Retro

Kingpin: Reloaded Bringing the 1999 FPS to Modern Systems, Profanities Intact

Time to see if the cuss-filled crime story holds up.

Long-Lost N64 Accessory Prototype Comes With Accusations of Theft by Sega

A resurfaced prototype for an N64 controller screen looks pretty familiar.

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.

Skies of Arcadia Developer: "I Really, Really Want to Develop the Sequel"

Signs of life for a classic RPG?

Actually, Resident Evil 4 Was Plenty Scary

On its 15th anniversary, we remember some of Resident Evil 4's scariest moments.

Nintendo's Old Kyoto HQ is Being Made into a Hotel, so Make Your Pilgrimage Now

See the Nintendo plaque, $5. Touch the Nintendo plaque, $10.

Tetris 99's Biggest Fan Is The Father of Tetris Himself, Alexey Pajitnov

Tetris' creator is excited to see his game flourish as a competitive experience.

Remember When... Xbox 360 Tried to Conquer Japan?

Microsoft's attempts to win over Japanese gamers, and why it ultimately failed.

From PS1 to PS5: A Brief History of the PlayStation Logo

The PS5's new logo isn't groundbreaking, but there's value in sticking to what works.

Pokemon XD's Overlooked Orre Region is Based on a Sun-Scorched Hellhole: Arizona

Orre should not exist. It is a monument to man's arrogance.

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.

How Westwood's Long-Lost Blade Runner Adventure Game Landed on GOG [Update]

It took years of searching and Scumm work.

Atari Touts More Support and 88% Revenue Split to Draw Developers to Its Microconsole

More details on the VCS emerge as we approach its "early 2020" targeted release.

Westwood's 1997 Cult Classic Blade Runner Has Risen From the Dead

Thanks to ScummVM and GOG, Ray McCoy is back on the case.

GTA Online Producer on Its New In-Game Arcade: "We Wanted to Look Back At Our Own Past"

We talk GTA Online's new games-within-a-game with Rockstar Games' online producer.

Doom and Doom 2 on Console Are Getting Free Classic Map Pack Add-Ons

Bethesda says "hell yes" to bringing Final Doom to consoles.

25 Years Ago, Breath of Fire 2 Was My First Journey to Kill God, and It Was Good

Even the world's worst translation can't destroy a good yarn about slaying the Lord.

"beYOOOOOOOW Beyowwwwwwww:" The Story Behind Sony's Iconic PlayStation Opening Chime

The music that defined a generation. Oh and Nirvana, I guess.

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.

On Its 25th Anniversary, PlayStation Devs Reflect on Their Greatest Terror: Memory Cards

Turns out the PS2 memory card's quirks were other people's nightmares.

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.

Garou: Mark of the Wolves Turns 20 Today—Here's a Glimpse of the Sequel That Never Quite Happened

It might literally be sitting in a file folder somewhere.

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.

From Jedi: Fallen Order to Bushido Blade: 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.

Bart Simpson and Godzilla Were Almost in NBA Jam

Or at least, toy-like facsimiles.

Make a Statement At Your Next LAN with This NES-Inspired Mouse

You'll probably come in last at whichever game you're playing, but you'll look good while losing.

In 2004, Tens of Thousands of People Answered Payphones for Halo 2

What dates the hype for Halo 2 the most? The smartphone revolution.

The Best Moments From Sakurai's Big Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tribute to King of Fighters

Terry's entrance into Smash Bros. came with a lot of fanfare.

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.'"

Starting Screen | Blizzard Had a Terrible Weekend, But At Least Warcraft 3: Reforged is Good

Maybe Blizzard's best days really are behind it.

A Thank You From USgamer For Extra Life 2019

We beat our goal, and it's thanks to all of you.

Digital Eclipse Has Made It Much Easier to Hate-Love the 16-bit Aladdin and Lion King Games

"I can show you the world with some help from rewind."

Bluepoint Games Is Teasing Something, Your Guess As to What

The studio tweeted out a cavalcade of spooky references.

