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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.

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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!

This Collector Has a Metal Gear Game You Probably Didn't Even Know Existed

"Ammo is behind the next door!"

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.

You're Not Dreaming, a Next-Gen Neo Geo Is Coming From SNK

I'm still pinching myself, though.

Sega's Failed Attempts to Mock the Game Boy are Still Funny 30 Years Later

Oh, you like the Game Boy? You probably also like drinking out of the toilet. Enjoy your 12 IQ, dumbass.

Shadows of the Empire and The Empire Strikes Back Are Getting Re-Released For Retro Consoles

And publisher Limited Run Games says more are on the way.

Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! Speedrunners are Setting New Records Thanks to the "Hippo-Manippo"

They can manipulate the big guy into the most optimal run.

Metal Gear Solid 2's Commentary On America On The Brink Resonates Just As Strong Today

An essay on Metal Gear Solid 2, from the new book collection of Metal Gear Solid essays called Okay, Hero.

Streets of Rage 4 Brings Back Composers From the Genesis Games

And adds some notable additional talent as well.

Nihon Falcom's President on Why It's Not Supporting Switch More, Lessons Learned From Ys 8, and Hopes for the Next 5 Years

The state of Nihon Falcom, one of the oldest RPG studios in existence, in 2019.

Fans "Will Be Pleased" With Sonic the Hedgehog's Movie Redesign, Paramount Says

Beware of making promises you cannot keep, movie peddlers.

Nintendo Switch Online Is Getting A Rewind Feature This Month

If only I could turn back time.

Fans Give Final Fantasy 9's Cutscenes a Sweet 4K Upgrade

Kuja never looked so fabulous.

Axe of the Blood God Talks About RPGs Born of Non-RPG Game Franchises

Mega Man X be like, "This 'RPG hero' thing can't be too hard, right? ...Oh no."

MAD Magazine Published the Ultimate Video Game Parody in its January 1990 Issue

For a gang of idiots, they were pretty smart.

Nintendo Repurposed its Very '90s Slogan for Seattle's Pride Parade

Fight earwax (and intolerance).

Classic Strategy RPGs Langrisser 1 and 2 Are Getting Remakes Early Next Year

Relive the glory days, now on the go.

ActRaiser is Awesome Because it's About Bashing Monsters While Trying to Understand God's Love

There's a time to fight, a time to philosophize, and certainly a time to do both.

Beloved GBA Game Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town is Getting a Switch Remake

Get your butt back to the farm before Karen claws your eyes out.

Some Of The Best Runs From SGDQ's Record-Breaking 2019 Marathon

A few personal picks from a phenomenal week of charity fundraising.

Axe of the Blood God's Visit to Final Fantasy 7's Gold Saucer Ends in Blood and Tears

Only '90s kids remember mass shootings at an amusement park being used as a throwaway story device. Also: Chatter about Slay the Spire, Bloodstained, and a big apology for screwing up the TurboGrafx-16 Console Quest.

The Big Panzer Dragoon Interview: "It Really Makes Me Think Again About How Incredible Sega Was at the Time"

We dove into the whole Panzer Dragoon series with creator Yukio Futatsugi and art director Kentaro Yoshida.

Nintendo on Switch Online's NES Library: "We Need to Keep Expanding"

Nintendo's president shares his thoughts on expanding the Switch Online library of classic games.

A New Nintendo 64 HD Adapter Lets You Play Classic Games Like Star Fox 64 on Modern TVs

The Super 64 gives your old Nintendo 64 a second chance.

Mario Royale Becomes "DMCA Royale" To Avoid Copyright Issues

Now starring Infringio and his brother, Copyright Infringio.

Summer Games Done Quick '19 Starts This Weekend—Here Are Some Runs To Watch For

The Link to the Past-Super Metroid randomizer mash-up is sure to be a blast.

7 Games to Play After Watching Neon Genesis Evangelion on Netflix

Grab a glass of Tang and play these classic games after watching Evangelion on Netflix.

Fan-Made "Mario Royale" is a Blast, For As Long As It Sticks Around

But the creator is anticipating a letter from Nintendo.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles NES Fans Create Awesome-Looking Original Retro Throwback

Pizza Power! Cowabunga! And other exclamations made popular by '80s pop culture.

