- Some of the biggest news we’ve heard in a while! From Polygon and a bunch of other sites, Streets of Rage is coming back with a fourth installment, featuring some pretty nifty visuals. Check it out here.
- From Japanese Nintendo, a site I didn’t know existed but is wonderful, there will be a double pack of the Famicom and Super Famicom Classics available in Japan. It looks glooorrrrrious. Those systems always had way more style than their American counterparts. Read more here.
- The Verge has a good interview with Dragon Quest creator Yuji Horii, in the week before the series’ 11th installment hits American shores. Early reviews have suggested that if you liked the previous games, you’ll like this one, but that it is unlikely to convert people who don’t love JRPGs already.
- Because of course they would be into that, Capcom developers said they’d be open to remaking the remake of Resident Evil. Them sweet boys love their remakes! Read more from Game Informer’s Ben Reeves here.
- Per Gematsu and the offifical Sega twitter, Switch ports of Sonic and Thunder Force IV have been delayed to September.
- Hey, who DOESN’T want a snazzy watch with Pac-Man?
- The creator of the indie game Owlboy did a mock-up trailer for a Chrono Trigger sequel and it looks wonderful. Look at it here, via TwinFinite, and then cry, because it’ll never happen.
ON THIS DAY (OR CLOSE TO IT!) IN VIDEO GAME HISTORY…
- Former show subjects Crash Bandicoot and DOOM (for the Super Nintendo) turn 22 and 23, respectively! Hopefully those two crazy kids go grab a beer together. You can find our DOOM episode here, and our Crash Bandicoot episode here. (And Crash finally got knocked off the top spot of the UK sales charts.)
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– On our Shaq Fu episode, we talked about how development on the crowdfunded sequel was oddly quiet. Well, according to IGN and other sites, piggybacking on Shaq’s twitter, a release date might be announced today. (And to check out our episode, which was one of our favorites, go here!)
– Know a hipster who loves old SNES RPGs? Then the perfect gift for him might be a Mother 2 (Earthbound) soundtrack on vinyl, as first publicized by Carlos Cadorniga of the Anime News Network.
– What’s the Angry Video Game Nerd up to this Christmas season? Why, examining bad cover art, of course! And it’s probably not a surprise that the second game he features is Mega Man…
– A fancy Super Mario Bros. watch can be yours for just $18,000! Good times, good times.
– Grey Carter of The Escapist has a modern review of Myst, and he’s not all that impressed in the game except as a fossil.
– T3 Online has a really awesome and exhaustive piece on the Dreamcast, and they even open up the system and look at its guts!
ON THIS DAY IN VIDEO GAME HISTORY…
– On TV Tropes, there is a concept known as Early Installment Weirdness. This definitely applies to Duke Nukem II, as most people don’t remember it started as a platform game in 1993. Apogee was an awesome developer of platform games back then, though. Since then, they’ve changed names to 3D Realms and done way more FPS stuff.
– Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire came out 19 years ago, in 1996, for the Nintendo 64 by LucasArts. While the interface is clunky at times, it features a cool-named character (Dash Rendar!) and serves as a neat side story between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.
– Yesterday, 14 years ago, Pikmin came out for the GameCube. It’s kind of a cult classic for Nintendo, in that it “only” sold about 1.1 million copies back in the day. It has spawned two sequels, but it remains a minor series for the Big N.