5MA – 3×3 Eyes: Jūma Hōkan (1995, SNES)

If you exclude classic ’80s Japanese-animated/adapted stuff like Battle For The Planets, Ulysses 51, The Goddamn Mysterious Cities Of Flipping Gold and the like, then the first anime qua anime series I fell in love with was 3×3 EYES (apparently pronounced “Sazan Eyes” in Japanese or e.g. “three times three eyes” if like me you’re…

Switch ing it up

I was browsing eBay a few weeks ago and came across Street Fighter Alpha 3 on the Gameboy Advance. On the PSX this is my all time favourite fighter! The game was Japanese and the box was beautiful! This got me nostalgic for my GBA I sold when I was broke and needed the cash…

Switch – Senser

Every time anyone mentions the Nintendo Switch I start humming this 1994 Senser classic to myself. I remember being kinda underwhelmed with my single purchase at the time, not least because I was expecting some Age Of Panic style guitar along with the slightly-cheesy UK rapping. If I wasn’t the laziest man on M|A|R|R|S I’d…

The old Switcheroo..

So the Nintendo switch… Discuss.. Before the big reveal I had the same feeling I get when England go into a major football tournament, my heart says we can do it and my head sends me back to earth with a resounding thump! True to form we get knocked out So I was full of…

A NES gem – River City Ransom!

My brother and I grew up with the Sega Master System, we were more than happy with what we had and never really thought about owning other consoles with different games. Our friend had a NES and we played it from time to time but only Mario and maybe Double Dragon.  My NES playing experience…

Still Playing: Tetris update 

Some time back, I wrote about finding a new way to enjoy an old favourite. After an extended battery related hiatus, I am now back in business. Still plenty of room for improvement, but last week I set a new personal best. Here’s the details.

REmember TomorROw

OK, bit of inside-baseball here, but what are blogs for, eh? For years now your humble hosts at VGR have made time with friends for an annual gathering of retro-gaming and catching-up. For the busier among us it’s a rare chance to sink teeth into some solid extended gaming time. Original hardware, pads and peripherals…

Gaming First & Last

What was the last game you played in 2016 and the first game you played in 2017? Last thing I played in 2016 was Sonic Allstars Racing Transformed on the Wii-U, which I was bought for Christmas. It felt a bit like a poor man’s Mario Kart but I’m hoping the Sega fan service makes…

A forgotten purchase

I was feeling a bit trigger happy, be it the post holiday blues or the monotony of every day life. Scouring hot uk deals for something to catch the eye and to quell the thirst for first world gratification! The item of interest was a the mini retro remake marvel of the 1980’s, Nintendo entertainment…

Still playing: Tetris

Back in my youth, when the original Game Boy and a copy of Tetris was current, it was all about how many lines you could get on game mode A (endless pieces until you reach the top). Anything over 100 was a decent attempt as far as I was concerned. Strangely enough, the game itself…

Made In Japan – Imports Part One

For some time now ive been meaning to add some Japanese import games to my Nintendo collection.  Seeing an imported Nintendo game was a thing of rarity growing up for me in the 90s but once i set eyes on a Super Famicom game from my local shop, i was amazed with how detailed the…