There’s no question about it, retro gaming is all the rage right now. Nintendo kicked things off with the release of the NES Classic, followed up with the SNES Classic, which were both huge sales juggernauts, prompting people to stand in lines for hours on end in hopes of getting one, or pay huge $$ to score one on eBay.
Me, I never managed to find an NES Classic, and I didn’t want one bad enough to drop $200+ on one. And I never played Super Nintendo growing up, so that was of no interest to me. But when I heard that they were releasing a mini, modernized Commodore 64, it brought back a rush of memories from my childhood!
Who remembers typing LOAD “*”,8,1. to bring up their game?
I had an Atari 800 computer, but my buddy Chad had a Commodore 64, and we would spend hours on end at his house playing games like Lode Runner, California Games, and Impossible Mission II. Yeah, it would take forever to load some of these games, but it was totally worth it, teleporting us into an 8-bit world that captured our imagination. Those were the days..
Given how many people had Commodore 64’s back in the day, it makes only sense to release a modernized, mini version of the C64, and that’s exactly what Retro Games Ltd. is doing. THEC64 Mini will be roughly half the size of the original “bread-bin” style Commodore 64, and it will connect directly to a television through a single HDMI cable.
THEC64 Mini will include 64 licensed classic games built-in, including games from some of the most highly-acclaimed developers of the time, such as Epyx, Gremlin Graphics, Hewson, and The Bitmap Brothers.
More importantly, it comes with two standard USB ports, one of which can be used to plug in the joystick and the other can be used to plug in a full-size keyboard so you can test out your old BASIC skills.
THEC64 Mini is scheduled to arrive in early 2018 with a price tag of $69.99. Will you be buying one??
The NES Classic Edition Is Returning To Stores Next Month
Back in November 2016, Nintendo released the NES Classic Edition, a mini-sized version of the iconic NES console, which came loaded with 30 popular games from Nintendo’s past. The cost of reliving those nostalgic memories? A very reasonable $59.99.
The only problem? Nintendo drastically underestimated demand for the NES Classic Edition, and they were pretty much impossible to find, and many nostalgic fans like me never could get our hands on one, even after searching stores for over six months.
And then came the death blow, the announcement from Nintendo in April 2017 that they were discontinuing the NES Classic Edition, and that if you hadn’t got one by then, you were pretty much screwed.. or forced to pay $200+ for one on eBay.
Thankfully, it looks like Nintendo had a change of heart, recently announcing on Twitter that they will be re-releasing the NES Classic Edition, with the highly-coveted retro console returning to stores on June 29th. YAAAAASSSS!
The NES Classic Edition will cost $59.99 upon its return, just as it did when it launched in November 2016. The games included on the console will also stay the same.
Here’s the full list of the games that come loaded on the NES Classic Edition:
- Balloon Fight
- Bubble Bobble
- Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
- Donkey Kong
- Donkey Kong Jr.
- Double Dragon II: The Revenge
- Dr. Mario
- FINAL FANTASY
- Ghosts’N Goblins
- Ice Climber
- Kid Icarus
- Kirby’s Adventure
- Mario Bros.
- Mega Man 2
- Ninja Gaiden
- Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
- Super C
- Super Mario Bros.
- Super Mario Bros. 2
- Super Mario Bros. 3
- Tecmo Bowl
- The Legend of Zelda
- Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
As you can see, there’s a little something here for everyone: a nice mix of timeless favorites, cult classics and maybe even some games that you never got around to playing as a kid.
Needless to say, if you missed out on the NES Classic Edition the last time around, you’ll want to line up at the store come June 29th, as these are sure to sell out quickly!
PocketSprite Brings Retro Gaming To Your Keychain
Feast your eyes on PocketSprite, an impossibly small retro gaming device that can play your favorite Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Sega Master System, or Game Gear games.. provided you’ve got tiny fingers.
It’s hard to believe that something as small as a Zippo lighter could do so much, but this shrunken Gameboy boasts a 240 MHz processor, 520 KB of RAM, a smooth OLED display, an 8-bit speaker, Wifi, Bluetooth, player-tested buttons, and a rechargeable battery. Pretty amazing, right?
With the PocketSprite safely tucked in your pocket, you’ll be able to relive your childhood playing games like Super Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog whenever you like. Sorry Candy Crush, it’s been fun, but I’ve found a new way to amuse myself on the subway (and on the toilet)..
But wait, there’s more! While the PocketSprite comes with built-in emulators for the Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Sega Master System, and Game Gear, the device runs open-source software, allowing savvy coders with skills to get creative and load whatever they want on it.
If you want to purchasing this ultra-tiny retro gaming device for yourself, it’ll set you back a very reasonable $55. You can reserve a PocketSprite from Crowd Supply, with shipping to begin on May 15th.
Are you planning on getting a PocketSprite?
‘Session’ Is The Skateboarding Sim Fans Have Been Waiting For
As someone who grew up skateboarding, I instantly fell in love with Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater and EA’s Skate series when they came out, playing the games for hours on end as I pulled off sick tricks that I couldn’t really do in real life without risking life and limb.
Sadly, EA stated that they aren’t working on Skate 4, leaving the skateboarding community without a game to play.. until now. Developer Creā-ture Studios has spent the past two years working on Session, the spiritual successor to Skate, and they recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to help bring the game to fruition.
Speaking to Game Rant, Marc-Andre Houde, the game’s creative and artistic director and the co-founder of Creā-ture Studios, explains the thinking behind the game and its realism:
The way we see the game and how we want to make it is really we are targeting a niche market and we are trying to serve it as well as we can.
Sometimes [developers] try to do too much to please everyone so they make a lot of compromises and they make sure the experience is available for every skillset. It restricts the experience for more advanced gamers or more hardcore people. So, we decided to take it the other way for Session.
The game might appeal to the Tony Hawk Pro Skater audience but we are more targeting the Skate audience.
Unlike other games, Session does away with points/scoring, with the primary goal of you experiencing what skateboarding really is; a sport where there are no goals other than expressing your creativity and achieving success through hard work, perseverance and bits of madness for no one else other than yourself.
Session has blown past it’s Kickstarter funding goal, so barring any delays the game should be released on PC (and Xbox One) in July 2019. Fingers crossed!