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Posted on Nov 11th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (wildbil52)
Posted under Christmas, Also Christmas

It is time, once again, for the RFGeneration Secret Santa!  Please excuse my recycling of a previous photo, it's just such a great pic (and I was at Nintendo World yesterday so, memories.  For the list of rules and information, and if you would like to join in, please check out the RFGeneration Secret Santa 2019 thread located here:


Posted on Nov 9th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (singlebanana)
Posted under news, Thank you, Playthrough, Shmup Club, submissions, November

We interrupt your regularly scheduled program to bring you the November 2019 edition of the RF Generation's Site News! In this issue, we will announce our annual December Competition titles, unveil the next game for our site shoot 'em up club, and of course, thank those members who sent in submissions to our site and registered approvals last month. Thanks for keeping it on Channel 3!     

REMEMBER: If you have any news about upcoming events or topics that you think the site needs to hear about, please PM singlebanana and put "RFG Site News" in the subject line.  Who knows, maybe your news will make our front page!

Continue reading All Our News Are Belong To You: November 2019 Edition

Posted on Nov 7th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (MetalFRO)
Posted under Analogue Pocket, Game Boy, Game Gear, Atari Lynx, Neo Geo Pocket Color, FPGA, retrogaming, portable gaming, handheld

Image shamelessly linked from TechCrunch. This thing looks GORGEOUS.

By now, most dedicated retrogaming enthusiasts should be familiar with the name Analogue. They make FPGA-based consoles that mimic original hardware, so that older, cartridge-based games can be played on modern hardware, and output to modern TVs. Analogue's first product was the premium Analogue NT, a clone of the NES that utilized the same CPU and PPU as the original consoles did. Unfortunately, it had a small manufacturing run, and sold at a staggering price tag. After that sold out, they retooled the design to make it smaller, but also less expensive, by making future units (under the Analogue NT Mini moniker) utilize FPGA technology. FPGA is better explained in detail elsewhere, so here's the 10,000 foot overhead view: FPGA stands for Field Programmable Gate Array, and instead of software emulation on a standard architecture (like an ARM processor, for example), the FPGA can be programmed in such a way that it mimics the hardware of the original device, because it can be made to produce the same results that the original CPU, and other components, would produce. This means that FPGA technology can be used to mimic all sorts of hardware. Notably, it has been seen as quite successful in mimicking video game console hardware.

Continue reading Analogue Pocket - A Dream Portable Console

Posted on Nov 5th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (bombatomba)
Posted under Ikari Warriors II, Arcade, NES, port

Two months ago I smack-talked Ikari Warriors II: Victory Road in the review of SNK 40th Anniversary Collection on Switch.  At the least I called it annoying, at the most I called it garbage (in one of my older articles), stating that I would rather eat three year-old hotdogs than play that game again.  But something happened after getting SNK for the Switch that had never happened before: I enjoyed myself playing Ikari Warriors II: Victory Road.

It all started more than thirty years ago, back then I would troll the suburbs of Metro D looking for returnable bottles to play arcade games.  I've said it many times before, no doubt, but I loved this period of my life, despite the beatdowns I would sometimes have to endure due to my...  geeky appearance.  One of my most cherished games from this era was Victory Road, a sci-fi flavored sequel to Ikari Warriors.  It certainly wasn't at the 7-11 for very long, but regardless I had put this game on a pedestal, from which it refused to budge for thirty-two years.  So one day when I happened onto the NES port with the appropriate amount of money in my pocket, the cash couldn't couldn't fly out of my pocket fast enough, and I am pretty sure I set speed records for tearing off plastic and removing the game manual from the box.  Wonder I didn't tear it to pieces like an animal.  And the results?  Not good, though I always felt I tried.  The NES port of Ikari Warriors II: Victory Road felt unfinished at the time, and I am afraid that I delegated it to the "Budget Wall" bin along with Hydlide and King's Knight, somewhere deep in my room.  In retrospect I probably played more Urban Champion then that game.

Continue reading REDACTION - Victory Road for NES Redux!

