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This Week in Games - Crossing Over

It's a smashing week of game news as Taiko Drum Master finally returns to the West, Earth Defense Force revives once more and Yakuza 0 hits the PC. Get caught up on this week's big gaming news, all in one place! ― It's EVO week! It's EVO week! And I still have to pack for my trip to Vegas! Crap! Forgive me if this week's column seems a bit shorter than usual, since I'm writing this on the day before ...
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This Week in Games: Classic Compilations

The Megaman X Legacy Collections inspire Heidi to dream about the classic game compilations that could one day come our way, from Bubble Bobble to Castlevania. PLUS: more fighting game news, Phantasy Star returns (sorta) and much more! ― It sure is summer, alright. I'm going to Las Vegas late next week for EVO, but it feels like I'm already there, as it's been in the high 90s all week. A lot of apart...
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This Week in Games - In Memoriam: Hiroshi Kajiyama

Heidi memorializes the distinct and uniquely evocative designs of Hiroshi Kajiyama, illustrator for Shining Force, Dragon Quest and more. PLUS: Dragon Ball FighterZ, Sonic Mania Plus, Granblue Fantasy and much more! ― I hate to start this week's column out on a downer note, but I feel like I need to make the most of an opportunity to eulogize a creator I really admired who suddenly passed on this wee...
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This Week in Games - Anime Expo Extravaganza

For Japanese game enthusiasts, Anime Expo 2018 served as an afterparty for this year's E3, overflowing with new games from Japan! Heidi goes through everything at the show, from Tokyo Ghoul to Kill la Kill to Soul Calibur VI! ― For niche Japanese game loving folks like me, Anime Expo may as well be the E3 afterparty: there's just as many announcements from AX that I'm super-excited for than there was...
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This Week in Games - Summer Holiday Chill

Heidi makes do with a slow July 4th week for gaming, knowing big things are right around the corner. Bleach characters head to Jump Force, the return of Taito, and more! ― Hey all! It's the 4th of July week, there's jack squat for new releases, and most of the big gaming announcements this week are going to come from publishers at Anime Expo. I've gotten wind of a few of these announcements, but sinc...
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This Week in Games - Denials of (fan)Service

Heidi investigates the strange case of Omega Labyrinth Z, a racy anime RPG once approved by Sony for release - and then suddenly yanked. PLUS: PUBG vs. Fortnite, Fighting Exlayer and this week's biggest gaming news and new releases! ― Hey folks! It's another relatively quiet week in terms of game news, so I'll take this opportunity to do my civic duty and remind you all that annual speedrunning marat...
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This Week in Games - Kill la Kill on Consoles and Super Smash Bros. Speculation

Trigger's Kill la Kill is going to be a videogame! Heidi has all the details, for better and worse. PLUS: Street Fighter V lootboxes, Mario Tennis and wild speculation about who will be in the next Smash! ― Well, it's that post-E3 lull time. There are a couple of new releases and a smattering of news bits, but it's kind of a recovery period for players and media folks alike. That doesn't mean that no...
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This Week in Games - E3 Part 2: Game Announcements Ahoy!

This special sunday edition of This Week in Games collects E3's most exciting game announcements, plus the rest of this week's gaming news. If you feel like you missed anything at E3, catch up here! ― And we're back with the second part of our E3 news extravaganza! Except that, as I write this, the internet is losing its mind over something totally unrelated to E3: a tease by Studio Trigger that it's...
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This Week in Games: E3 Press Conference Roundup

Heidi has all the best and most exciting trailers from this year's E3 press conferences, from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate to Devil May Cry 5 and - of course - plenty of Kingdom Hearts III! Check it out all in one place. ― Hello, folks! Welcome to part one of a special two-part This Week in Games focusing on E3. For the first time in 15 years, I'm not actually at E3… but I've been glued to Twitch and T...
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This Week in Games - The Unseen World of Pokemon

Heidi counts down the final moments before this year's E3 with the thrilling reveal of history's unseen Pokemon. Plus: Tales of Vesperia might be coming back, Tetris Effect, fighting game news and much more! ― We're getting close, folks. E3 is just around the corner. In fact, the official E3 Twitter account thinks it's already here. Can you feel the excitement in the air? Are you eagerly anticipating...
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This Week in Games: Pokemon: Let's Go Pikachu!

It's a huge week for game news - including Pokemon finally coming to your Switch, in a whole bunch of exciting ways. PLUS: Fallout 76, Heidi's review of the Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection and much much more! ― You can tell we're close to E3 season because the pre-announcement announcements are already coming in strong. I don't really understand why people watched hours upon hours of a dul...
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This Week in Games - Steam Giveth and Steam Taketh Away

Steam unceremoniously yanked a bunch of sexy anime games, and the community exploded. PLUS: Kingdom Hearts III, a whole lotta Yakuza and much more! ― Hey folks! I'm back after taking a week off. I'm fresh and ready to write about all the hot gaming news going on. Nothing on the Internet blew up in a huge cloud of controversy while I was away, did it? … Oh, goddammit. THE WHOLE HORNY GAMES ON STEAM DE...
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This Week in Games - Crossed-Over and Painless

Todd guest-hosts this week with a look at the history of crazy (and crazy obscure) video-game crossovers! Plus Bloodstained goes retro, Guilty Gear returns, and a Famicom full of Shonen Jump! ― Hey, remember me? I used to write this column back when it was called The X Button, when Nintendo's big system was the chronically underfed Wii U, and when all of this was just trees. I'm filling in for Heidi ...
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This Week in Games - A New Robotech Game?!

