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 »

Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara is everything I remember from childhood

For a variety of reasons, I spent a lot of time in hotels when I was growing up. They were always the nicer hotels, the ones with pools and “entertainment rooms” that would have a few arcade games and maybe a pool table. By and large, I never had the disposable income to drop a more »

GameStop’s Retro Classics shop is surprisingly fair

GameStop has finally opened the doors to its Retro Classics storefront, a new addition dedicated to such fossils as the Nintendo Entertainment System and Sega Genesis. The shop was first revealed in April 2015 (just after GameStop began offering $25 for used PS2s) and will be primarily online, at least for now. Brick-and-mortar testing will more »


Sega wanted me to celebrate Sonic the Hedgehog’s 24th birthday with nail polish (update)

It was the weirdest offer and package I had received in my video game journalism career. (That was the sixth weirdest sentence I have ever had to write.) In honor of Sonic the Hedgehog’s 24th birthday, Sega had decided on a rather unorthodox means of celebrating the anniversary. Select members of the press were sent more »

E3 2015: Using the newest technology to bring you the oldest franchises

At the halfway point of 2015, millions of gamers’ only reason to buy a current generation console will be a remake of Final Fantasy VII. That says more about the state of current games than it does about the popularity of Final Fantasy. Shenmue 3 was the biggest surprise from Sony’s greatest hits collection of a press more »

E3 2015: Nintendo proves World Championships are better than press conferences

Barring something crazy happening in this console war, Nintendo is on the ropes. This is sad considering that their first-party selection trumps everyone else. It’s not close. But on Sunday, Nintendo did so much right with its World Championships. This wasn’t a press event, it was an actual gaming event and included Nintendo of America more »

You must watch us play You Must Build a Boat

Some match-3 games are great. I know they get a bad rap, but there are some gems out there. EightyEight Games’ 10000000 was one of them, and it looks like the follow up, You Must Build a Boat has that same kind of bite. Players go on an adventure, crossing an ocean, while simultaneously building more »

A brief primer on the convoluted Ys release chronology

I love the Ys series. I haven’t played any entry older than the recently-reviewed Ark of Napishtim, but each one has been a largely pleasant experience. With the occasional frustration. But, frankly, the series is confusing. Not so much plot-wise. They tend to be fairly simple, breezy affairs with a few characters connecting them to each more »

Here’s the Chicago-area Nintendo World Championships 2015 qualifier

It’s May 30, 2015, and that means one thing for anyone who has ever loved Nintendo. Today is the one chance everyone near one of the eight Best Buys with Nintendo World Championships 2015 qualifying matches decides if its worth attempting to enter and be the champ. As I live near the Schaumburg, Illinois location, more »

Fashion comes first in Splatoon

Splatoon is a very hip sort of game. The Inklings’ equipment is both pretty and practical. Which only makes sense. Otherwise, it would prove quite difficult to discern one character from the other, aside from weapons. Fashion should matter. Fortunately, Nintendo handled it in such a way that someone isn’t locked into a specific outfit more »

‘Retro Freak’ console is a classic gamer’s dream

Retro consoles that play NES and SNES games are pretty cool. Cyber Gadget’s Retro Freak Console will play those, Mega Drive/Genesis cartridges, Game Boy/Game Boy/ Color/Advance,  and even Supergraphx cartridges.  All in all, it plays carts from 11 different consoles. That’s right, it goes to eleven. The Retro Freak comes in two parts, the console more »