Sunday, November 15, 2009

New Super Mario Bros. Wii Launch Trailer

I thought it was appropriate that on the day of its release, we posted the trailer for New Super Mario Bros. Wii. If ever there was a game that embodies the spirit of Cartridgecade, this is it.

Thursday, November 5, 2009


This is fantastic. This is a SNES/NES/GENESIS/N64 TO WII CONTROLLER ADAPTER. I found it on ebay. I would love to pick this up. Especially if it works with the new Mario game due out on November 15th. If it has gamecube controller support, then I'm good to go. What do you think?

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Sweetest 8-Bit Rap Video Ever

This Swedish rapper named Pato Pooh has put together an amazing video featuring nods to many of the best 8-bit era games.  Whether you're a fan of his music or not, retro gamers will love this video.  There are a few naughty words in the song though, so it's not really something for the kiddies.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

C64 Kick - Opens new doors

I've been in a Commodore 64 kick for a while now, but today I started googling away and searching on ebay. No luck. I also decided to look up the information on possibly building one. Not a lot of luck there. But I did find this crazy kit that is essentially a developer kit for retro gaming. Could you imagine a Cartridgecade video game starring Brian and I? So can I! You can check out more information about the kit (which boasts a $200 price tag) by visiting this link. If I were retired, I'd jump on this right now and become the leading software designer of retro gaming goodness.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Super Mario Borthers Wii

I visited the Big Apple Convention this weekend with Brian and we were able to sneak into the Nintendo booth and try out the new Wii Super Mario! (just before getting kicked out...)

What a great game. It really brings you back to the old days with its side scrolling, Super Mario 3-esque goodness. I'm sure Brian will elaborate more in a future post. I will say this: We had three people on the screen at once and had a wonderful time jumping, powering up and yelling at each other for hogging. LOL. Lots of fun old-school-style action. I can't wait to buy this game and my only hope is that they provide us with some online action!! Can you hear me Nintendo?

Monday, September 28, 2009

Why collect the consoles if you can't play them?

I am piling up quite the pile of consoles here and it's about time that I build a cabinet for me to actual play them rather than pulling them out one at a time and hunting for games and cables. I just want to list some of the consoles I have for now and eventully plan out a nice set up to house every system.

Sega Genisis
Sega Saturn
Sega Dreamcast
Sega CD
Gameboy Color
Atari (currently lost)

That about does it for my retro gaming systems. If I can set up a nice rig I'll be sure to post it. It will be a lot of organizing. Especially since I don't want components laying all over the place.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Arthur : Video Game Reference.

I completely forgot about the scene in Arthur when Duddley Moore is trying desperately to win tickets in a game where he has to shoot a bear. Afterward, Liza is dragging him off and he says, "Oh! Space Invaders." But the never stop. Poor Arthur, he didn't get to play Space Invaders.

Anything else... well, anything else is just child's play.

I just came across this while searching. I'll never forget when this fella came out. Loved it's scene in the film The Wizard. What else can I say really, other than if anyone wants to donate this thing to the podcast, I will do my darndest to get a youtube video up. Nice. Look how cool that kid is. Where do you think he is today?

Wednesday, September 16, 2009


Hello All!

I'd like to take this time to thank everyone for listening and also to extend an invitation to our listeners/reader to donate retro game consoles or software. We've had a few people approach us and we thought it would be a good idea to let you all know that there is always more room in our collections. We will be putting a wish list together of consoles that we each would love. We are certainly not going to limit it to the list. I'm happy to announce that I may be a proud owner of a SNES soon. I have never owned one, but I was contacted by a facebook friend who needed to see their unused gear go to a good home. I will leave it at that for now and if anyone has any questions, please feel free to email one of us. Thanks!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

From Chicago With Retro Love

Friend of Secret Identity Richard Holland donated a king's bounty of Atari 2600 goodness recently.  A console, controllers and a bunch of cool games (including the infamous 'E.T').  All that's missing is the power supply, which I will be picking up in the very near future.  I grew up on the 2600, and I've wanted to go back and get one for a while now, especially so I can show my kids how we did it in to the old days.  Many thanks to Richard for letting this baby go!  I can assure you it has found a good home over at Cartridgecade.

If anyone else out there has wayward retro gaming equipment that needs some love, let us know!

Monday, September 14, 2009

NES Cart Humidor

So, one of my good chums gave me this massive humidor thinking I could make a sweet guitar out of it. I might just do that. But as soon as I saw the size of it, I knew exactly what could fit in it. AND BAM! They did! While this is only a tiny tiny portion of my NES games, they look lovely in this well crafted cedar humidor.

I'm dying for a Gameboy Micro

I was never lucky enough to own a Gameboy Advanced and didn't have a Gameboy color until recently. I just discoved the GBA Micro today. I guess it was short lived, but I can't help but want one. It's fancy dance design is significantly less obvious then my large gray brick or my neon pink GBC. A nice covert GB for times when I'm out of my nerd element. Here is a short article I found online from 2005. I'm still researching. If this thing can play GB games, I found my dream handheld.

Watch this guy open his brand new Virtual Boy.

This video is absolutely hilarious. I would be beside myself if a friend handed me a brand new virtual boy. It begs the question; "Why the heck did the guys dad have a brand new Virtual Boy in his basement??"