Inexplicably, there's a new retro-style Robotech game coming - Heidi has the details. PLUS: Smash Bros. at E3, classic Nintendo games on Switch and much more! ― Hello again, folks! What have you been playing lately? I'm still working my way through Super Robot Wars X. Here I was thinking I might be done with it by now… well, that illusion was dispelled fast. It's another week that's a bit sparse on n...
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This Week in Games - Nintendo's Monkey Business

It might be kind of a slow week for games news, but there's some brand-new Nintendo news and releases, plus Soul Calibur VI, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Super Robot Wars and much more! ― Hey all! Hope you're enjoying May so far. It's been another slow-ish week, which is good, because I've been busy with a bunch of personal stuff. I've also been playing some Super Robot Wars X, so look forward to a review o...
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This Week in Games: World of Demons

DeNA producer Andrew Szymanski spills the details on Platinum's upcoming mobile action game World of Demons. PLUS: Guilty Gear and Dragon Ball FighterZ news and a whole mountain of new releases! ― Hey all! This week, I want to write a bunch about a mobile game that looks super cool and promising… but before that, let's take a moment to fully grasp the harsh reality of the free-to-play, games-as-a-ser...
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This Week in Games: Kirby Star Allies

Amidst an absolutely punishing amount of Sega news, Heidi finds time to finally catch up with Kirby's latest adventure. The verdict, plus all of this week's explosive game news! ― Here I was thinking this was going to be another pretty lazy week for gaming news. Then everything happened. Where do we even start? Well, let's look at a company near and dear to my heart: SEGA ANNOUNCES SO, SO MUCH This w...
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This Week in Games - VR Kanojo

Virtual reality girlfriends finally arrive on Steam thanks to Illusion - what does it mean for the industry? PLUS: Blazblue, Witcher Nendoroids, Yo-Kai Watch and so much more! ― Stop the presses, everyone – as I write this, the most important gaming-related announcement of this week has just been unveiled. I'm talking, of course, about the Geralt of Rivia Nendoroid. If there's any collectible company...
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This Week in Games - Dragon Quest XI

The latest expansive installment in the Dragon Quest series is finally getting an English release! Everything we know, plus Kirito and Asuna on your phone, next week's big releases and much more! ― Happy Easter weekend/spring break, everyone! After a deluge of news and work from GDC week, it's nice to enter a relatively calm period of releases and announcements. I'm keeping busy on my end, however: I...
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This Week in Games GDC Edition: Spike Chunsoft Powers Up

It's a mountain of news and exciting new games from GDC, including the localization of Steins;Gate Elite, Yakuza Kiwami 2, Geralt in Soul Calibur VI and so much more! ― Oh jeez, this week has been exhausting. I've got a whole mess of news to report and and some interesting new releases to discuss, but I've actually spent most of this week running around Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. I ...
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This Week in Games: Apply Nintendo Directly to the Forehead

It's a bursting pipe of Nintendo news, plus Dark Souls Amiibo, Broly arrives in Dragon Ball Fighterz, plus an interview with Viz Media's Eric Eberhardt on their indie games publishing initiative! ― Sorry folks, no time for a witty intro sequence, we got a whole bucketful of news to get to from Nintendo Direct! Oh BABY. Let's start with the big stuff first: SMASH BROS IS HEADED TO SWITCH Well, what do...
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This Week in Games: UFOs, Valkyries, and Dream Diaries

Creepy classic Yume Nikki makes a triumphant return to Steam, plus the resurrection of Valkyrie Profile, a new original game from HAL Labs and much more! ― Nintendo is doing it again. They've got a Nintendo Direct ready to go precisely the day after this column goes live, which means everything I write here is going to seem horribly outdated within mere hours as everyone goes wild for Mother 3 or Sup...
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This Week in Games - Technical Failures

We've got some bad news for Yakuza 6 and Chrono Trigger, but the clouds part for an interview with the developers behind SNK Heroines! ― Another fairly low-key week here at TWIG, so I'm going to use this opportunity to talk about old games. And by old games, I mean really old games. Like, Donkey Kong 3 level old. Donkey Kong 3 is a pretty radical gameplay departure from the first two games: it has a ...
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This Week in Games: Secret of Mana

