Published December 14, 2018 Leave a Comment

A couple of weeks ago, we spoke about several arcade classics releases on the Nintendo Switch to the joy of old-school games everywhere. Today, as we browsed the eshop for some new titles, we found some great news for hardcore beat-em-up enthusiasts, as there is yet another bundle of classic gems of the genre available for purchase on Nintendo’s digital distribution platform. [NOTE: This title is also available for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One game consoles]

The “Capcom Beat ‘Em Up Bundle,” which is the title of the product on the shop, was created for those who grew up on sidescrolling beat-em-ups. If you want to relive the glory days of the late ‘80s/early ‘90s era, this compilation has got you covered. Specifically, the bundle contains some awesome classics which, until the bundle came out, were very difficult to acquire in their original cabinet forms. This bundle includes a total of seven games, including some top-rated titles in the genre.

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Published December 7, 2018 Leave a Comment

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There’s good news for fans of House of the Dead around the world as this year has been teeming with news and details about a return to Sega’s most popular light-gun game in their history. This has been one of the biggest arcade news items of 2018 as the hugely-popular action horror arcade series has been dormant for more than a decade prior to the announcement of the new version by Sega.

For those who are not familiar with the games, House of the Dead is an action-horror video game series developed by Sega, with the first release hitting arcades back in 1996. To date, there have been 4 mainline releases, with a new one coming out later this year. Each installment plays the similar to the previous one: as an on-rails first-person shooter where the player uses a gun prop to shoot at the enemies that appear on the screen, which usually belong to the undead. In each game, there are two special agents that team up to fight against the zombie hordes and defeat the ones who unleashed them upon the landscape.

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Published November 29, 2018 Leave a Comment
Published November 28, 2018 Leave a Comment

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Over the past few years, Nintendo has been gaining popularity for porting and releasing our favorite classic games on their newest consoles. They hopped onto the retro trend with popular platforms like the Nintendo DS and Wii, but what was made available usually focused on Nintendo’s own consoles, with a small amount of focus on platforms like the Sega Genesis or Turbographx-16. This has also provided an incentive for some 3rd party developers like Sega, Konami and Namco, to re-release some of their beloved titles through Nintendo’s services. Many of those games were released in both arcades and one home consoles, but these companies decided to stick with the home ports as opposed to the arcade originals.

Luckily for fans of the arcades, who also like to keep up with current gaming trends, the Nintendo Switch has also been receiving its fair share of original arcade classics.

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Published November 23, 2018 Leave a Comment

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Originally launched with 60 player coins, these 13 new coins are being made available just in time for the kickoff of the 2018-2019 season, featuring the likenesses of Jimmy Garoppolo, Kareem Hunt, Alvin Kamara, Deshaun Watson, Adam Thielen, Robby Anderson, Melvin Gordon, Christian McCaffrey, Doug Baldwin and Ryan Tannehill, along with rookies Sam Darnold, Baker Mayfield and Saquon Barkley. Here is a sample of 10 of the new coins:

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Published November 14, 2018 Leave a Comment

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It’s been a while since we last worked on one of these articles, but we’re back and ready for action!

Getting Good is our running series where, once or twice a month, we revisit the arcade games of our youth, and share some tips and tricks at how to beat them and improve your high scores. This time around, we’ll be talking about Nintendo’s Punch-Out!!, the highly-successful and critically acclaimed game that arguably reached peak fame when a reworked version landed on the NES. Said ‘port’ made many people believe that the game was originally from the said console.

However, Punch-Out!! actually started off in the arcade, which was developed and published by Nintendo in 1984. The game saw great success in arcades, which helped to turn it from a single game into a popular series of titles. However, it wasn’t until 1987 when it arrived on the NES as Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!, which was also a hugely popular entry for the series, and featured the eponymous boxer as the final boss.

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Published November 9, 2018 Leave a Comment


The Evolution Championship Series (or EVO, for short) is the most important event in the fighting game community. This annual event consists of a series of tournaments where players from all around the world get together and face off to see who is the best of the best at their favorite fighting games. The idea behind EVO is that anyone can play, from renowned and well-established fighting game personalities, to newcomers eager to take a shot at the spotlight. As long as they pay the entry fee, anyone can join and compete.

The lineup of games for this event usually features the heavy hitters of the industry, such as Street Fighter or Mortal Kombat. Nevertheless, the rotation of games varies each year. For example, this year’s EVO didn’t feature Mortal Kombat. Instead, Injustice 2 took its place which, while remaining a completely different game in its own right, was developed by the same team (NetherRealm Studios), and engine (Unreal Engine 3) as the more recent Mortal Kombat did. This year’s lineup of games consisted of the following…

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Published November 1, 2018 Leave a Comment
Published October 30, 2018 Leave a Comment

There’s a good chance that most of you might be familiar with the Intellivision, that weird console released by Mattel Electronics back in 1979. It was rectangular in shape, and used an odd controller that had a numeric keypad on it. However, shortly after its launch, the Intellivision went on to become one of the most serious competitors to the incredibly popular Atari 2600, selling over 175,000 units in its first year alone. This success saw the expansion of its game library, which consisted of only 4 games at launch, to 19 titles by the end of its first year, all of which were developed by a single company, APh.

After a successful launch, it was clear that Mattel had created the Intellivision solely to take a slice of the video game pie. This was no easy task – numerous other competitors were also trying to break through Atari’s virtual monopoly on video games, most failing to make any noticeable dent in their market share. Thus, the Intellivision ended up taking Mattel by surprise. When they realized that their consoles were flying off the shelves, the company decided to open a studio dedicated to developing first-party software for the console. The studio housed a team of 5 developers, whose location was kept a closely-guarded secret by Mattel to prevent their rival, Atari, from finding them and giving them a better offer to make them defect.

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Published October 26, 2018 Leave a Comment

Even though they are suffering from diminishing returns in terms of visuals, the video game industry is advancing as fast as ever. The success of many recent games such as the most recent God of War, Monster Hunter World, and Final Fantasy XV, among many others, is just a testament of the potential with which game devs tinker on a daily basis. Even Nintendo & Square Enix are killing it with Octopath Traveler, a JRPG released on July 13, and is selling extremely well for a game of its kind.

In the same vein, the PlayStation 4 is home to many classics which, since its launch in 2013, has catapulted itself into the highest popularity ranks in the world, alongside Nintendo’s 3DS, and Microsoft’s Xbox One a short ways behind. However, while the console is still alive and kicking, fans and tech consumers alike are wondering when we’re going to hear news about the next console installment. After all, while the games are definitely fun with their innovative mechanics and engaging narratives, the console is starting to show its age with its limited graphics capabilities, and slow loading times which, for some people, is enough to shun it and stick to PC gaming. This has been partially abated with the release of the PlayStation 4 Pro, which allowed many games to enter into the realm of 4K gaming but this was only a stop gap to what will be the PS4’s true successor.

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