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Tetris Battle Gaiden: The Forgotten Puzzle Spin-Off

Note from racketboy: fastbilly1 shares one of his favorite hidden puzzlers from the Super Famicom (SNES). I admit that I had never heard of this game, so I want to thank him for pointing this gem out. It is always nice when you have a craving to play a classic games like Tetris, but end […]

The Best Pac-Man Clones and Spin-Offs

Pac-Man is one of the most popular video games of all time and it was no surprise that many companies tried cloning the game in order to make a quick buck. However, many of those clones didn’t really add much or even capture much of the original charm. Even many of Namco’s own Pac-Man spinoffs […]

Why Classic Video Games Are Great For Kids

I know from spending time in the racketboy.com forums that a lot of people in the retro gaming community, including myself, are 20 years old or older and either have kids or may plan on having some soon. Once I have kids of my own, I want them to be well-adjusted and smart, but still […]

Drones: Tron-Inspired Dreamcast Game That Disappeared

The Sega Dreamcast had many promising games canceled near the end of it’s lifespan such as Propeller Arena and Half-Life. However, there were also some lesser-known games at the beginning of the Dreamcast’s launch that never saw retail shelves. There is one particular game by the name of “Drones”, that I had never even heard […]

Did Gaming Charm Disappear With The Cartridge?

Do you remember that feeling you get when you first turned on the game on your NES? Maybe it was the immediate * ding, ding * of Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out that got your worked up for a marathon of dodging punches. Or perhaps, you just enjoyed the charming title screens and the ability to just […]

The Lost Levels: Ultimate Test of 2D Super Mario Bros Skill

My wife grew up with the original Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros. 3 on the NES and still enjoys playing the classics to this day. I also recently bought her New Super Mario Bros. for the Nintendo DS to give her some fresh 2D Mario action. However, she routinely plays through these platforming […]

The Past, Present, and Future of Sega’s Best Franchises

It’s no secret that I’m a Sega fan or more specifically, an old-school Sega fan. Sega has been blessed with a great history and a legacy of phenomenally innovative games that helped fuel many a console war. However, now that Sega is now software-only and many of its most prolific developers have moved onto other […]

The Nintendo DS Wishlist

No one can deny that the Nintendo DS is hot right now. And when a game system is hot (especially when its from Nintendo), it can get away with having ports of older games and have them sell well. So, just like I did with my XBox Live Wishlist, I’ve combined my personal gaming daydreams […]

How Sega Can Bring Sonic the Hedgehog Back To Its Glory

After my rant on How Sega All But Ruined Sonic the Hedgehog, I thought it would be most appropriate to expand on how Sega can actually transition Sonic into the next-gen consoles without making their down-slide worse. I figured the best way to go through this is to take the core elements that did work […]

How Sega All But Ruined Sonic the Hedgehog

Sega’s Blue Blur was a whirlwind of excitement in the early 1990’s. Nintendo had a magical formula in the Super Mario Bros series and every other developer had their run and jump Mario clones. Sega on the other hand, took the platforming genre to the next level by taking advantage of their new Genesis console […]

Who Needs 3D? Heck, Who Needs Color??

I know this topic has been discussed numerous times before on this site and others like it, but I just had to share a couple of recent examples of incredible concept games that show that not only show that you can make a incredibly engageing experience without 3D graphics, but you can also have that […]

Game Collecting: Don’t “Invest” In Vintage Games

In the first of my rants (How The Internet Changed The Hobby) about the lessons I learned from collecting hobby-related items, I discussed how the Internet has changed the way we collect and how are collections are perceived by others. This time around I want to show you how buying “valuable”� and “rare”� games isn’t […]

Game Collecting: How the Internet Changed the Hobby

I’ve been a collector all my life. My largest collecting phase began when I was 7 years old and initially became fascinated with baseball cards. Once the baseball card market became oversaturated in the late 1990’s, I eventually withdrew from the hobby, but the experience taught me a number of life lessons in business, personal […]

Classic Franchises That Actually NEED a Resurrection

As a follow-up to my Games That Actually NEED A Sequel and further inspired by this post at Siliconera, I wanted to discuss a few classic game franchises, that while they did have at least one sequel, they haven’t surfaced in quite a while. And even though there are a small handful of older franchises […]

How The Revolution Will Revive Light Gun Games

The Nintendo Revoltion controller has already created a great deal of discussion about the new door of gameplay that the system will open — much like the Nintendo DS did for portable gaming. Not only are gamers anticipating what is in the Revolution’s future in terms of games, but developers are also warping their brains […]

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