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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: ‘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 […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Kid Icarus’ earned its place in your mythical NES library

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Kid Icarus’ earned its place in your mythical NES library

In any form of entertainment, it’s easy to become a piece of the vast history of that industry that’s often overlooked in comparison to the more popular brands and franchises that seemingly fill the airwaves on a daily basis. Luckily, over time, a lot of these unfortunate victims of the oversaturation of the “chosen ones” […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Crazy Taxi’ was a fun and innovative ride on the Sega Dreamcast

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Crazy Taxi’ was a fun and innovative ride on the Sega Dreamcast

One of the most unique things about being involved in the retro video game business is witnessing items, whether they are games or consoles, reach this cult status that almost supersedes the notion that when it first debuted so many years ago it wasn’t very good at all. Prime examples of this are those consoles […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Was ‘Keith Courage in Alpha Zones’ the wrong introduction to the TurboGrafx-16?

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Was ‘Keith Courage in Alpha Zones’ the wrong introduction to the TurboGrafx-16?

Sometimes it just doesn’t pay to root for the underdog. This was a lesson my brother Len and I learned long ago when we took a chance on a virtually unknown console at the time, the TurboGrafx-16, a console that was huge in the European and Asian markets and was rebranded by NEC under this […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘River City Ransom’ is far more than a generic NES beat ’em up game

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘River City Ransom’ is far more than a generic NES beat ’em up game

I can’t begin to tell you how many people come into my store and ask me, “What makes these games so special? What makes them worth as much as they are? There’s really a market for these still?” Certainly this is enough to annoy and perhaps even insult a person with a deep appreciation for […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Demon Attack’ is a simple, but addictive Atari 2600 shooter

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Demon Attack’ is a simple, but addictive Atari 2600 shooter

It’s the early 1980s, and your favorite writer of all things retro video games is but a wee lad learning the ropes as far as video games are concerned. Introduced to such games as “Bowling,” “Boxing,” “Space Invaders,” “Carnival,” and “Donkey Kong” on a glorious wood grain Atari 2600, it wasn’t long before I ventured […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Shining Force II’ is a shining example of a classic Sega Genesis RPG

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Shining Force II’ is a shining example of a classic Sega Genesis RPG

One of the main reasons the Sega Genesis didn’t appeal to me was its distinct lack of RPGs. In addition, I found that some of the RPGs that did appear on the system to be a bit tedious and not really user-friendly. However, this isn’t to say that my opinion is law or that there […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Killer Instinct’ fights on as a cult classic on the SNES

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Killer Instinct’ fights on as a cult classic on the SNES

Welcome to 2015, Turn to Channel 3 readers! I hope your holidays were grand and full of wonder, as well as video games, of course! I feel there’s no greater way to start off a new year than with a game that’s full of impact, full of such fond memories for so many gamers – […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘DuckTales: Remastered’ takes gamers back to Duckburg and Saturday mornings

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘DuckTales: Remastered’ takes gamers back to Duckburg and Saturday mornings

Initially, it was difficult deciding what game to end 2014 with. After having a fun and successful “Season of Sequels,” I was left wondering just what game to review next. Thankfully, it didn’t take nearly as long as I thought to finally chose a game. Today, we will be taking a look at “DuckTales: Remastered” […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Zelda II: The Adventure of Link’ shouldn’t be the black sheep of the franchise

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Zelda II: The Adventure of Link’ shouldn’t be the black sheep of the franchise

We all have that game that gets a bad rap in the gaming world, that game we defend until the bitter end despite criticism that suggests we are out of our minds. Today, we’re going to finish up our “Season of Sequels” with a look at the “black sheep” of the “Legend of Zelda” series, […]