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Console and Handheld Games - Profiles and Reviews

Step back to the beginnings of home gaming with the Magnavox Odyssey, Atari 2600 and ColecoVision, through the industry resurgence of the Nintendo Entertainment System, Sega Genesis and Game Boy, and to the dawn of the modern age with the N64, SEGA Dreamcast, and PlayStation 1; these profiles and reviews will help you discover and reminisce the best and worst classic console and handheld games.
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Fast Food for the Atari 2600 - Please Don't Eat The Purple Pickles
You are all-mouth as you rush from burger to pizza to ice cream to soda as you binge eat your way though as many calories as possible, but be careful not to gulp down too many of those purple pickles, or your gonna end the game with more indigestion than points.

2600 Terrors - Horror Games for the Atari 2600, A through E
Turn off the lights, put that Ouija board away and get ready to summon some spirits, retro video game style, with part one of a complete list of classic horror video games for the Atari 2600, starting with...

2600 Terrors - Horror Games for the Atari 2600, F through H
Our look at every single horror themed video game for the Atari 2600 continues. We've got everything from an adaption of Marry Shelly's classic novel (well, sort of) to the most famous horror game ever released for the 2600 (In case you couldn't figure it out, it's Haunted House).

2600 Terrors - Horror Games for the Atari 2600, K through R
Part 3 of our database of Horror Themed Atari 2600 Games, where the real terror begins. First we start with the most frightening, unstoppable of monsters: the lawsuit, namely the one over Donkey Kong and King Kong, then we continue our nightmare filled journey though questionable legality with a blatant rip-off of a no-budget horror comedy.

2600 Terrors - Horror Games for the Atari 2600, S through X
In the 4th and final part of our database of retro horror games for the Atari 2600, we finally reach the end of the alphabet, filled with giant monsters on land, sea, space, and in backwoods with a family that sell a suspicious flavor of barbeque meat.

Video Olympics - Pong Goes for the Gold, Atari 2600 Style
After years of consumers seeing hundreds of different versions of Pong, and Pong clones sold in an endless stream of systems, how do you repackage it yet again? Well, when Atari was brainstorming launch titles for their upcoming cartridge system, the Atari 2600, they ditched the name, package it in a cartridge promising 50 different games, and...

Batman for the NES - The Dark Knight Punishes and Pleases in 8-bits
This hit NES game based on Tim Burton's blockbuster flick starring Michael Keaton, is considered one of the all time best movie licensed video games. Among the creative level design, a variety of enemies, weaponry, and an excellent soundtrack, what you end up remembering most about Batman for the Nintendo Entertainment System is that it's one of...

All About The Atari 2600 - A Retro Video Game Hub of Info
With all the various retro gaming consoles, computer, arcade, and dedicated gaming systems created, it can get tough finding info on the specific system you love, so to help I’ve put together this hub of all things Atari 2600 brought to you by your About.com Guide to Classic Video Games.

Spider-Man For The Atari 2600 – Spidey and Marvel's Video Game Debut
"New York City - At the mercy of the Green Goblin! He's bobby-trapped the city's skyscrapers with Super Bombs! I must save the city now. But the Goblin will try to stop my every move. Criminals and Time Bombs - Even the Green Goblin Himself - Stand between me and the Super Bombs! Can I save the city in time?" This is the question the web...

Captain America and the Avengers Dis-Assemble for An NES Platformer
When Data East assembled the Avengers for the beat-'em-up 4-player arcade experience, Captain America and the Avengers, the game was successful enough to see a series of 2-player ports for the Sega Genesis, Super Nintendo and Game Gear, but for the Nintendo Entertainment System they created an entirely different game with the exact same title.

Questprobe Featuring The Hulk: Adventure Game Review Part 2
Questprobe Featuring The Hulk: Game Review Part 2

Sonic The Hedgehog - Sega Genesis Game Review
At the height of the console wars Sega took the battle in a whole new direction by releasing a game so popular that it would allow the Sega Genesis to become the dominating console of the 16-bit era, and it was all thanks to a blue, spiked haired speedster named Sonic The Hedgehog.

History of the Sonic The Hedgehog - Speeding Genesis To The Top
When the Sega Genesis launched in 1989 it was off to a rough start. While the Genesis may have been the first true 16-bit console, its direct competitor, the 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System, was beating it in the console wars thanks to Nintendo's mega-hit Super Mario Bros. 3. Once the news came that Nintendo would be coming out with their...

History of the Sega Genesis – Dawn of the 16-bit Era
As the book of retro tells us, in the late ‘80s a big bang occurred that wrought the dawn of a new age in home gaming. An event of biblical proportions that thrust video games from their 8-bit confined and into a righteous path that would create an evolution into the video games of today. A console created from the rib (or at least tech) of its...

