VR runner ‘Sprint Vector’ launches on February 8th (updated)

Ever wanted to run in virtual reality without smacking into a real wall? You’ll have a chance shortly. Survios has revealed that its VR foot racing game Sprint Vector launches February 8th for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, and the 13th for PlayStation VR. The sci-fi runner stands out with a unique control scheme where you pump your arms to …

‘Night in the Woods’ makes the leap to Nintendo Switch February 1st

Quirky adventure game Night in the Woods is a finalist for three awards in the upcoming Independent Games Festival: the Seumas McNally grand prize, visual art and narrative categories. Now it’s coming to Nintendo’s Switch console this February 1st, a year after its initial release on Mac, Windows, Linux and PlayStation 4. The title is slated for a mobile release …

‘Detective Pikachu’ game’s US debut set for March 23rd

Ever since the Detective Pikachu game launched in Japan in early 2016, there’s been a lingering question: when would it be available elsewhere, if it ever left Japanese shores? At last, there’s a date. The Pokémon Company has announced that its 3DS sleuth title will reach the US and Europe on March 23rd, 2018 for $40. On top of that, …

Latest ‘Pokémon’ games include an ode to Nintendo’s late president

Developers are still eager to show their gratitude to Nintendo’s late Satoru Iwata. Gamers have learned that Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon include a clear, heartfelt tribute to the company’s long-serving president. It requires that you have a creature carried over from Pokémon Silver (thankfully available in the eShop) and a trek to the Game Freak building in Heahea …

Play Atari’s ‘Centipede’ on a tiny, authentic arcade cabinet

There’s something special to playing a vintage arcade cabinet, but it’s usually impractical to own one. It’s no mean feat to lug a gigantic machine into your home, and you’ll probably have to restore it to recapture its glory. Atari and New Wave Toys think they have a better idea. They’ve partnered on Replicade X Centipede, a 1/6th-scale cabinet replica …

It took six months for my Nintendo Switch to run out of space

When Nintendo announced that its next game console was going to come with just 32GB of internal storage, my heart sank. I’d been planning to go all digital for the Nintendo Switch — making it a portable console that always had my favorite games on tap at a moment’s notice. Instead, I found myself pre-ordering the console with a physical …

You can get a refund on Oculus Rift and Gear VR games and apps

Buying games and apps digitally is less risky when there’s a solid refund policy in place. Apple offers refunds for purchases through its iTunes app store and Microsoft has a self-service system. PC distribution portal Steam allows for refunds within 14 days of purchase if you’ve played a game for two hours or less. Now virtual reality company Oculus has …

‘Super Mario Run’ update breathes life into Nintendo’s mobile plans

You’d be forgiven for wondering what was happening with Super Mario Run. After a flurry of activity in its first few months, things have mostly quieted down. However, Nintendo is about to spark a bit of life into its signature mobile game. It’s releasing an update on September 29th that adds some (frankly needed) variety. You can play as Daisy, …

‘Adventure Time’ role-playing battles come to your smartphone

There are more than a few Adventure Time mobile games out there, but deep games? Not as many. However, YesGnome and Cartoon Network want to improve this state of affairs. They’ve just launched Champions and Challengers, a tactical game for Android and iOS that has you gathering and outfitting a team from over 70 heroes (including Finn, Jake, Fionna, Cake …

‘Doom’ is coming to Nintendo Switch this holiday season

Any Switch owner will tell you that ports are a big part of the console’s ecosystem. Nintendo has already ported games like Mario Kart 8 to the convertible console, and upcoming titles like L.A. Noire and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim promise to fill out the library even further — but so far, the Switch hasn’t had any ports of …

‘Xenoblade Chronicles 2’ reaches your Switch on December 1st

You don’t have too much longer to get a healthy dose of Japanese-style role-playing on your Nintendo Switch. Monotlith Soft and Nintendo have announced that Xenoblade Chronicles 2 will reach the hybrid console on December 1st, with a Special Edition offering a soundtrack CD and a gigantic 220-page art book. On top of that, there will even be an XC2-themed …

VR throwback ‘Duck Season’ arrives September 14th

Stress Level Zero’s Duck Season caught our eye for a number of reasons. It’s not just a VR callback to the NES hit Duck Hunt, it’s a broader celebration of ’80s culture… with a horror twist, to boot. And now, you’ll get to see whether or not it’s as fun as it is weird. The studio has announced that Duck …

‘Until Dawn’ studio has two PSVR games for this year

Thank goodness Sony has finally started to bundle required cameras and controllers with its PlayStation VR hardware, but the system still needs more games to compete with the likes the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive. Games like Sparc and Arizona Sunshine are out already, of course, and Skyrim is apparently on its way, but the PlayStation’s library still has fewer …

‘Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle’ tempers insanity with charm

When I first stumbled across the rumor that Nintendo and Ubisoft had teamed up to make a Super Mario Bros. and Raving Rabbids cross-over, I chose to live in denial. It just wasn’t something I wanted to be real. The very idea of allowing the banal, annoying humor that defined Ubisoft’s screaming mascots into the Mushroom Kingdom just felt wrong …

‘Final Fantasy XV’ comes to your phone this fall

Square Enix is bent on bringing Final Fantasy XV to every platform imaginable, and that includes the phone in your pocket. It just unveiled a Pocket Edition of the road trip role-playing game that will hit Android, iOS and Windows 10 (yes, despite its dwindling influence) this fall. Its first episode will be free to play, while you’ll have to …

Atari partners with LGBT Media to make more inclusive games

Atari is making good on its promise to stake part of its strategy on LGBTQ apps. The company has formed a partnership with LGBT Media, the company behind the social app LGBTQutie, to reach more of the community. The deal will see LGBT Media acquire and “re-launch” Atari’s city-building game Pridefest by taking advantage of its connections to the LGBTQ …

‘Sonic Mania’ is a wonderful balance of nostalgia and novelty

If you’ve played Sonic the Hedgehog on your phone, Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 in the last half-dozen years, you have Christian Whitehead to thank. In 2009, he created an unofficial proof of concept iPhone port of Sonic CD using a custom-built game engine — a project that eventually led to Sega hiring him to officially port Sonic CD, Sonic …