Heidi takes the Secret of Mana remake for a spin, plus Namco's Catalog IP project, Metal Gear Survive, Dragon Ball FighterZ DLC and a whole lot more! ― It's another one of those slow news weeks, which means I can take a bit of space in this column to babble about something I'm particularly interested in. This week, I've got the perfect excuse to talk about two things I really like: the mobile game Go...
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This Week in Games: Dynasty Warriors 9 Interview

The unkillable musou franchise is back once more! Producer Akihiro Suzuki goes in-depth on the series' legacy and how Dynasty Warriors 9 changes things - plus news and new releases! ― Good lord, it's like a never-ending deluge of news and releases this week! All kinds of big news and important happenings in the business have been dropping lately, to the point where I have to pick and choose carefully...
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This Week in Games - Marvel vs. Capcom's Infinite Problems

The fighting game community was shocked to learn this week that Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite was snubbed by EVO 2018. Heidi has a few ideas why. PLUS: Yakuza delays, Blazblue RWBY and much more! ― Well, I'm finally back from my EVO Japan trip, and jetlag's hitting me like a pound of bricks. Or maybe it's just residue from the nasty cold I got that knocked me out for a while. Much fun was had pre-, duri...
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This Week in Games: Mario on the Big and Small Screen

There's a bunch of piping hot news from Nintendo this week, plus EVO Japan, Monster Hunter's monster success, and Mario Kart on your phone, just like you always wanted. ― Since I'm overseas right now, my submission schedule for This Week in Games is a bit off. This week I'm coming in just under the wire, mainly because Nintendo decided to, well, pull a Nintendo and drop a whole mess of news in my lap...
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This Week in Games: Nintendo Gone Wild

There's a mountain of brand-new Nintendo news, from Detective Pikachu to craft cardboard. PLUS: SNK Heroines, Final Fantasy XV returns and much more! ― THIS WEEK IN GAMES: NINTENDO GONE WILD! When I write this column, I usually begin by writing an outline on Tuesday morning, working on it Tuesday and Wednesday, and then submitting it Wednesday evening for publication early Thursday morning. This usua...
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This Week in Games: The Sonic Adventure Music Experience

Celebrate a great week in gaming with record sales for the Nintendo Switch, the Awesome Games Done Quick marathon, and our coverage of composer Jun Senoue's Sonic music concert at MAGFest! ― Welp, we are officially a week and a half into 2018. Everyone been making progress on their backlogs? … yeah, that's what I thought. Anyway, did you all watch Pop Team Epic? I think that even fans of the manga ha...
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This Week in Games: Persona gets Funky and Shots get Fired

Kenshiro gets delayed and the Persona gang are ready to once again take the dance floor - plus the rest of this week's major gaming news! ― Happy New Year, everyone! 2017 was a banner year for videogames, and 2018's already looking promising. Hell, January's already pretty stacked for fans of Japanese gaming – particularly competitive games, as we've got both Dragonball FighterZ and Dissidia Final Fa...
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This Week in Games: The First Final Fantasy Rides Again

The original FF adventure makes an unexpected return thanks to the efforts of the Final Fantasy Record Keeper team. Plus, big news for Catherine, Dragonball FighterZ, and more! ― THIS WEEK IN GAMES: The First Final Fantasy Rides Again December 25th is just around the corner, but Christmas has come early for fans of certain franchises, it seems! If last week was a smorgasbord of news relating to big, ...
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This Week in Games: Bayonetta 3, Death Stranding, and More!

Heidi breaks down this week's explosion of news following The Game Awards: Street Fighter EX, new Soul Calibur, and Norman Reedus's fantastic fetus! ― THIS WEEK IN GAMES: IT'S A NEWZAPALOOZA Jeez, I expected to have a whole ton of news to write about this week, but somehow news kept on flooding in even after the Game Awards and the PSX keynote! (Which, by the way, I was totally wrong about – the Game...
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This Week in Games: You Should Be Playing Better Fanservice Games

School Girl/Zombie Hunter prompts Heidi to wonder, "why don't people play GOOD fanservice games?" PLUS: The return of Megaman, My Hero Academia and more! ― It's going to be an interesting weekend for game announcements. The Game Awards will be broadcasting tonight, and amongst all the cringe-inducing advertising there should be some big game announcements and trailers -- including, most likely, some...
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This Week in Games: Apollo Justice and Animal Crossing Return

This Week in Games returns with a brand new host, plus hands-on with Apollo Justice on the 3DS and Animal Crossing on your phone! ― Hi everyone! Allow me to introduce myself. I'm Heidi Kemps, and I'm a career games writer. I manage a little site called gaming.moe where I write about all kinds of weird gaming (and occasional non-gaming) topics, mostly related to niche and retro games. I also do freela...
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This Week in Games - .hack//G.U. Last Recode

Dustin closes out his tenure on This Week in Games with a look at this nostalgic RPG trilogy, remastered and rereleased for the first time on PS4 and PC! ― Well, this is it. My final installment of This Week in Games. The column should be continuing shortly under new management, so this is goodbye—er, well, actually, I guess I'll save that for the end. In the meantime, you can catch me on Twitter, wh...
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This Week in Games - Super Mario Odyssey

