Sonic 2 Review (1992, SEGA Mega Drive/SEGA Genesis)

Sonic The Hedgehog is a series that defined the SEGA Mega Drive/Genesis, with it’s blazing fast gameplay and a marketable character with oodles of attitude.

Released on Sonic Twosday, this was the game that took Sonic to the next level, offering improvements on the original in every single way. In this Sonic The Hedgehog 2 review, I see how this platformer holds up today!

Mega Man X Review (SNES)

In this Mega Man X review, see if the Blue bomber’s 16-bit debut is an evolution of the classic NES games, or a digital abomination. Capcom’s series has seen many, many instalments over the years – Is this one of the good ones?

The DEFINITIVE Hori Super Game Boy Commander Guide

And so, I finish my gigantic look at the Super Game Boy, and Super Game Boy 2 with a look at the Hori Super Game Boy Commander – A pad made my Hori that was created to accompany the Super Gameboy and Super Gameboy 2.

Another Japan exclusive, not only does this controller function as a normal Super Nintendo controller, but when used with the Super Game Boy is enables features and functionality that cannot be accessed in any other way.

See the entire series, right here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2jQWW57Iwe4kKTvwQ4KiTcQlrYoSZIna

The DEFINITIVE Super Game Boy Guide – Part 2/3: The Super Game Boy 2 – A Complete Review & Analysis

In part two of my definitive guide to the Super Game Boy, we’re taking a look at the Super Game Boy 2 – A Japanese-exclusive version of the Super Nintendo peripheral that took the existing Super Game Boy and amped it up with a ton of useful new features, and a generally more authentic Game Boy experience overall.

Find out all of the Super Game Boy 2’s cheat codes, new features, and even a detailed comparison between both versions of the Super Game Boy, and an original DMG Game Boy!

Part 3 will be focusing on the Hori-made controller, specifically designed for use with the Super Game Boy 1 & 2!

All footage was captured using a PAL Super Nintendo Entertainment System, modified to output an NTSC 60Hz signal. While both a PAL and NTSC Super Game Boy are featured in this video, all footage was captured using an NTSC Super Game Boy. The SNES was connected to a XRGB-Mini Framemeister Upscaler unit through RGB SCART cables, all captured through an Elgato HD60 unit.

The DEFINITIVE Super Game Boy Guide – Part 1 of 3: The Super Game Boy – A Complete Review & Analysis

The Super Game Boy was one of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System’s best peripherals, giving people the power to play original Game Boy games on their television screens, with added features like more colours and better sound.

But that is nowhere near all of the things that were possible with the Super Game Boy. In this three-part series, I’ll be showing you everything you could possibly ever want to know about this unique peripheral, from its custom borders and colour palettes to games that supported Super Game Boy in the most incredible ways.

In this first part, we’re taking a detailed look at the original Super Game Boy – What it was, what it could do, and more (Including all of the known Super Game Boy cheats!).

Part 2 will be focusing on the Japanese-exclusive Super Game Boy 2!

All footage was captured using a PAL Super Nintendo Entertainment System, modified to output an NTSC 60Hz signal. While both a PAL and NTSC Super Game Boy are featured in this video, all footage was captured using an NTSC Super Game Boy. The SNES was connected to a XRGB-Mini Framemeister Upscaler unit through RGB SCART cables, all captured through an Elgato HD60 unit.

Mortal Kombat’s Blood Code – The Best Cheats In Videogames

This week, we’re looking at a cheat code that was so controversial, that it helped shape the face of videogame censorship.

I don’t know about you, but I sometimes long for the days when games were fit to burst with cheat codes – Series of button presses, passwords or unlockables that would allow the player to enable useful or completely useless effects while playing the game, from having infinite lives, to skipping levels, or even turning football referees into dogs (but that one’s a tale for another time). These sort of codes are becoming a rarity in modern gaming, so join me in celebrating these simpler times, as I take a regular look at gaming’s best secrets, and how you too can find them.

We begin with one of the most controversial cheat codes to ever exist, for one of the most controversial video games to ever exist.

The UK Top 10 SNES Games, August 1993 (The Retrogaming Chart Show, August 1993 Episode)

Welcome to the very first episode of the Retro Gaming Chart Show. Every month, I’ll be releasing one of these videos, taking a look at the gaming charts from a particular month gone by, as researched from a games magazine from that period.

In this August episode, I’m going to be taking a look at the UK SNES charts, as taken from the pages of the legendary Super Play’s 10th Issue, back in August 1993. So without further ado, here’s the Top 10 UK SNES releases:

At The London Gaming Market

The first of its kind in the area, the London Gaming Market came to the capital on Sunday November 15th, containing tons of sellers related to gaming and board games, as well as a lot of eager folk trying to grab a good bargain.

I was there for this inaugural event, and as well as picking up a few bargains (which you’ll see in a future video), I also had a chat with console modder Retrospective22, and the editor of fanzine Hyper Play!

You can see (and buy) more of Retrospective22’s work at http://www.retrospective22.com

Buy your copy of Hyper Play from http://www.hyperplayrpg.com

Video Transcription:

This is Pug Hoof Gaming, and we are at the London Gaming Market!

On Sunday, 15th November, the Royal National Hotel hosted London’s first Gaming Market. The first of its kind to take place in London, this event featured a whole host of games traders, ready to sell their wares to an eager bunch of collectors and gamers alike.

With the organisers at Replay Events, Showmasters and Dark Cleo Productions planning to host one of these events every four months, I just had to be there at the very first one, to see what the fuss was all about. It was also a great opportunity to chat with friends old and new, as well as talk to some of the market vendors themselves. One of the highlights for me personally was a stall belonging to Retrospective22, a seller of cosmetically modified retro systems that impressed me with their creativity.

