Our host with the most Mal W introducing us to Retro Tuesday.
– Another night of fun will be arranged at Pixel Alley for the 21st of April. Come along!! The last meet included lots of retro-game chatting and arcade gaming including a mini high score challenge on Raiden (Pete claiming the win).
– The Multiplayer Handheld Beanbag Bonanza is on the 18th Feb. Come along with a beanbag and handheld. Lynx, Gameboy and Gameboy Advance will be connected in multiplayer.
– Next Retro Tuesday Meeting is on the 3rd of March.
DAVID L WITH THE NEWS:
– New RetroTINK-2X PRO released. Improvements over the RetroTINK-2X include: scanline generator, reduced power noise, better PAL60, auto detection of video format, full size HDMI, an enclosure.
– New OSSC to be released (The Framemeister killer!). Improvements include: powerful cyclone 5 FPGA (possibly allowing MiSTer crossover?), expansion board for composite/SVID/HDMI input, down scaling (eg. for crt), ability to rotate. There’s a price drop on current OSSC.
The two devices above are excellent products for converting signals correctly from your old consoles to a modern HDMI TV.
– GC Loader released – a solder less SD card loading solution for the GameCube
– FENRIR SATURN ODE to be released – an SD card loading solution (for the model 1 at this stage) replacing the optical drive. Should be far more accessible and cheaper than the RHEA.
– SNES game Cooly Skunk was an unreleased game that has recently been discovered, completed, translated and released.
– Mario 64 has been optimised.
– Most excitingly, a developer in our midst (Karl Lurman) is close to releasing MSU1 capability for SNES games on the MiSTer.
SHOW & TELL:
– Retro C: XBOX Street Fighter Anniversary Collection from Japan. Retro C has another in a lovely cardboard slipcase with poster.
– William C: A boxed version of Micro Mages gorgeous new platform game for NES notable as being a complete game in just 40KB.
– Robert C: Retrobit’s very cool Collector’s Edition reprint of Metal Storm including M-309 Gunner figurine, pin, certificate of authenticity, postcards.
– Aleks S: At the Limited Run Games Charity Auction for the bushfires Aleks won a beautiful printing plate that was used to make the steelbooks for PixelJunk Monsters 2 on PS4.
– Aleks S: Was sent by a fellow Vita collector a bunch of Limited Run Collector Cards, CDs, posters and a printing plate.
– Mal W: Remarkably revived his BBC Micro with screen to play a text-based Adventure called Adventureland after Peter insisted that he didn’t want to play it on an emulator
$5 PICKUP CHALLENGE:
– Angela H the winner with her copy of MegaDrive’s Jungle Strike found in hard rubbish.
WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN PLAYING WORTH SHARING:
– David L recommends War Groove, which is a new turn-based game that is not unlike Advanced Wars.
– Robert C picked up a conversion of Nibbler for the VIC-20. Found it a surprisingly good conversion. Look out for Robert C’s (hellfire64) review on his YouTube channel ‘Beyond the Scanlines’.
– Matthew P: Is enjoying Hitman 2016 on PS4.
GAME OF THE MONTH:
Alien Storm – Consensus was that it is a terrible port. The Arcade version appears decent however. It appeared everyone would rather forget this MegaDrive game existed.
Voted next game of the Month: The Legend of Zelda – A Link to the Past (SNES). A wonderful way of forgetting the pain of playing Alien Storm.
THEME FOR THE RETRO TUESDAY MEETING ON THE 3RD OF MARCH 2020:
GAME OF THE MONTH HIGH SCORE CHALLENGE:
Alien Storm was played on the projector where members competed for a high score.
Congratulations to the winner Callum W. Worth a mention was last place William C with -10. You can go into negative?
1. Shane B’s newly acquired JVC DTV1710CG. He’s joined the JVC CRT monitor family with David L, Ludo C and Peter K.
2. Marc A’s arcade/emulation station made from his Nonna’s old jewellery box. Outstanding.
3. Karl Lurman brought his Sega Saturn playing Batsugun output via OSSC in Tate mode, triggering some fierce competition among several of the members.
4. Matthew P brought his AtGames MegaDrive playing the Game of the Month Alien Storm.
5. Rob C’s NES reprint of Metal Storm playing via AVS (FPGA system) outputting NES in 720p HDMI.
6. William C’s AVS playing the newly released NES platformer Micro Mages.
7. Rob H running the arcade version of Alien Storm on his home made table-top arcade emulator machine.
8. Mal W’s recently revived BBC Micro playing Adventureland, a text-based game. Rob C was kind enough to give Paul and Mal a guided tour of the BBC Micro OS.