Dreamcast Turns Ten

Sega Dreamcast turns ten years old today. Why not celebrate by letting IGN tell you way it failed. Check out the video now!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Reprogram a NES Cart?

So you don't have $135 to buy an SD style ROM cart for your NES? Try making your own. This mod is pretty cool. Easy? I don't know. But If I had the time I would get cracking on this tonight.

Here's more info

He's even got mods for stereo sound, remote start and more!

Program your own NES cartridge

This is a very cool product. Unfortunately the price point is a bit high for my taste. It allows you to play your ROMs on a cartridge. It saves the roms on an SD card and you are ready to rock.

More info here.

New Dreamcast Game Coming in October 2009!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hubba-Habba What?!!!

Believe it!  Developer redspotgames is releasing a brand new racing game for the Dreamcast this October.  It's called "Rush Rush Rally Racing," and it's a 2D grand prix style racer.  Check out the trailer below, then head over to for more details.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Yard Sale Score!

Drop us a line at the boards or shoot us an email and tell us if you have had any great retro gaming scores at yard sales, auctions (not online) flea markets etc... Until we get more, here is my story from today!

BAM!!! There it was. Sitting, each component bagged and tagged. It looked too good to be true. Two controllers, AV hookup, System and Four Games:

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Legacy of the Wizard
Ice Hockey
That's right. A straight up Nintendo Entertainment System for $5 with games. Yes, I know... I have two already. But really! $5? How could I pass this up? I'm going to clean it all out and make sure it works. Now I'm fully backed up if I have any major issues. Have you seen how much NES controllers go for on ebay? See for yourself. With any luck I'll find a SNES laying around at a tag sale. I could really use one of those. Or some N64 carts.

Hope you enjoyed my yard sale find.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Bob's Sub and Cone in Welfleet MA

There are not a whole heck of a lot of arcades in the Welfleet area that have upright machines that don't dispense tickets. I go up every year and I'm always happy to see that Bob's Sub and Cone still has some old school machines. Let power off a list here:

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Dead Fantasy I

So if you're a fan of the "Final Fantasy" or "Dead or Alive" series of games, a guy by the name of Monty Oum created a series of videos that has the female characters of each series facing off against one another. The animation is fantastic, and I always find it interesting to see what kind of new content people can make by mashing up assets from games.

Arm Champs II at the York Beach Arcade

The arcade at York Beach, ME is called 'Fun O Rama,' and I've been going there for over 25 years now. Every time I visit, I end up playing something for the first time. On Wednesday, it was "Arm Champs II," an arm wrestling game that feels like a cross between "Over the Top" and "Street Fighter." You are pitted against a variety of colorful characters as you literally arm wrestle the robotic arm of the machine. I can only imagine these fell out of style after some kids had their forearms shattered. Seriously, my arm was hurting after two matches and a bonus level strength test. Still, I did amass a 2-0 record, so I guess that makes me the arm champ.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Star Wars at the Happy Hampton Arcade

We visited friends in Hampton Beach, NH yesterday and spent some time at the Happy Hampton Arcade. Among the great old games was "Star Wars Trilogy Arcade," a sit-down featuring a combination of FPS and vehicle combat in missions based on the original trilogy. I played the Hoth mission and took down some AT-ATs with my snowspeeder.


Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Boardwalk Arcade's 'Boardwalk Bank and Loan'

One of the best ticket-based games at the Boardwalk Arcade, this one's an oldie and a goodie. You use the air gun to shoot the small targets, earning tickets for every few you hit. Most of the targets animate when hit, like the bank teller who hides under the teller counter, or the spitoon that rocks and makes a clanging noise when hit. Good stuff.


Monday, July 20, 2009

Chasing Ghosts : Retro Gaming Film

My friend just brought this film to my attention. It is called "Chasing Ghosts." You can visit their website and find out the next time it will be on cable. I do not have cable, so I'll need to find it on DVD somewhere. Drop by our forum and let us know if you've seen it and if you enjoyed it. I know I loved "King of Kong, A Fistful of Quarters." I you haven't checked that out, I'd go out and get it now. Check out their site. It used to be a cooler site. Don't know what happened. We'll talk about that film more on the show and do a blog write-up for it. GAME ON!!

Boardwalk Arcade in Wells, ME

So the family made our first trip to the Boardwalk Arcade at Wells Beach last night. This place has been here since at least the early 80's, and some of the original games from when it opened are still here. Like many arcades, most of the games are now ticket-based, but there are still a few stand-ups as well. Over the next few days I'll post some pics of indidual games.


Saturday, July 18, 2009

Arcade Games Referenced in Film and TV

We've been having a discussion on the show about video game machines popping up in films and TV. There have been a lot of great examples given on the forums and I'd like to share one of my favorites so far. I have not seen this movie, but I'm going to have to get my hands on a copy ASAP. I can see that I will love it. Enjoy! Thanks Niceguyeddie!

Track and Field Still Rocks

While waiting for friends to jump on XBox Live last night, I went through my XBLA library and remembered that I had downloaded "Track and Field" a while back. I played for about a half hour, and the game holds up amazingly well. Everything about "Track and Field" is streamplined and simple, from the controls to the graphics. In fact, the original "Track and Field" is still better than most of the olympic-style games that have come after it in the past 20 years.

Another great thing about "Track and Field" is that the NES version is really good as well. So, if you haven't played this game for a while, track it down and give it a spin. It's a great multiplayer game as well.

Which system do you like best!?