January 2024 Blog Posts (20)

RETRO REBOOT | Joust...Is A Fighting Game? (Arcade)

I've enjoyed revisiting some arcade classics in recent Retro Reboots. Joust has been one I've always meant to discuss, because I often use it as one of the earliest examples of competitive platform action. Or more, one of the building blocks that a game like Super Smash Bros. established its roots.   …


Added by Mike Lind on January 30, 2024 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Tekken 8's Launch Easily Doubles Street Fighter 6's Numbers In UK Charts

Following a very strong advertising campaign, the highly anticipated release of Tekken 8 has been dominating the charts, namely in the United Kingdom. According to a report from…


Added by Mike Lind on January 29, 2024 at 10:53am — No Comments

Former Call Of Duty General Manager Johanna Faries Named New President Of Blizzard

The clearing of employees across Xbox, Blizzard, and Bethesda (1900 total) now sees its first major replacement. Johanna Faries, who has previous experience working as an executive in the NFL in marketing and club business development, will fill in for the departing Mike Ybarra, this news becoming official January 29th in a memo sent to…


Added by Mike Lind on January 29, 2024 at 9:30am — No Comments

RETRO REBOOT | Donkey Kong (Arcade)

Nothing quite like talking about legendary arcade games. It was a simpler time, where the heaviest barrier between game and player was simply skill. I could play games like William's Joust, Data East's…


Added by Mike Lind on January 23, 2024 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Embracer Group-owned Studio Piranha Bytes Hopes To Avoid Potential Studio Closure

German game developing studio Piranha Bytes, known for their RPGs GOTHIC, Risen, and the Elex series has been the subject of rumors in recent weeks regarding either a possible buyout or total closure by their parent company Embracer Group. This report comes courtesy of…


Added by Mike Lind on January 22, 2024 at 6:42pm — No Comments

Senua's Saga: Hellblade II Will Not Have A Physical Release, Confirms Studio Ninja Theory

The long-anticipated sequel to the critically acclaimed Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice has a set release date, and during the Xbox Direct 2024, a detailed introspective was given about the story, combat, and development process for Senua's Saga: Hellblade II. Originally announced in 2019, Senua's Saga, developed by Ninja Theory (Heavenly Sword,…


Added by Mike Lind on January 20, 2024 at 10:16am — No Comments

FIRST Official Gameplay Reveal For Xbox Exclusive Indiana Jones And The Great Circle

The future of Microsoft exclusive software appears to be looking solid. Following 2023's Xbox Games Showcase, which highlighted the newest Fable entry and…


Added by Mike Lind on January 19, 2024 at 1:58pm — No Comments

Pokémon Delicious Adventure Collection Kicks Off

Embark on an epic culinary tour of the diverse regions of the Pokémon world without ever having to leave your home. The …


Added by Gina Wilkolak on January 19, 2024 at 3:30am — No Comments

Square Enix Producer Is Bored Of Foamstars' Comparisons To Splatoon

Since the project's launch trailer, Foamstars, an upcoming 4v4 team-based competitive shooter, has faced countless comparisons to Nintendo's popular area controlled IP. Imitation can be the greatest form of flattery, but it's not difficult to see the similarities. According to a report from…


Added by Mike Lind on January 17, 2024 at 7:15am — No Comments

RETRO REBOOT | Dragonball Z Budokai Tenkaichi 3 (PlayStation 2/Wii)

There's a metric TON of Dragonball Z games over the decades, many of them only being ported to the United States once the franchise caught fire in the 2000's. And frankly, many of those PlayStation-era ones were total garbage, like the Tose developed Dragonball Z: Ultimate Battle 22 from 1995, but was given an international release in 2003, and it's…


Added by Mike Lind on January 16, 2024 at 12:07pm — No Comments

Ubisoft Executive Infers Gamers Will Become 'Comfortable' About Not Owning Their Games

Video game preservation is a common topic, one that has been written about here on more than a handful of occasions. As subscription services become…


