Wonder Boy – A Sprite History

by NFG - 19th April 2017 in Games

This is one of a series of articles about sprite histories (see: Mario, Sonic, Castlevania, Bonk, and MegaMan). There are six Wonder Boy games. There are two number threes. There is no number two, four, or six. …And it gets […]

Castlevania: A Sprite History

by NFG - 5th October 2016 in Games

Konami’s Castlevania is an unusual series. For the longest time it was a consistently poor seller in its native Japan, but incredibly popular in the West. Konami kept the series alive when many companies might not have. It has so […]

Bonk’s Adventure: A Sprite History

by NFG - 4th October 2016 in Games

It’s not well known that Hudson, the game developer, created the chips that powered NEC’s TurboGrafx-16 console. After an astonishing series of hits on the MSX and Nintendo’s Famicom, Hudson was sitting pretty. They dominated the 8-bit consoles and, with […]

Arcade Fonts: Only 64 Pixels

by NFG - 4th October 2016 in Games

In just about every game ever made scores, instructions, alerts, and the gentle invitation to insert some currency and play need to be conveyed to the player. Typically the quickest way is via the usual alphabet and symbols, and so […]

Atari Jaguar Phear Brochure

by NFG - 30th August 2016 in Games

If you’re at all interested in the Tetris/Phear Saga I’ve got the full text of H2O’s brochure here. At the time it was written it’s pretty clear that they were a small team of bedroom coders. I wonder where they […]

The Hitachi HiSaturn Navi

by NFG - 3rd March 2016 in Games, Instagram

The HiSaturn Navi is the only non-standard Saturn system sold to gamers. It had a built-in GPS navigation system, karaoke features, a 12-Volt power supply for use in cars, and it looked -amazing-. You can read more about the HiSaturn […]

The Korean Vistar 16

by NFG - 3rd March 2016 in Games, Hardware, Instagram

Korea hates Japan, but they do love making money off their stuff. Korean companies released several Japanese consoles, including most Sega systems, some Nintendo ones and NEC’s PC Engine. Or rather, the TurboGrafx 16. It was renamed the Vistar 16, […]

PC Engine RomRom Amp Manual

by NFG - 3rd March 2016 in Games, Hardware

Since I’ve got the scanner out, I’ve scanned the PC Engine RomRom Amp manual. This cool little stereo amplifier came with two speakers and was made to fit under the CDROM system. It has some cute art inside.

PC Engine SuperGrafx Manual

by NFG - 2nd March 2016 in Games

While I lost all my hardware in the 2011 Queensland floods, I still have some manuals. And because I didn’t see this already available online, here’s the PC Engine SuperGrafx manual, at 300dpi. Enjoy!

SNK Neo Geo CD Pad Review

by NFG - 29th February 2016 in Games, Hardware, Reviews

The Neo Geo CD pad is typical SNK: it’s strong, impact-resistant, supremely comfortable and utterly unique in its manufacture. It’s also fundamentally flawed and so prone to failure that you’re virtually guaranteed to get a flaky one if you buy […]


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