The purse sized Sega Master System

If you follow the retro scene you must have heard of TecToy at some point. They’re the company who handled all things Sega in Brazil, not just publishing their games but also developing new ones and even managing to release a few unpublished games that Europe never saw. Just about anything with TecToy on it …

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Official Dreamcast – a mag that didn’t last

Every month Matt pulls a magazine out for under his bed and gives it a fine going over. Stop giggling at the back there – we’re talking about video game magazines. This month: issue 9 of The Official Dreamcast Magazine from July 2000. Official magazines are dubious things. There was the time that the Official …

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Skool Daze

Released: 1985 Formats: ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64 Whereas games are nowadays often designed to have worldwide appeal, back in the ’80s many titles for the likes of the Spectrum, Commodore 64 and Amstrad were rich with British cultural references for that era. There was Flunky, a game set in entirely Buckingham Place; a platformer featuring …

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Sorted for Metal Gear

Loose copies of the lazily titled Sega Game Pack 4 in 1 on GameGear are just as easy to find as Sonic or Columns. Trying to find a boxed copy, however, is an incredibly tricky task as Sega produced only a small amount. When it does appear boxed on eBay bidding is always fierce – …

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Mindscape memories

Struggling publishers usually keep going until they rack up a huge amount of debt and go bankrupt. Not Mindscape, however. Their last couple of games – including U Sing on Wii – haven’t done as well as expected, and so they’ve decided to retire from the gaming industry and produce interactive toys instead. A brave …

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Saturn had the power

Every month Matt pulls a magazine out for under his bed and gives it a fine going over. Stop giggling at the back there – we’re talking about a video game magazine. This month: issue 7 of Future Publishing’s Saturn Power from December 1997. When the Sega Saturn was breathing its final breaths, the Saturn …

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Demo One

Released: 1995 Format: PlayStation Rather than lazily shove a handful of demos onto a disk and tie them all together with a rudimentary menu system, Sony put an awful lot of attention into the curiously titled Demo One – the disk that came bundled with every fresh PlayStation. I assume they put effort into it …

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Mario paint

You can’t get any rarer than something that’s one of a kind. With this in mind, I’m surprised that there aren’t more people out there customising their consoles. There’s certainly a demand for them on eBay – a NES-style custom GBA SP went for £51 (14 bids) earlier this month. You have to wonder though …

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Xbox lost and found

The discovery of a new Sonic game on an old Xbox development kit caused a bit of commotion on the internet recently because, well, it’s a Sonic game. It’s no shame Sonic Extreme was canned though. As this video shows, hedgehogs and skateboards don’t mix. Another unreleased Xbox game has since surfaced too, and not …

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Mr. Dreamcast

Every month Matt pulls a magazine out from under his bed and gives it a fine going over. Stop giggling at the back there – we’re talking about video game magazines. This month: issue 1 of Mr. Dreamcast from April 2000. It’s fair to say that there were more than enough magazines dedicated to the …

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Captain America and The Avengers

Released: 1992-1994 Formats: Arcade, Mega Drive, SNES, GameGear, Game Boy Time has been kind to a lot of scrolling beat ’em ups from the 16-bit era – Golden Axe and Streets of Rage still play as nicely now as they did back in the ‘90s. I think the reason for this is that the third …

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Little Samson, big price

Loose copies of Taito’s Little Samson on NES can fetch up to £100 due to its rarity. You’d think that a complete copy would only fetch a little more, but not so – this new and sealed copy netted a US seller $5,500.00 (£3,444.39) after 29 bids. What is it with Americans paying stupid amounts …

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When I’m 64

Every month Matt pulls a magazine out for under his bed and gives it a fine going over. Stop giggling at the back there – we’re talking about a video game magazine. This month: issue 54 of N64 Magazine from May 2001. Now here’s a publication that you always knew where you stood with – …

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Game Boy Obscure

The humble Game Boy had a full and long life that very few other consoles can match. New releases did slow down around the mid ’90s, but then came along came a little game known as Pokemon and eventually the Game Boy Color rightfully took the reigns. Even then though some Game Boy Color games …

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Super Mario Land

Released: 1989 Formats: Game Boy, 3DS Virtual Console Due to a combination of a lack of time, money and experience, most console launch games tend to be either on the basic side or rushed out. The Game Boy’s line-up was no different, comprising rather basic games such as Alleyway, Yakuman (MahJong) and rudimentary sports titles. …

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