Tags: 16-bit, 8-bit, Racketboy, Retro Gaming, Retro Sports Gaming, Sports games, sports video games, Video Game Collecting, video game podcasts
The Racketboy podcast has produced 36 retro gaming episodes, interviewing the likes of James Rolfe, Nathan Barnatt, Retroware TV’s Lance Cortez, and the Smithsonian’s “The Art of Video Games” curator, Chris Melissinos. They’ve talked with folks from XSeed and traversed different conventions like Pax East and Too Many Games to interview game developers on upcoming titles. I was flattered to have been asked to join the show to discuss some of my favorite and least favorite retro sports games of the 8 and 16-bit eras in their latest production.
Tags: 8-bit, Aussie Rules Footy, Baseball Stars II, Bases Loaded 4, Dusty Diamond's All-Star Softball, Jimmy Connors Tennis, Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!, NES, Nintendo, Pro Sport Hockey, Punch-out!!, rare video games, Retro Gaming, Sports games, sports video games, Stadium Events, Tecmo Cup Soccer Game, Tecmo Super Bowl, Video Game Collecting, video games, WWF King of the Ring
Video game collectors often overlook the sports game genre and it is easy to understand why. First, as talked about in the Retro Sports Gamer World gospel, the number of retro sports collectors and gamers is a small percentage of hobbyists. The ratio of memorable and replayable retro sports titles is considerably smaller than that of classic role-playing games or platformers. While the laws of supply and demand can deflate the prices of even the most popular retro sports game titles, the sports gaming marketplace is not void of games that are rare and valuable. The Nintendo Entertainment System is stocked with a large number of 8-bit sports games thanks to the success of the system and growth of the industry overall. As you’re sorting through stacks of games at the next convention or flea market, here are the ten most valuable NES games to keep an eye out for.
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Tags: 8-bit, Joe Montana Football, Retro Gaming, SEGA, Sega Master System, Sega Master System sports games, Sega sports, sports video games, video games, Walter Payton Football
Welcome to the first ever Retro Showdown at Retro Sports Gamer World. Retro Showdown is where we take two retro sports games that share a common theme and compare them over a number of categories. After plugging the results into a complicated algorithm, we will come to a scientifically provable conclusion as to which is the better retro sports game. The categories that we will examine include Game Features, Game Presentation and Graphics, Gameplay and Controls, Music and Sound Effects, and a final fifth category of Replay Value and Historical Significance. In this Retro Showdown we’re going to take a look at two football titles on the Sega Master System: Walter Payton Football and Joe Montana Football. Now, the Sega Master System isn’t usually associated with having classic 8-bit sports games. For one, the quantity of titles in the genre is considerably small and definitely overshadowed by their 8-bit brethren, the NES. Their earlier ”Great” series of sports games (Great Football, Great Basketball, etc.) come off as generic based on the bland titles but the Master System built on those games with future releases that added affiliations with star athletes like Reggie Jackson, Walter Payton, and Joe Montana. With these two titles released just a year apart, which of these Sega 8-bit gridiron games of yesterday will come out on top?
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Tags: 8-bit, Neo Geo, NES, Nintendo, PlayStation Portable, ps mini, PS3, PSN, PSP, Retro Gaming, SNK, SNK Arcade Classics Vol 0, SNK Playmore, Sports games, sports video games, Touchdown Fever, Touchdown Fever Arcade, Video Game Football, video games
SNK’s Baseball Stars is one of the most popular baseball franchises in video game history. While best known for the Neo Geo and some of the best arcade action ever, SNK also dabbled in the home console market with a number of NES releases. The original NES Baseball Stars game is always a trendy choice in debates about the best baseball game ever because of the customization and options the game provided. Baseball Stars gave you the ability to create your own players and teams, and boasted the ability to earn money by winning games which could then be used to upgrade the attributes of your created ball players. It was essentially a sports game / role-playing hybrid that stood out despite the familiar look of 8-bit baseball titles at the time. With Baseball Stars a hit in 1989 and with a precedent now set for success in sports gaming, would SNK make a successful foray into the North American Football market with Touchdown Fever?