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HYPERKIN'S RETRON 5 EMULATES NINE CLASSIC CONSOLES

Forget the Playstation 4, this upcoming console is where its at! Hyperkin's previous Retron was god, but this new iteration looks to be fantastic. It allows full accessability to most games for the NES, Famicom, Super NES, Super Famicom, Sega Genesis, Sega MegaDrive, GameBoy, GameBoy Color and GameBoy Advance. It features a clear menu system that also offers save states, cheats and visual filters too. It includes a fully-functional wireless Blutooth gamepad as well as offering ports for original controllers.



Hyperkin Retron 5


NEW MEXICO LANDFILL TO BE EXCAVATED FOR ATARI E.T. GAMES

According to urban legend, in September 1983 Atari is said to have dumped millions of cartridges at the landfill site and buried them under concrete. Supposedly done as a result of millions of unsold E.T. cartridges based on the popular Spielberg film.

The game was rushed to the market despite bold efforts by Howard Scott Warshaw to create a great game in an extremely limited time frame. Upon receiving less than flattering reviews and record returns, Atari suffered a huge financial losses as a result.

Atari never denied nor confirmed whether or not they dumped the games, but local resident Joe Lewandowski, who worked at the site at the time states that he saw, "games and oth
er Atari related brick-a-brac" bulldozed and buried in concrete.

To coincide with the 30th anniversay, Fuel Entertainment has gained permission with the city of Alamogordo to explore the dump site. Will we finally discover the truth?



E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
for the Atari 2600 a/k/a VCS

PLAY CLASSIC TRON COIN-OP GAMES ONLINE

With Disney launching the new TRON animated series, they have added several Tron games to their website that are playbable through the standard web browser. Nestled among the new games are the two original classics - ENJOY!

TRON
DISCS OF TRON

VCS BOMB ON PIXEL CITY NOW AVAILABLE AT HOMEBREW HEAVEN

Bomb on Pixel City was created by Alain le Guirec in 2012 sort of on a dare. He saw someone else had created an iOS game of the same name which paid homage to Atari pixel based graphics. When he claimed he could write an actual Atari game, they said "show me" and the rest is history! BOPC comes with a full-color game manual that describes the game and shows a few screen shots. Very cute, but watch out for those crazy birds!


Bomb on Pixel City

HAPPY BIRTHDAY PONG!

Atari's iconic game of PONG, based off of Ralph Baer's famous brown box presentation. Thanks to Nolan Bushnell for bringing the paddle tennis game he and fellow Ampex employees witnessed at the Profit Caravan in Burlingame, California where he played it during the Magnavox Odyssey demonstration. Thanks to Al Alcorn for designing the coin-op game and for adding the famous sound effect that placed the game into the public's eyes and launching the arcade revolution... since Computer Space failed to do so!





Happy Birthday!
November 29th 1972 - Forever!
VECTREX REGENERATION NOW AVAILABLE IN THE APPLE AP STORE

The Vectrex doesn't get much love outside of the homebrew scene, so it is great news that the GCE Vectrex lives again in a more visible spotlight. The application itself is free, but the entire game pack will set you back seven dollars - a deal if there ever was one!



FINAL ISSUE OF NINTENDO POWER MAGAZINE

The final issue of the long-running Nintendo Power Magazine ships this week, ending the publication with issue #285. The final cover recreates the first issue cover by replacing the Super Mario 2 theme of the original with New Super Mario Bros. 2 for the Wii U platform. What to do when the power goes out?

NEW ATARI VCS GAMES EXCLUSIVE TO GDG's HOMEBREW HEAVEN

GDG's Homebrew Heaven is now the official home to more Atari 2600 EXCLUSIVE TITLES!

Kite and Escape It! now join the list of GDG HH exclusives such as
Miss It!, Chase It!, Shield Shifter, StripOff!,
and the Wisconson Political
2-Pack: MacIver
and Balloon Protest


Plus, we have the EXCLUSIVE license to the long lost Extra-Terrestrials!

Have you played Atari today?




