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Like Robotron and Smash TV? You might dig Iron Fisticle

Silly name aside -- and, you know, at least it's memorable -- I'm all about Iron Fisticle. This is a twin-stick shooter inspired by the likes of Robotron, Gauntlet, and Smash TV, which are such terrific games to borrow from ...   more

Like Robotron and Smash TV? You might dig Iron Fisticle photo

Possibly seizure-inducing arcade racer The Collider smashes into Steam today

Shortbreak Studios, a part of Techland (Dead Island, Call of Juarez), has just released its PC port of the iOS and Android arcade racer The Collider today on Steam. You might recognize that name as the studio behind the mobi...   more

Possibly seizure-inducing arcade racer The Collider smashes into Steam today photo

Review: Size DOES Matter

Simple graphics, twitch gameplay, and fresh music constitute a good formula for mobile gaming. Titles like this allow for a quick bit of play during minutes of downtime, and can paradoxically keep players going for long perio...   more

Review: Size DOES Matter photo

Survival racer Distance speeds to Steam Early Access this fall

Seattle-based independent games studio Refract's experimental survival racer Distance will be coming to Steam Early Access this fall as an open beta. Until now, access to the futuristic arcade racer has been limited to a pri...   more

Survival racer Distance speeds to Steam Early Access this fall photo


Survival racer Distance speeds to Steam Early Access this fall photo
Survival racer Distance speeds to Steam Early Access this fall photo
Survival racer Distance speeds to Steam Early Access this fall photo
Survival racer Distance speeds to Steam Early Access this fall photo
Survival racer Distance speeds to Steam Early Access this fall photo
Survival racer Distance speeds to Steam Early Access this fall photo



Pokkén Tournament is about 30 percent complete

In a Famitsu interview about Pokkén Tournament translated by Siliconera, Bandai Namco's Masaaki Hoshino told the publication that its Pokémon fighting game is approximately 30 percent complete, with the first pl...   more

Pokkén Tournament is about 30 percent complete photo

GoD Factory: Wingmen is a thing of beauty, now available on Steam

Nine Dots Studio's gorgeous-looking multiplayer space combat game GoD Factory: Wingmen is now available on Steam. Wingmen is a 4v4 competitive arcade-like title where the goal is to destroy the enemy's 13km carrier...   more

GoD Factory: Wingmen is a thing of beauty, now available on Steam photo


GoD Factory: Wingmen is a thing of beauty, now available on Steam photo
GoD Factory: Wingmen is a thing of beauty, now available on Steam photo
GoD Factory: Wingmen is a thing of beauty, now available on Steam photo
GoD Factory: Wingmen is a thing of beauty, now available on Steam photo
GoD Factory: Wingmen is a thing of beauty, now available on Steam photo
GoD Factory: Wingmen is a thing of beauty, now available on Steam photo



Here are some more Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions screens

We have already seen a little bit of the "full 3D action" of Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions, and it looks like those lucky attendees of PAX Prime can get some hands-on time with it this weekend. Stupid lucky jerks who I love hav...   more

Here are some more Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions screens photo

Now I know why Devolver picked up A Fistful of Gun

It takes a certain kind of appeal for Devolver Digital to add a title to its stable of games. While the indie-friendly publisher doesn't necessarily have an underlying style that unite all of its games, there is a common them...   more

Now I know why Devolver picked up A Fistful of Gun photo

Iron Fisticle looks a bit like Robotron x Gauntlet

Curve Digital made a name for itself in recent years by porting popular independent games like The Swapper and Thomas Was Alone to PlayStation platforms but Iron Fisticle, an upcoming twin-stick arcade arena shooter, is anoth...   more

Iron Fisticle looks a bit like Robotron x Gauntlet photo

What's Up? Pokkén Tournament, Amazon buys Twitch, Donald Glover as Spider-Man & PAX Prime 2014

Max and Bill stop by to check in and drop some knowledge before heading of to Seattle for PAX Prime this week! Twitch got bought out by Amazon, not Google. Pokemon gets a fighting game, that you can only play in Japanese arcades. Bill gets hype on Donald Glover playing Spider-Man. And of course, our PAX Prime plans.   more

What's Up? Pokkén Tournament, Amazon buys Twitch, Donald Glover as Spider-Man & PAX Prime 2014 photo

Namco's Pokémon fighter won't have Tekken characters

The Pokémon Company announced Pokkén Tournament today, a fighting game developed by Bandai Namco and the Tekken team. Bandai Namco's Katsuhiro Harada responded to Twitter questions...   more

