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This week we're on a mini-nostalgia tip, with Ghouls 'n' Ghosts, N64 throwbacks, Marble Madness rip-offs and Midway's latest arcade compilation.

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Ah, the start of a fresh week. The sky is bright, the bare trees are frozen solid and everybody wishes they were back in bed. Especially me. However mine is a position laced with possibilities - after all, when the postman eventually staggers into view he may well have a sack of nostalgia to deposit. As mentioned on Friday, I've been rebuilding my SNES cart collection, and already I'm expecting the likes of Earthbound (Mother 2), Super Mario RPG, Earthworm Jim, Plok and Equinox. As you might expect, I've one ear cocked towards the door. And one eye peering out the window...

Still nothing. Bah. Anyway - it's clear from this week's mailbag that I'm not the only person looking outside the husky boundaries of modern games consoles for entertainment. In the absence of the ultra-prolific Lutz (no doubt off nursing his X2 addiction; it's probably up to 8.3/10 by now), three of this week's offerings are what you might term "retro kicks", and one of the others is a rip-off of Marble Madness tied to a mini-games package. This week's winner was always going to be a tough choice, but regular contributor DDevil just nicks it with his noble quest through the bulk of arcade "treasures" in Midway's latest budget-priced compilation. Next week (or possibly next fortnight - we're running a bit low on submissions), I'd like to see more retro inspired ramblings.

Go on - raid your attics [there's retro pun potential there young whippersnapper! -Ed] - seek out those games you used to spend hours with and let us all know whether they stand the test of time - and the more obscure the better. If you're sitting on a copy of Seiken Densetu 3 and want to complain about being totally unable to penetrate the language barrier and escape the ghost ship, be my guest. If you want to expound the virtues of U.N. Squadron, or re-waggle the old joystick in EF2000, don't let me stop you. Although we'll print just about anything (as you've no doubt gathered over the years), next week prominence will be given to those efforts laced with nostalgia, and anybody who can summon a longing tear to my cynical eye will be handsomely rewarded. No, repeat after me: six buttons good, eight buttons bad!

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