How the Z-Axis Changes Trials of Mana's Remake

A change in perspective opens up new doors for the Seiken Densetsu 3 remake.

Square Enix is Mulling Over a Subscription Service for Classic Games, if It Can Find Them First

Square Enix may have misplaced a few classic video game source codes.

Best Retro Video Game Consoles 2019

From the NES Classic to the Sega Genesis Classic, we break down the best retro video game consoles you should buy—and which ones you should avoid.

Konami Announces a Surprise TurboGrafx-16 Mini Console, Initial Lineup Includes R-Type

Konami's surprise E3 announcement was for another mini console.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake E3 2019 Demo Breakdown: Sephiroth vs. Cloud, Shinra HQ Details, and Egg and Chips

Everything we notice in last night's big Final Fantasy 7 Remake reveal.

New Xbox One Backward Compatible Releases Ending After Final Wave That Includes Asura's Wrath

The spirit of retro gaming will live on with Project Scarlett though.

Nintendo Fans Find Link's Awakening Remake Details in the E3 2019 Lanyard

Castaway, you should know the truth: Link's new character model is so very cute.

The Sega Genesis Mini's Full Line-Up Reveals More Games Than Promised

Sega is packing the Mini full of Genesis-era classics.

The Best Resident Evil Games Ranked From Worst to Best

In this ranking of the best Resident Evil games, we decide which ones are Tyrant-grade and which ones are basic, brain-dead zombies.

Best Zelda Games Ranked Worst to Best

We rank the best Zelda games of all time with our definitive list covering more than a dozen consoles, including Breath of the Wild! What is the best Zelda game ever made?

"Collection of Mana" Resurfaces Through New Square Enix Trademark

The Switch collection could be coming to English Switches.

Super Mario Maker 2 Proves the Angry Sun Never Had Mercy, Compassion, or a Soul

The Angry Sun's relentless urge to burn has been replaced by a robotic drive to obliterate all living things.

The Trailer For Upcoming 80s Arcade Era Throwback 198X is Totally Rad

Life and growing up, in a sea of pixels and synth.

Contra Anniversary Collection Lineup Has Multiple Unique Entries, Including the Rare Probotector

You can compare and Contra-st the different versions.

Super Mario 64 Hack Mod De-Makes Super Mario Odyssey's Sand Kingdom

Welcome to the new Sand Kingdom! Watch out for sharp edges.

Conker Lead Details Ill-Fated Bad Fur Day Sequel in Which Conker Dies

The squirrel would've had to fight his way out of the underworld.

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.

5 Cool Retro Castlevania Facts You Didn't Know in Honor of Castlevania Anniversary Collection's Release

What NES sprites have to teach us about the darkness in men's hearts, and more philosophy delivered in 8-bits.

Don't worry, the Sega Genesis Mini Will Have a Six-Button Controller Available at Launch

You can play fighting games on the Genesis Mini without issue.

Sega Genesis Mini Reveals 10 More Games, Including the Rare Mega Man: The Wily Wars

There will still be technically 40 games for the Genesis Mini, total.

Capcom Confirms Devil May Cry Switch is a Port of PS4 HD Collection Version, No Price Set

Do a little demon-hunting on the go this Summer.

A Metroid Cartoon Proposal Made Samus a Man, Embodying Everything That was Terrible About Video Game Cartoons in the '90s

Anyone who says licensed cartoons were better in the '90s has vapor for brains.

Shakedown: Hawaii Developer Brian Provinciano Still Loves Making Oddball Ports, Even If It Makes His Life More Complicated

From MS-DOS to PSP, we look back on Retro City Rampage and Shakedown: Hawaii's peculiar port history with developer Brian Provinciano.

The Top 5 Animal Buddies in RPGs

Companions, friends, and killers: Your fuzzy RPG pals are whatever you need them to be.

Axe of the Blood God Presents: The 25 Best RPGs of All Time

From NetHack to The Witcher 3, we celebrate the greatest RPGs throughout gaming history.