Namco's Pokémon fighter won't have Tekken characters photo

Bandai Namco developing a Pokémon fighting game

The Pokémon Company just announced Pokkén Tournament, a fighting game developed by Bandai Namco and the Tekken team. The announcement came via livestream, with The Pokémon Company presiden...   more

Bandai Namco developing a Pokémon fighting game photo

Classic Street Fighter games are heading to Japanese arcades again

According to Siliconera, Capcom is launching a new initiative in the near future to bring back some of their classic fighting games to arcades. The list includes Hyper Street Fighter II, Darkstalkers 3, Street Fighter III: Th...   more

Classic Street Fighter games are heading to Japanese arcades again photo

A Fistful of Gun is a chaotic, top-down, Western shooter

I appreciate how a publisher like Devolver Digital can put out games as different as Hotline Miami 2 and Hatoful Boyfriend within a few months, as well as this neat top-down shooter A Fistful of Gun. The game looks like ...   more

A Fistful of Gun is a chaotic, top-down, Western shooter photo

Puppygames goes broke, announces Basingstoke

UK independent game studio Puppygames recently announced via blog post that it is running out of money. In fact, the team admits that it is broke: "Due to several decisions of dubious merit last year we've ended up wasting mo...   more

Puppygames goes broke, announces Basingstoke photo

PIX the CAT looks like an infinite, mind-bending Pac-Man

Trying to describe Pastagames' PIX the CAT in text feels futile when there are perfectly good .gifs of this arcade-style game in action that capture what makes it so cool. But I'll try. It's sort of like a chaotic mix of Pac-...   more

PIX the CAT looks like an infinite, mind-bending Pac-Man photo

This is what Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions looks like

We learned this week that Activision is reviving Sierra Entertainment as a publishing label and its first game will be a new Geometry Wars, developed by Lucid Games. As thrilled as I was at the prospect of another installment...   more

This is what Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions looks like photo

Point Perfect makes clicking and dragging fun

There aren't too many games that can promise a "less is more" experience. Most of the time, games are trying to cram more and more features and controls to build a well-rounded experience. Point Perfect is a bit different; t...   more

Point Perfect makes clicking and dragging fun photo

Facepunch's new game wants you to 'imagine tennis crossed with Street Fighter'

Rust creator Facepunch Studios said it had multiple game prototypes in the works and here's another one: Deuce, an arcade-style tennis game. Or, Street Fighter x tennis. There's some early footage and artwork to give you a gl...   more

Facepunch's new game wants you to 'imagine tennis crossed with Street Fighter' photo

Crazy Taxi: City Rush releasing this Thursday

Crazy Taxi creator Kenji Kanno has returned to the beloved arcade racing property for a new game, Crazy Taxi: City Rush, which would normally be cause for celebration except this is designed for mobile. Drat. Our dream of new...   more

Crazy Taxi: City Rush releasing this Thursday photo

Pay too much for too many new Ultra Street Fighter IV costumes this summer

Capcom revealed a massive new set of upcoming outfits that will soon be available for the 44 fighters of Ultra Street Fighter IV over the weekend at San Diego Comic-Con. The Summer Vacation costumes will be rolling out in sep...   more

Pay too much for too many new Ultra Street Fighter IV costumes this summer photo


Pay too much for too many new Ultra Street Fighter IV costumes this summer photo
Pay too much for too many new Ultra Street Fighter IV costumes this summer photo
Pay too much for too many new Ultra Street Fighter IV costumes this summer photo
Pay too much for too many new Ultra Street Fighter IV costumes this summer photo
Pay too much for too many new Ultra Street Fighter IV costumes this summer photo
Pay too much for too many new Ultra Street Fighter IV costumes this summer photo



Mario Kart Arcade GP DX has Don-chan and a two player co-op tank mode

In case you haven't been to an arcade in a minute, Namco Bandai has been making arcade iterations of the Mario Kart series for quite a while, and they're pretty badass. For Mario Kart Arcade GP DX, the Taiko Drum Master...   more

Mario Kart Arcade GP DX has Don-chan and a two player co-op tank mode photo

This Japanese grandma accidentally bought a derelict arcade

In sunny Chiba, Japan, a woman purchased a building that actually ended up encasing a time capsule of arcade goodness straight out of the late '80s through '90s. Among the relics were almost fifty Sega Aero and Astro City cab...   more

This Japanese grandma accidentally bought a derelict arcade photo

Check out this 3-hour chunk of Primal Rage 2 gameplay

I don't know about you, but I have a very primal sort of rage about me when I dwell on the fact that I hadn't seen footage of Primal Rage 2 already. Luckily, there's a gaming mecca in Brookfield, Illinois that goes by the na...   more

