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7:15 PM on 11.05.2014

Commander Video will have a trophy in Smash Bros. Wii U

Tonight's Nintendo Direct was packed with exciting moments. Highlights include the reveal of Majora's Mask 3D, a look at Splatoon's single-player, some of the "naked creatures" of Xenoblade Chronicles X, Duck Hunt dog's face,...

Jonathan Holmes

9:00 PM on 06.05.2014

Bit.Trip Flux is the best, now available on Steam

Bit.Trip Flux, the final entry in the Bit.Trip series, is now available via Steam, Gaijin Games Choice Provisions announced today. Flux takes inspiration from Pong, much like the first title in the series, Bit.Trip Beat. Play...

Kyle MacGregor

3:30 PM on 06.05.2014

Gaijin Games is dead, long live Choice Provisions!

Gaijin Games is dead. Well, not really. They're just rebranding. After six years in business, the indie studio best known for its work on the Bit.Trip series, has decided it's time for a change. It will henceforth be known a...

Kyle MacGregor

9:00 AM on 05.16.2014

Humble Weekly offering Shank 2, Runner, Mark of the Ninja

This Humble Bundle weekly is live! Pay whatever you want and you'll get Shank 2, Blocks That Matter, and Bit.Trip Runner. Notice the pattern? Platformers! Pay over $6 and you'll also get Bit.Trip Presents Runner 2: Future Leg...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

10:00 PM on 03.13.2014

Runner2 discounted to celebrate one million copies sold

Bit.Trip Presents Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien recently turned a year old. I know, I know -- you aren't impressed by the aging process. The rhythm-centric platformer also celebrated another milestone: selling one mi...

Jordan Devore

5:15 PM on 12.19.2013

Runner 2 plays exactly how you would expect on the Vita

Bit.Trip Presents Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien launched very early on in the year for just about every platform under the sun. We reviewed it, and really liked it. Not long after that, Gaijin Games announced that R...

Brett Zeidler

11:15 AM on 12.12.2013

Runner2 releasing on Vita in less than a week

The PlayStation Vita keeps proving itself to be a serious contender for independent games, with titles like Terraria, Rogue Legacy, and Spelunky either already on the platform or in the works. To add to that list, Gaijin...

Darren Nakamura

12:00 PM on 10.31.2013

Gaijin Games releases iOS version of Bit.Trip Runner2

Commander Video is trotting onto the iOS App Store today in Bit.Trip Run!, Gaijin Games has announced. Bit.Trip Run! is the mobile version of the marvelous musical platformer Bit.Trip Presents Runner2: Future Legend of R...

Kyle MacGregor

5:00 PM on 08.22.2013

Aksys throwing a sale on 3DS and Vita digital shops

Atlus isn't the only company ringing in the start of a new school year. Aksys Games is also so pleased that all the little brats are sweating in a classroom where they belong that it decided to place a number of games on the ...

Tony Ponce

12:00 PM on 08.05.2013

Runner2, Hitman Absolution joining PS Plus this month

In tomorrow's PlayStation Plus update, members will be able to download Hitman Absolution for free and save on other PSN titles. There's a big ol' Rayman franchise sale -- including Origins for as low as $5.00 -- plus Es...

Jordan Devore

2:30 PM on 07.12.2013

New Bit.Trip Runner2 characters like disco apparently

Yes, that's Commander Video getting down on the dance floor with Cave Story's Quote. Bit.Trip Presents Runner2 is pretty cool like that. Gaijin Games released a downloadable character pack for its rhythmic pla...

Kyle MacGregor

7:00 AM on 07.11.2013

Portal, Spelunky characters join Bit.Trip Runner2 cast

Gaijin Games has unveiled the final trio of characters joining the colorful cast of Bit.Trip Presents Runner2 as downloadable content. Atlas of Portal 2 fame joins the roster as a Steam exclusive, whilst the eponym...

Kyle MacGregor

8:30 PM on 07.09.2013

Machinarium's Josef and Meat Boy's Dr. Fetus in Runner2

Yesterday saw the announcement of Quote and Razputin, the first two of seven all-star DLC characters for Bit.Trip Presents Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien. Today we've been treated to two more reveals, the evil Dr. Fe...

Jonathan Holmes

5:30 PM on 07.08.2013

Cave Story and Psychonauts crossover coming to Runner2

Gaijin Games have announced a game-changing load of DLC for their latest masterpiece Bit.Trip Presents: Runner2 Future Legend of Rhythm Alien. Seven "well-loved" videogame characters will make their way into the game this Th...

Jonathan Holmes

5:00 PM on 07.04.2013

CommanderVideo runs free in new Bit.Trip browser game

The Bit.Trip series' heroic protagonist has made the leap to browsers in the eponymously titled CommanderVideo. Heralded as "quite possibly the longest game in history," Gaijin Games' latest effort is a free endless runner re...

