A New Cheat Code for Street Fighter Alpha 2 for the SNES has been discovered!

It's always great when new tricks get discovered like this. Check this out!

Finds 1427: Super Shredder is Finally Here!

After months of waiting, this kick ass action figure is finally here. Was the wait worth it?

Ads from the Past 452: Family Computer

This is the legendary Famicom showing some of their first games ever released for it. Gotta love it!

Nintendo Playstation Auction Currently at $280,000

A piece of video game history will have a new owner! How will this play out?

Retro Game of the Week 171: Bubble Bobble (NES)

A very obscure game for the PC makes an appearance! It's Electro Man!

January 15, 2021

Smarty and the Nasty Gluttons Getting a Physical Release!


In some Amiga retro news, there have been some news on this particular title. This game was worked on back in 1992 and had problems finding a publisher so the entire project was halted. Years later, a preview was released by Jouni ‘Mr Spiv’ Korhonen and Eero Tunkelo , the copyright owner. This release inspired a coming to complete the project and release it. You can download it, but the news of a physical release has gotten a lot of people’s attention. I will be posting more about this physical release as you don’t see many Amiga games being released nowadays. 

You can find out more information by clicking here.

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January 14, 2021

Retro Game of the Week 172: Atomic Runner (Gen)


Happy New Year and welcome to another year where I try to post a weekly retro pic for you enjoyment. Let’s see if I can keep a good streak going. It’s really hard to pick a retro game every week mainly because there are just so many to choose from. I have changed the format of the pick to give it a more get to the point format so lets get started.

This week we have the game called Atomic Runner. I first saw this game in an episode of Game Sack where they were showing games released by Data East. This one caught my attention mainly because of the main characters name Chelov and the silly story it contains. Not only that, but the game is actually very challenging and fun to play. You just have to get used to the controllers as it can get tricky at the beginning. 

Graphics
The game looks beautiful and very detailed. It definitely does a good job at the different graphics it portrays and your main hero Chelnov is pretty awesome. I love the detail of each stage even though I haven’t gotten really far enough to see everything, but everything that I saw was pretty neat. You can tell there was a lot of effort put into the design of this game.
Score: 85%

Gameplay
This one is tough as it’s not for everyone. The game carries over an arcade like gameplay mechanic to it which also comes with one hit dead which will make a lot of gamers look the other way and try a different game. If you manager to survive this onslaught, be ready to play through challenging stages. It’s just a matter of time before you get the hang of it.
Score: 80%

Sound
The music does offer some memorable tunes. They are upbeat and the sound is enjoyable overall. I haven’t encountered any annoying sound as of yet in the game. It’s not something you will mute and it’s Data East, they are pretty awesome in the sound factor at times.
Score: 85%

Fun Factor

This is where the game is debatable. As I mentioned before, the gameplay is challenging therefore it will not be for everyone. If you want a game to hold your hand, this is not it. You will have to play and slam the controller when you die unfairly. That’s just how the game goes, but one can’t turn away the fact that it’s one heck of a challenging game and totally worth your time. The fun is there!
Score: 90%


Final Score: 85%
This is a game that I would recommend to any Sega Genesis fan looking for a challenge. It’s a little odd how this game doesn’t get much attention nowadays even though it’s really good. This is just my opinion as you can always try it out yourself before you buy, you know how. I hope you liked this new format which I’ll try to keep till the next format comes out. Till next week!


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January 13, 2021

Ads from the past 452: Family Computer


We are starting the year off with the Family Computer. This is also known as the NES in the USA as everything was changed (even the pin size) in order to blend with the American market. This ad shows some of the first games of the console including Donkey Kong, Mario Bros, Donkey Kong Jr, and even Popeye. It's promoting that line of games which we ended up getting them as black box games. Of course not all of them made it, but they are awesome and you can always import them. 



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Finds 1428: Ninja Jajamaru Collection for the Switch


This is a really neat collection of the games released during the Famicom era. Ninja Jajamaru collection brings six awesome games! One of them is a complete remake of the classic game while the other five are just ports of the original Japanese releases. I am guessing the games are connected in some way which is really cool because I thought there were only two games in the series. I guess you learn something new!



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Finds 1427: Super Shredder is finally here!


Even though we only got a glimpse of Super Shredder in the TMNT 2 movie back in the early 90s, we still thought it was one of the most awesome villains ever. Now we move over two decades later and a wonderful company called NECA is bringing all these classics in action figure form. Even though I hate the way they distribute their action figures especially TMNT, there is no other company doing these and their quality is excellent from what I've experienced. Of course, this is only my point of view, I'm sure others will think differently about it which is fine as I'm only talking from my experience. Overall, I'm happy with the figure, it's here finally after many months of wait, but I learned to be patient with this toy line. I am still missing so many in the toon line it's ridiculous, but I won't worry. Any of you got this one yet? I don't know where to display it yet. 





