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Retro Game SuperHyper

A new blog about old videogames

Itsy-Bitsy-Teeny-Weeny Arcade Games

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Display of Coleco tabletops at the American Classic Arcade Museum/Funspot in Laconia, NH

Lately, there’s been an influx of little-bitty arcade games hitting store shelves. There’s the steadily-improving “Arcade Classics” series that can be found at Walmart; the keychain-sized Tiny Arcade series; the working, accurate scale models coming from Replicade; the forthcoming Neo-Geo Mini. All of these have been reminding me of the original Coleco mini tabletop arcade games that came out in the early 1980s, when I was a kid, and how badly I wanted them. Continue reading “Itsy-Bitsy-Teeny-Weeny Arcade Games”

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FX Unit Yuki: The Brand-New PCE/TG16 Game!

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Way back in October 2016, I plunked down a little over 40 bucks to back a Kickstarter project for a newly-developed PC Engine/TurboGrafx-16 game titled The Henshin Engine, which at the time was slated for a March, 2017 release. Welp, in April of 2018, the game finally shipped, and with a newly-modified title of FX Unit Yuki: The Henshin Engine. I’ve been playing it since I received my copy, so let’s check it out!

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Cooking and Cleaning

Recently I was talking to my friend Zac at his shop, Press Start Games, about methods of getting original NES hardware back to working order. While discussing replacement of the infamous 72-pin connector that seemingly causes 90% of NES problems, he told me about the boiling method, and how it can yield even better results than installing new aftermarket connectors. Boiling? Like literally boiling the connector in water?

Turns out, yep.

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Raising Act

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Much in the way devoted theists worship their deity of choice, tonight I am writing a gospel in praise of The Master and his miracles in bringing peace and civilization to the world while slaying monsters and cranking some kickass tunes. Yes, I am testifying to the glory of Actraiser, a divine game in which you play God…a sword-weilding, demon-slaughtering, natural-disaster-causing God. And lo, it is good. Continue reading “Raising Act”

Retron HD: The RGSH Test

20180419_170945Last week, I picked up a Hyperkin Retron HD to see what it’s all about. I’ve spent the last few days putting it through the wringer and making it do some things it probably shouldn’t oughtta do. How’d it turn out? Read my exhaustive report right now! Continue reading “Retron HD: The RGSH Test”

1.5-year State of the Blog Address

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As of April 16, 2018, Retro Game SuperHyper has now been going for a year and a half. Woohoo! So I’d like to take this time to thank you all for being a part of this project, and talk a little bit about how it’s going! Continue reading “1.5-year State of the Blog Address”

Player 2 Arcade Bar Grand Opening

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A month or two ago, my wife and I were driving down College Avenue (the main drag through downtown Appleton, Wisconsin, where we live) one evening, and she said “hey, the old Raven’s bar is full of arcade games, wonder what’s going on?” As soon as we got home, I checked the ol’ Googler and found out that sure enough, there was a new arcade/bar/barcade opening right in my own town! I started keeping a close eye on their development, and last night (Thursday, April 12, 2018), the new Player 2 Arcade Bar finally opened to the public, so of course Retro Game SuperHyper was there to check it out!

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Midwest Gaming Classic 2018 THIS WEEKEND!

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Midwest Gaming Classic is this coming weekend, April 14, 15, and 16! This year looks to be the biggest yet, because for the first time, it’ll be held at the Wisconsin Center in downtown Milwaukee. Will you be there?! Continue reading “Midwest Gaming Classic 2018 THIS WEEKEND!”

Game Collecting Fish Stories

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Despite the fact that I don’t think I’ve ever actually played an actual fishing videogame on purpose (and holy carp, are there a lot of them), I certainly have “fish stories” — you know, legendary tales of great catches, and the ones that got away — about videogame collecting. There’s no better feeling than stumbling across a rarity for a cheap price, and no worse feeling than finding out that that one game you passed up for a few bucks years ago is a rare find. I have both types of stories, as I’m sure you do too! So sit right back and you’ll hear a tale… Continue reading “Game Collecting Fish Stories”

Announcement: The Retro Game SuperHyper Arcade Blog Reader!

I haven’t posted as much as I’d like to recently, but with good reason: I’ve been hard at work on an exciting new secret project, which I’m proud to make public right now!

Introducing the Retro Game SuperHyper Arcade Blog Reader!

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A full-size, upright arcade cabinet with a classic-size 19″ CRT monitor and a custom control panel, the RGSHABR will be available in very limited quantities to arcades and private collectors alike. Continue reading “Announcement: The Retro Game SuperHyper Arcade Blog Reader!”

Super Mario RPG: FINISHED/When in Doubt, Grind it Out

Since I have two semi-related topics I wanna talk about, I’m going to make this a split post, or two posts mashed together, like a punk rock split 7-inch (or should that be grindcore, given the topic?? HA! I’m funny.)

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Gamers’ Library: Atari Flashback – The Essential Companion from Prima

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I stumbled across this book, Atari Flashback: The Essential Companion the other day and was surprised at two things: 1) That it existed, and 2) that I hadn’t seen anybody say anything about it anywhere. So of course, that meant I had to pick up a copy and check it out. For the blog! For you! For retro gaming! Let’s have a look, shall we? (Yes, let’s.)

Ostensibly a guidebook to the Atari Flashback consoles, this book from Prima is actually a nice guide to the Atari 2600 in general. Continue reading “Gamers’ Library: Atari Flashback – The Essential Companion from Prima”

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