Check out this 3-hour chunk of Primal Rage 2 gameplay  photo

Primal Rage 2 exists and it's playable in an arcade

I had no idea! There was a Primal Rage 2, but it was never finished. Still, there are at least a couple arcade boards in existence of a prototype version, and Brookfield, Illinois-based Galloping Ghost Arcade has acquired on...   more

Primal Rage 2 exists and it's playable in an arcade photo

Space shooter Futuridium EP Deluxe coming to PS Vita, PS4 in July

Arcade shooter Futuridium EP Deluxe looked like a good time last we saw it and here's another, better trailer to go with news of its impending Cross-Buy release on PlayStation 4 and PS Vita. Developer MixedBag has announced ...   more

Space shooter Futuridium EP Deluxe coming to PS Vita, PS4 in July photo

Arcade Font Writer is exactly what it sounds like

Arcade Font Writer lets you type out anything you'd like using fonts from classic arcade games. Useful? Tough call. Fun? For sure. Simply type out your message, scroll through the fonts, and then hit save for a .PNG file export.  Everything in the Ninja Gaiden font looks great, but Hudson's Panic Bomber really speaks to me. But nothing can touch the Shinobi one. Nothing. Try it out here.   more

Arcade Font Writer is exactly what it sounds like photo

Meet the cast of Left 4 Dead's Japanese arcade version

Left 4 Dead: Survivors is shambling to test locations in Tokyo today, courtesy of Taito. The Japanese arcade release sports a number of subtle changes to the classic zombie-shooting formula, including a strange new controller...   more

Meet the cast of Left 4 Dead's Japanese arcade version photo

Left 4 Dead: Survivors gameplay trailer looks just like Left 4 Dead

Remember Taito's "Project Z" and how it was revealed to simply be an arcade version of Left 4 Dead? There's finally a gameplay trailer to accompany the big announcement. It's full of zombies, broken English, and Japanese tex...   more

Left 4 Dead: Survivors gameplay trailer looks just like Left 4 Dead photo

R-Type Dimensions finds new life on PS3 this month

R-Type Dimensions released several years ago on Xbox Live Arcade and hey, it's back in the news with a PlayStation Network version coming to PS3 later this month. Cool. This is a package combining R-Type and R-Type II with bo...   more

R-Type Dimensions finds new life on PS3 this month photo

Penarium wants you to try to survive a sadistic circus act

Though arcade-style action games seemed to disappear with arcades themselves (go figure), they have been making a bit of a comeback recently. Games like Super Crate Box or the upcoming Woah Dave! remind us that sometimes it ...   more

Penarium wants you to try to survive a sadistic circus act photo

Taito's 'Project Z' endeavor is actually a Left 4 Dead game

Left 4 Dead in Japanese arcades? It's more likely than you think. Actually, it's definitely going to happen. Taito's been teasing a "Project Z" for some time now for its Nesica arcade systems, but today the official site has...   more

Taito's 'Project Z' endeavor is actually a Left 4 Dead game photo

Japan

Okay. First, poor giraffe. Second, why am I not playing Animal Kaiser every day?   more

Japan photo

Punch frogs, get paid: New Curses 'N Chaos trailer

We got a brief look at the new Tribute Games joint, Curses 'N Chaos, at PAX East. It's a pared-down, arcade-like action game about two players cooperating to clear waves of foes before the timer hits zero. Super simple, but ...   more

Punch frogs, get paid: New Curses 'N Chaos trailer photo

Woah Dave scratches the manic arcade itch

One of the most common questions one gets asked when visiting a show like PAX East is, "what's the most fun game you've played this weekend." Woah Dave was my automatic response to any such query this past weekend. An a...   more

Woah Dave scratches the manic arcade itch photo

Tribute Games returns to pure arcade action in Curses 'N Chaos

In announcing that Mercenary Kings would hit PS Vita at PAX East, developer Tribute Games also briefly talked up Curses 'N Chaos, a game which sounded like a mighty good time based on the name alone. After watching this Jona...   more

Tribute Games returns to pure arcade action in Curses 'N Chaos photo

Kung-Fu Master lampooned in live-action skit

Maker of live-action videogame spoofs, El Gamer Cosplayer has released this video portraying old-school arcade game Kung-Fu Master. As they do in the game, bad guys fly across the screen, locked in the frozen moment of impac...   more

Kung-Fu Master lampooned in live-action skit photo

Mario Kart 8 is stunning and fierce in HD

As an institution within the videogame racing genre, Mario Kart has always been an example of what arcade style racing is all about. Focusing on simple, pick up and play gameplay, while still offering high level skill based ...   more

