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Mini consoles, and old debates

In the past couple of years Nintendo have successfully released miniaturised versions of both the NES and SNES. They’re little emulation boxes that come pre-loaded with games, shaped to resemble the original console. Aimed at the casual Nostalgic 30\40 something, you just plug them into your TV and start playing, with a minimum of fuss. […]

The Great Skate 8

For reasons unknown, my mind recently warped back to the 16-bit era and a game called Skate Tribe. It was developed in STOS, a version of BASIC geared towards making games for the Atari ST. STOS was one of those packages that was both too complicated for the unrealistic and lazy end of the target […]

the preservation of Angry Birds

When interested in playing old games, you’re faced with a couple of practical questions: where do you find copies and, how are you going to run them? For example you might be sticking to original hardware, trawling ebay for an old 16-bit console and some cartridges. Or you might be downloading files and running them […]

Now you’re playing with Super power

Well, I got that SNES classic. In fact I found one to buy the same day I started looking. Which was a pleasant surprise after the ridiculous difficulties in obtaining the NES classic. I may have gotten lucky, or maybe Nintendo had the sense to ship more units this time. First thing the Wife and […]

remakes of the 90s

These days remakes, updates and remasterings of old games are commonplace. A couple of particular interest to at FFG towers right now are Full Throttle, released a few months ago and Starcraft, due out in August. This isn’t totally new, however. By the start of the 90s, developers and publishers were starting to see the […]

Nintendo’s next nostalgia box

After the success of the Nes Classic Edition, Nintendo are giving the Super Nintendo the same treatment. The SNES classic edition will look like a miniature version of the much loved 16 bit console, and come loaded with 21 games. That’s less than the NES Classic’s 30, but a lot of those were rather basic […]

I hate you, Blue Wizzrobes

Owning the NES Classic Mini means my first priority is to play legend of Zelda. Again. I’ve just finished the sixth dungeon, which I recalled being tough, but I thought that was thanks to Darknuts. These armoured knights are unaffected by sword strikes from head on, and also totally immune to the boomerang’s stunning effect. […]

Eastmost Penninsula is the Secret

Here’s part two of my roundup of games on the Nes Classic mini. Again my opinions range from somewhat well informed, to mostly ignorant. If you’d like more extensive reviews, I suggest you go visit our friends over at Just Games Retro. Metroid – 1986 Platform game, notable for its structure. Instead of a set […]

The Princess is in another castle!

So I’ve switched over to NES Gaming mode for a while. As promised earlier, here are some opinions on the games included on the Nes Classic Mini. Or half of them, at least, the rest to follow later. I’m keeping it fairly brief because 1: I haven’t forgotten this is meant to be a PC […]

The Need for Speed: The Movie

Ever since Wing Commander, I’ve maintained a passing interest in game-to film-adaptations, especially if I’ve actually played (and enjoyed) the game or series in question. Some years ago, with the day to myself, I went to see the film version of Max Payne on my own, and though the film wasn’t a total turkey, the […]