Thumb Punks 02.04.21 - GoldenEye 007, TimeSplitters 2, and DuckTales (Ooh Ooh)


Happy Thursday! In this week’s retro gaming round up, we’ve got an HD GoldenEye 007 remaster, DuckTales, and a lost Midway baseball game, plus much more!

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TimeSplitters 2 Review – The Perfect Sequel (GmanLives, 26 minutes)

Now the Scott Pilgrim game has received a sparkly re-release, we want to see the TimeSplitters games remastered, stat. GmanLives talks about why the second entry left such a mark on the gamers who played it.

How NESticle changed NES Emulation forever (Modern Vintage Gamer, 12 minutes)

This isn’t a video just about the NES emulator; it’s a video about the birth of the modern emulation scene itself. Important stuff.

Splinter Cell and The Stealth Revolution (The Completionist, 22 minutes)

Speaking of pioneers, the original Splinter Cell bore the modern stealth-em-up genre, with everything from Assassin's Creed to the Batman Arkham games owing a debt. Jirard fills us in on the game and its influence.

Left in Japan 13 (Game Sack, 31 minutes)

Joe returns with a slew of, dare we say it, hidden gems that were never released in the West. There are some barnburners here, but you won’t find spoilers here.

Top Hat Gaming Man’s feature-length Street of Rage retrospective is available on YouTube now for free.


The Story Behind DuckTales On NES (Kotaku, 16 minutes)

One of the highlights of the NES’s roster, DuckTales remains a firm favourite to this day, even warranting an HD remake in 2013. Peter Tieryas interviews two of the original game’s producers, David Mullich and Darlene Lacey, for this article, which is required reading for fans of the game and budding game devs. Can’t get enough DuckTales? An unused piece of music has been found recently, and it’s a banger.

Baseball's Lost "NBA Jam" Revealed (Game History, 21 minutes)

Most know the crunchy digitized graphics of Midway’s Mortal Kombat franchise, NBA Jam series, and WWF games. But did you realise that there was a baseball game in the works? Game History take a look at the history of the lost title, the reason it was cancelled, and even provide ROM files if you fancy stepping up to bat yourself.

Heavy Metal: F.A.K.K. 2 (Hardcore Gaming 101, 7 minutes)

A sequel to a movie based on a magazine, Heavy Metal: F.A.K.K. 2 has an odd history but is a diamond-in-the-rough. Cola Powered Gamer guides us through the madness.

Duke Nukem 3D is 2.5D(ecades) old (Retronauts, 3 minutes)

25 years. 25 YEARS! Duke Nukem may be getting long in the tooth, but its series-high 3D adventure remains a high point. This short retrospective looks at why.

RESET: the Unauthorized Guide to Video Games is a forthcoming new TV series by VICE. If it’s anywhere as good as their excellent Diggin’ in the Carts docs, we’ll be over the moon. Check out the trailer!


GoldenEye 007 Remastered (Xbox 360)

At the weekend, a video of a full playthrough of the cancelled GoldenEye 007 HD remaster for the Xbox 360 hit YouTube. We couldn’t have guessed what would happen next – the game itself leaked, and is now available to play on a modded 360 or the Xenia emulator. Shaken, maybe, but not stirred.

Castlevania: Simon’s Destiny (PC)

Like Castlevania? Love DOOM? You’re in luck – a new GZDOOM mod transports you into Dracula’s Castle in gloriously pixely 3D. There are bats and other foes, but if a problem comes along, you can whip it.

Insane Pain (Demo) (Sega Genesis)

One to keep your eye on, Insane Pain is a forthcoming one on one fighting game for the Genesis/Megadrive with a demo you can download now. It’s inspired by Mortal Kombat II and Killer Instinct, quite the ultra combo.

Runn’n’Gunn (C64)

Eagerly anticipated run’n’gun, errrrr… Runn’n’Gunn is now out for the Commodore 64 for a measly $3. It’s certainly a looker, with a distinctly European art style.

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Impossible Ninja Gaiden Challenge Finally Completed After 30 Years! (Karl Jobst, 17 minutes)

Thought undoable for three decades, speed runners have finally beaten the tremendously tough Ninja Gaiden for the NES while taking no damage. This is the story of how they did it.

Super Nintendo World (Universal Parks News Today, 4 hours)

Pandemic means you can’t travel to Japan? Never fear: here’s an extensive video tour of the new Super Nintendo World attraction, with some exhibits available in AR.

Super Nintendo World #2

And if video isn’t your bag, a 1:1 recreation of the park is being made in Minecraft.