Welcome to this week’s Retro Gaming Newsletter!
In this week’s newsletter we cover Nintendo taking a cautious approach to controversy, the Sega Lynx portable that never was, Atari on an IP buying frenzy, and even some love for the Neo-Geo.
????️ Can you guess the game released this week in history?
I’m a spinning marsupial, quite brave and bold, On a 32-bit Sony console, my adventures unfold. Against an evil scientist, I constantly fight, To save my girlfriend and make things right.
Can you guess the game? ????
???? Nintendo reportedly changed the name of a character in the Mario Bros Movie to prevent any racial controversy [Yahoo]. Link
The fan’s word on the best Nintendo controllers is here – from Nintendo Life. Link
Did you know the Atari Lynx ???? was almost Segas first handheld [Globe Live Media]? Link
Code breakthrough: Coders successfully decompile Paper Mario, paving the way for a potential fan-made PC port [Overclock3D]. Link
Atari has purchased a load more Retro gaming IP, including Bubsy. They are on a spending spree. Not sure why [Metro]. Link
Classic additions: Nintendo Switch Online expands its retro game lineup with titles like Street Fighter II and more [Niche Gamer]. Link
Masahiro Sakurai, a Nintendo legend, delves into the rich past of the Famicom and NES, gaming’s golden consoles [Essentially Sports]. Link
Explore a comprehensive (????) ranking of the best Super Mario Bros. games, from classics to Nintendo Switch titles [Kotaku]. Link
Hackaday looks back at the Sega Master System 8-Bit 3D glasses ????. Link
The Neo Geo was a thing of legend when I was younger, with crazy expensive games, I saw it in magazines and could only imagine what owning one must be like. News Nation World has the top 5 most expensive carts just in case you were one of the lucky owners. Link
Or maybe more interesting? Discover the 15 least-loved Mario video games that failed to live up to the franchise’s high standards [Yardbarker]. Link
Retro revival: Ryo Mukai’s one-component light pen build offers a modern replacement for the rare 1980s Vectrex accessory [Hackster.io]. Link
Explore the evolution of handheld gaming and the impact of culture and technology on the market [Tech EDT]. Link
Celebrate a classic: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past turns 31, reflecting its enduring legacy and impact on Nintendo [Inverse]. Link
Unearth the past: Naughty Dog’s long-forgotten RPG, Rings of Power, offers a glimpse into the studio’s early days – and had a topless woman in the intro ???? [DualShockers]. Link
The Guardian (of all places – Retro is really getting mainstream) gives you a beginner’s guide to the world of Super Mario, covering essential games, tips, and trivia. Link
Lists & Rankings
????️ Uncover the secrets: Delve into 15 lesser-known facts about the iconic Super Nintendo console and its history [Den of Geek]. Link
Discover top retro Sega games that have yet to be ported, leaving fans eagerly awaiting their potential return [CBR]. Link
???? Blast from the past: Check out these 10 formerly huge gaming franchises that are ripe for a revival [Destructoid]. Link
Thanks for reading, please do check out our sponsors RetroShell (www.retroshell.com) if you are a game collector – their cases are the best, and without them, this newsletter would likely not exist.[Answer: Crash Bandicoot, Sony PlayStation, Released in Europe on April 24, 1996 – turning 27 years old this week]