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Meet Spelunker, one of Japan's most treasured bad games

While the phenomenon of appreciating bad games exists everywhere in the world, perhaps no player base is as conscious of it as those in Japan. Unlike us, they have a very concise word for describing terrible games: kusoge. That’s "kus...

 
 
 
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My 30-year quest to beat Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

Thirty-one years ago, The Legend of Zelda became the first video game I ever beat. A year later, Zelda II: The Adventure of Link became the first video game I ever quit. To be fair, I didn't finish too many games in my elemen...

 
 
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How The Legend of Zelda helped free us from arcade ports

I find it difficult to travel back and play early 8-bit consoles like the Atari 2600 or Colecovision. It’s not that their primitive graphics and sound fail to capture my attention, but rather, they’re so dedicated to replicating...

 
 
 
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Vs. Soccer is this week's Arcade Archives release

Sometimes, it can be tough to recommend the weekly Arcade Archive release. For every re-run on Sunset Riders, or Garou: Mark of the Wolves, Hamster gives us a truly antiquated title such as Front Line or, in this week's case, Vs. Soccer, no...

 
 
 
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Got five minutes? Watch us put together the LEGO NES set

When Nintendo and LEGO announced they were collaborating on a new product line featuring the Super Mario franchise, I wasn't exactly stoked for what they were going for. It's certainly innovative and reeks of Nintendo's desire to ...

 
 
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City Connection seems to be teasing a Zombie Nation comeback

Retro game enthusiast City Connection has opened a mysterious website teasing the publisher's next project. While absolutely no information has been offered on the creepy webpage, eagle-eyed viewers have spotted that the background image ha...

 
 
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Super Mario Bros. NES cartridge sells at auction for $114,000

A new record has been set for the most expensive video game of all-time... And it's one of the classics. A mint condition copy of the 1985 NES release Super Mario Bros. sold at auction last week, changing hands for a cool $114,000 USD.Durin...

 
 
 
 
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Unreleased Days of Thunder NES game recovered after 30 years

A team of dedicated video game historians has uncovered and reconstructed an unreleased NES game based on 1990 indycar movie Days of Thunder, some 30 years after it was abandoned by publisher MindscapeDays of Thunder was discovered by The V...

 
 
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Vs. Wrecking Crew is this latest Arcade Archives release

For this week's Arcade Archives release, publisher Hamster are sneakily putting out another "Vs." title, (essentially slightly modified NES games made available in coin-op form).  This time it's the turn of block-busting platformer Wre...

 
 
 
 
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Review: SuperMash

SuperMash looked like one of the standouts during Nintendo's recent Indie World Showcase, a genre-defying retro throwback to early Nintendo titles which seemed perfect for the Switch. Surprisingly, the game had already launched one day befo...

 
 
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Revisit Iwata's early years with Vs. Golf on Nintendo Switch

Hamster are returning once again to Nintendo's "Vs." series for this week's Arcade Archives release, which sees NES classic Vs. Golf available to download now on Nintendo Switch.Released back in 1984, Golf was released within the first year...

 
 
 
 
 
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A look at the early days of regional difficulty changes

In the primordial days before your mom was on the internet, we grew up in fear of the other. In the '80s and '90s, we frequently spoke of the mist-shrouded land across the ocean that controlled most of the games we played. Whether we discus...

 
 
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Hyperkin is making an HDTV compatible light gun

HDTVs are great for high-resolution images, but they have one major flaw: they don't work with light guns. Due to the way light guns interpret light, their functionality has been limited to older CRT sets, many of which are dying out now. W...

 
 
 
 




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Bravely Default II"Get brave again"

 

Ghosts 'n Goblins Resurrection"Duck, throw, dip, dive, and dodge"

 

Capcom Arcade Stadium"Continue...?"

 

Persona 5 Strikers"Beat 'em up, Phantom Thieves"

 

Little Nightmares II"A fitting next step for the horror-adventure series"

 

Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury"A modern classic reborn"

 

Destruction AllStars"Worth a week with PlayStation Plus, but not much more"

 

Gal Gun Returns"Young girl, you're out of your mind"

 
 
 

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The Actual Charlton Heston

My name is Charlton Heston, and I like playing video games, doing sex, firearms, and playing video games while doing sex with Please swipe

 
TurboKill

The bug trainers look funky

 
ScionVyse

I was feeling creative over the last few days so I decided Id start writing a short Ive never done it before, so itll be terrible, but I want to see it Not sure if Ill ever post it, but maybe!

 
Goemar

PSA: I am the king of Astro Playroom Rolling Run

 
Goemar

Destructoid Pokemon Go players: regionals are currently in If you want a possible Mr Mime raid invite (and to invite me to regional Mon raids) please post your codes/trainer names (might have some of you already but forgot names)

 
Slimybear245

Well unlocked the Cabret Club minigame there in Yakuza 3 remastered and it Not too bothered about it though, I skipped it in Kiwami 2 just because I still have the whole Yakuza main series to play so will come back to it later

 
Dangus Taargus

I caved and got 3D World/Bowsers Do I just dive in with the new content?! Also was playing Galaxy a bit today - Im coming around to this game a bit more, but its still not my The soundtrack is perfect! Controls are still

 
Tricerapops

If I get Rise, Ill need some Guess Ill reach out here, see if anyone is willing to play w a Im always up for some Doom co-op,

 
Goemar

Was kinda expecting those Pokemon remakes to look like Sword/Shield :/

 
JohnSmith123

Outriders is pretty Story looks interesting and the powersets between the 4 classes all seem Really dug the trickster and how borderline broken that But Feel stung by games as a service Dont really wanna buy into

 
 

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