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Retro Gamer Sponsors Retro Area At PC Gamer Weekender 2018

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Retro Gamer Sponsors Retro Area At PC Gamer Weekender 2018

Our chums over at PC Gamer are throwing a big old bash on 17-18 February at London Olympia, called the PC Gamer Weekender. You’ve probably guessed that it will showcase the latest in computer gaming and technology, but did you know that it’s also host to a retro gaming section? We do – but of course, Retro Gamer is sponsoring it.

The machines you’ll have a chance to get your hands on include the 8-bit and 16-bit micros you see in our magazine like the ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64 and Amiga 500, as well as a range of vintage PCs running games such as Theme Park, Half-Life and Dark Forces. For those of you with a competitive streak, equipment provider Replay Events is also bringing a good old-fashioned LAN setup, where you’ll have the chance to prove your superiority on Battlefield 1942 and Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 (a game that very nearly wrecked our Nick’s exams).

If you’re the type of modern PC gamer who ends up with an empty wallet whenever a Steam sale rolls around, there’s plenty for you to do too. As well as playing games and shopping for hardware, you’ll be able to meet the PC Gamer team, attend talks from developers, pick up valuable computer building and maintenance skills at hardware workshops, compete for glory in tournaments, and even take a break with some tabletop gaming.

If all of that sounds enticing, make sure you’re at London Olympia on 17-18 February. Tickets start from just £12.99, and you can get an extra 20% off by using the code RETRO20 when booking. For more information, click here to visit the PC Gamer Weekender website, or click here to go straight to ticket booking.

Retro Gamer Sponsors Retro Area At PC Gamer Weekender 2018

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Maximum Power Up Podcast – Episode 61: Movie Licensed Games

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In this episode Paul and Arron discuss their experiences with movie licensed games. From the 80’s to now there have been hundreds made. Some have been amazing based on the summer blockbusters of that particular year, Batman, Jurassic Park etc. However there have been many awful ones such as Wayne’s World, Home Alone etc. 

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Round-Up: Retro Gaming At CES 2018

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Round-Up: Retro Gaming At CES 2018

While the Consumer Electronics Show is typically the place for tech companies to show off the gadgets of the future, retro gaming brands have embraced the show as a place to showcase their own upcoming products. To that end, Retro-Bit, Hyperkin and My Arcade have new products on display that are sure to appeal to the nostalgic gamer.

Retro-Bit has the most new products on show, continuing its multifaceted approach to the retro market. The ones which have generated the most buzz are the new officially licensed Sega accessories, covering the Mega Drive, Saturn and Dreamcast. All three consoles will be receiving three types of new controllers: standard versions for use on original hardware, USB versions for use on computers, and wireless Bluetooth versions which can be used with Bluetooth-compatible hardware or (with a receiver dongle) the original hardware. Mega Drive pads are exclusively the six-button versions, Saturn controllers use the Japanese designs and were shown in a variety of colour configurations, and the Dreamcast pads were shown in white and black versions.

#SegaGenesis Bluetooth Arcade Pad and Reciever for the win 😍 #CES2018 pic.twitter.com/5jY1cPSOsT

— Retro-Bit (@RetroBitGaming) January 11, 2018

Additionally, all three consoles will be getting officially licensed power cables, composite AV and S-Video cables. A controller extension cable was shown for the Saturn, and a VGA box was revealed for the Dreamcast. Prices and release dates have yet to be announced for any of the Sega items.

The next two cartridge releases from Retro-Bit have also been revealed: Holy Diver (NES) and R-Type Returns (SNES). Holy Diver is a popular Castlevania-style platform adventure which had previously only been released in Japan, meaning that it will be released in NES cartridge form for the first time. R-Type Returns combines Super R-Type and R-Type III: The Third Lightning on one cartridge, and should be fantastic value given the price of the latter game. Both games will be available for pre-order later this month, and join Retro-Bit’s existing range of NES and SNES releases including the Data East All-Star Collection and the Jaleco Brawler’s Pack.

