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Tekken 7

Tekken 7 Retribution updates Steven 'Don't Call Him Steve' Fox's outfit


Oh and Akuma has an EX meter
Feb 05
// Chris Carter
Bandai Namco has provided a ton of new screens for Tekken 7 Retrbution, their update of sorts to the base game, and it gives us a few new looks at characters like Paul, Hwoarang, Devil Jin, Alisa, and of course, Fox. Interest...
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Dissidia

See Ramza in all his Dissidia glory right here


That's it for now, folks!
Feb 03
// Chris Carter
Over the past few months we've covered all of the Dissidia Final Fantasy arcade character reveals, and the last character is a pretty welcome surprise -- Final Fantasy Tactics' Ramza Beoulve. You can watch him in action ...
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Mario Party Arcade

Now you can throw a fit in public with Mario Party Arcade


A joint venture with Capcom
Feb 03
// Chris Carter
You're leading by four Stars in Mario Party -- it's down to the final few turns -- and you've won most of the minigames so far so you're pretty sure the Minigame Star in the bag. Then your friend uncovers a hidden Star, ...

Obscure Video Games: Top 5 Bosses of Ninja Baseball Bat Man

Jan 30 // Obscure Video Games
Makeshift Villain This mafioso makes quite a statement with his lavender trench coat and bowed-up hair. It's a fashion crime. Hit him with a bat. Windy Plane It's a plane with teeth. He cries a lot. Hit him with a bat. Ghost Buffalo You know that freaky deer head in Evil Dead 2? Well, what if he was a buffalo head? What would you do if he jumped off the wall and started biting you? You'd hit him with a bat; that's what you'd do. Mechanical Alligator This muscle-bound hunk of luggage wants to snap you in half. Before he does, you need to strip him down to his scales, once piece of armor at a time. Try hitting him with a bat. King Babe The final boss is Babe Ruth on steroids. A swing of his weapon creates pink tornadoes of destruction. Want to see the end credits? Hit him with a bat. Ninja Baseball Bat Man is a great game, especially if you like hitting things with bats. Unfortunately, the arcade machine is quite rare, and it's never been released on a console. If you can swing an emulator, you won't regret it. [embed]333518:61839:0[/embed]
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Hit them with a bat.
Ninja Baseball Bat Man is not a baseball game. It also has nothing to do with Batman. It's actually a wacky arcade beat-'em-up released in 1993 by Irem (maker of R-Type). You might assume it's just another example of Japanese...


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Ramza

Square Enix finally reveals Ramza in Dissidia Final Fantasy


Pretty dope
Jan 29
// Chris Carter
Finally! After dancing around it for weeks and teasing his lower body, Square Enix has showed off Ramza's character model in Dissidia Final Fantasy. He's currently set to debut at some point in the near future on the arcade e...
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Guilty Gear Xrd

Guilty Gear Xrd: Revelator is getting yet another new character in Kum Haehyun


Game is out on May 26
Jan 19
// Chris Carter
While we were all expecting Dizzy to make a triumphant return in the near future, it looks like there's a newcomer on the block for Guilty Gear Xrd: Revelator -- Kum Haehyun. This character joins Johnny, Jam, and Jack-O....
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Tekken

Akuma is likely coming to Tekken in Japanese arcades in February


Tekken 7 Fated Retribution
Jan 18
// Chris Carter
It's official: Akuma is invading the Tekken world, and he's probably coming to Japanese arcades soon by way of a series of location tests. If you happen to reside in Tokyo, Fukuoka, or Osaka, you can catch the tests...

