Retro

The Most Beautiful 2D Sprite Games of All Time

Let's celebrate the simple beauty of sprite-based games.

Ted Woolsey Remembers Final Fantasy 6, Evading Nintendo's Censorship Rules, and the Early Days of Localization

In 1994, a translator changed game localization by writing a "deathless" apocalypse.

The Baroque Beauty of Valkyrie Profile, Tri-Ace's Greatest RPG

Now 20 years old, Valkyrie Profile is one of the PlayStation's finest RPGs.

Latest Retro

Nightdive's Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition Won't Be Coming in 2020 After All

Updating Westwood's 1997 classic is a bit harder than expected without the source code.

Fire Emblem's Limited Time Launch Is Part of a Worrying Trend For Nintendo

After the success of 3D All-Stars, this new trend is starting to feel uneasy.

The First Fire Emblem Is Coming to Nintendo Switch This December

Shadow Dragon, in its original form, but only for a limited time.

A 64-Player Pac-Man Battle Royale Is Launching Exclusively on Stadia

There's a free demo out now if you're down to try out Google's streaming service.

Starting Screen | We've Already Forgotten What Real Console Wars Looked Like

In the olden days, game companies would sooner shank each other than put exclusives on each other's consoles.

Double Fine's LucasArts Remasters Are All Coming to Game Pass Soon

The Grim Fandango, Full Throttle, and Day of the Tentacle remasters will all arrive on Xbox in a few weeks.

Analogue Duo is a Brand-New Retro Console That Will Play Every TurboGrafx-16 Game in 1080p

The Analogue Duo will run "nearly every" NEC format, but the Pocket will get in on some TurboGrafx/PC Engine fun too.

Retro Reviews

The Castlevania Anniversary Collection is Good, but Still Has a Couple of Chipped Fangs

We break down the positives and negatives of Konami's latest effort to cater to the vampire hunter dwelling within you.

Phantasy Star 2 Retro Review

Sega's 16-bit sci-fi JRPG is revolutionary in many ways, but its age becomes apparent when you play through it.

Mega Man 6 Retro Review

It's been 25 years since Mega Man 6 came to North America. Nadia plays it again to see if it deserves the thumping fans and critics tend to administer.

Super NES Retro Review: Star Fox 2

Join us as we review every Super NES Classic game. Finally: A lost dog comes back home.

Classic Deep Dive: The Legend of Zelda - A Link to the Past

A Link to the Past Deep Dive, Part 4: Why A Link to the Past's Dungeons Were Perfect

CLASSIC DEEP DIVE | In transforming dungeons from combat gauntlets to complex puzzles, the third Zelda reinvented the action RPG.

A Link to the Past Deep Dive, Part 3: Link's Trek Into Darkness

CLASSIC DEEP DIVE | The third Zelda's big twist was even better than the original's Second Quest.

A Link to the Past Deep Dive, Part 2: A Prologue That Spanned the World

CLASSIC DEEP DIVE | Link's journey across the entirety of Hyrule was in fact just the beginning of a much larger adventure.

A Link to the Past Deep Dive, Part 1: How an Intro Began Redefining the Zelda We Knew

CLASSIC DEEP DIVE | We commemorate the 25th anniversary of A Link to the Past’s release in North America by diving deep into what makes it great.

Classic Deep Dive: Castlevania - Symphony of the Night

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night Deep Dive, Part 3: The Metroidvania Lie

CLASSIC DEEP DIVE | Such a convenient word, but not the most accurate one.

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night Deep Dive, Part 2: A Classic's Sublime Structure

CLASSIC DEEP DIVE| How Konami created a new and different Castlevania by building on, and creating contrast to, what had come before.

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night Deep Dive, Part 1: The Story of the Ultimate Sequel

CLASSIC DEEP DIVE | The first entry in a new weekly column kicks things off by exploring the inner workings of a video game classic.

The History of RPGs

Roguelikes: How a Niche PC RPG Genre Went Mainstream

HISTORY OF RPGS | Mystery Dungeon tackled the daunting task of making roguelikes friendly.

How Ultima 4 and Wasteland Ushered in a New Era of Maturity for RPGs

HISTORY OF RPGS | Inside Ultima 4 and Wasteland, two critical attempts to bring meaning to the genre of RPGs.

How Dragon Quest Inspired the First Big Console RPG Boom in Japan, Both For Better and For Worse

HISTORY OF RPGS | A survey of the innovative RPGs to emerge in Loto's wake.

Yuji Horii Remembers the Difficult Road to Liberating RPGs from Costly Computers With Dragon Quest

HISTORY OF RPGS | The great migration away from just PCs started with Dragon Quest in 1986.

Pokemon

Pokemon Card Inspires Cool Gyarados Wood Carving

The scientific name for Pokemon wood carvings is "Oakemon."

Blizzard North Once Planned a Diablo-Themed Pokemon Clone

"Wild Azmodan was caught! Your existence is now forfeit!"

Sorry Pokemon Fans, Your Gold-Plated Cards from Burger King Aren't Worth Squat

Burger King's Pokemon cards from 1999 look kind of nice and they're fun to remember, but they're barely worth the cost of a milkshake.

Pokemon Red and Green Beta Images Show Us a Nightmare Alternative Gyarados

Beta Gyarados, I most certainly do not choose you. What do you mean I "don't have a choice?"