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: 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 […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Majora’s Mask’ put new face on classic ‘Zelda’ franchise

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Majora’s Mask’ put new face on classic ‘Zelda’ franchise

Within the realm of gaming, there are many debates between gamers, some that rank right up there with other consumer loyalties like Pepsi or Coke. While Nintendo vs. Sega and the Super Nintendo vs. the Sega Genesis are definitely the most notable, fans of “The Legend of Zelda” still continue to discuss just which entry […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: The original ‘Super Smash Bros.’ left a mark lasting long after the N64

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: The original ‘Super Smash Bros.’ left a mark lasting long after the N64

I seem to have weekly conversations with customers about games for the Nintendo 64, unquestionably one of the most popular consoles in my store, with a library as equally sought after. With games like today’s topic on Turn to Channel 3 during our “64 September,” it’s easy to see why because this is a game […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: I’m not as bananas for ‘Donkey Kong 64′ as I am for SNES’ ‘Country’

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: I’m not as bananas for ‘Donkey Kong 64′ as I am for SNES’ ‘Country’

Turn to Channel 3 is about more than just reviewing retro games and seeing if they still hold up all these years later. It’s also about that moment in time when these games came out, whether that means in your life personally or within the gaming industry as a whole. Just what was going on […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Banjo-Tooie’ built off the original game and pushed N64 to its limits

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Banjo-Tooie’ built off the original game and pushed N64 to its limits

Did you guys miss me? Well, I missed you guys too! Fret not, for Turn to Channel 3 has returned and is ready to bring you that nice piping hot slice of gaming goodness with extra childhood in every bite! Let’s get right to it as we start another “64 September,” looking at some games […]