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I guess I consider myself a sort-of "portable gaming enthusiast." A dictionary defines the word enthusiast as a 'person deeply involved in something, somebody who is enthusiastic about something, especially a hobby."  I am thinking that is probably the best way of putting it. There is just something about holding the technology in your hands. There is a certain thrill going on there. I like the gadgets, the portable game machines and I like the retro games.
    I like those type of games in which high score is the goal. You know the type, we call them "shumups."  I like the idea of obliterating the thousands of alien ships, which are on screen, with any, or all, of the power ups that is at my disposal.  I also like 2D gaming with the parallax scrolling. I like the illusion of depth and visual effects that can be created with the use of colors and scrolling layers of graphics. It is fascinating what a good programmer can do with limited hardware. And there are so many fun games that are from the past which have been created in this way. For me the fun is not in the beating of a game, but in the playing. To me, a lot of those old games never get old and are forever fun.
     It is fun watching the change and advancement in technology over the years in portable gaming. I bet no one could have visualized, when carrying and placing that big arcade machine of Space Invaders into establishments, that years later you could carry it around in your pocket. That is what, I guess, I find so fascinating. It is so much fun being able to have such great fun in your pocket. And the portable gaming gadgets just keep coming.
     My main purpose in this site is to share a little of my fun, joy, and enthusiasm by analyzing various portables that I can get my hands on.  And it seems I am drawn toward oddball portables at times. Maybe someone might say to themselves, "Hey I wouldn't mind having one of those," while others might say, "Never in a million years!"
  
       - Retro Junkie
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NEWS!                           
9-30-08
    I fought long and hard to make an update here before October rolled around. Lack of time was the biggest problem. I am updating with a new review. I have had the Wonder Swan for a while now. I have even had the review ready. I just needed a little time to take photos. When I purchased the Wonder Swan, I was really after the copy of Klonoa that came with it. To me the Wonder Swan was only an added bonus.
     I am also updating the Swan Crystal page. I noticed that I had a game listed that was an RPG and being able to read Japanese is required for any RPG in the Wonder Swan or Swan Crystal game library.
     I am hoping to continue with a DS review that I have started. I am hoping things will slow down around here as we enter the Fall season. And I do have another portable that I would like to review and add to my slowly growing list of handheld gaming systems. It is the Onestation Elite. It is not compatible with any of the  Onestation carts and is a dedicated NES clone system with its own unique game carts.

                                              -retro junkie
News!                              
10-11-08
    What another update? Yes! I found that I had a rough draft of the Onestation Elite review and decided to iron out a few of the wrinkles. It is very unusual that I have updates this cose together.
     I've been gaming on the Elite this week. I've been enjoying some of those old retro NES goodies. Mighty Final Fight has been at the top of this list and is featured in this review. And being a shoot'em up fan I can't stay away from games like Exerion, Star Force, Galaga, Galaxian, Gyrodine, etc. Gyrodine is probably about as close to Raiden you will get on the NES.
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News!                              
07-11, 2009
   Geo Cities is closing October 26, 2009. So I have been moving the site.
In the process I have been redesigning and updating pictures, information, etc. You can find the site at the following link,

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