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  1. One of the rarest games in arcade history finally coming to modern consoles! Released as a coin-operated arcade game in 1996, Cannon Dancer, also known as “Osman” in the US, has become an absolute legend in arcade history. After the 90s fighting-game hype declined, the game slowly began to fade out of arcades due to the small number of units. Over the years, the title became a video game legend, with fans around the globe interested in getting their hands on it. Almost 30 years later, ININ Games has teamed up with two key members of the original development team to finally bring the game to modern home consoles: the game designer Kouichi Yotsui (also known as “Isuke” and famous for his work on “Strider”) and the artist Takashi Kogure (better known as “Utata Kiyoshi”). Cannon Dancer is an action game set in a dystopian late 21st century, in which the world is under the control of a single federal government. One day, a new threat known as “Abdullah the Slaver” – an evil sorcerer who wants to take control of the world – appears, causing widespread terror and panic. This fear incites the abandonment of all economic activity and corruption in the government, which now undermines the foundations of society itself. Judicial affairs director, Jack Layzon, fears the worst and summons a lone assassin. The player controls a "cannon dancer" called Kirin; a top-class agent in a mercenary unit only known as “Teki”, and a highly skilled martial arts fighter. As he travels, he has to face not only Abdullah the Slaver and the government forces but also the other members of the Teki, who want him dead for ... er, personal reasons. Debut trailer: The game will be available as a digital download version for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 (PS4), PlayStation 5 (PS5) and Xbox for the first time ever, with a planned release in Q1 2023.
  2. Out 11th November. Ordered the Xbox version. Love things like this shame there is no booklet to accompany it. Even has Jag games on there... So perhaps I might get to play Tempest 2K again hopefully with the Jag soundtrack unchanged!
  3. Klonoa is back!! Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series brings back the 1997 PlayStation original Klonoa: Door to Phantomile and its 2001 sequel Klonoa 2: Lunatea's Veil remastered in one collection to fans new and old. Get ready to set off on an adventure to save the world! BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. has decided to release Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series on Nintendo Switch in July 2022 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Klonoa series. The graphics have been improved while maintaining the world view and gameplay. It is now possible to set the difficulty level so that even beginners can play easily. • Run and jump while using your Wind Ring to grab and throw your enemies. Adjust the difficulty levels to test your skills. • Enlist a friend in 2 player co-op, if you need help. Early purchase benefits: A costume set where you can change the costumes of Klonoa: Door to Phantomile and Klonoa 2: Lunatea's Veil with each other. Debut trailer: Releases on July 8, 2022. Besides a Switch version, PlayStation5, PlayStation4, Xbox Series X | S, Xbox One, and STEAM will also get their own version at a later date.
  4. I heard about this on the Easy Allies podcast as part of their Day of the Devs discussion, and thought it sounded like a brilliant way to compile and present historically significant games, as opposed to the usual bunch of roms that we tend to see dumped into similar compilations or mini consoles. I have no real knowledge and certainly no nostalgia for anything Atari at all, and I suspect many of the games are unplayable for people like me, coming from that lack of experience or fondness, but I’d still be very interested in playing bits of these games while accessing them from a curated presentation. Almost like studying them for historical and cultural interest, if nothing else, being able to read / view the surrounding pieces of historical context and development accounts that are presented alongside the games, explaining why a certain game is regarded as being significant or influential or what have you. I think it includes 90 games total from various Atari home consoles (including the Jaguar omgwtflol). Dunno if it’s full games, or little playable, easily digestible snapshots and vignettes, but I think I’d prefer and appreciate the latter, if indeed the whole package is intended to be consumed like something more akin to a playable encyclopaedia. Destructoid blurb: Googling for more info suggests that in addition to Steam it’s also coming out on PlayStation, Switch and I’d assume Xbox, November 11th.
  5. From the team behind Nintendo Life and Push Square (Hookshot Media) comes a new retro-oriented site: https://www.timeextension.com It will be based around features on classic games and hardware, looking in depth at how games are made and why they are classics. Plus there will be news on remakes and conversions. As an example, here’s a brilliant piece on early grey market imports in the UK from Damien McFerrin: https://www.timeextension.com/features/full-of-eastern-promise-the-rise-and-fall-of-grey-importing (Disclosure: I will be writing for this site, already have a couple of pieces on the way...)
