Category Archives: Gaming

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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Konami Announces “Getsu Fūma Den: Undying Moon” for Switch, PC

During Nintendo’s recent Indie World showcase last week, Konami announced that they are planning to release a Getsu Fūma Den revival for both the Nintendo Switch and PC. Titled Getsu Fūma Den: Undying Moon, the game is a revival of a little-known 1987 Famicom game that never saw a release on Western NES consoles. The original 8-bit Getsu Fūma Den

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“Puzzle Bobble VR: Vacation Odyssey” Coming in May

Game publisher Taito has announced that Puzzle Bobble VR: Vacation Odyssey will launch for Oculus Quest and Quest 2 on 20 May. Here’s what Taito president Tetsu Yamada had to say in the press release: “Virtual reality allows us to deliver a new approach to bubble-popping, allowing long-time fans and new players to experience Puzzle Bobble like never before and

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“The House of the Dead: Remake” Announced for Nintendo Switch

Forever Entertainment recently announced The House of the Dead: Remake is on the way to the Nintendo Switch. HotD Remake is a recreation of SEGA’s 1996 light gun arcade game, which eventually went on to spawn several sequels, spin-offs, and a very unfortunate film series. In HotD, up to two players can take on the role of either Thomas Rogan

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“Riot Control Simulator” Coming Soon to Steam PC, Consoles

In what is quite possibly the best idea for a video game ever, publisher Ultimate Games S.A. has announced Riot Control Simulator, a police management simulation game by developer Corpix Games. It’s such a great idea, in fact, that I’m genuinely ashamed that I didn’t come up with it for an April Fool’s joke post. Riot Control Simulator is set

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Sci-fi Western Platformer “They Always Run” Coming To Steam Later This Year

Game developer Alawar Premium recently announced that their 2D platformer They Always Run will be coming to Steam PC in 2021. The game is a genre mishmash of both western and sci-fi aesthetics and features a three-armed (not three-legged? *snick!*) mutant bounty hunter who is out to capture the most dangerous outlaws in the galaxy. Below is the full breakdown

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Perform Alchemy with Friends in “Potion Party” Now Available on Nintendo Switch

On Thursday, publisher Top Hat Studios released their multiplayer puzzle game Potion Party for the Nintendo Switch. Featuring a colorful retro aesthetic, Potion Party invites you to maintain your own alchemy shop in either co-op or competitive modes with up to four players. Here’s the full breakdown of Potion Party from the game’s Nintendo Switch eShop page: Step into the

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New “Wonder Boy: Asha in Monster World” Trailer Released

Publisher ININ Games has released a new trailer for Wonder Boy: Asha in Monster World, Studio Artdink’s modern update of Monster World IV. The new trailer is titled “Welcome to Monster World”, and it showcases quite a bit of the remake’s gameplay. You can check out the trailer for yourself below. Wonder Boy: Asha in Monster World will launch for

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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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Nosebleed Interactive’s Arcade Management Adventure “Arcade Paradise” Coming to PC, Consoles

Game publisher Wired Productions has announced Arcade Paradise, an arcade management game for PC and consoles. Developed by Nosebleed Interactive, Arcade Paradise is scheduled to release sometime in 2021 for Steam PC, Xbox One, SeXbox, PS4, PS5, and Nintendo Switch. You can check out the first Arcade Paradise trailer below, followed by a full breakdown of the game from Niche

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Steve Inman Parodies “Punch-Out!” in Latest Comedy Video

We recently highlighted the comedy of Steve Inman, an internet funny man who makes light of tragic events by providing play-by-play voice over akin to a major sporting event. Whether he is voicing over politics, fist fights, or even violent riots, Inman’s sports announcer-type commentary is a great way to achieve cathartic release from otherwise distressing circumstances. Last time, we

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Konami Issues Safety Recall for “Justifier” Light Gun 30 Years Later

Konami has issued a safety recall for the “Justifier,” a light gun peripheral used with the Lethal Enforcers series for SEGA Genesis and SEGA CD, nearly 30 years after its original release. Note that the Super Nintendo and PlayStation versions of the Justifier were not mentioned as neither are included in the recall. A representative from Konami explained the company’s

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Xbox Acquires Exclusive Rights to Multiple SEGA IPs

According to renowned German gaming publication Der Weltspieler, Microsoft has inked an exclusive licensing deal with SEGA for timed distribution rights to several SEGA properties. Without further ado, here’s the list: Altered Beast Shinobi Jet Set Radio Virtual On Billy Hatcher (WTF?) According to Der Weltspieler, the exclusivity period is for a full six years (ending December 31, 2027). At

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Retro Review: “E.T. the Extraterrestrial” – Too Many Holes (Atari 2600)