Review: The Bug Butcher

Jan 18 // Jordan Devore
The Bug Butcher (Mac, Linux, Windows [reviewed])Developer: Awfully Nice StudiosPublisher: Awfully Nice StudiosRelease: January 19, 2016MSRP: $7.99 When I close my eyes, I now see aliens splitting apart into smaller aliens, again and again, until there is nothing left. I can picture exactly how they will move; when they'll strike. Clearly, this game has seeped into my mind. It only took a few short hours. As the titular exterminator, you're called into a research facility to clean up an infestation of creepy crawlers. Each of the 30 levels has the same basic premise -- "the only good bug is a dead bug!" -- but varying stage hazards, gimmicks, and enemy types keep the action engaging. Even after going back through most of the levels several times now, I'm yearning for more. It's all so very satisfying, and the scoring system and character upgrades further incentivize repeated playthroughs. I'll happily oblige. Every alien has a distinct look and movement pattern, but there are constants. They always enter the screen from above, telegraphing their descent so you aren't caught off guard. This is a game that rarely, if ever, feels "cheap." The majority of the bugs bounce around, touching down for a split second before going airborne again. Others hover from side to side, or stick to the ceiling. One pest crawls on the ground, waiting to pounce like a Facehugger. After taking enough damage, most will split into smaller beings that can quickly fill the room if left unchecked. This is important because, crucially, you can only shoot straight up. Positioning is everything. [embed]334931:61897:0[/embed] You'll have to keep an eye out for items that temporarily boost your damage or speed, and weapons like a laser beam, lightning gun, or rocket launcher. None of these last long, but they all pack a hefty punch and are enjoyable to wield. By keeping your combo up, you can also earn one-time-use abilities to, say, become invincible or freeze every alien in place if you're in a bind. Vanquished bugs litter the floor with coins, and there's a score-based, end-of-level payout. In the main Arcade mode, you can buy passive perks and permanent upgrades to make any weapons or abilities you might encounter mid-battle more useful. (To be clear: you always begin levels with your standard machine gun. Which is fine! It's quite good.) You're only able to equip a single perk at a time and, between the three choices, I prefer the one that lets you take a hit without dropping your combo. There's also Panic mode, playable alone or with a friend in split-screen, in which you try to survive for as long as possible. You can keep fighting until you're either out of health or out of time. For me, it's invariably the former. I have no problem scrambling to grab time extensions, but in doing so, I become too reckless. At any point, it's possible to pause the action to buy upgrades for your current run. Unlike in Arcade mode, these purchases aren't persistent across levels. The Bug Butcher gets chaotic, but rarely is it frustrating. Even when the screen is packed with enemies, you still have this overall awareness of where you should be standing, and when. The difficulty curve is spot on. It does a stellar job of making you feel mostly in control -- and, at times, over-powered -- without letting you sleepwalk to victory. You'll have to work for those high scores. I loved the responsive controls, and that's a big factor when examining an action-heavy game like this, but the presentation is also commendable. The art and sound design play pivotal roles. Bugs are squishy, just as you'd expect, while power-ups serve as a visual and auditory jolt of energy. The thumping electronic soundtrack is unrelenting, further helping to keep you in The Zone. If there's a major complaint to be made about The Bug Butcher, it's that there simply isn't more of it. [This review is based on a retail build of the game provided by the publisher.]
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Do your part!
When I first heard about The Bug Butcher last year, I thought it looked like a nice modern take on the bubble-popping shooter Super Pang. But I held off. I have a regrettable history of playing games in Steam Early Access onl...

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Dissida Final Fantasy

Ramza is coming soon to Dissida Final Fantasy arcade


Chaos characters too
Dec 30
// Chris Carter
Right now, the roster for the Dissida Final Fantasy arcade edition is complete. Well it mostly is, outside of Final Fantasy Tactics' Ramza, who will be added in "soon," according to Famitsu. Ramza was initially teas...
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Tekken 7

Tekken 7: Fated Retribution announced, the first new character is Street Fighter's Akuma


New characters, items, and stages
Dec 12
// Joe Parlock
Tekken 7: Fated Retribution has just been announced at The King of Iron Fist Tournament 2015’s grand finals. Fated Retribution will be released first in arcades, and will include new characters, outfits, items and stag...
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Namco

Namco is partnering with Hooters in Japan to open up an arcade


Haha ok
Dec 04
// Chris Carter
I've already professed my love for Japanese arcades, having visited some for the first time a few months back, but this is something else entirely. Namco Bandai is reportedly teaming up with Hooters to bring a "Gaming Barside...
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Pokken Tournament

A new fighter is coming to Pokken Tournament soon


Revealed on December 10
Dec 01
// Chris Carter
Pokken Tournament currently hosts 11 characters (counting Pikachu Libre and Shadow Mewtwo), and it looks like one more will be revealed on December 10, as per the official Twitter account. I'd wager that the new character wou...
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Dissidia

Y'shtola rounds out Dissidia Final Fantasy's cast as a representative of XIV


Only Ramza is left
Nov 25
// Chris Carter
She might not be well known at all in most Final Fantasy circles, but XIV fans will recognize Y’shtola the Conjurer. She was featured in the original build of XIV, before moving into the reworked A Realm...
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FFXII

Final Fantasy's Vaan isn't a street rat: I don't buy that


'I'm gonna be a sky pirate'
Nov 23
// Chris Carter
I've always had a lukewarm relationship with Final Fantasy XII, and its protagonist, Vaan. The only thing it really did for me was ape Final Fantasy XI's combat and add in gambits. Post-game content was pretty cool comp...
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Final Fantasy

Hahahaha: Tidus shows his stuff in Dissidia Final Fantasy arcade


Sorry, 'Tee-dus'
Nov 21
// Chris Carter
Tidus (Teedus) is kind of an awkward protagonist. X was the first fully-voiced Final Fantasy game, and Square really tried to force in some strange subplots and scenes meant to evoke emotion -- instead, they ended ...
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Zidane

Does anyone like Zidane? I don't hear him talked about much


His game was pretty great
Nov 20
// Chris Carter
Whenever the "best" Final Fantasy discussion comes up, VI is almost always near the top for a reason. Then you start getting into uncharted territory, with games like V and VII getting thrown around. But ...
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Whatever

