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Shantae and the Pirate's Curse puts the rest to shame photo
Shantae and the Pirate's Curse puts the rest to shame
by Jonathan Holmes

Tucked away in a corner below The Wind Waker HD and behind Pokemon X/Y at PAX is a small kiosk featuring Retro City Rampage and Shantae and the Pirate's Curse, both on the 3DS. Stop by if you have the chance. The games are both fantastic, and on top of that, their developers should be standing by to chat you up. Make time for them if you can.

Pirate's Curse may be one of the most attractive games at the show. WayForward has really gone all out this time, using the sprites from Shantae: Risky's Revenge as a base, while adding additional colors and frames of animation. The 3DS screen makes for a larger playfield, lending to more intricate environmental puzzles, more enemies on screen, and more action in general. It's easily their prettiest handheld title yet. 

As those of you who've been following the series so far already know, Shantae has lost her former half-genie powers, and has been forced to team up with criminal pirate troublemaker Risky Boots in order to try to get them back. Risky ends up rubbing off on Shantae in more ways than one. Not only will Shantae learn pirate-styled attacks and abilities, but she'll gradually begin to behave more like a pirate as well.

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2:40 PM on 08.25.2013

Sup Holmes eats the bacon with Jake 'Virt' Kaufman

WayForgust continues with composer extraordinaire Jake "Virt" Kaufman. Jake's most recently released project is Ducktales: Remastered, but you may be more familiar with his past work on Q*bert (2000). Contra 4, Retro City Ra...

Jonathan Holmes



DuckTales director reacts to reviews, exudes maximum love photo
DuckTales director reacts to reviews, exudes maximum love
by Jonathan Holmes

On last week's Sup Holmes (now on iTunes and t-shirts), we welcomed Austin Ivansmith back to the program. We heard all about his fine arts background and formative experiences which brought him to game development in his first appearance on the show, so this time we concentrated on his biggest project to date -- DuckTales Remastered

There was a lot to talk about, which lead to use going almost 30 minutes longer than usual. Taking on a largely abandoned but still beloved Disney/Capcom franchise like DuckTales is no small potatoes, but Austin clearly had the heart and mind necessary to make it happen. Reuniting the original voice actors from the show, bringing on original artists from Disney, staying true to the spirit of the show and the game while adding new content while cutting design elements that limited the original title, and putting it on almost every console out today took a lot of risk taking, know how, and inspiration.

You'd imagine that after having put so much of yourself into a project, that reading a few damning reviews would be disillusioning, but Austin remains cool and respectful towards the game's detractors. There was a whole lot more we talked about, but if I recap it all hear, you'll be reading this all day . 

Thanks again to Austin for hanging out with us, and tune in this Sunday at 1pm PST/4pm EST when we welcome Yacht Club Games and WayForward composer Jake "Virt" Kaufman. Watch as WayForgust continues on to victory.

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9:30 PM on 08.22.2013

ScrewAttack's Craig and I sing DuckTales...

There was a special booth at E3 where you could sing the DuckTales theme. Capcom edited the footage into an entertaining montage proving that E3 attendees are all children in adult bodies. ScrewAttack's Stuttering Craig and ...

Tony Ponce





2:45 PM on 08.18.2013

Sup Holmes rewrites history with Austin Ivansmith

This week on Sup Holmes we welcome Austin Ivansmith (Mighty Switch Force: Hyper Drive, Thor, Ducktales Remastered) back to the program. The last time we had Austin on the show there were game announcements and life changing ...

Jonathan Holmes



The man that named Scribblenauts is making Regular Show photo
The man that named Scribblenauts is making Regular Show
by Jonathan Holmes

On last week's episode of Sup Holmes (now in iTunes and t-shirt form), we were introduced to Mr. Jeff Luke, formerly of 5TH Cell and current director at WayForward. We spoke with Jeff about how to fake it to make it, what it was like to be a part of the Scribblenauts craze that hit at E3 2009, how it feels to see the series move on without his involvement, being discriminated against for being Mexican when you are not Mexican, singing the theme song for Double Dragon Neon, his current work on Regular Show: Mordecai and Rigby in 8-Bit Land, and a lot more

Jeff and Regular Show creator J.G. Quintel quickly bonded over a mutual appreciation of the Sega Master System, and that bond was big influence on their game's development. Specifically, the character switching hook of lesser known platformer Psycho Fox helped to inspire Regular Show's multi-mode mechanics. Blaster Master was also a big inspiration for Jeff. Knowing that has me all the more confident that the game is in good hands. 

