Really Early Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) Video – Featuring R.O.B.

29 02 2008

Here is a commercial for the original NES. This one features R.O.B., the robotic peripheral that shipped with many early NES bundles.


music note While writing this, I was listening to “Drive Back” by Neil Young & Crazy Horse

Play Classic Midway Arcade Games Online

29 02 2008

This is cool: Many classic Midway arcade games are available to play on line, for free on Midway’s site. defender2

These are excellent renditions of equally excellent games. Among the classics you can play are Bubbles, Defender, Defender II, Joust,Rampage, Robotron, Satan’s Hollow, Sinistar, Spy Hunter and Tapper. I couldn’t get any sound out of the games at first, but then I updated my version of the Shockwave plugin and all was good.

A Few Game & Watch Related Videos

27 02 2008

I found a few Game & Watch videos and commercials, including one for Mego’s knock-off games.

Here they are. I hope someone enjoys them.

Japanese commercial for the Multi-Screen Game & Watch games.

Commercial for Mego’s Game & Watch knock-off line, Time Out

Video of some one starting up and trying a number of Game & Watches

A Few More Treasures

27 02 2008

Managed to snap a few more pics of some of my games and consoles.

Atari 78007800

I think the coolest of this group is the Atari 7800. Backwards compatible with the original Atari 2600 and able to play it’s own enhanced games, this was a follow up to the 2600 (VCS) and 5200 systems and originally meant to compete against the ColecoVision, but delays in release meant it actually went up against the Nintendo Entertainment System… and I think we all know how that ended!



Tomy Alien AttackAlien-Attack

This unit is basically the classic arcade game Scramble with a different name for copywrite reasons. Surprisingly (to me, at east), this game plays very well. Controls, though simple work and the Vacuum Fluorescent Display (VFD) is bright and colourful. Sound is clear and suitably annoying 🙂

Check out this game play video of Alien Attack that I found on Youtube!


Sega Master SystemMaster-System

The Sega Master system was released in North America in 1986 to a tepid welcome. Though in many ways technically superior to the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), Sega was not able to compete successfully against Nintendo’ cutthroat marketing and draconian licensing agreements.  This system had one of the coolest optional components: LCD 3D glasses. The glasses worked in a handful of games. I remember playing the games Blade Eagle 3D and Missile Defense 3-D and thinking that the 3D effect was quite good, but that was more than 20 years ago. If anyone has the 3D glasses (and the doohickie to plug them into the console) and wouldn’t mind parting with them, please let me know! 


Sega Genesis with SegaCD Add-onsegacd2

I’ve managed to find several of these combos over the last few years. This is the Sega Genesis (Megadrive out side of Canada and the U.S.) paired up to the SegaCD (MegaCD to some) add-on. The SegaCD was supposed to revolutionalized gaming with vast amounts of reasonable cheap storage. Although a few truly great classic games were released for the SegaCD (see the game Sonic CD for an example of a great SegaCD game), most were cheap ports of games already found on cartridge with some crappy extra music thrown in.


Space Invaders Mini-CabSpace-Invaders

I found this at Spencer Gifts recently. Very simple, but so was the original Space invaders. It has bright VFD display with loud but clear sounds. The game compensated for the small screen by scrolling to the length of two screens.

Not too much to say about this one  other than it works.








music note While writing this, I was listening to “highway” by HorrorPops

Live Action Space Invaders Re-enactment

27 02 2008

Just like the title says:

My MAME Cabinet: Retrocade

20 02 2008

My addiction to classic video games runs deep. So deep that I felt compelled to convert an old APB arcade game into a MAME arcade cabinet.retrocde

“What is MAME?” you may be asking yourself. Well, MAME stands for Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator. Mame is a piece of software that emulated the hardware of many (literally thousands) of arcade machines on a PC. You have to supply the roms (the game instructions themselves), but once you have it set up, which really isn’t very difficult, you have an old gamer’s paradise on your hands. There are legality issues, as you are not supposed to have roms to any games that you do not actually physically own unless released to the public, but I’m not a law enforcement officer, and I really don’t care: none of these arcade games are available to me in the arcade any more…so bite me! 🙂

Along with a huge list of arcade games, it also runs emulators for several home console systems, a number of PC games that work well with arcade controls and some pretty good juke box software.

I use a piece of software as a “front end” of sorts that organizes the systems and games into a series of menus that are easily accessible using either the joystick or the trackball. The front end I chose is called Mamewah.  Although not perfect, it has proven to be the easiest one that I have found to configure, so far. The brains of the cabinet id a PC running an AMD X2 4200+ with one gig of ram running Windows XP. It is wirelessly networked to my home network via 802.11N. The controlls are authentic arcade controlls purchased on Ebay, connected to a USB I-pac keyboard encoder which converts inputs from the controls into keyboard inputs that the PC can understand. Also, I installed a large trackball for games like Missile Command, which the PC uses as it’s mouse.

This was a very fun project that was so worth the time. I love being able to sit down and play my favourite oldies on actual arcade hardware like they were meant to be enjoyed.

Anyway, if you want more informaton of this or other mame cabinets, email me!

music note While writing this, I was listening to “From Out of Nowhere” by Faith No More


Good Morning People, and another Game & Watch

20 02 2008

No new posts over the last few days, though I did edit a lot and designed a new retro-ish banner and register a new URL, .

I thought I’d take the time to say “Good Morning” and show off another little toy: my Donkey Kong 3 Game & Watch.

This one is particularly cool, as it has two controllers that are attached by thin cables. Excellent design!

Here are a few pictures.


Donkey Kong 3 Game & Watch closed


opened up showing stored controllers


And with controllers taken out.

music note While writing this, I was listening to “Portrait Of Authority” by Bad Religion