Let's say, once upon a time, you owned a NES, Super NES, Genesis, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance. And for whatever reason, you had to part ways with all that hardware, but still have some software.
Now, let's also say you wanted to play said games, but aren't up to the task of hunting down all the appropriate consoles. Mostly because eBay is your only real option, and not a good one at that.
You could potentially pay too much for something that ultimately disappoints; your eyes were not deceiving you; there were no cigarette burns on that SNES in the auction gallery.
Anyhow, all those concerns are a thing to the past, thanks to the Hyperkin RetroN 5 Retro Gaming System.
Keiji Inafune, the man who gave the world "Mega Man," and who also hopes to give everyone "Mighty No. 9," recently spoke with Kotaku about past accomplishments and future goals.
Naturally, his most famous creation comes up, a lot. The recap even kicks off with him answering who would win in a fight, though quite a few other things are touched upon alongside.
For some time now, iPhone users have had Siri to help use their mobile device with just voice commands (though the end result is often mixed at best).
And Microsoft, looking to do whatever they can to help make their Windows Phone platform competitive with Apple's iOS, wants a personal, virtual assistant of their own.
But instead of creating one from the ground up, they're borrowing one from a friend of their's: Master Chief. Somewhat.
Wondering how the recently-announced PlayStation Vita lost some of the heft of the launch version of the Sony handheld? Well, it has to do with reverting from the brighter OLED screen to an LCD screen.
For those who haven't heard, new Harry Potter movies are on the way, or at least a spinoff film series. The first in the series will be Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, based upon the text book that all Hogwarts first years have to acquire.
And will there be a video game based upon it? You bet there will.
Time for a brief history lesson: the game that would end up being Final Fantasy Type-0 for the PSP was originally supposed to be something called Final Fantasy Agito XIII.
It was conceived as a spin off of FF13, and a follow up of sorts to Before Crisis: Final Fantasy VII, which itself was a spin off of FF7 for mobile phones.
Eventually the game changed its name and platform, but just the other day, Square Enix decided to resurrect the Agito name. For what's basically a retelling of Type-0, and for the originally intended platform, iOS and Android.
The micro-console battle heats up as the Ouya competitor will be ship on October 29th.
This year's Tokyo Game Show is just around the corner. And whereas past installments have disappointed, there is a sense of genuine anticipation that hasn't been felt in quite some time now.
The Japanese video game industry has been in the doldrums as of late, to put it mildly, which may still be in effect for the foreseeable future. Though if there's anything that will help turn things around it's new hardware.
But this year's TGS will also showcase how vastly different the Eastern game scene is from the West, as it always does. Case in point: this year's expo hall will have a section entirely dedicated to dating sims.