The long lost Extra Terrestrials

UPDATED INTELLIVISION CLASSICS HEADED TO PLAYSTATION HOME
 

The Intellivision classics Astrosmash, Shark! Shark! and Night Stalker have been updated, keeping the feel and gameplay of the originals while adding brighter, more colorful graphics and fun new features. Being referred to as Intellivision Gen2, it marks the first time that original Intellivision games have been re-released in a format different from their original early eighties code.

Keeping the basic look of the games recognizable to tickle the memories of our lifelong fans: still a bit blocky, but with a retro-pixel-inspired look. The goals and play of the games immediately feel like the originals, but with added levels, features and challenges. We worked to capture the best of Intellivision, then pushed that best further.

In Astrosmash, you blasted meteors falling to the planet's surface while avoiding UFOs in a fast-paced, heart-pounding game. In Astrosmash Gen2, you are still blowing up those meteors, but now the game features more types of UFOs, more pronounced difficulty level progressions, and base weapon power-ups. If Astrosmash was your game, you'll quickly get back into the intense rhythms of this game of survival!

In Shark! Shark!, you were a little fish that grew larger as you ate other fish. And even the smallest fish could take on the deadly shark. Well, in Shark! Shark! Gen2 you are still a fish eating other fish, you still try to take down the shark, but your food and foes both swim in a wide variety of dizzying new patterns. And, if you are fortunate enough to win the mermaid's heart, you power through bonus rounds as well!

In Night Stalker, you raced through an underground labyrinth of bat and spider-filled tunnels, avoiding and blasting robots of ever-increasing intelligence. Well, get running and find your gun; Night Stalker Gen2 is still filled with bats and spiders, but now it has a greater variety of killer robots, each more challenging to confront, along with a variety of maze structures to sweat through!



NEW KARATEKA COMING X-BOX LIVE ARCADE

The remake of Prince of Persia creator Jordan Mechner's 1984 sidescrolling martial arts game Karateks is coming to X-Box live on November 14th. Can you save the lovely Mariko from the evil warlord Akuma? Artwork created by Jeff Matsuda, artist of Batman: The Animated Series.






The New Karateka!

NEW ATARI VCS GAMES EXCLUSIVE TO GDG's HOMEBREW HEAVEN

Programmed deep beneath the surface in the Homebrew Heaven underground lab, Good Deal Games is proud to premiere more EXCLUSIVE VCS releases!

Escape It!
Miss It!

and

Wisconson Political 2-Pack
(MacIver & Balloon Protest)


SURPRISE - NEW NEO-GEO HANDHELD COMING WINTER 2012

The NEOGEOX, being released by Blaze, will boast a 3.5 inch screen, stereo speakers, headphone jack and AV output for play on your television. It will be pre-loaded with twenty games, as well as an SD cart for expandability.

The games included on the handheld are: ART OF FIGHTING,
BASEBALL STARS, CYBER LIP, FATAL FURY, FATAL FURY SPECIAL, FOOTBALL FRENZY, KING OF THE MONSTERS, LAST RESORT, LEAGUE BOWLING, MAGICIAN LORD, METAL SLUG, MUTATION NATION, NAM 1975, SAMURAI SHODOWN, SENGOKU, SUPER SIDEKICKS, THE KING OF FIGHTERS '94, THE ULTIMATE 11, TOP PLAYERS GOLF and WORLD HEROES.



The NeoGeoX HandHeld

THE LAST STARFIGHTER GAME FINALLY ARRIVES 28 YEARS LATE

If you were jealous of Alex Rogan playing the The Last Starfighter coin-op in his trailer park back in 1984 and want to see if you would qualify for the Interstellar Defense Force then look no further than this free PC game based on The Last Starfighter arcade game from the film.

Download the game NOW!



The Last Starfighter

GOODBYE TO VIDEOGAME PIONEER AND FRIEND

Rest in Peace Bill Kunkel (9/3/2011) A kind thank you to the man that inspired me as a child and teen, scribed for my personal business as an adult, shared valuable knowledge to help me teach my undergraduate students for a lifetime and honored me by asking me to do the cover artwork for his biography - Bill, you will be missed.

