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1:30 PM on 04.30.2014

Serious Sam Classics: Revolution out now on Early Access

It's time to get serious. Or stoic. Actually, if Serious Sam is your thing, you might even want to get excited. A team of fans (with Croteam's blessing, no less) has launched Serious Sam Classics: Revolution on Steam, an ite...

Brittany Vincent

4:30 PM on 04.23.2014

There's another fan-made Resident Evil 2 HD remake

The above video takes environments and models from Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles and re-purposes them for a remake of Resident Evil 2. Which raises an interesting question: Why didn't Capcom just do this? This proje...

Steven Hansen

9:00 AM on 04.15.2014

Fan group shows progress on Mega Man Battle Network 3D project

If you loved the Mega Man Battle Network series, you might want to pay attention to this new fan project. A collective of developers called "Team MMBN3D" has come together to create a 3D remake, which is set to drop on the P...

Chris Carter



Fan-made Dragon Ball Z fighter is better than any official DBZ game photo
Fan-made Dragon Ball Z fighter is better than any official DBZ game
by Steven Hansen

Okay, maybe I haven't played a Dragon Ball Z game since Budokai 2, but I think that claim would hold up, even if it's my affinity for 2D speaking. But seriously, this years-in-the-making, well animated, Mugen-based DBZ fan game looks rad as heck. It's the best Mugen-based fighter since Dong Dong Never Die.

That Yajirobe in the stage background is amazing.

And now I feel like playing Gundam Battle Assault 2.

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1:30 PM on 03.18.2014

Fan compiles all three Mother games for Wii

EarthBound (Mother 2 in Japan) holds a special place in the hearts of many, but despite the clamor for it, Nintendo has never officially released Mother or Mother 3 outside of Japan. Mother went through official localiz...

Darren Nakamura

8:00 AM on 03.04.2014

Grab the new Mega Man 2.5D beta now

What began as a proof of concept fan game is now a playable beta. The Mega Man 2.5D project sought to bring co-op to Mega Man, alongside of a combination of 2D and 3D visuals -- offering up a new side of the classic tha...

Chris Carter





8:00 AM on 12.07.2013

Fan translation brings Ys 5 into English

While many of you may be enjoying the latest Ys title to land stateside, Ys: Memories of Celceta on the PS Vita, one title in the series had yet to see any sort of English adaptation. That is until now. Thanks to the tea...

Wesley Ruscher

7:00 PM on 11.09.2013

Anita Sarkeesian's plans for a videogame are pretty mild

I don't think I'll ever stop being amazed with how upset people get about Anita Sarkeesian. She's so darn mild! Jiminy Christmas you guys, she is like the mildest person ever. I can understand why some disagree with her or f...

Jonathan Holmes

10:00 AM on 11.04.2013

The 2.5 co-op Mega Man fan game goes beta

I was just playing Mega Man 10 the other day, and it's even better than I remembered. That Wily Castle really knows how to bring it all together. Still, I can see why many were disappointed with how "same-y" it felt at relea...

Jonathan Holmes

7:00 AM on 09.03.2013

TimeSplitters Rewind in development for PlayStation 4

Early this year, TimeSplitters fans got some decent news when it was announced that Crytek, owner of TimeSplitters developer Free Radical, was okaying a venture by fans and some former Free Radical employees to mash up the or...

Steven Hansen



Before Minecraft, Notch made a crappy Sonic fan game photo
Before Minecraft, Notch made a crappy Sonic fan game
by Tony Ponce

A great way to waste time is to Google any odd topic that happens to pop into your head and play a game of link tag until you strike pay dirt. My latest excursion led me to Sonic Racer 4K, a Java-based Sonic fan game. But what really caught my attention was the name of the developer: Markus Persson.

You know, the Minecraft guy.

After a little more digging, I discovered an old resume that he still hosts on the Mojang page, even though it's no longer directly linked anywhere on the site. Turns out Notch was a frequent participant in the Java 4K Programming Contest, which tasks entrants to create a Java game with a total file size less than 4K bytes. Sonic Racer 4K was a 2005 submissions, but he also made other 4K fan games, including MEGA4KMAN and Left 4K Dead.

