Super-Awesome Field Day! – Downtown Special Kunio-kun’s Historical Period Drama! – Go-Go! Nekketsu Hockey Club Slip-and-Slide Madness – Surprise! Nekketsu New Records! The Distant Gold Medal – Nekketsu Fighting Legend – Kunio-kun’s Nekketsu Soccer League – Nekketsu! Street Basketball All-Out Dunk Heroes For those of you with the XBOX One you have these limited options:- https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/search/shop/Games?q=Kunio-kun%3A+The+World+Classics+Collection Seven games at £4.19 each isnt so bad! NES Double Dragon was one of the first games i owned and i really cant wait to play it again.
  3. https://techcrunch.com/2019/01/03/zelda-has-a-minus-world/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Techcrunch+(TechCrunch)
  4. For anyone interested in seeing the lineup there's a full list here https://snk40th.com/ Picked this up on a whim as I love these sorts of collections, there's always a chance of finding an undiscovered gem. And....well it's interesting so far. I've played a few of the arcade games in this collection and their NES counterparts. The main draw for me was Ikari Warriors since I'd heard they'd solved the issue with the lack of a rotary stick (they've essentially made it a twin stick setup with shooting and grenades being on the triggers.) Great fun, if a little too difficult. The NES version also included....the less said about that the better. If you really want to play 8 bit Ikari I'd seek out the Amstrad and C64 version. (PAL version for the C64, the NTSC version is awful.) Athena is pretty awful in both its Arcade and NES versions. Psycho Soldier is of historic interest if only for the sampled song at the beginning but is too hard and too floaty to keep playing for more than ten minutes. Anyone else pick this up? (If you have be sure to update it and pick up the free DLC for even more games.)
  5. Whoever this is has gone above and beyond creating some amazing NES style animations. To the point where one wonders if they actually made the game in question. Behold. Stephen King's IT.
  6. The SUPER Retro Games Fair is back for our biggest event yet! This is the biggest video game sales event in West Yorkshire with over 130 tables of gaming goodies and over 50 sellers with 1000s of retro games, consoles, computers, artwork, imports, accessories, toys, modified consoles, bartop arcades and much much more all for sale No need to get up early for the car boot or wait for the postman from ebay! Here you can see the condition in person before you buy! Whether you are a big collector or just getting into old gaming there will be plenty of common titles and rarities on offer on all formats from all ages. Pay on the door and you can come and go as many times as you want in the day too. There will be retro games to play, tournaments to enter, bar and cafe too! THE DATE Saturday 24th June 2017 OPENING TIMES 11am-5pm THE VENUE Leeds University Union, Lifton Place, Leeds, LS2 9JZ ADMISSION £2 per adult, Under 16s - 50p, Under 6 - Free Find out more information on the links below: RETRO EVENTS WEBSITE RETRO GAMES FAIR WEBSITE RETRO EVENTS FACEBOOK PAGE Let us know you are coming on the official Facebook EVENT PAGE Follow us on TWITTER Check out the PHOTOS from a previous event
  7. Hi all. I've currently got a UK NES with an Everdrive type of cart for it. I can play 100's of awesome old NES games at a the press of a button. However, from watching programs like Game Center CX, I've always wanted a Famicom along with those quirky Famicom games. The cases, the colours, the indecipherable text all make me want to collect a few key Famicom titles. I've just bought an AV modded Famicom (arriving this week sometime) but would like to ask your opinions on what games I should buy for it. Not necessarily the best games (though they must be good fun still) but one that tick off one or more of: I can play due to them not having too much (any?) japanese in them Are classics for the system or just top games (Rockman, Akumajō Densetsu etc.) Aren't available on the NES (Jap only releases) Have quirky or interesting cartridges and/or boxes. Any suggestions? P.S. If you know of anyone selling one or more Famicom games in the UK that would be great too. Cheers...
  8. I'm at home sick as a dog today and I didn't want to make it worse by playing any 3D games so I pulled out the old C64 and booted up Raid on Bungeling Bay. It's an ancient top down shooter notable because it was one of Will Wrights early games. Apparently designing the cities in the game inspired him to make Sim City. Anyway knowing this bit of ionformation I started playing around with it and it dawned on me that there's some simulation work happening under the hood. I followed some planes that had strafed my carrier back to their island and they actually landed on a runway, paused for refueling and then took back off. I suspect there's a lot more simulation programmed in that I had no idea about.
