Tech & Gaming
Retro Gamer

Retro Gamer No. 201

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.

United Kingdom
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in this issue

2 min.
the retrobates

DARRAN JONES From a retro viewpoint it’s Nintendo’s DS. From a modern one it’s the Switch. I have around 100 games for each. Expertise: Juggling a gorgeous wife, two beautiful girls and an award-winning magazine Currently playing: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Favourite game of all time: Strider DREW SLEEP It’s a close battle between the GBA and PSP, but the latter narrowly wins. Being able to play classic PlayStation games on a handheld blew my mind. Expertise: Surviving without internet Currently playing: Nioh Favourite game of all time: Final Fantasy VIII NICK THORPE I love an underdog, and the Neo Geo Pocket Color is a damn good one. It’s even best buddies with the Dreamcast – another of my favourite underdogs! Expertise: Owning five Master Systems (I sold two) Currently playing: Sega Ages: Columns II Favourite game of all time: Sonic The Hedgehog ANDY…

1 min.

I’ve been obsessed with handheld gaming throughout my life. I have owned everything from the PC Engine GT to the Game Gear, the DS and every Game Boy system you can care to name. So the Analogue Pocket immediately got my attention when it was announced, as it offers an exciting new way to play the classic games I grew up with, from the Game Boy and Game Boy Advance to the Game Gear and Neo Geo Pocket Color. Anyone who has experienced the Super Nt or the Mega Sg will be aware of just how impressive Analogue’s systems are (think of them as the Bang & Olufson of the retro world) so when we had the chance to obtain exclusive information about the device, we just had to go for…

4 min.
a new challenger approaches

The market for retro gaming consoles has experienced a boom in recent years, but the popular mini consoles do lack one big aspect of retro gaming that many of us love – the thrill of building your own collection. The team behind the Evercade hopes to offer that excitement to players again, and has created a handheld console dedicated to retro games, with software distributed on multigame cartridges. The system is due for release on 20 March 2020, available with one cartridge for £59.99 or three for £79.99, with additional cartridges priced at £14.99. We naturally had many questions about the Evercade, so we’ve spoken to Andrew Byatt, Evercade’s development director. Why did you decide to create the Evercade? The Evercade was born out of a desire to create something that we…

1 min.
the games

Atari Collection 1 Adventure, Alien Brigade, Aquaventure, Asteroids, Canyon Bomber, Centipede, Crystal Castles, Desert Falcon, Double Dunk, Food Fight, Gravitar, Missile Command, Motor Psycho, Night Driver, Ninja Golf, Steeplechase, Swordquest, Tempest, Video Pinball, Yars’ Return Interplay Collection 1 Battle Chess Boogerman, Clayfighter Earthworm Jim, Incantation, Titan Data East Collection 1 Bad Dudes, BurgerTime, Burnin Rubber, Fighter’s History, Joe & Mac 2, Karate Champ, Magical Drop II, Midnight Resistance, Side Pocket, Two Crude Dudes Atari Collection 2 Air Sea Battle, Asteroids, Basketbrawl Bowling, Centipede, Dark Chambers, Demons To Diamonds, Desert Falcon, Haunted House, Human Cannonball, Millipede, Planet Smashers, Radar Lock, RealSports Tennis, Solaris, Sprint Master, Street Racer, Submarine, Commander, Wizard, Yars’ Revenge Interplay Collection 2 Adventures Of Rad Gravity, The Brainies, ClayFighter 2, Claymates, Earthworm Jim 2, Prehistorik Man Mega Cat Studios Collection 1 Almost Hero, Coffee Crisis, Creepy Brawlers, Justice Duel,…

3 min.
glossy magazines

It’s a genuine thrill to be writing for Retro Gamer. I can proudly say that RG is one of the few mags I have subscribed to in my life. The others are Record Collector, Combat Magazine (Bruce Lee style as opposed to prepping for the apocalypse) and The Micro User. I used to get The Micro User between the ages of 11 to 13. It was a fairly weighty monthly read dedicated to the BBC Micro. As a kid, I would pore over each issue as it arrived. Skimming through first to get the gist of the issue, and then slowly reading every single word to digest the majesty of it. To stop me going insane during my recent divorce I have been buying bundles of videogames magazines on eBay. Many might…

3 min.
hits you in the feels

Cha-chunk. Psslunk. Clic-lic-lic-lic-lic. No, I’m not having a stroke; those are just three sounds I associate with proper gaming. They are, respectively, the sound of me inserting a Mega Drive cartridge, ejecting a Super Nintendo cart, and flicking the GameCube controller’s analogue stick, because it felt rewarding. There was a real physicality with the way we interfaced with games not so long ago. Everything is now so ephemeral and ergonomic, and other long words beginning with e, that it’s like we’re expected to ignore that games even exist as a real thing. Consoles are hidden beneath a TV, lurking in the shadows, and controllers are almost precision-engineered to be forgotten in our hands. “Lost to time is that palpable corporeal feedback you’d get from sticking your finger between that springy, flappy, cover…