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USG's Top 20 Games of 2020

From thirsty gods to avaricious raccoons, these were our favorite games in 2020.

Nintendo's Doug Bowser Defends Limited-Time Mario Releases, Promises More Animal Crossing Updates

2020's most confusing Nintendo decision is a "celebration," but hey, at least we know the island fun won't be stopping soon.

Spelunky and Spelunky 2 Coming to Switch Next Summer

The classic roguelike platformer *and* the new hotness are finally coming to Nintendo.

Xbox Confirms Game Pass Streaming for PCs and iOS Will Launch in Spring

Browser-based Xbox cloud gaming is just around the corner.

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake Delayed From January to March 2021

The Prince will still make a comeback early next year, just not quite as soon as expected.

Square Enix's Project Athia Will Be a PS5 Console Exclusive for at Least 2 Years

A new PS5 sizzle reel nails down timing for Athia and a few other Sony-favored titles.

The PS5's Activities Are Designed to Counteract the "Single Player Is Dying" Mentality

A report from Vice sheds light on the inspiration behind one of the PS5's biggest features.

Super Mario Maker Support on Wii U is Coming to an End Next Year

That means it'll also be removed from the eShop soon.

The Super Mario Bros. Game and Watch is Packed With Adorable Easter Eggs

See Mario run. See Mario snooze.

Starting Screen | Astro's Playroom is Sony's Perfect Answer to Nintendo Nostalgia

These little bots make for one heck of a pack-in.

Awesome Games Done Quick 2021's Lineup Includes Beat Saber, Hades, and the Wand of Gamelon

GDQ is sticking with social distancing, which means we get another round of off-beat speedrun showcases.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Is Heading to iOS and Android

Hopefully it'll run better at launch than the Switch version did.

NPD: Marvel's Avengers and Mario 3D All-Stars Top September's Best Sellers List

Yup, a game with player retention issues and a widely criticized collection both did quite well.

Sega Says It Didn't Mean to "Dredge Up Painful Memories" With Golden Axe Prototype

The publisher responds to one developer, surprised to see a reportedly crunch-ridden project brought back to life.

Here's What the PS5 User Experience Looks Like

We've finally seen the interface of Sony's next-gen console.

Spelunky 2 Will Have Its First World Rebalanced in a Patch Coming Soon

Please, Derek, please do something about the moles and arrow traps.

Terraria’s New "Final Content Update" Launches Today

After "Journey's End" comes the actual ending, credits and all.

Fall Guys Lets You Be the Blue Blur With Sonic the Hedgehog Costume

Going fast would be ideal in Fall Guys.

Coldstone's Super Mario Bros. Anniversary Goods Sound Too Sweet For Humans to Consume

Celebrate Super Mario Bros. 35th anniversary with lots of cake batter ice cream.

I Had a Childhood Crush on Mega Man's Mysterious Robot Brother

When Mega Man 3 arrived 30 years ago, it introduced us to Protoman. Be still our beating clockwork hearts.

An Absurdly Long List of Every Game I've Played Since Quarantine Began

Caty embarks on a frankly stupid exercise through her game tracking spreadsheet.

Spelunky 2 Won't Have Online Support at Launch on PC, But Cross-Play Is on the Way

Yup, down the road you'll be able to go spelunking on PC with your PS4 friends.

Hades Roundtable: The Hottest Gods, Our Favorite Weapons, and More

A lot of us at USG are exploring the underworld in Hades, so we gathered around to discuss what we love about it.

There's Never Been a Better Time to Be A Roguelite Fan

With Spelunky 2, Hades, Rogue Legacy 2, and more, it's clear we're in the golden age of roguelites.

Spelunky 2's Most Secret Challenge May Have Already Been Mastered

Remember the Eggplant run from the previous Spelunky? This is like that, but even weirder.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps Is Out On Switch Today

The Xbox-published platformer just closed out a Nintendo Direct showcase.

Horizon Forbidden West and Sackboy: A Big Adventure Will Also Come to PS4

Two of Sony's other big PS5 titles are actually cross-gen, just like the Miles Morales game.

Super Mario 3D All-Stars Review: Familiar Roads Still Lead to the Stars

Super Mario 3D All-Stars is a good reminder how far and wide the 3D Mario games take us.

