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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



New releases: Construction finishes on SimCity photo
New releases: Construction finishes on SimCity
by Fraser Brown

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 one of her best, I'm a tad more taken with managing a crazy little city.

I'll admit that I'm still not completely sold on SimCity, however. It certainly looks lovely, but I miss my water pipes and gargantuan utopias, and so many of the design choices seem to be aimed at people who are social butterflies, when I'm more of a grumpy moth. Regardless, I'm still rather excited about its imminent release, and will be doing my best to ensure that Beardtopia is the grottiest, most unfriendly city in all the land.

On top of SimCity and Tomb Raider, there are a plethora of other new releases demanding your attention this week. Two Naruto Shippunden titles drop, saturating the colorful, super-powered ninja market; Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk gives budding herbalists something to do on the PS3, while also searching for their lost sister; The Showdown Effect jumps out of a burning building and punches a vaguely German sounding villain in the face; and the 3DS gets a new Castlevania: Lords of Shadow title

You lot are getting spoiled this week. What's tempting you the most?

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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