October 2017

A small but dedicated group turned up tonight to play retro games.  There was a SNES Classic Mini, a Gameboy Micro, an N-Gage and a NES playing this month’s Game of the Month – Ghosts ‘n Goblins.

Everyone had a go at Western Express on the arcade system and we all got held up at the pictured stage – there just wasn’t enough time to break the boxes, defeat the villain, avoid the overhead sign and jump to the next carriage before the bomb went off.  Later we concluded that going through the earlier levels faster gave you more time on later levels before the bomb was set.  There was also a Puzzle Bobble challenge.

Those that hadn’t already played it played Ghost ‘n Goblins and during the announcements we discussed it.  Those that played the Japanese version found they didn’t have the infinite continues the European version had.  We all marvelled at how a our armour fell apart when hit by a bird.  Most had made it to the third level where the Goblins were encountered.

During the announcements we discussed the Super Castlevania IV soundtrack released on vinyl, the tribute to Satoru Iwata hidden in the Nintendo Switch firmware, the latest on the Ataribox, Road Rash on modern consoles, the release of the SNES Classic Mini, an outing to the Golden Fleece Hotel to play pinball and the closing of the Wii Shop Channel in January 2019.

We had five games to choose from for the November Game of the Month – StarTropics (NES), Super Metroid (SNES), Puyo Puyo 2 (SMD), Karnov’s Revenge (NeoGeo) and Ninja Master’s (Neo Geo) – all options also available on the Wii Virtual Console for those without the physical console.  The decision was made to play Puyo Puyo 2 so get out your MegaDrive to play it for the next meeting – or check it out on the Wii Virtual Console.

We also chose “What The” Peripherals as our theme for the November meeting – that is weird peripherals like the Mattel Power Glove, the Trans Vibrator, SEGA Activator, Laser Scope, Steel Battalion Controller and the Atari Mind Link (not released).

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