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Box Art Bombshells: “Congo Bongo” (Colecovision, 80s August Special)

Welcome back to 80s August, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of the greatest decade since Istanbul was still Constantinople! We’re marking this festive occasion by introducing an all-new feature here at The Splintering: Box Art Bombshells, where we reveal the completely fabricated super really-real events that inspired some of the wackiest and weirdest box art from gaming history. We’re kicking off

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Who Should Play Samus Aran in a “Metroid” Film? (80s August Special)

Welcome back to 80s August, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of the greatest decade since the discovery of the Pythagorean Theorem! Though certainly not the first female video game character, Samus Aran from 1986’s Metroid is still considered by many to be the First Lady of gaming. It should therefore come as no surprise that the topic of a Metroid film keeps

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Retro Review: “Last Battle” (SEGA Genesis, 80s August Special)

Welcome back to 80s August, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of the greatest decade since the Trojan War! Despite being a prominent presence of the 90s gaming scene, many forget that the SEGA Genesis (aka Mega Drive) was actually released in 1989. So today, we’re continuing our 80s coverage by reviewing one of the console’s launch titles: Last Battle! *Note: Did

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Retro Review: “Knight Rider” (NES, 80s August Special)

Welcome back to 80s August, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of the greatest decade since orange met chicken. Today we’re going to do a full detail on Knight Rider, the 1988 Nintendo (NES) game developed by Pack-In-Video Co. and published by Acclaim. And at the mention of the name “Acclaim”, I know that there are eyes rolling and stomachs churning. Does

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Battle Robot Space Fish in “G-Darius HD”, Coming Soon for Switch, PS4

Taito and ININ Games have partnered up to release G-Darius HD, a remastered port of 1997’s arcade title… G-Darius. Developed by M2, G-Darius HD will be available physically and digitally for Nintendo Switch and PS4 later in 2021 (that’s for both North American and European territories). While the Darius shoot ‘em up series dates back to the mid-80s (or as

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Retro Review: “Jungle Strike: The Sequel to Desert Strike” (SEGA Genesis, Attack Helicopter Week Special)

Welcome back to Attack Helicopter Week here at The Splintering! We previously reviewed Desert Strike: Return to the Gulf in Attack Helicopter Weeks of years past, so this year, we’re diving into that game’s sequel: Jungle Strike for SEGA Genesis. Published by Electronic Arts in 1993 for multiple platforms, Jungle Strike: The Sequel to Desert Strike is very much like

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Retro Review: “Airwolf” (NES, Attack Helicopter Week Special)

Welcome back to Attack Helicopter Week here at The Splintering, where we celebrate all things attack helicopter, whether good or bad! And today we have “bad” in spades, folks, as we’ve chosen to subject ourselves to critiquing Airwolf published by… Acclaim. (*Shudder!*) So everyone find your seat, buckle up, and keep your hands close to yourself, because it’s going to

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“Hentai Vs. Evil” Censored on Consoles, Especially PlayStation Platforms

Axyos Games’ risqué third-person horde shooter Hentai Vs. Evil was released for PS4, PS5, and Nintendo Switch in May. Originally available on PC (via Steam), Hentai Vs. Evil features several fetching heroines who must save other cute girls from a demon invasion. While the Steam version of Hentai Vs. Evil features a fully nude mode (up, down & all around),

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Retro Review: “Daedalian Opus” (Nintendo Game Boy, Monochrome May Special)

Welcome back to Monochrome May, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of black and white entertainment! Today we’re going to pick apart a lesser-known puzzle game for the Nintendo Game Boy, Daedalian Opus. Published by Vic Tokai in 1990, Daedalian Opus is a Tetris-inspired twist on tangram puzzles. What’s a tangram puzzle? Tangrams are designed around rearranging various two dimensional shapes called

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Retro Review: “Mortal Kombat” (Nintendo Game Boy, Monochrome May Special)

Welcome back to Monochrome May, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of black and white entertainment! Given the recent release of the latest Mortal Kombat feature film, we thought we’d take this opportunity to look at another abysmal MK abortion in the form of Mortal Kombat for the Nintendo Game Boy! Released by Acclaim on September 13, 1993 (aka “Mortal Monday“), the

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“Flashback 2” Coming to PC, Consoles in 2022

On Tuesday, Microids announced that a sequel to the 1992 sci-fi adventure game Flashback is in the works for both PC and consoles. Aptly titled Flashback 2 (for now), very little was revealed about the project. However, the original game’s creator, Paul Cuisset, is back for the sequel. Both Cuisset and Microids CEO Stéphane Longeard released statements on Flashback 2’s

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Senran Kagura – Neptunia Crossover Coming in August; New Trailer Released

Compile Heart has opened an official website for Senran Nin Nin Ninja Taisen Neptune: Shoujo-tachi no Kyouen, the action RPG crossover featuring characters from both the Senran Kagura and Hyperdimension Neptunia universes. You can check out the details below, followed by the announcement trailer and latest screenshots. ■ Story “Game Ninja World,” a world where all ninja gather. As the