Added by Mike Lind on January 16, 2024 at 8:11am — No Comments

The Transylvania Adventure Of Simon Quest Is A Parody/Homage To 8-bit Vampire Busting Action

Looking for some vampire killing action? Published by Retroware and developed by Programancer (the teams behind Prison City), The Transylvania Adventure of Simon Quest is currently in development, and places the roles of the titular character (not so subtly named in reference to…


Added by Mike Lind on January 14, 2024 at 2:30pm — No Comments

The Golden Sun Series is Coming To The Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack

"Calling all Adepts! It's time to put your skills and spells to the test against the forces of darkness!"

Subscribers of the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack will be able to play the renowned RPG series, Golden Sun and its sequel Golden Sun: The Lost Age. They will be making their way to the Game Boy Advance…


Added by Mike Lind on January 12, 2024 at 1:30pm — No Comments

90's-inspired Survival Horror Game 'Alisa' To Launch On Switch, Xbox, And PlayStation As A Director's Cut

With the retro gaming enthusiasm still booming, fans may show interest in a game that takes heavy influence from 3D survival horror games from the late 90's, like Resident Evil and Silent Hill. Initially launching on PC/Steam in 2021, Alisa; the Director's Cut will be coming to the Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X|S, and PlayStation family of consoles…


Added by Mike Lind on January 9, 2024 at 6:34pm — No Comments

RETRO REBOOT | Ikari Warriors (NES)

Going back to one of those games I had a strong connection with as a kid, Ikari Warriors was one of those games we didn't own for a while. Our cousin, who had an NES before we did, played a ton of this game with my older brother, along with Guerrilla War (another top-down gunner from SNK). It was a pretty fun game for its time. Now I play it…


Added by Mike Lind on January 9, 2024 at 8:13am — No Comments

Hunter X Hunter: Nen Impact, From Eighting And Bushiroad Games, Gets First Look Teaser

Following the success of Dragonball FighterZ, anime fans have pined for more unique fighters based on their favorite Shonen intellectual properties. That wish seems to be granted, as the long-running manga and anime series Hunter X Hunter will be getting what appears to be a tournament-based fighting game, Hunter X Hunter: Nen…


Added by Mike Lind on January 8, 2024 at 11:00am — No Comments

Microsoft May Explore Putting Some Of Its First Party Games On Multiple Platforms

Fans will now have a new look as to how Microsoft intends to shape its 2024 for Xbox. While the grand acquisition of Activision Blizzard King dominated the news cycles for the holdings, developer, and publishing company. One of the stories involves the idea of bringing more of its exclusives to the competition. This information came way of the latest…


Added by Mike Lind on January 7, 2024 at 12:35pm — No Comments

PS5 Slim Sales Are Strong, But Sony May Not Cover Costs For Next Generation

The PlayStation 5's mid-generation console upgrade, the PS5 Slim, has done well market-wise since its release before the holidays of 2023. It appears that it isn't quite hitting its projected target sales, and this could have strong implications for Sony's game department going forward.



Added by Mike Lind on January 5, 2024 at 5:01pm — No Comments

RUMOR | Insider Predicts Nintendo Switch Successor Will Be An 'Iteration Rather Than A Revolution'

While anything official has yet to be announced and Nintendo has held their cards incredibly close to their chest, it has been widely speculated that the next major piece of hardware is expected to launch in 2024. The rumors have been circulating third party studios have been working with Nintendo's development kits for a good time now (based on…


Added by Mike Lind on January 3, 2024 at 2:52pm — No Comments

RETRO REBOOT | Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero (PlayStation/N64)

I've talked a little in the past about Mortal Kombat was ruling the 90's. From its highest highs, it was an influential fighting game that initially turned heads for its violence, but its lore and characters also played a big part in why it has remained so memorable. Following the financial success of the live action movies (even Annihilation made…


Added by Mike Lind on January 2, 2024 at 7:30am — No Comments

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