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1001 Spikes Wii U off-TV patch finally coming

Are you a Wii U owner who picked up 1001 Spikes and has been disappointed with the lack of ability to play the game entirely on the gamepad screen? Had you almost given up hope that the promised patch to bring that functional...   more

1001 Spikes Wii U off-TV patch finally coming photo

Mekazoo has a cheeky rhyme for tricky gameplay

“When in doubt, switch them out.” Sage-like advice, really. That’s what Mekazoo’s creative director Jarrett Slavin had to tell me to do when I showed obvious struggles playing his demo. I’m no st...   more

Mekazoo has a cheeky rhyme for tricky gameplay photo

Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures is actually coming out for the Wii U next month

Back in 2013, Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures was released for the PC. It was received fairly well, and within the next year plans for a Wii U and 3DS version were announced. Unfortunately, they still haven't seen the l...   more

Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures is actually coming out for the Wii U next month photo

Ori pays a nice homage to one of the best platformers of all-time

In its efforts to create a great platformer, Ori and the Blind Forest developer Moon Studios looked up to some of the all-time greats of the genre. Super Meat Boy is one of those classics. And, it's revered enough b...   more

Ori pays a nice homage to one of the best platformers of all-time photo

Mining adventure SteamWorld Dig coming to Xbox One next

SteamWorld Dig is worth investigating if you enjoy the super-fun drilling action of Mr. Driller but stink at the game or otherwise get overwhelmed before long. Image & Form is bringing its robotic Western adventure to yet...   more

Mining adventure SteamWorld Dig coming to Xbox One next photo

I see a lot of classic Mario platforming design in Splatoon's campaign

While Splatoon's multiplayer was on display for all to see at E3 2014, the single-player campaign was fairly under wraps. We now know that it will be a completely separate affair from online play, complete with a full na...   more

I see a lot of classic Mario platforming design in Splatoon's campaign photo


I see a lot of classic Mario platforming design in Splatoon's campaign photo
I see a lot of classic Mario platforming design in Splatoon's campaign photo
I see a lot of classic Mario platforming design in Splatoon's campaign photo
I see a lot of classic Mario platforming design in Splatoon's campaign photo
I see a lot of classic Mario platforming design in Splatoon's campaign photo
I see a lot of classic Mario platforming design in Splatoon's campaign photo



Nintendo: 'Splatoon is aiming to do for action shooters what Mario Kart did to racing'

At a recent event at Nintendo of America's headquarters in Redmond, Washington, I was able to play Splatoon for the first time since E3 2014. It's come a long way since then, and Nintendo is particularly proud of what it...   more

Nintendo: 'Splatoon is aiming to do for action shooters what Mario Kart did to racing' photo

Splatoon's multiplayer feels promising for casual and hardcore shooter fans, but will people buy it?

Nintendo isn't exactly known for its online experiences. With the exception of a few recent titles like Mario Kart 8, the public is typically clamoring for some form of online support. Games like Mario Party 10 would pro...   more

Splatoon's multiplayer feels promising for casual and hardcore shooter fans, but will people buy it? photo


Splatoon's multiplayer feels promising for casual and hardcore shooter fans, but will people buy it? photo
Splatoon's multiplayer feels promising for casual and hardcore shooter fans, but will people buy it? photo
Splatoon's multiplayer feels promising for casual and hardcore shooter fans, but will people buy it? photo
Splatoon's multiplayer feels promising for casual and hardcore shooter fans, but will people buy it? photo
Splatoon's multiplayer feels promising for casual and hardcore shooter fans, but will people buy it? photo
Splatoon's multiplayer feels promising for casual and hardcore shooter fans, but will people buy it? photo



Fresh meat: Xbox One gets Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty on March 27

Tasty? Yes. New? Depends how you look at it. Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty has been out on PC for a little bit now and on PS4 for even longer, but this remake hasn't finished making the rounds yet. Next up, Xbox One. Oddworld Inhab...   more

Fresh meat: Xbox One gets Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty on March 27 photo

What a wonderful world: Ori and the Blind Forest

After finishing Ori and the Blind Forest, a heartfelt Metroidvania-style adventure for PC and Xbox One, I wondered just how the hell I managed to know so little about it going in. What a thrill. There were moments -- not mere...   more

What a wonderful world: Ori and the Blind Forest photo

RIVE was my favorite twin-stick shooter at PAX East

When I learned that Netherlands-based Two Tribes Studios (Toki Tori & Toki Tori 2) was bringing its snazzy metal-wrecking, robot-hacking, twin-stick shooter RIVE to PAX East this year, I jumped at the...   more

RIVE was my favorite twin-stick shooter at PAX East photo

Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries is a dark reinvention of classic fairytale fiction

