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Neo Geo X Goes Official To Celebrate 20th Anniversary

By Jon Partridge on March 16, 2012 9:30 AM | Permalink |

neogeox.jpgMany of us thought it was a mere rumor, but nope, it's official. This portable Neo Geo console is legit and is heading to both the US and Europe. Crafted with SNK's blessing, Blaze is making the hardware and it will include 20 built-in titles, with room for more in an SD card. While there's no pricing, and the exact release date is not known, we can expect it to head our way sometime in Q2 2012.

Check out the press release after the break.

Source: [Engadget]

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The Hangover: What We've Been Drinking, Doing and Burning This Weekend - March 10th Edition

By Dennis Wyman on March 10, 2012 12:05 PM | Permalink |


It's that time of the weekend again. Jon is presumably still passed out, but I'm awake now after a glorious tire fire last night in the backwoods of central Florida, so it looks like I'm the one leading you guys through this week's Hangover.

What have we been drinking? We're still on the vodka streak, as last night we moved on to the potent mix of Smirnoff Pear Vodka and 5 Hour Energy shots. Unfortunately, you can only have so many of these mixes before the caffeine becomes just a little too much, so after awhile we ditched the 5 Hour and finished the vodka off straight.

What else have we been up to?

  • First off, just about everyone has seen the KONY 2012 ad campaign. War correspondant and expert in central African affairs Keith Harmon Snow offers up an excellent rebuttal. [YouTube]
  • It has been a little while since we featured the Retsupurae guys here. Their latest video flashes back to an old Sega classic, Altered Beast. [YouTube]
  • LSD also has the potential to treat alcoholism? A retrospective analysis of old studies is saying "yes." [Scientific American]
  • We've been following The Coup and SSSC frontman Boots Riley on Facebook as he posts updates and commentary on the latest happenings with Occupy Oakland. [Facebook]
  • Reading about Businessweek's financial analysis on social networking giant, Twitter. [Gawker]
  • Listening to the fantastic new album by Memphis rockers Lucero, which is now up for free streaming before its release. [Rolling Stone]

Got any party stories to share from this week? Lets hear them in the comments, and until next week...

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Master Hand Playable in Super Smash Bros. Melee

By Damir Halilović on July 1, 2010 8:02 PM | Permalink |

As the GameTrailers video above shows, Master Hand, the boss in the Smash Bros. series is actually playable in the game without using any Action Replay codes. The whole thing works by exploiting a glitch which allows you to go to the map selection screen without choosing a character. What this does is force the game to assign you the fighter with the first ID in the database, which is Master Hand. The reason it has to be player 3 is because Master Hand reserves that slot every time he is present.

Be warned though, as with other glitches in games, this will cause the game to go funky. Master Hand's controls are mapped to the wrong buttons and he is unbeatable because he cannot be launched off the platform (You don't get health in stock matches). The game also freezes from time to time if Master Hand is in play.

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Secret of Mana Getting an iPhone Release

By Damir Halilović on June 16, 2010 9:02 AM | Permalink |

Secret of Mana has been announced for the iPhone earlier today by Square Enix. A short teaser trailer has been shown. It is most probably that the game will be a straight remake without any (or at least not many) changes to any aspect of it.

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The Big 3 (+2) Live Blog Discussion

By Phil Stetson on June 15, 2010 7:50 PM | Permalink |

Big 3 Discussion

Been sitting around the site all day checking out the news, have thoughts or opinions you want shared with the rest of us? Here's your chance to do it! Dan Kulesza, Jason Peters, Phil Stetson, Kelly Dress, Matt Dustman and Nathanial Rumphol-Janc are here to discuss their thoughts and take your opinions and pass them to the rest of the viewers. Jump right in and give us your thoughts on the five conferences over the past two days. What was your favorite? Which one was really bad? Which game are you most excited about? Let us know!

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Retro Game of the Month: Rocket Knight Adventures

By Damir Halilović on June 12, 2010 5:48 PM | Permalink |


The SEGA Genesis was, I'm sure we can all agree, an awesome console. The amount of amazing titles rivals the SNES, and looking back at those times makes it just more of a shame to see SEGA in the state it is today. One particular game on that console has rocket bounced its way into this article today - Rocket Knight Adventures.

