Retro

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.

The Time Nintendo Got Hooked En Masse on Space Invaders Because of Hiroshi Yamauchi

Some "research" led to a company-wide obsession in 1978.

Never Mind The Last Of Us, Here's The Real Game With The First LGBT+ Protagonist

In 1989, a lone developer released the LGBT+ detective game Caper in the Castro.

TimeSplitters at 20: How the Cult Classic Series Laid the Groundwork for Modern Hero Shooters

For TimeSplitters's 20th anniversary this year, we talk to David Doak about creating the seminal shooter.

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.

A Persona 4 Golden Modder Is Bringing Light to the World By Letting You Date Yosuke

Soon we'll be able to eat fsteak with Yosuke, but romantically.

A New Metal Slug Is Coming to Mobile in 2020

It's back, but maybe not like you expected.

Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles Remaster's Demo Will Let Players Team Up With Full Game Owners

It's compatible with those who buy the full game too.

Shakedown: Hawaii Steals the Wii Swan Song Mic From Just Dance 2020

Brian Provinciano is at it again with passion-project ports for the Wii and Wii U.

Atlus Gauges Interest in Persona 3 and More With an Extensive Survey

Atlus asked fans, "Would'jya like to take a surrrrvey?"

Super Smash Bros. Melee Gets "Ultra-Smooth" Online Thanks to Third-Party Rollback

Smash Bros. Melee, a game designed without online play, might have better online play than Smash Bros. Ultimate at this point.

EA Might Be Teasing a Need for Speed: Underground Announcement on Twitter

Or this could just be a reminder that "Get Low" is a great song.

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.

BloodRayne and Other Majesco Properties Acquired By Ziggurat Interactive

BloodRayne's back from the dead again.

Command & Conquer Remastered Collection Review: Let's Rock

Still hell marching after all these years.

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.

A Lost NES Game Based on Tom Cruise's Days of Thunder Has Been Fully Reconstructed

There's a functional build, and the story of how it was put together is fascinating.

Cyberspace Is Looking Slick in the System Shock Remake

You can't jack-in with the remake's new demo yet, but you'll want to leave meatspace behind.

Why I'm Still Playing Gradius 35 Years After Its Original Release

On its 35th anniversary, the Vic Viper lives on.

A Sonic Movie Sequel Is Off to the Races

Looks like the writers and director are coming back too.

Xenogears 2 Was One More Victim of Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within's Epochal Failure

Xenogears 2 died for Spirits Within, much like how Chu-Chu died for your sins.

Arkane Studios' First Game, Arx Fatalis, Is Free From Now Until the End of May

Love Dishonored? Play the very first game Arkane flexed its first-person finesse on.

Xbox Series X Could Push Some Backward Compatible Games to 120 FPS

Microsoft's talking up its newest advancements for playing old games.

Why Pac-Man Still Delights Us 40 Years Later

Decades later, Pac-Man's thrill of the chase is still exhilarating.

Fan Turns Star Fox 64 Into a Paper Mario-Style Pop-Up Book

Once upon a time in the faraway system of Lylat...

Axe of the Blood God: The Rich RPG Legacy of the Game Boy Advance

From Golden Sun to Fire Emblem, the GBA was a brilliant handheld console for RPG fans.

Minecraft Celebrates Pac-Man's 40th By Putting Him In the Game

The round guy just got blocky.

Insignia, a Fanmade Project, Might Bring Back Classic Xbox Live Service This Year

Its creator revealed the project to disavow any notion of it relying on leaked Xbox source code.

Rare Was Stumped Trying to Name Perfect Dark, So It Turned to an Unlikely Source

To come up with your FPS name, first think of a pun on a historical figure...

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."

Here's What Monkey Island 2 Might've Sounded Like With Voice Acting

Before LucasArts went all-in on voiceover, it tested it out with a bit of LeChuck's Revenge.

How Documentaries Are Helping Preserve Gaming Culture We're at Risk of Losing

USgamer spoke with six filmmakers about their work and how it makes gaming history accessible to viewers.

The TurboGrafx-16 Mini Should Start Arriving in North America Next Week

Finally snatch up some Snatcher.

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.

A Salute to the Absurdly Ugly Video Game Guide Cover Art of the Past

Retro game guide covers were a hot mess, but they sure turned heads.

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.

Halo 2: Anniversary Will Have Its Second Coming on PC Next Week

We're nearly halfway to a complete version of the Master Chief Collection.

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

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

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

Bob-omb Battlefield at 4K resolution.

The 35 Year Quest for the Perfect Video Game Lightsaber

Tracing the history of the iconic weapon from the Atari 2600 to the present, and all the ways that it's influenced gaming.

Abandoned Vagrant Story 2 Prologue Has Some Enticing Ties to Final Fantasy 14

Director Yasumi Matsuno dropped this nugget on Twitter a little while ago, and it's well worth a read.

Wii Source Code Reportedly Revealed Through Nintendo Leaks

Design docs and more have appeared on online forums.

Adventure, Humor, and Humanity's Utter End: The Enduring Appeal of Mega Man Legends 2

It's not hard to understand why Mega Man Legends 2 still has a small but enthusiastic fanbase.

Burnout Paradise Remastered Sets a June Release for Nintendo Switch

Hopefully your car will be the only thing drifting, not your Joy-Cons.

New Final Fantasy Interview Reveals the First Summoned Monster Square Ever Created

Also, Moogles were originally supposed to be a throwaway race.

Secret of Mana Fan Makes Wicked-Cool Animation of the Climactic Final Battle

Three kids versus the end of the world.

