What is it with Sonic games on Nintendo consoles and levels constructed entirely out of sweets? Sonic Colors had Sweet Mountain, and Sonic Lost World has Desert Ruins -- that is "desert" with one "s," as in the hot and sandy ... more
You thought all that talk about paying attention to indies was just lip service, and that Nintendo wasn't going to follow through on support? You thought wrong! Nintendo is loving the indies at its E3 booth this year!
Mario ... more
"What's Retro working on? A new Metroid? Zelda Wii U? Something entirely original?"
Those were the questions prior to E3. Turns out the secret project was yet another Donkey Kong Country sequel.
Don't get me wrong! Returns is friggin' amazing and Tropical Freeze is just as fun so far. I simply think Retro has so much more potential.
Never mind that, though. Tropical Freeze... it's pretty bangin'. more
No, it's not Galaxy 3 -- and I would have been upset if it was. Rather, Super Mario 3D World is taking the 2D-3D hybrid platforming of Super Mario 3D Land on 3DS, incorporating the multiplayer chaos of New Super Mario Bros. W... more
I'm in love. Contrast is slated to come to PC, PS3 (PSN), and Xbox 360 (XBLA) by year's end, but according to the game's website it will also be available for PS4 at launch. Also, the above YouTube trailer is designated "(PS... more
I feel bad for not being more invested in Knack when I'm reasonably sure it will end up being a worthy pickup for PlayStation 4 owners. For starters, it looks like something Pixar could have put out, which isn't the kind of ... more
The E3 2013 Ubisoft press conference got off to an unusual start, but it wasn't long before the company made it to Rayman Legends which looks, simply put, phenomenal. We also got a nice CGI trailer that had me wanting anothe... more
Have you ever slapped someone with a sticky hand out of a coin-operated vending machine? Do you need a modern-day analog sans real-world repercussions? Well, small Swedish developer Zoink! seems to have you covered in Stick ... more
There aren't many games out there where you just know you're going to buy it after the second you see it in action. Rayman Legends is one such game, and I've played it on every platform it's coming out for now. Xbox 360, Pla... more
I got ridiculously excited when I saw the trailer for Sonic Lost World, but if the "Sonic Cycle" has taught us anything, it's that we should keep our expectations in check lest we disappoint ourselves for the umpteenth time. ... more
Joining the already announced PC version, Compulsion Games has signed on with Focus Home Interactive to bring its hybrid 2D/3D puzzle platformer Contrast to Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network later this year.
Set in th... more
Last week, I got to preview a bunch of current-gen games, which we can expect to see during E3, at a special pre-show event that entailed several different game companies. The Sony showcase in particular had a handful of game... more
Luigi is rockin' it hardcore! The upcoming New Super Mario Bros. U expansion, New Super Luigi U, is ready to drop on eShop on June 20 for $19.99. Not only that, there will be a special standalone disc, which doesn't require y... more
If you're a jaded hardcore gamer, and if you've ever complained that the new generation of "dumbed down" console gamers are the bane of life, prepare to feel justified. The arrival of Super Metroid on Wii U demonstrates the d... more
What makes a Pac-Man game a Pac-Man game? Perhaps I'm overthinking this. Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures puts the iconic character in a story built off the animated television series of the same name, which makes a lot of... more
It's been a while since any region outside of Japan received a new 3D Classics touch-up on the 3DS eShop. You may think that the only difference between the originals and their 3D remakes is the added stereoscopic effect, but... more
The Metroidvania-inspired indie platformer A.N.N.E. has launched a Kickstarter, and unlike other massive projects floating around right now asking for millions of dollars, the goal is only $70,000. At the time of writing, it... more
By the time Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D is released, it will have been two and half years from the original's debut on the Wii. So what has changed in that time? Well, not a whole lot, and that's not a bad thing. Donkey Ko... more
New Yoshi's Island for the 3DS! New Yoshi's Island for the 3DS! Oh my God, you guys! Iwata dropped the bomb.
From the footage and screens, this new Yoshi's Island sequel will use all the same abilities as in past installments... more
Climax Studios, responsible for titles such as Smart As, Rocket Knight (2010), Silent Hill: Shattered Memories, and many more, has a couple of new games in the works according to their official website. One is a creepy lookin... more
Last year, fans of I-Mockery's irreverent brand of pop culture humor were treated to Abobo's Big Adventure, a mashup of all things NES starring the muscle-bound Double Dragon boss Abobo. As hilarious as Abobo's Big Adventure ... more
Even as a fan of the original cartoon as a child, I just couldn't get into the new Smurfs film, even on a base level. But WayForward maybe change that, at least in the videogame realm, with a The Smurfs 2 game based on the u... more
Jonathan Holmes and I have been plugging away at Guacamelee for the past week, and I have to say, it's been an incredibly positive experience. Alongside of solid Metroidvania action, DrinkBox Studios created a memorable world... more
Last month, the Brazilian ratings board DJCTQ revealed that the SEGA Genesis platforming classic Castle of Illusion was coming to PS3, Vita, 360, and Wii U. Now, XBLA digital box art has appeared, indicating that a formal ann... more
SEGA is bringing Sonic the Hedgehog to mobile devices? Color me surprised!