A Speedrunner Already Beat Spelunky 2 In Just 6 Minutes

C'mon man, it's only been out for a few hours!

A New Fall Guys Update Gives Its Stages a Mid-Season Refresh

If you were waiting till season 2 for new challenges, you may want to pop back in.

Ghostrunner Slides, Dashes, and Leaps Toward an October Launch

The very speedrun-friendly first-person action title is just a few weeks from launch.

Starting Screen | Super Mario 64 Remains the Best of the 3D Mario Games

An ode to Nintendo's pioneering platformer on the eve of the release of Super Mario 3D All-Stars.

Super Mario Bros.'s Weird, Stark Instruction Booklet Is One of Gaming's Most Important Documents

The Super Mario Bros. instruction book was our key to the dark depths of the Mushroom Kingdom.

Fall Guys Is Adding Epic's Anti-Cheat After a Failed Attempt at Trapping Cheaters Together

You hopefully never saw Cheater Island, but now it's no more.

Spelunky 2 Review: Whip it Good

A classic roguelike returns.

Crash Bandicoot 4 Will Have a Demo For Those Who Pre-Order

Plus, Tawna returns.

Pikmin 3 Returns to Wii U eShop, Bucking Nintendo's Scarcity Trend

The day after baffling fans with some limited-availability Mario titles, Pikmin is suddenly back.

Nintendo's Mario-Palooza Shows How the Pandemic Could Change Everything

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | There's no such thing as a slow news week when the industry is forced to question its most foundational assumptions.

Super Mario 3D World Appears Significantly Faster on Switch Than It Was on Wii U

What's better than Cat Mario? How about a faster Cat Mario?

Super Mario Bros. 35 Is Tetris 99 Meets Mario

Strangely, this official take on a Mario battle royale will also be a limited-time affair.

Nintendo Reveals Super Mario 3D All-Stars Remaster Collection, Launching This Month

Nintendo finally reveals the long-rumored collection.

Summer Games Done Quick 2020 Raises $2.3 Million With Online Event

Massive distances couldn't stop the speedrunners.

Spelunky 2's PC Release Should Be "No Later Than a Few Weeks" After Its PS4 Launch

Derek Yu says it just needs some extra time to make sure it runs well.

Tomorrow's Fall Guys Update Will Add Another Level and Fix a Boatload of Issues

Less Royal Fumble = more royale fun.

Why Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Was Fated to Be Overlooked Despite Its Brilliance

Yoshi's Island is a top-tier Super Mario game, but bad timing and bad advertising caused a lot of people to miss out the first time around.

Braid Is Getting a Remastered Anniversary Edition Next Year

Someone go tell Soulja Boy.

Is Fall Guys On Nintendo Switch?

We look at whether you'll be able to play Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout on the Switch, as well as what other consoles it's available on too.

Fall Guys Is Out, And Its Servers Are Being Swarmed With Players

Connection issues are plaguing the incredibly popular new game.

Does Fall Guys Have Split Screen and Couch Co-Op?

We look at whether you'll be able to play locally with your friends on Fall Guys below.

Fall Guys: Server Connection Error Explained

We show you what's causing connection issues for Fall Guys and what you can do about it.

Traces of Beta Yoshi's Genetic Material Can Still be Found in Super Mario World

The Nintendo Gigaleak reminds us immortality through our offspring is possible. (And potentially disturbing.)

Analogue Pocket Goes Up For Pre-Order, Sells Out in Under an Hour

It's up... aaaand it's gone.

Looks Like Cuphead's Coming to PS4 Very Soon [Update: It's Here!]

According to an appearance on the PSN Store.

New "Gigaleak" of Nintendo Prototypes and Source Code Is a Huge Deal - Here's Why

This is a massive look into older Nintendo development.

Fall Guys Pulls a Rocket League, Heads For PS Plus At Launch

That's sure to drop a lot more Fall Guys into the inflatable battle royale.

USgamer Roundtable: Which Next-Gen Console Looks Stronger Right Now, PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X?

The USgamer team gathers round to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of Xbox Series X and PS5.

Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time Finds Cool, Creative Ways to Skin You Alive

This friendly-looking bandicoot bites, which is exactly what Crash fans want.