Dustin digs into the fastest-selling Mario game in history, along with this week's other big news from Nintendo and Sony. ― Folks, I've some sad news to share. The next edition of This Week In Games will be my last. It's been a wonderful ride, but I don't have the time I once did to bring you my entirely unimpeachable views on video games every single week. I know, I know, it'll be tough—but let's be...
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This Week in Games - Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New Moon

Dustin take a look at the last game in Gust's "Beautiful Girl Festival" project, along with this week's big Animal Crossing news and other upcoming Japanese game releases. ― The new Switch firmware added support for Gamecube controllers through the Wii U adapter. Yes, obviously this means that a Smash Bros. announcement is incoming. But I have to wonder if this is also a step toward putting Gamecube ...
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This Week in Games - Bad Apple Wars

This edgy otome game makes its way to English-speaking players on the PS Vita, along with more news on The Good Life and Fire Emblem Warriors. ― Yoko Taro said he hopes to someday make an adult video. Should this be surprising? I don't know. For all its existential despair, Nier: Automata kept things pretty sexy, with 2B's finely-sculpted robo-booty ready to peek out from under her skirt at any momen...
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This Week in Games - Seven Months With Nintendo Switch

Dustin runs down the highs and lows of Nintendo's newest console over the past year, along with this week's Japanese gaming news and new releases. ― The focus of this column is definitely not the SNES Mini. That's both because Todd already did an excellent write-up, and because the past week has seen me playing games on the Switch pretty obsessively—so much so that exploring the classics has been lef...
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This Week in Games - Gundam Versus

The entire Gundam franchise gets crammed into an arena combat blender in Gundam Versus, plus Nioh on PC, Breath of the Wild production secrets and more! ― As if 2017's nonstop parade of excellent video games wasn't already enough, the past few weeks have seen the Switch's indie line-up upgrade from “good” to “positively bonkers.” Most of these games are out on other platforms, but the option of porta...
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This Week in Games - Blue Reflection

What if the Persona games had magical girls in them? Dustin Bailey seeks to answer this question in his first look at Blue Reflection on the PS4. ― I'm finally filling in the holes in my Yakuza series knowledge, largely thanks to that reprint earlier this year that finally made the second game affordable again. I finished Yakuza 2 this week, and it deserves its fan-favorite position in the series. De...
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This Week in Games - Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash

Dustin gets wet and wild with the girls of Senran Kagura on the PS4, along with this week's biggest news and other new game releases! ― You may have heard that homebrew developers—hackers, if you're feeling nasty—found a fully emulated version of NES Golf on board every shipping Nintendo Switch. After seemingly endless mystery surrounding why the ROM was there, they eventually discovered how to activ...
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This Week in Games - Final Fantasy XIV: Dad of Light

An MMO-themed J-drama comes to Netflix, and Nintendo Direct unleashes a slough of new announcements like Project Octopath Traveler. All this and your new game releases with Dustin Bailey! ― I finished up Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle a few days ago, and it was a rad bit of tactical adventure throughout. In the column a couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that its relative lack of randomness makes it fe...
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This Week in Games - Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth

Dustin checks out the third installment in the Utawarerumono trilogy to see if it can improve on the second's shortcomings. Plus, this week's biggest Japanese gaming news and releases! ― The world as we know it is falling apart. Humble Bundle is running a special on trashy softcore VNs, and while I'm totally willing to admit that HuniePop is some okay smut, the presence of those infinitely-reproducin...
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This Week in Games - Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

Dustin falls in love with the X-Com style strategy combat that apparently comes about when you smash two cuddly mascots together. PLUS: it's a Yakuza-palooza! ― Partly inspired by the upcoming release of Samus Returns, I've played a lot of Metroid this week. I finally played through AM2R, and that thing is good even if it lacks the polish and variety of the games it's building off of. That point only...
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This Week in Games - Eight Great Things Yet to Come in 2017

It's been an incredible year for gaming so far, but it still feels like we're just getting started! Dustin Bailey runs down all the things he's most excited for in 2017's last quarter. ― 2017 has already been an embarrassment of gaming riches, and that's especially true for fans of Japanese development. The best Yakuza yet made it to the West, Team Ninja put together perhaps the best Souls derivative...
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This Week in Games - Sonic Mania

Sonic returns in a revved-up revival of his glory days on the Sega Genesis, but how well does it recreate the past? PLUS: Kirby's 25th anniversary, Okami HD and more! ― Kirby, likely Nintendo's most versatile mascot, turned 25 this month. Kirby's Dream Land, the original Game Boy game, is in hindsight kind of a bizarre little thing—an experiment in casual games for children, something with cute chara...
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This Week in Games - Mega Man Legacy Collection 2

It's the one-year anniversary of This Week in Games, and what better way to celebrate than with the legacy of Mega Man. Is this second collection as nostalgic as the first? ― This week marks a full year since I took over ANN's weekly gaming column, and I hope that despite the loss of the X Button's trademark image alt-text, you've all enjoyed that time as much as I have. Things might be a little weir...
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This Week in Games - Miitopia

Dustin dives in to the wild world of Miitopia, a sort-of sequel to the quirky Tomodachi Life. PLUS: Persona 5 spinoff-a-rama, Dragon Quest XI and much more! ― The New Nintendo 2DS XL—a name which remains a downright upsetting configuration of bizarre branding—released in North America this past Friday, and while there's still life in the 3DS line it seems very likely that this console will mark its f...
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This Week in Games - Remember That Ghost in the Shell Shooter?

