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The Best CRT Monitor for Retro Gaming

The Best CRT Monitor for Retro Gaming

So your 1080p HDTV may be great for Blu-ray movies, but it sucks for SNES games. Adopting new television technology means saying goodbye to the advantages of older hardware. And yes, there are advantages.

retro Review: Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors

retro Review: Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors

After all of the mortals have been tucked into bed under the sweet embrace of the night sky above, demons and other mythic creatures of the darkness cross over into the world of the living.  No one knows who or why they have been summoned, but their own personal motives become clear…

retro Head2Head: Resident Evil 2

retro Head2Head: Resident Evil 2

Merry Christmas everyone and welcome back for another exciting Retro Head2Head! This is one retro we’ve just been “dying” to complete: Resident Evil 2 on the N64 and PS1. Really, what game screams Happy Holidays more then one about the walking dead, rotting flesh, and a virus? Exactly!

Retro Review: Little Nemo – The Dream Master

Retro Review: Little Nemo – The Dream Master

Capcom always knew how to make quality games, their imagination and artistry can lure you into their games like no other. Little Nemo: the Dream Master was a game I will admit, drew me to it from the box art because I didn’t know his character previously.

retro Review: Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

retro Review: Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

In our next retro Review we put an odd entry to one of the greatest video game franchises in history under the Lens – Zelda II: The Adventure of Link. This sequel had a lot to live up to, after all, the original The Legend of Zelda set a new standard in the adventure genre. Does Zelda II deliver the same magical experience as the first? Hop in to find out.

retro Review: Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber

retro Review: Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber

We continue with our series of Ogre Battle Retro Reviews with the only entry on the N64 – Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber. Can Magnus overcome the odds and face his father and close friend in battle?  Lets put the sixth chapter of the Ogre Battle saga under the lens and find out.

retro Review: Castlevania II – Simon’s Quest

retro Review: Castlevania II – Simon’s Quest

Next on our trip down memory lane is Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest. The follow up to Konami’s smash hit Castlevania, is a mixture of side scrolling action and RPG style weapon and item acquiring. We all know that with recent gaming, Action/RPG has been a successful formula, but what about twenty three years ago. Step inside to see if Simon’s Quest was a groundbreaking title, or if Simon’s body parts should have been strewn across the land just like Dracula’s.

retro Review: Ogre Battle March of the Black Queen

retro Review: Ogre Battle March of the Black Queen

Last time we covered chapter seven of the Ogre Battle saga.  This time we are going to jump back to chapter five, which oddly enough was the game that started it all (seems like they skipped around like Star Wars when they made these games).  With only 25,000 copies of the game released to North America on the SNES, this is perhaps one of the rarest games to acquire an original copy of…

retro Review: Double Dragon II The Revenge

retro Review: Double Dragon II The Revenge

Is that the sweet smell of revenge in the air? No, its just our latest Retro Review! In this retro we take a look at one of the best Beat’em ups the NES has to offer – Double Dragon II: The Revenge! Does this sequel have what it takes to best its predecessor? Step inside our retro dojo to find out!

retro Review: EarthBound

retro Review: EarthBound

Welcome back for a very special retro Review. In this retro, we take a look at one of the most loved RPG’s of all time, a game that over the years has gained an almost cult like following - EarthBound for the Super Nintendo. EarthBound is the sequel to “Mother” (released only in Japan), and happens to be one of the rarest games on the used game market. We still have our copy. But is this adventure with Ness and friends worth the high price? Read on to find out!

retro Review: Tactics Ogre – Let Us Cling Together

retro Review: Tactics Ogre – Let Us Cling Together

Tactics Ogre is the seventh chapter in the famed Ogre Battle saga.  In this story, it will be your role to lead the liberation army to free the oppressed nation of Valeria.  During your adventure you will be presented with many choices that will drastically affect the plot as well as the addition of certain key characters to your army.  These choices also play a huge role in the several endings there are to discover.

retro Head2Head: Street Fighter Alpha Warriors’ Dreams

retro Head2Head: Street Fighter Alpha Warriors’ Dreams

Welcome back for another exciting Retro Head2Head! In this Retro Head2Head we bring you a battle between one legendary 2D Fighter, Capcom’s Street Fighter Alpha: Warriors’ Dreams. The two systems walking on the dangerous side of the street are the original PlayStation, and the Sega Saturn. Were these two systems evenly matched, or did one hold a distinct advantage over its’ opponent? Find out in our latest retro Head2Head. HA-DO-KEN!

retro Review: Chrono Cross

retro Review: Chrono Cross

Chrono Cross is the long awaited sequel to the smash hit, Chrono Trigger.  That is a big name to live up to and much was expected from the title.  Could Squaresoft deliver the same type of masterpiece they did with Chrono Trigger?  There’s only one way to find out.  Lets put this inter-dimensional adventure under our lens and see what its really about!

retro Head2Head: Marvel vs Capcom 2

retro Head2Head: Marvel vs Capcom 2

“Choose your alter ego” Welcome back for another Retro Head2Head. This week, we focus our lens on the arcade classic Marvel Vs Capcom 2. What better way to celebrate the release of MVC 3 with the game that inspired it! We all know that this game was one of Dreamcast’s trophy titles and one which is considered by many to be an “Arcade perfect port”! So stick around to see which combo-stomping version wins the title of The “True arcade port”!