A low budget sequel titled Rocket Knight was recently released and while it didn't manage to re-capture the entire spirit of the original, it was still an incredibly fun game, putting Sparkster into yet another colorful adventure. We here at VGRC love retro games nearly as much as ourselves, and in that spirit I present to you with the original Rocket Knight Adventures (1993)

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Top 15 Games In Dire Need of a Sequel

By Damir Halilović on June 10, 2010 9:03 PM | Permalink |


How many times have you wished for a certain game to get a sequel? How many times have you cursed the overrated mainstream title receiving its 15th sequel while truly unique and good games are lost in the sea of mediocrity? Don't worry, you're not alone. For whatever reasons, the games you'll see in this article have been missing off the radar for a lifetime now, while we sit around and wait for them to take us into the promised gaming land. My gut feeling tells me that we'll see at least some of these in a few short days at E3, but until then we can just close our eyes and imagine we're in a world where these games exist - a better world.

There have been over 30 games considered with honorable mentions going to Chrono Cross, Majora's Mask, Mystical Ninja, Contra, and many others. The games that did make the list simply stood out from the rest, either on the basis that they left us with a juicy, sequel-demanding cliffhanger, or because their sequels might shake up the gaming world unlike anything we've seen before.

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Classic Dreamcast titles coming to XBLA and PSN

By Jason Peters on June 10, 2010 12:48 PM | Permalink |

sa.jpg SEGA has confirmed plans to release titles from the Dreamcast onto Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network. Sonic Adventure will be the first classic title released and will be available Fall of 2010. The release of Sonic Adventure is just in time for the 11th Anniversary of the Sega Dreamcast, which was released September 9, 1999. Crazy Taxi will also be released later this year and is still the perfect game for those who were never able to become a taxicab driver. These classic Dreamcast titles will be playable at this year's E3 and will be featuring enhanced visuals and sound as well as Achievements and Trophies. I'm definitley excited and I'm hoping we'll get some of those great RPGs at some point too, Grandia II anyone?

Source: SEGA Blog

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Retro Flashback - Harvest Moon

By Adam Cordovano on March 13, 2010 2:28 PM | Permalink |

Harvestmoon_snes.jpgThe mid 90s was an interesting time for video games. The drums of the early console wars were just beginning to rumble as the Nintendo 64 and the Playstation were fresh off the assembly line and new types of games were beginning to become popular with the American audience. Final Fantasy VII launched the modern popularity of the story based RPG and  little series called Grand Theft Auto brought nonlinear gameplay and remorseless slaughter for the first time on the PC. Also during this time some companies were still making games for the past generation of systems, games that harnessed the revolutionary new concepts that new gen games used and brought them to the tried and true (and now cheaper to produce for) systems of the past generation. Some of the best unconventional SNES games were created during this time period such as Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, and Chrono Trigger.

It was during this time period that Natsume released the first game in it's flagship series, and the crown jewel to the late collection of SNES game, Harvest Moon.

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ZeldaInformer Gives Their Favorite Zelda Songs, We Give Our Favorite Soundtracks

By Dennis Wyman on November 22, 2009 12:05 AM | Permalink |

ZeldaInformer's Favorite Musical NumbersOur sister community, ZeldaInformer, recently put up a list of their favorite musical numbers from the Legend of Zelda series. However, coming up with the list, narrowed down to a measly ten choices, was no easy task. A discussion that took place within the staff halls of ZeldaInformer lasted for several pages, with hundreds of candidates for the list getting brought up. Eventually it was narrowed down to the list that is on the site right now.

However, to narrow an entire series' worth of musical work down to 10 measly tracks is a grave injustice, which prompted me to come up with my favorite soundtrack albums. Like most musical works, individual tracks can always shine bright, but how does the game's entire soundtrack fare as a whole? True, I have been spoiled by the advent of album-oriented rock and concept albums, where the sum works out to be greater than the worth of the individual pieces.

So in no particular order, I present VGRC's Top 3 Zelda Soundtracks, after the jump.

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