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Retro Gamer is the longest-running and biggest magazine dedicated to classic videogames. Whether you love the ZX Spectrum, the NES, the PlayStation or anything between or beyond, we strive to pack each issue with features celebrating the greatest games of yesteryear and the ones you might have missed. Every issue includes interviews with developers, giving you insight into how the games, consoles and computers you love were made.

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Retro Gamer 225 is on sale now!

The latest issue of Retro Gamer is on shelves now, and to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Super Monkey Ball, we’ve taken a special look back at the GameCube classic. As well as that, we have an interview with Sega’s Masao Shirosaki about the creation of Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania, the newest game in the series that remakes classic courses and party games from Super Monkey Ball, Super Monkey Ball 2 and Super Monkey Ball Deluxe.

Of course, that’s not all. Elsewhere in the issue we have an ultimate guide to the classic platformer Chuckie Egg, which delighted players on the BBC and beyond, and a look back at the making of the lighthearted management strategy classic Theme Park. Collectors are well catered for as we look at the state of the market for Mega-CD games, and speak to boutique publisher Strictly Limited Games. In fact, we’ve got something for everyone, whether that’s the evolution of the 8-bit favourite Nodes Of Yesod, the story of Disney’s first foray into game development with Donald Duck In Maui Mallard, the bluffer’s guide to rhythm action games, an ultimate guide to the original Yakuza on PS2, or a conversation with Giles Goddard about how his N64 hit 1080 Snowboarding relates to his new VR game Carve Snowboarding.

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Retro Gamer 224 coverThe latest issue of Retro Gamer is hitting shelves today, and we’re celebrating the 25 year old Nintendo 64 by taking a deep look at the hardware. To find out how the machine ticked at a technical level, we speak to developers who worked on great games including Super Mario 64, Banjo-Kazooie, 1080 Snowboarding, Diddy Kong Racing, Excitebike 64 and Star Wars Episode I: Racer.

Of course, that’s not all. Elsewhere in the issue we have a tribute to Falcom, the celebrated Japanese RPG developer that has just reached its 40th anniversary, as well as features on the creation of the PS2’s graphical marvel Ghosthunter, the surprisingly tough The Simpsons: Bart vs The Space Mutants and the CD-ROM showcase Litil Divil. You’ll also find an Ultimate Guide to Technos’ beat-’em-up sequel Double Dragon II: The Revenge, covering the arcade game with a look at all of the home conversions, plus a feature on the evolution of the ever-popular egg Dizzy. A guide to collecting games for SNK’s magnificent Neo Geo Pocket Color also awaits, as does our regular long interview – this time with videogame music veteran Matt Furniss.

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Retro Gamer 206 is on sale nowThe latest issue of Retro Gamer is on sale now, with a cover feature looking at the impact of Valve’s groundbreaking Half-Life series! Read about how these classic games evolved the first-person shooter with their immersive storytelling, innovative use of physics and support for mods that became huge games in their own right.

Elsewhere in the issue, we speak to wrestling and gaming experts about the wrestling genre, and revisit the unique natural disaster themed action adventures of the Disaster Report series. While Formula 1 drivers are racing on F1 2019, we learn about the creation of Codemasters’ original Grand Prix Simulator. We’ve also got features on the evolution of Ant Attack and videogame stamps, an ultimate guide to SCI: Special Criminal Investigation, and much more besides.

During the COVID-19 crisis, we cannot supply print issues of Retro Gamer to retailers, but single issues are still available to buy via UK subscriptions will continue as normal, so if you want to make sure you don’t miss an issue, it’s worth taking the time to set one up – especially as we’re currently offering 5 issues for £5, a huge saving over the cover price.

For international customers, existing subscribers will have their print issues held to be mailed at a later time, with digital copies provided in the interim. Single issues can be ordered for international postage, but new non-UK subscriptions can’t be taken out until we’re able to resume normal service.

Until next time, stay safe, stay at home, and take your mind off the world’s troubles with some games from times gone by.