Dustin straps in for a look at the recently-relaunched Ghost in the Shell online shooter to find out if it's still worth joining Section 9. PLUS: Pokemon GO, Dragon Ball FighterZ and much more! ― Splatoon 2 is out, and it's great. It's been dominating game time for me since the weekend, and that's been across every single mode—casual, ranked, single-player, and Salmon Rush. But just because there's a...
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This Week in Games - Accel World vs. Sword Art Online

The unimaginably popular worlds of light novel author Reki Kawahara collide in a new RPG. Dustin takes it for a spin. PLUS: Toy Story Kingdom Hearts and much more! ― Last column, I mentioned that Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator would be out this week, and that's still true despite a very last-minute delay. The developers put out a statement explaining that there were further bug fixes that needed...
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This Week in Games - Don't Dig Up Your SNES

Dustin examines the curious case of Unholy Night, a Super Nintendo game released on a cartridge in the year 2017. PLUS: Splatoon 2, Fire Pro Wrestling and much more! ― The Netflix Castlevania has some real problems—chief among them its over-reliance on 90s-approved gruesome edginess—but gosh darn if I didn't end up being super into it. It's an adaptation that both respects the source material and cre...
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This Week in Games - Breath of the Wild: The Master Trials

The first DLC pack for Breath of the Wild is out - is it just filler material, or is it worth the price of admission? PLUS: Code Vein, Gundam and much more! ― Fun personal fact about me, the guy who runs a column about Japanese games: last week's coverage of Tokyo Xanadu was my very first experience with a Nihon Falcom game. Given its regard as one of the weaker games in their catalog and how much I ...
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This Week in Games - Arms

Dustin goes a few rounds with Nintendo's noodle-armed fighting game for the Switch just in time for the summer. PLUS: Konami controversy, Rap Rabbit's demise, Sega Forever and more! ― Even covering it from the comfort of a home office, the sheer volume of E3 was positively exhausting. My heart goes out to the poor writers in the trenches, and even more to the poor fans who paid money for the mostly u...
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This Week in Games - Seven E3 Takeaways

Dustin has seven major takeaways from this year's E3, and we promise they aren't all about Dragonball FighterZ. PLUS: next week's new releases, including Nintendo's ARMS! ― E3 sure did happen. As always, it was a rough combination of the celebratory creativity of an entire medium and the cynicism its marketing and business has cultivated over the years. But look: video games are cool, the people who ...
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This Week in Games - The Modest Life of Virtual Console

In the calm before the E3 storm, Dustin considers the legacy and future of Nintendo's Virtual Console service. PLUS: Pokemon, Final Fantasy Dissidia, more old Mega Man games and much more! ― Good god, E3 starts next week. Though I'm fortunate enough to not be going to LA, there's still a hint of dread mixed in with all the excitement for what's coming. It's a flood a-coming, one which comes in the af...
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This Week in Games - Valkyrie Drive: Bhikkhuni

Dustin takes a preview copy of Valkyrie Drive for the PC out for a spin and somehow manages to keep his clothing intact. PLUS: Nier: Automata sells like existentially nihilist hotcakes and more! ― The ARMS Global Testpunch happened over the weekend, and I played it. A lot of it, actually, and I ended up hitting nearly every single time slot, even getting up early a couple of days to play through the ...
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This Week In Games - Fire Emblem Echoes

An ancient Fire Emblem game from the depths of the Famicom library gets resurrected on the 3DS - but is it worth your time? PLUS: Mario's got a gun, Netflix for games and much more! ― If you've followed this column for a while, you've probably noticed that I've got a taste for a lot of the games Nintendo puts out. Yet I've never delved deep into Fire Emblem. I played the first Western release when it...
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This Week in Games - Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception

It's a visual novel! It's a strategy RPG! It's a visual novel AND a strategy RPG! Dustin takes the second Utawarerumono game out for a spin. PLUS: The end of Hitman, Rap Rabbit and much more! ― It's tough to pick out a game less anime than the recently rebooted Hitman, but I can't avoid taking a moment to lament the fate of IO Interactive under the Square Enix umbrella. That new Hitman was an utter d...
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This Week in Games - Birthdays the Beginning

