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      WEEKLY DOSE OF GAMING NEWS: Godzilla Balls, Moon Patrol, SiPeed

      WEEKLY DOSE OF GAMING NEWS: Godzilla Balls, Moon Patrol, SiPeed

      Seasons are changing worldwide, but one thing stays the same. That's a whole lot of love for retro gaming, and even at this point, we're still a bit surprised by how much love and care the old-school community has for both playing and developing games of old.

      The same can be said for consoles, which, in spite of newer and shinier tech coming out almost every month, still have a few gadgets that cater to retro sensibilities. Yes, we're living it up. As the month of April rolls in, we're bringing you a bonafide classic, a cuter take on a badass monster from the East, and a retro handheld that takes the term handheld a bit too seriously size-wise.

      If you've got a hankering for some old-school goodness, stick around for your weekly dose of goodness!


      First up, a little surprise for all MSX users. If you're a fan of puzzle games and epic kaiju battles but downscaled a bit, then you'll be hyped to know that Paxanga Software just dropped Godzilla Balls. And no, we're not talking about garancho and spheres, because that's the name of the game, quite literally.

      In Godzilla Balls, you take control of Big G himself or Japan's favorite scary turtle, Gamera, as you explore a variety of levels while collecting balls and avoiding confrontation. Sadly, no city-wide kaiju battles here, just a whole lot of wholesome fun. As stated by Paxanga themselves, the MSX game runs on 16 KB of RAM and features puzzle exploration and action elements. 

      The game’s plot follows Godzilla and Gamera is trying to escape the evil Dr. Shorizawa by collecting all the balls to achieve freedom. It's also worth noting that a physical edition celebrating the 70th anniversary of Godzilla might be released under pre-order later this year. So if you're a huge Kaiju fan or simply love our favorite radioactive menace, then stay tuned.  


      And just like that, we're back with the good old Amiga, this time with the Port of Classic. Fans of Irem's 1980s arcade scrolling shooter Moon Patrol has a brand new beta build for the Amiga, and we are hyped. This new downloadable AGA build includes a lot of improvements from the previous version, and also includes a brand-new city scene. If you're unfamiliar with Moon Patrol, it's a classic title that's widely regarded as the pioneer of parallax scrolling, as it was introduced in the side scrollers that we play today. And there are a lot of games that took influence from this, which is awesome. 

      In Moon Patrol, you take control of a badass buggy where you drive, jump, and shoot your way across a variety of landscapes, all the while destroying or avoiding UFOs that obviously don't come in peace. Yes, peace was never an option for the Moon Patrol. Now, while this does look fun and awesome, we've yet to determine when the final version's coming out. So, keep your eyes peeled for any news we might have on Moon Patrol.  


      We've had our fair share of retro centric handhelds as of late, and while they're all nice and sleek, they're a bit on the chonky side. That's not the case for the upcoming gaming gadget by SiPEED, though. The open source hardware platform revealed that they're working on a mini handheld that uses FPGA technology. That being the case, we're looking at a device that runs just like the analogue pocket, which has a different take when it comes to emulating video games.


      The retro game pocket is set to feature a two-inch LCD display with a 480x360 resolution, a mini HDMI, and a sweet 1500 MAH battery. This will be more retro than most handhelds, as it'll be powered by a TangPrimer 25k processor with 64MB of RAM, so we won't be looking at PS3 or 3DS titles here. But if you're into NES, SNES, or any Game Boy title known to man, you won't be having any problems. All in all, it's a big 180 when it comes to size, and it's definitely more compact than your usual handheld. And we can't wait till it drops. 


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