Episode 397 – A Charming, Colorful World of Nightmares

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This week we remember some of the ubiquitous order-by-phone commercials from the 80’s & 90’s. We’ve seen the highest price ever asked for a Super Mario Bros. cart, and found out that Tecmo has the same birthday as the Game Boy. People are intentionally making their websites look like they came from the dawn of the Internet and we aren’t hopeful about a TV show based on Galaga. We’ve got a great portable Zelda game and a neo-retro RPG infused with profound sadness and despair in this episode of the Retro League.

This Week in Gaming History

July 31, 1967 – Tecmo Co., Ltd. was founded

July 31, 1989 – Nintendo Launches the Game Boy in North America

Hot Topics

Starcade Marathon

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 promo

Virtually Retro

Break/Space – Procedurally-generated space strategy game for the 48K ZX Spectrum

New 2600, 5200, 7800 Games in AtariAge Store

Samurai Shodown (Nintendo Switch eShop)

Retro City Rampage DX (Nintendo Switch)

Hermes (Dreamcast)

Left Behind (ZX Spectrum)

Namco Museum (Nintendo Switch eShop)

Victory Run (Wii U Virtual Console)

Air Zonk (Wii U Virtual Console)

Ninja Spirit (Wii U Virtual Console)

Skyfall (Steam)


Galaga being made into an animated series

Carol Shaw donates collection to Strong Museum

The Latest in Web Design? Retro Websites Inspired by the ’90s

All Your Bad Translation Books Are Belong to Us

Caveat Gamer

Copy of Super Mario Bros sells for $30,000


Random Links

RPG Reload Glossary – Smells Like Ys Spirit, or Action-RPGs in the Early 90s

ZERO PUNCTUATION – Fifth Console Generation [Explicit Language]

Nintendo Commits to Fully Develop, Promote, and Cancel Three New EarthBound Titles

Games of The Week

Space Funeral (PC-Windows)

The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages (Game Boy Color)

Freeloader Game of the Month



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