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      WEEKLY DOSE OF GAMING NEWS: Vigilante, JetHuntERS, Playtron

      WEEKLY DOSE OF GAMING NEWS: Vigilante, JetHuntERS, Playtron

      As the first quarter of 2024 comes to a close and things start to heat up, well it's high time we followed suit by bringing you more action. While we haven't failed in bringing you the most exciting titles and interesting consoles this side of retro, we make sure to pick and choose just the right kind of flavor for everyone.

      This time, we're going from the mean city streets to literal outer space just to taste that action. In the console department, we got a doohickey that looks to challenge the titans of the handheld industry by sprinkling a bit of old-school ingenuity into some beefy modern hardware. So, if you're ready for your weekly dose of action, you've come to the right place!

      VIGILANTE

      First up, we got an awesome combination involving Neeso Games, the ever-reliable Scorpion Engine, and the Commodore Amiga. Three things that you definitely want in the same sentence. While everyone patiently waits for the upcoming Neeso Games arcade platformer Super Delivery Boy, we got something a bit more gritty and in your face but still makes sure to deliver. And by deliver, we mean epic beatdowns. 

      Vigilante is a side-scrolling, fist-fighting good time that sees you enforcing brutal citywide justice against the usual bad guys. Powered by the Scorpion engine, this port from the Sega Master System looks pretty smooth and snappy in its initial footage. As a work in progress, the first two levels and all sprites have been graphically retouched to complete, with spawning enemies and even cutscenes.

      According to Neeso Games, we're just waiting on the boss fights and a few more tweaks before we can all go hard on being a bonafide Vigilante. Best to keep your aisles peeled for this.  

      JETHUNTERS

      Now we're going from punching and kicking goons in the street to shooting up a storm in outer space, but still on the Amiga. Thanks to Coagulus, we're getting an early build preview of their work in progress in the form of some sweet footage. The game in question? A side-scrolling space shoot em up for the Amiga called JetHuntERS.

      According to Coagulus, this isn't just a sequel to 2019's JetHunt, but it's also a partial tribute to the classic game Zybex, which came out on 8-bit computers in the 1980s. However, it hasn't been all sunshine and rainbows for JetHuntERS, as the development process experienced quite a few bumps along the way, with bugs to fix and about a year's worth of code getting lost somewhere in between. Still, the initial teaser looks pretty good, and given how well JetHunt was received before, we might just be looking at a nice sequel. Fingers crossed!

      PLAYTRON

      Playtron

      In a world full of brand new handheld devices, both AAA and Retro, it's quite the tall task just to get your foot in the door. I mean, seriously, it's like the release of a new device every other month. Tech's running wild, you guys. That being said, one plucky little startup might have that golden ticket in the form of a powerful OS. Enter Playtron, the supposed answer for the core casual gamer. 

      Looking back, the AYANEO Next Lite was supposed to be the chosen one. This was after news dropped that it would be running on SteamOS. As we all know, we got Windows instead. While emulation was possible, most gamers were left disappointed, but the 18-person team at Playtron looked to challenge the handheld competition by targeting one huge demographic, the casual gamers. And that, boys and girls, includes the retro side. 

      The goal is to have seamless emulation of games from the near and distant past, from PS3 to Nintendo FamiCom. Playtron's endgame involves providing a cost-effective OS that can open up more emulation possibilities for other companies. This means more games are getting emulated and, in turn, being played.

      At the end of the day, it won't matter which handheld you use because Playtron might just make it possible for you to run just about anything. Interesting stuff, for sure. We’ll, definitely stay tuned for more. 

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      WEEKLY DOSE OF GAMING NEWS: Hermanos, Krogharr, FlipOnGo

      WEEKLY DOSE OF GAMING NEWS: Hermanos, Krogharr, FlipOnGo

      Now, when it comes to video games of the old-school variety, there's definitely a wide selection to choose from, whether it be straight-up classics you played 20 years ago, a refined version of an already awesome retro gem, or a totally new beast with a vintage coat of paint. Best believe we have our eyes peeled.

      The same goes for consoles that seem to be popping up left and right. There's literally a whole lot to unpack. But as we go through our catalog of action-packed titles, we have a couple that might pique your interest this week. Aside from that, a very large and very fun gaming machine from the past might just find its way into your fingertips. If you're curious, stick around to know more and read below our new features!