Mario Kart 8 is stunning and fierce in HD photo


Mario Kart 8 is stunning and fierce in HD photo
Mario Kart 8 is stunning and fierce in HD photo
Mario Kart 8 is stunning and fierce in HD photo
Mario Kart 8 is stunning and fierce in HD photo
Mario Kart 8 is stunning and fierce in HD photo
Mario Kart 8 is stunning and fierce in HD photo



This is what a Blizzard fighting game would look like

It's only fitting that I start my personal April Fools' Day off with Blizzard. The company's gags are almost always something so cool or outlandish that we wish they were really being made, and that's no different this year ...   more

This is what a Blizzard fighting game would look like photo

OutRun is going to be a 3D Classic in Japan

Every time we cover Sega's 3D Classics line for 3DS, someone inevitably jumps in to talk about how OutRun should be among those games. I agree. And it will be -- at least in Japan. A logo for the legendary arcade racing game ...   more

OutRun is going to be a 3D Classic in Japan photo

Ramlethal becoming a playable character in Guilty Gear Xrd -Sign-

4Gamer got to check out Ramlethal Valentine, the next playable character to join Guilty Gear Xrd -Sign-. She was actually the boss in the game, but she'll now be playable in the game's next arcade update. Ramlethal has a two ...   more

Ramlethal becoming a playable character in Guilty Gear Xrd -Sign- photo

These are my favorite Luftrausers

I've been slavishly playing Luftrausers like a madman this past weekend, and I'm shaping up to be a fairly decent player. To help you get a sense of the different Rausers you can pilot, I put together this little video ...   more

These are my favorite Luftrausers photo

Review: Luftrausers

Vlambeer's air combat game, Luftrausers, has finally been cleared for take-off, following a wait that seemed far longer than anybody expected it would. It's been worth holding out for, and fans of high speed, challenging shoot-em-ups have something pretty special on their hands.   more

Review: Luftrausers photo

Review: TxK

If you came up to me and told me I could be this turned around, bearingless and disoriented, on a two dimensional plane of movement, I would say, "Gee, that's oddly specific, why are you telling me this?" And then you would f...   more

Review: TxK photo

Pac-Man Museum out today for PSN, XBLA, and Steam

Pac-Man Museum, released today on Steam, PlayStation Network, and Xbox Live Arcade, caught my eye this morning. It was my first time hearing about the game and the $19.99 price stood out. What could a compilation like this po...   more

Pac-Man Museum out today for PSN, XBLA, and Steam photo

Preview: Trials: Fusion is daring and really bizarre

The year was 2009. Back when the Xbox 360's XBLA Summer of Games was all the rage, a small little downloadable title called Trials HD came out of nowhere and won the hearts of players. With two sequels, and several million c...   more

Preview: Trials: Fusion is daring and really bizarre photo


Preview: Trials: Fusion is daring and really bizarre photo
Preview: Trials: Fusion is daring and really bizarre photo
Preview: Trials: Fusion is daring and really bizarre photo
Preview: Trials: Fusion is daring and really bizarre photo
Preview: Trials: Fusion is daring and really bizarre photo
Preview: Trials: Fusion is daring and really bizarre photo



Sega's next Shining game is a 2D fighter

Along time ago, in an arcade far far away, Sega was king of the scene. Some of the industries best fighters (Virtua Fighter 2, Fighting Vipers, Virtual On...) were developed and powered by the once dominant developer. But al...   more

Sega's next Shining game is a 2D fighter photo

Guilty Gear Xrd Sign launches in February in Japan

According to Siliconera, Guilty Gear Xrd Sign will launch on February 20th in Japanese arcades. After that, Xrd Sign will launch on the PlayStation 3 and the PS4 later this year in Japan. There are no announcements ...   more

Guilty Gear Xrd Sign launches in February in Japan photo

Japanese sidescrolling shooter Wolf Fang on PSN this week

One more week until Tomba! 2 releases on PlayStation Network. Until then, we're getting the fifth title in MonkeyPaw Games' Retro Rush event, Wolf Fang, a sidescrolling shooter sequel to the 1989 shoot-'em-up Vapor Trail: Hyp...   more

Japanese sidescrolling shooter Wolf Fang on PSN this week photo

Beware the Backyard in Guilty Gear Xrd's arcade opening

Some sort of Jumanji book about the secret Backyard gets hidden away, but an evil power erupts from the Backyard itself (kind of like The Gate) threatening the world and, uh, only the power of cheesy rock and roll and drop d...   more

Beware the Backyard in Guilty Gear Xrd's arcade opening photo