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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

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Freezedream – retro tunes interview

Retro Faith was lucky to catch up with Freezedream who has been working hard on the soundtrack for new Neo Geo shmup Project Neon. Freezedream is also know in the retro community for releasing a Mega Drive cart album and the man behind the Tanglewood soundtrack. Read More

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Bitmap Books – opinion

There are plenty of hardback retro books produced each year. Designed to hit the nostalgia gland with a trip down memory lane. Sometimes they are simply a best of compilation or games you may have missed type affirs. Usually they are quite short and more about the images than the actual content. Bitmap Books have stepped it up and published what are more like retro encyclopedias than a quick nostalgia bump. Read More

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Excitebike – review

Early Famicon and NES games were very hit and miss but Excitebike was a staple of any collection worth its salt. Two game modes and a track editor helped this motocross racing game earn a place in the hearts of many players. Retro Faith takes a brief look back at this classic. Read More

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Remute – retro tunes interview

It is not everyday a techno album is released on the Mega Drive but Sega’s blast processing beast certainly has the sonic capabilities to pull it off. Retro Faith was lucky to get an interview with Remute. The techno musician with a love of retro gaming. Read More

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Gunstar Heroes – Treasure’s Mega Drive gold

Its 26 years since Treasure exploded onto the console scene with Gunstar Heroes. The legendary developers first game regularly finds itself in Mega Drive top ten lists due to its amazing presentation and excellent playability. Gunstar Heroes cemented Treasure’s reputation as the gold standard for Mega Drive shooters and Retro Faith looks back at this cult classic. Read More

Flicky – the little bird that could

The early days of video games were intriguing times. The genres we all take for granted now had not been set in stone and what you would think of as the classic 2D platformer was still not familiar to most players. During the early 80’s developers tested new ideas on how to navigate their characters around platforms. Retro Faith takes a look back at Flicky, Sega’s effort to build on this fledgling genre. Read More