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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!


      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.


      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.  


      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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      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!



      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.  



      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.  



      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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      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.



      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.  


      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. 



      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.



      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.  


      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.  




      New year, new games and consoles. 2024 hasn't been the fastest of years to jumpstart, and it really feels like we're stuck in January for a while. And we were. All things considered, we're always quick to find some sweet recommendations when it comes to new releases, both in retro titles and gaming gear.

      If you're searching for something shiny and new but vintage at the same time, you've come to the right place. We're starting the year right by delivering some much-needed action, just like we always do. 

      Let's go! 


      This year, Atari 520ST users can celebrate as you all will be getting an official sequel to an absolute classic. It's a work in progress, but hey, we all gotta start somewhere. When it comes to classic retro titles, we remember the arcade-like experience we got from Wonder Boy on the Amiga or even newer games like Monster Boy and The Cursed Kingdom.

      Since good old Wonder Boy's been around for a while, we're getting something new from Samuel Blanchard, who just released a first public demo for the unofficial sequel, Miracle Boy in Dragon Land. And yes, it's coming out on the Atari 520ST. So far, the demo covers the first level, but we can get a clear idea of how it's gonna pan out.

      Miracle Boy in Dragon Land is, in essence, a Japanese-style RPG made with a 68,000 assembler. Thankfully, if you have an Atari ST emulator like Steam, SSE, Hatari, or Saint, you're good to go. It's also worth noting that it'll be compatible with all Atari ST consoles, with at least 1 MB of memory. So, if you wish to recreate those Wonder Boy memories, we'll keep you posted on this game's development. 



      Moving on to the Atari XL/XE because we're taking things to space. Vega, Kaz and Miker have just dropped their newest polished version of a 90s game called Cyborg Warriors, a cool extraterrestrial side-scrolling shooter originally released in 1991 by Superior Software for the BBC Micro. While simple in mechanics, you can't deny the old-school action that this title brings to the modern gaming space, which happens in space.

      Cyborg Warrior sees players shooting and flying to the right, dodging or shooting just about everything. Gameplay takes place on strange planets featuring a variety of alien lifeforms, both big and small. Of course, you'll be thoroughly equipped with several weapons that you and a fellow player can choose from. Two-player action in space? Sounds like a party. Especially on an Atari. So, if space shooting is more your speed, cyber wars just might be up your alley.  

      ANBERNIC RG556

      Now, when it comes to news about the newest and potentially best retro gaming consoles, we can never dismiss rumors. After all, we want to get all the info we can to fuel the hype in our old-school hearts.

      (Pre-sale)NEW ANBERNIC RG556

      So, since Anbernic's latest creation is making rounds on the internet, it's about time we chimed in. Anbernic's upcoming ergonomic RG556 console has yet to hit your local markets, but a few photos have been circulating online, and we gotta say, we're just a bit excited about it. With what looks to be one of their most comfortable and powerful handhelds, the retro console competition of 2024 has officially begun.

      So far, we see a 5.5-inch screen, which is rumored to be an OLED panel, a Unisoc T820 chipset running on Android, some full-size triggers, and comfy ergonomic grips. Pretty sweet, to be honest. Given its new chipset, we can expect a power boost that can run more modern retro titles from the likes of the PlayStation 2 and Nintendo's GameCube and Wii.

      (Pre-sale)NEW ANBERNIC RG556

      Yes, they're actually considered retro at this point. As for the usual fan-favorite titles from the 90s and earlier, you shouldn't expect any problems. Still, it's best to take this early news with a grain of salt. A lot could happen in the following months. As for its potential release, it's anyone's guess. Mid-2024 or Q4 would be our best bet. So don't expect this comfy console to come out any time soon. But still, it's best to keep the Anbernic hype going.