Wave Race for the Nintendo Game Boy

Believe it or not I didn't know the Wave Race series began on the Nintendo Game Boy until I found and purchased a copy a few years ago. Produced by the ever popular Shigeru Miyamoto, Wave Race was released on the Game Boy all the way back in 1992, but only for North America. Europe had to wait until June 1997, making it feel more like a portable sequel to Wave Race 64, while Japan seemingly never received a local release of Wave Race at all. Wave Race still sold well ... Read more
Posted 2 months ago

Video Game Power Supplies

Those among us who are both vintage gaming fans and avid thrift shoppers will likely know that sometimes old consoles are easier to find than their essential hookups. Some thrift stores will split up a perfectly good set that came in complete and price everything individually to maximize profits. This means if you hit the store at the right time you may be lucky enough to find the whole set. But what happens if you've found everything but the power supply? Using the correct power supply on a console is crucially important, something that can literally make or break your video ... Read more
Posted 2 months ago

Peripheral Vision: Namco NeGcon

Way back at the end of 2010 I saw one of the strangest controllers I had ever seen at a local thrift store. For some reason I decided to pass on buying it until I went back a few months later, during their New Years sale. Seeing it was still there I purchased it without hesitation. After purchasing this odd little peripheral I didn't do much with it beyond making sure it worked and putting it away with the rest of my gaming controllers. The poor thing has ... Read more
Posted 2 months ago

Rockin Kats for the NES

In 1991 the good people of Atlus released a game by the name of N.Y. Nyankies for the Famicom in Japan. Later that year North America would receive it as Rockin' Kats. When I finally got my hands on a copy of Rockin' Kats, many years later, I remember loving it right from the start. At its core the game is a platformer much the same as the Super Mario Bros. series, but Rockin' Kats brought its own style to the genre and added aspects that made it feel completely unique. ... Read more
Posted 2 months ago

Can Google Translate Help Play Imports?

Throughout the years there have been a few video games that I've desperately wished would be translated into English, but for whatever reason simply never got that treatment. Whether it's an official localization or a fan translation from websites such as RomHacking.net, many video games are readily available to be enjoyed by nearly anyone speaking any language. But what is a potential fan of any given game supposed to do when that game is left in the language it was originally released in? While learning other languages is something I recommend, doing so just for one ... Read more
Posted 2 months ago

Peripheral Vision: Quick Shot XII QS-112 and RadioShack Archer Joysticks for the NES

Remember being a kid and wanting something so badly but you only ever got the chance to own it as an adult? I do! And for me that was a Quick Shot joystick for the NES. I was actually quite fond of Top Gun, but highly frustrated by the convoluted landing scheme to finish the level. In my dumb childhood brain I thought if I owned a Quick Shot joystick I could land on the carrier every single time. Fast forward to finding one at a thrift store as an adult and ... Read more
Posted 2 months ago

Board Game Top Shop Review

Throughout the lifespan of the original Playstation many games were haphazardly published just to see what would stick and what wouldn't. When it came time to make room for Playstation 2 games, many stores were all too happy to bundle together the games left unsold from the previous console and hand them off with almost any purchase. Buying a bunch of bananas for $1.99? Here are your included 45 Playstation games that nobody else wants. And that is how my Playstation collection grew from a well cultivated dozen games to over 100 within a matter of months, back in 2002. More ... Read more
Posted 3 months ago