Everyone loves the Samurai Pizza Cats. The adventures of Speedy, Polly and Guido aired on Agro’s Cartoon Connection in the 90s and they made for excellent breakfast entertainment. Sadly a DVD release has never been made available, and considering that no one knows who owns the rights it’s not likely to be anytime soon. This doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the Famicom game, which holds up quite well after all these years. The problem is that the game features unskippable cutscenes all in Japanese. Not that it affects the gameplay, but it might be nice to see what’s being said. This translation patch should help you out if you want to play it in English. Check it out.

Portable open source consoles aren’t a new thing. I myself have an original GP2X, while Dan has a GP2X Wiz. Before this there was the GP32, and others have been released over the years with varied levels of success. The latest open source portable to be released is the Game Gadget by Blaze. The release date is the 30th of March, but you can pre order it on the website. The specs are pretty impressive, so if you don’t have one of these machines you could do far worse than buy this one.

The book “Classic Home Video Games, 1972-1984” has been released in paperback at the much cheaper price of $25US. It’s a very American based book, but it’s still an interesting read. All the classic consoles from the “golden age” of gaming are featured, and it’s available for purchase now at Amazon.

If you’re interested the author has made excerpts from the book available here, here, here and here.

UK retro gaming store “Entertainment World” has opened a new webshop, allowing overseas gamers to make purchases. The online shop is rather small at the moment, but you can expect a lot more stock to be listed as the site grows. Check out the website here, or if you live in the UK you can visit the store in Birmingham.

Finally, what did Nintendo do before the arrival of their overall clad plumber? The blog “Before Mario” sets out to investigate what Nintendo was up to, and what toys and games they were releasing before they were a big name in consoles. The author also has a collection of Nintendo gear from modern day classics to vintage toys. Check out the site here and have a look at his games rooms in the video below.

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