Kyle MacGregor

9:00 AM on 06.29.2013

Fez, success, and serving the project with Disasterpeace

Last week on Sup Holmes (now on iTunes) we were treated to the company of Rich "Disasterpeace" Vreeland, most well know for his work on Fez, Krunch, Runner2, Bonk, and... yikes, so many other games. If I tried to list them a...

Jonathan Holmes

3:00 AM on 05.10.2013

Save big time on a bunch of Bit.Trip games on Steam

Gaijin Games has a huge sale going on right now on a bunch of the Bit.Trip games over on Steam. Bit.Trip Collection (Bit.Trip Beat, Runner, Core, and Void) is going for $11.98, and that includes the soundtracks for each game....

Hamza CTZ Aziz

1:00 PM on 03.04.2013

New releases: Construction finishes on SimCity

This Monday heralds a week of mayoral responsibilities and the raiding of trap-laden tombs, both of which undoubtedly require similar skill sets. As much as I'm a big fan of Ms. Croft, and it seems like her latest outing is ...

Fraser Brown

4:30 PM on 02.28.2013

Nintendo Download: Bit.Trip, Retro City, Etrian Odyssey

This week's Nintendo Download has something for just about everyone. Bit.Trip Presents Runner2 is fantastic and it's available now via the Wii U eShop. Also on the console side of things, Retro City Rampage has arrived o...

Kyle MacGregor



Review: Bit.Trip Presents Runner2 photo
Review: Bit.Trip Presents Runner2
by Kyle MacGregor

By the time Bit.Trip Runner burst onto the scene three years ago, Gaijin Games had already established itself on WiiWare with a trio of some of the best games on the platform. The retro-inspired rhythm series shared certain core tenets, but always placed a clear emphasis on reinvention. Runner took that to the next level, shaking the abstract presentation of its predecessors for a much more mainstream look and appeal.

Bit.Trip Presents Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien picks up where that game left off. After seemingly defeating his nemesis, protagonist Commander Video is sucked into an alternate reality where things look eerily similar yet unmistakably different. Trapped in this strange new land, our hero begins a new journey in search of a way home.

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1:15 PM on 02.28.2013

Bit.Trip Runner2 gets PSN sale, but no cross-buy for Vita

Bit.Trip Presents Runner2 doesn't come to PlayStation Network until next week. Gaijin Games, however, has a special offer in store for PlayStation Plus subscribers for being so patient. The auto-run platformer will be availab...

Kyle MacGregor

3:00 AM on 02.26.2013

Runner2 first on Wii U and Steam, other versions dated

Gaijin Games has put out some proper release dates for the various versions of Bit.Trip Presents Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien. Up first are Wii U and Steam (Windows, Mac, and Linux), with those launches happening to...

Jordan Devore

8:30 AM on 02.25.2013

This Runner 2 trailer will have you sprinting to play it

Bit.Trip Presents Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien is nearly here, and Gaijin Games has a new launch trailer to celebrate. Taking us through a brief history of the original Runner, the video kicks off with around a ful...

Chris Carter

3:00 PM on 02.23.2013

Bit.Trip Runner2 better on Wii U than Xbox 360

Bit.Trip Presents Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien is gearing up for a multi-platform release next week and, from what I've played of it thus far, it's shaping up to be a mighty fine game. If I had to levy one complaint...

Kyle MacGregor



Runner2: Still very much the Bit.Trip you know and love photo
Runner2: Still very much the Bit.Trip you know and love
by Kyle MacGregor

Four years ago, a colorful Pong-like rhythm game came out of nowhere to become something of a surprise hit on Nintendo's precarious WiiWare service. A gem hidden in the most unlikely of places, the title garnered a cult following thanks to charming retro aesthetics, an infectious soundtrack, and seductively challenging gameplay. A sequel arrived shortly thereafter, followed by another. And then three more! 

In two short years the series had reinvented itself time and again. So, when the series came to a stunning and bittersweet conclusion in Bit.Trip Flux, I found myself wondering what trails the designers at Gaijin Games would find themselves blazing next. As it turns out, none. Perhaps fittingly for a studio with one foot firmly planted in yesteryear, they've instead decided to tread familiar ground. 

Bit.Trip Presents Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien is a continuation of the concepts and themes first explored in Gaijin Games' fourth title, Bit.Trip Runner. And while it may look a little different than you remember, prepare to cast any fears and aspersions aside. This is still very much the Bit.Trip you know and love.

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5:15 PM on 02.14.2013

Celebrate VDay with the BIT.TRIP Lover's Bundle

Are you as excited as I am for the upcoming BIT.TRIP game, Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien? Well, developer Gajin Games is, which is why they're offering the BIT.TRIP Lovers' Bundle. There's three tiers to this offer. ...

