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Rev Up Those Next-Gen Hype Cycles

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Can Sony's PS5 game showcase announcement finally get us excited for the new systems?

A Sonic Movie Sequel Is Off to the Races

Looks like the writers and director are coming back too.

Starting Screen | Could Super Mario Galaxy 3 Ever Hope to Top the First Two Games?

As we celebrate Super Mario Galaxy 2's 10th anniversary, we reflect on how Nintendo threw everything it had into its amazing sequel.

David Wise and Grant Kirkhope Remember Composing Goldeneye 007, Meeting Miyamoto, and Rare's Golden Age

"It was quite surreal demonstrating music I'd created whilst [Shigeru Miyamoto] was in my studio, listening."

For Lego Super Mario, Getting Power-Ups Will Cost You Extra

Four individual "Power-Up Packs" are launching alongside the starter set.

What Game Would Get You to Buy a Next-Gen Console Immediately?

COMMUNITY QUESTION | What's a game that would convince you to pick up a PS5 or Xbox Series X right away?

Nintendo Switch Online Getting Four More Classic Games, Including Rygar

Also Panel de Pon, a win for those who are too cool for Tetris Attack.

Nintendo Releases Tons of Wallpapers to Brighten Up Your Zoom Calls

The viral Apocalypse just got a little more cheerful.

PlayStation Studios' New Cinematic Opening for First-Party Games Has Some Marvel Vibes

Sony Interactive Entertainment Worldwide Studios is a lot to type, so why not make things simpler?

Arcade Closures Have Sparked a Killer Queen Single-Player Experiment

Abs vs The Blood Queen is set to take Killer Queen from ten players down to one.

The Donkey Kong Cheating Scandal Is Scheduled for a Court Hearing Soon

Billy Mitchell filed suit against retro gaming scorekeepers Twin Galaxies last year.

Bloodstained Adds a New Character and Randomizer Mode, But Switch Players Have to Wait

Nintendo players will have to wait a little longer for the update.

A New Super Mario 64 PC Port Lets You Play the N64's Classic Platformer in 4K

Bob-omb Battlefield at 4K resolution.

Report: No Nintendo Direct Planned for June Due to Remote Work Struggles

The pandemic is reportedly "forcing Nintendo to push back its schedule."

Super Mario Maker 2's World Editor Includes a Sneaky Way to Make Hidden Paths

If only these could be combined with secret exits…

Super Mario Maker 2's Final Update Snuck in a Few Quality-of-Life Fixes

Some new tags and course options are neat little additions.

Super Mario Maker 2 Gets World Maker Mode in Final Major Update

The Mario Maker sequel is going out with one last hurrah.

SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle For Bikini Bottom's Remake Has a Release Date

Some old cut content is making it back in.

Konami Says TurboGrafx-16 Mini Release Date Still "TBD" for America

The retro console looks rad, but it's unsure when the box will ship.

The Lego Mario Starter Set Will Cost the Same as a Full Price Mario Game

Lego ain't cheap, and getting your plastic plumber will set you back $60.

Uniqlo's Super Mario 35th Anniversary T-Shirt Line-Up is Totally Bland

Mario's Uniqlo birthday suits aren't much fun compared to last year's Pokemon line.

USG Notebook: One of 2020's Hottest Games Might Be Super Mario 64?

Super Mario 3D World, Galaxy, Sunshine, and 64 are getting everyone's attention.

More Details About Super Mario Switch Remasters and New Paper Mario Surface

Super Mario 64, Sunshine, Galaxy to get Switch ports, while a new Paper Mario will hew to the N64 original.

Starting Screen | We All Have Bad Opinions About 3D Mario Games, Especially You

You're wrong about Super Mario 64, you're wrong about Super Mario 3D World, but most of all, you're wrong about Super Mario Sunshine.

Fall Guys Changes Up Battle Royales By Making Elimination Fun

More Takeshi's Castle than Hunger Games.

Super Mario Galaxy Among Multiple Mario Games Reportedly Being Remastered for Switch

Many Mario classics could make their way to Nintendo's latest console.

Shantae and the Seven Sirens Is a Timed Apple Arcade Exclusive That's Fully Out Today

Shantae's latest is exclusive to Apple for a spell, with console release in May.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps Review: A Flawed Beauty

Ori's second adventure plays like poetry, but performance issues sometimes drag the experience down into the darkness.

Sega Celebrates St. Patrick's Day With a Sonic OC: Irish the Hedgehog

Come for the silly joke, stay for the Irish folk cover of "City Escape."

Xbox Series X is Bringing Back the Disc-Shaped D-Pad, but Microsoft Says This Time It'll Work

It isn't swappable, but hopefully it'll strike the right balance between plus and dish.