Daze Before Christmas – Santa Claus, Mario Bros. Style
Santa Claus has finally been pushed too far! An evil Snowman and sinister Timekeeper invaded Kris Kringle’s North Pole toy factory, captured all of the elves, imprisoned the reindeer, and stolen all of the toys! It’s time to take off the snow gloves! Santa goes on the attack to reclaim his workshop, his staff and the presents for the good boys...

Haunted House - Survival Horror Origins on the Atari 2600
There have been numerous games with the title Haunted House, but the 1981 release for the Atari 2600 still stands today as the most popular, often credited as the precursor of the survival horror genre.

Halloween for the Atari 2600 – Babysitter Vs. Michael Myers
In 1978 John Carpenter terrified movie audiences and gave birth to the slasher genre with Halloween, an independent film following the blood trail of psychotic serial killer Michael as he slaughters his way to innocent teenage babysitter Lori Strode. Five years later another B-movie mogul got his hands on the home video rights to Halloween ...

Saboteur and The A-Team - Unreleased Atari 2600 Weirdness
Take two video games that share identical designs, the creator of the greatest and worst games for Atari, toss in a major television brand, the floating head of “America's Toughest Bouncer" and some leftover aliens from Yars’ Revenge, and you have two of the weirdest unreleased games for the Atari 2600.

The Atari Flashback – Atari’s Line of Plug-n-Play Consoles for Retro Gamers
Back in 2004, Atari jumped on board the plug-n-play bandwagon with one of the most unique line of dedicated consoles that catered specifically to the retro gamer crowed: The Atari Flashback. Since then they have released four different models of Flashbacks, each containing more games than the last.

Tecmo Bowl for Arcades and the NES - The Legend Before Madden
Long before EA, Madden and the NFL teamed up to make football video games a mass-market staple, the original digital pig skin history maker was Tecmo Bowl. With its superior 8-bit graphics and the greatest realism of its time, it was the Nintendo Entertainment System version that shot the game into success that still resonates in gaming today.

The Toxic Crusaders Video Games – Toxic Retro Gaming Troma Style
Long before Captain Planet came onto the scene, the very first super hero to battle baddies bent on polluting the planet was the Toxic Avenger. While this hard-R rated “hideously deformed creature of super human size and strength” never got his own M-Rated video game, his Saturday morning cartoon counterpart in the Toxic Crusaders, saw not one, but three classic console games.

Captain Planet and the Planeteers for the Nintendo Entertainment Systems
In 1990 Ted Turner conceived an environmentally conscious, multicultural animated series geared towards educating children on the dangers of destroying the environment, featuring a team of teenagers who can summon the elemental super hero Captain Planet. As the show grew in popularity it was only inevitable that a Nintendo Entertainment System...

Tax Avoiders - Platforming, Tax Cheating Action for Atari 2600
At the height 1982 independent game developers Dunhill Electronics and short-lived publisher American Videogame would team up with a former IRS revenue agent to create their one and only released games, the action platformer Tax Avoiders. The goal of this incredibly weird video game: Cheat on your taxes and try to get away with it.

Corey Haim Stars in Double Switch for the SEGA-CD
To try and take advantage of SEGA's first disc based system, the SEGA-CD, game developer Digital Pictures used the extra power to release several games featuring full motion video (FMV). For the first time players could control live action movines from their game consoles...kind of. One such game was Double Switch, a nearly all live action game...

Stadium Events History and Identifying Rarest Licensed NES Game
It isnt the gameplay that makes the 1987 Stadium Events so sought after. The game was actually rereleased in 1988 with a new title (World Class Track Meet). For the truly rare version of Stadium Events, the rarest licensed Nintendo Entertainment System of all time, is finding a North American edition with its original title, for only a handful of copies have ever been spotted. Here you will le…

2010: The Graphic Action Game - The Year ColecoVision Made Contact
While the ColecoVision game based on the 1984 film, 2010: The Year We Make Contact held the potential for all sorts of gameplay innovation and extra terrestrial enlightenment, instead it ended up a basic "connect the circuits" puzzle game with a slight dose of haste and little to do with the film/novel.

Frankenstein's Monster - Atari 2600 Game Review
Dr. Victor von Frankenstein is up to his corpse reanimating tricks again, and it's up to you to strop his creation from coming to life by building the monster's only weakness, a brick wall. Frankenstein's Monster is a short, but surprisingly fun action platformer mixing Mary Shelly's classic horror novel with elements of Pitfall!

Mega Man 2 - Nintendo Entertainment System - Sequel that Launched A Franchise
While the first Mega Man NES title established the platforming, power snatching retro style that the series still maintains today, it was its sequel, Mega Man 2, which made the franchise a hit.

