The House of Hitstun

Retro Core Mega Drive Audio Showcase

Thursday, May 21st, 2020 at 3:10 am | Audio | Video

I’ve been following Retro Core for 15 years from its original video game reviews to its recent videos about ports of games and the Chinese knock offs that play them. He’s tired of people dissing the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive’s sound chip, so he brought several examples of clean instruments and heavy bass. There’s more Mega Drive music and a couple Super Nintendo ones where that came from.

Source: Retro Core via some search for video game reviews in 2005
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Pretend This Didn’t Happen

Thursday, March 12th, 2020 at 8:20 pm | Audio

The world just keeps self-destructing. Did you plan to go to school, watch sports, or attend events? Too bad; it’s all cancelled for the rest of March. At least podcasts still work and Columbus improv comedy scene has one. Season 2 is now online featuring the lovely Jiko and the rest of Brainstorm. Put on some headphones, avoid the crowds, and Pretend This Didn’t Happen.

Source: Pretend This Didn’t Happen via Jiko

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Snail’s House – [snowdrift]

Friday, February 7th, 2020 at 12:00 pm | Audio

Here in Ohio, we finally got our first decent snow of the winter. I really like snow as long as I’m not driving in it. For the moment, things are calm and pretty and not even that cold.

These are dire times. The USA became a dictatorship, China is sick, Hong Kong’s autonomy is still threatened, Australia is still on fire, and climate change is inevitable. Let’s rest and enjoy the snow before climate change takes it away from us. We should recover our strength so we can continue the fight for our future.

Source: Ujico* via NutellaFrenchToast via Unironically Good SiIvaGunner/Mashups while looking for music to play at my wedding
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chanomach – ナナメから世界を見たって、何もいいことはない / Enjoy correctly.

Wednesday, January 15th, 2020 at 1:23 am | Image | Stream

Hi, Internet! I apologize; I’ve been pretty glitchy lately and things have been crazy, what with the weddings and holidays and conventions and all. My cross-posting pipeline is broken so I have to write the same posts four times. That’s too much work!

My stream is erratic, too, but I’ve been experimenting with to stream to Mixer, Twitch, Smashcast, and Facebook all at once, usually on Friday nights. Once the cartridge is reseated and things work again, I’ll try to relaunch the blog and the stream. These experiments have been fun, though.


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RetroAchievements for Romhacks

Wednesday, July 31st, 2019 at 9:34 pm | Game

RetroAchievements adds Xbox 360-style achievement hunting and leaderboards to thousands of classic games and romhacks. Uncommon games often have romhacks that work with RetroAchievements. Check for patches you can apply with utilities like Floating IPS. I’ve already recommended Rockman 4 Minus Infinity but it also has RetroAchievements.

Dynamite Headdy delocalization by M.I.J.E.T. (RetroAchievements)
The localization we got here removed most of the dialogue, added American pop culture references, and made the annoying tower boss fight four times as long. This fan translation doesn’t do any of that. Go collect those secret bonus points.

Pulseman translation by M.I.J.E.T. (RetroAchievements)
My favorite game on Sega Channel had you build up static electricity and then discharge it to attack and move around. Most of the team that made it went on to make Pokémon Red and Blue.

Super Mario Land DX by toruzz (RetroAchievements)
Also Super Mario Land 2 DX by toruzz (RetroAchievements)
Super Mario Land is the first game I ever beat and a fine place to get started with romhacks. This turns Super Mario Land and its sequel into Game Boy Color games with some graphics redrawn for better visibility. The RetroAchievements add some nice challenges to keep things fresh.

Extra Mario Bros. by ATA (RetroAchievements)
This romhack gives Mario a dose of Metroid-like exploration with collecting keys and permanent upgrades to reach new places. It’s still Super Mario Bros., so the screen only scrolls to the right.

Umihara Kawase translation by satsu (RetroAchievements)
A new Umihara Kawase game just came out and I’m afraid to start it because I get hooked on these games for a long time. We’ve got a wedding to plan! The original game’s RetroAchievements keep track of every door and backpack you’ve reached, so try to get them all.

Source: RetroAchievements,, and My Life in Gaming

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