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Together Retro Game Club: Mario Golf

Together Retro Game Club: Mario Golf

Presented by Graham New to Together Retro? Don’t worry; everyone makes mistakes. You can get an idea about what we’re doing with our time here. This month in Together Retro we take to the green with Mario and the gang in Mario Golf. The N64 and Game Boy Color classic wasn’t Mario’s first trip to the golf links – he’d already appeared in several golf games on the NES and Famicom – but it manages to incorporate the Mario world in a [...]

Together Retro Game Club: Pinball Arcade

Together Retro Game Club: Pinball Arcade

Presented by ExedExes New to Together Retro? Don’t worry; everyone makes mistakes. You can get an idea about what we’re doing with our time here. This month for Together Retro we’re doing pinball. Not just any pinball, but a way to play many of the original machines that make up the landscape of the very game itself. It’s The Pinball Arcade by FarSight Studios.   History Pinball evolved in many ways. From a French game known as Bagatelle in the 1700s, [...]

Together Retro Game Club: Mortal Kombat Trilogy

Together Retro Game Club: Mortal Kombat Trilogy

Presented  by BogusMeatFactory New to Together Retro? Don’t worry; everyone makes mistakes. You can get an idea about what we’re doing with our time here. This month’s Together Retro is an epic battle between good and evil as the forces of Earth fend off the demonic machinations of the Netherrealm in the pinnacle of 2D fighting prowess, Mortal Kombat Trilogy. July may be best known for the celebration of American Independence, but you can take this time to celebrate over-the-top violence and [...]

The Best Shmups to Get Started

The Best Shmups to Get Started

Presented by BulletMagnet Note from racketboy: Taking the next step from his comprehensive Shmups 101: A Beginner’s Guide to 2D Shooters,  the expert shmup writing of BulletMagnet (see his guides to shmups for the Playstation, Saturn, and PS2 and the Games That Defined the Shmup Genre) this guide is one of most epic posts ever.  I hope you enjoy the detail and loving care that went into this piece! The scrolling shoot-em-up (or “shmup”) is a hardy, tough-skinned branch of video gamedom dating back to the [...]

Together Retro Game Club: Mega Man X

Together Retro Game Club: Mega Man X

Presented  by Flake New to Together Retro? Don’t worry; everyone makes mistakes. You can get an idea about what we’re doing with our time here. Quick: Home game consoles just made the jump from 8-bit to 16-bit graphics and you need to re-invent an iconic character so that he looks good in new more detailed sprites and stays relevant with the hip young crowd. What do you do? Well, if it’s the early 90’s you do the only thing you can: You [...]

Together Retro Game Club: Super Puzzle Fighter

Together Retro Game Club: Super Puzzle Fighter

Presented  by Flake New to Together Retro? Don’t worry; everyone makes mistakes. You can get an idea about what we’re doing with our time here. This month we flex our muscles and unleash our fighting spirit on a fighting game where your jabs and uppercuts come in the form of clearing small amounts of colorful gems and your super attacks come from huge multi-gem combos. This May, Together Retro is tackling one of the most surprising games Capcom ever produced, Super Puzzle [...]

Together Retro Game Club: Sonic & Knuckles

Together Retro Game Club: Sonic & Knuckles

Presented  by Graham New to Together Retro? Don’t worry; everyone makes mistakes. You can get an idea about what we’re doing with our time here. This month in Together Retro we dive one of the Sega’s most classic 16-bit platformers with Sonic & Knuckles.  Originally intended to be included as part of Sonic 3, Sonic & Knuckles was instead released separately by Sega due to time constraints and the price of high-memory cartridges. However, Sonic & Knuckles isn’t just a shameless cash [...]

Blissbox 4 play Kickstarter Announcement

Blissbox 4 play Kickstarter Announcement

Presented by Fastbilly1 Note from Racketboy:  We don’t make a habit of promoting Kickstarters or other upcoming product too much, but sometimes, it’s hard to not get excited about some. In the far flung past of the year 2001, I spent $50 on Liksang to import a device called a Super Smartjoy.  This simple device adapted a Super Nintendo/Super Famicom controller so you could use it on your computer via USB.  I beat many games with the adapter and to [...]

Together Retro Game Club: Quake Series

Together Retro Game Club: Quake Series

Presented  by Dsheinem New to Together Retro? Don’t worry; everyone makes mistakes. You can get an idea about what we’re doing with our time here. “Quake won’t be just a game, it will be a movement.” – John Romero in Computer Player magazine, October 1994 A new generation of programmers was devoting their work, their lives, to realizing the Holodeck. As John Carmack said, “It’s a moral imperative that we must create this.” His contribution would be Quake. – from Masters of [...]

Together Retro Game Club: River City Ransom

Together Retro Game Club: River City Ransom

Presented  by Flake New to Together Retro? Don’t worry; everyone makes mistakes. You can get an idea about what we’re doing with our time here. Well, this is it. As far as I am concerned, with this game the Together Retro project reaches its zenith. Ignore what the rest of the calendar says. Turn out the lights. Unplug your game systems. Go find a hobby that is more sports oriented. We’re doing River City Ransom this month. It is THE ultimate [...]

Together Retro Game Club: Grandia

Together Retro Game Club: Grandia

Presented by Graham New to Together Retro? Don’t worry; everyone makes mistakes. You can get an idea about what we’re doing with our time here. This month in Together Retro we delve into the world of one of the Playstation’s classic RPGs with Grandia. Developed by Game Arts, the team behind the Lunar franchise, this Japanese RPG is highly regarded for the innovations made with its strategic battle system. Gameplay For the most part, Grandia plays like a fairly typical RPG of [...]

Together Retro Game Club: Space Harrier

Together Retro Game Club: Space Harrier

  Presented by ExedExes New to Together Retro? Don’t worry; everyone makes mistakes. You can get an idea about what we’re doing with our time here. This month Together Retro brings you one of the most influential and classic arcade games in the past 30 years. With groundbreaking graphics, flight-stick controls and even a memorable cabinet design, it’s all right here in Space Harrier by Sega.  Created by the legendary Yu Suzuki, this was one of 4 games in Sega’s “Super Scaler” [...]

Together Retro: Ultima IV

Together Retro: Ultima IV

Presented by Fastbilly1 New to Together Retro? Don’t worry; everyone makes mistakes. You can get an idea about what we’re doing with our time here. This month for Together Retro we are going for a very unique title.  Ultima IV is not a game about conquering an evil lord or demon bent on destruction.  It is really a game about becoming a good person, an example to the masses of Britannia.  How you accomplish this is so slyly implemented it makes it [...]

Together Retro: I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream & The Typing of the Dead

Together Retro: I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream & The Typing of the Dead

Presented by Dsheinem New to Together Retro? Don’t worry; everyone makes mistakes. You can get an idea about what we’re doing with our time here. It’s another October double-bill for Together Retro, and this year we are playing two games in very different genres: 1995’s I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream developed by The Dreamer’s Guild and 1999’s Sega spin-off classic The Typing of the Dead. I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream Overview I Have No Mouth and [...]

The Odyssey 2 Shooters Library

The Odyssey 2 Shooters Library

Presented by Jex the Gamer Note from Racketboy: I’m pleased to introduce a new contributor to the Racketboy family in Jax the Gamer!   He starts us off with a a great genre guide to an old-school console that doesn’t get enough attention around these parts. Magnavox’s Odyssey 2 is not a well-known console system (see our guide to the Odyssey 2 console)  and neither is its library of games. That doesn’t mean it’s not worth playing, though; especially if [...]