Category: History of Retro

Arcade Hall of Fame: Dig-Dug (Namco)

1982’s Dig Dug from Namco is an arcade classic fondly recalled by many denizens of the early arcades and probably known to modern gamers for their appearances in...

A Brief History of: SEGA Dreamcast

Following the abject failure of the Saturn, the once-contender for the throne of the video games industry had a lot of soul searching to do – or, in this case,...

Metal Gear Solid (PS1) – Think You Can Beat It?

The 1998 stealth-action title Metal Gear Solid for the Sony PlayStation helped set new standards in both storytelling and gameplay within games of its ilk and the title...

5 Things You Didn’t Know About: Luigi (Super Mario Bros.)

Starting out life as nothing more than a palette swap of his brother Mario, Luigi has since gone on to star in his own games and make a name for himself outside of his...

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time – CO-OP Classics

No game company dominated beat ‘em ups in the early 1990s arcade scene quite like Japanese publisher Konami, who released not only the classic The Simpsons arcade game...

Arcade Hall of Fame: Paper Boy

Who would have thought that a classic job that was killed by the Internet could make such a great video game? Before everyone was logging on to their desktops or swiping...

A Brief History of: SNK NEO GEO

The Rolls-Royce of home consoles in the 1990s, SNK’s Neo Geo was as awesome as it was pricey. Converting the majority of SNK’s arcade software to the home format,...

Comix Zone (Mega Drive) – Think You Can Beat It?

When a video game tries something different from the rest of the crowd the response from the game-buying public is usually quite swift and decisive. In the case of Comix...

Sunset Riders (SNES) – CO-OP Classics

The Super Nintendo’s release in 1990 proved that lightning could strike twice for the popular Japanese video games company as the system not only helped maintain the...

A Brief History of: Nintendo Wii

The arrival of the Wii in November 2006 marked the return of a gaming stalwart to industry prominence. Having struggled with its successors to the Super Nintendo, it...

Ninja Gaiden Black – Think You Can Beat It?

The descriptive phrase “NES hard” attempts to convey a level of difficulty found in a video game that neither adheres to the game’s internal logic nor is...

The Simpsons Arcade – CO-OP Classics

Few properties embody the 1990s’ trademark irreverent spirit like The Simpsons, Fox’s animated show about a family of five that took America – and the world...

Arcade Hall of Fame: NBA Jam (Midway)

Easily one of the most popular sports in the world, NBA basketball was just getting started on its road to absolute craze when Midway’s classic title, NBA Jam,...

A Brief History of: The Xbox

In the dying days of Sega’s Dreamcast a new console was taking shape that would change the gaming landscape in fundamental ways, both introducing new concepts and a...

Double Dragon (NES) – CO-OP Classics

Playing games with friends brings out some of the most magical moments in all of video games. From the thrill of competition to the joys of besting your opponent, video...

Why I Love: Wild Arms (PS1)

Final Fantasy VII – IX, Suikoden 1 & 2, Xenogears, Final Fantasy Tactics, The Legend of Dragoon, Star Ocean: The Second Story, Breath of Fire IV, Paraside Eve,...

Gone But Not Forgotten – Classic Games Developers

You can rely on certain developers these days. CD Projekt are seemingly untouchable with their Witcher series which as of now has not put a foot wrong. Bethesda are...

Why I Love: The Secret of Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge

No insult-sword fighting here folks, Guybrush has to get by with the spit in his mouth; It's Monkey Island 2 ladies and pirates!