[Happy Birthday!] DuckTales


Hello old games lovers, Platforming at its best. Before Capcom went on to sell millions of copies of the Resident Evil franchise, they were damn good in platformers: they all have their distinctive style and it’s easy to spot their ones in a decade when platformers on console were the norm. Today we celebrate the…

[Happy Birthday!] SoulCalibur


Since I didn’t grow up with a Dreamcast in my living room, unfortunately I missed a lot of great games that graced this unlucky but loved console. Ported directly from the arcade, SoulCalibur is probably one of the best 3D beat ’em ups of the 90, although it was released at the very end of…

[Happy Birthday!] Earthworm Jim


agosto 94 per genesis Tra le mille mascotte che hanno infestato il mondo videoludico nei primi anni ’90 questa è probabilmente la più disgustosa, anche se in realtà i vermi hanno riscosso un discreto successo anche in seguito con i giochi della serie Worms (tra cui il mio amato Worms 2). Oggi però festeggiamo il…

[Happy Birthday!] Earthbound a.k.a. Mother 2


Hello old games lovers, We’ve recentrly celebrated the 30th anniversary of the first chapter of the EarthBound series, Mother, released in Japan in 1989 and today we’re again on the saga to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the well known EarthBound a.k.a. Mother 2, released today, August 27th, 1994. The initial reception of the game…

[Happy Birthday!] Zelda Game & Watch


Hello old games lovers, I’ve had a bid doubt up until the very last moment and I din’t know if it was better to put this post as part of the [Happy Birthday!] column dedicated to games or [RetroConsole], giving the fact that this is actually aone-game console. The Game & Watch specimens are so…

[Happy Birthday!] The King of Fighters ’94


Hello old games lovers, When il ’94 The King of Fighters came out, the world already had Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat and Tekken was on its way, so the beat ’em up genre was surely well represented. However when always in ’94 and precisely 25 years ago, on August 25th, 1994 The King of Fighters…

[Happy Birthday!] Lunar Lander


Hello old games lovers, The celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the conquest of the Moon are recent history. In 1979 when the landing on the moon was still somethign quite new and only 10 years had passed since the event, Atari had the brilliant idea to release for the arcades a new game, Lunar…

[Happy Birthday!] The Need for Speed


Hello old games lovers, When we talk about racing games, for sure one of the first games that comes to mind is The Need for Speed that belongs to the highest grossing franchise in its genre. But if we think about the fact that it was originally released for the 3DO, one of the failures…

[Happy Birthday!] Mother


Hello old games lovers, Today we celebrate the 30th anniversary of an overlooked game, father of one of the strangest yet most loved RPGs of the 90s. Today we celebrate Mother, released today, July 27th in 1989 for the Famicom. The game was later imported in the West and named EarthBound Begins after the (belated)…

[Happy Birthday!] Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors


Well, I’m sometimes late with birthdays and celebration so just this time I want to anticipate, even though in Italy they say that this brings bad luck. In two days, so on July 5th it will be the 25th anniversary of the first of the Darkstalkers games, The Night Warriors, released by Capcom in 1994….

[Happy Birthday!] Tetris


Hello old games lovers, Brutal question: name the three most iconic games in history! I can’t hear your answers but if I were to answer I’d say Pong, Pac-Man and Tetris. Well, Tetris is today 35 years old, since the first playable version saw the light in the USSR on an Electronika 60 thanks to…

[Happy Birthday!] Populous


Hello old games lovers, God games became popular in the 90s with games such as Actraiser, Creator, Dungeon Keeper and Black & White , but the first title that can be described as a “god game” (not counting the forefather Utopia on the Intellivision) was released today in 1989 and it was Populous, that has…