It is the weekly news roundup you can’t do without! Vidya Game News!
- Covered by pretty much every vidya game site this week, so why not us too? – The PlayStation Classic is coming out this December. It is billed as having 20 games, with the highlight being Final Fantasy VII, which we covered in Episode 124. The suggested retail price is $99.99.
- In other Classic System news, Sega is delaying its device to 2019, per Polygon and other sites. It is to allow for simultaneous release in all markets, but also likely because the emulation track record from the hardware company isn’t great. (But hey, a 50-game Sega collection is coming to Switch!)
- U.S. Gamer’s Jeremy Parish has an awesome long read about the development of Star Fox, indirectly, which had its roots in a 3D engine game… for the Game Boy. You can read it here. We covered the original and Star Fox 64 in Episode 7.
- Seth Rogen shared a lil tip that most people still don’t know – In Duck Hunt, you can control the duck by plugging in a second controller. We covered the game, and World Class Track Meet, for Episode 45.
- Nintendo Switch’s online classic games are now available… and they’ve already been hacked.
- Brian Fargo, formerly of Interplay, wants to buy the company back if Bard’s Tale 4 is a big success.
ON THIS DAY (OR CLOSE TO IT!) IN VIDEO GAME HISTORY…
- Mega Man 9, a retro revamp of the series, released 10 years ago. It was the first new game in the base series since the eighth installment came out in 1996, a gap of about 12 years. We covered the second installment with Friend of the Show Hawk in Episode 30. Also coming out 10 years ago – The Lego Batman series.
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– Ohmygodness: A mock 1996 infomercial for the upcoming Sonic Mania Collector’s Edition is incredibleeee.
– Game Rant has an article on the six biggest gaming breakups, in “honor” of Brad and Angelina.
– Nintendo News and other sites note that The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 is now available on Steam.
ON THIS DAY IN VIDEO GAME HISTORY…
– Divine Divinity from Larian Studios came out for the PC in 2002. The action-RPG was well-reviewed when it came out, and it remains a bit of a cult classic.
– On Sept. 23, 2002, Star Fox Adventures was released for the Gamecube. It was the first game to take the series in a weird, non-space sim direction. (And hey, check out our episode on the better, original game and the N64 game!)
– On the same day, Tekken 4 came out. Namco’s fighter was considered very good.
– Capcom’s Mega Man 9 was released for the Wii in 2008, followed shortly by the Playstation Network and Xbox Live Arcade. It was a well-received continuation of the series, the first game in 11 years.