Lego Super Mario Brings the Plumber to Life With Lego Bricks

It's like Super Mario Maker, but in real life.

Lego Is Teasing a Line of Super Mario Products

Somehow we got Overwatch sets before Mario, but still, we'll take whatever we can get.

DuckTales Remastered Is Back After Its Unexplained Removal From Digital Storefronts

It was delisted back in August, but you can't keep Scrooge McDuck down—he bounces too much.

USG Game of the Month for February 2020: Nothing

GAME OF THE MONTH | It was a bit of a dry month in terms of standouts.

Shovel Knight Gets a Roguelite Puzzler Spin-Off

Yacht Club revealed Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon and a new Cyber Shadow trailer on its second Direct-like stream.

Pop Your Enemies and Bounce With Bubble Bobble 4 Friends on Switch Next Month

Bub and Bob are crossing the Atlantic in March.

This Crash Bandicoot Successor Being Built Inside Dreams Is Surprisingly Huge

Multiple levels, boss fights, even a snowboard.

Starting Screen | Sonic Is a Success, but the Curse of Video Game Movies May Not Be Over

A few good films don't constitute a pattern, unfortunately.

All the Sega References and Easter Eggs We Spotted in the Sonic the Hedgehog Movie

Here's everything we noticed in the Sonic the Hedgehog movie.

Is Ori and the Will of the Wisps Going to Be on Nintendo Switch?

We look at whether and when the sequel to Ori and the Blind Forest will be making it onto the Switch.

Spelunky Speedrunner Makes Two of Its Hardest Challenges Look Like a Total Breeze

Jamie White eats these mines for breakfast.

The 25 Best Mobile Games for iOS and Android

From smartphones to tablets, these are the best games you can get on your iOS and Android devices. Now updated for 2020!

The Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection Leaves Out One Potentially Wonderful Extra

Sadly, western audiences are denied the peaceful resolution X and Zero fought for.

This Massive Super Mario Art Archive is a Reminder 2D Mario Needs its Graphics Refreshed

Nintendo's hand-drawn Mario art is a real mood-booster, and someone just uploaded a ton of it.

Astro Bot VR Director Becomes Studio Director of SIE Japan Studio

Nicolas Doucet steps into a larger role at SIE.

The Virtual Console Convinced Nintendo to Make a New Mario Movie

The brand is strong, but it could be stronger.

The Behemoth is Reimagining Alien Hominid for a New Era

Alien Hominid Invasion isn't a sequel, but it's not a remaster either.

Yacht Club Wants to Keep Making Shovel Knight Games "Forever and Ever"

Don't start planning your retirement just yet, brave knight.

How Cooly Skunk, a "Lost" Super Famicom Game, Was Rescued Against All Odds

There weren't any car chases, but it's still a harrowing tale.

New Super Nintendo World Details Show How It Will Fit in at Universal Orlando

Super Nintendo World is about to get Epic [Universe].

The 25 Best PS4 Games

Our rotating list of the best games on PlayStation 4, now updated again for 2020!

Starting Screen | Why is Nintendo Hesitant to Remember Super Mario Bros. 2?

Super Mario Bros. 2 is a major part of Nintendo's history, but it seems scared to dish out relevant nostalgia.

Arc System Works is Mashing Up Guilty Gear, River City, and More in Code Shifter

Sol and Dizzy can clash with Kunio and Riki.

The 25 Best Nintendo Switch Games

Our rotating list of the best games on Switch, now updated for the start of 2020!

Super Mario Maker 2's Course Limit Increases As It Crosses 10 Million Level Milestone

To celebrate, Nintendo's letting creators upload up to 100 courses each.

Awesome Games Done Quick 2020 - When, Where, and Which Speedruns You Should Watch

It's a week full of wonderful speedruns, and one mischievous goose.

Redbox is Having a Clearance Sale As It Gets Out of Video Games

As rentals die, deals rise.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps Gets Delayed by One Month

You'll have to wait a teensy bit longer this spring to play the new Ori.

The Absurdly Difficult La-Mulana Games are Finally Coming to Current-Gen Console in Early 2020

Hope you're ready to get lost in some ruins, and then smushed.

Now the Voice Actor of Batman and Sonic the Hedgehog is Teasing Something for the Game Awards

A new Sonic game? A new Arkham game? A crossover?

The Game Awards is Launching a New Initiative Featuring Limited-Time Demos of Upcoming Games

Over a dozen games will have demos available for a limited time.

These Super Mario Maker 2 Link Power-Up Levels Show How Ingenious a Zelda Maker Could Be

The bar for Master Sword mastery is really, really high.

For Axiom Verge's Creator, the Switch Was a "Natural Platform" For the Sequel

Thomas Happ answers our most pressing questions about today's announcement.

