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: The fun quickly sinks in ‘Muppets Party Cruise’ for the PS2

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: The fun quickly sinks in ‘Muppets Party Cruise’ for the PS2

So let’s all take a deep breath and appreciate the fact we’ve made it through 30 days of zany and, at times, truly horrible games during Foolish Games Month. I assure you the games will get a lot better after this, but we still have the task of finishing up the month of April. Thankfully, […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Yes, ‘Super 3D Noah’s Ark’ was really a SNES game, if you can call it that

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Yes, ‘Super 3D Noah’s Ark’ was really a SNES game, if you can call it that

I just wanted to take a moment to say how proud I am of you, our loyal fans, for surviving “Bible Adventures” with us last week. I know it was tough, but you guys and gals showed some serious courage, so “Big Hero 6”-style fist bump via the wonders of the Internet to each and […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Bible Adventures’ proved the need for separation of church and video games

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Bible Adventures’ proved the need for separation of church and video games

I respect all religions, but it’s no secret that religion really doesn’t mesh with a lot of other things in this world, and I’m here to tell you, genuinely, from the bottom of my heart, that this is especially true of the world of video games, with today’s subject on Turn to Channel 3 serving […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Take Domino’s advice and avoid ‘Yo! Noid’ on the NES

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Take Domino’s advice and avoid ‘Yo! Noid’ on the NES

Back before they started simply calling themselves Domino’s – before creating everything from pizza to hot wings to pasta bowls, even chocolate lava cake – Domino’s Pizza was racing against time, subsequently running over people (literally) in hopes of becoming the most popular chain of pizza restaurants in the country. It was during this time […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Sega Genesis’ ‘Golden Axe’ is still worth wielding

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Sega Genesis’ ‘Golden Axe’ is still worth wielding

Everyone has their favorite systems and favorite games they grew up with, while at the same time, there are those systems and games we never got into, and even today we’re still overly critical of them. As some readers may know, I didn’t grow up with a Sega Genesis, and despite the fact that I […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘WWF Superstars’ arcade game still shines brightly, but the best was yet to come

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘WWF Superstars’ arcade game still shines brightly, but the best was yet to come

March is quickly passing us by, isn’t it? Soon we will be enjoying Easter, but here on Turn to Channel 3, I hope you also take the time to enjoy those gaming experiences that have shaped your life, even if just in a small way. Today, we finish up our look at wrestling arcade games […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘WWF WrestleFest’ crushes home consoles with arcade memories

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘WWF WrestleFest’ crushes home consoles with arcade memories

While there are certainly a lot of practical reasons for someone to like a certain video game or, in this case, an arcade game – everything from the graphics to the music, or even the gameplay – I feel what is often overlooked are the memories you have when you stop to think about a […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Donkey Kong Country’ is still barrels of fun over 20 years later

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Donkey Kong Country’ is still barrels of fun over 20 years later

What makes this gig and operating a retro video game shop so much fun is when you encounter customers who share similar stories with you about a game you’re both quite fond of. Furthermore, it’s really cool when you can remember exactly where you were in life when you first heard about a particular game, […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Battletoads’ isn’t easy, but it’s hard not to love this NES gem

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Battletoads’ isn’t easy, but it’s hard not to love this NES gem

To paraphrase one of the lines from the classic “Rocky” films, the following NES game and subject of today’s Turn to Channel 3 does not need an introduction anywhere in the civilized world. However, it is not as popular as the “Super Mario Bros.” or “The Legend of Zelda” games on the same console. Despite […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Daytona USA’ on the Sega Saturn doesn’t hold up as well as its arcade legacy

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Daytona USA’ on the Sega Saturn doesn’t hold up as well as its arcade legacy

For many years in the video game industry, the task for developers of arcade smash hits was to somehow take what stood proudly in its arcade cabinet, surrounded by eager players, and bring that same kind of excitement and gameplay to a home console. Sadly, most of the time, developers were unsuccessful, usually due to […]