Michael Jackson's Moonwalker - Dancing from Arcades to Consoles and Computers
Michel Jackson is known for a lot of things, being a talent musician, revolutionary dancer and having a zoo in his front yard, yet one of his least touted achievements was his work as a game designer. Not only were there versions of Moonwalker for Arcades and Consoles, there is also a computer version that had nothing to do with MJ, aside from his name and likeness.

The Evolution of Bionic Commando - From Arcade to Remix to Remake
Although it never spun into a juggernaut, old-school fans always had a yearn for Bionic Commando, that pseudo sequel to Commando which stretched its mechanical arm from arcades to consoles, handhelds and now both a Next-Gen HD Remix and a remake. Let's take a look at the evolution that the robotic super-soldier has undergone in his 22 year career.

What's the Weirdest Retro Atari Game You've Played?
Time for you to walk down memory lane and tell us about the absolutely weirdest, strangest, most bizarre classic Atari game you've ever played.

Adventure for the iPhone - Review of the re-released Atari Classic on the iPhone
The 1979 Atari 2600 classic Adventure is back and the world's first action-adventure game for home consoles is making its handheld debut on the iPhone to lower the drawbridge for a whole new generation of gamers. The question remains, is this app worth the download or should you stick with dusting off the 'ole 2600 cartidge.

Haunted House for the Magnavox Odyssey – The World's First Horror Video Game
For years there has been a debate over just what was the very first horror game, and I'm about to put the argument to rest. The very first horror video game was Haunted House, not the multi-screened classic for the Atari 2600, but cartridge 4 and a screen overlay that came packaged with the Magnavox Odyssey.

Texas Chainsaw Massacre for the Atari 2600 – The First Slasher Video Game
One of the most obscure Atari 2600 games is also its most violent. The brainchild of B-Movie maker Charles Band and his ill-fated Wizard Games company, TCM was the most controversial game of the early 80s.

Haunting starring Polterguy - Review - SEGA Genesis
Total bummer dude. Corporate stooge Vito Sardini is gaining his fortune by putting out substandard skateboards. One of these boards fell apart while our hero was in mid-trick, causing him to slam and break his neck. The skater dude has now come back from the dead as Polterguy on a mission to scare the pants off the Sardini family.

Gauntlet for the Nintendo DS - Preview Gallery
A remake of the arcade classic Gauntlet has made its way to the Nintendo DS! The graphics have received an upgrade and polish, but it keeps the the top down, fantasy, co-op action, design and gameplay which made it a hit in 1985...and it's about time too! Fans have been begging for a remixed return of the original Gauntlet and it's finally here, along with this special preview screenshot gallery.

Le Stick – The First Motion Sensitive Joystick Controller
Long before the Nintendo Wii moved it's way into the motion controller scene, DataSoft Inc. created the world's first motion sensitive joystick/controller: The Le Stick.

Activision Hits Remixed – PSP Game Collection Review
Travel back to the 70s and 80s in this collection loaded with retro games and classic rock. Activision tunes in to a happening of some of their most infamous titles for the Atari 2600 console. This UMD does the job of taking you back to those days of turn-knob TVs, wood paneling and joysticks with just one button, but do the games translate on a next-gen handheld?

Space Invaders Extreme - Nintendo DS Preview Screenshot Gallery
This preview screenshot gallery features the groundbreaking space shooter's return from its 1978 roots and launches into remixed Next Gen handheld madness with Space Invaders Extreme. The gameplay remains the same but the graphics have been upgraded with high quality shiny and sparkly graphics, numerous game modes and a multiplayer functions via the DS wireless connectivity. The second screen op…

Arkanoid DS - Preview Screenshot Gallery
Preview screenshot gallery of the classic game remix Arkanoid. The Super Breakout style classic arcade game from outer space get's a handheld remix for the Nintendo DS complete with a graphics and sound overhaul, plus new game modes including multiplayer via wireless connectivity.

Final Fantasy IV for the Nintendo DS – Screenshot Gallery
When Final Fantasy IV released for the Super Nintendo in 1991 (as Final Fantasy II in North America) it brought with it a character-driven narrative, innovative battle systems and the epic music of Nobuo Uematsu, all of which have become a staple of the series ever since. Now FFIV returns in a revamped version for the Nintendo DS. This screenshot gallery previews some of the graphics and gameplay…

Myst for the Nintendo DS - Hands-On Preview
Empire Interactive brings their classic computer game Myst to the Nintendo DS. With its point-and-click features it's a no brainer that the rich fantasy adventure is a perfect match for the handhelds touch screen capabilities. This hands-on preview shows you all the features you can expect and how it translates onto the DS.

The Legend of Zelda – Console Game Profile
The original fantasy adventure that blends RPG and arcade action into the largest, richest, most powerful game created for the Nintendo Entertainment System.

Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3 - Screenshot and Concept …
Super Joe is back in this sequel/remake/remix of the original NES classic Commando for Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Networks and the PC. The same gameplay style as the original, but with an overhaul of high quality graphics, animation and sound for the HD generation. This screenshot and concept art gallery previews all the action.

