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: 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 […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Mega Man Soccer’ is an unusual SNES game but has a few kicks

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Mega Man Soccer’ is an unusual SNES game but has a few kicks

December has arrived, so here on Turn to Channel 3, I must ask the question: “Why have an ordinary December when you can have a Mega December?” That’s right – all this month, we’re taking a look at some of the Blue Bomber’s adventures, including one today that probably had more than a few of […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: While not a total bummer, ‘TMNT’ didn’t start off on right Foot on NES

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: While not a total bummer, ‘TMNT’ didn’t start off on right Foot on NES

From yours truly to all of you, Happy Thanksgiving to everyone out there reading this, wherever you are. You know, sometimes being thankful about something is appreciating it despite its flaws, and that’s especially true with today’s topic on our final trek through November together. It happens all the time when you grow up, looking […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: While different, ‘Super Mario Bros. 2’ deserves more praise than it gets

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: While different, ‘Super Mario Bros. 2’ deserves more praise than it gets

I find that I am often connected in some way to the games that don’t get enough notoriety in comparison to their more famous kin. I think this is, in part, because of the games I had growing up, as well as my tendency to never believe in the hype or lack thereof behind a […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘The 7th Saga’ is a difficult, but underrated Super Nintendo RPG

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘The 7th Saga’ is a difficult, but underrated Super Nintendo RPG

On this, the second week of games this month that I am personally thankful for here on Turn to Channel 3, we take a look at a game I still fondly recall playing for the first time. This is a game I still proudly declare a hidden gem on the Super Nintendo, and one I […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: SNES’ ‘Super Mario RPG’ is full of personality and creativity

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: SNES’ ‘Super Mario RPG’ is full of personality and creativity

Ah yes, November, a month in which we give thanks, and this is especially true of gamers, if only your faithful scribe! This month on Turn to Channel 3, we will continue my tradition of looking at games that I am personally grateful for in my vast years of gaming. This week, we’re playing a […]