      HERMANOS

      If you're a proud owner of a Commodore 64, then we have a game that might challenge you. We're talking about a homebrew that recently made waves and made appeals to those who like a game with a good amount of difficulty. Thanks to D.Rejiment, we're looking at a C64 release for Hermanos, a neat new puzzle platformer with a bit of a kick.

      The game sees players taking control of good ol Hermanos through 20 challenging levels, collecting gold as you go along. The challenge here lies with the movement. Hermanos can't jump or climb. He can only warp himself into a certain position. In the end, you need to reach the end hole of the current level to reach the next one.

      As if that wasn't hard enough, you only have 250 seconds to get the job done.  So if you think you've got what it takes, grab a couple of your hermanos and challenge them to a game of Hermanos.

      KROGHARR

      Now for some brutal, barbaric action on the Amiga. If you're familiar with the work of Tigerskunk, Like Inviyya, there's a new game in town that packs a punch. We got a brand new demo to his upcoming sidescroller called Krogharr, a new OCS action slasher that not only looks good but hits hard. While we only have a demo to work with, we do have a bit of info about the game. 

      The game's plot involves the evil Chieftain Pilsator, who stole all the beer from Krogharr's home village. And we know what happens when you steal all the beer from a barbarian. A whole lot of action, packed fun for everyone, except Pilsater. As of now, it's confirmed that the game should work on each Amiga model with 512k chip, plus 512k extra RAM from A1000 upwards. As for its release, we might be getting it this April. So if you want to help Kroghar get the party restarted, keep your eyes peeled next month.  

      FlipOnGo

      Now, for something less violent but way more retro, if you've ever played on a pinball machine or fooled around on the only starting game that was any fun on Windows NT and had a whole lot of fun, then the FlipOnGo might be up your alley.

      Designed and created by Giacomo Carlini, this cute little console has one focus and one focus alone: Pinball. Yes, you won't be able to emulate or play anything else on this doohickey, but from aesthetics alone, it's worth checking out. While that may be the case, you do get a few cool modern gaming themes like Valorant, Overwatch, and League of Legends.

      If Giacomo comes up with a Baldur's Gate 3 version, maybe we'll see. The FlipOnGo is still a concept though, so don't expect it to come out anytime soon. It's definitely a cool novelty gadget that'll find its place into any collector's stash, or maybe into the hands of someone who misses good ol' 3D pinball.

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      WEEKLY DOSE OF GAMING NEWS: ARLO, ABU SIMBEL PROFANATION, DOOM ON HUSQVARNA LAWNMOWER

      WEEKLY DOSE OF GAMING NEWS: ARLO, ABU SIMBEL PROFANATION, DOOM ON HUSQVARNA LAWNMOWER

      Undoubtedly, we're breezing through the year like it's nobody's business, and those retro titles and old-school consoles just keep coming. Yes, most of those triple-A titles had a couple of major releases in the past couple of months, but that only means we get a steady stream of classic ports, remakes, and reimaginings lined up for you all.

      From the ZX Spectrum to the Commodore 64 to a literal lawnmower. You best believe we got the hottest weekly scoop just for you. So sit tight because you're in for one strange, but awesome ride!

       

      ARLO

      If you're looking for a cool, new ZX Spectrum game to play, then you're in luck. We've just got news that you can now play Packobilly's retro game of Arlo. But make no mistake, because this isn't your average platformer. In the game, you take on the role of Arlo, an alien stranded on Earth who's on a mission to retrieve some magical space-age artifacts.

      The journey you'll take is filled with danger at every turn. From menacing enemies like robots and soldiers to tricky traps and moving platforms. It's safe to say that Arlo will put your skills to the test. Paco Billy has really gone all out with meticulously designed levels, multiple themes, high-quality music, and gameplay that'll keep you on the edge of your seat. If you're a proud ZX Spectrum owner, Arlo should be on your list.  

       

      ABU SIMBEL PROFANATION

      Now we move on to a port from the ZX Spectrum, the Commodore 64. We're looking at one of the most difficult games in Spanish software history. Abu Simbel Profanation was the third in the Johnny Jones saga and was originally released in 1985 for the Spectrum, Amstrad CPC, and MSX.