So we’ve got games, and we’ve also got hardware, we’ve also got some specially modified consoles by this man here. What’s your business name?

Retrospective 22.

So, I’ve seen you do quite a lot of different modding stuff, do you mod any console?

Yeah, we’ll give it a go, but I like to do the retro ones mainly, customise them and theme them on pop culture things.

Is it just cosmetics you do, or do you do a bit of the functional stuff, like lighting.

There’s a few things we do, like the DMGs, in NESes we do the region mod. But I like doing the paints, on the Gamecubes.

You’ve got some really nice Gamecubes over there, very subtle, single colours, double colours really with an insignia over the top – They’re really nice – I’ll put them in the video i na second so you guys can actually see. Actually, we’ve got one here that’s just been handed over to me. As you can see, very simple, really nice little look for that there, very stencilly.

So with this one, I was kind of inspired by the N64, the Pokemon one.

Yeah of course!

So it was the yellow and the blue. When I do a custom job on a console, I try to keep it as original as possible, because I think you can either go two ways with a custom job. You can overdo it and it’ll look a bit tacky, or you can try to keep it as original as possible, and make it a better finish.

There’s definitely a very nice finish to those consoles, you wouldn’t even know they were painted, to your credit it’s a good way of doing that. Is the Gamecube your favourite console to to a paintjob on?

Yeah, I enjoy doing painting the Gamecubes, but my favourite console of all time is the SNES, that’s the only one I collect

I can’t really argue with a man that picks SNES as his favourite – A man after my own heart here! You can’t go wrong with a nicely modded SNES. You’ve got some Legend of Zelda ones over there, an Iron Man Mega Drive – You’ve got everything here! A great variety of pop culture favourites here. Very nice, a different approach, and not just video game focused, but pop cultury stuff as well, which is very different. It stands out from a mile away – If you saw it from the other end of this room (If you could see, because it’s so busy here!), you’d actually see them from quite a way away.

I really love these, what’s your website link? Twitter? Tell the guys!

It’s Retrospective22, Retrospective22.com on Facebook it’s the same, and Instagram as well. We’re not on Twitter yet, but I think we’re going to have to do that.

You gotta go on Twitter! We’re on Twitter. Thank you very much for taking the time to chat, and have I hope you have a good day!

Board games also had quite a big presence, with tons of the games for sale at some stalls, with a few tables set up with some demonstrations of some of the cooler games. As someone who’s recently been playing more board games, it was great to actually see some of these games in action. While it started off as the quieter room or the event, it certainly filled up a bit later on!

It’s about ten to twelve, so it’s been open for only 50 minutes, but it’s absolutely busy here!

With so many attendees in such a small space, it wasn’t easy even getting to some of the stalls. Thankfully, everyone else seemed to be polite enough to step aside if you asked nicely, but you definitely had to be quick in order to grab those bargains. My wife was looking for a PS1 copy of Parappa The Rapper, but unfortunately, someone had already got the one available copy first. Despite this minor setback, I still managed to pick up a few real bargains myself!

But it wasn’t just about buying video games or board games, as there was a good sense of community throughout the two rooms of the Royal National Hotel, as well as something I hadn’t seen in quite a while – A homemade fanzine for sale! I had a chat with the creators to find out more.

So, what started Hyper Play?

Well, I was looking for a fanzine online, something which was all about Nintendo and retro games, but I couldn’t find one in print, obviously there’s stuff on the web. I thought, maybe something to enjoy away from the screen, at the end of the day, also all the Nintendo magazines were closing and I thought “well, why not do my own?”, so here we have Hyper Play RPG. It’s mostly RPGs, but also Nintendo of any era as well. Trying to bring back the love.

So it’s mainly JRPGs at the moment, any other import stuff as well as JRPGs?

Absolutely!

It sounds very interesting actually, it’s very interesting to do something in print these days, as everything is digital, ebooks, PDFs.

It’s the retro love, really.

It’s a classic black and white, can we have a quick flick through to show everyone? So it’s all black and white, text.

Plenty of content.

It’s very old school, you can’t get any more retro than a black and white fanzine print. It’s actually quite impressive, I’ve had a quick flick through after I bought my copy just now – So this is issue nought? When it issue 1 coming out?

Issue 1 is coming this month, maybe December – But it’s coming. On the back, we do a preview, Xenoblade Chronicles – Knights of the Old Republic, and a couple of other retro games as well.

So if you want to get a copy of this for themselves?

Well, it’s online, we’ve got out own website – HyperPlayRPG.com, and you can also get it on eBay where you can pay what you like for it.

I can’t say fairer than that! How about Twitter?

Yes on Twitter @HyperplayRP, so we’re on that.

Excellent, thank you very much! Check out Hyper Play, it’s very good so far, if you like retro, SNES and JRPGs it’ll be right up your street.

So that was the London Gaming Market, it’s been a pretty good day, a really nice turnout. It’s so nice to see so many people celebrating the world of retro gaming, modern gaming and of board games of course. Lots of bargains to be had here, I did pick up a few things – I’m not going to show you what they are, I think I’m going to save them for another video. I met a load of great people, it’s been a wonderful time and hopefully this will be the first of many London Gaming Market video from events like this in future. Thank you very much for watching, as always you can subscribe to us, which does me a favour and also keeps you up to date with all the latest videos we’ve got. You can follow me on Twitter @PugHoofGaming and keep up to date with all the stuff I’m doing, all the places I’m going, the people I’m meeting and blah blah blah!

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