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New Inventory Added to the Shoppe! Twinkle Tale, Omega Blast, Dahna, Grind Stormer, Undead Line, Mamono Hunter Yohko, El Viento, and Eliminate Down


Lots of new repros have been added to the shoppe which you can check out by clicking here or clicking on the top of the page if you are on your desktop which says Shop. This time around I have added a bunch of shoot 'em ups as I feel the inventory needed these. Of course, the labels have differed from the originals so there is no chance of passing them as the real deal. All of them are in English with the exception of Mamono Hunter Yohko which is a little odd because I thought I would find one for such a cool game but I guess not. That still doesn't stop you from playing the game. There is lots of quality and I have more coming with another wave of new games. I will also be focusing more on the SNES and Gameboy sections and eventually find my way to the NES/Famicom section in my shoppe which needs to keep growing! I also have another set of labels that I will be releasing in the coming month. Lots of new little projects are coming out little by little. Enjoy!


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January 11, 2021

A couple of tips on upgrading your laptop


Here are a couple of tips on upgrading your laptop. As some of you may know, I got a new laptop recently  that came with 8gb of ram. I read up on it before I bought it that you can upgrade it to 32gb of ram. I decided to get the ram from a reliable source that hasn’t failed me before and upgrade it. I am glad to say that my laptop is in the 32gb of ram level! Here are a couple of tips on how to upgrade your ram without having to take it to a tech. 


Tips on Laptop ram upgrade
  • First of all, shop around different sites. I highly suggest Crucial and Memory Stock as your main options. They both have competitive prices. Crucial will even scan your computer to let you know exactly which memory is compatible with your system. They will also show you Hard Drive upgrades as well. It’s really cool and great for beginners. Memory Stock has also amazing range of memory. I don’t think they scan your machine, but you can enter or search your model number and find the right stick. This one also helps a lot with older computers especially if they can’t go online. Just find the model number and type it in. I have upgrade old computers using this method.
  • Before you even attempt to open your laptop, look up videos on how others have attempted to open their laptops. You will find some great tips on there. YouTube the upgrades!
  • Get the right tools. Don’t get the wrong tools or you might break the bits to open your laptop. Research! 
  • Once again, do more research! Be sure you are sure of things and don’t do anything reckless. Laptops are quite fragile in certain parts so don’t be rough with them. They are portable computers after all.
  • Have patience! Believe me, it can be quite annoying to get a laptop to open as some of them carry some annoying little tricks to opening them. 
  • If everything else fails, don’t be afraid to take it to an expert. This is the last resort! They will take care of your machine. 


As you can see, I was able to do the upgrade and have the 32gbs of ram I desired. I am so happy with this and my laptop is blazing fast. Good luck!


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January 10, 2021

The Sega IR7000 Communicator


This is the Sega Communicator. It’s a really neat gadget that came out in the middle of the 90s. 1994 to be exact, this little gadget was part of the IR7000 series. I still remember seeing commercials with these little gadgets being used especially in class as two classmates would message each other without the teacher noticing. I guess this is texting before there was texting. It caught on for a bit but it ended up being more of a fad that was eventually outdone by the next popular toy. This one I own is a Sega brand and really cool although it doesn’t work! A friend of mine is actually working on it and got it working again although he has a couple of things left to fix, he said he is going to let me know when it’s ready. I am excited! I will have an update when I get it back. 


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January 09, 2021

Finds 1426: Tohka & Rahzar Movie NECA Figures are Here!


These action figures are finally here. A lot of collectors are still waiting for them while others got them about a month ago. I guess I feel like I’m somewhere in the middle. I’m happy with them but won’t open them till I get my setup together. I need the room for these! They are badass! 


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New Year New Laptop


It was about time I got a new laptop upgrade as my last one is around six years old and showing her age. Even though my old laptop had 16gb of ram, the processor was starting to slow down especially with all the photoshop, illustrator, and other stuff I do for work and design. This is one laptop I had my eyes on for a long time, then the new version came out which had a bigger monitor which is a big plus for me as I need more room to work with and I was more excited. Not only that, but the laptop was almost 50 percent off and I just thought it was the right time for an upgrade. I picked it up and am definitely happy with it. This is the Acer Nitro 5 17.2” monitor, 8gb of ram, with 512gb SSD, Windows 10, and Tenth Generation Core I5 processor. This computer is amazing! I am upgrading both the ram and hard drive so stay tuned for the upgrades! 



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Finds 1425: Limited Run Chex Quest & Street Fighter Alpha 2


A couple of new additions. Chex Quest had a release from Limited Run Games and I had to be all over it as I had fond memories for this one. I still have my original copy which I got from the cereal back in the day, yes this game came packed in the cereal box. Played it on my old PC(new back new) and had so much fun. This one brings a lot of little extras so it’s really cool to have a revival of this game. You can play this one in newer systems and the graphics got an upgrade. What else can you ask for? 

I also picked up a messy Street Fighter Alpha 2 copy for the SNES. This is a game I had back in the day and played so much! That copy from back then got messed up and broke from some reason, me and my brother did played it like crazy so maybe that’s why. It’s a nice nostalgic addition which for some reason I never picked up all those years ago. 


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January 08, 2021

Finds 1424: First Loot of the Year! Bomberman 2 and Lords of Thunder!


