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: ‘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 […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: The original NES ‘Castlevania’ still slays almost 30 years later

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: The original NES ‘Castlevania’ still slays almost 30 years later

I just wanted to take a second here and thank editor Rich Howells and NEPA Scene for allowing me to do this for two years now. Turn to Channel 3 has been a column I have done for over five years now, but only in the last two did I truly feel at home where […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Rare Atari 2600 ‘Halloween’ game not worth hunting down as Michael would

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Rare Atari 2600 ‘Halloween’ game not worth hunting down as Michael would

One of the most fun and interesting aspects of running a video game store is having those conversations with customers about games that have ascended to these levels of popularity and expense among collectors that their legend has grown further than the actual fandom behind the game’s initial run. This often leads to a game […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: NES gem ‘Monster Party’ weirder and scarier than other Nintendo games

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: NES gem ‘Monster Party’ weirder and scarier than other Nintendo games

Sometimes in this crazy world of retro games, you come across a game that has a story that is probably greater than the game itself and, yet, these stories, these rumors that turn into truth, only further enhance the aura behind it. Today’s topic is a perfect example of this, of people digging for the […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Haunting Starring Polterguy’ is a scarily tedious but unique Sega game

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Haunting Starring Polterguy’ is a scarily tedious but unique Sega game

October is here, so that means we’re going to talk about some games that either scare people or at least remind them of things like Halloween and the horror genre of yore. Heck, I’ll even give the month a title as generic as candy corn. Let’s call it Turn to Channel 3’s “October Gaming Spooktacular!” […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Paper Mario’ unfolded a new chapter in Nintendo RPGs

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Paper Mario’ unfolded a new chapter in Nintendo RPGs

Fall is here, and with it comes a lot of changes in the atmosphere. Today’s topic does a good job of taking what was established and expanding upon it, in a way changing the very atmosphere of a gaming genre. Welcome everyone to our last review for our “64 September” theme, and it is a […]