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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...
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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...
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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...
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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 ...
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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...
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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...
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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.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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Ninja Senki DX

Ninja Senki DX slashes onto PS4 and Vita with giant shurikens


Also coming to Steam
Dec 21
// Ben Davis
Tribute Games, developer of Mercenary Kings and Curses 'n Chaos, is set to release Ninja Senki DX on PS4, PS Vita, and Steam in February. Ninja Senki DX is an updated version of the freeware game from 2010 created by Jonathan...
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Mario Maker leak

New Super Mario Maker costume leaked


Those cheeky dataminers
Dec 20
// Nic Rowen
Looks like those dang dataminers are up to their old tricks again. According to this video by the YouTube channel GameXplain, they've plied their wicked ways on Super Mario Maker and dug up an as of yet unannounced costume fr...
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Swing Copters 2

Flappy Bird creator releases a new game


Basically the same as the last one
Dec 19
// Kyle MacGregor
Well, maybe "new" isn't the operative word. Flappy Bird studio DotGears has released Swing Copters 2, a sequel to last year's Swing Copters, which itself wasn't all that different from the game that put the Vietnamese de...
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Super Mario Maker

Super Mario Maker is getting a ton of new costumes this week


Badge Arcade Bunny
Dec 18
// Chris Carter
As I've said recently, Nintendo is doing a commendable job of supporting Super Mario Maker. Sure it still has a ways to go until it becomes the definitive level-making tool it was touted as, but a lot of these updates are ge...
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Super Mario Maker

Super Mario Maker is getting three new elements in a free update


This is how we do it
Dec 17
// Chris Carter
Nintendo is constantly adding new things to Super Mario Maker, and now three new course tools are coming to the game as a free update. You can get the bumper by shaking a grinder (the spike wheel), doors can be turned into wa...
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Mega Man X8

Mega Man X8 is coming to the PSN soon in Japan


On PS3 for now
Dec 16
// Chris Carter
If you were gunning for Mega Man X8 on the PSN, you might be in luck. Capcom has confirmed that the game will arrive on the PS3 this week in the form of a PS2 Classic. If you recall, Capcom is seemingly probing public op...
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Monster Hunter

Monster Hunter makes its way into Super Mario Maker


I'm ok with this
Dec 16
// Chris Carter
Bring on the event stages and costume rewards, I say!After plowing through all of the new events this week, I'm ready for more. Thankfully, Nintendo and Capcom are willing to oblige, with a Monster Hunter themed 8-bit fe...
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Unravel

Unravel looks like a wonderful platforming adventure


Releasing Feb. 9 on PC, PS4, Xbox One
Dec 14
// Jordan Devore
Unravel is probably on your radar by now, but if it isn't, I've got a trailer for you! This is a puzzle-platform game from Coldwood Interactive and EA about a tiny yarn character who ventures out into the big wide world. Yarn...
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Downwell on Vita

Devolver shows off Downwell running on PlayStation Vita


In tate mode
Dec 11
// Darren Nakamura
Steven mentioned in his review that he would buy and carry around a dedicated handheld for Downwell. I've had the thought that it would be great on a Wii U GamePad oriented vertically. This might be the closest either of us w...
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PEWWWWWWWWWWWWDPIE

PewDiePie's excellent platformer Legend of the Brofist is out on Steam


Love him or hate him, his game is fun
Dec 11
// Jed Whitaker
PewDiePie: Legend of the Brofist is now available on Steam for under eight bucks, and you might even enjoy it if you aren't a PewDiePie fan. I certainly did when I reviewed the mobile version a few months back.  The...
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Documentary

This Psychonauts making-of is a fun look at early Double Fine


The Color of the Sky in Your World
Dec 10
// Jordan Devore
After hearing that Double Fine was crowdfunding Psychonauts 2, the first thought to pop in my head was "Will there be another documentary?" 2 Player Productions did such a remarkable job capturing the studio's work on Broken ...
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Lego Avengers

I'm warming up to Lego Marvel's Avengers


But I'll still wait for a sale
Dec 09
// Jordan Devore
Now that TT Games has begun showing more locations and characters in Lego Marvel's Avengers, I'm starting to come around. Officially, the open-world locales are Asgard, Barton Farm, Malibu, New York City, "S.H.I.E.L.D. Base E...
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Nintendo

Nintendo partners up with Mercedes-Benz again for Super Mario Maker


Haha
Dec 09
// Chris Carter
Haha, okay. Following up its partnership with Mercedes-Benz for Mario Kart 8 cars and commercials, Nintendo has announced that there will be a new Mercedes GLA "costume" for Super Mario Maker. But completing a special ev...

Is there space for Ratchet & Clank?

