Kevin & Jaydie’s Qualifying Round Results. Wes Thurman up Next.

We had a blast today with the first trials in Old-Schooled Season 2. Before we get to the results, the next player chosen at random called on to take the Qualifying is

Wes Thurman

Good luck on your trial. Here’s a look at how Kevin and Jaydie did.


Kevin Crowling

Game Zillion 2 Neo Turf Masters Dodonpachi Killer Instinct
Score  0  +7  3,240,100 4
Game Super Mario Kart Silver Surfer Joy Mech Fight Metroid II
Score  18  17,400 8  1
Trial Video Part 1 (Please excuse the technical issues in the second half)
Trial Video Part 2






Jaydie Moore

Game Zillion 2 Neo Turf Masters Dodonpachi Killer Instinct
Score  2 +19  4,017,900  1
Game Super Mario Kart Silver Surfer Joy Mech Fight Metroid II
Score  18  48,800 26  0
Trial Video

Qualifying Round Challenge List Finalized and First Player Chosen

The challenge list for the Qualifying round of Season 2 has been finalized. Before we list them though, here is the first scheduled player, selected at random.

Kevin Crowling

Good luck, I’ll be contacting you soon to schedule a time for your trial. And here’s the challenges you’ll be facing for the qualifying round.

Qualifying Round Challenges

Zillion 2 (Sega Master System)

1 point scored for every one of the 8 levels cleared. +2 points for game completion. No continues.

Neo Turf Masters (Neo Geo)

Low score challenge on the USA course in 1P Stroke Play. You may choose any character you like. Use any many continues as you need to finish the course.

Dodonpachi (Arcade)

High score challenge. No continues.

Killer Instinct (SNES)

1 point scored for the each of the 11 opponents defeated in the 1 Player game. +3 points for game completion. No continues. Capcom Soldier gamepad available on request.

Super Mario Kart (SNES)

High score challenge in the 1 player game Mariokart GP 100cc Flower Cup. No continues.

Silver Surfer (NES)

High score challenge. No continues. Stage order for this challenge will be Reptyl, Firelord, Possessor, Emperor, Mephisto, and Magik Domain.

Joy Mech Fight (Famicom)

1P War mode. 1 point scored for defeating each of the 35 opponents. +9 points for game completion. No continues.

Metroid II (Gameboy)

Timed challenge. 1 hour or until Samus dies. 1 point for every Metroid killed. +11 bonus points for killing the Metroid Queen (IE: 12 total. 1 For killing a Metroid and +11 for it being the queen.). +1 point for making it to the exit.

If you have any questions or need any assistance getting some of these games for practice, please contact me and I will assist you.

Gameplay Videos

To help you all get prepared, here’s a selection of longplay videos of the featured games.

First Round of Signups Complete – Game Draft Begins

Raspiberry Pi3 running Retropie

We have our initial eight players signed up and ready to go for the season. We are still accepting players all throughout the Qualifying Round but participating in the game draft is currently closed. For everyone participating in this season please email me your three selected games as outlined in the game drafts area under the league rules. You are basically just picking three different games; however, there is a number of systems to make your selections from.

Speaking of systems let’s take a look at the hardware that will make this tournament possible. First off all games, unless needed to for an extenuating circumstance, run on a Raspberry pi3 running Retropie, a linux distribution built around Emulation Station and the Retroarch emulators with libretro cores. In most cases I used the standard recommended cores with a focus on the most accurate libretro cores available. A few notable entries is I use the MAME 2003 romset and lr-mame2003 core for Arcade games and the Final Burn Alpha core for Neo Geo titles. To better emulate the scanlines, bloom, shadows, and curvature of CRTs all libretro cores use crt-pi-curvature.glslp and crt-pi-curvature-vertical.glslp shaders as appropriate for the game’s orientation.

However the system itself isn’t any use without anything to control it. All the controls used in Old-schooled are original system hardware that has been cleaned and refurbished by myself and each video game system is tied to its specific controller. In some cases similar controls are used for different systems. For example the NES controller handles NES as well as Gameboy, Atari 7800, Sega Master System, and TurboGrafix16 systems. Here are the controllers you’ll be using for the league. All controllers come in matched sets of two. Four player games are technically supported but they use another system’s controller for controller 3 and 4.

Keen eyed readers might notice that every system on the system list is there. Generally it’s because it’s more obscure. The most appropriate controller for the system will be assigned before your trial. The Super Famicom pad may be substituted for a Capcom Soldier pad for SNES. Also details on Best Electronic’s upgrade of the CX40 PCB can be found here.

Old-Schooled League Season 2 Sign-Ups Now Open

After a long hiatus were are now ready to start signups for another season of the Old-Schooled League. With a new season comes changes and updates to the format so head on over to the rules and format page to get a heads up everything that will be new to this season. If you’re ready to join follow the instructions on how to join and send me an email with the needed information. I’m looking to get a minimum of 8 players before we begin the final round. I’ll announce more about start times once we’ve got enough sign-ups.

Missed the last season? Here’s the finale from last season.

(It looks like is having issues with so you can click here to view the video.)

Old-Schooled Season 1 Expert Round Finished

With the intermediate round over the final showdown between the top two players has taken place in the expert round in a best three our of five challenges. The results are in and here they are. Thank you very much for everyone who played this season and we’ll be looking at creating a great experience for next season.


Player Date
Bomberman 2
Machines 2
Don 17OCT2015 20,800 Win Lose Win
Nick 17OCT2015 12,000 Lose Win Lose

Season 1 Champion

Don "Furluge" Scherig