👾 Retro Gaming Weekly News #0045

Welcome to Newsletter 45! In this edition, we dive into the exciting world of retro gaming, bringing you the latest news and updates. 

Can you guess the game released in history during the week of May 22nd? Stay tuned until the end for the answer

Riddle: I’m a classic shooter, commanding a starfighter, Blasting enemies in space, and feeling like a victor. Alien hordes I must fend, with precision and might, A timeless challenge, a retro gaming delight.

Can you guess the game? The answer awaits you at the end of this newsletter.

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In an interesting connection between the past and present, one of the new powers in the game “Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom” is based on a 1966 Nintendo toy called the Ultra Hand. This demonstrates Nintendo’s ability to draw inspiration from its rich history to create new and exciting gameplay elements. [RuetirLink

Nintendo’s potential plans for a Metroid movie following the success of the Super Mario Bros. film raise concerns about capturing the game’s atmospheric and solitary essence on the big screen. [CinemaBlendLink

LEGO has teased an upcoming Pac-Man project, sparking excitement among fans of both the classic arcade game and LEGO, with details yet to be revealed about this exciting collaboration. [Brick FanaticsLink

Rumours suggest that the iconic Nintendo 64 game, “Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask,” will be added to the Nintendo Switch Online service, giving players the chance to experience this beloved title once again. [InverseLink

Three Super Mario Advance games, including Super Mario Advance, Super Mario Advance 2: Super Mario World, and Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3, will soon be joining the Game Boy Advance lineup on the Nintendo Switch [CrunchyrollLink (Note: we don’t usually cover GBA games, but you recently said you wanted more content relating to retro games on modern consoles we adding it in)

And..The SNES version of Bust-A-Move, a classic puzzle game, is set to make its way to the Nintendo Switch on May 23rd, 2023, offering fans a nostalgic and addictive experience on the modern console. [GoNintendoLink

I love this game.

Introducing the FunnyPlaying Retro Pixel Pocket, a retro-themed portable gaming console that combines nostalgia with modern technology, allowing gamers to enjoy their favourite retro games on the go in a stylish and compact device. [FunnyPlayingLink (Note: sold out as I share this)

Introducing the RG Nano, a compact retro gaming console that fits in the palm of your hand, offering a nostalgic gaming experience with its library of classic games and sleek design, perfect for gaming enthusiasts on the go. [TrendHunterLink

The classic platformer game Cyber-Citizen Shockman – initially only released for the PC Engine in Japan has made its way to the Nintendo Switch (see below), offering players a chance to experience its retro charm and challenging gameplay on the modern console. [Go NintendoLink


Analogue have launched pre-orders for their PC Engine/TurboGrafx 16 offering both a Jap (white) and USA (black) model for $249 – I am still waiting for my pocket, so I will pass on this one [Analogue]. Link


“The Legend of Zelda: Revolution – Redefining Videogames” – This article explores how “The Legend of Zelda” series has revolutionized the world of video games through its innovative gameplay, immersive storytelling, and enduring legacy. [SoftonicLink

A cool YouTube video explaining how Sonic saved Sega [YouTube]. Link


This comprehensive article delves into the intricate timeline of The Legend of Zelda series, connecting the various games and providing insights into the lore and chronology of this beloved franchise. [MirrorLink

In a thought-provoking article, the author discusses their opinion that modern gaming is inferior to the golden age of retro gaming, highlighting factors such as excessive microtransactions, lack of innovation, and the nostalgic charm that made the old days so special. [Game-News24Link

A new project aims to transform the classic Game Boy handheld console into functional Bitcoin wallets, combining nostalgia with modern cryptocurrency technology for a unique and geeky twist. [RuetirLink

Things I never thought I would see together #2313

Discover the best iOS iPhone emulators, allowing users to experience iOS apps and games on their smartphones, an often challenging scene given Apple’s policies. [Android AuthorityLink

Some smart person has hacked a $10 calculator to play Doom which I thought was a useless, but cool project worth sharing [YouTube]. Link

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Even decades after their release, the retro NES games from Nintendo, such as Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, and Metroid, still hold up and offer timeless gameplay experiences that resonate with players of all ages. [CBRLink

Legends of Gaming

Explore the world of underappreciated Nintendo video games, including titles like Captain Rainbow and Chibi-Robo! that may have flown under the radar but still offer unique and enjoyable gaming experiences for fans. [CBRLink

This article highlights 8 overlooked platformer games for the Sega Genesis console that have stood the test of time, providing entertaining gameplay and nostalgic charm that retro gaming enthusiasts will appreciate. [GameRantLink

In this video, WatchMojo gives you the 20 worst video game consoles of all time. [YouTube]. Link


From the Atari 2600 to the Atari Jaguar, this article provides a comprehensive breakdown and ranking of the various Atari consoles, considering factors such as historical significance, game library, and overall impact on the gaming industry. [Cultured VulturesLink

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CBR takes a deep dive into 10 quirky and lesser-known spin-off games from the Legend of Zelda franchise, showcasing their unique concepts and unexpected departures from the main series. Link

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Answer to today’s riddle: Galaga / Atari 2600 / Launched May 22nd, 1983 in North America making it 40 years old!