An appreciation of 2017’s in-game shopkeepers

In-game shops are more than handy outlets to transform random metal scraps and tired old gear into new and useful items. Shops offer a reprieve from the action of whichever digital world you’ve entered, allowing you to take a moment, breathe and consider the situation from afar. Do you want to play as a gun-toting tank or a sneaky spy? …

‘Travis Strikes Again’ puts 15 indie titles in one Suda51 game

Nintendo went all out this week showcasing a slew of high-profile games heading to the Switch, 3DS and 2DS — titles like Doom, Wolfenstein II and Pokemon Gold. But, just last month, Nintendo was all about indie love. That’s when the company and renowned ultra-violent game director Goichi “Suda51” Suda revealed Travis Strikes Again, the third title in the No …

Kid Koala drops the beat in ‘Floor Kids’ for Switch this fall

Floor Kids heads to Nintendo Switch this holiday season, featuring badass breakdancing moves, hand-drawn art, and music by Kid Koala, a member of legendary hip hop group Deltron 3030 and one of the DJs behind Baby Driver‘s soundtrack. The game’s characters first appeared in 2007 within a series of short, animated films that were incorporated into Kid Koala’s concerts. But, …

The director of ‘Final Fantasy XV’ isn’t finished yet

Final Fantasy XV took a long time coming. After a decade of delays, it’s not surprising that both Square Enix and the game’s director, Hajime Tabata, are saying they aren’t finished with Noctis and his bro squad. With not even a whisper of Final Fantasy XVI, the rest of this year (and part of 2018) is focused on the Final …

Exceedingly difficult ‘TumbleSeed’ just got a bit easier

For those who have struggled through and given up on the exceptionally difficult rogue-like TumbleSeed (don’t worry, we had a hard time too), a patch was just released that makes the game a bit easier to navigate. The team behind TumbleSeed has acknowledged the game’s flaws and where they went wrong in their design, explaining the situation in a detailed …

Watch the 2017 Game Developers Choice Awards right here!

They may not be of the same magnitude as the Oscars, but the Game Developers Choice Awards and Independent Games Festival Awards are happening tonight in San Francisco. The events are going to be hosted by Double Fine CEO Tim Schaefer and Tacoma Games’ Nina Freeman, respectively, in an evening where the best AAA and indie developers will be recognized …

Peek at the drawings used to design the original ‘Zelda’

To quote one of my favorite video game characters: Greatness, from small beginnings. To celebrate The Legend of Zelda‘s 30th anniversary, Nintendo has released a handful of drawings that were used to design the first game in the franchise. They’re essentially graph paper, with shaded boxes to represent walls and bottomless pits. Careful markings indicate where doors and monsters should …

NES Classic wireless receiver solves the short cord problem

We love almost everything about Nintendo’s adorable NES Classic Edition, but there’s still one major downside. There’s no way around it: Those short controller cables are a major buzzkill. Unsurprisingly, third-party companies are stepping up to solve the problem — one such solution comes from 8Bitdo, which just released a new version of its Retro Receiver that works with the …