BILL's BIOGRAPHY

Bill Kunkel was the executive editor of Electronic Games Magazine in the early 1980s. More recently, Bill was editor-in-chief of Tips & Tricks magazine from January 2007 until August 2007 when it was cancelled. His nickname is "The Game Doctor" based on a column he has written for several magazines (including both versions of Electronic Games, VG&CE, EGM and CGW) and game sites (including HappyPuppy.com, PostalNation.net and J2Games.com).

Kunkel has been a game journalist, author of numerous strategy guides, a game designer, expert witness and taught several courses in Game Design for the University of Nevada at Las Vegas (UNLV). He remains active in the industry, having served as editor-in-chief of Tips & Tricks during its final year of publication (2007). He continues as a member of Running With Scissors and EIC of Postal Nation (PostalNation.net) and now writes regularly for J2Games.com. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Classic Gaming Expo in 1999 along with the other co-founders of the original Electronic Games magazine, Arnie Katz and Joyce Worley-Katz. The trio revived the EG title for several years in the early 90s for Sendai/Decker. As Subway Software, the trio were involved as designers on well over a dozen video and computer games, including Bart's Nightmare (Acclaim) and Batman Returns (Konami).

Dubbed "The Grandfather of video game journalism" Kunkel published his memoirs under the title Confessions of The Game Doctor available at Rolenta Press. Kunkel is also well-known as a ground-breaking wrestling journalist and cartoonist dating back to the 1970s.

He wrote for comics, with stories being published at DC in 1977-1978 including Superman, Madame Xanadu, and Vigilante; and at Marvel, Spider-man in 1978 - 1979. Starting in 1979, he wrote Richie Rich for Harvey Comics.

He was the "must-read" columnist during the early days of Pro Wrestling Torch playing a key part in turning the small newsletter into a wrestling newsletter powerhouse. Kunkel later moved to Wrestling Perspective as a featured columnist and cartoonist. Along with the Phantom of the Ring, Kunkel's work for Wrestling Perspective attracted respect and prestige to the publication.




Bill Kunkel's Biography
Confessions of the Game Doctor

RALPH BAER'S 45th ANNIVERSARY OF HIS "EUREKA" MOMENT
 

September 2, 2001 marks the 45th anniversary of when videogame pioneer Ralph Baer first had the idea to use a television for something other than simple viewing. I think that we all know the rest...

Check out his website or better yet read his biography available at Rolenta Press or this fine hobbyist and collector website. Cover artwork designed by GDG's own Michael Thomasson.



Ralph Baer's
Videogames: In The Beginning
BURGERTIME IS BACK FOR X-BOX LIVE, PSN AND WII WARE

A timeless classic is being reinvented! All the wacky, nail biting, burger building action you remember from your childhood has been completely revamped and re-imagined. The fundamentals of burger building remain intake but this time around that crazy chef, Peter Peppers lives in a 3 dimensional world filled with ladders and levels that add more depth and dimension than ever before! Play single player mode or team up with as many as 3 other friends in co-op burger building basics. Multiplayer mode offers plenty of family friendly burger battles to provide hours of interactive game play for just about anyone. Put your chef's hat on and join in the fun of building burgers, escaping enemies, collecting crazy power ups and customizing avatars all while racing the clock. The new classic will inspire a new generation of burger builders and satisfy the hunger of old school burger freaks! Or so Konami boasts...
THE VIDEOGAME HISTORY MUSEUM NEEDS YOUR HELP

The Videogame History Museum, a non-profit charity dedicated to preserving, archiving, and documenting the history of the videogame industry needs your help! . For more information concerning their goals and vision can be found at the Videogame History Museum website.

 

YARS REVENGE COMING TO NEXT GEN SYSTEMS

 

The X-BOX 360's Live Arcade service as well as Sony's PSN Network will soon be treated to a new version of Yar's Revenge. Due out in early 2011, this third-person shooter will also feature offline 2-player Co-op. Developed by Killspace Entertainment, which is comprised of former members of Obsidian Entertainment (Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II, Fallout: New Vegas) and Pandemic Studios (Star Wars: Battlefront I & II, Destroy All Humans I & II), among others, will certainly make a rather different version than created by Howard Scott Warshaw in the eighties. Ray Kassar not included.

