Nintendo's mini-NES isn't the ultimate 8-bit experience, but it delivers ample quality for a reasonable price.
How the acrobatic Samus Aran pulled off the toughest leap of her career: The jump into 3D.
The Prime comes to a head, simultaneously elevated yet diminished by technology.
Metroid's fourth entry may have painted the saga into a corner, but those brushstrokes present a better picture than many want to admit.
The constraints of portable design helped Nintendo develop smarter expressions of the Metroid concept.
Nintendo's classic sci-fi adventure can be a tough sell today, but it redefined action games.
Nintendo's charming Wii U platformer gets a visual downgrade, but there are enough new goodies to make up for it.
SEGA's crime odyssey isn't afraid of a little tonal whiplash, which sometimes can be a good thing... but not always.
A new reissue of Yoshitaka Azuma's groundbreaking shoot-em-up score serves as a reminder of its brilliance more than two decades after its debut.
It may not be an HD remaster, but this best-of music compilation offers a satisfying way to revisit BioWare's RPG hit.
A sincere heart beats within this adventure, but being a video game is as much its undoing as its strength.
UPDATED 11/30! We're rounding up and reviewing all the essentials for your tiny Nintendo console. Latest: A carrying case, and a fix for a promising controller.
Nintendo breaks its trend of disappointing Wii U-to-3DS downconversions by totally revamping the wrapper for its level-design tool kit.
Pokémon Sun and Moon dishes out plenty of sun, surf, and fun for Pokémon fans.
Square Enix's enigmatic RPG turns out to be as substantial as it is adorable.
Play dozens of 16-bit classics the way they were never meant to be seen.
A brilliant marriage in which two very different types of game — Minecraft and the classical console RPG — come together to find their common ground.
Mario's latest is a beautiful, rollicking adventure that's been folded, spindled, and mutilated by questionable design choices.
One of the best RPGs of the decade gets a direct sequel. Does Apocalypse live up to its predecessor's impressive standard? Final thoughts and score!
Everything about this new game music compilation is great... except, unfortunately, the music itself.
An in-depth look at the new HD-capable NES clone. Is it worth the price?
While the verdict remains out on multiplayer, Nintendo's controversial FPS plays well despite its divergence from the Metroid series' platonic ideal.
Interested in the new Xbox model? We break down its benefits and shortcomings after spending a few days with the system.
Mondo's first Castlevania music release on vinyl looks great, but these legendary tunes deserve better treatment.
Giant Squid's stunning, serene underwater adventure trips over itself, despite rarely setting foot on land.
The original console roguelike returns to show the new kids how it's done.
Data Discs delivers an incredible rendition of SEGA's spectacular arcade soundtrack, as perfect a summer sensation as Pokémon Go.
Why Final Fantasy Adventure's new remake doesn't demonstrate much in the way of improvements, despite the passage of 25 years.
The finale to SEGA's RPG saga — and the first to be released in the West — is great, if you don't mind being seated during the third act of a movie.
Who knows whose idea it was to put Kirby in a giant, stompy mech suit... but it makes for one of the most gleeful action games of the year.
Brave Wave's long-awaited vinyl box set lives up to its billing.
While this M2-developed SEGA compilation has its drawbacks, it's still a heck of a package.
The definitive SEGA Genesis soundtrack gets the definitive vinyl reissue it deserves.
Hearkening back to the PlayStation era, this little gem shouldn't be missed... even if it sometimes dares you to love it.
Gust's new action RPG resembles a relic of the PS2 era... one dressed for her wedding night.
Supergiant's stylish action RPG gets a suitably slick physical soundtrack release.
The handheld port of Zelda's musou outing is less interesting as a game than as a declaration about the 3DS's looming retirement.
How does Chair's trendsetting action game hold up seven years after its original debut?
Paleolithic Europe is about to E-X-P-L-O-D-E. Does this this primordial reskinning of Far Cry 4 make us want to take up the cause of Cro-Magnon man?
Nintendo celebrates a landmark anniversary by being frustratingly Nintendo-ish.
Ship to Shore brings the cult Super NES favorite to vinyl for the first time. Should you care?
A closer look at Data Discs' high-end SEGA music releases. Vintage games Streets of Rage, Shenmue, Shinobi III, and Super Hang-On enjoy new life in a vintage format.
Once you've blown through the Legacy Collection, this addictive and remarkably well-crafted ninja platformer makes for a great follow-up.
Jeremy digs into one of his most anticipated games of 2016 only to find hollow disappointment.
The retro-style adventure gets a suitably old-school soundtrack release that more than does justice to the game's trippy tunes.
Bluepoint's crisp HD conversion of the Vita masterpiece helps realize Gravity Rush's true potential, yet also reveals its design flaws.
A brilliant puzzler tarnished by questionable monetization.