Sarcasm aside, you might not want to completely disregard this latest nostalgia cash-in. Instead of a straight port, Sonic 1 is receiving the same tre... more
PAX East had a ton of indie games on display this year, and while many of them looked great, only a handful stopped me dead in my tracks as I became mesmerized by what was happening on-screen.
The Swapper was one such game, ... more
What was once a thriving area of small and unique downloadables titles has slowly become a void. It just seems Microsoft doesn't care to support what made Xbox Live Arcade so special in the first place. Max: The Curse of Br... more
[Update: Check out our Interview with WayForward]
In today's "unexpected, f*cking awesome" news, Capcom has announced DuckTales Remastered for PlayStation Network, Wii U eShop, and Xbox Live Arcade. WayForward is handling de... more
Austin Ivansmith from WayForward was gracious enough to announce Mighty Switch Force 2 a few weeks back, and now we have the official screen and press release to get us properly informed. Series star Patricia Wagon has g... more
A pair of teaser images have appeared on WayForward's Twitter page. The first is a seemingly in-game image of baby sitting alone on the sidewalk as the city around him burns to the ground, with the caption, "Who's ready to Sw... more
I can't say I've ever bothered to play Max and the Magic Marker, but with a completely different art style, this Xbox Live Arcade-exclusive spiritual successor looks hard to resist. If you're into games like Trine, you shoul... more
Seeing more original titles on the 3DS eShop is one way to put me in a good mood. Today, we got the heads up on SteamWorld Dig, a platform game designed by Gothenburg, Sweden-based studio Image & Form. It's set in a post-... more
What was that saying again? "When it rains, it pours"?
The Android developer who released a game unwittingly starring Yoshi may have been able to cover his ass -- albeit barely -- but there is no way in hell that the mastermi... more
German developer Shin'en is quite the wunderkind on Nintendo platforms. The studio has a history of pulling off technically impressive feats, such as the Iridion series on Game Boy Advance and most recently Nano Assault Neo o... more
How 'bout that Dusty Raging Fist, eh? Or the recently crowdfunded Cryamore, hmm? Seems like the Wii U eShop is getting some much welcome indie love even as big boxed publishers turn up their noses. Would anyone object to ano... more
Might & Delight's puzzle-platformer Pid seemed to go under the radar, despite being a game worthy of attention. Here's hoping, then, that a fair amount of free downloadable content can give the title a nice boost. On PC ... more
Amiga platformer Superfrog is making a comeback. Rather than get a whole new game that couldn't possibly live up to fans' expectations, Team17 will put its energy into Superfrog HD, which features brand new visuals. No screen... more
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... more
Holiday season or not, we appreciate getting freebies. Black Forest Games has put out a free Christmas-themed level for Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams that owners of the game can grab from the Extras menu as of today.
In addit... more
PC game Unepic is making its way to Wii U. If you haven't heard of it yet, this 2D platformer has some RPG elements, lots of rooms to explore, big bosses, pets, potions, achievements and hidden treasures. Metroidvania is always good, right?
We're still in the dark on a release date, but we're sure it's coming soon. This trailer and new screenshots should hold you over until then. more
Yup, Street Fighter X Mega Man is happening.
I played it this past weekend and got to take on all eight of the World Warrior Masters (that's what I'm calling them.) Expect to take on Urien, Rolento, Dhalsim, Blanka, Ryu, C. ... more
Yes, I know what you're thinking. What weird dimension have we suddenly fallen into? But it's true! There's going to be a new Mega Man 8-bit style game and it's going to see the Blue Bomber fighting the Street Fighter world ... more
Scandalous joking aside, Renegade Kid's Mutant Mudds has indeed been popping up everywhere. There's the 3DS original, the PC update, yesterday's confirmation of a Wii U "deluxe" edition, and now news of a port for iOS devices... more
Are you familiar with "doujin soft"? They're essentially Japanese indie games, and although most are of the fan game variety, major publishers tend to leave them alone. As it should be! Fan games aren't harming anybody!
In 2... more
What? WHAT? WHAAAAT!? WHAAAAAAAAAAAT!?
Suck it down! That's what I'm talkin' 'bout! Hell yeah!
The cover of November's Nintendo Power features our half-genie starlet in full pirate garb, teaming up with her archnemesis Risky ... more
Fluidity released on WiiWare a couple of years ago and proved a surprising treat for a lot of Wii owners. Tony Ponce liked it a lot. Good news for Tony -- and for everyone else -- is that its 3DS sequel is coming to the eShop... more
Indie developer Nitrome, known for its disgustingly massive selection of free web games, is prepping its first major commercial release, Flightless. It's a fairly basic puzzle-platformer starring a thieving duck who has had ... more
Last year, a really slick-looking, stealth-based platformer called Stealth Bastard completely passed under our noses. Developed by Curve Studios, which was also responsible for Explodemon! and Fluidity, this freeware title i... more
This trailer has me feeling much better about New Super Mario Bros. U. Not that I was feeling great about it before. There are things to be excited about, like the new modes (Boost Rush and Challenge), Flying Squirrel Mario,... more