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Retro Selections for the Nintendo 3DS

Retro Selections for the Nintendo 3DS

Presented by Adam Sarson Note from Racketboy:  Normally, we don’t do guides for current systems as they can be tricky to keep up with, but we have a new contributor on board that wanted to do a writeup for the 3DS and what is available for the new handheld.  If you think we missed something good, please mention it in the comments.  We’ll try to update this over the years as well too Are you considering making the Nintendo 3DS your next [...]

The Best Sega Saturn Games Under $25

The Best Sega Saturn Games Under $25

For my next revision to the Cheapest Games series , I wanted to revisit the Sega Saturn. The values of the popular Saturn games have increased significantly over the last few years — especially for complete copies of the game.   After the last few revisions of these “Cheapest Games” posts, I’ve found that it’s getting harder and harder to find quality vintage games in complete condition for a reasonable price. In the case of the Sega Saturn, the perfect example is [...]

Fujitsu FM Towns Marty: A Beginner’s Guide

Fujitsu FM Towns Marty: A Beginner’s Guide

Presented by Ack See the other entries in the Retro Gaming 101 Series It’s unfortunate that Fujitsu’s game console is so obscure.  The FM Towns Marty has a solid lineage with the FM Towns, which had Fujitsu performing many firsts in the gaming and home computer industry.  Perhaps it could be said that the Marty was ahead of its time, heralding in the days of 32-bit CD-based consoles that would dominate the console wars of the mid-1990s, despite Nintendo’s choice [...]

Introductory Guide to MAME32/MameUI

Introductory Guide to MAME32/MameUI

Presented by Fastbilly1 Note from Racketboy: As common as MAME is, it can be quite intimidating to install for those that are new to the scene.  Fastbilly1 is an arcade enthusiast to say the least and he wanted to share his knowledge with the Racketboy community about how to properly setup MAME and how to avoid potential pitfalls.  This guide ended up rather large and just a bit rough around the edges, but we wanted to go ahead and publish [...]

The Best Sega Genesis Games Under $10

The Best Sega Genesis Games Under $10

The next update to the Cheapest Games series is a look at the Sega Genesis and it’s wonderful 16-bit library.  In previous versions of this list, I showed prices of games that included a case and manual.  Not only is it getting very hard to find complete Genesis games on the store shelves of indie game store (even though loose carts are usually common), the collectable market for complete games has really taken off in recent years. So, much like [...]

SNK Neo-Geo Pocket: A Beginner’s Guide

SNK Neo-Geo Pocket: A Beginner’s Guide

Presented by Fastbilly1, pullmyfinger, Flake, GSZX1337, and Racketboy The RetroGaming 101 series is aimed at gamers who are just starting out in the classic gaming scene or are curious about an older console that they don’t know much about yet. Those of you that are especially knowledgeable about the featured console, I encourage you to add any information that you think would be beneficial into the comments section.   Background Info Two versions: Neo Geo Pocket and Neo Geo Pocket [...]

The Sony PSP Retro Compilation Library

The Sony PSP Retro Compilation Library

Presented by noiseredux The PSP is no doubt a bit of an emulator powerhouse. But for those of us who are more interested in collecting physical media, it should be noted that the PSP is also a great system to showcase various retro compilations. Considering what a wonderfully cheap handheld it is to collect for (at least domestically), you can actually build up a rather impressive retro library with just a pocket full of spending money and a small stack [...]

ColecoVision: A Beginner’s Guide

ColecoVision: A Beginner’s Guide

Presented by Ack See the other entries in the Retro Gaming 101 Series Coleco Industries had a lot going for it in the early 1980s.  Its new console, the ColecoVision, had started to tear up sales charts thanks to the quality of its arcade ports, especially its pack-in, Donkey Kong.  Expansion modules being released were adding to the console’s usefulness and its potential game library.  But the console’s time in the limelight was tragically short-lived, as the market’s bottom fell [...]

Collecting NES Black Box / Sprite Art Games

Collecting NES Black Box / Sprite Art Games

It is very easy to get overwhelmed when collecting vintage video games. It can be tempting to attempt to collect full console libraries of games, but sometimes focusing on a certain sub-category of a particular library can often be a more practical (and many times more enjoyable) experience. This is the first of a series of collecting guides that will focus on a subset of games that are popular with collectors. The launch titles for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) [...]

Game Boy Games That Pushed The Limits of Graphics & Sound

Game Boy Games That Pushed The Limits of Graphics & Sound

Presented by Zen Albatross and Racketboy Special Thanks to Satoshi_Matrix, Noiseredux, and other Racketboy forum members See Older Entries of the Games That Pushed The Limits Series In the 1980’s, a loose international culture of computer graphics artists and musicians formed what is now known as the demoscene. These artists, many of whom went on to make games themselves, engaged in programming contests, creating increasingly impressive audiovisual demonstrations that pushed the physical limits of the hardware they used. Decades later, [...]

Watara Supervision: A Beginner’s Guide

Watara Supervision: A Beginner’s Guide

Presented by Ack By 1992, Nintendo was crushing the competition in the handheld market with a piece of handheld hardware that was technically out of date when compared to its main sources of competition.  But with a little ingenuity, great battery life, and some serious gameplay, the Game Boy continued to hold its own against the likes of the Sega Game Gear and Atari Lynx.  The amount of success was enough to get many companies to take notice, and while [...]

The Best XBox 360 Games Under $10

The Best XBox 360 Games Under $10

Now that the 360 has been on the market for a number years now, we’re starting to see some big name titles come down to single-digit prices. And as long as you willing to go digging around in the used-game market, you can starting building an impressive game library for much less than the console cost you. Now, I haven’t played all of these, but I’m going mostly on critic’s reviews and word-of-mouth from gamers with similar tastes. I figured [...]

The Rarest and Most Valuable 3DO Games

The Rarest and Most Valuable 3DO Games

We do our best to keep our Rare & Valuable series updated and useful, but we have been missing some of the more obscure consoles from our guides.   Our first step to filling in the gaps is by tackling the 3DO Interactive Multiplayer.   While there aren’t a lot of high-demand cult-classics on the 3DO like there is on more popular platforms, the console isn’t without its collectors and rarities.  The 3DO game packaging also makes it a challenge for die-hard collectors.  It [...]

Summer of the DIY Arcade pt2: The MAME Cabinet & X-Arcade Tankstick

Summer of the DIY Arcade pt2: The MAME Cabinet & X-Arcade Tankstick

Presented by Dsheinem In my previous entry, I discussed how I got the notion at the 2011 PAX East convention that it was high time for me to introduce some form of arcade gaming (beyond arcade sticks) into my home retro gaming setup.  My first foray into this – and something that would prove to be an incremental step – was the use of an iCade, a device that still has more promise than delivery, but which nonetheless offers an [...]

Nintendo iQue Player: A Beginner’s Guide

Nintendo iQue Player: A Beginner’s Guide

Presented by Ack Let’s face it, there’s not a lot that Nintendo does that fans don’t notice.  When a new game is discussed, mentioned, or even hinted at, the fans are there.  When Nintendo holds a conference, fans set their schedules to make sure they won’t miss a word.  And when Nintendo so much as theorizes on a new business move, the fans are there to speculate and envision the possibilities.  When Nintendo talks, people listen.  So in 2003 fans [...]