SNES Classic Review: Pure Joy Preserved

Nintendo has done it again: they continue to shrink down my precious childhood memories and resell them to me. Perspectives will vary on this hardware, whether there’s justifiable value, what the point is when there’s a number of ways to play these games, and if the supply shortage is manufactured or just poorly planned. I am sure for every person out there that raves about this $79.99 bundle of 16-bit classics there’s somebody else who is jaded on the whole thing. Yes you can emulate these games, yes there are other systems out there that already do this but with more titles, and yes you can still buy working SNES systems and play the real deal. Instead of weighing too heavily into that, I’ll focus on what these games did for me when I first played them and why I believe they’re important to preserve— in whatever way you see fit.

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Tactical Memoriam: Nintendo Wars

Real Talk By: Brian DK

Several strategy and tactics series have seen a revival in the recent years. Fire Emblem: Awakening brought its franchise back from the brink of death. XCOM: Enemy Unknown revived a celebrated series and brought it into the modern era. And Microsoft just announced a new Age of Empires in development. The industry is ready for another installment in the Nintendo Wars saga. Continue reading “Tactical Memoriam: Nintendo Wars”

Crazy Taxi Retro Review

Real Talk By: Ms. Throwback

Many people don’t realize that the first game in the Crazy Taxi line-up was an arcade game.  Released in 1999, and published by Sega, this fast paced racing title broke the rules for traditional racing games at the time.  While traditional racing games focused on crossing the finish line first, this titles ultimate goal was…customer service?  That’s right, the Crazy Taxi objective was getting random bystanders to their destination as quickly as possible. Continue reading “Crazy Taxi Retro Review”

The GPD XD Tech Review

Real Talk By: Rickayyyyy

I’m sure many of you have used an emulator before, either on a computer or on your phone. Both have their downsides: some games can be challenging to emulate on a phone, and you usually have to get a USB controller for your computer.  However, there recently has been a solution that solves all of those problems.  Imagine a handheld device that looks like a DS from afar, and on it you can play essentially any game made for many of your favorite systems. Continue reading “The GPD XD Tech Review”

Namco Museum Review: A Fresh Angle

Real Talk By: KJ

Namco brings us another compilation of Arcade classics, this time on Nintendo’s Switch hardware.  A Digital-only release found within the eshop at a $29.99 pricing.  Legions of gamers have played many of these included countless times over.  Dumped quarters into various cabinets.  Made Arcade (and Laundromat) owners happy, all-the-while hanging with good buddies.  So, what incentive is there to go back again? Continue reading “Namco Museum Review: A Fresh Angle”

Bubsy In: Claws Encounters of the Furred Kind Retro Review (SNES)

Real Talk By: Ms. Throwback

Bubsy is a series of video games, the first of which was released in 1993 by the name of “Bubsy in Claws Encounters of the Furred Kind”.  It was a multi-platform release Sega Genesis, SNES, and was later released under a different name for Microsoft Windows.  I reviewed this game on the SNES but all versions of the game are essentially the same. Continue reading “Bubsy In: Claws Encounters of the Furred Kind Retro Review (SNES)”