Simple Sprites, Potent Frights: How Sprite-based Horror Games Can Produce Genuinely Big Scares

Airdorf's Faith series demonstrates how simple sprites can magnify a horror game's creepy atmosphere rather than detract from it.

End of a Reign: The Final Days of Crusader Kings 2

Paradox tells us about how it's giving Crusader Kings 2 a proper sendoff in the months leading up to Crusader Kings 3.

Reggie Fils-Aimé: The Wii Was Nintendo's Response to a "Stagnant" Market

Including Wii Sports was a "key decision."

Starting Screen | Three Classic Letters That Show How Much Easier It Is to Be a Video Game Fan in 2019

The gaming community knew nothing in the '90s, and frankly, neither did a lot of publishers.

Street Fighter 4 Producer Yoshinori Ono Once Considered Making It Turn-Based

The higher-ups were initially "99.9 percent" against what became Street Fighter's revival.

Command & Conquer Remasters Will Let You Rapidly Swap Resolutions At The Push of a Button

Go retro or modern with a single keystroke.

DJ Jazzy Jeff Was Reportedly Surprised to Find Out He Was in NBA Jam

The Fresh Prince collaborator was dazzled by his in-game cameo.

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.

This Ghastly Gastly is Already 2019's Pokemon Pumpkin of the Year

We get it, Gastly. You vape.

No, Frog from Chrono Trigger Did Not Steal Earthworm Jim's Arm

Arm yourself with the facts!

The Analogue Pocket is Bringing Retro Handheld Gaming Back to Life

Analogue's new device looks like a Game Boy Pocket but supports a lot more than Game Boy classics.

You Can Catch Fish With the Game Boy's Weirdest Accessory

You can lie about "the one that got away," but your Game Boy knows the truth.

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.

New Report Paints Fuzzy Picture for the Future of Atari's Throwback Box, Though Atari Disagrees

New reports don't seem keen on the Ataribox's future.

Bluepoint Games, the Masters Behind the Shadow of the Colossus Remake, Tease "Big" PS5 Title

The PS5 title could be the remake Bluepoint started working on after releasing 2018's Shadow of the Colossus.

John Kirby, the Lawyer that Saved Nintendo, Dies at 79

In 1982, Kirby assisted with legal gorilla warfare.

Panzer Dragoon Remake Studio is Tackling The House of the Dead Next

But where's Typing of the Dead?

The Owner of the Legendary Nintendo PlayStation Prototype Wants to Put It Up For Sale

Seems like you can just email him about it.

How a Famous World of Warcraft Speedrunner is Guiding Players Through the Trials of WoW Classic

If you were into WoW from the start, chances are you've heard of or even used Joana's Leveling Guide.

The Blood God Recommends: Dragon Quest 3 for the Switch

A 30-year-old RPG that's aged to near-perfection.

Grandia HD Collection is Getting a Patch in Response to Fan Criticisms

Grandia is on track to become a little bit grander.

That Rad Sega Genesis Mini Tower of Power Could Eventually be Available to Buy

If there's enough interest shown, that is.

Street Fighter 2's Creator on Why Blocking Was Once a Controversial Issue

A creator and a pro sit down to talk blocking in fighting games.

SNK Reveals the 20 Games on Its Neo Geo Arcade Stick Pro

It's a lot of fighting games, as you would imagine.

We Dare You to Eat This Pile of Ancient Pokemon Food

Expiration dates are just suggestions.

Sega Sends Out Mini Genesis Towers of Power, Teases More to Come

A once-glorious hardware tower, now in adorable pint-sized form.

The First Three Dragon Quests Finally Leave Their Mobile Prison For Switch

Erdrick's violent kids are about to run rampant on your Switch.

The 16-bit Console Wars Return on Axe of the Blood God

The Blood God drops listeners in a time warp back to 1994.

Why Porting the 16-Bit NBA Jam to PlayStation Was Such a Major Trial Back in 1995

An excerpt from the new book Arcade Perfect, following a programmer's daunting task with NBA Jam T.E.

Why Doom 64's Switch Port Is a Big Deal

One way Doom 64 differs from the original is that it's never officially been ported.

Yoshi's Island's Hidden Multiplayer is Still In the SNES Online Switch Version

You can still spit seeds at your friends.