Our current Retro Spotlight forum topic focuses on Lunar Lander, Atari’s devilishly difficult arcade game from the Seventies. Inspired by the space race that saw the USA put a man on the moon in 1969, the game tasked players with balancing thrust, gravity and momentum to safely land a spaceship on the hazardous lunar surface. Failure to come in at the correct speed or angle would result in the destruction of the craft.

While Lunar Lander wasn’t a failure by any stretch of the imagination, and was noteworthy as the first Atari arcade game to use vector graphics, its popularity was eclipsed by that of Atari’s other vector space-based game, Asteroids. Despite that, it went on to inspire a whole range of similar games and named its own subgenre.

If you fancy chatting with other like-minded retro gamers about this, head on over to the forum topic by clicking here.

Jump Into The Forum For A Chat About Donkey Kong

This week’s Retro Spotlight on the forum is Nintendo’s arcade classic Donkey Kong, which is a fascinating game for all kinds of reasons. In the Eighties it was subject to all sorts of battles, as Universal unsuccessfully sued Nintendo over copyright infringement, while Atari and Coleco clashed over conversion rights. In the arcades the game has been the battlefield for vicious high score competitions, featuring stunning victories and astonishing allegations of cheating, and even inspired the documentary The King Of Kong. Donkey Kong himself went on to become a huge gaming star in his own right, appearing across a variety of platform games and a series of bongo-based music games for the GameCube. Oh, and then there’s the small matter of the little bloke you play as, some guy named Mario. We don’t quite know what happened to him later on. If you fancy chatting about the game, just click here to go straight to the thread.

Incidentally, one of our favourite versions of Donkey Kong is the excellent Game Boy game, which starts off like the arcade game before becoming an astonishing original puzzle platformer. And issue 196 of Retro Gamer is out today, with Nintendo’s green-screened masterpiece on the front cover. Pick that up in all good newsagents, or order it directly via My Favourite Magazines here.

Discuss Missile Command's Explosive Impact On Our Forum

Many videogames have had plots involving a character having dreams of apocalyptic terrors, but few have been directly inspired by them. Yet that’s exactly what drove Atari’s Dave Theurer to create Missile Command, as the Cold War meant that the threat of nuclear destruction was an ever-present source of paranoia in Eighties America. Thankfully, Russian aggression is a thing of the past today (Are you sure? – Ed.) and rogue states haven’t been able to create their own nuclear weapons (Nick, please – Ed.), so we don’t have to worry about the prospect of a mushroom cloud on the horizon any time soon.

Thankfully the game itself was significantly more fun than radiation sickness, as you used a trackball to try to intercept missiles targeting six Californian cities. And if you enjoyed playing Missile Command in the arcade, or indeed an a home system, you might fancy discussing it in the Retro Gamer forum, where the game is our current Retro Spotlight. Click here to head straight for that topic.

Of course, if Missile Command isn’t your thing, there’s plenty more to do on the Retro Gamer forum – discuss other games, post high scores or even give feedback on the latest issue of the magazine. And if you haven’t picked up issue 195 yet, you can do that now – just click here to head to My Favourite Magazines and order your copy.

Feeling Froggy? Hop Over To The ForumIf you’re a fan of Frogger, you’re in good company. The original arcade game was a smash hit that attracted a broad spectrum of fans, and the amphibious hero had a hugely successful comeback run starting in the late Nineties – and that’s not to mention his cartoon appearances or the classic episode of Seinfeld dedicated to George’s pursuit of a high score. And now he’s the star of this week’s retro gaming spotlight, kindly provided by community team member AllenTheAlien. If you fancy a chat about one of the best non-violent games from the golden age of the arcades, click here to visit our forum.

Of course, the company that brought Frogger into being was Konami, and this month we’re celebrating the company’s 50th anniversary with a special issue. As well as the regular magazine (featuring a gorgeous full art Castlevania cover), readers get The Mini Konami Companion, a guide to 50 of the legendary developer’s greatest games, and a sticker sheet featuring sprites and artwork from across the company’s history. To pick up your copy, visit your local newsagent or order directly from us at My Favourite Magazines.