Nintendo's just announced the new NES games that will be coming to its Nintendo Switch Online this month, with Super Mario Bros 2 and Kirby's Adventure slated for US and EU subscribers.
What a funny little maelstrom of emotions last night's surprise release of Apex Legends kicked off. Elation! There's a new Respawn game, and it's playable right now! Dejection! It's a free-to-play battle royale hero shooter? Now there's a messy melange of concepts, as if someone in some boardroom somewhere spewed up buzzwords and handed them over as a design doc.
It's never the most promising thing when a game's given you a headache before you've even booted it up. Trying to make sense of one of EA's launch schedule? You'll need a spreadsheet, of course. Want to understand exactly what the deal is with the two different SKUs of Dragon Marked for Death, the latest from brilliant boutique developer Inti Creates, and there's not even an Excel document to hand. Each one has two character classes apiece, each exclusive to each particular SKU and each presumably available as DLC at some point down the line.
If you're still drying your eyes over the delay of Mario Kart Tour, Nintendo's offered up just the cure. There's an all-new free-to-play Dr. Mario headed to mobile, with development being headed up by South Korean outfit NHN Entertainment, who follow DeNa and Cygames in being trusted with Nintendo's IP.
You can't think about the Wii Shop Channel without first conjuring up its music - that irresistible ditty composed by Kazumi Totaka, a song so infectious it went on to become a meme. And where to start with that? The remixes of Earth, Wind and Fire's September, the brilliant mash-up of Drake's Hotline Bling, or why not a full-blown jazz cover? What a tune; this was background muzak elevated to the anthemic.
Super Smash Bros Ultimate has just got its most significant update to date, with version 2.0 landing and introducing an all-new character.
When I was a kid, I was lucky enough to enjoy a handful of seasons racing karts. For a short while, I thought it might even lead somewhere: my first race, around a featureless corner of a disused air station in Cambridgeshire, saw a class victory (in a class of two, mind, my sole competitor an 8-year-old who, his dad told me, still thought he was Batman in his Batmobile chasing down the Joker when he was behind the wheel).
Nintendo just detailed some of the indie titles that are heading to the Switch throughout 2019 - as well as some that have just released on the eShop.
Kid's TV shows, you've no doubt discussed with friends while waiting for someone to come back from the all-night garage with a packet of french fancies and a fresh packet of skins, can be kind of sinister. Not just your straight-up, in your face Chocky sinister either; beneath the primary colours and blunt language of many a show there's the feeling that something's not quite right.
It's been some time coming, but it's finally happened: a sim racer has beaten a pro racing driver, with Enzo Bonito getting the better of Lucas Di Grassi, the Brazilian formerly of F1 team Virgin Racing and Audi's WEC outfit, and currently a Formula E driver.
You know Suda51, of course. The self-styled punk developer of Tokyo's Grasshopper Manufacture, Goichi Suda's been the driving force behind offbeat classics such as Flower, Sun and Rain, Killer7 and No More Heroes. You might not know, though, that 2007's No More Heroes marked the last time he helmed a project - and this spin-off from that spunky, stylish series sees his return to the director's chair after well over a decade.
Watching games, I've learnt approximately ten years after everyone else, can be just as rewarding as playing them, something that's clearer than ever in the Switch edition of New Super Mario Bros U.
My very first wheel, I guess, would have been the old Fisher Price one stuck to the back of the passenger's seat in an old MG Maestro, so that I could drive along on our frequent jaunts up and down the A40. After that, things got a little more serious: a Jocgon bought alongside Ridge Racer Type 4 in an attempt to divine some of the magic of Namco's over-sized arcade machines in front of the 14-inch TV in my kitchen at home, and then a cheap Microsoft number cabled up to a wheezing PC that was doing its best to run Grand Prix Legends.
A glitch has been discovered in the recently released Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for Nintendo Switch, and it takes the fan service the series is famed for to a terrifying conclusion.
You! Hello! You! It has been almost 365 days since January the 1st - 52 weeks! 12 months! - which means we're close to the point where we can say that 2018 was a year that was. Isn't that a thing? It has also been a year in which some video games were released, between the dates of January 1st 2018 and December 31st 2018, and as is the somewhat bewildering tradition amongst people we will now spend the next few weeks bickering about which of those video games were the best video games. It's a time to belittle those with opinions that differ from your own, to express dismay and bitterness at those who don't appreciate the merits of whatever brand of electronic entertainment box you have under your television and to get super salty in comments threads and forums across the internet. Rejoice!
A new batch of NES titles came today to the Switch's Online Service - as expected - and they've brought with them a couple of cute surprises.
The Switch's SNK 40th Anniversary Collection has just had its planned batch of free games drop, with 11 new titles now available for the compilation.
Sega's classic on-rails shooters Panzer Dragoon 1&2 are getting the remake treatment courtesy of Polish publisher Forever Entertainment.
Monster Hunter World's first big expansion has been announced, and it's the equivalent to the older 'G' or 'Ultimate' editions. Named as Iceborn, it'll arrive as an add-on to the base game next autumn.
Where, exactly, to start with a game like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate? Maybe it's in one of the 74-strong roster of fighters, such as newcomer Isabelle, who has the same propensity for getting shit done here as she does in her native Animal Crossing series. She's savage, a flurry of toy hammers and candy umbrellas plus a fishing rod used to reel in her opponents, and for her final trick she calls in the muscle, summoning Nook and co who immediately construct their town hall over your poor foe.
There's a new Far Cry coming early next year, and it's set in a post-apocalyptic Hope County.
Ubisoft has fully lifted the covers off the post-apocalyptic Far Cry that it teased recently, with Far Cry New Dawn coming to Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC on 15th February.
Resident Evil's best character? Maybe you believe it's Leon Kennedy, the floppy-haired fop, or perhaps you think it could be enigmatic badass Ada Wong. Well, I'm afraid you're entirely wrong. The best character from throughout Resident Evil's history is, without a single doubt, the Raccoon City Police Station.
I don't know of many perfect video games, but Gunstar Heroes is surely one of them. 25 years on from its initial release, it's every bit as intoxicating now as it was back then. Maybe even more so, in fact; it's rare to come across something so utterly pure.
Milestone's a funny little developer, hovering indefinitely somewhere above or just below adequacy as it churns out game after game. Ride 3 is its fifth title this year (fifth!) and the latest instalment in a series that started as recently as 2015. Back then it was a noble if limited attempt to give bike enthusiasts their own Gran Turismo; a spirited run through some of the most storied machinery on two wheels that made a few too many compromises along the way. I liked it a fair amount back then, though clearly there was still some work to be done for Milestone to make good on the premise.