      Developed by Victor Ruíz and released by Dinamic Software in Spain, it's making its way to your C64 to challenge you. Players take on the role of Johnny Jones and explore the tomb of Abu Simbel. Your objective? Well, you rid yourself of the Pharaoh's Curse. Profanation is a static multi screen platformer with various traps, moving enemies, keys, and doors to unlock to progress.

      One thing to take note of is that it's extremely difficult. You're basically looking at Dark Souls granddaddy. Worry not, for if you play the game in emulation, you can use a quick save and load feature or take advantage of the infinite lives training modes in the laxity version released way back in 2018. It's a nice loophole, but come on, where's the challenge in that? So if you're up to the challenge, and if you dare, pick up Abu Simbel Profanation right now.  


       

      DOOM ON HUSQVARNA LAWNMOWER

      So about that thing we mentioned a while ago, about the lawnmowers. Yeah, we weren't joking. Yes, we talked a whole lot about Doom and Doomlegs on this channel, but nothing can prepare you for Doom on a robotic Husqvarna lawnmower. Not the console you quite expected, huh? 

      So basically, if you own a Husqvarna Automower narrow model, then you, too, can play the classic 1993 title and even hook up to other lawnmowers for multiplayer play. According to robotics software engineer at Husqvarna, Bjorn Manfred, the whole concept came to life over the Yuletide season when his friend was over for the holidays. I mean, just like most ideas, right? 

      While totally unexpected, it's definitely an exciting partnership between Husqvarna and ID Software. But if there's one thing they have in common though, it involves mowing things down with reckless abandonment. The robotic mowers start at around 3,400 USD, so it won't be the cheapest reason to play Doom. Still, if you do have one of these lying around, then it's time to fire up the good ol' soundtrack and slay some demons while keeping your lawn nicely maintained.  

       

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      WEEKLY DOSE OF GAMING NEWS: ALICE SISTERS, NEON WORLD, POWDKIDDY RGB20SX

      WEEKLY DOSE OF GAMING NEWS: ALICE SISTERS, NEON WORLD, POWDKIDDY RGB20SX

      The first quarter of 2024 is breezing past us at breakneck speed, which is kind of weird, given how January seemed like a whole year upfront. That being said, the games keep coming, and consoles keep dropping hints on their sweet specs, just tempting everyone without a release date.

      As always, we're here to get you the scoop on the latest retro titles and some handhelds worth your time. It's all about playing the games you want, the way you want. And we're here to make sure you get to play all day, every day. So sit back, relax, and let's slow things down a bit.

       

      ALICE SISTERS

      We have some great news for anyone who's been following any updates on the Atari Falcon. Yes, we know you all have been waiting for games to come out, and we have just what the doctor ordered: hot and fresh. We just got news that Orion Soft just dropped the Atari Falcon game Alice Sisters. It's a new puzzle platformer with 28 levels in four worlds featuring some sweet two-player co-op.

      We got a bit of footage to work on, and it's looking pretty good. It's also worth noting that Alice Sisters went through three years of development before making its Atari Falcon computer. If you own an Atari Falcon 030 or 060, you'll still be in luck though. It takes 7 megabytes of RAM, 26 megabytes of disk space, and works on both VGA and your usual TV.

      The game was originally made for the Sega Genesis and Mega Drive, so seeing it come out on the Falcon is great. While the game is by no means perfect, it's still worth checking out. Especially if you're down for some two-player mayhem.  

      NEON WORLD

      Now, for our ever-loving Amiga fans and friends, you all get a game every week, and we think it's awesome! We just got the news that Cobour just dropped an early build of their work-in-progress shoot 'em up for the Amiga called Neon World. This particular title looks to feature challenging areas to traverse, multiple enemy types, great tunes by Krzysztof Odachowski, and so much more.

      According to their site, this title was 30 years in the making and was supposed to be a small project for the Amiga 500. It was also in part due to many games not using the full PAL resolution of 320x256,  and that's where the attempt came to be. So far, we can't wait to see how things pan out. Now, if you're looking to step into a neon world as much as we are, then make sure to keep your eyes peeled. 

