New Bubsy games in 2018!

There are a lot of Bubsy haters out there but there are a lot of Bubsy lovers out there too. Personally I loved Busby on my SEGA Mega Drive although I never was able to finish it as it was much harder than the Sonic games lol! I still remember its gorgeous colourful vibrant graphics even today (especially those train and river levels). Darn it I’ll finish it one day (probably through an emulator where I can cheat my ass off lmao)!

I never did get to buy the sequel Busby 2 and apparently I was not missing anything when I didn’t play Bubsy 3D on Playstation as it was labelled one of the worst games on the console which considering how large the PSX library is that is saying something. In fact it was so bad it killed the Busby franchise for nearly 2 decades!

Until recently that is! At the end of 2017 Acclaim released a brand new Bubsy game for PS4 and PC called Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back! It wasn’t a huge hit with reviewers however it must have sold well as now they’ve announced another busy game for 2019 called Bubsy: Paws on Fire which looks like it has some pretty cool alternative game modes such as piloting a Woolies spaceship and first person roller coaster like special levels. Check out the trailers below!

Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back

Bubsy: Paws on Fire

SEGA Master System Visual Compendium Book

I recently posted about the awesome guys at Bitmap books making a hard copy book of the awesome History of Computer RPGs pdf. Well I’ve got to post about this too even if I am rather late on it!

After Bitmap books successful C64, Amiga, NES, SNES, Art of Point & Click Adventure and other releases they’ve thankfully and naturally now turned their attention to SEGA. Being a SEGA kid this was the moment I’d been waiting for! This year they did a kickstarter for a SEGA Master System Visual Compendium book and it was quite successful! I managed to back it just in time but if you missed out then don’t worry they’ll put more up on the bitmap books website in 2019. I missed all the Nintendo kickstarters yet I was able to get the books from their website. What’s arrived so far has blown me away. I love the 3D lenticular slipcase covers! (eg turn the book and Mario will jump & coins will spin). Fingers crossed they do a Sega Mega Drive (Genesis) book soon too as that’s my real retro console love!

Original SMS Kickstarter:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2146199819/sega-master-system-a-visual-compendium

Bitmap Books Website:
https://www.bitmapbooks.co.uk/

Long lost never released Sim City Nintendo game found!

This is pretty cool. Very late in the process Nintendo abandoned it’s 8-bit NES conversion of Maxis’s classic Sim City in favourite of releasing the game in its superior 16-bit SNES system. Copies shown at various trade shows disappeared never to be seen again.. until now!

The awesome guys at the Video Game History Foundation have located and purchased a copy of one of the original trade show cartridges and done a archaeological dig into the cart and done this comprehensive article on its contents and the interesting history of its making (some big names were involved!). They’ve even released the rom for people with emulators!

Check it out here:
https://gamehistory.org/simcity/

 

Bitmap Books To Print C-RPG Book

This is great news! Bitmap Books those awesome guys behind the amazing video game art books for Nintendo, SEGA, C64 & Amiga etc have teamed up with the guys behind the excellent CRPG Book – A Guide to Computer Role Playing Games that I posted about earlier this year.

I’ve actually already printed out my own copy and have been slowly reading it over the last month (it’s huge!) and it has introduced me to so many great classic RPGs I didn’t know about. You’ll find all the favourites in there such as Elder Scrolls, Might & Magic, Final Fantasy, Quest for Glory and Starflight just to name a mere few. I absolutely love how it covers what the best version is to get (eg between PC, C64, Amiga, Sega & Nintendo etc) and what the best fan mods are for many of the games.

I also recently ordered Bitmap’s other products such as the NES, SNES, Master System and Art of Point & Click Adventure books. What’s arrived so far has blown me away. I love the 3D lenticular slipcase covers! (eg turn the book and Mario will jump & coins will spin). So I think I’m going to have to get this new book too haha. Fingers crossed they do a Sega Mega Drive (Genesis) book soon too as thats my real retro console love!

https://www.bitmapbooks.co.uk/blogs/news/the-crpg-book-a-guide-to-computer-role-playing-games

How to play SEGA, Nintendo & Playstation Light Gun Shooting Games on modern LCD TVs

Wow! This is an amazing project I recently discovered thanks to Retro Gamer magazine. This clever fellow has created a way to play good old Light Gun games like Duck Hunt, Virtua Cop, Terminator 2 and House of the Dead just to name a few!

Hopefully his system can be mass produced so I’ll can use one with my Sega Mega Drive (Genesis) and Menacer Gun!

Here’s his Github page with all the details:
https://github.com/charcole/LCDZapper

Here’s a video of what is apparently an older version of his system:

3D VR Nintendo NES Emulator

Hi guys,

I just had to post this piece of Emulation news. A couple of years back I posted about a 3D Nintendo Emulator that converted every classic NES game into a 3D environment. That beta was pretty buggy but oh man have things improved over the years since. Check out his latest stuff below. It’s almost flawless and while VR is not required it sure as hell looks great if you have it!

I’m gonna have to get my hands on this and put all my favourite NES games (eg Final Fantasy 1-3, Star Wars, Faxanadu) through it!

Their website:
https://geod.itch.io/3dnes


Great Retro Gaming News Sources

Hi guys,

Found some great retro gaming, indie gaming, classic consoles & emulation news sources last night. I’m amazed to see just how alive the old Commodore 64 community is too. Check them all out!

https://twitter.com/Indie_RetroNEWS

(there are people friggin building new Commodore 64s & making new games lol)
https://twitter.com/CommodoreBlog

https://twitter.com/_RetroGaming_

(I used to visit Zophar’s Domain in the 90s lol)
https://twitter.com/ZopharsDomain

https://twitter.com/emuparadise

(These guys appear to be a magazine that’s been going for years.. how on earth did I not know about them!!!)
https://twitter.com/RetroGamer_Mag

Looks like you can subscibe to the magazine here:
https://www.isubscribe.com.au/Retro-Gamer-UK-Magazine-Subscription-Subscription.cfm

And these guys have past copies in digital format:
https://au.zinio.com/www/browse/back-issues.jsp?productId=500654829

These are Australian sites however it’s a UK magazine so no doubt you’ll be able to find similar online distributors for other international locations.

Sonic & Mario Crossover + New 3D NES Emulator

I love it when fans use modern tools and abilities to improve old school games whether it be mod projects, fan patches or remakes of things hence why my website often tributes such projects after tributing the original base game. One day I plan to do big Sonic the Hedgehog & Super Mario sections on my website covering all the great platformers, spin offs and numerous fan projects out there. I also still have to finish my old Emulation/Console section one day too lol!

In the meantime check out these 2 amazing pieces of work below…

The first is a new emulator that converts old Nintendo (NES) games into 3D! Its a bit glitchy in some parts but looks amazing in others. Skip to different parts to see different games. Check out his channel for more videos and you can try it yourself HERE.

The second are some cool fan created crossover videos between Sonic, Mario & other famous series. Check out his channel for more cool videos!


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1990s SEGA & Nintendo TV Commercials

Decided to add some fun stuff to the under construction Emulation/Console section of my site. I’m sure most of you were either a Sega or a Nintendo kid growing up.. or both lol.. I was SEGA boy and loved my Sonic, Wonderboy and Bubsy etc but I loved going around to mates houses to play Mario, Faxanadu and Star Fox etc. Well a few years ago I found an old video tape I made as a kid where I recorded heaps of old Nintendo and SEGA adverts, I converted it to dvd and have now decided to stick it on youtube for all to enjoy.

Enjoy the retro 90s goodness hahaha!