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“Castlevania: Resurrection” Prototype for SEGA Dreamcast Discovered

A prototype of the cancelled SEGA Dreamcast Castlevania game has been discovered by Sega Dreamcast Info Preservation Games, a French Dreamcast preservation website. Titled Castlevania: Resurrection, the 3D action adventure game was intended as a soft reboot of the Castlevania series. The prototype itself is a pre-E3 demo from 1999, and features five playable environments and a boss fight. While

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Retro Review: “Superman” (SEGA Genesis)

To celebrate this week’s release of Justice League: the Snyder Cut on HBO, we’re  polluting cramming The Splintering chock full of content for Justice League-related games. In consideration of high political tensions in the United States, we’re also going to attempt to make this review 100% politics-free. Without further ado, let’s see how truth, justice, and the American way fare

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Roguelite Dungeon-Crawler “Nigate Tale” Receives New Gameplay Trailer

Publisher 2P Games recently released a new gameplay trailer for Nigate Tale, a dungeon-crawling roguelite developed by Hermit Games that goes into Early Access in Q2 2021. Along with throwback low-poly art design, Nigate Tale boasts procedurally generated labyrinths, fast-paced gameplay, and a rich cast of cute anime monster girls whose powers will assist you on your quest. You can

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“The Last Night” Director Tim Soret Issues Strong Defense of Pepé Le Pew

One of the more enduring characters from the Looney Tunes cartoon series is Pepé Le Pew, the lovesick French skunk with a penchant for feline companionship. I’ve never personally been much of a fan, as I thought that Pepé Le Pew cartoons were sort of “girly” as a kid (In fact, he’s also my mother’s favorite Looney Tunes character). Even

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Illinois Lawmaker to Introduce Legislation Banning “Grand Theft Auto”, Other Violent Games

Earlier this week, an Illinois lawmaker announced that he will introduce a ban on violent videogames in response to a rise in carjackings in the Chicago area. State Representative Marcus Evans (Democrat) specifically noted Grand Theft Auto as his primary target, as it features vehicle theft as part of the gameplay. The legislation would ban sales of the game in

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Sexy Sci-Fi RPG “Subverse” Coming to PC in March

Independent video game developer recently announced that their sexy, sci-fi RPG Subverse will release on 26 March 2021 for Steam PC. Successfully crowdfunded in 2019, Subverse blends JRPG elements with a space shooter, and it’s definitely intended for an adult-only audience. (It features fictional characters involved in baby-making, after all) Here’s the full breakdown of Subverse from the game’s Steam

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Capcom Censored “Street Fighter II”, One of the Greatest Games of All Time

Last week, Capcom released Capcom Arcade Stadium on the Nintendo Switch, which includes a number of classic games from Capcom’s arcade library. However, it did not take long for gamers to notice that two key alterations had been made to the latest version of Street Fighter II, likely due to modern-day political concerns. Twitter user @pomegd posted screenshots of the

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Which “Street Fighter II” characters are least likely to survive their injuries?

Street Fighter II originally landed in arcades on 6 February 1991 (Yep, 30 years ago). To mark the occasion, let’s have some fun with one of the finer details of the game. Fans of Street Fighter II and other Japanese games may have noticed that a character’s blood type is often listed in their bio. There are some important cultural

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Risqué Dating Sim “HuniePop 2: Double Date” Coming to PC, Mac in February

After a substantial delay, developer HuniePot has announced that their puzzle/dating-sim mashup game HuniePop 2: Double Date is scheduled to release on 8 February for both PC and Mac. HuniePop 2 will be fully uncensored on platforms such as the Humble Bundle Store and Manga Gamer. However, HuniePot has confirmed that the game will be censored on Steam, not because

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Adult Dungeon Crawler RPG “Kingdom of Subversion” Now in Early Access on Itch.io

NergalGameDev has released the ver. 0.2 build of Kingdom of Subversion, a risqué dungeon crawling RPG set in a fantasy setting. Did I say risqué? Because I meant pornographic. Kingdom of Subversion is absolutely an “adults-only” experience, and it looks like it features all manner of debauchery. Having said that, I’m sure you want to know more. Here’s the official

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Fully Uncensored Version of “Waifu Uncovered” Now Available for Nintendo Switch

The physical release of risqué “strip ’em up” Waifu Uncovered is now available for Nintendo Switch thanks to Eastasiasoft. As we noted in September, the physical release of Waifu Uncovered is the only way gamers can get the fully uncensored experience on consoles. The physical version offers three “censor” modes which are unlockable through gameplay: censored, uncensored, and fully uncensored.

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“Leisure Suit Larry – Wet Dreams Dry Twice” Coming to Consoles in 2021

On Wednesday, game publisher Assemble Entertainment and developer CrazyBunch announced that their erotic point & click adventure game Leisure Suit Larry – Wet Dreams Dry Twice is cumming coming to the PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch in Spring 2021 via each console’s digital marketplace. Physical retail versions will be available in multiple European countries thanks to a partnership with

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