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: 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 […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Much like Gizmo, Atari 5200’s ‘Gremlins’ offers more than expected

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Much like Gizmo, Atari 5200’s ‘Gremlins’ offers more than expected

Here at Turn to Channel 3, I’m all about educating our youth, because it has come to my attention that the youngsters of today expect, yes expect, licensed video games based on their favorite television show or movie to not only be great, but super great! Allow me a moment to dust off my spectacles […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Atari 5200’s ‘Frogger II: ThreeeDeep’ leaps farther, but maybe not high enough

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Atari 5200’s ‘Frogger II: ThreeeDeep’ leaps farther, but maybe not high enough

The history of video games is vast, so much so that there are games and consoles that often slip through the cracks, reserved to the memories and childhoods of a chosen few. Unless you’re someone who is around it on the daily, these blips on the radar of retro gaming can be overlooked, but all […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Mega Man 6’ adds too little too late on the NES, but isn’t all bad

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Mega Man 6’ adds too little too late on the NES, but isn’t all bad

Well, another year of great gaming reviews comes to an end here on Turn to Channel 3, and I hope you’ve all enjoyed it as much as I have. I already have a complete 2017 schedule for myself (I always work on review schedules in the summer) and I can’t wait to get started, but […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Mega Man 5’ is a slight upgrade from its Proto-cessor, but nothing new

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Mega Man 5’ is a slight upgrade from its Proto-cessor, but nothing new

Change in video games is a funny thing. In some cases, change is good, breathing new life into a stagnant franchise, ushering in a new era of gaming, and bringing in a whole new demographic of fans. At the same time, change can totally turn longtime fans off, possibly even killing a franchise for many […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Mega Man 4’ adds new Mega Buster, but less innovation and more lag

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Mega Man 4’ adds new Mega Buster, but less innovation and more lag

I hope you’re enjoying this romp through various “Mega Man” games in “Mega December” here on Turn to Channel 3! Today, we fly our Rush Jet into territory that perhaps is more reserved for expense and availability and not necessarily quality, but that’s why I’m here, so let’s look at “Mega Man 4” on the […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Mega Man 3’ isn’t as appreciated as its predecessor, but it’s a solid sequel

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Mega Man 3’ isn’t as appreciated as its predecessor, but it’s a solid sequel

Mega Man, as a whole, has become quite the enigma for new gamers, as Capcom has been criticized heavily for dragging its star mascot, along with its creator, through the mud and muck in recent years. With rumors swirling about Capcom wanting to revisit their franchises of old, it is certainly worth scrolling through the […]