Over the last three years, Kickstarter has totally changed the game for many developers. With the option to crowdfund projects, cut out the middle-man (publishers), and communicate directly with fans to help create the game, ...   more

Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries is a dark reinvention of classic fairytale fiction photo

Tembo the Badass Elephant is a stuttering beauty

Tembo the Badass Elephant, the newest game from Pokemon developer Game Freak, is a bit of a departure from what you might expect of the studio. Centered around Tembo, an elephant who seems to have taken a lot of his fashion c...   more

Tembo the Badass Elephant is a stuttering beauty photo

Isbarah is an unforgiving bullet hell platformer

I often browse the Steam store for new releases that could be interesting, and was excited when I read Isbarah's description as a bullet hell platformer. I love bullet hell games and have played basically everything that...   more

Isbarah is an unforgiving bullet hell platformer photo

Former Rare devs share first look at Banjo successor

Today at EGX Rezzed, Playtonic showcased the first in-engine screenshots of Project Ukulele. Speaking at the event, the seven-man team of former Rare veterans said they were blown away by the fan response to their recently an...   more

Former Rare devs share first look at Banjo successor photo

Ori and the Blind Forest is great, experience one of the best parts now

There's not a lot of negative criticism that can be levied against Ori and the Blind Forest. It just does everything so well. Tight platforming, unique mechanics, a gorgeous aesthetic -- everything melds together to make an a...   more

Ori and the Blind Forest is great, experience one of the best parts now photo

Mega Man Unlimited gets super tough Omega bosses and more

Your eyes do not deceive! Tony Ponce is writing about Mega Man on the front page! I want to talk today about Mega Man Unlimited, the fan game I reviewed nearly two years ago that made me cry manly tears. You remember that tas...   more

Mega Man Unlimited gets super tough Omega bosses and more photo

Sega and Game Freak join forces for Tembo the Badass Elephant

Game Freak (Pokémon, Drill Dozer) and Sega (Sonic Runners, Sonic Boom) are collaborating on Tembo the Badass Elephant, a side-scrolling action game about a commando elephant who will seemingly level entire cities on h...   more

Sega and Game Freak join forces for Tembo the Badass Elephant photo


Sega and Game Freak join forces for Tembo the Badass Elephant photo
Sega and Game Freak join forces for Tembo the Badass Elephant photo
Sega and Game Freak join forces for Tembo the Badass Elephant photo
Sega and Game Freak join forces for Tembo the Badass Elephant photo
Sega and Game Freak join forces for Tembo the Badass Elephant photo
Sega and Game Freak join forces for Tembo the Badass Elephant photo



Very Quick Tips: Ori and the Blind Forest

Ori and the Blind Forest may not be the most complicated metroidvania in the world, but there are a few tough decisions to make from time to time. Here are a few quick tips to ease you in.   more

Very Quick Tips: Ori and the Blind Forest photo

Review: Ori and the Blind Forest

Every so often I come across a game that just makes me smile. I mean, I play videogames almost daily because I have fun doing it, but certain titles have me grinning from ear to ear the entire journey for a myriad of different reasons. Ori and the Blind Forest is one of those games. It's just plain enjoyable from start to finish, and doesn't waste your time.   more

Review: Ori and the Blind Forest photo

Freedom Planet announced for Wii U

Hey Wii U owners. Does an action platformer that borrows heavily from Sonic the Hedgehog, but avoids those infuriating spike walls that punish you for going fast sound interesting? Then you might be interested to hear that&n...   more

Freedom Planet announced for Wii U photo

Planet of the Eyes is a treacherous place for Polaroid robots

Crash landing on an alien planet is the worst. There's hazardous flora, deadly fauna, and even rock formations that seem to have some sort of blood lust. That just piles on top of the existential crisis of being a robot with ...   more

Planet of the Eyes is a treacherous place for Polaroid robots photo


Planet of the Eyes is a treacherous place for Polaroid robots photo
Planet of the Eyes is a treacherous place for Polaroid robots photo
Planet of the Eyes is a treacherous place for Polaroid robots photo
Planet of the Eyes is a treacherous place for Polaroid robots photo
Planet of the Eyes is a treacherous place for Polaroid robots photo
Planet of the Eyes is a treacherous place for Polaroid robots photo



Downwell has a simple premise but it's damn fun

A glance at Downwell's tricolor palette in still shots doesn't really do it justice. Watching it in motion gives a better idea what it does, but not until actually playing it does it all click. It is built around a simple mec...   more

Downwell has a simple premise but it's damn fun photo

Battletoads join Shovel Knight on Xbox One in April

Shovel Knight is on its way to Xbox One in April, and the Battletoads are coming along for the ride. The Battletoads, who debuted on the NES in 1991, are going to be returning in the Xbox One version of Shovel Knight! It ha...   more

