[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…

[RetroConsole] 30 years of PC Engine!


Today another piece of late 80s brood of home console celebrate it 30th birthday. On October 30th, 1987, NEC’s PC Engine hit the shelves in Japan and, despite a huge success there, it never had the same fortune in the West, where, however was eagerly awaited. So let’s examine a bit in depth this a…

[RetroConsole] Sega Master System


They say when you turn 30 you really start to be conscious that you’re an adult and you’re going to be an old adult quickly that what you think. I don’t know if this is true but if it is so we can say that from today the guiltily forgotten Sega Master System is officially…

[RetroConsole] Sega CD


In today’s episode of RetroConsole not a proper console but an add-on, a peripheral, maybe the most important during the early era of CD-ROM. Today I’d like to introduce you the Sega CD, also known in Europe as Mega CD that was released in the US on, October 15th, 1995 so 25 years ago! The…

[RetroConsole] Atari 2600 is 40 years old!!!


If you are old enough and/or you have studied the history af video games you’ll know that Atari MEANS video games. The company that back then has been the fastest growing compnay in all the US, capable to release tons of games and make astonishing profits was the same company that redefined, or better DEFINED…

[RetroConsole] ColecoVision


For many years in the 70s and early 80s video games meant exclusively Atari, specifically Atari 2600. A lot of competitors tried to challenge this colossus over the years to try and gain slices of market but all the attempt eventually failed. Just two consoles were good enough to threaten Atari: Mattel Intellivision and ColecoVision…

[RetroConsole] Nintendo’s debut: Color TV Game


Today Nintendo is a reference poin in the world of gaming consoles, and there was a time, during the NES era, when Nintendo actually MEANT video game console. But every story has its starting point and the worldwide success of the japanese firm has its beginning in the first console released back in the 70s….

[RetroConsole] Emerson Arcadia 2001


The second generation of gaming consoles is a huge world. Maybe not as the first, which features hunderds and huindreds of PONG clones and clones of clones, but something really big to handle anyway. During the roaring days of the first consoles wars the american company Emerson Radio Corp, one of the biggest electronics retailer…

[RetroConsole] I’m Nintendo, Super Nintendo


Sometimes whe you have a big success, like Nintendo had with NES, it’s difficult to prove once again to be the best. But Nintendo did it and in 1992, exactly today April 11th, Europe saw for the first time the brand new japanese 16-bit console, an item that made history as one of the best…