New games, Old harware
Retro gaming is making a bit of a comeback with retro revivals on the Wii and tons of upgraded classics on the PSN and XBLA. But for the truly hardcore fans of retro gaming some independent developers have taken on the task of creating some new old school games to be played the way they were meant to... on classic hardware.
New cartridges are being produced for old systems like the Atari 2600, NES, and Genesis and loaded up with new original content. The cartridges are completely compatible with old systems as well as many clones and make for the ultimate new retro experience.
Halo 2600 (Atari 2600)
The most high profile title is Eddy Fries Halo 2600. Eddy, who was a key member of Microsoft Game Studios during the launch of the original Halo titles has taken it upon himself to see how he could build a Halo game for the 2600. While the obvious hardware limitations of the machine remain in place, it's pretty amazing what he managed to accomplish in 4k. The game is impressive for a 2600 title and is best described as Advanture with guns.
Players control Master Cheif and battle agaist the Covenant as they collect keys in order to progress through the games 64 stages. A very small run of cartidges were prodcues and sold at the Classic Gaming Expo in 2010.
Battle Kid: Fortress of Peril (NES)
The next system to be getting some new retro cartridges is the NES. While pirates used old NES cartridges to stick translated ROMs on for years, new cartridges are now being produced with indie games.
The most notable NES title is Sivak Games' Battle Kid: Fortress of Peril, which is an 8bit game inspired by the flash game "I Wanna Be The Guy". Of all the new 8bit titles, Battle Kid is the first that seems like a complete experience. It's a solid platformer with a difficulty that's only for those who love punishing games.
In the game Battle Kid enters a high tech fortress of 550 rooms in order to stop a supermech from being constructed. The game features a password system and 5 difficulty settings.
Battle Kid can be purchased at Retrozone as well as the following new NES titles: Ultimate Frogger Champion, Super NeSnake 2, Mystic Pillars, Glider, Chunkout 2, 2 in 1 Geminim/Siamond.
Pier Solar (Genesis)
On the 16bit side of things the Genesis is getting a ton of attention from fan made projects.
Most recently the RPG Pier Solar seems to be very close to release. The game began development in 2004 and looks to be a very promising RPG for the Genesis.
The game stars characters Hoston, Edessot, and Alina as they search for a cure to a mysterious illness that has infected Hoston's father.
Beggar Prince and Legend of Wukong (Genesis)
Lastly the goat-store has re-launched its publishing wing earlier this month which produces new Dreamcast titles, definitely worth checking out if you're interested in Sega's last console... which you should be.