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Capcom Intends On Maintaining Consumer Demand For Physical Games

"...We currently do not expect to eliminate physical products"

Physical games have been under fire in the broadening expansion of digital and streaming services. Capcom, however, is one of the first major third party brands to take a brazen stance against the "all-digital" movement. Without…

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Added by Mike Lind on July 23, 2024 at 6:06pm — No Comments

RETRO REBOOT | Rise Of The Robots (3DO Interactive Multiplayer)

What is the worst fighting game from the golden years of the genre? I've reviewed things like Karate Champ, Kensei: The Sacred Fist, the first…

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Added by Mike Lind on July 23, 2024 at 11:30am — No Comments

Microsoft Refutes FTC's Claims Of Game Pass' New 'Degraded' Service As Sides Exchange Words

Microsoft calls the FTC's statements "misleading", 

Last week, along with marketing Game Pass through the…

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Added by Mike Lind on July 22, 2024 at 6:29pm — No Comments

SvC Chaos Shadow dropped onto Steam And Modern Consoles, As Capcom Expresses Enthusiasm For More Vs Games

With EVO (the Evolution fighting game tournament), taking place this week and wrapping up Sunday, the 21st, fighting game fans were in for a surprise. SNK vs Capcom: Chaos has made its way to Steam and is available now on the PC service, with plans to launch next week on the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4. This release will also come with rollback netcode. …

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Added by Mike Lind on July 21, 2024 at 7:30am — No Comments

Paramount Plus Cancels Halo TV Series On Its Service After Two Seasons, Plans To Seek New Home

It's been a week for Xbox's Halo franchise. After 343 Industries refuted the claims that they were being pulled away from development duties of Microsoft's franchise first person shooter, news follows that the divisive TV show will not be seeing a third season. In a statement made to…

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Added by Mike Lind on July 19, 2024 at 6:39pm — No Comments

Nintendo Switch Sells Over A Million Units In First Half Of 2024, As Software Dominate Japan's Charts

Luigi's Mansion 2 HD sells 88,000 copies in its first three days in Japan

Nintendo's portable console has been slowing down in its latter years, but is still proving to boast a strong market life. According to Famitsu's sales information, throughout the first half of 2024 saw the three lines of…

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Added by Mike Lind on July 16, 2024 at 7:25pm — No Comments

RETRO REBOOT | Crash Bandicoot (Sony PlayStation)

It's fascinating to think at during the first several years of the PlayStation, Sony was really trying to market a mascot. They initially tried with Sophia, the whip wielding combatant from Battle Arena Toshinden, a not very good 3D fighter. Then…

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Added by Mike Lind on July 16, 2024 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Karate Kid: Street Rumble Announced, 16-bit Styled Brawler Coming In September

If you're feeling exhausted by the blizzard of brawlers from the independent game industry, you're not getting a break yet. Revealed from GameMill Entertainment (Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl 2, G.I. Joe: Operation Blackout), Daniel LaRusso and his allies will relive the lore of the Karate Kid movies. …

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Added by Mike Lind on July 13, 2024 at 5:33pm — 2 Comments

The Xbox App Is Now Available On Select Fire TV Stick Services, Game Pass Introduces New 'Standard' Tier

Gamers will have a new and fascinating means to enjoy Xbox games, thanks to a partnership from online retail giant Amazon and Microsoft. If you have an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate membership, you will be able to access the Xbox library without the need of a console from an Amazon Fire TV Stick. This is a considerable step forward to marketing the Game…

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Added by Mike Lind on July 9, 2024 at 12:51pm — No Comments

RETRO REBOOT | Virtua Fighter Remix (Sega Saturn)

That's right, it's another Sega Saturn review. I talk a TON about the Sega Saturn (don't expect that to change anytime soon) and fighting games (also not changing). Surprising myself with this one, only because I'm miffed I haven't found a reason to talk about the game responsible for me becoming the fighting game mark that I am, Virtua Fighter.…

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Added by Mike Lind on July 9, 2024 at 10:30am — No Comments

Capcom Wraps Up Its Final Seasonal Content For Exoprimal A Year After Its Launch

Online play and endgame content will remain available for players

Released last year, Exoprimal was quite an unique spin from Capcom; a player-vs-player multiplayer game with PvE elements that also blended a single player narrative within its gameplay. Critically, it received fairly mixed reviews,…

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Added by Mike Lind on July 6, 2024 at 11:35am — No Comments

President Of Nintendo Shuntaro Furukawa States Nintendo's 'Decades of Know-how' Puts Aside Reliance On A.I.