Battletoads join Shovel Knight on Xbox One in April photo

Azure Striker Gunvolt gets a New 3DS update, adds more buttons

I still go back to Azure Striker Gunvolt from time to time. It's an excellent little platformer and a wonderful ode to the Mega Man ZX series. Developer Inti Creates has just shared update 1.2 is on the way, set to debut...   more

Azure Striker Gunvolt gets a New 3DS update, adds more buttons photo

Review: Blackhole

There certainly have been a lot of creative 2D platform games releasing over the last couple of months, enough that there seems to be some genuine competition in the genre. If you're finding yourself in a position where it has become difficult to choose, allow me to make it easier.  Get Blackhole. Problem solved.   more

Review: Blackhole photo

Trine 3 is happening and it sure looks pretty

It has been a long time since the original Trine came out. Heck, in the years since Trine 2's release, the series has faded from the spotlight. Frozenbyte has still been at it, and it shows with this announcement trailer for...   more

Trine 3 is happening and it sure looks pretty photo

Stealth Inc 2 is coming to the PC, PSN, and Xbox platforms in April

Stealth Inc. 2 is making the move to other platforms -- a lot of other platforms, actually! Previously a Wii U exclusive, developer Curve Digital has announced that it will also arrive on the PS3, PS4, Vita, Xbox One, and PC ...   more

Stealth Inc 2 is coming to the PC, PSN, and Xbox platforms in April photo

Azure Striker Gunvolt sequel is coming, says Inti Creates

[Update: Famitsu has a quick look at a new character in the sequel. I hope it's Gunvolt in new duds.] Azure Striker Gunvolt was a fantastic platformer, and thankfully, the series isn't done yet. Inti Creates has con...   more

Azure Striker Gunvolt sequel is coming, says Inti Creates photo

'Ultimate' version of La-Mulana hits PS Vita next week

The PlayStation Vita and La-Mulana have long seemed like a good match, but it's taken some time for the two to hook up. Just kiss already! Rising Star Games and Pygmy Studio will have the "ultimate version" of this punishing ...   more

'Ultimate' version of La-Mulana hits PS Vita next week photo

Review: The Deer God

In a lot of ways, The Deer God is a love letter to nature. The idea was born from the developers' childhood memories of playing in the woods and seeing wild deer, and that admiration of the outdoors is quite apparent. The for...   more

Review: The Deer God photo

Shovel Knight coming to PS4, Vita, PS3 on April 21

Shovel Knight will release on PS4, Vita, and PS3 on April 21, Yacht Club Games just announced. The retro-style platformer is a part of Sony's "Spring Fever 2015" promotion and will launch at a special introductory price for P...   more

Shovel Knight coming to PS4, Vita, PS3 on April 21 photo

Woah Dave! Deluxe! out now, also coming to Wii U

Woah Dave! Deluxe! is out now on Steam, Choice Provisions just announced. This is a free update (it's not often we get to say that these days) to the original game, featuring a myriad of enhancements, including two new level...   more

Woah Dave! Deluxe! out now, also coming to Wii U photo

Hybrid platformer/shoot-'em-up Velocity 2X headed to Steam and Xbox One

We didn't review Velocity 2X for PlayStation 4 or PS Vita, but Hamza did talk about how this half vertical spaceship shooter, half side-scrolling platformer was going to "melt [our] eyeballs." Hah, that Destructoid dot com --...   more

Hybrid platformer/shoot-'em-up Velocity 2X headed to Steam and Xbox One photo

Review: Aaru's Awakening

Aaru's Awakening is an unrelenting challenge of a game, which places players in the world of Lumenox, a mystical land in a precarious state of balance between four deities who rule it, Dawn, Day, Dusk, and Night. Now that balance is being disrupted, as Dawn sends a faithful warrior, Aaru, to travel the domains of the other gods on a quest to remake the world. Dark and twisted lands await.   more

Review: Aaru's Awakening photo

PC Port Report: Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty

Like Chris, I had my first taste of Oddworld when it was new, back on the PlayStation in 1997. Abe's Oddysee and Abe's Exoddus were two of my favorite titles from that era, so when Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty was announced, I was...   more

PC Port Report: Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty photo

Spooky Poo's Happy Hell launches Kickstarter

Spooky Poo's Happy Hell recently launched on Kickstarter hoping to get funded for PC, with stretch goals for Wii U and PS4.  This romp through hell is a call back to N64 platformers, with music and graphics clearly insp...   more

Spooky Poo's Happy Hell launches Kickstarter photo

Review: htoL#NiQ: The Firefly Diary

No, that isn't an encoding error up there in the headline: "htoL#NiQ" is indeed this PS Vita game's title, and is essentially a very stylish way to type "The Firefly Diary" in Japanese. Whatever personal peculiarities led the...   more

