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NES Classic Review

Nintendo's mini-NES isn't the ultimate 8-bit experience, but it delivers ample quality for a reasonable price.

Jade Raymond on Building Motive Studios and Chasing the Holy Grail of Narrative Games

The founder of EA's Motive Studios talks to us about battle royale, streamers, and narrative in games.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided – Hacking Tips - A Guide to Hacking

Here's some tips to hack the world like a pro in Deus Ex Mankind Divided on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

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NES Classic Review

Nintendo's mini-NES isn't the ultimate 8-bit experience, but it delivers ample quality for a reasonable price.

Jade Raymond on Building Motive Studios and Chasing the Holy Grail of Narrative Games

The founder of EA's Motive Studios talks to us about battle royale, streamers, and narrative in games.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided – Hacking Tips - A Guide to Hacking

Here's some tips to hack the world like a pro in Deus Ex Mankind Divided on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Guide – How to Stop Samizdat Hacking TF29

Here's how to stop Samizdat from hacking Task Force 29's headquarters in Deus Ex Mankind Divided.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Guide – The Golden Ticket

Here's how to stop the forging scheme and get through the police checkpoint.

Bethesda Teams Up With Wonder Woman to Save Single-Player Games

Bethesda is also donating $100,000 to help future game makers.

Farewell Visceral: The Push Toward the Destiny Model Claims Another Victim

Single-player games are pivoting to Destiny clones or open-world games, but I miss the more refined, simpler days.

Two SNES Classic Edition Game Collections We Would Like to See

Bonus: We also imagine a (good) Genesis Classic Edition.

The JRPG is Doing Just Fine, Thanks

2016 IN REVIEW: The year's roster of excellent import role-playing options suggest rumors of the genre's death have been somewhat premature.

Your Complete* Guide to NES Classic Edition Accessories

UPDATED 11/30! We're rounding up and reviewing all the essentials for your tiny Nintendo console. Latest: A carrying case, and a fix for a promising controller.

As Nintendo Wii Turns 10, So Too Do Retronauts' Complaints About Virtual Console

A decade of lamentations for a potentially brilliant service that never quite lived up to its promise.

On NES Classic Edition and Playing Hard To Get

Why Nintendo keeps partying like it's 1985... and 1996... and 2006.

Nintendo's Animal Crossing Update Turned Out to be Perfectly Timed

Who could have guessed a week ago how precious the dream of civil civic government would become?

Final Fantasy XV Travel Diary, Final Day: Stray Thoughts and Observations

There's still plenty to see and do in Duscae, but it's time to close the book on this massive RPG (until November 29).

Retronauts Gets Kooky, Spooky, Altogether Ooky

The ghost of Bob Mackey returns to tell us the haunting tale of an unbeatable (?) NES death gauntlet: Fester's Quest.

Final Fantasy XV Travel Diary, Day Three: Authentic Road Trip

The greatest strength of this Japanese RPG just might be how perfectly it captures the experience of trekking through the American hinterlands.

Final Fantasy XV Travel Diary, Day Two: Force Your Way

An in-depth look at Final Fantasy XV's combat system, and how it's improved from the early demos.

Red Dead Redemption's Curious 8-Bit Origin Story

How 2017's Western juggernaut can trace its family history all the way back to the frontier days of 1985.

Final Fantasy XV Travel Diary, Day One: Against All Odds

Jeremy goes hands-on with six hours of Square Enix's troubled RPG and finds all that time and trouble have happily paid off with an excellent new take on Final Fantasy.

This Week's Retronauts is Like Lovin' an Elevator

A look back to that brilliant but rarely seen mid-'90s arcade classic, Elevator Action II.

What the Heck is World of Final Fantasy? See for Yourself With Next Week's Demo

Square Enix is keeping old traditions alive in more ways than one.

Video Game Urban Legend Polybius Coming Soon to PlayStation VR

Next up, Jeff Minter will genetically engineer the Loch Ness monster from DNA extracted from a mosquito in amber.

Dragon Quest: Builders PlayStation 4 Review: Fables of the Reconstruction

A brilliant marriage in which two very different types of game — Minecraft and the classical console RPG — come together to find their common ground.

Paper Mario: Color Splash Wii U Review: Flinging Hue, Throwing Shade

Mario's latest is a beautiful, rollicking adventure that's been folded, spindled, and mutilated by questionable design choices.

Paper Mario's Evolution from RPG to Adventure Game Draws a Line to a Forgotten Corner of Nintendo's Past

The series' gradual genre shift may be unpopular, but it's not unprecedented.

At 30, Castlevania May be Dead, But Its Influence Lingers Beyond The Grave

Happy anniversary, Simon Belmont! Too bad your bloodline is as deceased as Dracula himself.

Dragon Quest: Builders Demo Hits PS4 and Vita Today

Think of it as a temp structure to make use of until they complete construction on the real thing.

Oasis Games' PSVR Lineup Demonstrates the Texture of VR, if Not Its Breadth

By working in only two genres, Oasis' first four PSVR titles demonstrate the range of possibilities within VR applications for familiar game types.

