Retro Gaming Stories October 31, 2017

Retro gaming is all the rage lately. Seriously, it seems like there’s a new retro gaming product announced every week, and I’m perfectly OK with that. I grew up with old-style arcade games as my father worked for Aladin’s Castle and Namco as I grew up, so I was always surrounded by arcade-style gaming. But, enough reminiscing, it’s time to talk about the Cary42. The company behind Cary42, Love Hulten, says the name came about because they wanted to say you could “carry for two.”

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Retro Gaming Stories August 22, 2016

Analogue is perhaps best known for its pricey aluminum NES remake that it released back in early 2015. Today, it’s back with a new version that’s 20% smaller and has a slightly less expensive price tag. The Analogue Nt mini is still made out of a solid-block of aluminum but includes the addition of full 1080p output. With the upcoming NES Classic that was recently announced, retro gamers will have plenty of options over the next few months…

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Retro Gaming Stories August 4, 2016

You can now browse 13 years (145 issues) of Nintendo Power for free on the Internet Archive. The iconic video game magazine was published from August 1988 to December 2012, but the online collection currently only runs up to June 2001. This release comes just after Nintendo shot retro gaming into the mainstream with the announcement of its mini NES Classic Edition.

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Retro Gaming Stories July 27, 2016

Virtual reality may be all the rage right now in video games, but there’s still a ton of love for 2D classics. Emulators and Nintendo’s Virtual Console do a good job of replicating the retro gaming experience. However, at the end of the day, it’s just not the same.

Luckily, 8bitdo and Analogue have once again teamed up to help bridge the gap between modern and old school gaming. This time the tandem has set its sights on one of our favorite consoles from the 90’s: Super Nintendo. Now instead of being tethered to the SNES with its short controller cord, you can grab the latest Retro Receiver and go wireless.

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Retro Gaming Stories February 16, 2016

Retro gaming has seen a spike in interest over the last few years with popular titles like Mario Maker and Rare Replay enjoying recent success. It’s not a surprise that many projects are attempting to cash in on this trend. Just this weekend at Toy Fair 2016, the Coleco Chameleon retro gaming console made its debut. After a failed IndieGoGo campaign last year, the guys behind this project are back with a new licensing deal and eyes on a new round of crowdfunding. The question is, will its cartridge-style games spark enough interest? More below.

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Retro Gaming Stories December 17, 2015

Retro gaming has made a serious comeback in recent years as iOS and Android have both seen re-dos of popular titles, as well as Nintendo’s massive throwback library on Wii U. It’s no surprise that classics like Space Invaders, Pong, and Asteroids have stood the test of time. These games were a genius mix of fun and ingenuity when they were released and still have a loyal following today.

A child of the 80’s by the name of Ken Burns (no not that one), recently launched one of the coolest retro gaming projects that we have seen on Kickstarter. But instead of using a television set or PC, he has shruken an arcade cabinet down to the size of your fingertips. Tiny Arcade brings takes all the joy of coin-operated gaming and transforms it into a modern day portable toy. Head below for more.

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Retro Gaming Stories June 23, 2015

Watch this speedrunner clear Super Mario World for SNES in 23 minutes while blindfolded

There is a thriving community of speedrunners out there that race through some of the best known games in history. There are many forms of speedrunning from finding complex glitches in the game world to zip past large portions of the experience, to tool assisted/emulator runs where gamers dig right into the code of the game. Super Mario World, originally released on the SNES, has been beaten start to finish, in less than 5 minutes using an advanced credits warp glitch, but just recently one speed runner beat it blindfolded:

While speedrunner PangaeaPanga didn’t even come close to the less than 5 minutes clocked by some of his colleagues, he did manage to clear the entire game blindfolded in just over 23 minutes. That’s right, Super Mario World, completely blind in 23 minutes and 14 seconds, and you can watch the whole thing happen above.

Now his run wasn’t without flaw, in fact, he made a few mistakes, but it was nonetheless still a very impressive feat. Relying mainly on some serious memory work, and what appears to be a heavy dependency on the audio (notifications from nearby devices seem to throw him off), he lands right at Bowser’s castle within about 13 minutes.

You would think PangaeaPanga has been practicing this for years, but apparently that isn’t the case. He just started to train blindfolded on the 16th of June and began making serious attempts just this past weekend. Keep in mind, he has likely been playing this game for years, and he is a professional speedrunner who takes his games pretty seriously (as you can see).

Retro Gaming Stories May 18, 2015

In my house video games are required, per my fiancé’s request (obviously), to be in the basement and out of sight. I’m sure my love for Mortal Kombat’s skull shattering gore doesn’t help my cause, but it’s more than that. She also hates the ugly boxes and nests of wires that come along with gaming consoles.

Now, if I had the Love Hultén PIXELKABINETT 42 I have a feeling things would be pretty different. This full-size coin-operated arcade cabinet looks like a priceless piece of fine art and supports hundreds of classic games… expand full story

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