Chris Carter

10:45 AM on 02.01.2013

Runner 2 sent to Sony, MS, and Nintendo for certification

BIT.TRIP Presents: Runner 2, Future Legend of Rhythm Alien is now out of the developer's hands, as the certification process has begun for all three major publishers. Alex Neuse of Gaijin Games notes on the Runner 2 blog that...

Chris Carter

9:30 PM on 12.21.2012

A holiday update on the state of the Bit.Trip universe

The Bit.Trip games have slowly but surely made their way to platforms other than their original home on the Nintendo Wii. This week, the third title in the acclaimed retro-inspired series, Bit.Trip Void, released on Stea...

Kyle MacGregor

9:00 PM on 12.09.2012

Bit.Trip Saga heading to eShop later this month

Good news, everyone! Bit.Trip Saga is coming to the eShop. A listing on Nintendo's online service confirms a digital release for the 3DS compilation. The six game set will be available on December 20th for $15, which is ...

Kyle MacGregor

6:00 PM on 09.15.2012

Fish.Trip Runner 2's Reverse Merman is a real catch

Earlier this week we learned that Gaijin Games' Bit.Trip Presents: Runner 2 would be among the 50+ titles heading to the Wii U during Nintendo's incredibly vague and extended "launch window." And while that's exciti...

Kyle MacGregor





12:00 PM on 09.11.2012

Alex and Mike of Gaijin Games talk about Runner 2

It's safe to say that the original Bit.Trip Runner is one of my favorite running games/frustration simulators of all time. Something about its catchy music and tough-yet-fair gameplay worked its way directly into my heart. W...

Spencer Hayes

11:30 AM on 08.12.2012

Here's a look at an incomplete stage of Bit.Trip Runner2

Enough of the pageantry! Enough of glitz! Let forgo all forms of public relations and instead take a cold, hard, dead-faced look at the upcoming Bit.Trip spin-off title Bit.Trip Presents: Runner2 Future Legend ...

Jonathan Holmes

10:00 PM on 08.05.2012

Bit.Trip Runner2 encourages you to f*ck the past

Bit.Trip Presents: Runner2 Future Legend of Rhythm Alien will be at PAX Prime this year, and it's clear the team at Gaijin Games is driving hard to push forward. If you are one of the many fans of the prior Bit.Tri...

Jonathan Holmes

5:00 PM on 06.23.2012

Bit.Trip Presents: Runner 2 is bigger, better, & whetter

When I first heard about the Bit.Trip Presents: Runner 2's exclusive playable character Whetfart Cheeseburger at PAX East 2012, I would haver never guessed he'd look like this. With a name like Whetfart, I expected him to loo...

Jonathan Holmes

11:15 AM on 06.21.2012

Just a few hours left to buy the Cube Pack on Steam

Whilst we all await the inevitable Steam Summer Sale with a mix of excitement and dread, there's a chance for you to save some money right now on some top indie titles with the Cube Pack on Steam. The sale finishes at 4:00pm ...

Alasdair Duncan

10:00 PM on 06.13.2012

'Potato Sack Reunion' discounts familiar indie games

It's all coming back to me. That time Valve got me to spend an entire weekend trying to find potatoes in independent games. Those of you who missed out on the infamous sale that morphed into something much more substantial no...

Jordan Devore

5:30 PM on 06.09.2012

E3: Retro City Rampage in my hands! My dreams came true!

The final game I checked out at E3 was the PS Vita port of Retro City Rampage, the title I was most looking forward to playing. With the copious amounts of hands-on previews and the frustration of its seemingly endless develo...

Tony Ponce

10:05 PM on 06.07.2012

Gaijin Games announces Bit.Trip Runner 2 for the Wii U

Since wrapping up the Bit.Trip series with the sublime Bit.Trip Flux, Gaijin Games has broadened its horizons, re-releasing some of their more popular titles for PC and iOS. Spending the last few years inducing...

Kyle MacGregor

7:00 PM on 04.21.2012

Catch a fleeting glimpse of Runner 2's Unkle Dill

One of my great regrets of PAX East 2012 was not devoting more time to Unkle Dill from the upcoming Bit.Trip Presents: Runner 2 Future Legend of Rhythm Alien. Though we talked quite a bit to Gaijin Games about the many glori...

Jonathan Holmes

2:30 PM on 04.10.2012

Runner 2 presents: Whetfart Cheeseburger

Like a lot of Bit.Trip fans, I was unsure what to think when I first laid eyes on the direct sequel to the 4th (and most popular) game in the series. On the surface, Runner 2 looks a lot different than Bit.Trip Run...

Jonathan Holmes