Nerd Bacon is now on Flickr! Here's our chance to share awesome pictures with you guys: rare consoles, huge collections, and maybe a few other things you've never seen are in store. Visit Nerd Bacon @ Flickr now! And check back often as we continue to add new pics from our members!


Nerd Bacon is endeavoring to bring you more news than ever before! Visit our NEWS SECTION to stay up-to-date with the gaming world!


Bacon Bits

No updates in past 7 days!


Ever wanted to know what our senior members are up to in their spare time? Want to get to know our writers a little better? Then take a look at our brand new Bacon Bits: The Baconeer Blogs and see what they have to say!


MEMBERS AREA Updated August 1st.

 
Navigation by WebRing.
 
 

Random Articles

 
 

Twitch Schedule

The Watchman's Retro Weekend
Saturdays @ Noon EST

Join The Watchman every Saturday for the best retro arcade and console games.


Special Events

None at this time

Be sure to subscribe and keep watch for emails about special streams.


 

What's Shakin' at the Bacon

elder grapeVariand Owner
CIO

Framework and several plugins updated. Several issues fixed. Let me or other admins know if you find goofy stuff
 

nerdberryNerdberry Owner
CEO

Everyone check out the awesome EVO footage coming through this week from theWatchman! He has put together some great stuff for yall
 

The WatchmanThe Watchman Owner
COO

Getting ready to leave for EVO! #timetogotoworkonlocation
 

InfiniteKnifeInfiniteKnife Twitch
Director

Thinking of doing a stream series soon. The theme: Retro games I never beat as a kid and want to try again. Thoughts?
 

Sign in to update your status
 

Recent Comments

  • Nips
    Nips: This game looks so interesting!…
     
  • Nerdberry
    Nerdberry: Thanks for showing us the awesome footage! Those polling stations are nuts man, especially all those old CRT TVs…
     
  • Nerdberry
    Nerdberry: Woot woot have fun Baconeers!…
     
  • Nerdberry
    Nerdberry: Not to brag, guys, but I totally wrote this in early 2016 and Sega seems to be doing a lot……
     
  • Nerdberry
    Nerdberry: @ZB: it's a helluva game! And did you notice I threw in a little Dynamite Headdy for ya?!…
     
  • Nerdberry
    Nerdberry: Hi Beverly. No I have not tried that! This article was really focused at bacon brands that go to larger……
     
  • Beverly: I forgot to mention Wal Mart in Tega Cay, SC had few packages out and none in the back and……
     
  • Beverly: Well you haven't tried the bacon in Virginia, Essential Everyday found in Bedford at Vista Market, a small family grocery……
     
 
Konami Classics Volume 1 – XBOX 360

Konami Classics Volume 1 – XBOX 360

KONAMI CLASSICS 1 coverPlatform: XBOX 360

Developer: Konami

Publisher: Konami

Release Date (NA): December 15, 2009

Genre: Compilation

Nerd Rating: 7.5 out of 10

Reviewed by Bubba Fett

 

Konami Classics Volume 1 (XBOX 360) is a collection of three separate XBOX LIVE Arcade games compiled in one package: Frogger, Super Contra, and Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. This collection features 24 achievements to unlock (12 per title), along with the option to toggle between enhanced or original graphics. Compilations can be hit or miss as often times obscure titles are added for ‘padding’ but Konami Classics Volume 1 provides a solid selection of three complete and recognizable retro classics in one package.


Frogger

Frogger released to the arcade in 1981 and is regarded as one of the classics of video game history. The gist is simple, guide your frog home through a solitary screen of hazards that increase as the levels commence. You’ll dodge automobiles of varying speeds and congestion until you reach a stream where you must hop from log to turtle Frogger SCREENSHOT 1etceteras, all the while avoiding the water, and various other things that will kill you, until you reach your home at the top of the screen. But don’t take too long as you are also playing against the clock, you have approximately 30 seconds to get from start to finish.

Occasionally you can land on a lady frog, which will grant you a bonus if you escort her home in one piece. Another bonus is to land on a bug that randomly appears in your homebase. These games always seem to play a little off with the analog stick or XBOX d-pad, I find the original arcade-style joysticks offer the best control, but it is manageable and certainly not broken. As you advance cars move faster, as do logs and everything goes completely bonkers. It basically becomes ridiculous unless you are Billy Mitchell. Or literally a guy named Pat Laffaye who currently holds the world record of 896,980 points on an original Frogger machine. Frogger offers a good experience if you are feeling nostalgic for video gaming’s golden age or wish to kill a little time.


Super Contra

Bill & Lance are back in Super Contra (or Super C). Released to the arcade in 1988 Super Contra continues the tradition of blowing copious hordes of enemy soldiers and aliens to hell. Where the 1st Contra broke up horizontal side-scrolling with the addition of pseudo 3D levels, Super Contra takes a different approach with a top-down vertical view on a few alternate levels, which resemble games like Total Carnage, Ikari Warriors or Commando.

Super Contra SCREENSHOT 1Instead of the option to jump you are equipped with ‘shells’ that pretty much explode the face off everything onscreen. You’re given 3 ‘shells’ to start; additional ‘shells’ are acquired by shooting then collecting the power-ups per normal. A variation of the classic Konami code will get you infinite lives. And you will most likely need this cheat to finish the game as Contra games do not skimp on the bullets, hellfire and one-hit deaths. You are also limited to a handful of continues. To activate this cheat, at the title screen press up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A. You will know the code worked if you begin the game with 4 lives ‘remaining’ instead of normal 2.

Super Contra is a really short game; you can easily finish it in less than 30 minutes. The explosions are super big and your final score will be over a whopping 100 million but it’s a quick fix game for a brief diversion. That said, I still play it often just because it feels good to blow shit up and you always want to see how far you can make it without dying. Super Contra is a good game to workout your quick-twitch reflexes.

Read full review of Super Contra here!


Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

SOTN ENHANCED SCREENSHOT 2

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night was released in 1997 for the Sony PlayStation and is the reason to buy this collection. Whereas the other two games are good nostalgic fun, Castlevania: SOTN is a brilliant RPG-style addition to the Castlevania series. The sequel to Rondo of Blood, SOTN offers over 15 hours of challenging side-scrolling gameplay. The game has tons of replay value. You play as Dracula’s son Alucard (get it?).

Reportedly there are 5 different endings (I’ve finished the game twice and got the same ending both times). SOTN is a brilliant game, and easily one of the greatest I’ve ever played, flexing an amazing soundtrack, campy-to-horrible voice acting, epic boss battles, and difficulty in all the right ways. You may need to consult a walkthrough if you’ve never played the game before as SOTN can be cryptic at times, but like all good RPG-style games it rewards exploration. There are tons of weapons, potions, armor, and various miscellany scattered throughout the castle with a few lid-flipping surprises along the way (no spoilers here, play the game and see for yourself). In conclusion, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night kicks ass.

Read the full review of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night here!


Konami Classics Volume 1 retails between $15 – $20 online. That’s a pretty good deal for three complete games on one disc. Where Konami Classic Volume 1 stumbles is in the possibility that Frogger and Super Contra may get old, however Castlevania: Symphony of the Night is a work of art and a welcome addition to the XBOX 360 library. Kudos to Konami for compiling these three games together in one package. Go stretch your dollar on this compilation for the XBOX 360, I’m glad I did.

Written by Nerd Bacon

Nerd Bacon

 
 

Share This Post

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *