🕹️Thumb Punks 04.15.21 - TimeSplitters, Streets of Rage, Superman, & Weird McDonalds Games

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Happy Thursday! In this week’s retro gaming round up we’ve got some stellar games and re-releases, a way to play TimeSplitters 2 on your modern PC or games console, Genesis fighting games, SNES music, and a Superman game time forgot.

This weekend I’m hoping to play Saboten Bombers. What are you playing?

Thanks for reading!

Benjamin @ Thumb Punks

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HEADLINES

Monkeying Around FPS classic TimeSplitters 2 is now available, in full, through Homefront: The Revolution for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

The first two levels have been playable in single player in Homefront for some time, but the full version was locked behind codes. These were thought to have been lost to time. Full instructions can be found here, and it supports 4K, too.

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow The Blizzard Arcade Collection has just gotten better: The Lost Vikings 2 and RPM Racing will join Rock & Roll Racing, Blackthorne, and the original The Lost Vikings.

The games feature modern enhancements including a streamer mode (to get over some of that pesky licensed music), design documents, a choice between Original and Definitive editions, custom key mapping, and the ability to rewind 10 seconds.

The Lost Vikings games seem to be the excellent SNES versions, although it’s a shame the Sega Genesis version of the second title isn’t included, as it featured five extra stages not present in the other ports.

Fire Balls An artist who created some NSFW models of Bowser was swiftly hit with a DMCA by Nintendo. It didn’t take them schlong (sorry).


WATCH

The Best & The Worst Sega Genesis Fighting Games (Sega Lord X, 19 minutes)

With titles ranging from the great (Mortal Kombat 3’s Genesis port is especially noteworthy), to the bad (Ball Z) and the hidden gems (Yuu Yuu Hakusho - Makyou Toitsusen, King of the Monsters 2), there are games for all tastes in Sega Lord X’s video. He’s overly harsh on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters though – geeze, Sega Lord X, tell us how you really feel!

I Have The World's Largest Video Game Memorabilia Collection (truly, 5 minutes)

Prepare for major envy: Brett Martin has more than 20,000 different pieces of video game memorabilia, a world record. We’ve gone ga-ga over the Yoshi cookie jar. Thanks to Sarah-Mary for suggesting this video!

How to Make SNES Music (in 1995) (GST Channel, 15 minutes)

Ever wondered how those timeless Super Nintendo soundtracks were made? Wonder no more, as GST trace the history and theory behind the production of music for the SNES. Fascinating.

Unreleased Games | Sunman [NES] (Evil Pixel, 8 minutes)

Sunman is the Superman game that wasn’t; the license wasn’t available to make a Supes game proper, so a new protagonist had to be created from scratch. Though difficult, the game is almost complete and able to be completed. Donning a cape is optional.


READ

X-Men: Children of the Atom: An oral history (Polygon, 40 minutes)

Polygon’s definitive series on the history of Street Fighter concludes with a look at Children of the Atom. Featuring interviews with the key developers, the text is more than worth the 40 minute investment. Sign us up for the book, which will collect these articles.

McDonald’s vast catalog of video games is better than any PlayPlace (The Takeout, 9 minutes)

Licensed games are ten a penny, but those from the golden arches are lesser known. There’s the weird and wonderful, and a DS title that aims to teach employees of the big M the internal processes of the corporation. Only 4,000 were ever produced, making it among the rarest cartridges for the NDS.

The Super Mario Bros. speedrunning community just broke the 4 minute and 55-second mark - why does that matter? (Eurogamer, 6 minutes)

We briefly touched on it last week, but the world record speedrun of Super Mario Bros. has been beaten. It’s a pivotal moment in speedrunning history, and Eurogamer explore why in this excellent article.

Jung Rhythm (Japanese Video Game Obscurity) (Hardcore Gaming 101, 3 minutes)

A Sega Saturn game similar to the PS1’s Parappa The Rappa, Jung Rhythm was a 1997 Japan-only release. With endearing characters and great music, it’s an import-friendly game that is worth getting your hands on. Dare we say a hidden gem?


PLAY

Shadow Man Remastered (PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, $TBC)

A classic on the PS1, N64, PC, and Dreamcast, Shadow Man sees a remaster that supports 4K resolution. Time to relive the game or dive in for the first time.

Virtual Pro-Wrestling 2 freem Edition (N64, $FREE)

We’re cheating a bit here: freem’s final mod of Virtual Pro-Wrestling 2 was released earlier this year, but this is the first we’ve caught wind of it. VPW2 is the connoisseur’s AKI wrestling game, with many additions to the series and a brilliant shoot-fighting mode. The mod converts the whole game to English, and adds a slew of wrestlers from around the globe to boot.

NBA Jam 21 (PS1, $FREE)

Another mod, this time for the PlayStation version of NBA Jam, adding cut content and animations, and a modern roster including Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, and many more. Not weird enough for you? You can also play as The Incredible Hulk or Snoop Dogg.

Wrong Way Driver (Commodore Amiga, $FREE)

This is impressive: a side scrolling game that sees you racing down the freeway avoiding other traffic and picking up coins and power-ups. You gain speed as you progress which increases the difficulty. With top notch visuals, this arcade game is a must-play for Amiga fans.


Quiz Time: What’s the name of the first game Shigeru Miyamoto designed?

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OTHER STUFF

  • 1992 arcade game Saboten Bombers is out now for PS4 and Nintendo Switch

  • Doc Cosmos, originally for the C64, is being updated for the Game Boy Color

  • Streets of Rage 4 is getting DLC: Mr. X Nightmare will add three new playable characters, new music, a Survival Mode, and more customization options. It’s also getting a separate full DLC, with a training mode and harder New Mania+ difficulty

  • We’re hoping this Breath of the Wild Game Boy Color demake becomes playable


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