Retro

"Remember, No Russian:" Critics and Developers Remember Call of Duty's Most Infamous Mission

Critics, academics, game writers, and developers on Modern Warfare 2 reflect on "No Russian."

Why the Dreamcast Still Matters

Why the Sega Dreamcast still resonates with game enthusiasts on its 20th anniversary.

Downhill Jam: The Game Industry Reflects on 20 Years of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater turns 20 in September, so we spoke to people across the industry who remember the series fondly.

Latest Retro

M2 Designer Says Implementing Easy Game Modes is Important For Bringing in New Players

Bullet hells can be a little less punishing for some players.

USgamer Holiday Gift Guide 2019: For the Nostalgic Gamer

If you're shopping for someone who still finds beauty in cartridges and pixels, have we got a gift guide for you.

M2 Shows Us Aleste Branch, the Triumphant Return of a Classic 8-Bit Shmup

Aleste is making a comeback from the studio that made Sega Ages, the ReBirth series, and more.

Donkey Kong Country Turns 25: Gaming's Biggest Bluff

Twenty-five years ago, Nintendo faced the threat of obsolescence with sheer bravado—and won.

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?"