Posted on Nov 3rd 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (zophar53)
Posted under Review, books, Boss Fight Books, NBA Jam

Unlike most kids my age in the 90s, I wasn't a big sports fan. I liked watching them just fine, and knew the teams and rules of most major sports, but it was just never that important to me, and coupled with a home team as legendarily crappy as the Cleveland Browns, I didn't have a lot of motivation to develop an interest. In 1994, I saw a sports game unlike any I'd seen before. It was big, bold, and unrealistically over-the-top in a way that was completely unexpected. That game is the subject of the next entry in Boss Fight Books continuing look at the video games that have shaped the landscape of the medium.

Continue reading Boss Fight Books: NBA Jam

Posted on Nov 1st 2019 at 12:00:00 AM by (Crabmaster2000)
Posted under NES Challenge, Nintendo, Mario, Ninja Gaiden, Kirby, Donkey Kong, Final Fantasy, Dragon Warrior, Community, Challenge

The RF Generation community of collectors and players has committed themselves to demolishing the entire licensed NES library in the year 2019. Is that even possible you say, with your help it totally is!! Check out the RFGen 2019 NES Challenge thread to see how to join in at anytime throughout the year. There is plenty of opportunity to participate regardless of your skill level, favorite style of game or the amount of time you have to invest. Come over and play with us here:


With the year closing in all around us we've had a slight surge of renewed interest in the NES Challenge with a few members putting in some last minute efforts, come old players reappearing and a couple new names added to the scoreboard. We've still got a ways to go, but as of this writing we have collectively destroyed 492 game for the Nintendo Entertainment System in 2019.......which is pretty impressive, but still short of our goal of the entire North American licensed library. Click that link above and take a look at our remaining list of games and jump in and lend a hand. Still a surprising amount of variety to play so no excuses in these last two months!!!

Posted on Oct 30th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (MetalFRO)
Posted under Zaxxon, Shoot the Corecast, shmup, podcast, Sega, STG, shooting game, shooter, shoot em up, isometric

In Episode 016, we take a closer look at an early shooting game that seems to be largely forgotten in today's gaming landscape, despite it being ahead of its time, and somewhat influential. Not only is it the first arcade game to have a TV commercial, but it also introduced us to gaming in an isometric perspective. Why is this game so forgotten? We discuss that and more, as we talk all about Sega's Zaxxon!

Here's the direct link to listen to the podcast on the site, or download the MP3 for later:

Check us out and subscribe (and rate!) on Apple Podcasts!

We're listed on Google Play - subscribe and review the podcast over there!

We're on Stitcher Podcasts now, as well, so if you use that service, have a listen to the show from there!

We also have a presence on SoundCloud now, though it's just the most current episode at this time:

We have t-shirts! Help support the podcast, and rep the shmup community by buying a Shoot the Core-cast tee - now with Gaiden design!

Here's the original discussion thread from the forum:

Posted on Oct 28th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (ErbBetaPatched)
Posted under ps2, hidden invasion, toka, review

I almost hit my ps2 with a machete.....

I had a little skit planned out for this video where I would hit my PS2 with a big machete because this game was so bad. A little over the top? Yes. But it would have deserved it. Hidden Invasion is currently one of the worst games I've played. It's worse than Dragon Ball Z Sagas. That game tried. It suffers from the same problems as Hidden Invasion, but it tried to stand out and was executed a bit better.

Continue reading Hidden Invasion l Review The PS2

Posted on Oct 26th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under Review, Xbox, PC, Game Pass, Horror, Adventure

While I certainly remember the hype behind The Blair Witch Project and the marketing campaign that led many to believe the film was found footage of real events, I never watched the movie back in the day and truthfully have still never seen it. However, as a huge fan of the survival-horror genre, I couldn't help but feel intrigued when the trailer for a new Blair Witch game was first shown last summer. Thanks to the game being easily available to play, I didn't wait long after its release to give it a try, and I was pleasantly surprised overall.

Continue reading Blair Witch

Posted on Oct 24th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (SirPsycho)
Posted under visual horror, playstation vita, playstation 4, nintendo switch, ps vita, ps4, switch, visual novel, horror

Death Mark is a horror visual novel released in June 2017 in Japan. It was released in the West on Halloween in 2018. This game was originally released on the Playstation Vita and had later released on the Playstation 4 and Nintendo Switch in Japan. When the game came to the West, the game launched simultaneously on all three of those platforms, followed by a later PC release in April 2019. A few months after this PC release the title was rebranded and became Spirit Hunter: Death Mark. Due to the confusion this could cause, the original name is being used for this review.

