NES-Bit Magazine System issue 1

As reported a short time ago, a new zine titled NES-Bit Magazine System was in the works and now it’s finally here in all its glory. Created by the Nintendo community, the zine is devoted to the NES with articles, reviews and much more. With a colourful design and enthusiastic team of writers, this is one zine to look out for. For their inaugural issue, [... read more ...]

Sega Pro issue 2 digitally archived

It’s quite rare to find any Sega Master System coverage in magazines online, so it’s all the more welcome to have another fine Sega Pro issue digitally archived over at Out-of-Print Archive. Although there are some fine Mega Drive games covered in this issue from December 1991 – James Pond II, F-22 Interceptor and Decap Attack to name just three – the Master System was [... read more ...]

Retrogaming Roundup 39

The Septmember 2011 edition of Retrogaming Roundup has been released. The monthly podcast features news, articles, interviews and more on classic gaming. Regular sections include the Top Ten feature (Text Adventures), Hardware Flashback (Having An Arcade Party), Gaming Trivia, The British Hour, URLs and emails, and more. There is also part one of the Geoff Edwards interview and Tribute to Bill Kunkel in the packed [... read more ...]

Dunjon Battler released on Commodore 64

As the game’s title screen might suggest, Dunjon Battler seems simple enough: “Destroy monsters with your sword,” “collect treasure chests for health,” “find the chalice to win.” However, don’t let that simplistic three sentence plot fool you into thinking that this is a simple game. Hidden beneath the surface is a fun little dungeon explorer with plenty of action. The game, which was coded by [... read more ...]

The Retro League episode 100

It’s the big 100 for The Retro League, as they’ve hurled towards that centenary episode in a flash this week – three episodes in as many days! The – normally – weekly podcast features news, articles and discussion on all things related to retrogaming. Naturally, this week, the guys celebrate their 100th episode by replying to listeners’ questions. The usual segments also appear, including Hot [... read more ...]

A guide to restoring classic gaming magazines, the Out-of-Print Archive way

Many people may not know just how much work goes into digitally archiving the classic gaming magazines at Out-of-Print Archive. Co-admin at OoPA, meppi, guides us through the process from scanning, editing and restoring these magazines to their former glory. Here, you will see examples of scanning four separate parts of one page so that nothing is excluded for the final merging process. There are [... read more ...]

The Retro League episode 98

The Retro League is a weekly retrogaming podcast that covers news, articles, links and more. This week, the Retro League team continues their retro countdown by covering the year 1998. Hot topics include Top 100 NES games that still matter, while in Virtually Retro, Parasite Eve II and 1950s Lawn Mower Kids are featured on the PSN and DSiWare respectively. Main news story is the [... read more ...]

Covermount Capers: Amstrad Action issue 4

In this first of our new series of articles, we look back at the more interesting, the historically significant and the just fantastic freebie covermounts. What better way to start than by looking at Amstrad Action issue four’s covertape from its Christmas 1985 Special Issue, which is surely one of the most important covermounts in magazine history. Everyone likes something for nothing and gamers are [... read more ...]

Beastball prototype emerges on the Sega Mega Drive

If you’re a fan of Speedball 2 then you will want to check out this prototype of the previously unreleased Beastball. Although released under Brutal Sports Football on the Jaguar, DOS and Amiga in 1993, the planned Mega Drive and SNES versions by Spectrum Holobyte were never released and remained lost to gaming… until now, for the Mega Drive, at least. As part of their [... read more ...]

Edge Grinder released on Commodore 64 & Amstrad CPC

For the first in a series of Format Wars, Edge Grinder has been simultaneously released on both the Commodore 64 and Amstrad CPC. Format Wars is a collaboration between programmers of different formats to come together to convert a C64 game to another platform, in this instance, the Amstrad CPC. The original C64 game was coded by Jason Kelk (GR9 Strike Force), while the CPC [... read more ...]

Retro Gamer issue 94

LucasArt’s seminal adventure game, Maniac Mansion, takes centre stage with a Making Of… feature and quite rightly so – there needs to be more adventure gaming taking the spotlight in RG. Elsewhere, there is a feature on Capcom’s Vs crossover series, the top 25 original GBA games list, a look at Amiga 16-bit graphics, Classic Game: Trashman, From The Archives: Atari Corporation and A Moment [... read more ...]

Commodore Free issue 53

The 53rd issue of Commodore Free has just been released. The Commodore dedicated retrogaming zine covers all things from the VIC-20 to the Amiga, with news, reviews and interviews. This issue’s highlights include a review of Forgotten Forest (Alf Yngve’s recent entry into the SEUCK Compo 2011), a review of Edge Grinder (a shoot-‘em-up from Jason “TMR” Kelk), snippets on VicDoom (yes, Doom made it [... read more ...]

Sega Saturn Magazine issue 4 digitally remastered

Out-of-Print Archive have revisited the classic Sega Saturn Magazine and have remastered issue 4, which was originally published by EMAP in February 1996. This means this is the definitive “meppi” release with enhanced editing techniques throughout. To accompany this remastered digital release, there are four articles to view online which were taken from the magazine and include articles on Panzer Dragoon Zwei and Darius Gaiden, [... read more ...]

X-Com UFO Defense from Enemy Unknown

With the upcoming release of the FPS Reboot of X-Com straying further away from the franchises’ origins than humnly thought possible, we look back at the first, and best, game in the series… It’s hard to admit to myself that my all time favourite game of 20 years, Laser Squad, may well have been perched from its lofty heights in gaming status. When I first [... read more ...]

Back in Time: September 1991

“‘Back in Time’ is a monthly feature where we look back at the classic video gaming magazines twenty years ago this month. This month it’s September 1991 and the Super Famicom was beginning to make head roads on the gaming scene with titles such as U.N. Squadron, while two classics, Streets of Rage and Road Rash, hit the Mega Drive and God sims were big [... read more ...]