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7:00 AM on 09.03.2013

TimeSplitters Rewind in development for PlayStation 4

Early this year, TimeSplitters fans got some decent news when it was announced that Crytek, owner of TimeSplitters developer Free Radical, was okaying a venture by fans and some former Free Radical employees to mash up the or...

Steven Hansen



Before Minecraft, Notch made a crappy Sonic fan game photo
Before Minecraft, Notch made a crappy Sonic fan game
by Tony Ponce

A great way to waste time is to Google any odd topic that happens to pop into your head and play a game of link tag until you strike pay dirt. My latest excursion led me to Sonic Racer 4K, a Java-based Sonic fan game. But what really caught my attention was the name of the developer: Markus Persson.

You know, the Minecraft guy.

After a little more digging, I discovered an old resume that he still hosts on the Mojang page, even though it's no longer directly linked anywhere on the site. Turns out Notch was a frequent participant in the Java 4K Programming Contest, which tasks entrants to create a Java game with a total file size less than 4K bytes. Sonic Racer 4K was a 2005 submissions, but he also made other 4K fan games, including MEGA4KMAN and Left 4K Dead.

I don't know how much of this is common knowledge, but it's certainly a big surprise to me. I like learning about what folks did before they were famous. As for the games themselves, they are impressive considering the constraints, even if they are kind of poopy. Test them out yourselves!

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1:00 AM on 08.06.2013

Easy mode update for Mega Man Unlimited is out

It was only a few days ago when I mentioned that a difficulty adjustment update to Mega Man Unlimited was on its way. Version 1.1.0 is now available, bringing along a whole host of changes. The biggest and most welcome additi...

Tony Ponce



Super Mario Crossover 3.0 is finally out photo
Super Mario Crossover 3.0 is finally out
by Tony Ponce

Super Mario Crossover, the pixel-for-pixel recreation of Super Mario Bros. that features a selectable cast of NES stars, was all set for the big 3.0 update this past June. It was unfortunately delayed a month, but it is now available for your pleasure. Head on down to developer Exploding Rabbit's site to give the new revision a spin.

New to 3.0 are the levels from Super Mario Bros. Special, a Japan-only port / remake for the NEC PC-8801 and Sharp X1; a difficulty system that drastically alters level layouts; and more skins for levels and characters to make them look like various other games on the NES, SNES, Game Boy, and so on. More tweaks and skins are planned for the future, but this is likely the last big update.

Exploding Rabbit is now hard at work on Super Retro Squad, which follows the style of Super Mario Crossover only with original characters and levels. While originally looking like an NES game, the graphics have been beefed up to a more detailed 16-bit style, though it looks like there may still be skins to "downgrade" the look to 8-bit and handheld styles. The game will also feature four-player online and local co-op. You can check the new screens below.

Super Mario Bros. Crossover 3.0 Released [Exploding Rabbit]

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8:30 PM on 08.02.2013

Mega Man Unlimited has been ported to Mac

I don't think I need to repeat how amazing Mega Man Unlimited is. Here's my review again. The original game is only available on Windows, but the wizards at OneWeakness have ported it to Mac so that no one is left out in the ...

Tony Ponce



The Mega Man Legends 3 8-bit demake demo is available photo
The Mega Man Legends 3 8-bit demake demo is available
by Chris Carter

I've said this many times before, but the Mega Man fan community never ceases to amaze me. After a number of passionate fan projects that set out to re-create the classic feel of the 8-bit series, another project caught my eye -- a demake of Mega Man Legends 3.

The developers of the game sought to do what Capcom didn't -- provide a bit of closure to the Legends series, a franchise that previously left off with Mega Man Volnutt stranded on the moon. With a ton of official Legends and Capcom staffers on this, I absolutely can't wait to see how the finished product turns out, and I'm downloading the demo with glee as we speak.

As a side note, you need to set your PC to Japan in your regional settings to play this (Control Panel > Clock, Language, and Region > Region and Language > Administrative > Change System Locale).

Mega Man Legends [Facebook via Mega Man Network]

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Review: Mega Man Unlimited photo
Review: Mega Man Unlimited
by Tony Ponce

I've been championing the fan game community since the day I joined Destructoid, yet I've never before anticipated the release of a fan game with as much fervor as I'd reserve for an official title until Mega Man Unlimited.

It's easy to claim "laziness" or "unoriginality" when talented garage developers apply their skills towards a take on a preexisting IP, but I contend that the best among them possess a great sense of direction for where said IP could go. Whether it's a previously unexplored mechanic in the context of the series or simply a streamlining of familiar concepts, fan games present a wealth of potential, thus it would be foolish to simply brush them aside offhand.