  9. Hi everyone - I'm hoping to garner some opinions on a retro gaming idea, if you would be able to help... I've got a business opportunity focused on gaming (arcade & consoles only at the moment) and one idea I've had to make it a bit more interesting to current and potential gamers is to provide a service a bit like Graze, Pact Coffee, Abel & Cole, etc. The idea is that you can go online, select which consoles you own and subscribe to a service that posts you a different game every month. You can play it and then send it back or you can keep it for an extra fee. So, if you said you had an N64, you might get Diddy Kong Racing, Banjo Kazooie or Super Smash Brothers for your first 3 months. You could send a couple back and keep one, if you felt so inclined. We would never send out the same game twice and you could cancel with 30 days notice. My questions I'd like to get some opinions on are; - Would you like to get one or more games sent to you every month? - If so, would a cost of £7.99 per month, including return postage, put you off? - Have you heard of anyone else providing this service? If so, what's good and what's bad about what they do? - What would really put you off from signing up? - What would make you sign to the membership package immediately? - If there were other benefits to the subscription, such as small loyalty rewards or exclusive social events, would that be of interest? Thanks for taking the time to respond - I genuinely appreciate all the feedback, good or bad, and will respond to everyone! Mark
  10. Just found out there was a musical "shoot'em-up" more than a decade before Rez burst onto the scene. I'm talking about Otocky, a Famicom Disk System game from 1987 designed by Toshio Iwai, released only in Japan, and endorsed by an adult movie actress (!!) named Natsuki Ozawa. This is what wikipedia had to say about it: So anyone ever play this? It looks pretty weird to say the least... I also found this cool gif
  11. The Toys are Back in Town as the Collectorabilia returns in MARCH!! Over 50 tables selling the best of: Retro Video Games, Consoles, vintage toys, action figures, Star Wars, He Man, Comics, graphic novels, Lego, Geek Culture, Pixel Bead Art, Funko Pops, original artwork, t-shirts and much more...... The Sentinel Squad will be there in full costume raising money for charity too so come and get your picture taken with Vader and the gang! Perfect place to get those great additions to your collection, buy back your childhood, discover new things or start a new collection. The Venue Leeds Marriott Hotel, 4 Trevelyan Square, Boar Lane, Leeds, LS1 6ET (2 mins from the train station) The Date Saturday 19th March 2016 - 10am to 5pm Admission £2 per adult, Under 16s Free (when accompanied by an adult) Check out the Website http://collectorabilia.com/ Join our facebook group https://www.facebook.com/RetroEventsLeeds and check out our other events coming up too! Tell us you are coming on the facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1645817885692188/ Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RetEvents Come along and join in the fun and get some great stuff for the collection too!!
  12. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/560468638/nintendo-nes-library-guide-and-review-book-of-750 It already raised it's goal (50k as of writing, wanted 15k) and sounds mighty fine in the page department (450+!). What more could NES fans want? A page each for every game? 800+ pages? As the kickstarter notes it probably already weighs as much as it should, being hardcover. Every system needs one of these. I love what ROM does (Mega Drive: Collected Works) but a big thick hardback just detailing every game on a particular system is another matter!
  13. Wasn't sure where to ask with no EverDrive thread so I figured I'd make one. EverDrives are flash carts made for retro consoles, as a brief summary. The upside to using these is there is no emulation when using the original hardware for these old games. Got a Master (System) Everdrive last year and only just started organizing the roms, but in two instances now certain roms crash: Super Tetris (as soon as you press anything, otherwise it runs) Street Fighter 2 (I got up to Balrog before it decided to crap out on me, God this looks amazing considering the hardware it's on, mind.) I've got a 50/60hz and language mod on the system but far as I can tell, those are not affecting Tetris. Is it just the case that the Everdrive may not be compatible with completely everything? I've also been pondering how to organize the list when you switch it on because the roms show up twice (when I know they shouldn't)
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