The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES) Retro Game of the Month February 2024

Selected by: Rontro

Legend of Zelda has a long and storied history as a franchise, so it is no surprise that A Link to the Past for the Super Nintendo is one of the first games to be awarded Retro Game of the Month. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if it becomes the first game of the year. If you are into older video games, this title is a must-play. Link to the Past has some of the best dungeons, music, and gameplay in the entire series. It’s also a good example of what is often be called “Classic Legend of Zelda” from the days when the series was 2D. It’s hard to find much to say about this game aside from it being really good. If you want more details, check out the LttP home page:

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Would you like to see your favorite game win Retro Game of the Month? Leave a comment below and it will be considered for next month’s award! Each winner will be entered into a contest for Retro Game of the Year in December and announced on the third week of the month.

Grandia (PS1) Retro Game of the Month January 2024

Selected by: tankMage

Grandia was the first game I reviewed for this site way back in 2015, so it’s only fitting that it’s the first to earn the title of Retro Game of the Month. To be honest, I was not terribly impressed with Grandia when I first played it, but there’s something special about the cast and story that made it grow on me. Justin’s (the main protagonist) positivity and enthusiasm is infectious. He’s also kind of flawed despite being so well meaning, which was evidenced in some of his relationships. At the same time, Justin grew as a character and the ending is probably one of my all-time favorites.

The gameplay itself is pretty good, though it’s ultimately a standard JRPG at the end of the day. There’s a few parts that drag and the inventory system sucks. In fact fiddling with the bad inventory is one of the other things that stick out in my memories of Grandia. Luckily the gameplay is good enough that its flaws are outweighed by the things that make it fun, so give this title a go if you are looking for a lesser known PS1 RPG.

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Would you like to see your favorite game win Retro Game of the Month? Leave a comment below and it will be considered for next month’s award! Each winner will be entered into a contest for Retro Game of the Year in December and announced on the third week of the month.

Retro Video Game Awards Coming January 2024

Starting in January, RetroMaggedon.com will award a retro game the title of “Retro Game of the Month” on first of every month. Winners will be selected by contributors and readers. On the second week of every December, a “Retro Game of the Year” will be selected from the 11 winners of the Retro Game of the Month title.

Currently, anyone is welcome to nominate a game in the comments below or in the comment section of a Retro Game of the Month post. Depending on how much participation we see, nominated games will either be given the award automatically or voted on. The Retro Game of the year will be voted on during the first week of December and announced the following week.

Help Us Improve Our Cheat Codes and Passwords!

For the past two years I’ve been adding cheats and passwords for games after discovering there’s a lot of bad info out there. This is largely a result of the cheats that were published in old magazines and books having errors that were never corrected.

I have managed to put together a good collection of old books and mags that I take cheats/passwords from, which are cited on each page. All of the info that appears on this site is tested for the NTSC (and sometimes PAL) version of the game it’s associated with, but a lot of my records are incomplete. With that in mind, I welcome input from visitors. Please let me know if something doesn’t work or if there are any missing cheats, so I can further improve our resources.

Thanks to everyone who had already helped make corrections and contributed to this project. Also, happy Thanksgiving to everyone in the USA!

~tankMage

More Navigation Improvements

While the last round of improvements saw better navigation for game home pages and save file pages, this next upgrade will be applied to guides, reviews, and cheat/password pages. The premise will be the same for the most part, since it is just a simple bar with links to the home page and game catalog for each title.

That said, the new system will only be applied to newly added titles for the time being. There’s hundreds of pages that could use this upgrade, but I want to focus on adding to the site for a while. With any luck I’ll slowly start converting older pages this winter.

~tankMage

Nintendo 64 Added to the Save Archive

It seems like I have a lot of announcements to make lately. This time, it’s for something that’s probably long overdue: Nintendo 64 save files! You can find any saves we have for N64 in the Save Archive or on Home Pages for specific games. Right now we only have saves for one title, but that will change in the near future. Here’s a direct link to the N64 save file list:

~tankMage

Why We Collect User Data

Earlier today I posted a notice about the GDPR opt outs that appear on this site for UK and EU visitors. The subject got me thinking about why I collect any data at all and made me realize I should explain the situation a bit in case anyone cares.

In a nutshell RetroMaggedon.com uses Google Adsense and Analytics. I use Adsense to help keep the lights on (so to speak) since servers cost money. Analytics is just there to help me figure out what pages people use. The info I get from both services is very vague, at least on my end, and I do not release or sell data to any entities aside from Google. Acting in good faith to our visitors is very important to me and the other people involved in this project, so I hope this clarifies the matter a bit.

~tankMage

GDPR Compliance

Visitors from the UK and Europe will receive a pop up message giving them the option to opt out of our adsense data collection. This message should appear only once. Please be aware that this site collects very little data aside from Adsense and Google Analytics. Even then the info we have access to is very limited. Visitors are welcome to leave questions about privacy in the comments below or via email.

~tankMage