Maximum Power Up is a monthly podcast covering retro and modern gaming. Join our hosts and special guests as they chat about their love of video game culture.
A touch starved of video games as a child, Phil has developed somewhat of a gaming obsession in his adult life. He started collecting retro games seriously 3 years ago. He is a self admitted Capcom Fanboy and can be often found trawling through stalls at events looking for his latest Vs fighter pickup that he probably already owns on another system.
A former Retro Asylum team member, starting in early 2014 as a regular podcast cover artist and eventually featuring as a co-host on a few episodes before leaving to co-found Maximum Power Up in 2015.
Gunstar Heroes (Treasure, 1993), Rez (United Games Artists, 2001), Ultra Street Fighter 4 (Capcom, 2014) & Silent Hill 2 (Konami, 2001)
Nintendo: NES, SNES, N64, Gamecube, Wii, WiiU, Gameboy Advance & Nintendo DS lite
Sega: Mega Drive, Saturn, Dreamcast & Game Gear
Sony: PS1, PS2, PS3, PS4 & PSP
Microsoft: XBox Original, XBox 360 & Xbox One
JXD: S7800b Android Retro Gaming Tablet
Follow Phil on Twitter – @Last1Up
Paul has been playing games for over 25 years and first owned system was the Atari 520 STe. A lot of the early years were building experiences on local arcade machines and a love for gaming magazines – something that is still a major love all these years later. Other machines owned growing up were the Super Nintendo – his favourite of all time, the Amiga, PS1, PS2, PS3.
A former member of the Retro Asylum podcast team for 18 months he always found it difficult to shut up about the ST, games magazines or the SNES. Co-founded Maximum Power Up in 2015.
Final Fight (Capcom, 1989), Shadowrun (Beam Software, 1993), Dungeon Master (FTL Games, 1987) and Resident Evil 4 (Capcom, 2005)
Nintendo: SNES, Gameboy Colour, Gameboy Advance, N64 & Switch
Sega: Mega Drive
Sony: PS1, PS2, PS3
JXD: S7800b Android Retro Gaming Tablet
Follow Paul on Twitter – @PdmonPaul
Tom started his gaming adventure in the late 80s on the Amstrad CPC464 and since being bitten by the bug has owned pretty much every major console since then. Collecting rare and obscure gaming paraphernalia is now one of his main hobbies, as is a bizarre affection for failed systems like the Atari Jaguar and 3DO.
Tom founded The Dreamcast Junkyard in 2005, writes for RetroCollect and has written for both Retro Gamer Magazine and tech website T3. A regular at gaming expos and on other people’s podcasts, Tom joined Maximum Power Up in December 2015.
Doom 64 (N64, 1997), Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time (N64, 1998), Colin McRae Rally 2.0 (PlayStation, 2000), Wip3out (PlayStation, 1999), Halo (Xbox, 2001), Rush 2049 (Dreamcast, 2000)
Nintendo: NES, SNES, Gameboy Advance, Gameboy Pocket, DS, Gameboy Colour, Gamecube, N64, Wii & Switch
Sega: Master System, Mega Drive, Mega CD, Multimega, Game Gear, Saturn, Dreamcast
Atari: Jaguar, Jaguar CD
Panasonic: 3DO FZ10
Sony: PlayStation, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita
Microsoft: Xbox, Xbox 360
Hyperkin: Retron 5
SNK: Neo-Geo Pocket, Neo-Geo CD
Phillips: CDi 450
Follow Tom on Twitter – @Tomleecee
Chris started gaming at the age of 5 at dingy arcades on the coasts of England. Gaming at home consisted of a Spectrum ZX and Atari 2600 until a Nintendo Entertainment System appeared in 1987. He never warmed to the NES, but the Super Nintendo changed his life!
“I didn’t realise just how much I loved video games until I played Super Mario World. Gaming was something I did with my dad at first and then later my brother and I would play Super Tennis or Micro Machines every day. I was one of those kids who had divorced parents so had a Super Nintendo at my mum’s and Mega Drive at my dad’s so playground console wars didn’t really affect me, however I am a veteran of the Amiga v Atari ST war that raged in the early 90’s. Luckily I was on the winning side playing some amazing games on my Amiga instead of using it for school work.”
Super Mario World (Nintendo, 1990), Tactics Ogre Let us Cling Together (Square-Enix, 1995), Final Fantasy XII (Square-Enix, 2006), WipEout HD/Fury (Liverpool Studio, 2008), Castlevania Symphony of the Night (Konami, 1997).
Nintendo: Four Gameboy Micros, GBA SP & GameBoy
Sony: PS3, PS4 & PSVita
Follow Chris on Twitter – @ChrisSmithster
The Maximum Power Up import freak. A Speccy gamer from the age of 10 onwards, Jake has lived through both the 8 and 16 Bit wars, during which he imported a Japanese Mega Drive, fell in love with Japanese game cover art and typography, and has been gaming and collecting ever since.
