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Mighty No. 9th delay photo
Mighty No. 9th delay

Mighty No. 9 delayed (again)


'Spring 2016'
Jan 25
// Steven Hansen
Mighty No. 9 had a firm February 9 release date after a series of delays (the original Kickstarter estimate for delivery was April 2015) and then a recent promise that there'd be no more delays. Well, about that... A very hil...
Unravel Gameplay photo
Unravel Gameplay

Yarnie litters the land with his very fabric in this new Unravel gameplay


Yarn, yarn never changes
Jan 19
// Jed Whitaker
After seeing Unravel unveiled at E3 2015, I haven't stopped yearning to play it. The creator was super adorable as he nervously talked about his game on stage, the main character is cute as hell, and the gameplay looks ...
Rocketbirds 2: Revolution photo
Rocketbirds 2: Revolution

Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken sequel coming soon


Get set for Rocketbirds 2: Revolution
Jan 19
// Vikki Blake
Rocketbirds 2: Evolution is coming soon to PlayStation 4 and Vita. Writing on the PlayStation Blog, creator of the original Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken Sian Yue Tan confirmed that the team has spent four years developing ...
Mario and Religion photo
Mario and Religion

Did You Know Gaming takes on religion in the Mario series


Interesting stuff
Jan 18
// Chris Carter
Japanese media is no stranger to religious references, with many creators inserting them for no reason other than looking "cool." In this episode of Did You Know Gaming, we get to see a few of those concepts as they pert...
Gunman Clive photo
Gunman Clive

Gunman Clive HD sold '10 times' better than the PC release of Gunman Clive 2


9,000 copies
Jan 18
// Chris Carter
Bertil Hörberg, the developer of the Gunman Clive series, has shared a post-mortem of sorts for recent entries in the series on NeoGAF. In short, he concludes that Gunman Clive HD has sold 9,000 units (not coun...
One Dog Story photo
One Dog Story

Serious Cave Story vibes come off One Dog Story


Woof
Jan 14
// Darren Nakamura
Cave Story is so revered among indie game enthusiasts, it's little surprise it would be cited as an influence for others making a game. One Dog Story lists it up there with others like Battletoads and Shovel Knight. One Dog S...
Avengers photo
Avengers

Lego Avengers has some free DLC for PS3 and PS4 players


20 characters and a level
Jan 13
// Jordan Devore
Lego Marvel's Avengers is coming to a bunch of a platforms on January 26, 2016, but folks who pick up either the PlayStation 3 or PlayStation 4 version will have a head start in terms of characters. And if you're anything lik...
Yoshi photo
Yoshi

These early Yoshi's Woolly World concepts are neat


Touch fuzzy, get dizzy
Jan 13
// Jordan Devore
Before Nintendo settled on the name Yoshi's Woolly World, the game was known as Yarn Yoshi. Do you remember that? It was only a few short years ago. The art direction was originally more in line with Good-Feel's prior game, K...
Shovel Knight photo
There's still quite a bit of work to do
Recently I had a chance to chat with Yacht Club Games' David D'Angelo, who shared a bit about some upcoming updates to Shovel Knight. As a recap we've recently acquired the free Plague Knight campaign in addition to the $13 c...

Scuttlebugs! photo
Scuttlebugs!

This Mario 64 glitch walkthrough broke my brain


In the best possible way
Jan 12
// Jordan Devore
What is the meaning of life? I'm not sure, but I'm beginning to believe it's lurking somewhere in this ridiculously in-depth Super Mario 64 glitch video commentated by pannenkoek2012. The video, a breakdown of the game's inne...
Mario Maker costume photo
Mario Maker costume

Hatoful Mario Maker: Level design pigeon Yamamura gets costume


Mario Maker gives a date for the pigeon
Jan 12
// Steven Hansen
Super Mario Maker just keeps adding adorable new 8-bit costumes. Recently we've seen Birdo and the Excitebike biker and a fab Super Mario Land nod. Things are less nostalgic this time around, as Nintendo announced a Yamamura ...
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What in the hell

Eat trash as a bear in Wii U exclusive Epic Dumpster Bear


Because video games
Jan 11
// Jed Whitaker
I've covered weird Wii U eShop exclusives before, but Epic Dumpster Bear might be the most out there. Inspired by 16-bit platforming classics, you'll be playing as a bear who eats food out of dumpsters because an evil c...
Mario Maker insanity photo
Mario Maker insanity

Watch an absurd race through Mario Maker's hardest levels


Don't forget to blink
Jan 11
// Jordan Devore
"Mario Maker has really provided an opportunity for very sadistic individuals, like this man playing right here, PangaeaPanga, to create horrifying levels for our amusement," speedrunner Carl Sagan said during the gaming mara...