The creator of Harvest Moon guides you through the evolution of life on Earth in Birthdays the Beginning, and Dustin is ready to god. PLUS: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and more! ― I mentioned last week that I'd begun setting up a Windows 98 PC for old games, and the project's pretty much done at this point. I'm still shifting parts around and messing with various drivers, but that screamin' Pentium III 500MH...
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This Week in Games - Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Dustin kicks the tires on the glossy, gorgeous Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, which arrives just in time to fill out the Switch library. PLUS: Darksiders returns, next week's new releases and much more! ― I've spent the past week on one of my nerdiest projects yet—rebuilding a Windows 98 PC for the express purpose of playing old video games. Wildly unnecessary? Heck yeah. But also super fun and the only way I'...
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This Week in Games - Puyo Puyo Tetris

It's Tetris! It's Puyo Puyo! It's charming as heck, that's what - Dustin takes the Switch's new competitive puzzler out for a spin. PLUS: Night Trap and Vanquish rise from the grave, and much more! ― Let's not beat around the bush here, folks. There is precisely one important thing to talk about this week, and that is the end of our long national nightmare—Puyo Puyo Tetris is finally out in the West....
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This Week in Games - The Disney Afternoon Collection

Capcom finally releases a bunch of their old Disney NES games from the vault, but are they still worth playing? PLUS: SNES Mini, Xbox refunds and much more! ― I “finished” NeiR: Automata this week, and obviously I'm putting “finished” in quotations because I actually just got to the first ending of many. I liked it, but I wasn't enraptured by it. The daily stories of nearly biblical transcendance may...
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This Week in Games - Yooka-Laylee

N64 collectathon platformers rise from the grave in the form of Yooka-Laylee, which Dustin spent some time with. PLUS: Overwatch has a story now, Yakuza Kiwami and more! ― Nostalgia's a tricky thing. If you're reading this, there's a pretty good chance you had some formative experience with a piece of media in your youth. I love video games because of Kirby's Adventure when I was five, and anime beca...
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This Week in Games - Parappa the Rapper Remastered

Parappa the Rapper Remastered calls Dustin a little turkey, but he's a chicken, got it, you beef jerky? PLUS: Nier sells a million, Final Fantasy Wrestlemania and much more! ― My weekend was consumed by what felt like 37 consecutive years of round-the-clock professional wrestling. I wouldn't ordinarily mention that here, except to post this picture of a certain authentically nerdy tag team (featuring...
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This Week in Games - Final Fantasy XV Revisited

With a patched-up Chapter 13 and a new DLC mission for Gladiolus, are Final Fantasy XV's story woes finally fixed? Dustin goes through all the changes. PLUS: Persona 5 and more! ― I did it, you guys. I finally finished Zelda. I know, I know—you all were deeply concerned for my progress and my ability to find time to complete a very enjoyable video game. I appreciate your support in this dark time, bu...
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This Week in Games - Toukiden 2

Dustin dives into the monster-slaying open world of Toukiden 2, which some say is "Monster Hunter for people who can't get in to Monster Hunter". PLUS: Bloodstained and much more! ― I did not finish Zelda this weekend. Instead, I played through Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors in its entirety. That wasn't my intention—I'd started it purely to say a few words on the soon-to-be-released PC port—but...
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This Week in Games - Thanks for 2017, Japan!

Resident Evil 7, Yakuza 0, Nier: Automata, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild... most of 2017's greatest games came from Japan, and Dustin gives thanks. PLUS: Persona 5 and more! ― I've been continuing to play that Zelda, which is continuing to be a real good use of my time. I feel like I'm losing track of the internet's opinions of it, though. I understand the complaints about rain and slippery...
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This Week in Games - Atelier Firis: The Alchemist and the Mysterious Journey

Dustin dusts off his alchemy books for Atelier Firis on the PS4. PLUS: Zelda, Zelda and more Zelda, next week's new releases and much more! ― I got one of those fancy new Nintendo consoles this week, and I like it a lot—with some reservations. I wrote a lot of words about it here, but the short version is that it's a solid foundation for a platform that will be great by the end of the year. My pro co...
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This Week in Games - Horizon: Zero Dawn

In the calm before the Nintendo Switch storm, Dustin takes down some mechanical dinosaurs in the postapocalypse. PLUS: this week's news and all of next week's new releases! ― It's a slow news week, but that doesn't mean that video games have slowed down. On the contrary—video games have never been hotter. This week has a giant new first-party Sony release, and next week is bringing us new RPGs, that ...
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This Week in Games - Digimon World: Next Order

Dustin takes the latest Digimon RPG out for a spin, along with the remake of Princess Maker! PLUS: Capcom's comeback and next week's new releases! ― I like to touch things. No, not in a creepy way. I'm talking about hanging onto physical goods in a world increasingly dominated by digital media. The benefits of digital libraries are clear: no shelf space, portability between platforms, and increased a...
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This Week in Games - GameCenter CX

Dustin shares his appreciation of the long-running GameCenter CX series, where retro games great and terrible are put to the test. PLUS: Yakuza reprints, Zelda and more! ― There's no shortage of new games out right now, but it's perhaps a shameful admission that I've been spending more and more time digging into the retro side of things. I picked up a lot of early Nintendo Power volumes not too long ...
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This Week in Games - Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star

