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Jet Set Radio tags its 15th anniversary

Jet Set Radio is a game remembered fondly by many a Sega fan for its slick artstyle, gameplay and futuristic setting. It’s no surprise, that fifteen years after the game’s release, fans of JSR’s composer, Hideki Naganuma, praise him daily on Twitter. Crossover fanart with games as recent as Splatoon can be found easily, and more »

F-Zero’s simple design rejects complex solutions

I don’t have a lot of experience with F-Zero. I’ve only played F-Zero X and F-Zero GX, and of those, I only own F-Zero X. What I enjoy most about the game is the fast pace and simple mechanics: you can speed up at the cost of your vehicle’s health from lap two and on, more »

Arc System Works hints at a new Steam release

Arc System Works is best known for their work in the 2D fighting genre, with titles like Guilty Gear and Battle Fantasia under their belt. But Arc System Works has been making headlines as of late with both a localization of their upcoming Dragon Ball Z Extreme Budoten and the company’s acquisition of Technos Japan more »

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Fire Emblem Fates will feature same-sex marriage

After the success of Fire Emblem Awakening, Nintendo’s newest entry in the series – Fire Emblem Fates – looks to take many of the existing features and give them a fresh coat of paint in the new entry. Most notably, the marriage system allows the main character to marry another character of the same gender. more »

Kickstarter Roundup: Late June

To say that Kickstarter has been pretty busy over the past couple of days is an understatement. Bloodstained’s Kickstarter ended, clocking in at just shy of $6 million to become the most funded game on the site. Shenmue III came out of nowhere during E3 and literally hit its $2 million goal overnight, immediately challenging more »

E3 2015: Hands-on demos at Nintendo’s Best Buy Access event

Ever since it was announced at last year’s E3 Digital Direct, I’ve only really kept Super Mario Maker (formerly Mario Maker) in the back of my mind. As novel as it seemed, the idea of making my own Mario levels never really grabbed me, probably because I never played any of the New Super Mario more »

Bloodstained vanquishes Kickstarter milestones

It’s getting close! Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night has mere hours to hit its final stretch goal of five million dollars. Having broken the $4.5 million mark ($150,000 coming from Paypal) and passing $4,790,000 as of 11am CT on June 12, 2015, Koji Igarashi’s Castlevania spiritual successor only needs a little less than its initial more »

Atlus adds $10k to Persona 4 Arena Ultimax EVO pool

Persona 4 Arena Ultimax may not be the biggest name at EVO this year, but publisher Atlus is adding $10,000 to the prize pool as an incentive for more entrants. Last year, Atlus added a tenth of that amount to the prize pool for Persona 4 Arena’s side tournament. Ultimax only had a demo build more »

Sonic Boom: Fire and Ice hopefully making amends for Sonic Boom

Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric was one of the most disastrous games of last year, and the most disastrous game in Sonic’s history since 2006’s infamous Sonic the Hedgehog. Sega announced that they’re going to give it another go with Sonic Boom: Fire and Ice for the Nintendo 3DS, and the trailer shows little resemblance more »

Yatagarasu attacks on Steam July 7, 2015

Crowdfunded indie fighter Yatagarasu: Attack on Cataclysm will release on Steam on July 7, 2015. Its official release has been a long time coming, having a successful crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo that came to an end nearly two years ago. The game has since survived through netplay and an arcade release in Japan. Yatagarasu was more »

Kickstarter Roundup: Early June 2015

The Kickstarter Roundup returns for early June! Since most Kickstarters have 30 day pledge periods, the “early” in the month editions will cover that blind spots from the previous entry, games that don’t have much time remaining, or Kickstarter projects that just stand out to me. In general, smaller Kickstarters will be the focus, but more »

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Tales of Berseria is the next Tales

The Tales of series is something of a niche interest outside of Japan, seeing as how Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest have dominated the JRPG scene since the NES days. The series is still pretty popular in Japan, being big enough for Bandai-Namco to host a celebration of the series in the form of the more »