Archive for the ‘History’ Category

R-Type Exhibit in Japanese Playstation Home virtual world

If you have access to Japan’s Playstation Home virtual world, be sure to stop by Irem’s area and check out this R-Type exhibit they recently set up. You can look at some of the fighter ships, play a demo game, purchase R-Type games for your PSP or Playstation, or decorate your Home apartment with R-Type […]

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Segata Sanshiro Action Figure

Sega Toys manufactured this tribute to the Sega Saturn mascot — the least they could do after he sacrificed his life to save the company’s executives from a missile attack — some time around 1998. Though the packaging has English text like “He Became Legend” scattered around, I don’t think I’ve ever seen this in […]

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Iwata Asks: New Super Mario Bros. Wii

Nintendo’s Wii website has a series of articles called “Iwata Asks”. In these interviews Satoru Iwata, President of Nintendo Co. Ltd. talks with developers of upcoming Nintendo games to find out their thoughts on the titles they produced and the development process in general. Coinciding with the recent release of New Super Mario Bros. Wii, […]

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Interview with Kinuyo Yamashita

Original Sound Version has a fascinating interview with Kinuyo Yamashita, composer of the original Castlevania game score. In the interview, she touches on the creation process, her other work, and her inspirations. OSV: How were you discovered by Konami? And how was it working for them? I believe you were employed by Konami for 2 […]

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SEGA Genesis Turns 20

Twenty years ago Nintendo faced its first real challenge to its dominance in the home console market: SEGA introduced the Genesis to North America. With a faster processor, stereo sound, and many excellent arcade ports the Genesis was a hit, eventually wrestling dominance away from Nintendo’s NES. Click for the full poster.

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The 10 Worst Videogame Consoles

PCWorld.com has a slideshow showcasing ten videogame market failures and the reasons for their downfall. What’s interesting about this slideshow is that the usual suspects are not present. Nowhere will you see the Virtual Boy or 32x. Benj Edwards from VintageComputing.com has chosen some very obscure bits of hardware to feature in his slideshow. Since […]

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Retro Gaming 101: Sega Master System

I’ve been impressed with Racketboy.com’s Retro Gaming 101 series of articles. For the younger or newer gamer they serve as an introduction into the history of the medium, covering both popular and obscure hardware alike. Recently Chrono put together a guide for Sega’s first international console, the Master System. While it saw excellent sales in […]

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