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: ‘Cannon Spike’ mixes Capcom characters for run and gun fun on Sega Dreamcast

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Cannon Spike’ mixes Capcom characters for run and gun fun on Sega Dreamcast

Like the Sega Saturn, the Sega Dreamcast debuted with great promise but was once again throttled by poor timing and not enough market to avoid getting nearly blown out of the water by the PlayStation 2. However, there are still some amazing games for this console so, finishing off our month of Sega games here […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Nights into Dreams’ imagined an inventive new world on the Sega Saturn

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Nights into Dreams’ imagined an inventive new world on the Sega Saturn

The year is 1996 and the Saturn, Sega’s latest console following the Sega CD, is on the ropes from the upstart Sony PlayStation, which is bringing a hip new vibe to gaming while ushering in many adult gamers in a way other companies couldn’t do at the time. Without a “Sonic the Hedgehog” game to […]

 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 […]