It's principally aimed at the series' fans, but the mesh of interlocking systems ensures that its appeal runs deeper than fan service.
An awful childhood gets a surprisingly arcadey revisit in this blistering action roguelike.
Shinji Mikami returns to horror with a greatest-hits package that recalls - but can't match - Resident Evil 4.
This marriage of The Legend of Zelda and Dynasty Warriors is surprisingly successful - and strategic.
This gorgeous interactive dreamscape is brimming with new ideas.
Astebreed is a smart and slick indie shmup from Japan that moves the aesthetics of retro gaming on from sprites to 32-bit polygons.
Retro platform gaming may be an oversubscribed genre these days, but Shovel Knight only proves the enduring appeal of this play style.
Cave Story creator Daisuke Amaya returns with another pixel-perfect time warp, and the old-school values are more than just skin deep.
Mario Kart 8 is a rare thing: the best entry in its series and the most exciting installment yet.
Dakko Dakko's testing old-school treat on Wii U offers rich, Treasure-style rewards for those who can wrap their heads and fingers around it
This simple and unforgiving strategy game effectively conveys the loneliness and risk of space exploration.
The uneven Final Fantasy 13 trilogy comes to a close with its most innovative, and best, instalment.
Elegant, understated and yet filled with the capacity for wild showboating, OlliOlli is a twitch classic.