  6. Without a doubt the weirdest and most interesting announcement of the last Nintendo Direct. Live A Live is a role-playing video game in which the player takes on the role of eight different protagonists through nine scenarios. While each narrative has the same basic mechanics, individual stories have unique gimmicks; these include the use of stealth, a lack of standard battles, or using telepathy to learn new facts to progress the narrative. With the exception of one scenario, the player character navigates themed environments, ranging from the overworld area to dungeon environments. Battles are triggered differently for each scenario; some are random encounters, some have enemy sprites which can be avoided, while others are entirely scripted. The turn-based battle system is used across all scenarios, and features the player character and sometimes a party fighting enemies on a 7x7 grid, with characters able to move and perform actions such as attacking or using particular skills. Skills can be used without limit, though some take multiple turns to charge. Some abilities imbue tiles with extra properties, such as healing a character or dealing elemental damage.There are also different skill systems in place; there is gaining levels with experience points, which unlocks new abilities, though in others character progression is locked behind story events. In one scenario techniques are learned through seeing an opponent use them. Each character can also equip and use items, such as accessories to boost attack or items to recover health. If the player character, or party, is defeated, the game ends. Live A Live was originally developed in 1994 by Development Division 5 of [then] Square. The game was the directorial debut of Takashi Tokita, who had previously worked in a designer role for Hanjuku Hero and Final Fantasy IV. The original concept was born from the desire to make an RPG where players could experience multiple standalone stories at once, contrasting against Final Fantasy where smaller stories served a grand narrative arc. The production was made possible by the expanding storage capacity of the Super Famicom ROM, with the aim being for players to be able to complete each section within a day. Several staff members, including designer Nobuyuki Inoue and lead programmer Fumiaki Fukaya, had worked on either Hanjuku Hero or the Final Fantasy series. Active production began in December 1993, though the entire development including early planning lasted one and a half years. Tokita once said it would depend entirely on fan demand, whether a remake or sequel would happen or not. He later revealed that multiple attempts at a sequel or remake had fallen through over the years. Almost three decades after its initial release, a remake was eventually announced in February 2022 for Nintendo Switch. After joining the Square Enix team developing Octopath Traveler, known for its "HD-2D" graphical style which blended sprite art with 3D graphics, Tokita was inspired to remake Live A Live using the wonderful graphical style of Octopath Traveller. Work on the remake already began in 2019, with development proving challenging during the COVID-19 pandemic and due to the need of preserving the variety of playstyles. The UI and sound effects were updated, and the gameplay was re-balanced. The character designs were redrawn by Naoki Ikushima. Shimomura returned to orchestrate and arrange the soundtrack, and voice acting (!) for main and important characters was included, with the cast being chosen by Tokita based on his initial concepts for what the characters would sound like. Debut trailer: Latest trailer: The remake is scheduled for release on July 22, 2022. Square Enix will publish the game in Japan, while Nintendo will be the publisher in the West. It comes in both a physical and digital version, and a collector's edition will be available from Square Enix Japan's website.
  7. I know we have an emulator thread, but as Retroarch becomes more and more all-encompasing I think it deserves it's own thread. https://www.libretro.com/index.php/retroarch-2/ When it works it's great, however it's very finicky. I've been trying to add some roms all morning and it just keeps freezing, going to have to reinstall I think. What's other people's experiences with it?
  8. I know people tend to link to DF Retro videos in each game or console's dedicated thread, but here's a topic for all their miscellaneous videos that wouldn't really fit elsewhere. Today they published this video testing out four games (Quake 3 Arena, Half-Life, Unreal, and Trespasser) on a 700 MHz Pentium III with a whopping 384MB RAM, and two graphics cards: an ELSA Erazor III TNT2 Pro, and a 3dfx Voodoo 2. A lot of people seem to look back fondly on Trespasser. I never played it but my main memory of it is that CVG gave it a really negative review. (That score is listed on the game's Wikipedia article as 1/10, but CVG used a 5-star rating system at that time. Will have to edit that, once I've found my copy of the issue...) John Linneman does lots of praising of CRT monitors in that video! I recently had to dig out my old 4:3 Dell CRT to use on my PC after my LCD monitor died. (In my case this CRT monitor seems unusually dark even with contrast and brightness set high, so I'm wondering if that's not due to this particular monitor dimming with age, but because Windows 10 and my graphics card are in some way optimised/expecting to output to LCD? There's probably a gamma setting that needs tweaking somewhere...) Anyway, at the moment I'm just pleased to have the chance to press the degauss button again - wheeee!
  9. The Retrogaming Times Monthly is back - now as the Retrogaming Times, published every two months. Issue 001 for March 2016 is online now http://www.classicplastic.net/trt/issue001/ with features on the C64, Coleco collecting and the Walter Day trading card collection.
