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Nintendo not trending towards microtransactions despite poor Super Mario Run sales

Despite being downloaded 78 million times as of two months ago, Super Mario Run "did not meet our expectations," in terms of actual money made, Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima told Nikkei. It's worth noting that an estimated four milli...   read

 
 
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See how Snake Pass got its slithering movements just right

"The best way to get a snake to look like a snake is to find someone who's owned a snake." The thing that first drew me to Snake Pass was the curious fact that its creator, Seb Liese, used to be a biology teacher. Now Sumo Digital is talki...   read

 
 
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JonTron cut from Yooka-Laylee just before the game's launch

All the way back in February 2015, developer Playtonic invited YouTube personality Jon Jafari, aka "JonTron," to be in their game Yooka-Laylee -- which is about to launch next month. It was as simple as Jon giving the studio a "callout...   read

 
 
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Android users can play Super Mario Run at last

It's March 23 in some regions and, as promised, Super Mario Run is now on Android. You'll be able to sample the one-handed platformer without putting any money down, but it's a $10 purchase for full access to every level and mode. I think ...   read

 
 
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Review: Macbat 64

I've never pitched a game to someone with a prototype, but I'd imagine Macbat 64 isn't far off from what publishers would have seen when looking at prototypes for Banjo-Kazooie and Donkey Kong 64. That is to say, bite-sized levels...   read

 
 
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Bloodstained kills its Wii U version, jumps over to Switch

In yet another death spasm for Nintendo's second-newest console, the Wii U version of Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night has been cancelled. Instead, developer Inti Creates is pivoting to a version for the Nintendo Switch. No other plat...   read

 
 
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Death isn't the end in Super Rude Bear Resurrection

I'm standing on the PAX East convention center floor with a controller in my hand. On the screen in front of me is a pissed-off bear wearing nothing but a backward, purple hat. He seems poised and ready for me to guide him through a room fu...   read

 
 
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Review: Poi

What if I told you there is a game you can play right now that combines some of the best mechanics of 3D Mario games with a bunch of cute original characters, locations, and enemies? And what if I told you that very game also failed to be c...   read

 
 
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Modern Sonic will, unsurprisingly, go fast in Sonic Forces

The new Sonic game got its name yesterday -- Sonic Forces -- and a first look at Modern Sonic this morning (or last night, if you caught the off-screen recordings). As you can see, Forces forgoes the Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice style shakeu...   read

 
 
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This year's modern Sonic game is called Sonic Forces

Sega plans to put out two Sonic games this year -- one retro, one modern. We know all about the former, Sonic Mania. The latter? It's less of a known quantity, but the details are coming into frame. The game has shed its "Project Sonic 2017...   read

 
 


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Sega is holding Sonic Mania back until summer

Previously set for a spring 2017 release, throwback platformer Sonic Mania is now targeting a summer launch on Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, Sega has confirmed. Along with the disappointing but ultimately understandable...   read

 
 
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Based on Yooka-Laylee's Trophy list, there will be plenty of collectibles

Just what are completionists getting themselves into with Yooka-Laylee? As far as collectibles go, are we talking more of the Banjo-Kazooie approach, or Donkey Kong 64, what with its reviled character-coded pick-ups? I'm not expecting the l...   read

 
 
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EarthNight is a slightly different take on procedural platformers

Do you enjoy endless runners but can’t stand their procedural generation? Have you ever wanted to play Bit.Trip, but with the main character from Beasts of the Southern Wild? How about mixing those things with a dash of Shadow of the ...   read

 
 
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Flinthook brings back the grappling hook this April

Lotta release dates to keep track of today, but I don't mind one bit -- not when the game in question is Flinthook, an action-platformer that gives your space pirate a grappling hook and says "Have fun!" This is the latest project from Tri...   read

 
 
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Set aside some time for Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap in April

As if it weren't obvious enough already, it's going to be tough if not impossible to keep up with all the Good Games coming out this year. I mean, yes, it has always been a challenge to give everything that catches your attention even a cur...   read

 
 
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Rain World is ready for a March 28 release on PC and PS4

You know we're getting close to Rain World's launch when Videocult is trading in gifs for a trailer. Sure enough, the ecosystem-survival platformer is headed to PC and PlayStation 4 on March 28. We'll soon be sneaking and leaping for dear ...   read

 
 
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Review: Snipperclips: Cut It Out, Together!

The game selection on Nintendo Switch right now is decidedly sparse, but I don't mind. Two titles are keeping me plenty busy, and if you've glanced at the eShop yet, I bet you know 'em. The first, of course, is The Legend of Zelda: Breath o...   read

 
 
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Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is also coming to Switch

For months now we've been wondering what is to become of Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night on Nintendo platforms. With nearly every other developer canceling their work on Wii U in favor of the Switch, most people just assumed that Blo...   read

 
 
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THQ Nordic is bringing de Blob to PC in April

Remember de Blob? Some of you sure will. For everyone else in need of a refresher, THQ Nordic is set to reintroduce the Wii-era paint-the-town platformer with an incoming PC port on April 27, 2017. Our own Jonathan Holmes had positive thing...   read

 
 
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Shantae: Half-Genie Hero is getting a 'Hard Core Mode' soon

With the latest update for Shantae: Half-Genie Hero due out on March 6, WayForward is tidying up some bugs, adding PlayStation TV support, and introducing a free new "tough-as-nails" Hard Core Mode. The mode isn't solely about making enemy ...   read

 
 
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Review: Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment

I had to do a double take when I looked back at my original Shovel Knight review. It has somehow remained relevant for nearly three years through constant updates from developer Yacht Club Games, and it's not done yet. While Yacht Club has ...   read

 
 
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Cyberpunk cinematic platformer The Last Night looks rad

This teaser trailer for Odd Tales' The Last Night has mere seconds of non-logo footage and yet here I am sharing it with you lovely people. It checks off more than a few boxes with its cyberpunk setting, eye-catching art direction (wait'll...   read

 
 
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The new Lego City Undercover ports are set for early April

"Save Lego City with a partner in two-player co-op." And with that, I'm in for the upcoming PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch version of Lego City Undercover due out April 4, 2017. As much as I like TT Games' output, I just can't play...   read

 
 
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Battle Princess Madelyn has that Ghouls 'n Ghosts flavor

I'll happily get down with more games that draw from Ghouls 'n Goblins and this new one, Battle Princess Madelyn, has a few extra niceties going for it. Besides looking and sounding the part, there's the range of targeted platforms -- PC, ...   read

 
 
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Sci-fi parkour platformer Super Cloudbuilt coming to PC and consoles

2014's Cloudbuilt struck me as conceptually interesting game that would get on my nerves as the difficulty ratcheted up, and as a result, it kind of just came and went. Or so I thought! Coilworks and Double Eleven are bringing the speedrun...   read

 
 



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