Castlevania Retrospective

Recently I completed my NES Castlevania trilogy by finally acquiring a copy of Simon's Quest. Simon's Quest was one of the first NES games I purchased all by myself, so it holds a very special place in my video gaming memories. Although I bought it used from a flea market, that doesn't change the prior fact. I can't remember exactly when I purchased the game, but it was long before you could type a game's name into a search engine and find a myriad of walkthroughs. Simon's Quest was also the first Castlevania game I had ever played, so without ... Read more
Posted 2 weeks ago

Racing Evoluzione aka Apex: The Game That Needs a Sequel

The original Xbox has a great lineup of racing games. The easily memorable titles include Forza, The Needs for Speed series, the Project Gotham series, the Burnout series, the Rallisport series, the list could go on and one. Of course that lineup includes some not so great racing games as well. However, there was one game that seemed to stand out from the crowd and piqued my interest when I started reading about it online. This game claimed you could build and race your own cars, which was one of ... Read more
Posted 3 weeks ago

Al Unser Jr.’s Road to the Top for the Super Nintendo

I must admit that I'm a fan of Al Unser Jr.'s Turbo Racing on the NES. I can't remember where I first acquired it, but I remember it being a part of my NES collection for quite some time now. I always wondered what a sequel would have been like, but I assumed that was it, as I had never heard of a sequel. That was until a week ago when I found out there was, kind of, a sequel titled Al Unser Jr.'s Road to the Top for the Super Nintendo. Knowing this meant I just had to try ... Read more
Posted 7 months ago

Vintage Online Gaming: Part 2 The 1990s

Ah, the 90s, a time when grunge was in, beepers were a thing, and the world of video games was about to be rocked by some innovative technology. In a decade marked by dial-up internet and the beginning of the World Wide Web, video game consoles had to adapt to keep up with the times. So let's take a trip down memory lane and explore some of the most exciting online and network-connected add-ons that shaped the world of gaming in the 90s. XBand First up, we have XBand, the OG online gaming network for Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo Entertainment System ... Read more
Posted 10 months ago

SD2SP2 Pro for the Nintendo Gamecube

As someone who loves console tinkering, I recently found out about the SD2SP2 for the Nintendo Gamecube and had to get one for myself. The SD2SP2 is a device that connects to Serial Port 2 on the bottom of the Gamecube, and allows you to do a few different things with the integrated microSD slot. There are a few variants of the SD2SP2 that will either allow you to hide the device under the console's port cover, or the Pro version that allows the microSD slot to be accessible from the side of the console, should you need, or want, ... Read more
Posted 12 months ago

Home Alone for the SNES

Home Alone was a great movie, but for some reason someone somewhere thought it would also make a great video game. We video game fans are always wary of games licensed from feature films, and Home Alone isn't going to help change anyone's mind on that. Many years ago I acquired a copy of this game for the Game Boy and wasn't fond of it by any means. Usually any video game that has been ported to the Game Boy is much better on a home console, right? The answer is ... Read more
Posted 2 years ago

Driver Parallel Lines

Driver Parallel Lines is one of my absolute, all-time favorite games. I also feel it's the most competent GTA clone ever made. Let's be honest here, by this point the Driver series was chasing GTA and trying its hardest to grab a chunk of its success. With Driv3r being, well Driv3r, the series needed a refresh; it needed something that made it stand out, but not something so drastic that it felt like a completely different game. Driver Parallel Lines came along with an air or familiarity, but also one of ... Read more
Posted 2 years ago