Collecting hardware as much as software, he’s is happy to own variations of well known consoles and obscure systems, aiming to collect the very best games released for them. This leads to an incredible amount of electronic plastic littering the man cave. The over-spill includes two arcade machines at work…
Bubble Bobble, Power Drift (arcade), Gunstar Heroes, Thunder Force III, Elemental Master (Mega Drive), Donkey Kong Jr (Famicom), TxK (Vita), Fire Emblem series, Mr. Driller series
So many, and so many variations of each console!
Highlights: Pioneer LaserDisc with MD/PCE, Panasonic Q, Sega Wondermega, Nuon, Sega Dino King JAMMA cab conversion…
Follow Jake on Twitter – @jake74
Chris Smith Redux
Thanks to having an excessive amount of older sisters, Chris was introduced to video games when he was just 3 years old. Those early days were spent playing on a Texas Ti99, a succession of ZX Spectrums (damn those rubber keys) and a Commodore 16+4. His first console was a SEGA Master System, which started a SEGA love affair that kept him from owning a Nintendo home console until the GameCube. His gaming time has been split almost 50/50 between PCs and Consoles since the mid-90s.
Chris writes into the void via his own blog liberaljoon, which sometimes gets 10s of views. Wider geek interests include a healthy amount of Marvel & DC, a balanced Sci-Fi & Fantasy bookshelf, and extending the game playing into the physical space with cards, dice and boards.
TxK (PS Vita, 2014) and all things Jeff Minter, Quake 1 (PC, 1996), Bubble Bobble (SMS, 1988) , Warcraft 3 (PC, 2002) and Saturn Bomberman (Saturn, 1996)
SEGA: Mega Drive, Saturn, Dreamcast
Sony: PS3, PS4, PSVR, PSPgo, PS Vita, PSTV
Microsoft: Xbox One
Nintendo: N64, Wii, DS Lite
RetroPie setup to emulate the gaps
Follow Chris on Twitter – @kayjoon
Amy’s first taste of gaming came at the tender age of 4 playing Granny’s Garden on the BBC Micro then later Martello Towers on the same platform. From this sparked a love of adventure and puzzle games with great storylines.
A complete Legend of Zelda lover (especially Twilight Princess!) and big fan of the Dragon Age Trilogy, also a fan of all things Resident Evil.
Some of her favourite consoles owned over the years are the SNES, GameCube, Mega Drive and WiiU.
Legend Of Zelda Twilight Princess (Nintendo, 2006), Dragon Age Origins (BioWare, 2009), Resident Evil 5 (Capcom, 2009), Alex Kidd in Miracle World (Sega 1986), Bubble Bobble (Taito, 1986).
Nintendo: SNES, GameCube, Wii, WiiU, Game Boy, Game Boy Colour, Game Boy Advance, Game Boy Advance SP Zelda Limited Edition, 3DS XL
Sega: Master System 2, Mega Drive, Game Gear
Microsoft: Xbox 360
Follow Amy on Twitter – @AmyHasler1
Julian is the author of the popular website BoxedPixels.co.uk – a site known for its thoughtful analysis of games, their history and significance. He regularly contributes to sites like RetroCollect and fanzines including HyperPlay RPG. Julian is also a Guinness World Record holder having Sung nonstop on ‘SingStar’ for a really longtime!
Described by PlayStation access as a “gamer and all round hero” for Julian narrative in games is key. He is a huge fan of RPGs, obscure Japanese games and Visual Novels. Growing up in the late eighties Julian’s heart is pixelated and he hears only Chip Tune music . Like a Japanese business man most of his game playing is done on a train, but this hasn’t stopped Julian amassing a sizeable Boxed collection of 16bit games. Julian officially joined the team in November 2016.
Ni No Kuni (PS3), The Persona Series, The Phoenix Wright Series, Chrono Trigger, Uncharted 2
Nintendo: NES, SNES, Gameboy Colour, Gameboy Advance, DS, 3DS
Sega: Mega Drive
Sony: PS1, PS2, PS3, PS4, PsP, PS Vita
GPD XD Android Retro Gaming Tablet
Retron 5 / Retro Freak
Follow Julian on Twitter – @JulianHillUK
Arron tarted gaming on the NES and Master System 1 around 1990, Arron first found videogame love in Street Fighter 2 at age 7 finishing the game in the shop.
Arron always chose Nintendo over SEGA early on but will always have a soft spot for the SEGA Saturn. He has owned pretty much every Nintendo console since the SNES but and will always be a MASSIVE N64 fan which he will never stop playing as he believes the system houses Nintendo’s best games. Arron is also a big Nintendo magazine collector.
Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Nintendo, 1998), Goldeneye (Rare, 1997), SEGA Rally Championship (SEGA, 1994), Metal Gear Solid (Konami, 1998), Pokemon Blue (Nintendo, 1996) & Street Fighter 2 Turbo: Hyper Fighting (Capcom, 1992)
Nintendo: Super Famicom, N64, Gamecube, Wii, Switch & Nintendo DS/2/3DS
Sega: Master System 2, Saturn & Dreamcast
Sony: PS 2 & PS3
Microsoft: XBox One & XBox 360
Follow Arron on Twitter – @timson72