Review: htoL#NiQ: The Firefly Diary photo

Review: Harold

Moon Spider Studio has released its debut title, Harold, an endearing and challenging race game about the most incompetent runner ever to need protection from a guardian angel. With some quick thinking, quicker thumbs, and an opportunistic eye, players guide the titular Harold to victory against all odds. Who doesn't love an underdog?   more

Review: Harold photo

David Wise and Grant Kirkhope join Project Ukulele

I need to take some deep breaths here. Former Rare developers are creating a spiritual successor to "those fondly remembered platforming adventures we built in the past," and they've brought on Grant Kirkhope, David Wise, an...   more

David Wise and Grant Kirkhope join Project Ukulele photo

Some haikus about free puzzle platformer Symmetry

Flash game on NewgroundsLike VVVVVVSuperficially Mirror imagesForm platforms on either sideClimb to the portal Push boxes aroundAvoid deadly laser beamsFlip the gravity   more

Some haikus about free puzzle platformer Symmetry photo

Covers for Yumi's Odd Odyssey offer some slight variations

There's an important rule in the entertainment industry: Know your audience. For the PS Vita version of Yumi's Odd Odyssey set to arrive in April in Japan, it appears this philosophy is being followed pretty closely. See if you can spot what the difference might be between the Nintendo 3DS version and the "ahem" mature Vita version. It might take you a while, so be patient. [Via Twitter]   more

Covers for Yumi's Odd Odyssey offer some slight variations photo

Depression Quest co-creator looks for what's hidden in Disorder

All art, or indeed even all communication, is a process of connecting with others through shared experience. Whether we’re trying to express a specific experience, or conversely, reveling in the knowledge that there's ...   more

Depression Quest co-creator looks for what's hidden in Disorder photo

True fact: Shooting the Sega logo in Vectorman is life's greatest pleasure

It's been almost two decades since I first played Vectorman, BlueSky Software's treasured run-and-gun game for the Sega Genesis, and I still can't get over how absurd its second level is. That's what I had intended to write...   more

True fact: Shooting the Sega logo in Vectorman is life's greatest pleasure photo

Feed your colorful soul with Runbow

If platformers and playing with a group friends is your thing, then you should keep an eye on Runbow, an indie title slated to arrive on the Wii U. This self-described action party game will allow up to nine of your friends ...   more

Feed your colorful soul with Runbow photo

Kickstarter for sci-fi platformer Orphan underway

And before I knew it, Windy Hill Studio's attractive-looking action platformer Orphan had jumped from Greenlight approval on Steam to being over halfway through its Kickstarter campaign. So it is sometimes in the games writi...   more

Kickstarter for sci-fi platformer Orphan underway photo


Kickstarter for sci-fi platformer Orphan underway photo
Kickstarter for sci-fi platformer Orphan underway photo
Kickstarter for sci-fi platformer Orphan underway photo
Kickstarter for sci-fi platformer Orphan underway photo
Kickstarter for sci-fi platformer Orphan underway photo
Kickstarter for sci-fi platformer Orphan underway photo



Could this be it? A true Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor?

We've been let down before, but I'm unable to contain my enthusiasm for Playtonic Games' Project Ukulele, a new platforming adventure from the people we want making this type of game. Formed by six former Rare staffers, the s...   more

Could this be it? A true Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor? photo

The only game about mechanical wallabies you have to pay attention to this year

Five Nights at Freddy's sort of has a monopoly on mechanical animals in the gaming space right now, but there's an up-and-coming title that will give it a run for its money, albeit in a very different way. That game is ...   more

The only game about mechanical wallabies you have to pay attention to this year photo


The only game about mechanical wallabies you have to pay attention to this year photo
The only game about mechanical wallabies you have to pay attention to this year photo
The only game about mechanical wallabies you have to pay attention to this year photo
The only game about mechanical wallabies you have to pay attention to this year photo
The only game about mechanical wallabies you have to pay attention to this year photo
The only game about mechanical wallabies you have to pay attention to this year photo



Shiftlings follows two space janitors as they try not to be F.I.R.E.D.

Usually, puzzle platformers feature a single protagonist, as the player guides him through environments filled with perils. In some cases, as with Ilomilo or ibb and obb, two are tethered to one another by the common goal of...   more

Shiftlings follows two space janitors as they try not to be F.I.R.E.D. photo

La-Mulana EX delayed on Vita, still coming this month

La-Mulana EX is on the way for Vita, but it's not ready just yet. Rising Star Games has delayed the Vita version, which was set to arrive any day now. It's set for a "late February" release, which will presumably line up with...   more

La-Mulana EX delayed on Vita, still coming this month photo