Thanks again to Jeff for hanging out with us, and tune in this Sunday at 1pm PST/4pm EST as WayForgust continues with Ducktales Remastered's Austin Ivansmith. It's going to be spec-quack-ular. 

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8:30 AM on 08.16.2013

New Adventure Time game gets 3DS-only collector's edition

The upcoming Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON'T KNOW! looks great. I enjoyed my hands-on time with the game, which has gone in a decidedly different direction from the Zelda II-styled Hey Ice King! Why'd You ...

Steven Hansen



Review: DuckTales Remastered photo
Review: DuckTales Remastered
by Chris Carter

There are some classics that don't hold up today -- and there are some that absolutely need to be experienced by gamers of all ages. One of those classics is the original DuckTales on the NES, which set a gold standard for licensed games everywhere going forward.

I was fortunate enough to play it at launch (as well as the frequently forgotten sequel), and to this very day, it remains one of my favorite games of all time. Imagine my surprise when I found out Capcom would be working together with Disney and WayForward on an HD remake.

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10:00 PM on 08.12.2013

Mighty Switch Force! 2 will burn up Wii U soon

["Rescue Girl" by ronnieraccoon] WayForward's Mighty Switch Force! 2, released back in June, will be creeping onto the Wii U eShop in the not-so-distant future. WayForward confirmed the news with Nintendo Everything and hopes...

Tony Ponce

2:50 PM on 08.11.2013

You know who is on Sup Holmes? My mom (and Jeff Luke)

This week on Sup Holmes we kick off WayForgust with Jeff Luke, director of WayForward's upcoming Regular Show: Mordecai and Rigby in 8-bit Land. Legend has it that Jeff worked on such beloved DS titles as the Jim Sterling app...

Jonathan Holmes

7:00 PM on 08.09.2013

DuckTales Remastered on Wii U to also get a retail box?

DuckTales Remastered flaps onto the PlayStation Network, eShop, and Steam next Tuesday, August 13, but PS3 players will also have the option to wait an extra week and purchase a special boxed edition. It contains a download c...

Tony Ponce

6:30 PM on 07.31.2013

Head to the African Mines with DuckTales Remastered

DuckTales Remastered is nearly here, and Capcom has done a good job so far of showing off the game's redone HD visuals. If you've been keeping track, Capcom has already revealed The Amazon, The Himalayas, and Transylvania --...

Chris Carter

3:00 PM on 07.20.2013

Capcom shows off 30 minutes of DuckTales' Himalayas stage

We already knew that Capcom was showing off the Himalayas level from DuckTales Remastered at San Diego Comic-Con. However, it also has a treat for anyone that couldn't attend the show. Capcom's released a 30 minute vide...

Brett Makedonski

1:00 AM on 07.20.2013

The Smurfs 2: The Video Game stars evil Peter Molyneux

The Smurfs 2: The Video Game isn't your typical licensed movie game chaff, thanks to what appears to be an appearance from 22 Cans' Peter Molyneux as iconic Smurfs villain Gargamel. Molyneux of course is known for the Fable ...

Steven Hansen

5:00 PM on 07.19.2013

Pore over Shantae's original design sketches

The release of EarthBound on the Wii U unfortunately overshadowed the equally long-awaited arrival of WayForward's Game Boy Color gem Shantae on the 3DS. But I'm not about to sit by and allow our spunky little gal pal to be i...

Tony Ponce





5:00 AM on 07.18.2013

Scale the Himalayas in DuckTales Remastered

The next DuckTales Remastered stage to be unveiled is the Moon! ... ... is what I'd like to say, but it's actually the Himalayas. In addition to the new trailer above, there are some screens and enemy art below. Don't get in...

Tony Ponce