How Fan Feedback Inspired and Helped Build Command & Conquer's Remastered Collection

It was "almost more like a Kickstarter campaign than something from a major publisher."

How I Connected With Other RPG Fans Through Rental Game Save Files

In the '90s, RPG fans blazed trails for each other with high-level save files in rented games.

Fire Emblem Celebrates Its 30th Anniversary On a High Note

Three decades later, Fire Emblem's enjoying its resurgence.

What Was the First Co-Op Game? Depends on How You Define It

Atari's Fire Truck is one of the first co-op games in arcades, but that's only one dimension.

Remember When... NBA Jam Played Favorites in the Bulls vs. Pistons Rivalry?

There was a reason those buzzer-beaters bricked, it seems.

Satoru Iwata Wasn't Hot on the Earthbound Creator's Logo for HAL Labs

People like dogs, but they don't like dog eggs.

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 Pandemic Could Be the End of Your Favorite Arcade

We talk to the arcade owners battling to survive the COVID-19 pandemic.

2020's Next Hot HD Remake Is… Chex Quest

Limited Run Games is also releasing special editions of the original this week.

TurboGrafx-16 Mini Review: Not Just for Retro Nostalgia, But Retro Discovery

Maybe the only "essential" mini-console on the market today.

Fans Appear to Have Dug Up Code for a Mysterious "Pokemon Pink"

Pokemon Yellow might have had a mate at some point.

It Looks Like a Clown Threw up Trix Cereal on Levi's Super Mario Shirts and Jackets

It's time to get snobby about children's fashion again.

Remember When... The First Memes Eviscerated the PlayStation 3 and its Boomerang Controller

Before Twitter and Discord, YTMND took on the solemn task of mocking the PlayStation 3 and its boomerang controller.

This Animal Crossing: New Horizons Island is an Amazing Reproduction of Earthbound's Onett

You can't fish hamburgers out of the trash cans, though.

Streets of Rage 4 Publisher Responds to Release Date Leaks: "We Cannot Confirm It Yet"

But to tide you over, check out these retro throwback fighters.

The Messenger Developer's New RPG Will Feature Tunes From Chrono Trigger's Composer

Sea of Stars just picked up a new guest star.

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.

Gran Turismo 4 Players Spend Over 230 Hours Setting 100% World Record

I doubt this one will be challenged anytime soon.

A Fix Is Coming to Split Jedi Academy's PC and Console Players Back Up

Aspyr says a "remedy for this loophole is now in the works" and will come out soon.

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.

How Doom 64's New "Lost Levels" Connect to Doom Eternal

In bringing the oft-overlooked N64 entry to new systems, Bethesda, id, and Nightdive have canonized its story.

Mike Shapiro, Voice of the G-Man, Says the Next Game He's in Will Be Like Seeing an Old Friend Again

Shapiro chats with USgamer about the return of Half-Life and another "blast from the past" game project that's on the way.

Stay at Home, Play These Free Games, and Literally Save Lives

Whether made available because of the coronavirus pandemic or not, here are some free games you can enjoy in the coming days.

The Final Fantasy 7 Spinoffs You Never Knew About

The less famous stories, movies, and games that filled in the gaps of Final Fantasy 7's lore.

A Tribute to Chrono Trigger's Weird, Funny, and Depressing Endings on Its 25th Anniversary

Chrono Trigger's detailed endings are an example of how it does everything right.

Nintendo PlayStation Grabbed Headlines, But Support for Preservation Remains "Dismal at Best"

We talk to game preservation experts about what's been preserved, what's been squirreled away, and what's already been lost.

Tony Hawk Pro Skater Revival Rumors Get a New Boost From a Punk Band

"Just licensed 5 new songs to [the] Tony Hawk 2020 game."

Command & Conquer Remastered Finally Has a Release Date

You'll be reliving Tiberian Dawn, Red Alert, and more in 4K come June.

The New Nintendo PlayStation Owner Wants to Make it Part of a "Permanent Museum"

He says he's already working with a university museum on exhibiting the unit next year.

The Nintendo PlayStation Bidding War Fizzled Out at Auction, Sells for $300,000

That's around $380,000 after fees and still a record, but it looks like high-spender interest really peaked weeks ago.

TurboGrafx-16 Mini Launch Delayed Due to Coronavirus Outbreak

There's no word on how long the delay might be.

Command & Conquer Remastered Devs Uncover Over Four Hours of Previously Unseen Footage in a Hidden Cabinet

A lost archive from the Westwood era will see the light of day.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake Producer Says It Would "Be a Waste" Not to Use Parasite Eve's Characters

He doesn't know about any plans for the series, though.

The Case for the PlayStation 2 Being the Greatest Console Ever

Why the highest-selling console of all time is also the best.

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night Lets You Tap Alucard With a New Mobile Port

Though the controller's probably a better option.

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.

Ziggurat Interactive is a New Publisher That's Set on Preserving Classic Games

A millionaire game enthusiast is bankrolling this latest preservation effort.

Newly-Revealed Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time VHS Beta Footage Shows Off Big Last-Minute Changes

A promotional video tape reveals an important bit of Ocarina of Time's history.

The Most Interesting Mega Man Character is a Reploid Who Fell in Love with a Human

There's a Mega Man Zero character who's a treasure trove of lore and timeline links. Stay a while and listen.

"Konami Code" Creator Kazuhisa Hashimoto Dies

The developer of the infamous series of inputs reportedly died yesterday.

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

Bub and Bob are crossing the Atlantic in March.

Starting Screen | Video Games Held No Meaning for Me Until Developers Gave Us Endings

If video games are a chaotic digital sea, narrative and endings are its lighthouses.

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