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5:30 PM on 09.10.2014

Nicalis kicked my ass again with Castle in the Darkness

After checking out The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth at PAX Prime, I spent a decent chunk of time with another upcoming Nicalis project, Castle in the Darkness. It's a challenging platform-adventure PC game that feels all too app...

Jordan Devore


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Terra Battle launches on October 9th

Terra Battle, the highly anticipated RPG from Hironobu Sakaguchi, launches worldwide on October 9th. Find out more




5:30 PM on 09.08.2014

The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth is everything I hoped it'd be

One of my favorite parts of PAX Prime this year was an appointment with Nicalis. Not only was the meeting away from the crowded, noisy Washington State Convention Center, it was an opportunity to get sucked into The Binding o...

Jordan Devore

2:30 PM on 08.19.2014

Co-op in The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth is looking good

Here's Edmund and Danielle McMillen previewing cooperative play in The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth including one of the game's twenty challenges, Head Trauma, in which you have tons of tears spraying all over the place but the...

Jordan Devore

1:15 PM on 08.06.2014

Nicalis announces Castle in the Darkness for PC

Castle in the Darkness is leaping to Windows PC this summer, Nicalis announced today. The retro-style platformer draws inspiration from "the golden era of videogames," vaunting an expansive open-world and a "damning" difficulty curve. The story follows a kingdom's last remaining royal guard on a mission to save the land from a sorcerer and his evil army.

Kyle MacGregor

8:00 PM on 07.29.2014

Replay runs, customize controls in The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth

I convinced myself long ago that The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth was something I needed in my life, so every additional detail or feature we're told about in the lead up to release is just icing on top. This week, customizable ...

Jordan Devore



Another fair comparison: 1001 Spikes is better than Game of Thrones photo
Another fair comparison: 1001 Spikes is better than Game of Thrones
by Jonathan Holmes

Believe it or not, there once was a time when many, many people thought that Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare was better than Advance Wars. Thankfully, those days are over now. According to my numbers, 89.6% of those who once suffered from the false belief that Kevin Spacey's upcoming AAA blockbuster competitive murder-spree is better than Nintendo's classic cartoon general simulator have been successfully converted to the truth. Though it's hard to be sure just how responsible I am for this turn of events, it's fair to guess that I'm largely responsible, because why not? You're welcome everybody. 

But a cowboy's work is never done. There are still many poor souls out there suffering from the delusion that a thing that they like is better than a thing that I like. Case in point -- Game of Thrones. Apparently, many of of you out there believe this show/book series is as good as, or even better than, the new death-trap stuntman 2D platformer Aban Hawkins and the 1001 Spikes.

Sorry Throners, but you're about to get pwned(ers). 

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10:00 AM on 06.28.2014

Skyward Sword and 1001 Spikes speed runs will get your blood pumping

Skyward Sword and 1001 Spikes may not look like they have a lot in common, but they share a lot of the same design sensibilities. Both games are about exploring relatively small, densely packed areas that appear simple on th...

Jonathan Holmes

11:30 AM on 06.07.2014

1001 Spikes leaps to Xbox One next week

1001 Spikes is landing on Xbox One next week, publisher Nicalis recently announced. The insanely difficult platformer is already available on PlayStation 4, Vita, Steam, Nintendo 3DS, and Wii U, but Xbox One owners will ...

Kyle MacGregor

2:30 PM on 06.03.2014

1001 Spikes knows how to do a launch trailer right

Ooh, this is looking good. In the lead up to 1001 Spikes, there's been plenty of footage shared but much of it appeared to be from the earlier levels. Now, with this launch trailer, we've got a proper preview of the misery t...

Jordan Devore

7:30 PM on 05.30.2014

1001 Spikes also hitting Wii U, 3DS on June 3

We heard the PS4, PS Vita, and Steam versions of 1001 Spikes were coming June 3. Which is great and all, but I know a number of us were going to hold out for the game on Wii U or 3DS -- no need to! Nicalis has confirmed those...

Jordan Devore

1:30 PM on 05.28.2014

1001 Spikes comes to PS4, Vita, Steam on June 3

Nicalis' 1001 Spikes is a game I'm excited about but have somehow completely missed the chance to talk about. It's a particularly brutal action-platformer that also doubles as an outstanding Mario Bros. style party game. Ther...

Dale North





12:30 PM on 05.20.2014

Turn-based fighting game Toribash now available on Steam

Do you know Toribash? It has existed as a free-to-play game for a while now on Mac and PC, and it even came to WiiWare several years ago. The turn-based, muscle micromanagement fighter starring Vectorman's cousins may now ga...

Darren Nakamura

4:00 AM on 05.20.2014

1001 Spikes' multiplayer gets everyone in on the dying

If you can be certain of one thing for the upcoming Aban Hawkins & the 1,001 Spikes, it's that dying is an inevitability -- an inevitability that will happen time and time again. This trailer shows some of the ways that ...

Brett Makedonski

6:00 PM on 04.20.2014

Cave Story explores European eShop this May, Australia someday

Cave Story makes its way to the Nintendo 3DS eShop in Europe on May 1, Nicalis recently revealed. The publisher also confirmed plans to bring the title to Australian shores at some point in time. Daisuke Amaya's mag...

Kyle MacGregor

6:00 PM on 02.15.2014

Aban Hawkins goes Street Fighter, Castlevania and more

Aban Hawkins and the 1,001 Spikes is almost ready for release, with a total of 18 playable characters currently ready to go. We've already heard about Commander Video (Bit.Trip), Nyx (Nyx Quest), Thompson, Sugimoto, and...

Jonathan Holmes

3:00 PM on 12.20.2013

Nicalis teases with Cave Story toys

This ought to perk up the ears of Cave Story fans. The Twitter account for Nicalis recently posted the above image showing toys based on characters from the indie darling and asking if people would like to have a set of ...

Conrad Zimmerman