Rambo for the Nintendo Entertainment System – Review
When you envision Rambo, do you imagine high-octane, machine gun turrets and explosions? Well you must be thinking of some other game, because the NES title simply titled Rambo - yet based on Rambo: First Blood Part 2, doesn’t have any of that. With giant spiders, killer birds and man eating piranha, this review gives you a look at the most un-Rambo game imaginable.

Tron Screenshots - Xbox Live Arcade
Screenshots of the Xbox Live Arcade enhanced version of the arcade classic Tron.

Donkey Kong Country 3 Review
Nintendo ports their best, yet overlooked Super Nintendo classic to the Game Boy Advance. See if this ape still swings.

Final Fantasy IV Advance Review - Game Boy Advance
Step back into the origins of the modern RPG with a title that set not one, but three major gaming trends. Square Enix's Final Fantasy IV Advance has finally been ported to the Game Boy Advance.

The Pong Story
Website dedicated to the history and origins of Atari's first home console game.

Sega-16 – All things Genesis
A website dedicated to the Sega Genesis (aka MegaDrive) – Includes a master list of every Genesis game.

NES Central
Tribute site dedicated to the original Nintendo Entertainment System.

Hell: A Cyberpunk Thriller - 3D Adventure Gaming Debuts on 3DO
While the early '90s saw the intro of the first CD-ROM systems, 3D graphics were still in their experimental stage. One of the first and most ambitious examples of the new 3D modeling technology was Hell: A Cyberpunk Thriller.

R-Type – Retro Space Shooter Fires from Japan Arcades to the Sega M…
In the 22nd century, the insect-like creatures called Bydo are plaguing the galaxy. The only hope for humanity is the latest in the Earth Defense League’s R-Type nuclear space fighters, model R-9a. Controlling R-9a, you blast your way though hordes of fast-paced enemy vessels and organic bosses in one of the best, and most difficult side-scrolling arcade shooters.

Super Mario Bros. - The Game that Saved Video Games
While the Nintendo Entertainment System may have been the console that bounced the video game industry back when it crashed in 1983, a console is nothing without its "killer app"; a game that people want so badly that they buy the system specifically to play it. Yes, the NES is a great system, but it would be nothing without Super Mario Bros. - The Game that Saved Video Games.

Resident Evil - Zombie Survival Horror Begins on PlayStation One
During the spring of '96 the innocence of the season quickly became cloaked in darkness, blood, and death for gamers across the nation. Little did they know when placing a single thin disk into their PlayStation consoles, they would discover hidden behind the opening titles awaited a horror the likes of which they had never witnessed before. The first truly scary console game: Resident Evil.

Sweet Home - The NES Gorfest that inspired Resident Evil
The goriest 8-bit game for the Nintendo Entertainment System was based on a moderately successful J-horror movie Sweet Home, and served as the inspiration for the Resident Evil games. While it was the seed that spawned the survival-horror genre this elaborate and effective horror-RPG never made it past the shores of Japan.

A Nightmare on Elm Street - Freddy's NES Nightmare
In 1989 the most anticipated video game for horror movie fans finally hit the Nintendo Entertainment System. A Nightmare on Elm Street the video game promised to deliver all of the freaky fantasy and brutal violence of the film franchise, but the only nightmare that it ended up delivering was every gamers fear: A cheap, poorly designed game...

3-D Tic-Tac-Toe - Atari 2600 Game Profile
The most unique spin on the traditional game of tic-tac-toe, and the first video game designed by a woman.

Video Game Console Database – The First Generation 1972 to 1977
From Magnavox Odyssey to Pong, a breakdown of the first round of video game consoles to hit the market.

Video Game Console Database – The Second Generation
After getting overwhelmed with a market full of Pong clones during the first generation, the industry started to shift away from repackaging the same game over and over, to releasing cartridge based systems thanks to the advent of the ROM cartridge. Not only did the ROM carriage create an easier way to distribute multiple games for the same...

Pressure Cooker – Join the Short-Order Squad for the Atari 2600
You think Gordon Ramsay is tough? He's nothing compared to the robotic head chef at "The Grill". As the mechanized slave-driver spurts out wood fired burgers onto a conveyor belt, its up to the kitchen's sous chef, Short-Order Sam, to prep each cow patty to order, then toss the artery clogger down the right conveyer belt to be bagged. It's all...

Digging Up Mazes and Monsters With Dig Dug, The 1982 Arcade Game
Hey man, can you dig it?! There is this dude named Dug and he's got himself a problem. You see this cat is a miner, and what a miner has to do is dig, but they're these monster-like cats who gone and taken up subterranean stakes in Dug's digging site. Well, a Dug has got to dig, so that's just what he does, and when he reaches them burrowing...

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