More impressive than a great fan game, however, is a great fan game that completely deceives you into thinking it's an official product. There's usually a "tell" that betrays the illusion -- original art assets that clash with the style of any borrowed assets, an overabundance of recycled music, controls or physics that feel uncomfortably off, etc. But if the deception is successful....

Not only did Mega Man Unlimited deceive me completely, it also may very well be one of the best Mega Man games ever made.

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Listen to the AMAZING Sonic After the Sequel OST photo
Listen to the AMAZING Sonic After the Sequel OST
by Tony Ponce

The other day, I shared with you all a new Sonic the Hedgehog fan game, Sonic After the Sequel. In particular, I made note of the game's unbelievably amazing OST. We're talking professional grade material here, equaling and possibly surpassing any official Sonic soundtrack. It's that good.

Though I provided a link to the full soundtrack and shared a small handful of tracks from YouTube, I wanted to give you guys a little more. It's a good thing that Falk Au Yeong, one of the game's seven composers, hit me up with a link to a YouTube "Sound Test" of sorts. That should allow you to quickly sample the audio as well as jump right into the full playlist for the extended tracks. And if you want to download the album in mp3 format, hit up either this link or this one.

Oh! And the OST for the game preceding this one, Sonic Before the Sequel, is pretty kickass too. I've embedded a YouTube sampler below along with links to the playlist and mp3 download.

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8:30 AM on 07.08.2013

Mega Man Revolution is finished and ready to download

If there's one fan game community that never ceases to tirelessly work on new projects it's the Mega Man community, and now, a brand new game is finally ready for pew pew consumption everywhere -- Mega Man Revolution. This on...

Chris Carter



Sonic After the Sequel fan game has the BEST MUSIC EVER photo
Sonic After the Sequel fan game has the BEST MUSIC EVER
by Tony Ponce

There's this one Sonic fan game that has been sitting on my hard drive for a while now called Sonic Before the Sequel, a prequel to the events of Sonic the Hedgehog 2. From the little I have played already, it's quite the fun little gem that keeps the Genesis-era Sonic spirit alive as SEGA continues to tweak the hedgehog for modern platforms -- 15 years since Sonic Adventure and only now starting to get the hang of the third dimension.

A couple weeks ago, Before the Sequel developer LakeFeperd released a follow-up entitled Sonic After the Sequel, which obviously chronicles the events immediately following Sonic 2. If you are itching for that sweet 2D Sonic nectar and can't quite stomach the changes Dimps made to the formula in recent years, you need not look any further.

But the big highlight of this project, and what elevates it to god tier, is the game's absolutely insane original soundtrack available for standalone download here. Ignore the music in the trailer above, which has been pulled directly from Sonic CD. The real thing, which also includes remixes from past Sonic titles, is simply indescribable. I don't think you can truly understand how good it is without a few samples, so I've taken the liberty of posting some samples below. Enjoy!

Sonic ATS [via NeoGAF]

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2:45 PM on 07.05.2013

This Pokemon RPG fan game looks dope

Pokemon Generations, a new fan-made game that attempts to further the story of the first generation of games, is now available for your testing pleasure. The above new video is just a simple combat test involving Charmander ...

Chris Carter





7:30 PM on 07.02.2013

Control an FTL crew member in fan mod Final Frontier

FTL: Faster Than Light was one of the first big Kickstarter videogame success stories. After earning more than twenty times its original goal early last year and releasing in the fall, we loved it. We weren't the only ones, ...

Darren Nakamura

2:00 AM on 07.01.2013

A Mega Man Legends 3 8-bit fan game? Sure!

The campaign to resurrect Mega Man Legends 3 won't die, and I honestly hope it never does. The fans continue to surprise me with the myriad ways they demonstrate support, from producing a concept album to launching a replica...

Tony Ponce

9:30 PM on 06.23.2013

Mega Man Unlimited is done! Beams down in July!

It's been a long road, but Philippe "MegaPhilX" Poulin's Mega Man Unlimited is finished a ready for release on July 14, 2013. Oh my... Quick recap: Shortly after Mega Man 9's release, Phil whipped up a video of what he imagi...

Tony Ponce

4:00 PM on 05.25.2013

Pokemon Fusion is so hot right now

Web developer and Product Guy Alex Onsager made a website that allows you to fuse Pokemon together to make new Pokemon. As of right now there are about 121 different compatible Pokemon, putting the potential combinations into...

Jonathan Holmes

4:00 AM on 05.04.2013

Mega Man Unlimited fan game goes J-pop in new trailer

It's been a while since we heard news on Mega Man Unlimited, the balls-awesome Mega Man fan game that fooled even Capcom into thinking it was legit! You may remember my interview last year with project lead Philippe "MegaPhi...

Tony Ponce