Nostalgia is a great thing, but refreshing the memory with a dip into the bran tub of history can often be painful. Things ain't what they used to be, but in some cases that's for the best. Spend an evening with the repeat channels on digital TV and you'll see why.
However, Megajoy II, a collection of 76 old-school video games built into a joypad, has more than its fair share of diamonds amongst the coal. Playability, like tricky wingplay and the Pirelli calendar, never goes out of fashion, and the significant proprotion of the offerings here are riddled with it.
They say that there are only seven stories in fiction, no matter how you dress them up. A similar principle applies to games, in that there are only a handful of styles to play with. Megajoy II shows off some of the roots of games with its examples of driving, platform, sports, puzzle, shoot-'em-up and beat'em-up genres.
As a self-contained console and retro game collection, the Megajoy II is a triumph. Simple to set up and always offering a choice, it's ten-minute-filling properties are plenty. And as a starter of the 'I had this on (insert tape-based 80s computer format here)' conversation, it is unparalleled.
1) Contra, 2) Aladdin III, 3) World Soccer, 4) King of Fighter, 5) Tekken, 6) WWF, 7) Tetris II, 8) Super Mario, 9) Arkonoid, 10) 1942, 11) Star Force, 12) F1 Race, 13) Popeye, 14) Galaza, 15) Bomb Jack, 16) Bird Week, 17) Five Chess, 18) Star Gate, 19) Space ET, 20) Mario Bros, 21) Exerion, 22) Road Fighter, 23) Dig Dug I, 24) Twin Bee, 25) Binary & Land, 26) Door Door, 27) Spartanx, 28) Super Dynamix, 29) Wild Gunman, 30) Ninja I, 31) Arabian, 32) Helicopter, 33) Donkey Kong 2, 34) Lode Runner 2, 35) Front Line, 36) Antarctic, 37) Sky Destroyer, 38) Balloon Fight, 39) Millipede, 40) Circus Chablie, 41) Golf, 42) Clu Clu Land, 43) Desert Tank, 44) Combat, 45) Baseball, 46) Urban Champion, 47) Macross, 48) Milk & Nuts, 49) Slalom, 50) Speed Tank, 51) Elevator, 52) Brush Roll, 53) Ice Climber, 54) Hogan's Alley, 55) Burger Time, 56) Pac, 57) Zippy Race, 58) Calculator, 59) Clay Shooting, 60) Toy Story, 61) Tennis, 62) Pin Ball, 63) Lunar Ball, 64) Monkey, 65) Sqoon, 66) Pooyan, 67) Joust, 68) Duck Hunt, 69) Gyrodine, 70) Excite Bike, 71) Formation Z, 72) Painter, 73) Mappy, 74) Bomber Man, 75) Magic Jewelry, 76) Devil World.