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Retro Gamer

Retro Gamer No. 196

Retro Gamer is the only magazine in the UK that’s fully dedicated to the halcyon days of classic gaming. If you’ve ever fondly blasted away at the Bydo Empire in R-Type, swung Bowser by the tail in Super Mario 64, or navigated all 20 levels of Matthew Smith’s Manic Miner, then this is the magazine for you. Created by a dedicated team of experts, Retro Gamer’s mission is to deliver constantly engaging and passionately written articles that cover a wide range of subjects. We offer our readership in-depth looks at classic games and franchises, behind-the-scenes glimpses of the software houses from yesteryear, and one-on-one exclusive interviews with industry veterans such as Archer Maclean and Hideo Kojima. Stylish, entertaining and beautifully presented, Retro Gamer is the ultimate guide to videogaming’s rich and diverse history.

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the retrobates

DARRAN JONES Revenge Of The Gator is a charming pinball game that I still play on my Super Game Boy. Expertise: Planning expensive birding trips to Scotland Currently playing: Dragon Force Favourite game of all time: Strider DREW SLEEP My parents took me along to see Jools Holland once, but I didn’t actually see anything because I was too busy hunched over on the ground playing Super Mario Land 2. Expertise: Leaving the team high and dry on deadline day Currently playing: Final Fantasy IX Favourite game of all time: Final Fantasy VIII NICK THORPE You would expect me to say Tetris, but it’s actually Pokémon Blue, which I received for my 13th birthday. Expertise: Owning five Master Systems (I sold two) Currently playing: Donkey Kong Favourite game of all time: Sonic The Hedgehog WOZ BROWN R-Type was one of my first games; I was gobsmacked that it ran on a handheld. Expertise: Hooking up every Nintendo…

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I’ve never been very good at predicting things. I backed HD DVD over Blu-ray, could never tell when a song I heard on the radio would become a breakout hit and purchased an Atari Lynx over the Game Boy. To me, Atari’s console seemed like the clear winner because it had a colour screen and a large number of great arcade conversions. Nintendo’s system seemed silly to me on release, and for the first six months of its release I was blissfully ignorant of it. Looking back, it’s easy to see how an excellent battery life, a reliance on existing 8-bit architecture and some truly phenomenal software allowed the Game Boy to become the success it became. I couldn’t see that at all when it first arrived on the scene, though. Fortunately,…

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micro music, maestro!

Over 800 retro gaming music fans made their way to the very grand City Hall in Hull on Saturday 15 June, and even a heavy summer shower as they queued did not dampen their enthusiasm. A VIP reception was held earlier in the afternoon at Hull College – which helped stage the event, thanks to the efforts of CEO Michelle Swithenbank – as drinks and canapes were enjoyed by gaming legends and invited followers alike. A selection of classical SID tunes helped set the tone before the 75-strong Hull Philharmonic Orchestra took the stage, under the direction of conductor Robin Tait. C64 Audio’s Chris Abbott and Graham Raddings acted as hosts, introducing each tune with background notes and jokes, plus a pirate flag. 8-Bit Symphony has long been Chris’ vision,…

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symphonic classics

LAST NINJA WASTELANDS Lee Bolton of Zoetrope Films made a touching tribute video for the late Ben Daglish, who passed away last year, shown during this medley of two of Ben’s tracks from the System 3 isometric action classic. The recorder solo from Margaret Pearson brought back memories of Ben’s virtuosity with multiple instruments. FORBIDDEN FOREST AND BEYOND Paul Norman’s musical background gave his Forbidden Forest games a strong atmosphere. Hearing them reworked for orchestra was spine-chilling, alongside the video of gory pixellated deaths from several 8-bit horror games, in an arrangement by Tomb Raider composer Peter Connelly that recalls many a Danny Elfman soundtrack. MONTY ON THE RUN There was a standing ovation for retro music maestro Rob Hubbard before this penultimate tune from the classic Commodore 64 platformer, and another afterwards for the…

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small wonder

This year’s E3 has been rather wonderful from a retro perspective, but the most exciting thing for us was easily Konami’s surprise reveal of the PC Engine Mini. Admittedly, very little about the device has been announced so far, but even the few nuggets of information that have dropped have left us drooling for more. Three versions of the device are going to be available. The PC Engine variant (the best looking one) will be dropping in Japan, US gamers will be treated to the TurboGrafx-16 version, while European audiences will receive the PC Engine CoreGrafx, which is based on the later Japanese system which featured AV over RF. Interestingly, all three consoles appear to be the same size as the originals (hardly surprising when you consider how small the original…

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Nintendo’s Direct was easily the highlight of E3 2019. The stream itself is worth checking out as it featured a hoard of retro-flavoured news, including a glimpse at a Panzer Dragoon remake. Square used the show to highlight a remake of Trials Of Mana and that the Mana Collection was finally heading to the west. Other highlights included more news on Luigi’s Mansion 3, Fire Emblem: Three Houses and Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and it was all capped off with a sneak peek of Breath Of The Wild 2. Phew!…