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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

[Narrated Josh Picard] 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 ...

 
 
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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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Miitopia"Miis are back"

 

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Biomutant"Old world underground, where are you now?"

 

Shin Megami Tensei III Nocturne HD Remaster"The demon who wore tennis shoes"

 

Path of Exile: Ultimatum"Patch 3.14 brings the blood, sweat, and more blood"

 

Subnautica: Below Zero"A frigid new standalone story that can't quite fill the original game's flippers"

 

Assassin's Creed Valhalla: Wrath of the Druids"It's more Valhalla, for better or worse"

 

Famicom Detective Club"Murder, Yoshio Sakamoto Wrote"

 
 
 

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NeoTurbo

Hmmm, thinking of saving up for a new Never bought one before Anyone here who also has sleep apnea have one they recommend?

 
Gajknight

Current status

 
Vincentdante

Pokemon Legends comes out Im not buying it day 1 as frankly I dont trust the pokemon company anymore so Im waiting for player feedback first, but it looks interesting and will keep my eyes on Eurogamers review didnt really sell me though

 
Goemar

Should I be worried that some sites have Pokemon reviews and yet IGN (who suck but normally get early access) and Destructiod (whom will literally decide whether I buy it or not) dont? Like, is this going to be worse than A Link Between Worlds?

 
Mamekuma

Im 29 Fuck

 
Goemar

So is the Windjammers 2 review video only or am I being dumb?

 
Seymour

Ever find yourself about to plop into bed, but then something pisses you off to such a degree that Welp, guess were not Time to stress eat a cows

 
RiffRaff

Have a great day all!

 
Xeo

Rainbow Six Extraction is hard as But then again playing with randoms, Ive so far been the ONLY one to utilize my drone and scout ahead into So thats probably why it feels that I like the MIA idea for failures

 
Neronium

Seems 3DS systems for the New line are becoming even rarer, even for Gonna fix a N3DS XL next and finding replacement shells are hard Mainly cause the junk one I bought had its paint chipping off the

 
 

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