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: Shoot ‘em up fans shouldn’t fly past ‘U.N. Squadron’ on the SNES

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Shoot ‘em up fans shouldn’t fly past ‘U.N. Squadron’ on the SNES

What’s nice about what I do is there are moments when I get to give back to those who have helped me along the way. I have a dear friend in Arkansas named Chadwick Hall who has been a part of some of our more colorful adventures on the Facebook page Retro Junkies (which you […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Bucky O’Hare’ is the Konami arcade classic you may have missed

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Bucky O’Hare’ is the Konami arcade classic you may have missed

The question of whether or not it is better to be a loyal fan of a video game developer or a video game console has come up now and again at my store, and I think it’s fair to say that there are benefits to following either one. In the case of developer, what I […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Gunstar Heroes’ shoots up the run ‘n’ gun competition

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Gunstar Heroes’ shoots up the run ‘n’ gun competition

While the unique qualities and subtle differences between games, even those in the same genre are always fun to witness. I think those simplistic ideas that unite so many gamers, and especially those heavily influenced by retro games, are always the most delightful. During this month of “Summer Shooters,” we are looking at games with […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Contra’ is an NES challenge well worth accepting

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Contra’ is an NES challenge well worth accepting

Wow! Can you believe Memorial Day has come and gone and now here we are in the month of June? Summer is officially coming this month, so I decided that Turn to Channel 3 should take a look at some games with a lot of shooting, a lot of explosions and, overall, a ton of […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Conker’s Bad Fur Day’ gave us the best days of the N64

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Conker’s Bad Fur Day’ gave us the best days of the N64

May was a great month for your scribe. Not only did I turn 34 with some great family and friends around me, but I also got to go to an old school arcade, purchase some classic games that I had been looking for seemingly forever, and I got an original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Party […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Bully’ for the PS2 is head of the Rockstar class

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Bully’ for the PS2 is head of the Rockstar class

I hope you’ve been enjoying this month of my favorite games so far, as we have two more games we’ll be taking a look at in May. Today’s game, like the first two we looked at, is one that took staples of the company it was developed by and turned them on their head. The […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Chrono Trigger’ remains as playable and revolutionary today

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Chrono Trigger’ remains as playable and revolutionary today

Last week here on Turn to Channel 3, we were discussing “EarthBound,” a classic RPG for the SNES, and in that review, I discussed how it was a game that changed the way people looked at the genre. It was a sudden jolt to it, a breath of fresh air, and I felt, as I […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘EarthBound’ on the SNES lives up to its all-time classic RPG status

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘EarthBound’ on the SNES lives up to its all-time classic RPG status

It’s May, the month of the birth of your favorite gaming scribe (as I turned 34 prior to the publishing of this fine review), so what does the Turn to Channel 3 columnist do on his favorite month all year? Why, he takes a look at four of his favorite games in what shall be […]

 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 […]