Retro Gamer #58

This is wat you can read in issue 58 of Retro Gamer:

  • Back to the Eighties – September 1985
  • Back to the Nineties – May 1991
  • Developer Lookback – MicroProse (part 2)
  • The Classic Game – Turtles In Time
  • The Twilight Game Zone
  • The Making of SWIV
  • The Twelve Games of Christmas
  • Retroinspection: Atari ST
  • Why You Must Play… Bonanza Bros.
  • The History of Shining Force
  • The Making of… Panzer Dragoon Saga
  • Activisionaries
  • The Making of… Bounder

Retro Gamer is available from Imagineshop.co.uk.

Wii: Virtual Console – Europe – Friday December 12, 2008

This week, Friday December 12, there was three new Virtual Console games to download for us in Europe.

Boogerman – A Pick and Flick Adventure
Mega Drive – 1994 by Interplay – action – 1 player – 800 points – age 7+

In this top pick from the Sega Mega Drive collection, you play as Boogerman, the heroic alter ego of Snotty Ragsdale! While investigating Professpr Stinkbaum’s lab, Boogerman stumbles upon a strange machine that opens a portal to Dimension X Crement. Boggerman has a nose for adventure, but has he met his match this sticky situation?

Journey through dangerous worlds such as the Flatulent Swamps and the Mucous Mountains, while battling wicked enemies like Fly Boy and deoder Ant. Deal them a blow with Boogerman’s super abilities: pick and flick boogers with deadly precision, blech and pass gas with panache, and deal a deadly blow with his signature butt stump!

Impossible Mission II
Commodore 64 – 1988 by Commodore Gaming – action/adventure - 1 player – 500 points – age 7+

Operation Cobra Blue: a top secret surveillance and counterterrorist operation directed against Professor Elvin Atombender by Field Operations agent “Bravo 29″. Elvin, a known psychotic genius, is one of the world’s leading experts on robotics, compters and codes. He lives at the top of an immense eight-tower complex. So far, his complex has proven to be nearly impossible to enter by agents of any police or intelligence agency.

Intelligence reports inidicate that Elvin has spent the past four years trying to electronically break into military computer installations around the owrld, and he may be close to succeeding. In addaition, it is believed thatElvin is becoming increasingly mentally unstable. He has been monitored muttering threats about destroying himself and the world.

Your task: stop Elvin and to prevent him from destroying the world. You have 8 hours to complete your mission. Good luck, Agent.

Last Ninja 3
Commodore 64 – 1991 by Commodore Gaming – action/adventure - 1 player – 500 points – age 12+

In the previous instalment, the Last Ninja Armakuni was dragged across time and space to modern day New York to fight the Evil Shogun Kunitoki, the man who whiped out his clan. This was supposed to be their last battl… but yet again, the Shogun slipped away.

Armakuni began to build a new Ninja brotherhood. But once again the spiritual Ninjitsu masters are calling on Armakuni for another dangerous mission. This time they take him back in time to Tibet, whose temples contain the spiritual guidance and strenght that provide the foundation for all of the learning of the ninja brotherhood. Without these spiritual guides, they would be no more. Kunitoki has seized upon this opportunity to go back and destroy theknowledge he could never have, and bring an early end to the enemy he could never defeat.

Never has Armakuni’s task been more important… Never would the unacceptable result of failure be more damaging… And so, as you stand in Tibet as Armakuni, the Last Ninja, remember: the entire fate of the Ninja, past and present, is in your hands!

PS3: Open “Home” beta to be released in the next 10 days

Yesterday, Times Online wrote that Home for Playstation 3 will be released in the next 10 days. Marketing Manager for Playstation in Norway, Morten Christoffersen, confirmed today to Spillmagasinet.no that a open Home beta will be available in December.

Christoffersen said:

It is a beta version that will be released, which is open to all. “Home” is still a comprehensive and full product, but users will find that the service will evolve very after launch.

This is great new for all that have been waiting for Home for ages.

You can read Spillmagasinet.no Google-translated from Norwegian to English from this link.

Xbox 360: Banjo-Kazooie on XBLA this week

This week you can finaly download Banjo-Kazooie from Xbox Live Arcade and play it on your Xbox 360. The game is 1200 points. (Source: MajorNelson.com)

Banjo-Kazooie

Back in 1998, Banjo-Kazooie was the duo’s first romp in adventure land. Carrying on the age-old tradition of bear and bird, the team must rescue the soon-to-be monster-ized sister from the ever so ugly but sometimes poetic witch Gruntilda. It’s a classic combination for your enjoyment. Now it’s brought to you one hundred percent intact in lovingly upgraded gaming form. And because we’re really nice, if you have the Banjo-Kazooie® Nuts and Bolts game, the legendary Stop N Swop feature is at last activated. Look out for the hungry clams and dangerous ice cubes.

  • Truly classic gameplay: Banjo-Kazooie was a revelation and revolutionary when it debuted. Now you can play the original, upgraded for Xbox 360, and discover the beginnings of bear and bird.
  • Stop N Swop: The feature is now fully implemented, with the ability to unlock new features in Banjo-Kazooie Nuts & Bolts.

Play-Asia.com: Weekly special – Lego Batman (Xbox 360) – US$23.30

This weeks special at Play-Asia.com is LEGO Batman for Xbox 360 at US$19.90 + shipping US$3.40 (a total of US$23.30 or around £15.60/€18.40). This is the Asian version with English text and the game is region free. The offer end at 8 P.M. December 9, 2008 Hong Kong time (check your local time at Timeanddate.com).

Here’s the game description from Play-Asia.com:

In LEGO® Batman™: The Videogame, play as Batman and his sidekick Robin as you build, drive, swing, and fight your way through Gotham City capturing escaped villains including The Joker, The Penguin, and Scarecrow and putting them back in Arkham Asylum where they belong. Then jump into the story from the other side and play as Batman’s foes! Enjoy the power you wield and battle Batman while spreading chaos throughout the city. There’s no rest for the good (or the evil!).

  • Multiple characters: Fight for justice as Batman and Robin or create chaos as The Joker, Catwoman, and other villains, as you save or destroy Gotham City
  • Expansive environments: Rocket through sewers and bound across rooftops as you take the fight to the criminals across classic locations in Gotham City
  • Awesome vehicles: Fight on land, sea, and in the air using a number of powerful Batman, Robin, and villain-controlled vehicles, including the rocket-powered Batmobile, sleek Batboat, and stealthy Batwing
  • Super abilities: Master special superhero power suits and the new moves that come with them, using gadgets and weapons unique to each of the characters
  • Game rewards: Customize your characters, build and transform the game environment, and challenge yourself with multi-layered collectibles and rewards