R-Type Returns Collectors Edition #CES2018 pic.twitter.com/SzxoJZJFTp

— Retro-Bit (@RetroBitGaming) January 10, 2018

A new handheld all-in-one console is also coming from Retro-Bit, the Go Retro! Portable. The Game Boy-style unit uses the casing from the abandoned Super Retro Boy project, and features games from Capcom including Mega Man, Commando and 1943. The packaging boasts of over 300 games and a rechargeable battery with ten hours of life per charge, and the machine is expected in September of this year. Also on display were existing products including the Super Retro-Cade plug and play console (reviewed in Retro Gamer issue 177), the Super Retro Trio+ and the Retro Entertainment System+.

Our friends at Gizmodo UK have taken a look at the “Ultra Game Boy” – a prototype device that Hyperkin will doubtless have to rename prior to launch. This machine accepts original Game Boy cartridges (with the possibility of also running Game Boy Color carts), and promises a number of features to enhance your Game Boy experience. These include a backlight with customisable colours, durable aluminium casing and an internal battery which charges via USB-C. The device is slated for release in the summer at a sub-$100 price point. Hyperkin also launched the SupaRetroN HD this week, a SNES-compatible console with HDMI output and original cartridge support for $69.99.

CES 2018: Game Boy Is Coming Back Thanks to Hyperkin https://t.co/eychWywbGO pic.twitter.com/NhP2uhydJg

— Gizmodo UK (@GizmodoUK) January 10, 2018

My Arcade has recently been making waves with functional miniature arcade cabinets featuring iconic Data East games such as Burger Time and Karate Champ, and at CES it revealed that we’ll be seeing Namco games joining the range this year. Amongst the games on display were Pac-Man, Dig Dug, Galaxian, Mappy and Rolling Thunder, each standing just six inches tall and featuring authentic cabinet art. The existing models retail for $29.99, and we’d expect to see something similar for the new games.

What are you most excited about from CES? Let us know on the forum, on social media or by writing in to our Mailbag section.

Check out our new BANDAI NAMCO licensed Micro Players! #retrogaming #CES2018 pic.twitter.com/BCcT9hQx7K

— MyArcade (@MyArcadeRetro) January 9, 2018

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Hardware Review: RetroHQ’s Neo Geo Pocket SD Flash Cartridge

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Neo-Geo-Pocket-SD-Flash-Cartridge-ReviewWith less than 100 games in its library, the Neo Geo Pocket might not seem like a convincing candidate for a flash cart, but when you consider that a great many of its titles are incredibly hard to obtain these days on the secondary market, the existence of the Neo Geo Pocket SD flash cartridge is a little more understandable. Getting a 100 percent complete NGPC software collection is a costly affair to say the least; the console’s rather dismal commercial performance – twinned with the iconic nature of SNK, its creator – has predictably caused prices to surge in recent years as more and more of the system’s top-tier titles get gobbled up by enthusiasts and collectors.

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Hardware Review: Hyperkin RetroN HD (Nintendo NES Clone)

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Hyperkin-RetroN-HD-Console-Review“Where do you put the old carts”? I heard this bizarre question far too frequently when I showed off my NES Mini. I would argue the reason for this was down to the fact it’s pretty much the size of two stacked cartridges. While adorably cute, having something as tiny as the Nintendo NES Classic Edition meant comprises, and I thought the ability to use original NES cartridges was the cost. Elsewhere in the market, Hyperkin have proved me wrong with their RetroN HD. It’s a system that’s only slightly larger than Nintendo’s NES Mini console, (5.5″ x 2″ x 6″ compared to 5” x 1.5” x 4”). However, this piece of hardware is a miniature console that not only looks similar to its inspiration, but also one that actually plays NES cartridges instead of emulated ROMs.

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Maximum Power Up Podcast – Episode 60: Indie Games

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Indie games are some of the most highly regarded video games on current gen consoles and the PC, and indie development studios represent a hot bed of talent when it comes to creating titles that are not restricted by the business goals of mainstream publishers.

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