Retro Gamer #50

So Retro Gammer issue 50 is out now and this is some of what you can read in that issue:

  • Back to the Eighties – June 1984
  • Back to the Nineties – September 1990
  • Readers’ Top Gaming Moments
  • The Complete Lowdown – The House of the Dead
  • The Classic Game – Yars’ Revenge
  • The Making of… Retro Gamer
  • The History of Grand Theft Auto (GTA)
  • The Making of… Gunstar Heroes
  • Retroinspection – Sega Dreamcast
  • The Making of… The Great Giana Sisters

If you can’t get Retro Gamer where you live, you can buy it from Imagineshop.co.uk.

Wii: Virtual Console – Europe – Friday April 25, 2008

This week, on Friday April 25th 2008, Europe got three new Virtual Console games to download on their Nintendo Wii.

Double Dragon
NES – 1988 – 505 Games – Beat’em up – 1-2 players – 500 points – age 12+

Double dragon is one of the most popular arcade-style action fighting games ever, and has been used as a classical model for subsequent beat’em-up games. Published initialy as an arcade titles only, it’s huge success has allowed the game to be converted across multiple platform.

Double dragon tells the story of two brothers, Billy and Jimmy Lee, who start a journey in order to save Billy’s girlfriend Marian. The girl has been kidnapped by the Black Warriors, a gang of martial artists that are trying to learn the secrets of the technique SouSetsuKen, master by the two brothers.

Double dragon features 2 player co-up and offers a deep compat system based on punches, kicks and many weapons and interactive items. Moreover, the story will take the player to visit and explore many different locations, from the city suburbs to the mountains.

The Last Ninja
Commodore 64 – 1987 – Commodore Gaming – action – 1 player – 500 points – age 12+

The evil Shogun Kunitoki has long envied the powers of the Ninja brotherhood and would do anything to acquire their knowledge. To this end he has sworn an oath to their total destruction.

Once every decade all Ninja must travel to the island of Lin Fen where they pay homage at the Shrine of the White Ninja and receive further teachings from the Koga Scrolls. Seizing the opportunity Kunitoki summoned forth all the spirits from the depths of the Nether World and flung their full force against the amassed Ninja. No-one escaped the wrath of Kunnitoki.

Word soon reached Armakuni, the last Ninja, of the unnatural disaster that had slain his brothers and gathering all his courage, he swore to wreak a terrible revenge on the Shogun and all his followers. What unforeseen hazards lay in wait for him?

World Games
Commodore 64 – 1986 – Commodore Gaming – sports – 1-8 players – 500 points – age 3+

Look out world, here we come!

You’re about to travel the globe to compete in eight of the world’s most glamorous and unusual sports. from Europe to the far East, you’ll be ocean hopping to the sites where daring divers leap from rocky cliffs and gigantic men go toe-to-toe in the sumo ring. You’ll ride at an American rodeo and toss the caber in Scotland. You’re taking on the world, and you’re going to be on their home turf. But it doesn’t matter. You’ll wipe them out.

In any langauge, you’re about to experience the thrills of World Games. Bonne chance!

Xbox 360: Lost Cities on XBLA

Today, Wednesday April 23th 2008, you can download Lost Cities on to your Xbox 360 from Xbox Live Arcade for 800 points.

Lost Cities

Risk it all on the expeditions of a lifetime in the award-winning card game Lost Cities™ as it comes to life on Xbox LIVE® Arcade. Draw from a pool of cards to amass the most points, play your cards wisely, take chances with your money, and create the best strategy to outwit your opponent on the road to victory.

  • True to the original: All of the fun and strategy of the original card game has been faithfully translated for the console audience.
  • Easy to learn: Jump into a game and start devising strategies within minutes.
  • Exotic locales: Manage prosperous expeditions through the lost cities of the frozen Himalayas to the sandy deserts of Egypt, and even the Brazilian rain forest.
  • Online play: Play with up to three of your friends over Xbox LIVE.

X-Files: I Want to Believe

I’m looking forward to the new X-files movie: X-Files: I Want to Believe. Here is an interview with the creator of X-files; Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz and a panel talk about the movie. The videos is from NYCC 08 (New York Comic Con) taken from IGN.com.


Amazon.com: Top 10 HD DVD and Bly-ray

Here are the top 10 bestsellers on Blu-ray and HD DVD on Amazon.com as of Sunday, April 20th 2008.

Top 10 Blu-ray (click link)

  1. I Am Legend
  2. National Treasure / National Treasure 2 – Book of Secrets
  3. Planet Earth – The Complete BBC Series
  4. Celine Dion: Live in Las Vegas – A New Day
  5. Blade Runner (Five-Disc Complete Collector’s Edition)
  6. The Fifth Element (Remastered)
  7. Juno
  8. No Country for Old Men
  9. 300
  10. Shakira: Oral Fixation Tour

Top 10 HD DVD (click link)

  1. I Am Legend (Combo HD DVD and Standard DVD)
  2. Planet Earth – The Complete BBC Series
  3. Transformers (Two-Disc Special Edition)
  4. Batman Begins
  5. Appleseed Ex Machina (Combo HD DVD and Standard DVD)
  6. Blade Runner (5-Disc Complete Collector’s Edition)
  7. Top Gun
  8. The Ultimate Matrix Collection
  9. Lucky Number Slevin
  10. The Untouchables (Special Collector’s Edition)

Amazon.co.uk: Top 10 Blu-ray and HD DVD

Here are the top 10 bestsellers on Blu-ray and HD DVD on Amazon.co.uk as of Sunday, April 20th 2008.

Top 10 HD DVD (click link)

  1. Atonement
  2. Heroes – Series 1 – Complete
  3. The Bourne Identity/The Bourne Supremacy/The Bourne Ultimatum
  4. Elizabeth – The Golden Age
  5. American Gangster
  6. Battlestar Galactica – Series 1
  7. Hot Fuzz
  8. Planet Earth : Complete BBC Series
  9. Dragonheart
  10. Terminator 2 – Judgment Day

Top 10 Blu-ray (click link)

  1. I Am Legend
  2. Planet Earth: Complete BBC Series
  3. The Golden Compass
  4. 30 Days Of Night
  5. Casino Royale
  6. Beowulf
  7. Earth
  8. The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford
  9. Aliens Vs Predator – Requiem
  10. Black Hawk Down