Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Contra III: The Alien Wars’ is a monster hardware and gameplay upgrade

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Contra III: The Alien Wars’ is a monster hardware and gameplay upgrade

Regardless of what console it is, when an established franchise makes that leap to the next generation of gaming, the results aren’t always pleasant. However, it seems that if developers do their homework and find out what the best uses of this new technology are, then chances are the next incarnation of their beloved franchise […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Difficult and destructive, ‘Super C’ ups the ante of the NES classic

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Difficult and destructive, ‘Super C’ ups the ante of the NES classic

Certainly “Super Mario Bros.,” “The Legend of Zelda,” and “Mega Man” are three of the most well-known key pieces in making the original Nintendo Entertainment System the success that it was, but what about those supporting titles that also carved their own niche in the success of this console and beyond? What about those franchises […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Final Fight 3’ puts up a good fight but falls short in the franchise

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Final Fight 3’ puts up a good fight but falls short in the franchise

Like movies, there are often debates over whether or not sequels, and perhaps even other entries in a series, are better than the original. With younger gamers getting more and more intro retro titles, discovering old series for the first time, there is certainly a belief that a third installment of a game is better […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Gaplus’ is more than a ‘Galaga’ sequel – it’s a worthy challenge

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Gaplus’ is more than a ‘Galaga’ sequel – it’s a worthy challenge

One of the coolest things about owning a game shop is hearing about a customer’s all-time favorite game – and the fact that sometimes it’s a game often regarded as not just tough, but ultra tough. Gamers can have a love/hate relationship with some of their games and, for yours truly, we’re going to look […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: PS2’s ‘The Sims 2’ is still addicting over a decade later

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: PS2’s ‘The Sims 2’ is still addicting over a decade later

To me, the very best video games are those you don’t expect to become addicted to so quickly. I can still fondly remember when “The Sims” came on the scene and I felt like I couldn’t get into it, or perhaps I was afraid of the rabbit hole I’d stumble down if I did. When […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Bucky O’Hare’ is a tough but well-made NES gem

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Bucky O’Hare’ is a tough but well-made NES gem

Once before, I reviewed “Bucky O’Hare,” the game that folks seemed to have overlooked in the arcades, and I strongly encourage you to play it if you love Konami beat ‘em ups, but today we’re hopping over to Bucky’s other adventure on the Nintendo Entertainment System – a game that was given to me as […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: PS2’s ‘Hot Shots Golf 3’ can make everybody a golf fan

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: PS2’s ‘Hot Shots Golf 3’ can make everybody a golf fan

Earlier this week, your scribe celebrated his 37th birthday and, man, there’s still something so awesome about going to an arcade, picking up DVDs of some of my favorite old school cartoons and television shows and, of course, getting new games to play. This brings me to this month, where I’ll feature some of my […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Batman games could only get better after ‘Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker’

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Batman games could only get better after ‘Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker’

Sometimes games that are labeled terrible don’t start out that way, or at least we want to believe that they were created with the best of intentions. What is most interesting to me is how games based on movie or television licenses are often so terribly made when, at least to this writer, it seems […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Climbing ‘Deadly Towers’ will make gamers want to jump off

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Climbing ‘Deadly Towers’ will make gamers want to jump off

You know, when I’m reviewing a game sometimes, even during this month of truly terrible and awful games, there can be some disagreements among gamers as to the quality or lack thereof of a certain title. However, today’s topic of review on Turn to Channel 3 is not just universally loathed by gamers, but is […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Asthma is somehow made worse with ‘Bronkie the Bronchiasaurus’

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Asthma is somehow made worse with ‘Bronkie the Bronchiasaurus’

During this month in past years, I reviewed games that illustrated the fact that religion and video games just don’t mix. In addition, I also discussed how educational games focused on one distinct message just don’t resonate with gamers and are often remembered as downright laughable. Today on Turn to Channel 3, we take a […]

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