Tech & Gaming
Retro Gamer

Retro Gamer No. 202

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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in this issue

2 min.
the retrobates

DARRAN JONES Being able to alter someone’s mind would allow me to do all sorts of ter… being able to alter someone’s mind would allow me to do all sorts of good things. Expertise: Juggling a gorgeous wife, two beautiful girls and an award-winning magazine Currently playing: Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age Favourite game of all time: Strider DREW SLEEP It’s probably Force Healing, considering how well I bounce back after the traumatic process of sending an issue of Retro Gamer to the printers. Expertise: ‘Die Hard Is A Christmas Film’ evangelism Currently playing: Pokémon Sword Favourite game of all time: Final Fantasy VIII NICK THORPE There are too many good ones, so it’s very hard to choose, but after careful consideration of all the Star Wars lore, I’m pretty sure mine would be the Vulcan mind meld. Expertise: Owning five…

1 min.

So here we are at the end of 2019. As I write this it’s not only the end of a year, it’s also the end of a decade, and what a decade it’s been. The world of retro has changed considerably since Retro Gamer was first launched in 2004, and it’s amazing to think the magazine is shortly going to be celebrating its 15th anniversary. Equally exciting is the fact that we’re finally getting the end of the original Star Wars saga that began in 1977 (you may have watched it multiple times already). It’s given us the perfect excuse to look at Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic, arguably one of the greatest videogames to feature the Star Wars name. We’ve spoken to several key staff, including co-founder Greg…

5 min.
yu suzuki strikes gold

The 37th annual Golden Joystick Awards took place on 15 November at the Bloomsbury Big Top in London, celebrating the best games of the last 12 months. While there was plenty of love for classic gaming series on show, the big highlight for Retro Gamer was the Lifetime Achievement award, which was given to Yu Suzuki – the director of timeless hits including Space Harrier, Virtua Fighter and Shenmue. “It’s such an honour to receive it after over 30 years in my career”Yu Suzuki Unlike most of the categories, which are voted on by the public, the recipient of this award was decided by the judging panel – and Suzuki netted the award just days before the release of his latest game, the long-awaited Shenmue III. The award was presented by Three…

1 min.
what else happened?

As well as recognition for Yu Suzuki’s pioneering career, there was plenty of representation for retro releases at this year’s show. Castlevania Anniversary Collection was nominated for Xbox Game Of The Year, but fell to eventual winner Gears 5. Tetris Effect was nominated for PlayStation Game Of The Year, but lost out to double award winner Days Gone, and also picked up nominations for Best Audio and Best VR/AR Game. Tetris 99 also picked up two nominations, being beaten to Nintendo Game Of The Year by the nostalgia-packed Super Smash Bros Ultimate. Sega’s Mega Drive Mini was nominated alongside the Nintendo Switch Lite and Oculus Quest in the Best Gaming Hardware category, but lost out to Nvidia’s RTX 20 series of PC graphics cards. The big winners of the night were…

1 min.
return of the pac

May 22, 2020 marks the 40th anniversary of Pac-Man, so expect a flurry of releases focusing around the yellow pill muncher throughout the year. While Pac-Man might be well known for never keeping his mouth shut, Namco is being extremely tight-lipped about its plans for the iconic videogame star beyond setting up a new website and showing off a funky new logo. It has, however, unveiled an official new Pac-Man song by legendary techno composer Ken Ishii called Join The Pac, which has to be seen to be believed. You can check it out by visiting pacman.com/en.…

1 min.
super mario land goes big

The internet recently got into a tizzy after DiskHacker uploaded an impressive version of Super Mario Land for the SNES. The Game Boy classic has been completely upgraded from its monochrome origins, and has a similar graphical style to New Super Mario Bros, along with sound effects from Super Mario 64. It’s surprisingly close to the original game in terms of level design from what we’ve played, but the movement of Mario could certainly do with a little work. There’s every chance the game get shuts down by the time you read this (Nintendo gonna Nintendo), but it’s great to see such wonders still being created for Nintendo’s 16-bit console.…