Nintendo’s Reggie Fils-Aime on the first year of Switch and beyond

The last time we talked with Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America’s president and chief operating officer, the company was stepping into uncharted territory with Super Mario Run and the Switch’s revolutionary spin on portable gaming. Now, almost a year later, Nintendo’s latest console has been a huge success. Super Mario Run, unfortunately, wasn’t as profitable as the company would like …

‘Erica’ blurs the line between game and interactive movie

Sony’s PlayStation 4 will never have the same widespread appeal as the Nintendo Wii. It’s a popular console with an extensive library, but it hasn’t captured the casual market quite like Nintendo’s machine did in 2006. Sony is trying to change that, however, with a slew of film-like experiences including Until Dawn and Hidden Agenda. The latest example is Erica, …

‘Concrete Genie’ is a game about bullying and street art

Back in the Dreamcast era, I fell in love with a game called Jet Set Radio. It was about a group of rollerbladers who leapt around a colorful, futuristic version of Tokyo spray-painting everything in sight. I consider it a classic and one of the best games Sega has ever published. Coincidentally, so does Dominic Robilliard, creative director of Sony …

Capcom to re-release $100 ‘Street Fighter II’ SNES cartridges

As if grabbing the SNES Classic Edition weren’t challenging enough, retro gamers have another limited re-release to look out for: brand-new Street Fighter II cartridges. Capcom and iam8bit have teamed up to produce a run of 5,500 units, available in either “Opaque Ryu Headband Red” (4,500 cartridges) or “Glow-in-the-Dark Blanka Green” (1,000 cartridges). The boxes are all identical and will …

‘Shinobi Striker’ makes ‘Naruto’ a serious online fighter

Naruto is in a strange place right now. The long-running manga series ended in early 2015, before its anime adaptation wrapped up in March this year. The spiky-haired ninja saved the world and achieved his dream of becoming the Hokage, or rather the leader, of the Hidden Leaf village. But now there’s Boruto, a new series about his boisterous son. …

A bonafide ‘Pokémon’ game is coming to the Switch

For months, Pokémon fans have been speculating about a possible Sun and Moon port for the Nintendo Switch. A version called “Stars” has been rumored since November, promising new creatures and high-resolution graphics. Is it actually happening? Maybe. During Nintendo’s E3 spotlight, Tsunekazu Ishihara from The Pokemon Company confirmed that a new, “core” Pokémon RPG is in development for Nintendo’s …

‘Rick and Morty’ enter the VR video game universe on April 20th

Rick and Morty fans, you’ve got a week to get VR-ready for the series’ debut in the virtual realm. Adult Swim and Owlchemy Labs, creator of Job Simulator, announced today that the long-awaited VR title, Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality, will land on April 20th (4/20, of course). The Oculus Rift and HTC Vive game puts you in the shoes …

‘Zelda: Breath of the Wild’ makes open-world games exciting again

At this point, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has become a video-game phenomenon. Much has been said about how it’s a new take on the dusty old Zelda formula, or on how it represents a fresh direction for Nintendo in general, by buoying its new Switch console. But Breath of the Wild deserves just as much credit …

‘Rock Band VR’ is the dorkiest game ever and I love it

Rock Band VR will make you feel like a rock star. But from the outside, you’ll look like a crazy person with an Oculus Rift on your head and a plastic guitar in your hands, strumming along in silence. Basically, you’ll look like a huge dork while playing it. But the embarrassment is worth it: Rock Band VR successfully captures …

‘Yooka-Laylee’ is at the heart of a 3D platformer revival

A few years ago, the 3D platformer was in a bad place. Mario was still around, but the genre had little support elsewhere. Colorful games like Crash Bandicoot, Pyschonauts and Jak and Daxter had vanished in favor of grittier, more realistic adventures. There was the occasional surprise, like the papercraft-inspired Tearaway, but nothing close to the breadth of games found …

‘Castlevania’ successor ‘Bloodstained’ is coming to the Switch

The next game by Castlevania mastermind Koji Igarashi is coming to the Nintendo Switch. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night was pitched on Kickstarter in 2015 as a spiritual successor to the beloved gothic adventure series. With Igarashi at the helm and the promise of new, updated ‘Metroidvania’ gameplay — a style that fuses side-scroller platforming with deep exploration and RPG …