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: ‘Saturday Night Slam Masters’ doesn’t need wrestling stars to throw down

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Saturday Night Slam Masters’ doesn’t need wrestling stars to throw down

Happy Thanksgiving! Football may be the sport that comes to mind today, but because we’re talking about games I’m thankful for this month, we’re going to tackle wrestling instead. Wrestling video games had not yet entered a boom when today’s Turn to Channel 3 topic burst onto the scene on the Super Nintendo in the […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: No reboot or remaster needed – ‘DuckTales’ is still an NES classic

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: No reboot or remaster needed – ‘DuckTales’ is still an NES classic

To those who are new to the retro gaming collecting scene, I am often quoted as saying that you can’t go wrong with a Disney Capcom title, and I stand firm that it is still pretty true after all these years. But what is it that makes this a constant statement of this scribe? Today […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: PS1’s ‘Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit’ maintains speed and fun

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: PS1’s ‘Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit’ maintains speed and fun

It’s a pretty known fact among my family and friends that I’m not a big racing game fan, at least in the traditional sense. You won’t see me playing any NASCAR games, or even any “Gran Turismo” games, and I guess this is because I feel rather confined to the basic guidelines of these games. […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Galaga ’90’ successfully updated a classic for the next decade

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Galaga ’90’ successfully updated a classic for the next decade

November is a month that we give thanks and, for me, that’s thanks to some extra special games being a part of my gamer life at one point or another. We will be saluting five awesome games (at least to me) this month, beginning with one that may be familiar to many and is a […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Symphony of the Night’ transformed ‘Castlevania’ franchise for the better

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Symphony of the Night’ transformed ‘Castlevania’ franchise for the better

I’ve always believed that, in any form of entertainment, you must reinvent yourself sometimes to prevent becoming stale, predictable, and boring. In the mid to late ‘90s, established video game franchises were almost forced to take a look in the mirror and grow up, as it were, as more mature audiences were turning out in […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: New blood (and console) makes ‘Castlevania: Bloodlines’ worth hunting down

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: New blood (and console) makes ‘Castlevania: Bloodlines’ worth hunting down

As a devoted Nintendo consumer through most of my youth (with the exception of the Nintendo 64 (which caused me to jump ship to the Sony PlayStation for several years), I was always puzzled to see franchises that were firmly established on Nintendo consoles take a dip in the Sega waters. They normally seemed so […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Super Castlevania IV’ whipped the franchise into shape for 16-bit era

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Super Castlevania IV’ whipped the franchise into shape for 16-bit era

In the gaming industry, as in any other form of entertainment, there are no guarantees for success. This is especially true whenever an established franchise makes the leap from one console to the next. In the case of the Super Nintendo, adding the word “Super” to the title of a franchise that earned its cred […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Simon’s Quest’ is an NES ‘Castlevania’ misstep, but not a horrible curse

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Simon’s Quest’ is an NES ‘Castlevania’ misstep, but not a horrible curse

Welcome to October here on Turn to Channel 3, where I’m all about the cheese factor, so let’s amp it up with a truly “Spooktacular” month of “Castlevania” games! Did you do read that last part and then go “Ooooooh, spooky!” because if you didn’t, that’s something you need to work on as we make […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Pokémon Stadium’ is super effective N64 fun, even for non-Pokémon fans

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Pokémon Stadium’ is super effective N64 fun, even for non-Pokémon fans

I’m often asked at my store if, value wise, there are any constants in the world of retro video games and, without hesitation, the first franchise that comes to mind is Pokémon. Over the years, Pokémon games from various consoles and handhelds have remained steady in value, with some on the rise, but never have […]

 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 […]

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