As reviews for E.T. The Extra Terrestrial have piled up over the years, I’m here to talk about one aspect of the game that could impact your desire to buy a copy, as it has mine. I am a trypophobe, and I cannot play E.T. The Extra Terrestrial because of all its damn holes. [Since this post discusses a phobia,

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Latest “Six Days in Fallujah” Trailer Showcases Procedurally Generating Environments

Game publisher Victura Games recently released a new trailer for Six Days in Fallujah, the realistic first-person tactical shooter based on the US Military’s experiences during Operation Iraqi Freedom. The latest trailer showcases Six Days in Fallujah’s procedural generating environments, which were designed to emulate the uncertainty of clearing houses and other buildings. You can check out the new trailer

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Media and the Mat: Mortal Kombat, WCW Blood Runs Cold, and Glacier

For better or worse, video games tend to find their way into other media. Most often, games are made into live action adaptations (Street Fighter The Movie – 1994, we miss you Raul Julia!), cartoons, anime, comics, as well as manga. But perhaps the strangest of wonders is when a video game penetrates into the soap opera, kayfabe world of

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Koei Tecmo Announces Two “Blue Reflection” Games

Koei Tecmo recently announced Blue Reflection Tie and Blue Reflection Sun, both tie-ins to the previously announced anime Blue Reflection Ray, which is itself based on 2017’s Blue Reflection video game. Details on the games are scant, but we do know that Blue Reflection Tie is coming to Steam PC, Nintendo Switch, and PS4 while Blue Reflection Sun is coming

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Westone Bit’s “Clockwork Aquario” is Lost No More; Coming Soon to Consoles

ININ Games has released the first teaser trailer for Clockwork Aquario, the final arcade game ever created by Westone Bit Entertainment. While the unfinished title was once believed to be lost after 1993, Clockwork Aquario was rescued from obscurity thanks to the efforts of German publisher Strictly Limited Games. Retro gamers familiar with Westone’s Wonder Boy series should immediately see

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The Geeks + Gamers Network Raises Nearly $100k for Anti-Suicide Charity

Over the past couple of weeks, the crew at Geeks + Gamers (pronounced “Geeks and Gamers” for those not in the know) and their network of fans have raised nearly $100 thousand in support of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). The fundraiser culminated in a livestream hosted on a G+G YouTube channel last night, in which viewers could

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“NEOGEO Pocket Color Selection Volume 1” Now Available for Nintendo Switch

SNK recently announced that NEOGEO Pocket Color Selection Vol. 1 is now available for the Switch via the Nintendo eShop. The digital collection is priced at $39.99, and includes a total of ten classic NEOGEO Pocket Color games. There is a physical edition planned for us collecting purists, but no release date has been announced at this time. Here’s a

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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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Pixel to Cel: “Fatal Fury – Double Impact” (1999)

A previous article here on The Splintering covered the uninhibited method of 90s video game marketing ads, and it got me thinking not only about the games of that decade, but animated renditions of those games from the time period. Unsurprisingly, fighting games and beat ’em up side-scrollers come readily to mind, as colorful characters performing ultra violent moves on

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Retro Review: “The Adventures of Batman and Robin” (SEGA CD)

This week marks the long-awaited release of Justice League: the Snyder Cut, but we don’t need an excuse to celebrate the Dark Knight, right? So in an effort to boost website traffic celebrate the momentous film release, how about a retro gaming review of one of the Dynamic Duo’s video game adventures? You’ll be hard pressed to find a bigger

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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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Steampunk RPG “Vaporum: Lockdown” Coming to Switch eShop on 22 March

Game developer Fatbot Games recently announced that the Nintendo Switch version of their grid-based, steampunk RPG Vaporum: Lockdown will launch on 22 March via the Nintendo eShop for $21.99. A PS4 and Xbox One port are expected sometime later in the year, and the PC version is already available on Steam and other online storefronts (for the slightly more affordable

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Tribute Games Reveals Retro-Inspired “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge” for Consoles, PC

On Wednesday, Nickelodeon, Dotemu, and developer Tribute Games announced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge, an all-new beat ’em up game with a retro aesthetic. Designed to be a spiritual successor to both the original 80s TMNT cartoon and the classic Konami arcade games, Shredder’s Revenge features up to four-player co-op, a vibrant pixel art style and turtle-ish tunes. (Thanks

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“Pocky & Rocky Reshrined” Coming this Fall to Switch, PS4

Earlier this week at the New Game Plus Expo, publisher Natsume announced that Pocky & Rocky Reshrined would be coming to the West sometime this fall. Previously announced as Pocky & Rocky 2021, Reshrined is overhead action game starting a shrine maiden and tanooki who battle across a world inspired by Japanese mythology. Natsume also describes Reshrined as the third

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