Retro Game SuperHyper

A new blog about old videogames

That time I almost won a Street Fighter II tournament


The recent release of an officially-Capcom-licensed, limited-edition Street Fighter II Super NES cartridge from iam8bit got me thinking about when SF2 originally came out on the SNES in 1992, and how crazy the hype over it was. SF2 mania was in high gear, both in arcades and at home on 16-bit consoles, and I was fully immersed in it, at one point even taking part in a local tournament — that came down to me and another competitor.

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Captain Power: A video game, but not a videogame


Debuting in 1987, Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future was a multi-media brand which included a TV series, a toy line, and various tie-in products. So why am I writing about it on my retro gaming blog? Because at its core, Captain Power was a game. Continue reading “Captain Power: A video game, but not a videogame”

Can we all just agree that Vectrex is the coolest system ever?

We all love the Atari 2600 and the Famicom and the Neo-Geo and yadda yadda yadda yeah yeah sure fine whatever. But seriously, has any console ever been as outright COOL as the Vectrex?

(The correct answer is “no.”) Continue reading “Can we all just agree that Vectrex is the coolest system ever?”

What are we playing? 12.04.17

I picked up the physical edition of Ys Origin from Limited Run a few months ago, and now that I’ve finished Metroid: Samus Returns and Cuphead, I’ve decided that it’s time for me to return to Ys for the first time in over ten years. Continue reading “What are we playing? 12.04.17”

The Comeback Kid

Way back when I wrote my downsizing post, I mentioned at the very end that I had, for some reason I myself don’t understand, sold off my copy of Kid Niki for the NES, and that it was the one game I regret selling.

Well, I am happy to report that Kid Niki has recently returned to the family, and was welcomed home with open arms. Continue reading “The Comeback Kid”

Should I have a booth at MGC?


Despite all my hard work on downsizing, I still have a lot of videogame stuff left to sell off. Toys, boardgames and puzzles, t-shirts, controllers, various promotional tchotchkes and knick-knacks, old handhelds, and of course, games, consoles and even arcade PCBs and parts.

So I’m thinking about doing a Retro Game SuperHyper booth at the Midwest Gaming Classic in 2018! Continue reading “Should I have a booth at MGC?”


20171114231249_1This morning I finally finished Cuphead! After many repeated attempts, I beat the Devil and released all his debtors of their infernal financial responsibilities. Continue reading “Cuphead: FINISHED”

Gamers’ Library: Atari, Inc. – Business is Fun

Atari, Inc.: Business is Fun, written by Marty Goldberg and Curt Vendel, was published in 2012. I purchased an autographed copy at Midwest Gaming Classic years ago. At 796 pages, it was a bit intimidating to start, so it sat on my shelf until I recently got the bug to tackle it. I’m glad I finally did! Continue reading “Gamers’ Library: Atari, Inc. – Business is Fun”

IT’S ALIVE! Frankenstein’s Monster for Atari 2600

20171030_192034What are some great, scary, classic games to play for Halloween? Castlevania? Splatterhouse? Resident Evil? Haunted House? Clock Tower? Silent Hill? Hello Kitty Cube Frenzy? Yes, all terrifying games in their own ways. But this year, I’m going to talk about an Atari 2600 game that really fits the Halloween bill: Frankenstein’s Monster by Data Age!

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Happy 30th, PC Engine!


Today marks the 30th anniversary of the launch of the legendary NEC PC Engine! Happy birthday little buddy!

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The Glob: An Appreciation


I first discovered The Glob not way back in 1982 when it was released, but rather in 2016 when I visited Funspot arcade in New Hampshire. I stepped up to this mysterious cabinet I had never even heard of before, let alone seen, plunked in a quarter and JIMINY F’ING CHRISTMAS ON TOAST WHAT IN THE SCREAMING HELLFIRE IS EVEN GOING ON WITH THIS GAME?!?! Continue reading “The Glob: An Appreciation”

What are we playing? 10.23.17


Cuphead. I’m playing Cuphead. That’s what I’m playing. That’s what everybody’s playing. You should be playing it too. Why aren’t you playing it instead of reading this? Continue reading “What are we playing? 10.23.17”

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