Happy new year once again! It’s time for some new loot! This time around, I was able to snag Bomberman 2 and Lords of Thunder from the usual game shoppe I visit. I did paid a lot for them but these are two games I wanted for a while especially Bomberman 2 believe it or not. I played Bomberman 2 when I first found out about emulators. It was such a fun game with a storyline and even though Bomberman games are repetitive, I still love playing them. Some of them do bring new stuff to the table. Lords of Thunder on the other hand was one game I never even heard of when I was young and only found out how amazing it is from YouTube videos and other gamers. The game is really hard to find so I thought it would be one of the few chances I had to get me a physical copy. Overall, a great way to start the year. I am really happy. You will see a decrease in loot in the coming months as I am focusing on other things in my life. There are priorities and as much as I love this hobby, this other things have to come first. 

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New Genesis Repros Added to the Shoppe!


Brand new games added to the shoppe! Here we have the two Shining Force games which are a lot of fun. I also added more stock for both Monster World IV and Cave Story. Finally, Warsong has been added which is a really awesome strategy game and Rent a Hero which is a really funny role playing game that I highly recommend. All are freshly made and at the shoppe. You can click here or click on the tab where is says Shop. Thanks again!


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Hong Kong 97 back in stock! Sonic 4 Added to the Shoppe


Some updates about the shoppe. Hong Kong 97 is back in stock, I know it was a long wait but it was worth it. Due to the mail being slow, things took a little longer than I wanted. As usual be sure to check it out at my shoppe by clicking here or clicking on the top Shop tab. Thanks again! More stuff is planned as well. 

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January 06, 2021

A New Cheat Code for Street Fighter Alpha 2 for the SNES has been Discovered


After 20 plus years, a new code has been discovered on the SNES version of Street Fighter Alpha 2. You can play as Shin Akuma! It's actually really cool when new tricks are discovered from older games which makes me wonder what other tricks are left undiscovered out there. I'm sure eventually more will come. 

Anyways, the code is done at the character selection screen. First of all, you must finish the game and have the high score , you must enter the initials of your high score as KAJ. At the title screen hold down the L, X, Y, and Start buttons on controller two while the first controller selects the Versus mode option. Then, controller one or two can select Shin Akuma by holding the Start button while selecting the normal Akuma. You will know this worked because Akuma's clothing will change color. Enjoy!


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January 05, 2021

First Gameboy Repros Added to the Shoppe! Metroid 2 DX, Super Mario Land DX, Pokemon Green, and More!


The shoppe has gotten some major updates! I finally added the first set of Gameboy Repros which include Pokemon Green, Super Pika Land, Metroid 2 DX, Super Mario Land DX, and Pokemon TPP Version. These are the first added to my online store and can be purchased by clicking here or clicking on the Shop button on the top of the page. I'm excited to finally enter the Gameboy repro world! I have a lot of new repros coming for this handheld as well as new SNES and Genesis Repros. Another update, I have replenished a lot of the Genesis Repros that were sold out so they are back online. I will have more added in the coming weeks as well as brand new ones. The same goes for SNES. So many new projects on the horizon as well. Lets take a look at each of these new additions. 

This game is the classic Metroid 2 game but in color! Yes, that's right! You can enjoy this wonderful adventure with more life and let me tell you something, it looks amazing!





Pokemon Green is a Pokemon game that never made it on the original Gameboy to the US. It was only a matter of time before we took it upon ourselves and made out own. This game is in full English and as fun as the day it was released. 



This is an updated version of the classic Pokemon games. Not only does it come with better art, but you can also choose to play as a girl. That wasn't introduced till later games just so you know. 





This is the classic Super Mario Land game in color! I have to say, sometimes you feel like you're playing the original Mario game. It's a wonder to play through especially in color.






Super Pika Land is what you thought it would be. A Super Mario Land with Pikachu as the main character. It's a lot of fun and cute overall.


Be sure to check these out and more goodies in my shoppe! More to come!


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January 04, 2021

Magic Castle, a Long Lost Game Released!



This is a game that was being worked on in the year 1998. It went in production for around 8 months before the project was not picked up any of the seven publishers it was sent out to in order to bring it out into the market. The game looked very promising as it was a classic Strategy Role Playing game, but it was kind of sad that it wasn't picked up and therefore was left in the dust. 

20 years later, the code was found for the unfinished project, and it was finally completed and released to the public to download. The one to do this was a member of PIROWO worked on it and put it out for download. If you want to play a lost gem that was dug out and finished, then this is your chance. You can download it here, definitely worth a play especially after so many years! 

This are amazing news and only comes to show you that there are so many hidden gems still out there. A lot of hidden gems I'm sure. This is the history of video games alright!

You can download the game by clicking here.

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January 03, 2021

A New Year, a New Chapter


A new has started and once again there will be more changes on here. I will finally stabilize my life in order to work on here more as it will also help me with my career. The list of things to do on this blog is insane but I will get it done. I will bring back the monthly Ezine as I've missed it so much! I'm ready for this, are you? 


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