The Magic Of Sega: 3D Arcade Classics For Your 3DS

Sega3D_AllBefore Yu Suzuki embarked on the Shenmue saga, he created some of the most technically impressive and enduring games for Sega. During that golden age of arcade machines in the 80s, you would have been hard pressed not to have played on at least one Sega arcade machine – there was the into the screen blaster, Space Harrier, the Top Gun dog-fighter After Burner II, the superb Super Hang-On, the Blue Thunder channeling Thunder Blade, the rail shooter Galaxy Force II (Deluxe Edition), and of course, the sublime driving game with that awesome radio with cool tunes, Out Run.

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The conversions of these arcade games on our beloved 8 and 16-bit systems weren’t much chop, I mean, they were ok, but let’s face it, there was a vast chasm between the technically superior arcade hardware and the less-refined home based systems of yesteryear. Fast forward 30 odd years and you have home systems more powerful than a cabinet ten times the size! Imagine if someone told you in 1989 that you would have an arcade perfect version (Ed: actually, even better than the arcade!) of Space Harrier, After Burner II or even Out Run in the palm of your hands? Surely you would have had them committed. Well, before you call the psych ward, that day has come – If you are yearning for some vintage Sega arcade gaming nostalgia on your Nintendo 3DS handheld (Ed: Who would have thought that we would ever say Sega and Nintendo in the one sentence!), then rack up some Nintendo eShop credits and have yourself a blast!

Get some Out Run into ya!
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Have some Sega fun on your Nintendo!
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source: SEGA Blog

Exotically Cool Commodore 64 cases

The ingenuity of the Germans is second to none! Deviant artist, Thomas Boisse is no exception to this rule! Thomas (aka: Ernie76) has created a number of beautiful and very cool Commodore 64 case paintings, which you can check out below for your viewing pleasure.

With all of these awesome cases, it is difficult to pick a favourite. If we were pressed to choose one, it would be the Ghosbusters case – oh those keys! Which case would you pick as your favourite?

The Great Giana Sisters
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The Last Ninja
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Airwolf
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Bubble Bobble
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Back to the 80s
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P.P. Hammer
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Ghostbusters
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Maniac Mansion
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Donkey Kong
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Source: Ernie76 on Deviantart via @Lord_Arse on Twitter

Conquering Oz Comic-Con Melbourne 2015

OzComicCon_logoOz Comic-Con Melbourne 2015 has been conquered – and wow, what a weekend it was! The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre was brimming with artists, cool exhibitors (including Beta Bar, Gametraders Highpoint, Little LandsClassic Comics, Hammerspace Games, and The 501st Legion), awesome cosplay, a full program of speakers / panels / workshops (across 5 stages!) and, of course,  photos and autographs with the plethora of TV and film megastars (e.g. Bruce Campbell, David Wenham, Jewel Staite, Jason Momoa, Amber Benson, David Hewlett).

Look out for the next Oz Comic-Cons in Brisbane (19-20 September 2015) and Sydney (26-27 September 2015), but in the meantime let’s re-live Melbourne’s pop-culture extravaganza in fifty photos – we hope you feel like you’re there!

The crowd gathers for Oz Comic-Con Melbourne 2015!
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Got our media passes – let’s go!
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Ms ausretrogamer & ausretrogamer excited to be in attendance!
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Make it so Number 1
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Eat your heart out, Khaleesi
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Rocket! Yeah!
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The merchandise was too enticing!
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Jon Snow comes back to life
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Comics galore at the Classic Comics stand
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Shut up and take my photo!
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Cosplay from all over the universe
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Button mashing time!
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Foxy!
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Let’s get the credit card ready!
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For your next cosplay event
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The Gaming Zone was abuzz!
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Even The Joker found time to play some games
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A proud Whovian in a beautiful self-made TARDIS dress!
Join the Doctor Who Club of Victoria

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Gaming merch!
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The Great Wall Of Pop!
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Cels for sale!
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Hulk smash pins!
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Arcade and pinball represent, baby!
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Look Bones, it’s Batman!
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I’m a Mawg. Half-man, half-dog. I’m my own best friend.
(Note: The ears moved on this awesome costume!)

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Warcraft heroes taking it easy
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Hey Jabba, how much do you want for that carbonite Han Solo?
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Say Death Star!
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Star Wars Legion: 501st Terror Australis Garrison
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Rebel Pilot and Co-Pilot in training
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Refuel with one of these retro energy drinks!
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Let’s see how big this phone box is……
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The silence is deafening at this disco!
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If it bleeds, we can kill it!
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Great Wall Of Mugs!
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Old-school style!
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We’ll take them all, thank you.
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Grab this hero for hire
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Hi Mr Campbell, can I have your autograph?
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Release your inner lead foot
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The Brits have invaded!
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A LEGO Marvel Comics extravaganza!
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Don’t mess with me
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Na na na na na na na na Brickman!
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To the Batmobile!
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Lego Super Mario under Lego Abbey Road 
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Donkey Kong terrarium by Little Lands
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Super Mario Sisters!
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Get your retro on! – Quarries Of Scred by Noble Kale (Hammerspace Games)
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Till next time……..
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It’s On Like Oz Comic-Con

OZComicCon_3As the excitement builds for this weekend’s Oz Comic-Con at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, the ausretrogamer crew are giddy with anticipation of the geeky awesomeness to come! Being our first Oz Comic-Con, we can’t wait to immerse ourselves in all things pop-culture – from TV and film guests, to great cosplay and cars from movies, it’s going to be huge.