  10. So for the last four years, a sizeable team (including @Anne Summers and myself from Rllmuk) have been working on a retro game streaming platform called Antstream. It lets you play a huge catalogue of retro games, with a single subscription that you can access across multiple devices. Systems supported include everything from the earliest Arcade games through to the best home computers, through to PS1 games - and beyond! Each game on the system has been lovingly curated. We've re-mastered artwork, created control schemes that work across touch controls, keyboards and game pads, and created global and friend leaderboards. For some games, we've even created brand new micro challenges that you can compete against your friends with, from simple score attack trials to more exotic challenges, like boss rushes. The best thing is, every game on the system is fully licensed, so you know that by playing the games, people are actually going to get paid. So after nearly half a decade of work, we're almost ready to break cover. We'll be touring Antstream round several gaming shows in August including Play Expo in London and GamesCom in Cologne, so if you're visiting either of those shows, please come and say hi at our booth. We'll also be announcing our full launch plans really soon. In the meantime though, @Anne Summers and myself will be happy to answer any (well, some) questions here, and if you're interested, we'd love it if you'd like our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/antstreamgames/) and join our mailing list (https://www.antstream.com/mailinglist) - the more interest you guys show the better the licenses we'll get access to. It's a really exciting project, with support from some of the biggest names in gaming, and we'd love to have you help shape what Antstream becomes. Also, there's free cake for anyone who likes our page, and two pieces of cake for anyone who shares it*. Please, let's make this a big success, so that I don't have to go back to writing stories about my terrible dating life. *The cake may be a lie.
  11. A new (old) Net Yaroze title for PlayStation! it's a randomly generated gauntlet style game (real-time rogue-like, if you must) Originally created to beta state in 1998, then shelved/cancelled. Finished in 2020 by another developer under direction of the original developers. interview/history http://netyaroze-europe.com/Media/Magic-Castle download bin/cue https://archive.org/details/magic-castle-2020-23-dec manual https://archive.org/details/mcmanual/ Apparently the end is after level 20. Lots of Easter Eggs. Note: works on PS2 from hard power off; may not work from standby.
  12. Darren Doyle and Greyfox Books are funding their latest release on Kickstarter. After the excellent Atari 8-bit book, the new title is a personal look back at classic arcade games, with chapters based on particular genres and lots of great visuals. Having helped proofread the book it's shaping up to be another worthy addition to your retro bookshelves. Link
  13. https://sarahjaneavory.itch.io/zeta-wing Well, Sarah Jane Avory made a huge impression in 2019 with Neutron (and the funny Christmas-skinned revamp Santron). Now she's back with Zeta Wing, a gorgeous and incredible vertically scrolling shoot 'em up inspired by arcade game Gemini Wing. (Sarah actually ported the Atari ST version to Amiga, and was always disappointed she had no time to make use of the Amiga's superior hardware) Earth has been overrun by mutant creatures, so strap into your fighter and blast off to get rid of the infestation for good! Destroying a complete attack wave drops a P token, and collecting 12 increases your shot strength by one level. Dying drops it back one level but does not drain your power gauge. - Three difficulty levels and autofire option (hold fire) - Seven huge stages - Giant end of level bosses - Parallax scrolling layers - Simultaneous sound FX and music - PAL and NTSC compatible Trailer here:
  14. With a lot of chat going in the Retroarch thread i thought it was maybe time that this got it's own thread. Basically CoinOPS FW is a front end all in one emulator for just about any system emulated and is currently Windows only. You can see some of the stuff at the youtube channel here:- https://www.youtube.com/user/BS1ukNinja/videos I openly admit i am personally yet to get the thing working on my own PC but people on the forum speak very highly of it, and i can't wait to experience it myself.
  15. Many years ago in my early teens I bought a book from my local bookshop. It was a proper book about videogames written by someone called Martin Amis, who I'd never heard of, and introduced by Steven Spielberg. It's part history, part reviews, part hints and tips and totally of it's time. The author wrote in a more grown up way than I was used to at the time and wrote with a passion and love for the games that enchanted the young me. He writes more about his favourite games with pages devoted to Defender while others get not much more than a paragraph. I loved this book and reread it many times. Years later I read an article in Edge magazine about Retrogaming books and there it was described as the Holy Grail of Retro book collecting. I rushed off to look for my copy but it was nowhere to be found. I'd left home by this point and moved house twice, I didn't appear to have it. I assumed it would be at my parents but couldn't find it there despite searching my old room, attic etc. I hoped it might turn up but it didn't. A couple of nights ago I was chuntering on to my partner and started rambling on about this old book that I'd lost and how it was probably now very valuable etc, etc, etc.....grumble, grumble.... She's very tolerant. I googled the book expecting to see it listed on eBay for stupid money, at which point I might have thrown myself to the ground for a quiet weep, and then it popped up. New copies were available for less than £12, they'd only gone and reprinted it in 2018 and this was after Martin Amis had previously said he would not allow a reprint of this book ever again. Why wasn't I informed? Anyway, it arrived today and although it's a new printing and a brand new book it feels like I've got part of my childhood back. Now to settle down and read it.
