🕹️Thumb Punks 08.12.21: Amiga 500 Mini, Metroid, and the Worst Games of 2000?
Happy Thursday! This week we’re really excited about the prospect of the Amiga Mini. Which console would you like to see a dinky version of next?
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Hola, Amiga!: The team behind the C64 Mini are releasing an Amiga 500 mini-console! 25 games will come preinstalled on the unit, including:
Alien Breed 3D
ATR: All Terrain Racing Battle
Kick Off 2
Simon the Sorcerer
Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe
The Chaos Engine
Worms: The Director’s Cut
You can play your own ROMs via USB, too, and even install them to the hard drive using WHDLoad. While the keyboard isn’t functional, you can use any USB PC keyboard. And it comes with a host of features, including a mouse, gamepad, the ability to run A500+ and A1200 games, save game slots, a CRT feature with scaling options, and 50hz and 60hz options.
It will retail for a modest $139.99 and will be available early 2022.
That’s a Big Jump, Man: A sealed copy of Super Mario Bros. has sold for $2 million, a world record, via collectibles site Rally. The site is one of several that let you invest in shares of a rare game. It was sold to an anonymous bidder who is “making big bets in the video game space”. Sigh. You may be better off importing retro games from Japan.
Agog: After recently being delisted, classic titles Ultima Underworld 1+2, Syndicate Plus, and Syndicate Wars have returned to GOG. And, best of all, they’re free until September 3rd. Grab ‘em here!
Be’fore Man: The new Super Mario Bros. animated movie will feature a forgotten character from the brothers’ past. Actor and comedian Sebastian Maniscalco revealed on a podcast that he is playing the role of Spike, Mario and Luigi’s boss. Foreman Spike first appeared in 1985’s Wrecking Crew, as well as Wrecking Crew ‘98 for the Super Famicom. The film is due out next year.
Modern Accessories for Retro Gaming vol 5 (Game Sack, 25 minutes)
There are plethora of devices to improve your retro gaming experience, but which are best? Joe puts accessories for the PlayStation and TurboGrafx-CD through their paces.
10 Worst Games of 2000 (TripleJump, 18 minutes)
While the world was waiting for the Xbox and GameCube, the previous generation had to put up with its fair share of drivel. This countdown includes ATV: Quad Power Racing, Timeline, ECW: Anarchy Rulz, and more.
5 Years With the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Sega Lord X, 22 minutes)
TMNT had an amazing run of fondly remembered games during the late 80s and early 90s as this video shows. Features the arcade games, home conversions, and more.
Forgotten Capcom Games (Austin Eruption, 29 minutes)
Any major publisher has some titles that dropped off the radar. Capcom certainly does, with Austin unearthing Little Nemo, Cadillacs & Dinosaurs, Tech Romancer, and more.
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Metroid: How Did NES Gamers React to Learning Samus Aran is a Woman? (Den of Geek, 18 minutes)
Metroid turned 35 this week (and received only a tweet from Nintendo), and has one of the best endings of the time. But how did gamers in the 80s (spoilers for the game) take the reveal that Samus was a woman? This fascinating article details the idea from conception to its hazy history, including archive photos and comics. As an added bonus, G4TV have a great companion video.
Feature: Artist Kamui Fujiwara Talks Terranigma Amid Drive To Resurrect Classic SNES RPG (NintendoLife, 9 minutes)
Artist Kamui Fujiwara and composer Miyoko Takaoka are campaigning to get SNES classic Terranigma remade for modern audiences. This interview with the former covers the history of the game, and hopes for the future.
Nice one, Switchblade II! (Kimimi The Game-Eating She-Monster, 7 minutes)
We have fond memories of playing gritty action-platformer Switchblade II on our Amiga 500s. How does it stack up in 2021? Kimmi looks at the original version and the almost-forgotten Lynx port.
The Ridiculous Chronology of the River City/Kunio-kun Series (HG101, 9 minutes)
HG101 head-honcho Kurt gives the lowdown on the somewhat muddled history of the River City games.
Quiz Time: The original Resident Evil holds a world record. But what is it for?
Answer at the end of this email!
Bio-Ship Paladin (PS4/Switch, $7.99)
The latest Arcade Archives release is 1990 horizontally-scrolling shooter Bio-Ship Paladin. As well as your standard shot, you get a laser that causes massive damage, the caveat being that charging it renders you immobile and causes you to swell in size. While no classic, it’s an interesting title for shooter fans.
Tomato Adventure (English Patch) (GBA, $FREE)
Tomato Adventure is a role-playing game made by AlphaDream, the studio behind the Mario & Luigi RPGs for the GBA. That’s quite a pedigree, and Tomato Adventure lives up to the hype; a snappy, colorful adventure that is worth every minute of your time.
Inviyya (Amiga, $12.99)
“A horizontal SHMUP for the line of classic Commodore Amiga computers, Inviyya features 6 unique organic levels each with its own enemies and bosses, couple of weapon upgrades, 3 layer parallax scrolling and nice music and sfx.”
Step (MSX, $FREE)
“A sci-fi adventure game in three chapters, this game. The Earth is going to hell in a handbasket. Rather than trying to fix Earth, humans have sent two spaceships to establish a colony on a planet presumed dead. The faster, smaller ship with its crew in cryogenic sleep to initiate the process of terraforming the planet, and preparing for the arrival of the bigger generation ship with humans, plants and some animals. You are on the former ship.”
Analogue have restocked the Super NT, Mega Sg, and DAC, with alternate colors available too
The Atari VCS is getting a game that’s reasonably recent: a port of point-and-click adventure Darkside Detective. It retails for $12.99
Game Boy Color RPG Infinity hits Kickstarter on August 18th
The The Houston Museum of Natural Science has put together a solar-powered Game Boy Pocket
Idris Elba has been cast as Knuckles in the new Sonic the Hedgehog movie
Modders have patched the deleted brands, analog controls, and classic cheats into the Steam version of Crazy Taxi
GingerofOz has kit-bashed a portable PS2 into existence. Sadly, it’s not for sale
Quiz Answer: Worst Game Dialogue Ever.
Thanks to Lawrence for the question! Have a better one? Send it over and we’ll put it in a future edition!