Saber and friends wreck stuff en masse in Fate/Extella, but is it a satisfying experience for Fate fans? PLUS: E3 open to the public, Final Fantasy XV patches and much more! ― Look: Amiibos are dumb. As toys, they're overpriced figures that are too small for meaningful display and too static to be fun to play with. As game accessories, they're mostly just overpriced bits of costume DLC that offer onl...
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This Week in Games - Yakuza 0

Dustin slips into the violent, bizarre and shockingly fun world of Sega's Yakuza 0, the latest in the cult favorite franchise to reach our shores. PLUS: Nintendo Switch, next week's new releases and more! ― Are there too many video games? There might be too many video games. I finally survived the (high-quality) horrors of Resident Evil 7 and was ready to dive into my increasingly tall stack of negle...
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This Week in Games - Resident Evil 7

Biohazard is back - and it's actually good?! Dustin claws his way through the Resident Evil mansion and reports back. PLUS: Overwatch's Year of the Rooster, Death Stranding and much more! ― Video games are back, you guys. Since last week's column went up, we've seen the release of the Dragon Quest VIII remake, Kingdom Hearts 2.8, and Tales of Berseria. On top of that, there are the games I've actuall...
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This Week in Games - The Switch Is Upon Us!

It's finally here! The rumors can be laid to rest! Dustin reacts to the Nintendo Swich announcement, plus the rest of this week's Nintendo news and much more! ― The rumors are done! Nintendo held a presentation officially unveiling the Switch, the details of its launch, and a big chunk of its first year of software. There's a lot to cover, so let's just get right into it. Opinion: Nintendo Switch The...
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This Week in Games - The Sudden Rise of Fanservice Games

Dustin breaks down the discourse over fanservice games and where the business realities took us. PLUS: Games Done Quick, Scalebound and much more! ― Before anything else, you need to start your day off right. There are unlockable videos in Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World, and Nintendo put one of them up on Youtube. It is so utterly, incomprehensibly adorable that it even elicited an audible “d'aaawww” ...
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This Week in Games - What's to Come in 2017

As we bid the old year adieu and welcome the new, Dustin breaks down the most anticipated upcoming releases of 2017's first quarter. ― If you're reading this, you made it out of 2016 and into a brand new year. Congratulations! Give yourself a round of applause! You've earned it. Last year brought us some excellent games, but we're now at a time where we look forward, rather than back. This is the wee...
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This Week in Games - The Best of 2016

Dustin runs down his best games of the year, from Final Fantasy XV to Overwatch to Stardew Valley - what were your best games of 2016? ― 2016 is at an end. For some folks, that's going to be a major relief. A combination of factors far beyond the scope of a humble gaming column have made the terrible, no good, very bad year of two-thousand-sixteen into a tragic meme. But luckily, this is a gaming col...
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This Week in Games - Super Mario Run

Dustin pays $10 to make Super Mario jump on his celphone - is Nintendo's big move in the mobile market worth it? PLUS: Dragon Quest XI, Shenmue III and much more! ― We're just a few days away from the biggest gift-giving holiday in most of the world, and that means there jack-all going on in the world of video games. News is slow, and I can't seem to find a single new release to report on for that se...
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This Week in Games - Shantae: Half-Genie Hero

Dustin takes the latest Shantae game for a spin, and catches up with the still-in-development Shenmue III! PLUS: more on the Nintendo Switch, next week's new releases and more! ― We're inching ever closer to the end of the year, and that means the tide of news and new releases has slowed to a mere softly lapping trickle. So have fun catching up on Final Fantasy XV and the Last Guardian before your fa...
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This Week in Games - Let It Die

It's Dark Souls by way of creative powderkeg Suda 51, and Dustin has strapped in for a weird, bloody ride. PLUS: Death Stranding, Final Fantasy XV, Super Mario Run and much more! ― It's the end of the year, and that means it's time for game releases to start winding down—but don't worry, January is already packed. There's only one release of any note this week, but don't think the lack of new games m...
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This Week in Games - Final Fantasy XV

It took 10 years, but Final Fantasy XV is finally out, and Noctis and the boys are ready for their epic road trip - Dustin is along for the ride. PLUS: Nintendo theme parks and more! ― Final Fantasy XV just came out. I'm playing it. Let's talk about it. Impressions: Final Fantasy XV I'm about a half-dozen hours into Final Fantasy XV. That's with a handful of early story segments completed and a whole...
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This Week in Games - Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization

Dustin takes a deep dive into the new Sword Art Online game, for better and for worse. PLUS: Pokemon Sun & Moon, Final Fantasy XV and much more! ― We're closing in on the end of the holiday release season, though we've still got a couple of huge games to go—one of which is out this week! Yes, folks, the artist formerly known as Final Fantasy Versus XIII is nearly among us, and while I think I will su...
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This Week in Games - Switch Rumor Roundup

