[RetroConsole] 30 years of Genesis, 30 years of Mega Drive


Sega has already announced its shiny new mini console, due to be released in September, so there’s no better time than today to celebrate the Mega Drive, released in North America, as Genesis 30 years ago today, August 14th, 1989. Sega ha da tempo annunciato la sua nuova scintillante mini console che verrà rilasciata a settembre,…

[RetroConsole] 40 years of Magnavox Odyssey² a.k.a. Philips Videopac


Hello guys, Today we talk about another little pice of history, widely forgotten and stuck in the middle of the fight between Atari 2600 and the other competitors (mainly Mattel IntelliVision and later ColecoVision) and killed by 1983 crash. It’s the Magnavox Odyssey², also known in its european iteration as Philips Videopac, a curious attempt made…

[RetroConsole] Sega Dreamcast


Many gamers beside videogames have other passions. One of mine is Formula 1. I watch it since I was a kid, I never miss an event and I’ve studied carefully the history of the sport. To all of you that follow also Formula 1, today I want to talk about the Gilles Villeneuve of the…

[RetroConsole] Atari Jaguar


To many non-gamers Atari is nothing short of an obscure word, and that’s probably because the company, once flagship of an entire industry, died when most of them weren’t in this world. Atari died as a console manufactured in the middle of the 90s and today we celebrate its  swan song. The console that had…

[RetroConsole] Game Boy Color


Hello guys, With the success of the smartphone it seems normal today to have the possibility to play while you’re away from home, but there was a time (I talk especially to the yougest among you) that having an handheld device was something new. After the debut of the GameBoy in 1989, Nintendo decided to…

[RetroConsole] 3DO


It looks like early autumn is the perfect season to release unsuccessful consoles, especially if you’re in 1993. After last month post about the Amiga CD32, today we “celebrate” another unlucky console that turns 25. It was another attempt to ride the wave of the new CD technology and this time the responsible of the…

[RetroConsole] Amiga CD32


Hello again with another post of the column [RetroConsole]. Today I’ll talk about another unlucky system that probably relied too much on the prestige of the company who made it. This is the day of the Amiga CD32, the last attempt made by Commodore to enter the console market. The console has been released exactly…

[RetroConsole] Sega SG-1000


This is the beginning of one of the most famous rivalry in the history of video games, the one between SEGA and Nintendo. To all the millennials: PlayStation Vs. Xbox is nothing, this is the real deal. Today, July 15th but in 1983 SEGA released its first console, the SG-1000, the same day Nintendo showed…

[RetroConsole] FM Towns Marty


I’m a bit late to the party. It’s March already and the spring is just round the corner but in February, precisely on 20th, it has been another anniversary in the console world. This time is a system frequently overlooked, especially in the West, since it was released exclusively for the japanese market but it…

[RetroConsole] Bally Astrocade


In the year in which the Atari 2600 turns 40 another forgotten console reach the goal of the four decades, the Bally Astrocade, an item that, despite its insuccess, has an interesting and tormented story to tell. The story in a nutshell Let’s go back in time. Really back. In 1932 there were just a…

[RetroConsole] Vectrex


Throughout all the history of gaming consoles we’ve seen all kind of oddities: the ginormous Atari 5200, the Coleco Telstar Arcade, Nintendo’s Virtual Boy and in recent years  Mattel’s HyperScan,  but for sure a console that cannot be fogotten  in this particular list is the Vectrex, released by General Consumer Electronic first and Milton Bradley…

[RetroConsole] Atari 5200


Doomed from the beginning. This could be the tagline to describe in a nutshell the life of the Atari 5200, the forgotten son of the console that defined the videogame industry. Even though the console has never, NEVER been a success, I thought It would be anyway nice to talk a bit of it, just…