The long-running series continues to search for its place in the modern gaming world, with mostly great results.
A towering achievement in fanservice, wrapped around something that barely qualifies as a video game.
A brief look into a book that beautifully chronicles the pre-NES history of Nintendo.
Disney's latest toys-to-life endeavor is a messy, awkward, glorious nostalgia trip. But what price fond memories?
Activision's latest toys-to-life creation goes heavy on quality, light on opportunism.
Despite a solid premise, Chibi-Robo's latest adventure lacks the refinement it needs to become a classic.
Nintendo's latest creation is limited, specific, and as laid back as a video game can be.
There's never been a more "Nintendo" creation than this 2D Mario construction kit.
M2 and Sega recreate Treasure's chaotic action masterpiece as a handheld essential.
Finally, six NES classics get the treatment they deserve. But is less truly more?
Jeremy finds lots to love in Atlus' latest (and biggest) portable dungeon-crawler.
Analogue's aluminum-wrapped custom NES is as high-dollar as it is high-end, but does the system deliver the performance it promises?
While it gives the Wii U a near-complete Mario Kart collection, the once-great MKDS feels like half a game.
An overlooked RPG gem becomes bigger and better on 3DS: More content, more conflict, more characters... and so much more anime.
The latest Mario Party doesn't change up the series' formula, but does it still manage to entertain? We rope in three expert reviewers to weigh in.
Konami's Gradius spinoff may not have enjoyed all the elaborate effects of other NES shooters, but it remains a treat to play even now.
Constant dangers rising from the depths help make this addictive RPG mash-up equally ascendant.
Namco's Klonoa series was too good for this grim world, but at least it went out in style.
Though fixated on death, this spin-off bodes well for Final Fantasy's future liveliness.
While initially propelled to success by its cartoon tie-in, this GBA trading RPG offered its own distinct merits as well.
A feast for the eyes, a torture chamber for the soul. Microsoft's new metroidvania pulls no punches, but its fluid action and visuals make for the best anesthetic.
Natsume's ninja action game isn't just a tribute to Ninja Gaiden, it's a deliberate blow to the self-esteem, too.
Age has dulled the shine of this wild shooter's graphical prowess, but not the underlying excellence of its gameplay.
Its engrossing setting can't hide the fact that this gorgeous PS4 exclusive consists primarily of bits borrowed from other, more daring games.
Nintendo looks to the past for an opportunity to perfect the cult favorite sequel to Ocarina of Time.
Falcom's aging port of an ancient PC adventure won't be everyone's cup of mead, but it has its charms.
This Tomb Raider spin-off feels breezy and superficial, and that may be its greatest strength.
More than a puzzle game, Treasure Tracker offers a glimpse of a world where simple, good-natured games get big budgets, too, and it's wonderful.
The cast of Persona 3 and 4 enter the world of Etrian Odyssey for a strange but addicting journey into the dangerous depths.
USgamer's lengthy thoughts on Ubisoft's next Assassin's Creed. Does Unity live up to the pedigree of Black Flag?
Jeremy and Kat weigh in on Microsoft's massive Halo anthology.
Level-5's addictive role-playing odyssey distills the essence of games like EverQuest and Final Fantasy XIV into a portable experience fit for one.
WayForward's third Shantae finally feels like the game they've been trying to make from the start.
The latest entry in the subversively good megahit for kids excels on the strength of its surprisingly lovable villains.
A vast, methodical, nerve-rattling, and above all faithful video game rendition of a cinema classic... for better and, occasionally, for worse.
This mashup of Zelda and Dynasty Warriors isn't without its flaws, but it definitely comes off as a creation by Zelda fans for Zelda fans.
For a free giveaway, this retro platformer goes above and beyond.
Is this high-voltage platformer the second coming of Mega Man it appears to be?
The popular metroguevania hack-em-up looks great on Vita, but its underlying flaws still peek through.
This slightly tweaked remake of last year's hit embodies the best (and just a tiny bit of the worst) of zombie tales and action games.
This slightly tweaked version of last year's slick metroidvania brawler remains a good, albeit frequently challenging, time.
People complain that video games require too much violence on the player's behalf, but in this trap-happy test of platforming skill it's the game doing the killing.
Your appreciation for Nintendo's weird new life sim hinges entirely on how much amusement you derive from caricatures of your friends spouting bizarre nonsense.
Developer Supergiant avoids falling prey to the perils of the sophomore slump with this gorgeous (and surprisingly heartfelt) sci-fi follow-up to Bastion.
Capybara's recursive action shooter bends time in new and interesting ways, but....
Kirby's latest adventure may be as easy as ever, but it comes crammed with so much wonderful detail that you won't particularly care.
Yes, classic console and PC franchises really can work on mobile platforms. Agent 47's stylish new outing shows the rest how it's done.
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