Wonder Boy Returns, Again, in Yet Another Revival

Evidently there's no such thing as too many remakes when it comes to this long-forgotten franchise.

If Sonic's New Games are Half as Good as Their Marketing, We're in for a Treat

Who knows if the Sonic Cycle will ever be broken, but at least our social media will never be dull.

Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse 3DS Review — End of Days

One of the best RPGs of the decade gets a direct sequel. Does Apocalypse live up to its predecessor's impressive standard? Final thoughts and score!

Blog: Breaking With the Consensus (and Being OK With That)

So, you fell in love with a game that everyone hates. Does that mean you're broken and empty inside?

Retronauts Explores the Slow-Burn Strength of Dragon Quest VII

Conventional wisdom holds that DQVII's enormous size and glacial pace undermine the experience, but is that really true?

Golden Axe I & II Soundtrack Review: All That is Golden Does Not Glitter

Everything about this new game music compilation is great... except, unfortunately, the music itself.

Shriek With Childlike Delight for This N64 Episode Of Retronauts

It's like Christmas in September!

Fall Games Preview 2016: Dragon Quest Builders Makes a Fine Cornerstone for the Series' American Reconstruction

What to do if you want to increase your RPG franchise's popularity in foreign lands? The trick, as the saying goes, could be to hook 'em while they're young.

How the Dragon Quest Builders Team is Crafting a New Kind Of RPG

A conversation with the creators of Square Enix's upcoming do-it-yourself take on the role-playing genre.

This Week's USgamer Stream Schedule: Racing Down Old-School Lane

It's a smorgasbord of classics this week! And we're not even really sure what "smorgasbord" actually means.

A Conversation With Paper Mario: Color Splash Producer Risa Tabata

The game's green producer talks about the RPG that has some Nintendo fans seeing red.

Retro-Bit's Generations Console: A 70-Game Leap Beyond the NES Mini

The latest entry in the classic clone mini-console wars seems likely to put all the rest to shame. Updated with full list of game titles!

Containing the Sprawl: An Interview with the Dragon Quest VII Remake Team

Dragon Quest VII is one of the most massive solo role-playing games ever created. Producers Yuu Miyake and Noriyoshi Fujimoto explain the challenge of squeezing it into a portable remake.

The Hits Keep Coming: SEGA Announces Third and Final 3D Classics Compilation

In Japan only, though. Time to start a change.org petition to demand a U.S. release!

How Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age is Getting the Band Back Together

We speak with the men behind the upcoming remake... who were also the men behind the original version.

Your Reminder: Games Have Always Been Mostly Terrible

As much as people go crazy for the classics, the greats were surrounded by just as much trash as today's masterpieces, as demonstrated in the latest episode of the Chrontendo video series.

"Dragon Quest Builders is Minecraft Meets Dragon Quest!" OK, but What Does That Actually Mean?

Looking beyond the slimy blue skin of Square Enix's construction sandbox adventure.

RetroUSB AVS Review: The All-Purpose Modern NES

An in-depth look at the new HD-capable NES clone. Is it worth the price?

It's Another Deep Dive Into Game Boy's History in This Week's Retronauts

Featuring a look at Tetris' essential role in the system's success.

Analogue Nt, the Luxury NES, Returns to Heat Up This Fall's 8-Bit Console Wars

The pricey, limited NES redux will make a comeback back in a smaller, more versatile (not to mention less pricey and less limited) release.

Metroid Prime: Federation Force 3DS Review-in-Progress: Barely Metroid, but Plenty Of Fun

While the verdict remains out on multiplayer, Nintendo's controversial FPS plays well despite its divergence from the Metroid series' platonic ideal.

Metroid Prime: Federation Force Makes a Lousy First Impression, But It Gets Better

Seriously, it's not as bad as its reputation would suggest.

"Augs Lives Matters," Another Cringeworthy Moment In Gaming

Video games can and should attempt to make a statement, but Deus Ex: Mankind Divided needs to take a few level-ups in subtlety.

Final Fantasy VI, the Essence of a Franchise Distilled for SNES

Though perhaps not the best of the series, FFVI was definitely the most Final Fantasy-ish of the lot.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Brings Borrowing Full Circle

Don't call it "stealing." Great ideas never die, they just bounce around from game to game.

Gravity Rush 2 Introduces Angel, Lands on PS4 December 2

The sequel to Gravity Rush on PlayStation 4 finally has a release date and a new face.

Dead Rising, Dead Rising 2, and Off the Record Bringing Zombie Stomping to PS4 and Xbox One

Capcom is planning to release everything Dead Rising for this generation of consoles.

Resident Evil 7 Isn't Inspired By PT, But Capcom Did Consider a Supernatural Focus

Capcom has heard the comparisons to Konami's first-person horror demo, but states it's mostly coincidence.

Telltale's Dark Knight Brings Vengeance to Retail on Sept 13

Batman: The Telltale Series has a release date at retail and digital gets it a month earlier.