The Sonic the Hedgehog Movie Trailer Is Bizarre and Wrong, but You Must Watch It

You took a wrong turn at Green Hill Zone and stumbled into a gangsta's paradise, baby.

Please Stop Comparing Games to EarthBound

The desire to make "the next EarthBound" is understandable, but it's also misguided in some important ways.

Nintendo Kills Impressive Super Mario Bros. Commodore 64 Port

Like the Commodore 64 itself, its spirit will not easily fade.

Starting Screen | The Game Boy Was the Only Console I Needed Growing Up

On the Game Boy's 30th anniversary, how Nintendo's first true portable console defined a generation of gamers.

What's the Most Painful Game Save You've Ever Lost? Players Share Their Stories

A cartridge's save battery is finite. Just like a parent's love.

The 25 Greatest Game Boy Games

The Game Boy is 30 years old, and we look at the system's 25 most important and most entertaining releases.

The Best Version of Every Final Fantasy Game

Some Final Fantasy games have remakes of their remakes. What's the definitive version of each single-player mainline installment? Let us help you.

The Top 25 RPGs of All Time #1: Chrono Trigger

Chrono Trigger's sublime soundtrack arguably tells its classic story more effectively than its character dialogue.

The Castlevania Anniversary Collection Line-Up Has One Game We Didn't See Coming

No, it's not Bloodlines. We kind of saw Bloodlines coming (and we're chuffed about it).

HD Mode 7 Emulation Mod Brings Smooth New Life to Jagged SNES Graphics

Mode 7 graphics and steak knives no longer occupy the same branch on their family tree.

Capcom Home Arcade is an Outrageously Priced Plug-and-Play Retro Console

It's certainly a Capcom machine alright.

Capcom Releases Mysterious Teaser for Classic Games

Darkstalkers, Street Fighter, Aliens all in one place. What could it mean?

Final Fantasy 7 On the Switch is the Best of Times and the Worst of Times

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | With Kat temporarily out of the picture, Anthony John Agnello and John Learned gab about A Link to the Past, Persona 5, Final Fantasy 7, and the joy (and agony) of reviewing RPGs.

New Final Fantasy 7 Video Reveals Midgar's Design Was Inspired Less by Blade Runner and More by Pizza

Square Enix's latest Inside Final Fantasy video dips into the slums of Midgar and beyond.

Antstream Wants to Stream Retro Games Directly to You

A new cloud streaming service but for retro games.

Final Fantasy 7 Switch's Music Bug Messes Up the Game's Epic Atmosphere

Let's hear the first ten seconds of that song again. And again.

YouTube Videos Show Off Rare Beta Footage for Super Mario 64 and Super Mario RPG

Mario goes for a great big slide ride, and Croco looks a little green around the gills.

Axe of the Blood God: Top 25 RPG Honorable Mentions, The Outer Worlds, and More

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | Our RPG podcast dives into the excellent RPGs that didn't quite make the cut.

Dragon Quest: Your Story, The CG Movie Based on Dragon Quest 5, Gets Its First Trailer

It looks considerably less Toriyama-esque, sadly.

April's Free NES Classics Include Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels and Punch-Out!!

Three new games headline this month's free NES classics.

Link is an 80s Anime Lady in This Ancient Magazine Unearthed by Twitter

Now I want to fight Ganon while listening to some Bonnie Tyler.

The 10 Best Cosplays We Saw at PAX East 2019

Welcome to PAX East. Normal clothing is entirely optional.

It Might Be 10 Years Before There's a Sega Saturn Mini

Just in time for the Saturn's 35th birthday.

USG is at PAX East 2019! Panel Times, Coverage, and Where to Find Us!

Watch Kat, Nadia, and Mike live at PAX East! And read all of our articles too.

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.

Stories From Making Command and Conquer: Blues Brothers Impersonators, Hilariously Low-Tech Sets, and More

Command and Conquer's cinema scenes were never destined to be Oscar material, but putting them together was a ton of fun.

How the Dark Crystal Inspired Final Fantasy 9

Square Enix published a tell-all video about Final Fantasy 9's development. As the Skeksis would say, "Hmmmm!"

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