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: Neo Geo’s ‘Metal Slug’ rivals ‘Contra’ with detailed run and gun fun

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Neo Geo’s ‘Metal Slug’ rivals ‘Contra’ with detailed run and gun fun

The genre of run and gun games is no stranger to prominence, with notable titles such as “Contra” on the NES and “Gunstar Heroes” on the Sega Genesis and, yet, as last week’s review of “The King of Fighters ‘94” has shown this writer, the Neo Geo always had games that spiced things up a […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘King of Fighters ’94’ holds its own among ’90s fighting games

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘King of Fighters ’94’ holds its own among ’90s fighting games

In the ‘90s, creating arcade games that stood out among the cabinets was imperative, and perhaps no genre of arcade games was in more constant need of this than fighting games, which ruled the roost in most arcades around the globe at the time. While many gamers chose their sides in the “Street Fighter” versus […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Neo Geo’s ‘Baseball Stars Professional’ is good but not quite major league

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Neo Geo’s ‘Baseball Stars Professional’ is good but not quite major league

Here on Turn to Channel 3, I like to think of spring as much as I can, especially when living in the always-interesting Northeastern Pennsylvania weather patterns thrust upon us. To me, more than anything, baseball season is a sign that spring has truly arrived, so I think to keep those positive thoughts of a […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Neo Geo’s ‘3 Count Bout’ taps out quickly with repetitive gameplay

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Neo Geo’s ‘3 Count Bout’ taps out quickly with repetitive gameplay

While the 1980s were largely considered the Golden Age of arcades, the 1990s created a flavor distinctly its own within those hallowed halls across the country, with games like “Mortal Kombat,” “NBA Jam,” and “Street Fighter II” taking center stage with other notables. More than ever, gamers wanted that arcade experience at home but, in […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Cannon Spike’ mixes Capcom characters for run and gun fun on Sega Dreamcast

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Cannon Spike’ mixes Capcom characters for run and gun fun on Sega Dreamcast

Like the Sega Saturn, the Sega Dreamcast debuted with great promise but was once again throttled by poor timing and not enough market to avoid getting nearly blown out of the water by the PlayStation 2. However, there are still some amazing games for this console so, finishing off our month of Sega games here […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Nights into Dreams’ imagined an inventive new world on the Sega Saturn

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Nights into Dreams’ imagined an inventive new world on the Sega Saturn

The year is 1996 and the Saturn, Sega’s latest console following the Sega CD, is on the ropes from the upstart Sony PlayStation, which is bringing a hip new vibe to gaming while ushering in many adult gamers in a way other companies couldn’t do at the time. Without a “Sonic the Hedgehog” game to […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Shiver me timbers! ‘Captain Silver’ is a buried Sega Master System treasure

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Shiver me timbers! ‘Captain Silver’ is a buried Sega Master System treasure

Here on Turn to Channel 3, nothing is more satisfying than learning something new about a retro game. As I said last week, we’re looking at other Sega consoles that just didn’t seem to have the backing that the Sega Genesis did during its glory days. I began with “Action Fighter” on the Master System […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Sega’s ‘Action Fighter’ is a cool ride in need of some fine-tuning

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Sega’s ‘Action Fighter’ is a cool ride in need of some fine-tuning

In the 1990s era of gaming, you were either a Sega fan or a Nintendo fan. There really wasn’t much in between, and that war raged on for years, but you know something? While other Nintendo consoles were given proper respect and admiration, some of Sega’s other consoles outside of the Genesis are still rather […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Yes, ‘Ninja Golf’ is an actual Atari 7800 game, and it’s absurdly entertaining

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Yes, ‘Ninja Golf’ is an actual Atari 7800 game, and it’s absurdly entertaining

Progress in the gaming industry can only exist by taking an idea that seems absurd, tossing it against the wall, and seeing if it sticks. Some of the greatest gaming franchises of all time were once a simple idea hoping to break the status quo of what gaming was at the time. In 1986, the […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Atari 7800’s ‘Food Fight’ is as simple and fun as its title

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Atari 7800’s ‘Food Fight’ is as simple and fun as its title

In today’s gaming world, having a game that’s different isn’t just a welcomed surprise to most gamers, it is downright expected. In the 1980s, however, this was still a fairly new concept, as it was too easy to either blatantly rip off a popular game or just be plain lazy and adhere to the status […]

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