Psychonauts 2 Has Been Delayed to 2021

Double Fine's platformer is taking a little extra time.

Balan Wonderworld Is a Whimsical New Adventure From Sonic's Yuji Naka

Don the costume and silly hat.

Panzer Paladin Review: A Lovable Retro Hero Rolls to the Rescue

Inside every great robot hero, there's a tiny robot woman with a big whip.

From Music to Programming, Olija Is Largely the Work of Just One Developer

Devolver Digital's latest surprise reveal has you wielding a harpoon in a Prince of Persia-inspired world.

Rogue Legacy 2 Hits a Tiny Delay Just Ahead of its Early Access Launch

Cellar Door says it needs a few weeks to get to a point where it's "truly proud" of the roguelike sequel.

Now You're Building With Power: Lego Teases a Big NES Set

Flush Lego Mario down your toilet to send him to the Minus World.

Devolver Direct 2020 Recap: Carrion and Fall Guys Get Release Dates, and the Rest of Today's Announcements

Alongside the weird, future-bending storyline, there were also games.

Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2 Has a Missing Link in Its Castlevania Nostalgia

What a perfect night to pay tribute to Castlevania games that deserve it.

Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2 Is Out Now, And a Boss Rush Mode Is On the Way

Darkness falls across the land. Midnight hour is close at hand.

Nintendo Treehouse Stream Set for Friday Will Include a New WayForward Game Reveal [Update]

Fresh off of shipping a new Shantae, WayForward will share a Treehouse stream with Paper Mario.

Psychonauts 2 Was Going to Be Smaller Before Xbox Acquisition Let It Be What It's "Meant to Be"

Double Fine founder Tim Schafer shared some new details on how Psychonauts 2 is coming along.

After Many Leaks, Crash Bandicoot: On the Run is Revealed for Mobile

And you can pre-register for the game on Android and iOS.

Shantae's First Adventure Is Being Re-Released on Switch, And Surprisingly, Game Boy Color

Two new ports are rounding out the half-genie collection on Switch.

A Crash Bandicoot Mobile Game Could be Revealed Soon

The game's Twitter account is now seemingly active.

Nintendo Switch Online Members Get Donkey Kong Country With New Features Next Week [Correction]

Along with Natsume Championship Wrestling and The Immortal.

Crash Bandicoot 4 Won't Have Microtransactions, States Developer Toys For Bob

Toys For Bob has reassured players that they won't be adding optional purchases to the game.

One Collector's Quest to Find and Preserve the Rarest Retro Nintendo Artifacts

Nintendo Power mainly existed to sell games to kids, but to collector Stephan Reese, it represents something more.

Starting Screen | Remembering the Joys of Sin-Free Gaming in Summer

There ain't no gaming like summer vacation gaming.

Super Mario Maker 2, One Year Later: Springy Highs and Bottomless Pits

With the help of some streamers, we take a moment to reassess Mario Maker 2's merits.

Netflix's Cuphead Show Looks Pretty Slick in This Early Preview Reel

Cuphead and Mugman are ready for their close-ups.

It's About Time for Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time

The orange bandicoot is getting a whole new adventure this October.

Crash Bandicoot 4's Developers On Why This Sequel Has a Number, Its New Modern and Retro Modes, and More

Toys For Bob chats with us about the lessons learned from the remakes that it's bringing to Crash's brand-new adventure.

Siren's Song: WayForward on Shantae's Evolution, Smash Bros., And the Future

Shantae co-creator Matt Bozon tells us what a new generation might hold for the chipper genie.

Oddworld: Soulstorm Is Heading to PS5 and Looking Pretty Intense [Update]

Lorne Lanning and his crew have clearly been hard at work.

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart Will Bring Dimension-Hopping Antics to PS5

Your favorite Lombax and robot duo are back.

20 Video Game Starting Screens That Left A Fantastic First Impression

From The Last of Us to Mega Man 2, these are our favorite title screens in video games.

The Most Beautiful 2D Sprite Games of All Time

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

20 Amazing In-Game Maps That Did More Than Show the Way Forward

From A Link to the Past to Planescape: Torment, these are our favorite maps in video games.

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.

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