Retro Wrap-Up: The Return Edition

Sunday, February 8th, 2015

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Banjo-Kazooie | Retro Wrap-Up

Time. As time flows onward, things in this life change. People come and go. Priorities shift. And sometimes, in all this turbulence, the little things are ignored, cast aside in favor of more serious, or urgent matters, until they are completely forgotten about, lost forever in the tragic sea of what once was. That is, until one day, a brave young lad stands up, draws his sword and strikes down the evil—okay, I’ll stop that.

But seriously, after a long hiatus, the Retro Wrap-Up has returned. Can you believe it’s been eight months—just after E3—since we’ve done one of these? In commemoration of the return of this feature, this week we celebrate game franchises that are enduring a long hiatus, leaving their fans waiting with bated breath for the next installment. With this in mind, the all-new oprainfall Retro Commercial Research Team—in other words, me—will be bringing you a look at some games series that haven’t had a new addition in quite some time. Funny how a few of them ended up being Rare titles. Here’s hoping that somewhere down the line, we’ll see these series make a triumphant return as well.

Just be aware, this first one is kind of NSFW.

Here’s a rundown of what’s been happening this past week.




We’ve had a bunch of new information about Xenoblade Chronicles X this week thanks to a live-streamed presentation, which you can watch here if you missed it (or just want to see it again).

There were other things going on as well.

For another take on this week’s biggest news, check out Operation Recap, our weekly recap video on our YouTube channel.

If you have any ideas or suggestions for retro commercials, let us know by either Facebook, Twitter, or just leave a good old-fashioned comment below.

About Eric Chetkauskas

Eric has been playing video games for longer than he can remember. His interests skew toward retro games with an emphasis on Japanese RPGs like Chrono Trigger and the Dragon Quest series.