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Playing Capcom’s New Game Packed Arcade Stick With a Friend Is Going to Be Awkwardly Intimate

It’s no longer just hardware companies like Nintendo and Sony who are recycling old content with plug-and-play mini consoles packed with retro games. Capcom’s now joining the fun too with its new Capcom Home Arcade that includes 16 classic titles from the developer’s catalogue including Street Fighter II and Mega Man: The Power Battle, but we have some concerns about that design, as well as that price tag. Read More >>

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Seeing One of the Rarest Apple Devices In Action Will Make You Really Appreciate Your iPhone

For every device that a company reveals and releases, there are probably 10 that never escape the R&D lab. Sonny Dickson, who has a solid track record of leaking things Apple doesn’t want the world to see, managed to get his hands on a working prototype of the Wizzy Active Lifestyle Telephone (or WALT, for short) which was a desktop phone packed with PDA functionality. Read More >>

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The Mega Sg is the Only Sega Clone You Should Buy

It’s a great time to be a nostalgic retro gamer with countless ways to replay all the 8 and 16-bit games you loved as a kid — assuming you are a Nintendo fan. The NES and SNES Classic Editions, as well as several third-party console clones that work with original carts, do a lovely job of putting retro Nintendo games on a modern TV, but things aren’t so rosy on the Sega side. Awful hardware has plagued nostalgia-starved Sega fans for years — but that all changes today. Analogue’s new Mega Sg doesn’t just do retro Sega gaming right — it does it almost flawlessly. Read More >>

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The Toys of the 1980s Are Making a Major Comeback This Year

Blockbusters like the Star Wars trilogy, as well as unregulated TV advertising to kids, helped the ‘80s churn out some of the most memorable toys of all time. Thirty years later, the ‘80s are enjoying a renaissance thanks to shows like Stranger Things, and toymakers are happy to resurrect and hawk classic collectibles to a generation that refuses to let go of their childhoods – but with upgrades to appeal to today’s kids, too. Read More >>

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This Tiny Pac-Man Game Is the Size of a Credit Card

Super Impulse’s Tiny Arcade line—a series of four-inch-tall fully playable arcade cabinets—is a fun way for ‘80s kids to relive their childhoods spent stuffing tokens into arcade machines. But for those times when you’re away from your desk and get the itch for Pac-Man or Missile Command, Super Impulse has created a new MicroArcade line that now puts those classic titles on gaming machines no bigger than a credit card. Read More >>

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My Favourite Childhood Gadget of the 80s, the Speak & Spell, is Back

I can’t remember when exactly the Speak & Spell first entered my life – it was sometime in the very early ‘80s when I was four or five years old – but I do remember being amazed that my parents allowed me to touch and play with this marvel of technology, when other devices, like the VCR and the stereo, were strictly off-limits. And now a new Speak & Spell is coming for kids who aren’t quite ready for that outdated phone or tablet you still have lying around. After introducing the classic educational title, The Oregon Trail, to a new generation of kids with the first portable version of the game, Basic Fun! is reviving another classic electronic toy from my youth, and my first real gadget obsession. Read More >>

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CES 2019: The RetroChamp Turns the Original NES Into a Nintendo Switch-Inspired All-In-One Handheld

Thirty years after the original Game Boy was first released, handheld gaming is as popular as it’s ever been. Smartphones provide endless entertainment, and Nintendo’s current flagship console is even a portable device. But what if 1983-era technology had allowed the original NES to go portable? My Arcade’s new Retro Champ re-imagines Nintendo’s original 8-bit console as a Switch-like portable. Read More >>

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Turn Your Old Game Boy Into the Ultimate Retro Controller With This Custom Cartridge

As playing retro games on modern consoles has become more popular, so has the accessories market dedicated to reviving classic controllers that promise to make the retro gaming experience feel more authentic. But why buy the same hardware again when there are clever ways to repurpose your old controllers? This cartridge even turns the original Game Boy into a wireless gamepad. Read More >>

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Japan’s Last Remaining Pager Service Is Officially Calling It Quits

The heyday of the pager is long since over, but the devices themselves have continued to be used for specialised purposes like search-and-rescue teams and emergency workers. In Japan, however, the funeral bells are officially ringing. Read More >>

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Teletext’s Beloved ‘Digitiser’ Is Back As A YouTube Show

Us old'uns who remember when the nearest thing to the internet was a pixelated series of 'pages' on our TVs will be happy to hear that one of the best things on Teletext, Digitiser, is back. Read More >>

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Time Capsule Opened to Reveal Ancient, Mysterious Treasures of 1993

Students at Shenandoah University in the US state of Virginia recently opened a time capsule from the ancient, mysterious world of 1993. What did they find inside? Bizarre contraptions like a so-called “cassette tape.” Read More >>

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One of the Oldest Domains in the World, Stargate.com, Isn’t What You Think It Is

The race for domain names has been over for some time; as the adage goes: the good ones are all gone. So, back when the internet wasn't really a thing and you could pick any name for your website, what did people choose? Let's wind the clock back to 1985 and find out. Read More >>

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VR Shoes Were Thankfully Not the Best Hardware We Saw At E3

There were rumours of a PlayStation 5 and news on the next generation of Xbox, but this E3 was ultimately pretty light on the cool hardware. We knew that was the case given the sheer amount of VR accessories most of us can’t or won’t use any time soon. Read More >>

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This Tiny Clone Perfectly Recreates the Commodore 64 Gaming Experience

Before the Super Nintendo, and even before the original NES arrived in the West, I cut my gaming teeth on the Commodore 64. It was sold as one of the first personal computers, but to many kids of the ‘80s, it was instead their first gaming console. I have many fond memories of the C64, but thanks to the C64 Mini, I’m also reminded that pre-NES gaming was kind of terrible. Read More >>

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This Cassette Tape Simulator Makes Your MP3s Sound Like You’re Listening to a Retro Walkman

Released in 1979, the original Sony Walkman completely changed how people listened to music. Your tunes were free to go anywhere—and sound like complete garbage. The quality of music on cassette tapes can’t compete to today’s digital formats, but if people still like the sound of crackly records, surely there are people who miss the acoustic aesthetics of cassette tape. Read More >>