homebrew Archive


Hyper Fighting brings Street Fighter action to the Virtual Boy

The Virtual Boy has a pretty dedicated homebrew community, who’ve done all kinds of weird and wonderful things with Nintendo’s black and red headache inducer. Today you can add Street Figher II to that list.

Dubbed Hyper Fighting, this unofficial version of Street Fighter II was developed by Mr Anon on M.K.’s Virtual Boy fighting engine. You can get the demo over at the Planet VB forums, but you’ll need a VB flash cart in order to play it, as it is not compatible with any emulators at this point.

If you’d like to see how it plays, watch this clip posted to YouTube by the team over at RetroCollect:


Check out this upcoming 8-bit inspired Game of Thrones game

Spanish artist Abel Alves has posted a trailer for a new creation that will have many of you excited – a free 8-bit style game based on the popular Game of Thrones TV series.

The game features four different characters (Jon Snow, Daenarys and Tyrion are shown in the video – each with different abilities and attacks) from the TV show as well as awesome chiptune renditions of the music from the show created by Floating Point. There are four levels in all, based on different parts of the book and TV series, some of which were provided by pixel artist Carl Olsson.

You will be able to the game here soon.


CollectorVision to release Taito compilation for Colecovision

The Colecovision had the misfortune of being released about a year before the bottom fell out of the North American video gaming market, so it missed out on a great many arcade ports. Over time, homebrew developers have sought to right this wrong by porting many arcade games to the console, including the Taito classics Lock n Chase, Chack n Pop, and Elevator Action.

CollectorVision has decided to bundle these three Taito classics together in a new compilation called Taito Legends. To sweeten the deal, they’re throwing in a fourth, previously unreleased game – Jungle King. The bundle will be available at a special price too.

For those that already own the previous releases, Jungle King will be available separately.

No price or release dates have been announced as yet.


Sprybug brings Sonic the Hedgehog to the Atari 2600

Hot off the heels of his Super Mario Bros. project Princess Rescue, homebrew developer Sprybug has brought Mario’s cross-platform rival Sonic the Hedgehog to the Atari 2600.

A short demo ROM of the game can be downloaded from AtariAge.

The project is quite early, but it’s still pretty impressive what Sprybug has managed to accomplish in a short period of time.


Check out Maldita Castilla, a homage to arcade platformers

Spanish independent developer Locomalito has released a new game called Maldita Castilla, which is his ode to the arcade platformers of old, such as Ghouls ‘n’ Ghosts, Black Tiger and Karnov.

The game mixes the platforming action of the aforementioned games with European mythology and draws inspiration from the landmark novel Amadis de Gaula, one of the most influential series in literary history.

You can download the game here. It’s free, but you get a few extras if you donate to the author.


Classic Kong brings the original Donkey Kong to the SNES

Homebrew efforts on older systems are getting more impressive by the day.

Classic Kong is a SNES adaptation of the original Donkey Kong, brought to you by Bubble Zap Games. It’s a fairly faithful recreation – with souped up graphics and sound, of course.

You can grab the ROM (and the source code, if you’re interested) here.


Mage: The Enchanted Crystals now available for Odyssey2 and Philips Videopac

Revival Studios’ latest homebrew effort Mage: The Enchanted Crystals has now been released. 100 copies have been made available at a cost of 39 Euros each. A plastic case can be purchased alongside the game for an additional 5 Euros.

The game is something of a dungeon crawler with an original story, which the website elaborates on: “While working on a powerful spell, Wizzy’s father was being watched by others. As a precaution he captured the spell inside a crystal and divided it into 4 pieces, which he buried inside the mines, just south of your village. It is now up to you to collect these pieces and bring them together inside the enchanted chest to ensure the spell doesn’t fall into the wrong hands.”

You can get the game here.

Via RetroCollect


Another World coming soon to Jaguar

Homebrew developers The Removers have successfully ported the classic action/adventure game Another World to the Atari Jaguar, one of the few formats of the era to not get its own copy of the game.

The Jaguar version takes advantage of being late to the party by incorporating all of the enhancements from the 15th anniversary edition of the game. The project even has the blessing of Eric Chahi, the man behind the original game.

The Removers are ramping up plans to produce a physical release of the cartridge, though numbers of cartridges produced will be based on the number of responses they receive to a survery they are conducting on their website.


C64 homebrew game Fairy Well now available on cartridge

Fairy Well, the winner of RGCD’s 2011 Commodore 64 16KB Game Development Competition, is now available in cartridge format.

The game is a unique and highly ambitious collect-a-thon with a huge game world, ton of interesting characters and some neat boss battles.

For £21 (shipping included), you get a boxed copy of the game with manual and a bonus sticker. The game is compatible with both PAL and NTSC sets, and is joystick control-only, so you can play it on a Commodore 64GS if you’re one of the handful of people who owns one.


Nomolos: Storming the Castle demo released

Nomolos: Storming the Castle is a homebrew platformer for the Nintendo Entertainment System being developed by Gradual Games. You play as the cat Nomolos who must rescue his friend Snow.

The game is due to ship on May 15, but you can get a taste now via a demo ROM available on Gradual Games’ site.

A hundred cartridge run is being planned for release through Retro Zone. You can pre-order the game now – $US41 for a boxed version, or $US32 for a cartridge and manual.