Looking at it like $13 DLC, the Shovel Knight amiibo is worth it

Jan 10 // Chris Carter
The primary function of the amiibo, as you may have heard, is co-op, but there's so much more to it than that. Tapping a figure to your GamePad base will in fact open up the "Custom Knight" character, which looks like the main hero at first glance, but is actually so much more. Instead of gaining powers by way of Relics and Meal Tickets, this hero levels-up as you play, and saves its data to the figure itself. Skills are granted randomly, and include both Shovel and Plague Knight powers, as well as a few extras. The extras are hefty too, as each Custom can equip a Relic (as well as swap between them with L/R like Mega Man X), a charge move, special effect (like a fire trail), gesture, color, and costume. It's literally like playing as a brand new character. As for co-op, it works very well. Two players share the screen, and if one hits a transition phase, the other will teleport to their location and begin the next screen. The game is designed so that most bonus areas and such are one screen, so you don't need be jumping on top of each other constantly. If someone dies, they can revive at any given time by taking half of the surviving player's health. In terms of jumping, players can actually boost off of each other vertically with a downwards thrust, and you can even enhance that boost by having the lower player leap in the air. It reminds me of the Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers NES game in all the best ways. Oh, and any supported controller can be used for either player (nice), and 10 challenges are added to the game as a result of the amiibo, including five that are specific to co-op play. So what are the aforementioned caveats? Well, to play with two Custom Knights, you'll need two amiibo. On paper it kind of makes sense (storing the information in separate figures, or as a form of DRM) but on another, it really doesn't (why can't the Wii U just store a local file?). Secondly, the Plague Knight campaign is not supported in any form, full stop -- so don't get too excited at the prospect of Custom and Plague joining forces. Though, it stands to reason that if the Shovel Knight amiibo is a smashing success, they could make more to suit the character roster. And I really hope they do, because it would make the game that much better. As far as $13 DLC goes, the Shovel Knight amiibo is pretty impressive. It not only adds co-op to the affair but it also re-ignited my interest in the single-player campaign with the Custom Knight. The concept of granting one individual character a level-up system is pretty unique, and since it rounds out the total roster to three, it adds even more content to this already packed game. At this point the Wii U has the definitive version of Shovel Knight.
Shovel Knight amiibo photo
There's a few caveats though
I managed to pick up a Shovel Knight amiibo yesterday for the US launch, and I couldn't resist giving it a go immediately on Wii U. Despite the fact that I've completed the campaign roughly 10 times since its launch (not counting the Plague Knight add-on), I was surprised to find that I fell in love with it all over again.

Mario Maker outfit photo
Mario Maker outfit

The latest Mario Maker costume is a nod to Super Mario Land


Sky Pop
Jan 07
// Jordan Devore
Nintendo has tied another Super Mario Maker costume to a branded level, but at least this time it's based on an existing part of the Mario universe (Super Mario Land), not a real-world car. To earn the Sky Pop plane, you'll h...
Unravel photo
Unravel

Unravel's Yarny came from the ideas of love and connectedness


And a camping trip, specifically
Jan 07
// Darren Nakamura
We've been pretty enamored with the feels-like-an-indie-but-is-actually-EA-published puzzle platformer since we first saw it last year. At the time, director Martin Sahlin got up on stage and talked about his inspiration for ...
Psychonauts 2 photo
Psychonauts 2

Psychonauts 2 has reached its funding goal


Cleanly bisected funding
Jan 06
// Nic Rowen
Double Fine's Fig-funded Psychonauts 2 has reached its funding goal of $3.3 million with five days to spare. Fig is of course the new kid on the crowdfunding block with a system that allows for both regular Kickstarter-style ...
SNES Disney speedruns photo
SNES Disney speedruns

These Disney platformer speedruns bring back fond memories


Also, pain
Jan 06
// Jordan Devore
Some of my favorite video games as a kid were based on Disney properties. You didn't even need to like the source material to appreciate them -- they were just plain good games. Tough, too. Back then, a typical rental often w...
Boxboy photo
Boxboy

