Atari now owns the Intellivision brand, including the rights to 200 games

In the early ‘80s, the console market was a three-way race between Atari, Coleco, and Mattel. Mattel was responsible for the Intellivision, one of Atari’s biggest rivals until Nintendo launched the NES in the US – an estimated 5 million Intellivision consoles were sold.   Today, Atari has announced that they have acquired the Intellivision brand, along with …

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TAITO Milestones 3 announced for Switch, launching this winter

When a publisher plans for multiple instalments of a retro compilation, it’s pretty obvious that well-known games are going to be kept back for later collections. That’s definitely the case with the Taito Milestones series, which is set to receive its third entry this winter – and it’s looking like the best yet. TAITO Milestones …

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‘90s critics strongly disliked Nintendo’s Alleyway

The NSO service updated earlier this week, revealing a distinct theme to Nintendo diehards – the three new titles added to the Game Boy library were all launch titles for the monochromatic marvel, launching 1989 in Japan and the US, with Europe trailing behind in 1990.    Glancing over reviews from ‘90s gaming critics, via …

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Evercade Sunsoft Collection 2 review

Every console generation has seen a fad or two, be it gratuitously violent beat’em ups, dancing ‘n singing party games, casual titles with motion controls, or predominantly beige first-person shooters. In the early ‘90s, the biggest craze was mascot platformers, fuelled by the astonishing popularity of Super Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog. This seven-game strong …

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Cyber Citizen Shockman 3: The Princess from Another World review

Super Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog weren’t the only platforming heroes receiving system-selling sequels in 1992. Over in Japan, the PC Engine’s Kaizō Chōjin Shubibinman (Shockman) series gained its third entry. US gamers had only just received the second game, and while there was hope of the CD-based Kaizō Chōjin Shubibinman 3 making it to …

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The Epyx Collection: Handheld review

Until a few years ago, experiencing Atari Lynx games either involved acquiring original hardware or resorting to emulation. Today, almost half the handheld’s catalogue is available to play legally, albeit in drips and drabs. Atari 50: The Anniversary Collection included a handful of titles – albeit not many synonymous with the system – while the …

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Thalamus Collection 1 announced for Evercade

Blaze has ended their week of Evercade announcements with the reveal of Thalamus Collection 1, which brings together 11 of the British publisher’s C64 games. The trailer suggests we’re in for a mixture of space shooters and platformers, with Armalyte: Competition Edition, Hunter’s Moon Remastered, and Retrograde offering shoot’em up thrills while Hawkeye, Creatures, Summer …

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A new Atari Lynx collection hits the Switch next week

A new Atari Lynx collection is coming to Switch, and there isn’t long to wait – it’s due out April 25th for £11.99 ($11.99/€13.99.) The Epyx Collection Handheld comes from Pixel Games UK and Imagine Software, who recently released a Monty Mole collection and Chip’s Challenge on the eShop. As the name suggests, it includes …

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Tomb Raider Collection officially announced for Evercade

Blaze has officially confirmed that a Tomb Raider Collection is coming to Evercade. This cart will also be the pack-in title for the refreshed Evercade VS-R and Evercade EXP-R systems. Tomb Raider Collection 1, as it’s known, uses Blaze’s new larger Giga Carts that are set to retail at £22.49 ($24.99/€24.99.) It’ll feature 1996’s Tomb …

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Atari’s Yars Revenge is being rebooted as a side-scrolling adventure

The ever-prolific WayForward are teaming with Atari to develop Yars Rising. The original Yars Revenge was a popular Atari 2600 space shooter, something that’ll be referenced here in mini-games. The bulk of the experience instead takes the form of an anime style side-scrolling exploration-based adventure, in which young hacker Emi Kimura attempts to sneak into …

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Antstream Arcade slathers on the Factor 5

From today Antstream Arcade subscribers will find four new titles waiting to be revisited. This quartet comes from Factor 5 and comprises of the 1988 Amiga horizontal shooter Katakis and its expanded re-release Denaris, the Lucasarts published Ballblazer sequel Masterblazer, and the SNES’ Super Turrican: Score Attack – a rejig of the classic run ‘n …

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Kudzu review (Switch)

Modern day Game Boy releases tend to take inspiration from either Castlevania or Zelda. It pays to crib from the classics, certainly, and the genres in which these two fall allow for a wealth of possibilities. With its top-down perspective and dungeon-style locations, it’s clear where the bulk of Kudzu’s inspiration lies. The premise is …

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Thirty-six years later, Beyond the Ice Palace finally gains a sequel

Back in 1988, Commodore 64, Amiga and Spectrum owners found Elite’s action platformer Beyond the Ice Palace to be a more than sufficient alternative to Ghosts ‘n Goblins – which was also published by Elite on home computers. Today, PQube has a sequel. Beyond The Ice Palace 2 is coming to all current formats, and …

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RoadBlasters – from Atari coin-op, to a forgotten toy line

A few years ago, we looked at the partnership between SEGA and the radio-controlled car manufacturer Tyco, which resulted in Pocket Power – a unique line of pocket-sized toys, varying from launchable cars to glow in the dark skeletons. This wasn’t the only unlikely partnership between a toy car manufacturer and a video game giant, …

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