🕹️Thumb Punks 10.14.21: Mortal Kombat, Ridge Racer, Splatterhouse, & Real-Life Mario Kart?


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Everybody Hertz: Nintendo have confirmed that Europeans will receive the 60Hz versions of N64 games with the new Switch Online service. Even better, there will be the option to switch to the 50Hz PAL versions so you can play them just like you remember.

Rebel Scumm: Venerable point-and-click emulator ScummVM is now 20 years old, and as a birthday gift the developers have released version 2.5.0. It now supports 2.5D titles such as Grim Fandango, as well as 10 new engines which add compatibility for:

  • Little Big Adventure

  • Red Comrades 1: Save the Galaxy

  • Red Comrades 2: For the Great Justice

  • Transylvania

  • Crimson Crown

  • OO-Topos

  • Glulx interactive fiction games

  • Private Eye

  • AGS Games versions 2.5+

  • Nightlong: Union City Conspiracy

  • The Journeyman Project 2: Buried in Time

  • Crusader: No Remorse

  • L-ZONE

  • Spaceship Warlock

Grab it here!

Inherent Vice: GTA: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition, a remastered compilation of GTA 3, Vice City, and San Andreas, will be released on all major platforms in December. Which would be great, if the original versions hadn’t been removed from all storefronts. Will you be picking the collection up?

Race for the Prize: Preorders for Arcade1Up’s Ridge Racer cabinet open on November 22. Among a slew of such machines, this one stands out, featuring not only the original Ridge Racer, but Ridge Racer 2, Rave Racer, Ace Driver, and Ace Driver: Victory Lap, all of which have never been ported to home systems. Start your engines!

Get Over Here!: Mortal Kombat head honcho Ed Boon has shared a clip of the original recordings for Scorpion’s animations. It’s a rare peek behind the curtain of 90s game development.

King of Kong: He’s at it again: Billy Mitchell has launched a defamation suit against Twin Galaxies for deleting his Pac-Man and Donkey Kong world records from their site. It’s alleged that Mitchell used MAME rather than the official arcade boards. More as we get it!

Saturn Returns: Those geniuses at GBATemp have reverse-engineered the Saturn emulator used to power the Cotton compilation on Switch. They’re got a host of other games to work, with the exciting possibility of more on the horizon.

VS Mode: Evercade VS (and several cartridge lines) shipments have been delayed until December in Europe, with the global shipping crisis to blame. Similarly, North American shipments won’t land until January at the earliest.

REAL MARIO KART with POWER-UPS! (BUILD) (Hacksmith Industries, 20 minutes)

A YouTube channel we love, Hacksmith Industries put together real-life Mario Karts and a course to race them on, complete with power-ups. Astounding.

Classic NES Series for Game Boy Advance (Scott The Woz, 25 minutes)

The classic NES series for the GBA is a mixed bag: all the games are optimized for the system, with some containing new features, but baffling box art and game choices bring the collection down a peg. Scott investigates.

Japan's Arcades are DISAPPEARING --- Is it Time to Say Goodbye? (Tokyo Lens, 16 minutes)

We grew up in 90s arcades, but the death knell seems imminent. And when they start disappearing in Japan, you know the game is up. This look at the waning days of Tokyo arcades is captivating stuff.

What Was "Retro Gaming" Like before It Was Considered Cool? (Retro Bird, 11 minutes)

With the last 15 years of retro video game culture going mainstream, this video gives us the warm and fuzzies for the time it was a niche for geeks like us and WATA was something you drank from the tap.

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A leisure suit journey to what Pocket Party was and could have been (mupf.dev, 13 minutes)

A game that we didn’t know even existed, mupf takes a look at the canceled N-Gage Leisure Suit Larry title.

Splatterhouse Review (FM Towns Marty, 1992) (InfinityRetro, 8 minutes)

Spookily well-timed, this review of Splatterhouse on the FM Towns is a story previously untold. Wait, FM Towns? Yes sir, and it may be the definitive port. Want more gory reading? The Gaming Geek covers the sequel on the Genesis.

Review: SEGA hard historia (Kimimi The Game-Eating She-Monster, 13 minutes)

If you’re a Sega nut (and read some Japanese), we have the box set for you. Featuring books, models, games, magazines, and more, it’s the perfect Xmas present for yourself or the Sonic fan in your life.

It's Castlevania's Turn (Stone Age Gamer, 7 minutes)

Stone Age Gamer make a valid point: with Metroid getting all the praise lately (and the new game does look very, very good), how about some love for everyone’s favorite vampire-em-up?

Quiz Time: Which third-person shooter was playable in the original Shenmue?

Answer at the end of this email!

Arcade Archives The Genji and the Heike Clans (PS4/Switch, $7.99)

"The Genji and the Heike Clans" is an action game released by NAMCO in 1986. Players control the hero Taira no Kagekiyo on a mission to the capital city of Kamakura, to defeat the Demon Genji Clan's king Yoritomo. The player will face attacks by Genji Clan soldiers like Yoshitsune and Benkei along the way to Kamakura. Defeat all challengers and gather the Three Sacred Treasures to defeat Yoritomo.

Genso Suikoden: Tsumugareshi Hyakunen no Toki (English Patch) (PSP, $FREE)

Genso Suikoden Tsumugareshi Hyakunen no Toki is the 14th game of the Suikoden series. It was released in Japan, for the PlayStation Portable, in 2012 and never received an English localization. Until now.

ENGEEM (ZX Spectrum, $2.95)

Save the world from a mad scientist. Find the bomb and destroy his secret laboratory. Watch out for his dangerous mutants in this action-platformer.

Lionheart (PC, $FREE)

A ground-up Java remake of the Amiga classic, the new Lionheart update adds a ton of new features.

Quiz Answer: Space Harrier.

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