Chck out the offocial teaser trailer: http://www.viddler.com/explore/BigDownload/videos/2009/


NAMCO BANDAI TO REINVENT CLASSIC ARCADE FRANCHISES

 

Namco Bandai announced today a new internal brand that will focus on reinventing classic arcade franchises like Pac-Man and Galaga.

Some of the finest arcade-style experiences on Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network have emerged from Namco Bandai, as the company has attempted to reinvigorate older properties through games like Galaga Legions and Pac-Man Championship Edition.

The publisher revealed today plans to continue the trend under a new name. Namco Generations will be the new brand through which Namco Bandai will continue to release classic arcade updates.

The first entry under the new brand identity, Pac-Man Championship Edition DX, is already available on XBLA and for PSN. Galaga Legions DX and Aero-Cross (based on 1985's Metro-Cross) are also in line to appear in the coming months.

 

VIRTUAL PLAY SAVES THE DAY! DS INTELIVISION LIVES! LIVES!

Keith Robinson can sleep now, as after several years of hunting a worthy publisher has seen the light and finally, on September 16th, the long wait will be over. The DS version emulates the Intellivision's 12-button keypad via the touch-screen by displaying original button overlay graphics. This greatly improves the clunky control present on previous versions (PS2/GameCube/X-BOX) and with head-to-head local wireless gameplay, dare I say it, makes for a more enjoyable experience than playing Intellivision games on the original hardware.

Here is the complete list of games featured,
including three unreleased game titles: BlowOut, Hard Hat and Take Over.

Armor Battle, Astro Smash, Auto Racing, B-17 Bomber, Bomb Squad, Boxing, Bowling, Brickout, Buzz Bombers, Blow Out, Checkers, Chip Shot Golf, Classic Baseball, Classic Basketball, Classic Football, Classic Hockey, Crown of Kings, Decathlon, Deep Pockets, Frog Bog, Hard Hat, Hover Force, Learning Fun 1, Learning Fun 2, Minotaur, Moto Cross, Mountain Madness, Night Stalker, Pin Ball, Poker & Blackjack, Reversi, Roulette, Royal Dealer, Sea Battle, Sharp Shot, Shark! Shark!, Skiing, Slam Dunk Basketball, Slap Shot Hockey, Snafu, Space Armada, Space Battle, Space Cadet,Space Hawk, Space Spartans, Spiker! Volleyball, Star Strike, Sub Hunt, Super Pro Football, Stadium Mud Buggies, Takeover, Thin Ice, Thunder Castle, Tower of Doom, Triple Action, Utopia,Vectron, World Champ Baseball and Wrestling

Considering you get three games for a dollar, you really can't find a better way to spend your money!

NEW ATARI VCS GAMES EXCLUSIVE TO GDG's HOMEBREW HEAVEN

Programmed deep beneath the surface in the Homebrew Heaven underground lab, Good Deal Games is proud to premiere our EXCLUSIVE VCS releases!

Strip Off!
Shield Shifter
Chase It!

Have you played Atari today?


PAC-MAN 30th ANNIVERSARY DESIGNED BY SONIC DESIGNER


Hirokazu Yasuhara, the level designer for Sega's original Sonic the Hedghog has the honor to be working on the new upcoming thirtieth anniversary Pac-Man title. Expect this game to drop next year in 2010, as currently we are only in the 29th year of Sonic. Hirokazu recently left Naughty Dog studios to team up with the American division of Namco Bandai Games, who will be publishing the game.
 

NOLAN BUSHNELL GAMBLES ON GAME WAGER


Nolan Bushnell, acting as executive advisor, announced the new online platform GameWager. The free PC service will allow players to compete against one another in popular online games to win earn tokens by completing objectives, scoring kills, and winning multiplayer contests. These tokens can be wagered against each other or redeemed for prizes provided by sponsors. Social networking features will also allow players to discuss gaming related topics, game stats and bragging rights.



Atari founder Nolan Bushnell
and GDG's Michael Thomasson

UPCOMING TRON SEQUEL NEWS


Actor Beau Garrett and actress Olivia Wilde are now committed to the sequel to the 1982 theatrical flop Tron, to be entitled called either Tron 2.0 or TR2N. The film is to be directed by Joseph Kosinski, and prduced by Sean Bailey, Jeff Silver and Steven Lisberger, who also directed and co-wrote the original film.