After Four Years of Development, Here's the First Glimpse of Axiom Verge 2

Tom Happ's been working on a follow-up to his Metroidvania for 4 years.

Shovel Knight: King of Cards Review: This Crown Belongs to Another

King of Cards is the most ambitious Shovel Knight game to date, but it's not quite the best.

The Making of Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment, Part 5: Fin

Yacht Club Games concludes their deep dive into Specter of Torment's design!

The Making of Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment, Part 4: The Subtle Art of Backgrounds

In the penultimate entry, Yacht Club Games talks about the small but important details that can make the difference in a level.

Nintendo Switch Online Getting Four More SNES Games After Long Wait, Including the Once Lost Star Fox 2

Crystalis is also on its way to the NES version of the service.

The Making of Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment, Part 3: Our Favorite Secrets and More

Yacht Club shares their favorite secret areas; the art of positioning health pickups, and more.

The Making of Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment, Part 2: Froggy Foreshadowing

Yacht Club Games explains the art of spacing, enemy placement, and more as it delves still further into the making of Specter of Torment.

The Making of Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment, Part 1: The Plan

In the first part of this Shovel Knight deep dive, Yacht Club Games explains the planning process behind Specter of Torment.

Yacht Club Games Seems to Be Hinting At Its Next Project

A bevy of new listings are teasing something new.

Super Mario Maker 2 Update is One Step Closer to a Zelda Maker

More where this came from, please.

How Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove Went From Minor DLC to a Collection Built to Last

Yacht Club Games recounts the evolution of Shovel Knight's ambitious collection.

Exclusive: Here's a Jazzy Sneak Peek at Shovel Knight: King of Cards' Soundtrack

GENTLE LOVE re-arranges one of King Knight's jams.

Gris Is Coming to PS4 Next Week With Retouched 4K-Ready Artwork

Plus, there'll be a "PlayStation-exclusive secret homage."

Donkey Kong Country Turns 25: Gaming's Biggest Bluff

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

Rare Announces Everwild, Its Mysterious New IP

We got a glimpse of what Rare's next project is.

Shovel Knight's Final Expansions Are Coming Next Month

They'll mark the end of Treasure Trove, but not for our brave blue Knight.

The Artist Who Led Movie Sonic's Redesign Has a Long History With the Hedgehog

Tyson Hesse is no stranger to these blue quills and red kicks.

Mega Man 11 is One of the Most Successful Games in Series History

The Blue Bomber did quite well in his latest fight for everlasting peace.

The Creator of Mario Maker 2's "Most Improbable" Level Knows His Cryptographic Creation is Bizarre

The "Longest Passcode Level" isn't a troll. It's art.

Switch Lite Sales Haven't Detracted From Original Nintendo Switch, Bowser Says

The Switch Lite has been "additive."

No, Playtonic Isn't Working on a New Banjo-Kazooie

"At first, we found it amusing that Ed Bryan's bag is being used as serious 'evidence.'"

Bluepoint Games Is Teasing Something, Your Guess As to What

The studio tweeted out a cavalcade of spooky references.

Nintendo Switch Lite Sold Close to 2 Million Units in Less Than 2 Weeks

The smaller Switch is off to a big start.

Interview: We Ask Atari's CEO About Lingering Questions Surrounding Its Retro Linux Box

The VCS is more like an "open PC," but recent controversies and delays paint a grim picture. We ask Atari's head where it's headed.

Okami Sequel Teased By Noted Twitter Troll Hideki Kamiya

I mean, it'd be nice if it were true.

The Good Version of Sonic the Hedgehog Is Coming to Super Monkey Ball

The HD remake of Super Monkey Ball's Wii installment is getting a classic, blue-quilled bonus.

Check Out Sega's Surprise Remix of a Classic Sonic Adventure Tune

Maybe don't get your hopes too high that this means anything, though.

"How Big Is This Going to Get?“: The Future of Killer Queen And Its Console Counterpart

Talking with developers and a few members of Killer Queen's dedicated New York arcade scene about the new multiplayer spin-off.

Bubble Bobble 4 Friends Will Also Have the Arcade Original, If Four-Player Isn’t Your Bag

That's bonus Bubble Bobble bang for your buck.

Check Out This Super Mario Maker 2 Course From the Yooka-Laylee Developers

Playtonic is just the first indie dev Nintendo will shout out via Mario Maker 2.

Latest Super Mario Maker 2 Patch Finally Lets You Play Online With Friends

On top of this multiplayer and quality of life-focused update, Nintendo says new course parts are on the way.

Shovel Knight Developers Say King of Cards and Showdown Mark "The End"

After releasing these final two free updates, Yacht Club is moving on to new projects.

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