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: ‘Kwirk’ is a quirky, addictive early Game Boy puzzler

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Kwirk’ is a quirky, addictive early Game Boy puzzler

In this, the month of July, here on Turn to Channel 3, we are going to look at some games on retro handhelds of the past. We begin today with a game on the original Game Boy that is both simplistic in design and yet addictively challenging, but does it still hold up all these […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Highway 2000’ drove Sega Saturn to its limits and crashed

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Highway 2000’ drove Sega Saturn to its limits and crashed

Within a gaming genre, sometimes pushing the envelope has to happen in order to compete against the heavy hitters and, with that, the hardware’s limits are also pushed to the max. This can result in some great progress and success, but it can also show a developer’s inability to hang with the big boys. Today, […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Sega Saturn’s ‘Fighters Megamix’ mixed things up to keep fighting fresh

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Sega Saturn’s ‘Fighters Megamix’ mixed things up to keep fighting fresh

Sometimes we just want it all as gamers, don’t we? We had “Mario Kart 8,” but we needed a deluxe version just to feel as if we have a more complete game. I guess there’s nothing worse than feeling unsatisfied as a gamer, and smart companies comply with our wishes. In this installment of Turn […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Sega Saturn’s ‘Dragon Force’ is a strategically hidden gem

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Sega Saturn’s ‘Dragon Force’ is a strategically hidden gem

One of my favorite things to do, whether in writing these reviews or running my store in Mayfield, is shedding light on some hidden gems and, today, we’re going to do just that. In the short lifespan of the Sega Saturn, there are a ton of games that slipped under the radar, but not all […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Yippee ki-yay’ – Sega Saturn’s ‘Die Hard Arcade’ is an action-packed party

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Yippee ki-yay’ – Sega Saturn’s ‘Die Hard Arcade’ is an action-packed party

One of my favorite things to do at my shop in Mayfield is educate the young ones on things they don’t know about. I think, perhaps, this is to prevent those “Teens React” videos that make me sigh and desire to flick them on the forehead. Then again, shame on you parents out there for […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Sonic Team’s ‘Burning Rangers’ is fiery fun, but hasn’t aged well

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Sonic Team’s ‘Burning Rangers’ is fiery fun, but hasn’t aged well

There are times when video game companies struggle to keep up with the Joneses of the industry, just as their own customers are trying to do; thus, their creations can sometimes become commercial failures. This is the theme of June’s reviews here on Turn to Channel 3 as we take a look back at the […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Looney Tunes B-Ball’ is a short slam dunk for sports and cartoon fans

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Looney Tunes B-Ball’ is a short slam dunk for sports and cartoon fans

In the gaming industry, even today, there are no guarantees in what works and what doesn’t for consumers. In the 1980s and ‘90s, taking an established license and putting it in the video game world was not an instant recipe for success. Taking this a step further, moving the license into previously uncharted territory was […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Groundbreaking ‘GTA: Vice City’ is a bad place you should revisit

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Groundbreaking ‘GTA: Vice City’ is a bad place you should revisit

In 2001, a groundbreaking, literally game-changing title emerged from Rockstar Games known as “Grand Theft Auto III.” Gamers were in sheer awe of how immersive this game was but, friends, this was just the beginning of the shackles being taken off and the era of open world or “sandbox” titles becoming a part of our […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Pac-Land’ is a TurboGrafx-16 ghost worth hunting down

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Pac-Land’ is a TurboGrafx-16 ghost worth hunting down

I am often asked as a video game store owner what made some less popular consoles fail, and while this is not straight across the board, or perhaps not the only reason, most of the time it is due to failed marketing strategies. In the case of the TurboGrafx-16, a fledgling system that arrived smack […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Code Name: Viper’ is an NES action spy game worth uncovering

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Code Name: Viper’ is an NES action spy game worth uncovering

After the debauchery of April’s “Foolishly Bad Games” month, I treat myself, and hopefully you as well, to some of my favorite games. As May 1 is my birthday (it was wonderful), I often look back at the games that have shaped my childhood and have now become a part of the stories and information […]