Death Mark was developed by Experience Inc. an obscure Japanese developer that was founded after another obscure developer named Michaelsoft went bankrupt. Michaelsoft developed a couple of Wizardry dungeon crawling spinoffs in the mid-2000s on the Playstation 2 before they folded. Until Death Mark, Experience had also only made dungeon crawlers, with their most successful game being Demon Gaze for the Vita.

Continue reading Spooky Plays: Death Mark

Posted on Oct 22nd 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (singlebanana)
Posted under Playcast, Saints Row, playthrough, September, 2019, Concertcast, BuriedOnMars

In this episode, the boys let their freak flags fly as Rich (singlebanana) and Shawn (GrayGhost81) are joined by their friend and host of the Retro Fandango podcast, Kevin (BuriedOnMars). It's another month of murderous mayhem as the guys stalk the streets of Steelport to reclaim the city they call home in Volition's wacky, open-world crime shooter, Saints Row: The Third. The guys discuss the their favorite gameplay elements and how they chose to approach this title.  This month, there's a tremendous ConcertCast as the guys discuss their recently fallen rock heroes and their favorite albums of 1995. You will not want to miss this high eclectic selection of albums and you'll certainly want to know which of the boys has never heard of the Wu Tang Clan.....we can't make this up kids.  Join us for this hardy and laughter-filled episode of the Playcast. 

As always, we are happy to hear your thoughts on these games on our discussion page (linked below). We will respond to your comments and are always happy to discuss the games more. Please be sure to rate and write a review of the show on iTunes and/or Podbean to help us increase our listenership. Thanks for the listen, we hope you enjoy the show!

Episode 66 discussion thread: http://www.rfgeneration.c...m/index.php?topic=19207.0

Get the show on Podbean:  http://www.rfgplaycast.com/
On iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/...ion-playcast/id1038953364
On Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/p...ation-playcast?refid=stpr
And follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rfgenplaythroughs
And on Twitter: @thesinglebanana & @RFGPlayCast

Continue reading Episode 66 - RF Generation Playcast

Posted on Oct 20th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (GrayGhost81)
Posted under gaming, review

For many gamers, October is the time to pull out ghoulish and spooky horror titles to drum up scares appropriate for the Halloween season. As a cohost of the community playthroughs on this site, I tend to get my annual fill of October creepiness with our traditionally horror-themed games during this month every year since our inception. This year however, I decided to try to pack in a few more horror themed titles in my free time to get into the spirit. Of the handful of horror games I played this month, one was a huge disappointment and another was a complete revelation.

Continue reading Dead or Alive

Posted on Oct 18th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (NeoMagicWarrior)
Posted under PC

Help me put the square peg in the square hole for Neo's "A Brief Look At" series!

This month, we check out Thomas Was Alone for PC and modern consoles.

Check out more of Neo, and the rest of the RFGeneration stream team at http://Twitch.tv/RFGeneration

Posted on Oct 16th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (Crabmaster2000)
Posted under NES Challenge, NES, Nintendo, Community, Mario, Zelda, Contra, Mega Man, Ninja Gaiden, Capcom, Konami, Taito, Challenge

The RF Generation community of collectors and players has committed themselves to demolishing the entire licensed NES library in the year 2019. Is that even possible you say, with your help it totally is!! Check out the RFGen 2019 NES Challenge thread to see how to join in at anytime throughout the year. There is plenty of opportunity to participate regardless of your skill level, favorite style of game or the amount of time you have to invest. Come over and play with us here:


With the year rapidly closing in on us we need all the help we can get! The list of remaining games may be smaller than ever, but boy is it dense. We need all sports stars, adventurers, action heroes, pilots, drivers, puzzle masters, strategic geniuses, arcade wizards and cartoon characters on hand to beat the remainder of the NES library.

Check out the list of remaining titles or even just pop in the thread to share tips or encourage our players to keep on going. With everybody banding together we can accomplish this lofty goal!

Posted on Oct 14th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (slackur)
Posted under When to call it quits for sanity and enjoyment

image from wikipedia

I'm stuck on a boss in The Messenger.  This little bit of information is unlikely to sway any political elections, and on my own scale of importance from one to five it gets a solid "meh" and a shrug.

What this irreverent trivia represents, however, is a mite bit deeper.

Continue reading Time, Age, Gaming, Difficulty. Sadly Not A Multiple Choice Question.

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