Obscure Hardware: Discovering The Sharp MZ-700 Computer

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Recently I found myself eyeing up another fellow collector's purchase - the Sharp X68000, a Japanese home computer known for its incredible shoot-em-ups and near perfect arcade ports. It's a stylish looking system, with its outer case resembling that of a sleek gaming skyscraper. Trouble is, the system is not only rare, but also quite expensive. Ga [ … ]

 

Retro Love on the Nintendo Switch

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This morning Nintendo held a conference revealing the Nintendo Switch, along with hardware details and games ranging from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild to Super Mario Odyssey.

Among the games shown were some which will surely go down well with retro fans coming to the Switch. Key among these was Arcade Archives which you may have seen [ … ]

 

Maximum Power Up Podcast - Episode 40: GamesMaster Magazine

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GamesMaster magazine is one of the most well known games magazines and also one of the longest running. This year it reaches it's 25 year anniversary, and also this month saw the 25th anniversary of the GamesMaster television series first appearing on TV.

 

[Event] Video Game Market 4 - Doncaster Dome, 25th Feb 2017

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After a hugely successful move to the mighty Doncaster Dome, we’re proud to announce that the Video Game Market is back for 2017. As the biggest and unrivalled retro gaming sales fair in the UK, this is yet another pixel-perfect day filled with bargains and rarities you won’t want to miss.

 

Hyperkin Teases Master System & Game Gear Converter For RetroN 5

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This year's CES in Las Vegas has thrown up a number of interesting new products from the world's biggest tech firms. From cars that will become our friends, to submersible drones and laptops with multiple displays the consumer electronics industry hasn't disappointed. Forget all that lot though. The real story of CES comes from Hyperkin...well, a [ … ]

 

Knights of Bytes Release Official Trailer For Upcoming Commodore 64 Platformer ‘Sam’s Journey’

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While Sonic and Mario might have skipped past the home computer generation, countless other developers attempted to recreate what made console gaming so alluring in their own way. Their tireless efforts brought around the likes of Zool, The Great Giana Sisters, and Mayhem In Monsterland to name but a few, however, the desire to produce a true rival [ … ]

 

Japanese Exclusive Super Nintendo RPG ‘Xak: The Art of Visual Stage’ Fan Translated Into English

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During Spring of 1993 the Far Eastern development studio Micro Cabin brought their impressive home-computer adventure Xak: The Art of Visual Stage to the Super Famicom. Arriving as a polished update to the PC-8801 and PC-9801 original, this 16-bit port wasn’t the first time the game had been given the remake treatment after outings on the Sharp X68 [ … ]

 

Maximum Power Up Podcast - Episode 39: Games of 2002

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2002 was a great year for games. The Playstation 2 was amassing more hits such as GTA Vice City, Final Fantasy 10 and as well as this the Xbox and GameCube games libraries were growing with some must own titles. With these games being almost 15 years old there are still some bargains to be found 2nd hand. Hopefully we can [ … ]

 

Modern Review: Active Soccer 2 DX (PS Vita)

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Ever since Electronic Arts stopped releasing its FIFA games on the Vita, soccer fans have had little to get excited about when it comes to kicking the old pig bladder into the onion bag on Sony's handheld. Hell, Konami didn't even bother putting its Pro Evo games out on the system, full stop. The last FIFA release was FIFA 15, a re-skinned 'legac [ … ]

 

Dreamcast Exclusive 'In the Line of Fire' Hits Kickstarter

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There have been a couple of recent Kickstarter projects that have added Dreamcast stretch goals, with the promising Megadrive/Genesis platformer Tanglewood being the latest. Now though, a team based in Denver known as Militia Studios has entered the arena with a brand new game for Sega's old warhorse of a console; a game that has been built from [ … ]

 

Unreleased Commodore Amiga CD32 Snowboarder 'Biff Boardin' Surfaces On eBay With Snowboard Accessory

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While the Commodore Amiga CD32 might not be the most popular system around, it definitely has a group of dedicated and loyal fans behind it. With such a limited number of games being made available for the console during its short lived life, the die-hard games devoted to the CD32 will be amazed to hear an unreleased snowboarding game appears to ha [ … ]

 

Newly Announced Commodore Amiga Homebrew 'Max Knight' Gets Downloadable Demo Disk

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If for any reason you've been feeling that your choice of action on the Commodore Amiga was growing stale then look no further. The Polish based development team Pixel Nation recently took to a number of message-boards dedicated to the classic computer to announced their upcoming February 2017 release, Max Knight.

 

Maximum Power Up Podcast - Episode 38: Tomb Raider Suite

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Tomb Raider is one of the most iconic games for the Sony Playstation, and a series still going today. This year is the 20th anniversary of Tomb Raider and original Tomb Raider composer Nathan McCree has something special planned.

 

Unreleased 'Akira' Nintendo Game Boy Cartridge Discovered & Revealed

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As many will tell you, the lack of a decent game based on the cult classic anime Akira is somewhat criminal. While the Japanese did see a text-based adventure game starring Kanedo and Tetsuo on the Nintendo Famicom, Western gamers were stuck with the abysmal Commodore Amiga offering from Ice - one which saw some of the lowest ever review scores in [ … ]

 
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