As I mentioned the other day, January is already shaping up to be a fantastic month for classic gaming events in Adelaide.  Not only is this a great start to the year, but it’s also an awesome way to get psyched for the Blip Festival in February.  But until then…


DJ Tr!p Presents Ultracade Live’s 2nd Birthday Party at La Boheme, 36 Grote Street, Adelaide! (Google Map guide).  Doors open at 8pm and there’s free entry!  Once you are through the door you can play games and participate in tournaments, with a chance to win prizes throughout the night!  :D

Here is the current list of Games & Tournaments during the night:

Playable Games:

Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 (PS3)
Gradius V (PS2)
Mortal Kombat 2 (SNES)
Raiden Project (Raiden 1 & 2) (PS1)
Tetris & Dr. Mario (SNES)
Tekken 6 (PS3)
The King Of Fighters ’98 – Ultimate Match (PS2)
Halo CE Anniversary (Xbox 360)
SNK Arcade Classics Vol. 1 (PS2)
Sega Mega Drive Collection (Xbox 360)


Tournament Games:


Super Street Fighter IV – Arcade Edition (PS3) (VS.)
Super Mario Kart (SNES) (VS.)
NBA Jam (SNES) (VS.)
Pac-Man Championship Edition (Xbox 360) (Championship)
Secret Tournament ???


Tournament Prizes By Shin Tokyo & Game Dork.


ULTRACADE LIVE is a nostalgic club event celebrating the games, sounds and sprites of the Golden Era of video game culture.
Enter a retro digital mecca!  Play classic games, request your favourite themes, dance like a chic geek and get a hi-score!
Compete in casual tournaments and win game related prizes.
For each event DJ TR!P dusts off his extensive private collection of consoles, games and music with everything from Arkanoid to Zelda. From the Arcade Golden Era, to the peak of the 90’s console wars, to Zombies vs. Ninjas.
ULTRACADE LIVE is curated to celebrate an era, a console, a genre or a festival theme.
DJ TR!P mashes up an eclectic mix, ranging from classic game themes to the newest hybrid of contemporary 8-bit music and chip tunes from around the world.
Over the last 10 years DJ TR!P has spent his waking life creating 8-bit music, collecting retro games and has even travelled to Tokyo to find the best and weirdest gaming soundtracks to showcase and satisfy your inner nerd!

For more information on Ultracade Live’s 2nd Birthday, visit the Facebook event page.

Whilst we’re on the topic of events, Retrospekt, in conjunction with Two Ships bar, is presenting a new event called JoyPad. The plan is to make this a monthly event showcasing a range of video games, accompanied with Chiptunes, Electro, Synthpop, Glitch and a bit of IDM to boot.

It doesn’t stop there though, as there will also be DJ’s throughout the night.  Most notably, local Chiptune talents HugePedlar and Little-Scale (who will also be performing at Blip Festival Australia). It’s going to be a lot of fun!

For more information visit the Facebook event page.  

Two Ships is located on Twin Street, Adelaide (underneath The Jade Monkey, Google Maps). JoyPad is an 18+ event with $2.00 entry, but you get a raffle ticket when you enter, so you could win some prizes!  :D



If there’s one thing I realised the other day from scoring a 3DS, it’s that not only did it inspire me to dig up my Donkey Kong Game & Watch, but I DO really appreciate handheld gaming! (Playing games on the iPhone and iPad may have helped… he he).  Although one thing that a fan of handheld gaming should get, (this is too cute to not share) is this print showing love for Handhelds. Available at



One of the lesser-known but fantastic titles in the Mega Man franchise, is Mega Man X which first came out on SNES and PC (and yes it was an official port). Good news if you have an iPhone, as it’s now available on the App Store. After playing the first two stages of the game, I can safely say that devout fans of Mega Man X will not be entirely satisfied with this game. It looks like it’s been redeveloped from the ground up with a lot of sprites and animation missing, as well as new graphics (but at least the sound and rockin’ soundtrack is intact). Also note, that on top of the price of the purchase of the game, power-ups come at a costs as well.  However, you could go traditional, and earn those power-ups by defeating the bosses. ;)

(App Store Link)

If you found that collecting the 120 stars in Super Mario 64 wasn’t enough, then this might be of interest for you. Super Mario Star Road which is a new series of levels based on Mario 64 on the Nintendo… uh, 64… There are 30 new stages and 120 more hidden stars than the original.

“Jailbreaking” is a term originally from the iPhone hacking community, where an individual would hack the phone to allow installation of other software and functions which wouldn’t be available with a device out of the box.  So, it seems there is a community which is poking around, and trying to “Jailbreak” a Sony PS Vita. I’ve heard nothing but positive things about the handheld console so far, so hopefully it will be showered with classic games too!  Until then, here’s a video demonstrating Sonic & Knuckles running on a Mega Drive emulator called PicoDrive (designed for PSP). Oh and the audio is quite choppy and sped up due to experimental emulation on the Vita. :)


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