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The mystery of Blanka

Street Fighter the Movie the Game released in arcades nearly 25 years ago, and it continues to be a game that sees new discoveries thanks to a dedicated playerbase. Most of this revolves around the crazy technology for the game, but we’re finding this includes secrets tucked away in the game. I was recently toying […]

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First thoughts on Balan Wonderworld (PS4, demo)

Balan Wonderworld received a demo for each available format, and being intrigued by the stylings of Yuji Naka and Naoto Oshima of the Balan Company, I figured I would give the trial a spin. Based solely on the announcement trailer that debuted the game to the public, I was expecting way more Nights Into Dreams […]

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The King of Fighters XV: Hero Team

Details on the upcoming The King of Fighters XV have been a slow drip, but they are coming more frequently as SNK promises a 2021 game release. I invested in The King of Fighters XIV at launch and stuck with it longer than Street Fighter V, but not many of my friends and online acquaintances […]

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Opening an imported PS2 game shipment

Right after the holiday, I placed an import game order with Genki Video Games – a fantastic source of Japanese video games. In a recent browsing of the company’s wares, I found an item that was long overdue for my collection. As a huge fan of Bust a Groove/Bust a Move, my collection had gone […]

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The best of GemuBaka in 2020

With how 2020 ultimately went down, I was torn on whether or not I wanted to bother with a “best of 2020” Twitter content wrapup, similar to what I did last year. However, in checking the analytics, I saw the year had a decent spread of content from some pretty obscure games. As expected, eight […]

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A slice of normal: Game shops in 2020

The year 2020 nixed all of my efforts to attend gaming events and go to arcades, but the one activity that still persevered in a limited capacity was being able to travel to area shops to look for retro goods. I only visited these areas when something else was scheduled, such as medical appointments for […]

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Merry Christmas 2020! (and happy birthday Robert Garcia)

It’s Christmas Day for the rotten year of 2020, so hopefully everyone is able to enjoy a silver lining as we approach the new year. For me, I decided to take a look at the much-touted “birthday bonuses” in SNK’s Art of Fighting 3. If the internal date of the MVS machine is set to […]

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2020: The year that happened

Through parts of 2019, as the year 2020 continued to approach, I liked the sharing the following GIF taken from a stage introduction in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time: In part it was because there is inherent humor in the fact there would be no way the ’90s vision of 2020 would […]

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Retro Achiever Game #56: Super Spike V’Ball

I was never big into sports games as a kid, but I could still enjoy a good “alternative sports” game as they popped up. I played my fair share of Skate or Die when I was younger, the arcade nature of Tecmo Bowl made it a clear favorite and there were splashes of obscurity in […]

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‘Hero:’ Internal Atari documents provide details on the canceled Vicious Circle

My previous update to the Vicious Circle feature originally on GemuBaka mentioned developer Alexander Villagran, who mentioned working on an Atari title named “Hoop Fighter.” Having never heard of this game, I started doing online searches, and getting a specific string of words to give me a hit provided a full-on Atari document discussing the […]

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