       

      POWKIDDY RGB20SX

      It's console time yet again, and we got some nice rumors going around as of late. Of course, while unconfirmed for now, the truth always gets out at some point. The same can be said for the latest retro handheld devices. From the looks of things, Powkiddy is working on a new handheld called the RGB20SX.  Now, this news comes out hot and fresh thanks to the content creator Retro Handheld Collection via Instagram. Thanks! 

      r/SBCGaming - RGB20SX, the upcoming vertical handheld from PowKiddy

      Now, we're getting a direct upgrade to the older Powkiddy RGB20S. This one will basically be the Powkiddy RGB30 but in vertical format. This means a 1x1 display and repositioned dual analog sticks, but some of these specs are taken directly from the Powkiddy RGB20. This also means we're likely getting a 1.8GHz quad-core RK3356 chipset, 1GB of RAM, a 4-inch 720x720 display, and a big battery. We still need to wait for the official specs, of course. 

      The new Powkiddy probably won't be going against the bigger, more decked out, and more expensive handhelds, but that just means we could be getting something more affordable. If this cracks the sub $ 100 price range, then it could be a compelling budget choice. But we'll just have to wait and see. 

       

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      WEEKLY DOSE OF GAMING NEWS: Trojan, Final Fight, Nintendo 3DS & Wii U

      WEEKLY DOSE OF GAMING NEWS: Trojan, Final Fight, Nintendo 3DS & Wii U

      We believe it's about time we fulfill the desires of our old-school hearts. And by that, we mean more retro games and more handy dandy gadgets for you to splurge on for yourselves or your lucky dates. But let's be honest; there's no better way to bond than over gaming. Yes, both physical and emotional damage this week, so stick around, toughen up, and let's get started.

       

      TROJAN

      For any fans of the post-apocalyptic genre or anything that has the overall vibe of the Fist of the North Star but with swords, well, we got a treat. If you remember the 80s classic by RomStar and Capcom, the Amiga AGA is getting a sweet new port of the classic arcade beat 'em up, Trojan. For those unfamiliar, Trojan is basically what happens when nuclear war and the Odyssey have a weird, badass crossover.

      Not much technology, and a whole lot of whacking people with a sword. Then you take on the role of Hero Trojan, a young warrior who's out to free the post-modern world from evil dictator Achilles. There's less Greek mythology to go around but more kickass beat 'em up of action to enjoy. Thanks to skyzoo73 and the old reliable Scorpion engine, the Amiga AGA will be getting its much-needed port. 

      While the game is still a work in progress, there's already some working early footage going around, and it's just as good as it was in the 80s. So if reliving Homer's epic with demons and weird science is your jam, watch out for Trojan.  

      FINAL FIGHT

      Amiga users are eating well this month. We got another classic beat 'em up port that's worthy of the classic fan-favorite console. A rather infamous one at that. We got news that Brick Nash just dropped the enhanced 1991 US Gold version of the popular beat 'em up Final Fight for the Amiga. If you played this game back when it was originally released back in the 90s, you know its history. Just like Street Fighter II of the same vein, it just didn't kick as much ass as you'd expect. This enhanced version addresses those issues.

      Rick Nash explains that after three solid years of learning how to code and 68000 assembly language, he managed to develop a passion project that takes place in its own universe separate from the Capcom timeline. Yes, this one's non-Capcom, and it features a number of changes and a few compromises that were necessary just to make the port happen.

      Still, if you're a Final Fight fan and want to experience having a playable Maki in 2024, it's best to check this out.  


      NINTENDO 3DS & Wii U

      Now, on to some sad but inevitable news for all the 2000s handheld console players, both modern and retro. We already knew this time was coming but never really figured it would be so soon. It's recently been confirmed that Nintendo 3DS and Wii U's online services will be officially shut down at 4 pm PDT on April 8th, 2024. 

      Last October, Nintendo dropped the news about the servers shutting down but didn't elaborate on when exactly. Now that we actually know, well, it's safe to say it stings a little bit.

      According to their official statement, at 4 pm PDT on April 8, 2024, online play and other functionality that uses online communication will end for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U software. This also includes online cooperative play, internet rankings, and data distribution.  Nintendo also made sure to thank players for using these services through the years and apologized for the inconvenience.

      The end of an era, ladies and gentlemen. While the Wii U wasn't as popular as it could have been, the 3DS was a daily driver for a lot of gamers, young and old. Either way, these two handhelds will be sorely missed and will forever be part of our collective gaming experiences.