Turn to Channel 3

Tune in to NEPA Scene’s gaming column, Turn to Channel 3, every Thursday for new perspectives on retro gaming as well as fresh twists on the classics.

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Killer Instinct Gold’ isn’t polished, but still shines as an N64 fighter

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Killer Instinct Gold’ isn’t polished, but still shines as an N64 fighter

In the ‘90s, fighting games were king in both the arcades and home consoles and, while it certainly seemed like the “Mortal Kombat” and “Street Fighter” franchises ruled the roost, there were a few others that stood out. 1995’s “Killer Instinct” on the Super Nintendo was one of them. After this stellar debut, a sequel […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Often overlooked, N64’s ‘Diddy Kong Racing’ outpaces ‘Mario Kart 64’

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Often overlooked, N64’s ‘Diddy Kong Racing’ outpaces ‘Mario Kart 64’

Labor Day has come and gone and we are heading towards fall, so what that means for this writer is a continuing the tradition here on Turn to Channel 3 as we devote the entire month of September to the Nintendo 64 console and its library of titles. Another “64 September” begins today with a […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Atari Jaguar’s ‘Rayman’ is a vivid, underrated platform game

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Atari Jaguar’s ‘Rayman’ is a vivid, underrated platform game

In some ways, the landscape of the video game industry hasn’t changed much. Nintendo is still creating memorable experiences for gamers even now as Sony continues to build on their hip, more adult style in gaming that helped bring them to gaming prominence. Microsoft is still there as well, but there are two companies obviously […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Arcade-style Atari light gun game ‘Alien Brigade’ is short, but a blast

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Arcade-style Atari light gun game ‘Alien Brigade’ is short, but a blast

Many of my customers at the shop, while well aware of the Atari 2600, are often unaware that the 5200 and 7800 were follow-ups to that legendary console. It’s a shame, too, because both consoles did have some stellar games that were fresh and innovative if you did some digging underneath all the ports of […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Space Dungeon’ is an arcade shoot ’em up done right on the Atari 5200

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Space Dungeon’ is an arcade shoot ’em up done right on the Atari 5200

I’m not one to simply take the words of other critics to heart. If I’m told, in this case, that a game is the “best game on the Atari 5200,” I’m not going to accept that as truth and be done with it, oh no. I owe it to you, loyal readers, to discover whether […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Worse than ‘E.T.,’ ‘Pac-Man’ is a hard pill to swallow on Atari 2600

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Worse than ‘E.T.,’ ‘Pac-Man’ is a hard pill to swallow on Atari 2600

Touching upon it last week, today I am reviewing what I feel is the worst game on the Atari 2600 and is, if only in my opinion, more responsible for the video game market crash of 1983 than “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” which gets the bad rap reserved for today’s subject matter – “Pac-Man!” But “Pac-Man” […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: While ‘E.T.’ was an infamous flop, it isn’t the worst Atari game

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: While ‘E.T.’ was an infamous flop, it isn’t the worst Atari game

This month will be quite an interesting one for Turn to Channel 3 as we take a look at some games that can be enjoyed (or not) on various Atari consoles. With the mysterious Ataribox marking the return of that brand to the video game business, I thought that now would be a great time […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Metal Slug: 1st Mission’ fits tank-sized fun into Neo Geo Pocket

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Metal Slug: 1st Mission’ fits tank-sized fun into Neo Geo Pocket

So there’s something to be said for a guy who is already thinking ahead to August’s reviews before July is even over. Yours truly definitely had a bit of a brain fart prior to this review, so my apologies to that. My boss here puts up with my lunacy at times and mankind as a […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Dive into ‘Deep Duck Trouble’ for classic platforming with Donald Duck

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Dive into ‘Deep Duck Trouble’ for classic platforming with Donald Duck

Whether it is from a parent or just another shop customer who grew up with the games I did, I am often reminded of how complicated modern games are these days. In the same vein, I am often informed that modern games are too easy and thus are not as much fun. This may seem […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Alice in Wonderland’ isn’t so wonderful on the Game Boy Color

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Alice in Wonderland’ isn’t so wonderful on the Game Boy Color

I really enjoy what I do because, whether it’s reviewing games for Turn to Channel 3 or running my business in Mayfield, there is always the opportunity to come across a game I have never seen or heard of in my life, and seeing something, even something 10, 15, or 20 years old for the […]

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