News Roundup 6/8/22

“We scour the Earth web for indie, retro, and niche gaming news so you don’t have to, drebnar!” – your faithful reporter

Greets my Earth peeps! That is how you say it down there, is it not? Cultural differences are quite extreme between our worlds, I assure you, up here we cannot even get our Hot Pockets in a Pepperoni variety. Well let us get down directly to the tacks that are comprised of brass:

Megan Farokhmanesh at Wired Magazine proclaims the end of an era for Pokemon. Yet, I feel fine! The article claims that open world games are in store for that series. But no word about the shameful factory farming conditions under which Miltanks are kept!

Popful Mail is relentlessly charming!
Image from MobyGames.

HotHardware mentions, as well as other sites, the new Sega Mega Drive Mini 2 that is in the works. Two of the games for it appear to be Sonic CD and Popful Mail! It appears to be a nice device! I’m sure it’ll be even nice once it has inevitably been hacked, drebnar!

Nintendo Life shows up a lot in these webbéd pages. I am still not even sure if their name is stylized with a space drebnar! Well we have two missives from them today:

Kate Gray tells us of the indie game Wayward Strand and the sensitive way in which it treats the elderly! This is the point where a less enlightened correspondent would make some crass joke. That correspondent is not me. Advancing!

The second piece from Nintendo Life is from Liam Doolan, and also refers to the Sega Mega Drive Mini. It states that Sega has considered doing mini versions of the Saturn and even Dreamcast, but that costs, especially related to the pandemic, have interfered with that. Perfidious COVID! Is there no end to the obstacles that you pose?

Chris Moyse at Destructoid sings songs of the Arcade Archives release of Tower of Druaga. It’s one of the most purposely obtuse arcade games ever created, and you’re now able to bash your own head silly against its maddening puzzles, which are less puzzles as a load of secret tricks you must discover for yourself in order to complete it. At least you won’t have to spend your own 100-yen coins on each failed attempt!

At Gizmodo Andrew Liszewskki reports on someone who modded an old NES Power Glove to work with the Switch, and they didn’t even need to call on the dark name of Nyarlathotep to do it!

And over at Delisted Games, ShawnS tells of firmware updates that make older games for Sony’s platforms harder, or even impossible, to get. Affected are the PS3, Vita and PSP. It’s never good when software becomes unusable, and it doesn’t matters if it’s on Sony, Apple, or Nintendo platforms. This is only going to get worse over time.

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