Thursday, March 31, 2016

Retro Gaming Nerds Presents - The Sega Master System

The SEGA Master System, aka the SEGA Mark III, was released in Japan in October 1985. In the USA, it was released as the SEGA Master System in September 1986.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Retro Gaming Nerds Presents - The Super NES

Released in Japan as the Super Famicom in November 21, 1990, and North America as the SNES in August 23, 1991. The SNES was the 16 bit successor to the 8 bit NES. Beaten to the market by SEGA's Mega Drive/Genesis console by at least a year. Nintendo felt pressure from fans to move on into the 16 bit arena, as the NES was clearly not capable of taking on SEGA's powerhouse system.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Retro Gaming Nerds S02E11 - Xenophobe for the NES

Eric revisits the Bally Midway classic arcade game, Xenophobe.  However, this go around is on the NES.  He explores the strengths and weaknesses of this title in comparison to the Atari 7800 version.  The game was developed by Sunsoft for the NES.

Retro Gaming Nerds Presents - The NES

Originally released in Japan on July 15, 1983 as the Family Computer, or the Famicom. The Famicom was Nintendo's first foray into the home console market ready to compete with Atari head to head. The console was released in North America in 1985, well after the collapse of the video game market. It was known as the NES. However, this wasn't going to be the case if things would have been different.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Retro Gaming Nerds Presents - The TurboGrafx-16

Manufactured by NEC and Hudson Soft, the TurboGrafx-16 was Hudson Soft's attempt at gaining a foothold in the fledgling 16-bit era of console gaming. Also known as the PC Engine in Japan, the TG-16 was released in Japan in October 30, 1987, and in North America in August 29, 1989.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Retro Gaming Nerds Presents - The ColecoVision

Released in 1982, Coleco jumped into the home console market with a gaming console that had graphics and sounds that far surpassed ANYTHING on the market at that time. Powered by the Zilog Z80 8bit processor, which is used in the Sega MasterSystem, Game Boy Color, and a handful other consumer devices throughout the 80's.

Friday, March 25, 2016

The Existential Nerd S01E11 - What's in the Box Loot Crate Edition

In this fine episode, Eric just got his Loot Crate and is ready to find out what goodies he got this month!

Retro Gaming Nerds Presents - The Intellivision

Development started in 1978, tested in 1979, and finally released in North America in 1980 by Mattel Electronics. The "Intelligent Television" aka Intellivision, was a direct competitor to the popularity of the Atari VCS (2600).

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Retro Gaming Nerds Presents - The Atari 7800

Released in the US May 1986, and the EU in 1987. The Atari 7800 was originally going to be released two years prior as a direct successor to the failed Atari 5200 that was discontinued in 1984. Due to the video game market crash of 1985, the 7800 was delayed. An additional contributing factor to the delayed release is the sale of Atari to Jack Tramiel. How the 7800 was handled under Tramiel has been under heavy discussion amongst fan groups for years.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Retro Gaming Nerds Presents - The Atari 5200

Originally released November 1982, the Atari 5200 was touted as the successor of the Atari 2600 VCS. The "SuperSystem" was just that, a super console that brought the arcade home. The console wasn't necessarily designed to succeed the Atari 2600, as sales were still strong, but rather to compete with the Intellivision console. However, it ended up competing more with the ColecoVision shortly after release.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Retro Gaming Nerds Presents - The Atari VCS (2600)

Released September 11, 1977 for $199 ($777 in today's inflated dollars). It came with 2 Joysticks and a pack in game "Combat". The console was to compete directly with the Channel F from Fairchild. The Console was sold as the Atari VCS, not the 2600 at first. This is because the Fairchild Channel F was also known as the VES. VCS stands for Video Computer System, and VES stood for Video Entertainment System.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

The Existential Nerd S01E10 - How Deadpool's R Rating Will Impact Comic Book Films

Eric sits down with Nathan to talk about the impact that the "R" rated Deadpool film will have on future Comic Book films.  They discuss the pros and cons, and what should and shouldn't be done with future film franchises.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Retro Gaming Nerds S02E09 - Xenophobe for the Atari 7800

Eric takes the battle to the xeno's in space.  Xenophobe was developed by Bally, and released to arcades in 1987.  Designed by Brian Colin and Howard Shere, and composed by Michael Bartlow.  This version was published by Atari for the Atari 7800 in 1988.

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