  16. 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.
  17. The new issue is on sale now. Grab it in a shop or get it from https://www.myfavouritemagazines.co.uk/retro-gamer-print-back-issues/retro-gamer-issue-202/ Contents The Making Of: Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic Ultimate Guide: Time Crisis Yu Suzuki Golden Joysticks Interview Retro Revival: Shanghai In The Chair: Big Boy Barry The Making: Of Bactron Conversion Kings: Psycho Pigs UXB From The Archives: Arc System Works Retro Revival: RoadBlasters (Lynx) Ultimate Guide: Twin Cobra Digital Destinations The Making: Of Ghost Hunters Ultimate Guide: Street Racer Hardware Heaven: Xbox History Of: Warlords Retro Revival: The Magical Quest Starring Mickey Mouse Future Classic: Disco Elysium So You Want To Collect: Castlevania Games Peripheral Vision: Fishing Controller Retro Revival: Garou: Mark Of The Wolves
  18. So, I've been looking forward to this for quite some time - particularly for the amazing 1-bit art style that the game possesses. Basically, it's an RPG that revolves around your character investigating all manner of Junji Ito inspired abominations, and/or surviving the happenings around a very strange mid-80s Japanese town. I haven't got a lot to go on, as I'm going in blind and it's only just released on Steam for a crisp £11.39 , but initial impressions have been positive. There's also been a demo circulating, which you can find here: http://www.wohgame.com/ EDIT: And as @Goose has wonderfully mentioned, this is out on PC Gamepass right now as well! The developer is intending to release later this year on PS4 and Switch, if you're interested. In the meantime, I'll be back later with my own impressions of it. I'll be very upset of it's a bit pap, but that's life!
  19. It's time for another ZZAP! Annual, with editor Roger Kean and artist Oli Frey on board. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/47744432/zzap-64-annual-2020-lets-do-this-again Filled with reviews of the latest games, new features and interviews - including an exclusive interview with programming legend Andrew Braybrook. Perks for the campaign include new game Dragonspire, signed canvasses and ZZAP merch.
  20. Would anyone be interested in a retro game club where we choose a game a month, I reckon 16 bit era or earlier and we do a play and discussion? I’ve seen some reddit type clubs but a bit bemused we don’t have such a thing here. Who’s up for it and what shall we play this Month? I reckon emulation/og hardware choice up to you (better than having a dozen middle aged nerds all bidding on the same eBay auctions).
  21. Hi, After spending the last nine hours or so downloading and configuring Retroarch on my pc i came across an option for this:- https://retroachievements.org/ It basically adds achievements for games like you get on the xbox or ps4 but for emulated games! I know it may not be everyones cup of tea but i like things like this so i created an account and have unlocked a couple of achievements so far. If anyone else has an account or makes one and fancies adding me, my profile can be found below:- https://retroachievements.org/user/KidTrunks&g=15
  22. From the makers of 8-Bit Magazine comes the 8-Bit Annual 2018, a hardback annual with over 200 pages. Over 100 new games for 8-bit computers and consoles reviewed, along with features and interviews. Order from: www.eightbitmagazine.com Watch my video here:
  23. Starting this thread cause I'm gonna sell my pal 32x on the forum. But am finding it hard to find an approximate value on ebay, many unit only versions seem to go for £110-£150, but all appear to be NTSC. So, to kick things off: Pal Sega 32X, all cables, PSU and shields: ?Price If we want to keep this thread going, or sticky it, I can put some general guidelines at the top as and when we work them out.
  24. The SUPER Retro Games Fair is back for its biggest event yet! This is the biggest video game sales event in West Yorkshire with over 130 tables of gaming goodies and over 65 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 a bar and cafe too! THE DATE Saturday 23rd June 2018 OPENING TIMES 11am-4pm THE VENUE Leeds University Union, Refectory, 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
  25. Not sure if this is the right thread, but is there anyone here that collects the original Kenner and Palitoy Star Wars stuff? I'm working on something new for Retro Gamer and looking for someone with a sizable collection.
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