We're another week closer to the end of 2022, and much has happened in the past few days.
We discovered that a Virtual Boy Bonk game almost existed, for example. And that the Castlevania: SOTN Game.com prototype was up on eBay. We also found an obscure Japanese anime and manga series that could have provided the inspiration for Metroid.
In terms of features, it was another packed week:
- How Licensor Concerns Led To The Weirdest Barbie Game On Nintendo Consoles
- Here's Why Yuzo Koshiro's Name Appears On So Many Title Screens
- Best Original Xbox Games - Celebrate The Console's 21st Birthday With These Classics
- The Story Behind Metal Gear Solid's "The Best Is Yet To Come"
- The Worst SNES Games Of All Time
With that all out of the way, here's what we're playing this weekend.
Damien McFerran, Editorial Director
My copy of Atari 50 isn't here yet, but it's fine – my trusty Analogue Pocket has been keeping me busy. I've fallen in love (again) with the SNES RPG Arcana, which has to rank as one of my favourite games of all time. I just love everything about it; the visuals, the sense of progression, the music... it's one of HAL's real undiscovered gems, and I recommend it to anyone who has even the slightest interest in the genre.
Jack Yarwood, Staff Writer
I’m still not tired of Atari 50 yet, so that’s still strictly on the gaming menu. I’ve also just this week got a huge haul of Grand Theft Auto games, including handheld titles like Grand Theft Auto for the GBA and Chinatown Wars for DS, so I’ll be sure to boot them up at some point. I’m really enjoying games that I can just dip into for 30 minutes at a time at the moment, as opposed to lengthy cinematic titles. If anything, it’s given me a bit of a break from the big gaming discourse around games like God of War: Ragnarok.
Gonçalo Lopes, Contributor
The final five missions for Air Force Delta are on this weekend's flight schedule, and I hope to jump onto the Xbox game next, another entry I never played before. My living room is still a bit of a mess thanks to SEGA and its two latest minis (Mega Drive 2 and Astro City V), and I will be celebrating the life and work of Kevin Conroy by replaying a Batman game that most seem to have forgotten: WayForwad’s Batman: The Brave and the Bold on Wii. It would also be criminal to ignore this week’s Arcade Archives: Metal Black could be called “Darius Noir”, and no one would bat an eye. Being a Game Boy kid, I never owned or played on an Atari Lynx. That is one of several dozen treats stashed on the Atari 50 cartridge that didn't quite make it home last weekend, but will surely eat up quite some time from this one. Over one hour of exclusive video interviews, you say? Please pass the popcorn.
I have been hitting the old Project Gotham Racing 4. Might jump between that and Project Gotham 2 or Metropolis Street Racer a bit
Other than that, I was going to keep on with PSO Episode I & II, but I am waiting on a Retro Fighters Duelist to arrive, so I might hold off on it until I get the controller on Monday.
I have fallen in love with Infernax and will be finishing up my first playthrough. I feel like it is definitely one of the best homages to Castlevania 2 and Zelda 2 I have ever seen.
Sometimes I think the whole modern retro thing is overdone, and then I play gems like this.
If I have any other time this weekend, I'm going to play some Castlevania 3. After all of these years playing it here and there, I'm going to try and beat it.
@Slowdive great choice good sir, great choice.
Getting back into reading Japanese, got the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga and decided to delve into the unknown. I used to play MtG in the old days so learning the rules was relatively painless.
Very impressed by Yu-Gi-Oh! Ultimate Masters: World Championship Tournament 2006 on GBA/[rg353vs], the gameplay is really good given the machine limitations.
Still the one I am focusing on is Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Tag Force on PSP/[Ayn Odin Pro]. Really good gameplay, nice graphics and I can get a cat to follow me everywhere.
Roadsters on my N64.
Mario Sparks of Hope on my Switch.
Yet more Just Cause 3 on my PS4.
Some Xeno Crisis on my Evercade in preparation for my Exp.
Have a great weekend everyone.
@Freek <3 Xeno Crisis and Roadsters! I backed Xeno Crisis on Kickstarter, love it!
As for Roadsters, I really love that game. I don't hate Titus racing games? They have their place in my gaming library, anyways
Interesting to see what other people are up to in the comments. I have a couple of things to look up. As for me, I've been playing old fighting games recently. I was playing Last Blade 2 recently. So far this weekend, I've been putting a bit of time into X-Men vs. Street Fighter.
Yeah, Xeno Crisis is awesome.
Roadsters is a lot of fun and one of the better racing games on the 64.
Glad I'm not the only one that enjoys it.😁
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