For those of you that cannot be there in person, we will be keeping you up to date on social media using #OzComicCon, so make sure you tune in!

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image source: Oz Comic-Con

Jammin’ at the Commodore Club

CC_Jammin_HDRIt had been a while since we last attended the Amiga Users Group’s Commodore Club day. Going to one of these club meets is like a family reunion you look forward to – you know you will see people you know and like, and you are assured to have lots of fun. Well, it is safe to say, we had lots of fun playing games (terribly) and catching up with our great Commodore friends.

The highlight of the day was playing Throwback GamesJam It in four player mode on the C64. This pre-release basketball game even had our teams (Tweeters vs Slackers) and player names (I was MagicBoz) hard coded in by Leigh White, the brains behind the one-man-developer-shop at Throwback Games. We will interview Leigh in an upcoming feature to get to know him a little bit better and find out about his creation, Jam It, and its official release details. For now, I want to keep on jammin and slam-dunkin!

Welcome to Casa Commodore
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A box of C64 goodies. Let’s play lucky dip! 
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The C64 control deck! This is the nerve centre
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Meticulous organisation of the C64 5.25″ floppies
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The remastered Ghosts’N Goblins – it’s an absolute beauty!
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The battle of Xpiose: Dr Curlytek vs Zen Mare Retro
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Gonna have some Ivan ‘Ironman’ Stewart’s Super Off Road action!
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The C64 deck in 4-Player Joystick Mode!
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This stik is slik!
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Run for your life!
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Ice Skating (Hat Trick) battle: Reset Magazine Ed (Kev) vs The Doctor!
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The lads [L to R]: Rob, Stacey and Kevin getting ready to fly some taxis!
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Ashton Kutcher’s* dad’s creation – Space Taxi! *may not be true
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The beautiful Commodore 128D comes to life! 
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The A1200 – Now you are playing with power!
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Na na na na na na na na… BATMAN!
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Anyone for some Pooyan?
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C16 power!
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The 1200 can make anyone feel like a Hero!
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Oh that lush screen!
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Amiga 2000 represent baby!
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Getting ready to Jam!
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Jam It 4P battle: Tweeters vs Slackers! Who will win?
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Oo’er, I love me some Jam It stats!
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And the winner is……..
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Leigh White playing his creation!
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The aftermath!
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Ghosts’N Goblins Arcade Remastered

GnG_titleIf you’ve just plugged yourself back into the matrix, the big news of the day you may have missed is that one of the toughest platform games, Ghosts’n Goblins, has been remastered by the Nostalgia team for the Commodore 64. The game was released this past weekend and is available for download from the C64 Scene Database (CSDb) site.

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We had a play of the game and we reckon it is a solid conversion. The game is still tough, but it is definitely more playable than the original due to tight controls and excellent collision detection –  Sir Arthur can finally get further into the game this time around. This remastered version is everything the original C64 conversion should have been! Grab it now!

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For those of you that want to know why this remastered version is so good, here are a few points to whet your appetite:

* Two completely new levels added
* Existing 4 levels are twice the size
* All levels with completely new graphics
* Each level has a new unique tune
* Each boss fight has a new tune
* New Sound Effects added or changed
* New bug free sprite multiplexer
* Intro sequence added
* Game Map added
* Game Completed Animation added
* Game Over sequence added
* Two new bosses added for levels 5 & 6
* New Jumping Skeleten Enemy added
* Moving Clouds completely recoded
* Arthur can now turn around while jumping so he can shoot backwards
* Arthur can jump over obstcacles when he is touching them
* Weapon system improved
* Enemies have improved AI and a lot of them are completely recoded
* Hitting an enemy animation added
* Time Limit is much better and fairer
* Title Screen with Title Tune added
* Pause added with Quit option
* Easyflash version with High Score saver to flash and backup to disk
* Universal File version that works on any device
* PAL and NTSC supported

 

The Thrill Of The Chase: Lost and Found Market

LostandFoundWhat does one do when their weekend schedule is clear? Well, you can choose to lounge around at home to keep warm in this cold Melbourne winter, or you can head outdoors to a flea market to grab yourself a bargain!

As it turned out, Ms ausretrogamer and I did the latter – we hit the Lost & Found Market in Brunswick East for a spot of vintage kitsch shopping. From vinyls, old Barbie dolls, to an Apple Mac from the 80s, the market did not disappoint. Here are just a few of our favourite items from Lost & Found:

They call me Bruce!
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What’s that next to the doll?
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I’m Batman!
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Blessed are those that play Taito’s Speed Race!IMG_1917

Some new AKAIs for the Walkman. Pffft, who needs an iPod….
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Forget your smartphone, carry this portable phonograph for your aural pleasure
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One for the Star Wars book fans – May the force be with you
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Daytonaaaaaaaaa. Let’s race!
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Vintage Snoopy mugs – perfect for a hot cuppa!
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A Twirly Curls Barbie! And she isn’t blonde!
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OH MY GAWD! It is the ARMATRON!!!
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Do not feed it after midnight – the Mogwai, not the Smurfs!
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Daddy and baby robot
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Want to be a Jedi like Luke? You better drink from these cups!
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Blast some tunes! Grab some records while you are here!
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Can this Telyphone operate my telly?
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The ultimate tag team!
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Rowdy Roddy Piper dare you to enter Piper’s Pit.
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Our podcast mic has been found!
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Retro boomerangs
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Scalextric – your childhood in one box!
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A vintage Mac!
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Looking for a Marantz unit……..
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Perfect for the games room!
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