Video Game Review:
‘Metroid Dread’

Co-developed with Spain’s MercurySteam, Nintendo has finally added ‘Metroid Dread’ to the Switch library and it is excellent; irristeble side-scrolling love — all the way.

October 12, 2021 — Being the first 2D Metroid installment in nearly two decades, Metroid Dread has a seemingly impossible legacy to live up to. The Metroid series consists of some of the most highly regarded games of all time, so while the hype surrounding Metroid Dread is immense, some may understandably feel skeptical that it would serve as a worthy follow-up to what came before.


Video Game Review:
‘Steel Assault’

New York-based developer Zenovia Interactive debuts with ‘Steel Assault’ — a short, impressive pixel-shooter that captures all 2D essentials of the retrocade genre.

October 1, 2021 — When it comes to old-school arcade action, not many games manage to genuinely recreate the feeling of the 80s-90s coin-op era. Thankfully, the New York-based team behind Steel Assault — Zenovia knew exactly what they were doing when developing this game. READ MORE »

April O’Neil Joins TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge as Playable Fighter

Tribute Games expands the roster of ‘Shredder’s Revenge’ with an unexpected fighter that promises diverse and unique gameplay.

August 26, 2021 —  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge is putting a new hero in the spotlight — and Foot Soldiers are going to hate being on the business end of her microphone. For the first time in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ gaming history, April O’Neil will join the fight, equipped with a sassy attitude, her trusty camera, and a Harley Quinn-esque mallet. READ MORE »

Remaster Review:
‘Cotton Reboot!’

‘Cotton Reboot!’ is an updated, remastered version of cult 90s shooter “cute ’em up” ‘Cotton: Fantastic Night Dreams’ with improved graphics and additional features.

July 26, 2021 — There is plenty to love about this callback to the 90s, although Japanese Akihabara-game-store-turned-retro-developer BEEP may have left a few things out. Some games serve one purpose: unabashedly deliver an endless stream of nonsensical entertainment brimming with vibrant colors and a brilliant assortment of enemies.


Console Port Review:
‘Within the Blade’

A retro ninja hack ‘n slash that blends old-school mechanics and RPG elements.

July 16, 2021 — Long before Ryu Hayabusa faced off against all matter of villainy in a 3D plane, he occupied a 2D space in one of the NES’ most beloved series. Ninja Gaiden was one of a few titles that lined my NES library as a young lad, giving me an early taste of engaging but often frustrating gameplay.


‘Horizon Chase Turbo’ Drip-Feeds Seasonal Vehicle Skins

Aquiris’ Horizon Chase Turbo is inspired by the great arcade racers of the 80s and 90s like SEGA’s OutRun, Lotus Turbo Challenge, Top Gear (SNES), and Daytona USA.

July 13, 2021 — Players who enjoy zooming through the vibrant environments of Brazilian developer Aquiris’ Horizon Chase Turbo are in for a treat. The ‘Complete Your Collection’ season which launched at the beginning of July immediately started to deliver on its promise of unique and colorful skins.


‘Streets of Rage 4’ Gets
Mr. X Nightmare Mode via DLC

Hellish survival mode for ‘Streets of Rage 4’ releasing mid-July.

July 2, 2021 — The streets will be full of rage in Streets of Rage 4’s survival mode, ‘Mr. X Nightmare’. Developers Dotemu, Lizardcube, and Guard Crush Games are preparing a brand new, much-coveted upcoming DLC that pits players against even deadlier enemy waves.


‘Ninja Gaiden: Master Collection’ Post Review

Team Ninja finally release their Ninja Gaiden retro-trilogy for Windows on Steam. We take a fresh look at the master collection as a whole, console & PC.

June 18, 2021 — Team Ninja may be secretly working on the sequel to 2012’s Ninja Gaiden 3, but players still need a way to scratch that shinobi itch. June 9 saw the Steam release of the popular franchise’s latest outing.


‘Eight Dragons’ Gets May Release Date for Consoles

Spanish developers JanduSoft confirms May release date for 8-player co-op brawler.

May 21, 2021 — Barcelona-based JanduSoft S.L. has announced a release date for developer Extendmode’s old-school beat-’em-up Eight Dragons. READ MORE »

Steam Gets ‘Samurai Shodown’; ‘King of Fighters XV’ Teased

SNK’s arcade-style weapon-fighter ‘SAMURAI SHODOWN’ gets Steam release date and new DLC character; next game in series ‘XV’ to be powered by Unreal Engine 4.

May 17, 2021 — Today’s announcement that SNK’s weapon-based fighter SAMURAI SHODOWN is finally coming to Steam should make the PC fighting game community happy, especially since the Windows version is already available on the Epic Games Store. READ MORE »