F-Zero – 29 years Mode 7

Nintendo were riding high when they released the Super Famicom in November 1990. The success of the Famicon and NES put the gaming giant in an unprecedented position going into the 16-bit console age. The Mega Drive, released two years earlier, was doing well but Nintendo had an ace up their sleeve. Mode 7 graphics enabled the SNES to produce jaw droppingĀ  pseudo 3D backgrounds. The first game to use this amazing feature was F-Zero. Read More

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Aladdin and Lion King – Disney’s 16-bit gold

Disney were flying high in the mid 90’s. A golden era that brought us some of their most loved classic movies. Disney struck a deal with Virgin Interactive to bring games to Mega Drive, SNES and other platforms. The partnership led to three games, Aladdin, The Jungle Book and The Lion King. Aladdin and The Lion King have been released on the Switch and Retro Faith is seeing how these new ports hold up. Read More

Retro News Roundup – November 2019

As always a bumper month of retro goodness. New games announced, excellent events and some special announcements. We roundup all the latest retro game news. Read More

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Biolab Wars – Switch

The Switch has a barrage of retro-inspired titles and Kolibri Game Studio have added to the fun with Biolab Wars. An 8-bit style platform shooter where you play the hero taking on an alien invasion. You will not find anything new with Biolab Wars but if you’re looking for a quick budget blast this could be just what you need. Read More

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Out Run – Switch

Out Run is a special game, not just due to the nostalgia it induces, but because it dared to be different. Before Yu Suzuki’s masterpiece blasted into arcades in September 1986 most racing games gave you a top down view or featured cars that exploded. Even the influential Pole Position had a F1 car that went down in flames if you clipped the advertising hoardings. Read More

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Steve Hird – Sumo Digital

Retro Faith was lucky to catch up with Steve Hird, Senior Environment Artist at Sumo Digital. Steve has over 18 years experience in the industry as an artist and has worked for developers THQ Digital and Sony/Evolution Studios. He has worked on many high profile titles including Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed and Battlefield Modern Combat. Steve also creates film props and examples range from Star Wars to Iron Man. Read More

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Mr. Driller Dreamcast

Arcade royalty Namco were in a golden era at the turn of the century. With the success of Time Crisis, Point Blank, Ridge Racer, along with critically acclaimed Soulcalibur, it appeared as though Namco could do no wrong. Luckily for home console owners many of these great arcade titles found their way to our living rooms. The same arcade port treatment was given to a lesser known title from this factory line of arcade hits, Mr. Driller. Read More

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25 years of Sega Saturn – 25 years of Sonic woe

25 years of Sega Saturn – blimey we feel old. On 22nd November 1994 an unexpecting Japanese public had a brand new 32-bit console to play and it seemed Sega were riding the crest of a new 3D laden age. History knows this optimism did not last as new kid on the block Sony blasted away the old guard with its more mature take on gaming. A lack of a 3D Sonic title is one of the factors attributed to the Saturn’s downfall. Retro Faith investigates. Read More

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Sonic Mania – the lost Saturn launch title?

We are celebrating 25 years since the Saturn was released on an unexpecting Japanese audience. Sega did not have a Sonic game ready for launch and we would never see a proper Sonic title on the Saturn. The lack of Sonic on the Saturn is one reason for its failure but the release of Sonic Mania in 2017 gave us a taste of what could have been. It feels like the game that should have been released back in 1995. Read More

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Super Monkey Ball Banana Blitz HD – Remastered but flawed

We were super excited to see a new Super Monkey Ball title. Even one that is a rehash of the 2006 Wii game. Sega have made an odd choice by not remastering one of the beloved originals but Banana Blitz is a decent game in its own right. The biggest issue is the lack of motion controls that made the original Wii version so different. A game based on precision and twitch controls felt so right with a Wiimote. We check out the Switch version. Read More