There's a new Nintendo console coming - and the rumors are flying fiercely. Dustin runs down everything we think we might know about the Switch - plus Persona 5 and more! ― After a couple of very slow news weeks—in the world of video games, anyway—the valves have been opened and we're now drowning in a deep, dark ocean of announcements, reports, and rumors. So much so that there isn't even room enoug...
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This Week in Games - Rest In Peace, Wii U

It brought us Mario Maker, Splatoon, Super Mario 3D world and Bayonetta 2, and now it's toast. Dustin salutes the Wii U on the eve of its demise. PLUS: Overwatch's Sombra and more! ― First, a note: please be excellent to each other, people. Now let's forget our problems for a few moments with the most beautiful of distractions—video games. Farewell, Wii Hardly Knew U We heard that the Wii U would be ...
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This Week in Games - Owlboy

Zac Bertschy reviews the Castlevania and Metroid-inspired "hi-bit" adventure Owlboy and discovers it's a real hoot! PLUS: Dustin runs down this week's big news and release list! ― Let me fill you in on a secret—moving sucks. I'm writing this in the midst of a pile of boxes that I can barely see over, in a hastily thrown together office that I had to set up in the new house because the cable company s...
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This Week in Games - Nintendo Switch

Dustin goes deep on the Nintendo Switch and considers the possibilities. PLUS: a video game voice actor strike, The Last Guardian, Dragon Quest and much more! ― This Week in Games gets published on Thursday mornings. You might even be reading this on Thursday morning—if so, congrats! However, it gets finalized and submitted on Wednesday, typically early in the afternoon. This is why last week's colum...
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This Week in Games - Exist Archive

The Nintendo Switch is here! Plus: Dustin digs deep into Exist Archive, a gorgeous new Valkyrie Profile-style RPG. ALSO: Red Dead Redemption 2, World of Final Fantasy and more! ― First things first, let's get this out of the way: the teaser video for the Nintendo Switch, Nintendo's next console, is here. Watch it, absorb it, really give it some thought, and you'll get my full reaction next week. Movi...
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This Week in Games - Dragon Quest Builders

Dustin digs in to the Minecraft-flavored crafting action of Dragon Quest Builders - and discovers it's got a whole lot to like! PLUS: Persona 5, Final Fantasy XV, Bloodstained and much more! ― Yakuza 5 is long. In fact, Yakuza 5 is too long. I'm closing in on the 60 hour mark, and I'm not sure there's really enough here to justify all that time spent. Granted, it's partly my fault, since I keep engag...
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This Week in Games - PlayStation VR

Dustin has a few things to say about Playstation's new Virtual Reality peripheral - plus the NES Mini, Pokemon Sun & Moon and much more! ― After last week's dry spell, holy cow the floodgates are open now. We've got a ton of new releases, a good bit of news, and the launch of a new platform. Or platform-ish. We'll get to that. Amid that flood of new stuff, I'm still working my way through a 2015 rele...
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This Week in Games - Fall Gaming Preview

Dustin runs down the biggest Fall games, from Pokemon Sun & Moon to Final Fantasy XV! PLUS: An N64 emulator on the Xbox and much more! ― It's a slow news week. There aren't a lot of games out. So what do we game fans do when there aren't a lot of current events? We certainly don't catch up on our back catalogs! No, we look to the future. Now that we're entering the fourth quarter of the year—you know...
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This Week in Games - Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters Daybreak

Dustin takes on Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters Daybreak: Special Gigs!, discusses Metal Gear Survive, Pokemon on the Nintendo NX and next week's biggest releases! ― The Tokyo Game Show took place over the past weekend, and like most recent years for the show, it didn't provide a ton of huge announcements. That's generally reflective of the past decade of AAA Japanese development, which has obviously go...
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This Week in Games - Death Stranding

This week's biggest news, including the Playstation 4 Pro, The Last Guardian's release date slip, a few more details on Death Stranding and much more! ― Ireland's a nice place. Good food. Great beer. Lot of sheep. But now it's time to put all that fresh air and beautiful country aside and talk about the things that really matter: video games! I had all these grand plans of playing through the Phoenix...
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This Week in Games - What's NeXt for Nintendo?

In the wake of yesterday's Super Mario Run news, Dustin considers Nintendo's next move. PLUS: next week's new releases, including Psycho-Pass and Valkyrie Drive! ― You might notice that the news section is more than a little lacking this week, and that's not just because the massive pile of new games took up all this column's space. I'm actually writing to you from the past. As you're reading this I'...
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This Week in Games: Nioh, Dead or Alive

A new Dark Souls-style game is in beta on Playstation 4, and Dustin's ready for it. PLUS: Dead or Alive VR controversy, Resident Evil 7, a new Phoenix Wright game for the 3DS and much more! ― It's been another week in games, and that means it's time for another column here to try and make sense of it all. The news brings us some long-awaited plot details on Resident Evil 7, a sneak preview of the lat...

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