The original Tron told the tale of a programmer who is thrust into a computer and forced to fight in games he helped create. Plot details of the new film are being closely guarded. It is known that Beau Garrett will play a siren in the virtual world and that Olivia Wilde will play a worker in the virtual world who battles the Master Control Program, the original film's villainous intelligence protocol. The male lead has yet to be cast. Shooting begins this spring.



Master Control Program
Be VERY afraid!
SEGA GENESIS COLLECTION COMING TO X-BOX 360 & PS3

Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection will be a compilation disc of 40 varied titles from the glory days of Sega. The resolution has been updated to an impressive 720p(rogressive) signal and will only be 30 smackers when released in spring of 2009. A nice inclusion is Golden Axe III, which was never released stateside!

Here is the complete title list:
Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle, Alien Storm, Altered Beast, Beyond Oasis, Bonanza Bros., Columns, Comix Zone, Decap Attack, Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine, Dynamite Headdy, Ecco the Dolphin, Ecco II: The Tides of Time, E-SWAT, Fatal Labyrinth, Flicky, Gain Ground, Golden Axe, Golden Axe II, Golden Axe III, Kid Chameleon, Phantasy Star II, Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom, Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium, Ristar, Shining in the Darkness, Shining Force, Shining Force 2, Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master, Sonic 3D Blast, Sonic and Knuckles, Sonic Spinball, Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Sonic the Hedgehog 3, Streets of Rage, Streets of Rage 2, Streets of Rage 3, Super Thunder Blade, Vectorman and Vectorman 2.


KID ICARUS COMING TO NINTENDO DS

Yesterday Nintendo announced some of their fall lineup titles such as a new Wario platformer and another Kirby title. But they didn't spill all the beans. That's right, while not officially announced, inside sources at GDG headquarters report that the Big 'N' is working on a new Kid Icarus title.
Remember, you heard this exclusive tidbit first at GDG.

NOLAN BUSHNELL PLAYED BY DiCAPRIO IN ATARI FILM


That's right, actor Leonardo DiCaprio will play the father of the videogame industry Nolan Bushnell in the upcoming hollywood biopic based on the his life, which of course includes Atari. DiCaprio is also producing the film. Screenplay to be written by Brian Hecker and Craig Sherman.

 

NEW OFFICIALLY LICENCED 3DO GAMES RELEASED

GDG started trying to release these titles in 2002, and the contracts were signed in 2003. After a long technical delay, we're proud to announce the first new officially licensed 3DO releases in over a dozen years!

Learn more about the DOUBLE HEADER project.

GUITAR HERO DESIGNED SLURPEE CUP

To promote its new Full Throttle Frozen Blast Slurpee drink this May, 7-Eleven, Inc. has partnered with Coca-Cola, Activision, Inc. and Microsoft Corp. in a marketing and public relations blitz designed to reach music-loving, videogame-playing, techno-savvy, 18- to 34-year-old males that love Guitar Hero. So, grab your "collectable" cup soon and ROCK ON!


ARCADE AMBIANCE 1992 AUDIO CD NOW AVAILABLE

The fourth and final release of our popular Arcade Ambiance is now available.
This collection is as it was.
Filled with the electronic hums and beeps you remember along with classic sounds such as the shuffle of the crowd, coin changer samples, Attract modes and more!

"I closed my eyes today and took a virtual walk through a mid 80s arcade. I accomplished this seemingly impossible feat via the latest edition of GDG's Arcade Ambiance series. Soon, I could almost smell the snacks and see the players, hear their arguements and the small sounds of quarters being lined up along the coin-op controller rims in order to determine order of play. Then, like a symphony conductor, my ear would seek out familiar groupings of sound effects and delightfully manic arcade machine music, allowing me to identify a game here, a game there. But mostly I allowed the sounds of a wonderful past time to simply wash over me. For veteran gamers, this is mood audio of the first order."
                 Bill Kunkel "The Game Doctor" Electronic Games Magazine

Learn more about the ARCADE AMBIANCE project.

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