I don't know how much of this is common knowledge, but it's certainly a big surprise to me. I like learning about what folks did before they were famous. As for the games themselves, they are impressive considering the constraints, even if they are kind of poopy. Test them out yourselves!

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1:00 AM on 08.06.2013

Easy mode update for Mega Man Unlimited is out

It was only a few days ago when I mentioned that a difficulty adjustment update to Mega Man Unlimited was on its way. Version 1.1.0 is now available, bringing along a whole host of changes. The biggest and most welcome additi...

Tony Ponce



Super Mario Crossover 3.0 is finally out photo
Super Mario Crossover 3.0 is finally out
by Tony Ponce

Super Mario Crossover, the pixel-for-pixel recreation of Super Mario Bros. that features a selectable cast of NES stars, was all set for the big 3.0 update this past June. It was unfortunately delayed a month, but it is now available for your pleasure. Head on down to developer Exploding Rabbit's site to give the new revision a spin.

New to 3.0 are the levels from Super Mario Bros. Special, a Japan-only port / remake for the NEC PC-8801 and Sharp X1; a difficulty system that drastically alters level layouts; and more skins for levels and characters to make them look like various other games on the NES, SNES, Game Boy, and so on. More tweaks and skins are planned for the future, but this is likely the last big update.

Exploding Rabbit is now hard at work on Super Retro Squad, which follows the style of Super Mario Crossover only with original characters and levels. While originally looking like an NES game, the graphics have been beefed up to a more detailed 16-bit style, though it looks like there may still be skins to "downgrade" the look to 8-bit and handheld styles. The game will also feature four-player online and local co-op. You can check the new screens below.

Super Mario Bros. Crossover 3.0 Released [Exploding Rabbit]

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8:30 PM on 08.02.2013

Mega Man Unlimited has been ported to Mac

I don't think I need to repeat how amazing Mega Man Unlimited is. Here's my review again. The original game is only available on Windows, but the wizards at OneWeakness have ported it to Mac so that no one is left out in the ...

Tony Ponce



The Mega Man Legends 3 8-bit demake demo is available photo
The Mega Man Legends 3 8-bit demake demo is available
by Chris Carter

I've said this many times before, but the Mega Man fan community never ceases to amaze me. After a number of passionate fan projects that set out to re-create the classic feel of the 8-bit series, another project caught my eye -- a demake of Mega Man Legends 3.

The developers of the game sought to do what Capcom didn't -- provide a bit of closure to the Legends series, a franchise that previously left off with Mega Man Volnutt stranded on the moon. With a ton of official Legends and Capcom staffers on this, I absolutely can't wait to see how the finished product turns out, and I'm downloading the demo with glee as we speak.

As a side note, you need to set your PC to Japan in your regional settings to play this (Control Panel > Clock, Language, and Region > Region and Language > Administrative > Change System Locale).

Mega Man Legends [Facebook via Mega Man Network]

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Review: Mega Man Unlimited photo
Review: Mega Man Unlimited
by Tony Ponce

I've been championing the fan game community since the day I joined Destructoid, yet I've never before anticipated the release of a fan game with as much fervor as I'd reserve for an official title until Mega Man Unlimited.

It's easy to claim "laziness" or "unoriginality" when talented garage developers apply their skills towards a take on a preexisting IP, but I contend that the best among them possess a great sense of direction for where said IP could go. Whether it's a previously unexplored mechanic in the context of the series or simply a streamlining of familiar concepts, fan games present a wealth of potential, thus it would be foolish to simply brush them aside offhand.

More impressive than a great fan game, however, is a great fan game that completely deceives you into thinking it's an official product. There's usually a "tell" that betrays the illusion -- original art assets that clash with the style of any borrowed assets, an overabundance of recycled music, controls or physics that feel uncomfortably off, etc. But if the deception is successful....

Not only did Mega Man Unlimited deceive me completely, it also may very well be one of the best Mega Man games ever made.

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