retro Review: Chrono Trigger

retro Review: Chrono Trigger

Welcome back for a special retro Review! This time we take a look at one of the most loved RPGs in the genre’s history – Squaresoft’s Chrono Trigger for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. Chrono Trigger was one of the most famous, and rare games of its time. The game was remade not once, but twice, and sold for 80 dollars plus on eBay before that. But one question remains – can any one game really be that good? Or has time finally caught up with our old friends? Let’s put this classic under the lens and find out!

retro Head2Head: Madden NFL ’94

retro Head2Head: Madden NFL ’94

“Where’d that truck come from?” Happy Super Bowl Sunday everybody, and welcome to another Retro Head2Head! This week we take a look at one of the early masters of the gridiron – Madden NFL Football ’94 for the Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis. In the mid-nineties there were still a few contenders out there for the Madden series to tackle, but even so, the franchise was quickly becoming known as the pinnacle of Football games. But the question remains, which one of these 16-Bit titian’s handled the classic series better? Find out in our latest Retro Review.

retro Head2Head: Rayman

retro Head2Head: Rayman

Welcome back for another exciting retro Head2Head! This time around, we compare the classic Rayman for the Atari Jaguar with the one for the original Playstation. In our opinion, Rayman is one of the most overlooked 2D platform games of the 90′s. So stick around to see which version stands the most colorful!

retro Head2Head: Chrono Trigger

retro Head2Head: Chrono Trigger

Good morning everyone! Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and welcome to a very special retro Head2head! This one features arguably the greatest RPG of all time, and that our friends, is Chrono Trigger! Just mention its name to anyone who grew up in the SNES era and you’re likely to receive a gigantic smile in return – not to mention a few good stories about how much fun they had playing it. Today we’re going to show you the differences between the original SNES version, and its port over to Sony’s Playstation console. So don’t waste another second, come on in and see which version walks away the winner of these two timeless adventures!

retro Review: Back to the Future

retro Review: Back to the Future

With the announcement of the upcoming Back to the Future graphic adventure game by Telltale Games, we thought it was the perfect time to take the original NES version of BTTF for a spin. We were wrong. There is actually no good time to take this one for a spin. Find out why in our latest Retro Review.

retro Review: Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse

retro Review: Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse

The timeless Disney mascot Mickey Mouse made his return to gaming this week with the release of the Nintendo Wii exclusive, Epic Mickey. We thought now would be the perfect time to break out the best Mickey game of all time – The Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse for the Sega Genesis. Think this one’s for kids do you? Well think again! Come inside too see just why Castle of Illusion is considered one of the finest games ever released for the Genesis.

retro Review: Donkey Kong Country

retro Review: Donkey Kong Country

Thanksgiving weekend is the anniversary for so many awesome games, one of them being Donkey Kong Country for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. For that reason, coupled with the resurrection of the series this past week with Donkey Kong Country Returns, gives us enough of an excuse to jump into our closet full of goodies, and reminisce a little with the original DKC for the SNES. Grab your banana, I mean a banana, and Swing into our latest retro Review to see if DKC was worth all the hype it received 16 years ago.

retro Review: Splatterhouse

retro Review: Splatterhouse

Splatterhouse made its debut in Japanese Arcades in 1988. It was developed by Namco and is one of the first “horror” games ever made. The game made it’s way to home consoles in 1989 via NEC’s Turbo Grafx 16. With the series getting its first new release in over 17 years this Tuesday, we thought it would be a perfect time to take a look at the only home console release of the game that started it all. Is the original Splatterhouse worth tracking down,  or should Rick have been left to rot away in the basement of West Mansion? Find out in our latest Retro Review.

retro Review: GoldenEye 007

retro Review: GoldenEye 007

With James Bond being all the talk this week (good or bad) we decided to reach into our closet full of retro goodness and pull out this all time classic – GoldenEye 007 for the Nintendo 64. How does this classic hold up today? Is it worth grabbing a copy if you can find one? Get your retro briefing after the jump.

retro Head2Head: Resident Evil

retro Head2Head: Resident Evil

Welcome to this special Halloween Retro Head2Head! In this Retro Head2Head we bring you a battle between two Survival Horror giants, Capcom’s one and only Resident Evil. The two systems battling it out are the original PlayStation (where the classic made its debut), and the Sega Saturn (a system known for its difficulties in programming 3D). This one should be easy…so you think! Enter our mansion of horrors to see which version walks out alive.

Retro Rewind: Fallout 3 – Let’s Blow Up Megaton!

Retro Rewind: Fallout 3 – Let’s Blow Up Megaton!

Fallout: New Vegas was released today, and like an incoming nuclear bomb, our full Head2Head Analysis is almost ready to drop. But before we get there, why not take a look at one of the best moments of Fallout 3 – the destruction of Megaton. Seeing the amount of work that when into creating the huge Capital Wasteland city (and really all of Fallout 3), we were surprised that Bethesda let players destroy it…if you chose the “Evil” route that is. Needless to say, after destroying the town you will be awarded a ton of “Bad Karma” on your way to becoming the “Scourge of Humanity”. Enjoy!

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