Thursday, 31 March 2016

Undumpted Famicom Game - Magic Kid Googoo

You'd think by now that every commercial Famicom/Nes game out there would have been dumped as a rom file and made available online. Okay, there may be a few ultra rare unreleased prototypes or betas that aren't circulating (Nintendo no doubt have a few), but surely there can't be any commercial releases out there, right?

Apparently not, as this video of a previously unknown Korean game shows. Whilst it is unlicensed and seems never to have made it out of Korea, it actually looks pretty good and appears to be a fairly well made platformer. Why has it remained so obscure for all these years? No idea at the moment, hopefully more details will be revealed soon, but maybe more Famicom treasures are still out there.

As this game seems to be in the hands of some people associated with Hardcore Gaming 101, it's likely to be dumped soon and hopefully a rom file will me made available so we can all play it.

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Hyper Play - The new retro print fanzine.

The age of fanzines has definitely been and gone, replaced of course by the web, like so many other things, but it seems there's a few die-hards still  hanging on. If you're not familiar with the term a fanzine is a fan published magazine, usually put out by amateur enthusiasts and often focusing on niche subjects. Sci-fi, music, football teams and of course computer and video games were popular topics in the past and these magazines were sometimes the only medium by which fans could communicate with like minded others.

It's nice then to see a newly published fanzine, even if it may be one of the last of a dying breed. This one focuses on retro games, particularly RPGs and looks like it could have some interesting content if that's your bag. You can get issue one here at the reasonable price of  £3.50 in the UK and £4.50 for international orders.