A Boxboy sequel is out now in Japan


One More Box
Jan 06
// Chris Carter
HAL Laboratories released BOXBOY! on the eShop last year, and it seems like they were keen enough to create a sequel. The follow-up, BOXBOY! One More Box is out right now in Japan, by way of the 3DS eShop for 630 Yen. This is one of the few major releases I didn't get a chance to really dig into, but I think I may fix that in the near future. There's no word yet on a localization.
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pıoɹʇǝ

This pıoɹʇǝɯ ɹǝdns mod is pretty damn rad


Turn your world around
Jan 05
// Chris Carter
There's no better time to talk about retro games than during AGDQ's recent runs, and Super Metroid is of course a classic. This crazy mod, dubbed the "perspective hack," shifts the entire camera around and flips th...
Oculus Rift photo
Oculus Rift

Oculus Rift comes with a cool 3D platformer


Lucky's Tale
Dec 30
// Jordan Devore
Lucky's Tale convinced me that 3D platformers can make terrific use of virtual reality. I had my doubts going in, thinking the game looked decent at best, but came away impressed. So did Brett. It's good news, then, that it's...
Steel Assault photo
Steel Assault

This project gave backers a refund after it changed its art style


It evolved
Dec 30
// Chris Carter
Well this is an interesting one. Some time ago, Steel Assault garnered $8,706 on top of a $8,000 goal for an 8-bit style platformer on Kickstarter. I think it mirrors the Batman NES game in all the best ways, offeri...
Excitebike photo
Excitebike

Excitebike and Birdo join the cast of Super Mario Maker this week


Footage available
Dec 29
// Chris Carter
Super Mario Maker continues to impress with post-launch DLC, and as of December 31, you'll be able to download two new costumes. Excitebike and Birdo are in, with new event courses to boot. While the latter operates exactly ...
Azure Striker Gunvolt photo
Azure Striker Gunvolt

Azure Striker Gunvolt is getting a new speedrun mode on PC


Sadly not 3DS
Dec 28
// Chris Carter
Speedrunning is one of my favorite things in gaming right now. It's not so much the rush you get from actually doing it well, but the journey you embark upon -- learning just about every facet of a game along the way to trul...
Freedom Planet 2 photo
Freedom Planet 2

Sonic-inspired Freedom Planet getting a sequel


Beta release planned for 2017
Dec 26
// Kyle MacGregor
Freedom Planet 2 is a thing that's happening, indie developer GalaxyTrail has announced. As the follow-up to what began a Sonic the Hedgehog fan game, "Freedom Planet 2 is all about advancing and evolving our style into somet...
Captain Toad photo
Captain Toad

Captain Toad is still as adorable as ever in Super Mario Maker


New 8-bit costume
Dec 25
// Chris Carter
We recently found out that Toad, Birdo, and Excitebike would be making an appearance in Super Mario Maker soon, but now that Toad is out today, you can check out some footage above. He's just as cute as ever, and his animation involves holding a star up in the air. Yes, he can jump, unlike his appearance in the titular Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker.
Super Mario Maker photo
Super Mario Maker

Sure, I'll take more Mario Maker costumes


Special request: Ninji
Dec 23
// Jordan Devore
So long as Nintendo continues adding costumes to Super Mario Maker, I'll keep unlocking them (except for the Fighter Fly; I simply do not have the skill or patience to beat Gnat Attack on hard mode). EarthBound's own Master B...
Super Mario Galaxy photo
Super Mario Galaxy

Super Mario Galaxy hits the Wii U eShop tomorrow


Bee Mario!
Dec 23
// Jordan Devore
Super Mario Galaxy 2 was made available for download on Wii U at the beginning of the year, and now Nintendo is closing out 2015 with the first game. Super Mario Galaxy joins the Wii U eShop on December 24 in North America. I...
Ori photo
Ori

We'll have to wait a bit longer for Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition


Save those tears
Dec 22
// Jordan Devore
Recent talk about the best games of the year has me itching to play Ori and the Blind Forest a second time. I may yet, but I'm probably better off waiting for the retuned, expanded Definitive Edition. It was initially schedul...
Monster Boy photo
Monster Boy

Monster Boy captures that classic platformer spirit


PC, PS4, and Xbox One next year
Dec 22
// Jordan Devore
I haven't actively followed Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom since its announcement in January, but that has worked out fine. It's back on my radar today with a debut gameplay trailer. Monster Boy is a side-scrolling action...

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