"...We will work to continue delivering value that is unique to Nintendo and cannot be created by technology alone"

The practice of generative A.I. and its role in the lives of everyday people continues to become a rising and controversial topic. It certainly has some benefits in the world of…

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Added by Mike Lind on July 5, 2024 at 11:30am — No Comments

Free Games Update July 2024 | Nintendo Switch Online NES

The Nintendo Switch catalog continues to expand as the summer rolls on. The Nintendo Entertainment System library will see SEVEN additions added for subscribers. From Rare, the multidirectional shooter Solar Jetman and the racing/action shooter Cobra Triangle. From SunSoft, the quest-based dungeon crawler The Mystery of Atlantis.…

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Added by Mike Lind on July 4, 2024 at 6:08am — No Comments

RETRO REBOOT | Gauntlet (Arcade)

So, on the RETRO REBOOT, I've covered some early SHMUPs, a few of the OGs of fighting games, and role-playing games. May as well be as good a time as any to throw a review at one of the originators of the hack-n-slash genre, and one of the quarter munchers of the mid 80's, Gauntlet. 

Whereas I mostly indulged in the Tengen NES release of the…

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Added by Mike Lind on July 2, 2024 at 11:30am — No Comments

Despite Strong Software Sales, Sega Ends Fiscal Year With A $41 Million Loss Due To Restructuring

Following the lean year of 2020, with most global markets seeing radical changes, the game industry now faces many hurdles towards their financial mission statement. While…

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Added by Mike Lind on June 30, 2024 at 10:30am — No Comments

REPORT: Sony Looking Into Cutting 250 Jobs To Japanese BluRay And DVD Manufacturing Department

- Sony Japan to slash 40% of its physical media development workforce

Media streaming has no doubt dominated how entertainment is consumed around the world. Services like Hulu, Netflix, and CrunchyRoll have made indulging in movies and television shows much more convenient. It's only natural that…

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Added by Mike Lind on June 29, 2024 at 5:15pm — No Comments

Capcom Announces Dead Rising Deluxe Remaster Seemingly Out Of Nowhere

After being out of the mainstream eye for the last eight years, Capcom has rolled out an unexpected trailer for Dead Rising Remaster Deluxe. Powered by their RE Engine, Dead Rising joins Resident Evil in getting the new generation facelift for one of its mid-2000's smash hits. The trailer doesn't showcase any gameplay, but recreates the notable intro…

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Added by Mike Lind on June 27, 2024 at 12:33pm — No Comments

Free Games Update | PlayStation Plus Monthly Games July 2024

With the heatwave hitting the United States, PlayStation Plus is offering some sizzling free game downloads across their digital service. For customers subscribed to the Essential, Extra, and Premium tiers, you'll have access to these titles, all three available for the both the PlayStation 5 and PS4. From Gearbox, it's the third…

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Added by Mike Lind on June 26, 2024 at 9:33am — No Comments

Dataminer Reveals Mortal Kombat 1's Next Six Characters May Include The T-1000, Conan The Barbarian, And Scream's Ghostface

With Mortal Kombat 1 ready to wrap up its Kombat Pack 1 with the release of Takeda (and Ferra as the last Kameo character), the conversation now shifts as to what can be expected of Netherrealm Studios' season two. It appears that a dataminer may have revealed the next six fighters to be added to to game, including three of them being guest…

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Added by Mike Lind on June 25, 2024 at 12:54pm — No Comments

RETRO REBOOT | Legend of Legaia (Sony PlayStation)

 The RPG boom of the late 90's was quite the period for me. It was one of the first times role-playing games were looked at beyond being merely niche in interactive entertainment, mostly spearheaded by the success of the PlayStation and 1997's Final Fantasy VII, developed by SquareSoft. There were pretty successful pieces of software prior to, like…

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Added by Mike Lind on June 25, 2024 at 12:30pm — No Comments

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