Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Swing by Atari’s ‘Jungle Hunt,’ but don’t plan on a long expedition

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Swing by Atari’s ‘Jungle Hunt,’ but don’t plan on a long expedition

In the world of video games, sometimes things just don’t go according to plan and you need to be able to improvise to keep the ball rolling, as it were. This was especially the case for today’s topic for Turn to Channel 3’s “Atari August” – “Jungle Hunt!” Initially called “Jungle Boy” and then “Jungle […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Atari’s ‘Missile Command’ is a blocky blast from gaming’s past

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Atari’s ‘Missile Command’ is a blocky blast from gaming’s past

To me, one of the greatest things about video games are those moments and games that unite us, those titles that are still undeniably good and fun to play now, some three decades plus later. This month on Turn to Channel 3, we’re going to take a look at a few of these fine specimens […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Uncover ‘Sly Spy’ for some Bond-style secret agent action

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Uncover ‘Sly Spy’ for some Bond-style secret agent action

Today, we finish this month of action titles with one that may have slipped under the radars of a lot of gamers, especially those who were not frequenting their local arcades back in the day. Now having a resurgence under the series of Johnny Turbo Data East collection games on the Nintendo Switch, we find […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Hunt down ‘Super Spy Hunter’ and enjoy this souped-up NES sequel

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Hunt down ‘Super Spy Hunter’ and enjoy this souped-up NES sequel

Even as a kid, I always found it confusing that any game with the word “super” in it would appear on any other console but the Super Nintendo but, in most cases, I was also super amazed, super grateful, and very entertained. Today, as we continue with this month of action-packed retro games, we go […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Metal Gear Solid’ remains a solid stealth game even with dated graphics

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Metal Gear Solid’ remains a solid stealth game even with dated graphics

I think the most difficult part of being a video game developer is realizing when your established franchise needs a reboot and, more importantly, just what that should entail. Today’s topic on Turn to Channel 3 is largely considered one of the greatest examples of doing so the right way, ushering a whole new generation […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: NES rolled out a decent spy action game with ‘Rolling Thunder’

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: NES rolled out a decent spy action game with ‘Rolling Thunder’

Ah yes, July – a month of heat, fireworks, and tons of summer fun, so that’s why we are going to look at some explosive action games here on Turn to Channel 3 and see if they still pack a punch all these years later. We begin the month with the Nintendo Entertainment System adaptation […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Contra Force’ is a forced entry in an otherwise solid game franchise

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Contra Force’ is a forced entry in an otherwise solid game franchise

One of the more hilarious discussions I have on a daily basis with customers is about why certain games carry a higher price tag than others. While explaining certain games that are both popular and more difficult to obtain, it makes a lot of sense to them, but sometimes we are discussing a game that […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Sega Genesis’ ‘Contra: Hard Corps’ gives Nintendo games a run for their money

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Sega Genesis’ ‘Contra: Hard Corps’ gives Nintendo games a run for their money

It’s no secret to those who know me (or those who read this column regularly) that I’m not a really big fan of the Sega Genesis. Now before you come at me, bro, just know this largely has to do with not having the console as a kid and being a huge RPG fan during […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Contra III: The Alien Wars’ is a monster hardware and gameplay upgrade

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: ‘Contra III: The Alien Wars’ is a monster hardware and gameplay upgrade

Regardless of what console it is, when an established franchise makes that leap to the next generation of gaming, the results aren’t always pleasant. However, it seems that if developers do their homework and find out what the best uses of this new technology are, then chances are the next incarnation of their beloved franchise […]

 Nick DeMarco

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Difficult and destructive, ‘Super C’ ups the ante of the NES classic

TURN TO CHANNEL 3: Difficult and destructive, ‘Super C’ ups the ante of the NES classic

Certainly “Super Mario Bros.,” “The Legend of Zelda,” and “Mega Man” are three of the most well-known key pieces in making the original Nintendo Entertainment System the success that it was, but what about those supporting titles that also carved their own niche in the success of this console and beyond? What about those franchises […]

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