The SEGA Saturn’s Last Christmas

SEGA’s decision to drop the Saturn more than a year before the UK launch of the Dreamcast – giving them little to no presence within Europe during that time – could be seen as a mercy killing. The much-maligned 32-bit system scraped through the first half of 1998...

Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros – lovely but lacking

Like somebody with a birthday towards the end of December, Game & Watch Super Mario Bros. combines two celebrations into one. Not only does it celebrate all things Super Mario to coincide with the moustachioed one’s 35th anniversary, but also the Game & Watch itself, as noted by a ‘Special...

Battletoads Arcade allowed Rare to crank up the carnage

It’s common knowledge that Nintendo was big on censorship in the ‘80s and ‘90s, requesting sexually suggestive content, excessive violence, profanity, drug/alcohol use and even religious imagery to be removed from officially licensed Nintendo software. Some titles were even excluded from release within certain regions entirely – Nintendo’s...

SEGA Dreamcast: Collected Works

Why is the Dreamcast still held in such high regard? That’s one of the questions that SEGA Dreamcast: Collected Works attempts to answer, through a mixture of editorial, contributions from key personalities – including Yu Suzuki, Tetsuya Mizuguchi and Peter Moore, among many others – and a whole...

New Royal Mail collection celebrates classic UK video games

Royal Mail are jumping on the retro gaming bandwagon with a range of stamps, postcards and other collectables celebrating UK designed video games. Seasoned journalist Julian ‘Jaz’ Rignal provides a synopsis on each, presumably having a say on which games should make the cut. The Tomb Raider series...

UK Christmas number ones of the 1980s

Apologies if you were expecting to see ten entries spread out below. The official UK software sales chart didn’t begin until 1984, giving us just six games to cover. If you’re wondering why we didn’t cover the Christmas no.1s of the 1990s instead, let’s just say a certain...

The best PS2 launch game was a firework simulator

To say the PlayStation 2’s launch line-up was patchy is an understatement. Not only were developers up against the clock to get games ready for launch, but they were also clearly struggling with the system’s complicated architecture. Namco managed to deliver Ridge Racer V and Tekken Tag Tournament...

Mega Drive games your mum bought

With only three formats predominant on store shelves, purchasing a video game is a simple and effortless process these days. Back in the ‘80s and ‘90s however, the store shelves were a minefield. Never mind the fact that many systems had similar packaging to one another – the...