Why the Dreamcast Still Matters

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

Amy Hennig, Hideaki Itsuno, and Other Developers Share Their Favorite Dreamcast Games, 20 Years Later

For the Dreamcast's 20th anniversary in North America, we asked game developers about their favorite games from Sega's short-lived console.

What's Your Favorite SNES Game?

COMMUNITY QUESTION | With Nintendo Switch Online boosting its library, tell us about your favorite SNES game.

These Rare Games Make SNES on Nintendo Switch Online Worth Paying Attention To

Race 'em, fly 'em, stack 'em: Nintendo Switch Online's SNES library is off to a good start.

Jedi Academy is Also Coming to Switch and PS4, with Multiplayer

You'll need to wait until 2020 for those online lightsaber duels.

Super Nintendo Games Are Coming to Nintendo Switch Online on September 5

Don't tell your SNES Classic.

Watch This Unused Motion Capture Footage From the Original Development of Tony Hawk Pro Skater

Kinda makes us wish mo-cap suit Tony was a secret costume.

Final Fantasy 8 Was Always Good

Reexamining one of the most divisive games in the series on its 20th anniversary.

Why Dragon Quest Failed to Make it In America 30 Years Ago

Nintendo tried its best to make the West love RPGs, but culture—and more importantly, timing—was against the attempt.

World of Warcraft Game Director Explains the Long Queue Times for WoW Classic

More realms are coming, but gradually.

Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection is Coming in January

All that repressed Mega Man Zero agony just came bubbling to the surface, didn't it?

Starting Screen | EarthBound’s 25th Anniversary Makes us Pine for Classic Instruction Books

Earthbound's player guide is a great example of the effort publishers expended trying to make the West fall in love with RPGs.

RetroArch Offers the First Step Toward Automatic Translations of Rare Japanese Games

The open-source project's new update also adds support for iOS and Android touchscreen light gun emulation.

New Trials of Mana Footage Shows Cleaner, More Accessible Fights

Let's have a good clean fight, Mana fans.

Yu Suzuki Seems Interested in Returning to Virtua Fighter and Out Run

He hints there "might be something."

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Has a Nostalgic Throwback Mode

Watch Dr. Robotnik scamper like in the good ol' days!

Final Fantasy 8 Remastered is Releasing a Lot Sooner Than Expected

In just two weeks, Squall will be on the Switch.

Axe of the Blood God Celebrates the Sega Genesis' 30th Anniversary

The Console RPG Quest continues! Plus, our thoughts on Grandia HD and Witcher 3 on Switch!

Classic Doom Ports No Longer Require Bethesda Net Login to Play

That login screen should be fully optional now.

The Beauty of Chrono Cross in HD Reminds Us We're Overdue for a Remaster

A remaster needs to give us the option to drop-kick Poshul into the sea, though.

The Link's Awakening Remake for Switch Was Teased Three Years Ago and No One Noticed

Eiji Aonuma is slick, like a thief in the night.

Sorry, but a Zelda 2 Remake Isn't Being Planned

Inti Creates boss would like you to know he's not working on it.

Power Stone Producer Says He'd Love To Make Another One

And the Switch would make a great fit for it.

A Bubble Bobble Revival is Coming to Nintendo Switch, But Europe Will Get it Before the US

Sorry U.S. fans, you'll have to wait a bit.

Recovered Super Mario Bros. Super Show Animation Cels Bring Us Back to the Franchise's Weirdest, Most Aimless Days

If you can't mix Super Mario Bros. with Billy Idol, then what's the point of life?

Nintendo Switch Could Be Getting a Wireless SNES Controller

FCC filings point towards the Super Nintendo arriving on the Switch.

Activision is Eyeing More Remasters Following Crash Bandicoot's Success

More remasters like Crash and Spyro's could be on the way.

Grandia HD Collection Comes to Nintendo Switch Next Week

The classic series goes portable very soon.

Axe of the Blood God's Console RPG Quest is Playing With Power... Portable Power

Kat and Nadia explores the noble RPG history of the Game Boy on its 30th anniversary.

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