...Whatever: Squall fights in Dissidia Final Fantasy, I guess


Whatever
Nov 19
// Steven Hansen
Dengeki has straight gameplay, too. The Koei Tecmo-made Dissidia Final Fantasy is chilling arcades in Japan for a while, but could come to PS4 at some point.
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Shantotto

Shantotto will be returning for the new Dissidia Final Fantasy


Hohohoho
Nov 19
// Chris Carter
Shantotto is an immensely popular Final Fantasy character among the fanbase, even though you don't hear about her often outside of it. After a modest start in Final Fantasy XI, she invaded other games, including the Dissidia...
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Dissidia

Fan favorite Terra takes a step up to the Dissidia Final Fantasy arcade plate


'Tina' in Japan
Nov 17
// Chris Carter
Terra is often a fan favorite Final Fantasy character -- heck, anyone from VI is usually a top choice. What makes her especially badass in Dissidia is that she can Trance mid-fight, turning her into her Esper f...
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Cecil

My main man Cecil shows his stuff in latest Dissidia Final Fantasy trailer


Oh, and Bartz too
Nov 16
// Chris Carter
Final Fantasy IV is still my favorite entry in the series. Having replayed it every few years or so I wouldn't say nostalgia fuels that claim, as it still has a fantastic soundtrack and an amazing cast -- "Spoony Bard" ...
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Dissidia

All hail the Onion Knight


More Dissidia footage
Nov 14
// Chris Carter
You didn't think I'd miss the next Dissidia Final Fantasy Arcade video just because it was the weekend, did you?Following up the Warrior of Light and Firion, here's the classic Onion Knight. Hailing from Final Fanta...
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Dissidia

Watch Firion smack up Lightning in this Dissidia Final Fantasy vignette


l'Cie? More like l'Lame
Nov 13
// Chris Carter
I think one of my favorite pastimes, as I've come to realize over the years, is watching character-specific trailers for fighting games and brawlers. It may seem excessive for those of you who don't partake in these genres, t...
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Dissidia

Can I...have Dissidia Final Fantasy Arcade now?


I've always dug this series
Nov 12
// Chris Carter
A lot of people have been down on Dissidia in the past, but I see it as a spiritual successor of sorts to Square Enix's Ehrgeiz (good God that game could use a remake). I'm a bit bummed, then, that the arcade versi...
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Pokemon fighter

Dark Mewtwo is actually Shadow Mewtwo


Adjust monogrammed towels accordingly
Nov 03
// Steven Hansen
Just a bit of housekeeping. The new Mewtwo form copped over the weekend is officially Shadow Mewtwo, not Dark Mewtwo as early sleuths sussed. Makes sense what with its "Shadow ___" moves. Not too much else revealed in the ch...
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Oh noes?

Pokken Tournament is so unpopular in one Japanese arcade, it's being removed


Meanwhile Pac-Man is going strong
Oct 20
// Jed Whitaker
One popular Japanese arcade has announced it is removing Pokkén Tournament due to lack of popularity and profitability, and the fact that the game will be releasing on Wii U next year. A redditor reports...
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Pokemon fighter

There's a Gardevoir in this Pokken Tournament trailer


Know your audience
Oct 20
// Steven Hansen
Sure, this general Pokkén Tournament trailer is a little less balls to the wall exciting than seeing Luchador Pikachu doing a Stone Cold Stunner, but, hey, there's some Gardevoir action going on, eh? The Bandai Namco-...
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Dissidia Final Fantasy

New Dissidia launches in arcades November 26


Final Fantasy fighter not far off now
Oct 20
// Kyle MacGregor
Dissidia Final Fantasy launches in Japanese arcades on Nov. 26, Square Enix announced today. The three-on-three arena fighter is in development at Koei Tecmo's Team Ninja, the studio best known for its work on the Dead o...
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Guilty Gear Xrd

Dizzy joins Guilty Gear Xrd: Revelator roster


As decided by Japanese arcade-goers
Oct 17
// Kyle MacGregor
Dizzy will soon be joining the cast of Guilty Gear Xrd: Revelator, the updated version of last year's Guilty Gear Xrd: Sign, after being selected by Japanese arcade players in a popular vote. While Dizzy has been playabl...
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Robin Hood

The National Videogame Arcade is doing something cool for Robin Hood Day


Firing an arrow around the world
Oct 15
// Joe Parlock
This Saturday (October 17) is Robin Hood Day. I’m assuming it’s a day where everyone is more than welcome to run around wearing green tights and steal everything from everyone, but at the National Videogame Arcade...
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Devolver Digital

Downwell is going to take over my life


One run at a time
Oct 07
// Jordan Devore
I was on board with Downwell (PC, iOS, Android) as soon as I saw this gif. It's a game about descending a narrow well as a little guy with guns on his boots. Gun boots! Shooting slows your descent and, crucially, destroys ene...

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