The Way We Played

The Way We Played

About the book Click here to support the Kickstarter From 1985 to 1993 home computing ruled the roost in the UK, with the likes of the ZX Spectrum and the Commodore Amiga offering the kind of experiences not available on other platforms. The Way We Played is a beautifully produced, hardback, full colour art book that celebrates this golden era of gaming, exploring a unique time when multi-platform development could lead to vastly different versions of the same game being produced to match the limitations of the hardware. No. 1…

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Jon Ritman

Jon Ritman

Interview by Peter Ward First of all, Welcome to Retro Gamesmaster. It is truly an honour to interview one of the biggest names in our industry. What did you want to do when you were at school for a career, and what was your first job? I didn’t have the faintest idea what I wanted to do when I was at school (it was a crap school; I even managed to fail maths). My first job was for the part of the Post Office that morphed into BT as a…

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The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening

The Legend of Zelda:Link’s Awakening  Developed by: Nintendo EAD Published by: Nintendo Platforms: GameBoy and Game Boy Color (DX Version) Released: June 6, 1993 (Japan), August 1993 (North America), November 18, 1993 (PAL) DX Version: December 12, 1998 (Japan), December 15, 1998 (North America), January 1, 1999 (PAL) The fourth installment of the Legend of Zelda series; This is the first game in the franchise that took place outside of the sacred land of Hyrule; yet in a realistic dream… Or was it? Like it’s predecessor, Like the Legend of…

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Bart Simpson’s Escape from Camp Deadly

Bart Simpson’s Escape from Camp Deadly

Bart Simpson’s Escape from Camp Deadly Developed by: Imagineering, Inc. Published by: Acclaim Japan, Acclaim (NA & EU) Platform: Game Boy Released: February 26, 1993 (Japan), November 1, 1991 (North America), December 1991 (EU)   POP CULTURE TRIVIA: Depending who you talk to, or if you are a hardcore Simpson’s fan, or just know Simpson cannon in general; the episode “Kamp Krusty” was NOT the inspiration for this game or vice versa (this game was released a whole ten months before that episode was broadcasted for the first time) this…

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Super Mario Land 2: Six Golden Coins

Super Mario Land 2: Six Golden Coins

Super Mario Land 2: Six Golden Coins Developed by: Nintendo R&D1 Published by: Nintendo Platforms: GameBoy and 3DS Virtual Console Released: October 21, 1992 (Japan), November 2, 1992 (North America), January 28, 1993 (PAL)   Remember when I said that 1992 was a good year for Nintendo overall when it came to either good games or the start of some good franchises? Well, here’s yet another game for that year The sequel to Super Mario Land 1, Mario returns from Sarasaland to find that Wario, (Mario’s childhood friend from when…

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Kirby’s Dream Land

Kirby’s Dream Land

Developed by: HAL laboratory Published by: Nintendo Platforms: Game Boy and Virtual Console Released: April 27, 1992 (Japan), August 1, 1992 (North America), August 3, 1992 (PAL) The year of 1992 was an exceptional year for Nintendo: it was the year that two staple franchises came out, Star Fox and of course: Kirby! Also there were other great titles/franchises as well but another topic for a different day! What a lot of people do not know/realize is that the late Nintendo CEO Satrou Iwata and Shigeru Miyamoto were uncredited producers…

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Super Mario Land

Super Mario Land

Developed by: Nintendo RD&1 Published by: Nintendo Platforms: Game Boy and Virtual Console Released: April 21, 1989 (Japan) July 31, 1989 (North America) September 28, 1990 (EU/PAL) The Year: 1989! The System: Game Boy Brick (original)! As any hardcore Nintendo fan will tell you; a Mario game (or any character from the Mario universe) will have a launch title for its respective console: this side scrolling title got that coveted prize: Super Mario Land!The 8-bit wonder (yes I say 8-bit because it looks like Super Mario Bros. 1 except it…

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The History of the Game Boy by Peter Ward

The History of the Game Boy by Peter Ward

1980 Game and Watch The Game Boy inventor Gunpei Yokoi was inspired by a businessman button-Bashing an calculator. 60 games Were made and sold 43.4 million units worldwide 1989 Game Boy: Original 8-bit handheld with a 2.6-inch, 160 x 144 screen capable of dispaying four shades of olive green. Batteries lasted 15-30 on four AA Batteries. Weighning 400g. 1994 Super Game Boy: Play Game Boy games on your TV via the Super Nintendo 1995 Virtua Boy The Virtua Boy not quite a handheld but branded as a Game boy never…

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