Dec 06 // Steven Hansen
[embed]324732:61435:0[/embed] I think one of the issues is that Insomniac (or Sony) kind of lost the thread. There were spin-off attempts to sell the PSP, early PS3 digital-only one-offs, that damn tower defense game that was -- sure, it works, and isn't un-fun, but why? Crack in Time wasn't even a bad attempt at getting back to the story, even if the more Pixar-heavy tone felt different for the fleet-footed Lombax. And it does come down to story. When I played the Ratchet & Clank HD collection a few years back, I was surprised that the first game still had be chuckling. It's funny! That's rare. So going in a level at random, fighting a boss, was beautiful and familiar and solid. Some of the weapons are still the same. The Groovitron disco ball bomb that makes enemies dance even had the boss spinning on his head and busting a move. There's a Pixelator, too, the latest shotgun that also turns enemies blocky (because they're 3D -- you can wrench the bodies and send cubes flying -- I guess they're voxels). So it's smooth and beautiful; the real test will be if it's funny and well-written. There's been too much Ratchet to, it seems, steadily decreasing interest. Coupling it with an animated movie feels like a last ditch effort to capitalize on the character and revitalize the series for a younger audience, should it do well. Maybe a fall from Up Your Arsenal's PS2 heights (one of two PS2 games I played online regularly), but not the worst fate, looking at Ratchet & Clank's contemporaries.
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Hands-on new Ratchet & Clank at PSX
Sometimes websites make you click to the next "page" when reading a long article, or embed things in galleries instead of vertically down a page. This is either anachronistic print hold over or shrewd pageview maximization...

Playing as a wicked witch Beetleborg ballerina in Sony Santa Monica's Bound

Dec 05 // Steven Hansen
[embed]324089:61357:0[/embed] If the announcement isn't clear, Bound is a platformer. You play as a pregnant woman delving through her own memories to try and learn how to be a better parent. Her parents stifled her early interest in becoming a ballerina, thus the lead princes character you control in the game through metaphorical representations of the mind. The most striking thing about Bound isn't the art style and detritus-filled world, but the way your character moves. The team initially tried to animate the game by hand, but ended up going to an actual ballerina for motion capture in order to give emotion and realism to the movement. That means something as simple as a ledge shimmy becomes a piece of performative movement as the character effectively rolls across the wall, chest and back pressed against it alternately. While I often find myself appreciate unique quirks of movement in games, locomotion is typically a means to an end (get from point A to point B), so watching these deliberate and exact steps, while not the most efficient means of wandering about, is interesting to watch. The same goes for the ballerina's unique roll, or while holding R2 to dance to deflect enemies (in this case, random geometry from the world attacking her). There's a lot more from Bound to see, including more of the narrative beats, and the demo ended right before an encounter with an actual, giant monster, so I'm not sure how the dancing "combat" would work out in a more traditional sense (or if a fight ends up happening at all). So far, though, moving around the world is fun to watch and perform.
Hands-on Bound preview photo
Coming to PS4 next year
While, maybe, I won't find corroboration in my headline, those are the allusions I was drawn to playing the newly announced game from Sony Santa Monica and Plastic (Linger in Shadows, Datura), Bound. You play as a ballerina, ...

The Curse of Issyos is the Ninja Gaiden of Greek mythology

Dec 05 // Ben Davis
The story of The Curse of Issyos follows Defkalion, a fisherman from Issyos who hears the voice of Athena warning him about a curse affecting the isle. Worried about the safety of his daughter, Defkalion hurries back home to protect his only remaining family member. On his quest, Defkalion will have to fight off hordes of monsters and giant bosses, including cyclopes, hydras, and minotaurs, with a limited arsenal of weapons. He can swap between a quick, short-range sword and a slow, long-range spear. I vastly preferred the spear myself, but the sword can be useful in certain situations. There are also arrows which can be fired by holding up and attacking, in order to pick off pesky enemies from afar. As usual for a Locomalito game, the biggest hurdle is the level of difficulty. He likes to use old-school difficulty mechanics. Players will need to beat the game with three lives and four continues, and finish each level under the time limit. Some extra lives can be found as well. It's a hard game, but it feels very fair. You have plenty of time to watch and react to new enemy types, and bosses tend to project which attacks they're about to use, so there's nothing that should really take the player by surprise. It's all about watching and learning, and then skillfully pulling off attacks at the right moment. I was able to make it all the way to Medusa's lair on my first attempt, but I never made it to the end. Victory seemed so close, though, I could feel it! The Curse of Issyos will be available December 15 for PC (or right now, for anyone who has donated to the developer), and can be downloaded for free over at Locomalito's website.
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More free games from Locomalito
The Curse of Issyos is the newest game from indie developer Locomalito, known for releasing a ton of cool freeware games like Hydorah, Maldita Castilla, and L'Abbaye des Morts. He started this particular project back in 2010,...

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Ratchet & Clank

Here's how Ratchet met Clank


PS4 game releases April 12
Dec 05
// Brett Makedonski
There's a reason Clank has spent a decade being Ratchet's sidekick. He kind of owes him. Ratchet saved his little robot life, after all. At PlayStation Experience, Insomniac Games took the stage to show a cinematic from the ...
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Psychonauts 2

Double Fine is crowdfunding Psychonauts 2


Looking for $3.3 million
Dec 03
// Brett Makedonski
Almost eleven years after its release, cult classic Psychonauts is finally getting a sequel. Well, it's likely getting a sequel, that is. It depends on how badly fans really want it. At tonight's The Game Awar...

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