Joined 01/23/2012

I'm an Engineer and built the video game community Cheerful Ghost and text based mini-MMO Tale of the White Wyvern.

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The Nintendo Direct today had a lot of great news if you love your Switch as much as I do. To me, the biggest news is that Nintendo Online is getting Super Nintendo games. The Super Nintendo is coming to the Switch tomorrow and launching with 20 games, which is as many as the Super Nintendo Classic included. Some incredible Super Nintendo Classic games are part of Super Nintendo Online but Nintendo is bringing 11 games that didn't make it the Classic to Super Nintendo Online and I've broken up the twenty games below:

Games coming to Super Nintendo Online included in the SNES Classic: Super Mario Kart, Kirby’s Dream Course, Super Mario World, Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island, F-Zero, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Star Fox, Super Metroid & Super Ghouls ’n Ghosts.

Games coming to Super Nintendo Online NOT included in the SNES Classic: Stunt Race FX, Kirby’s Dream Land 3, Pilotwings, Super Soccer, Super Tennis, Brawl Brothers, Demon’s Crest, Joe & Mac 2: Lost in the Tropics, Super E.D.F. Earth Defense Force, Super Puyo Puyo 2 & Breath of Fire!

On top of the 20 games coming to Super Nintendo Online Nintendo is also selling a wireless Super Nintendo controller so you can play your games because... we all need a new $30 controller.

Some other big news drops is that Overwatch is coming to Switch on October 15th and the Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition is coming in 2020. Divinity: Original Sin 2: Definitive Edition is available on Switch today which gets save game cross play with Steam games making this really appealing to Divinity fans that want to play on the go. Bethesda is porting Doom 64 to the Switch on November 22 which might be one of the best ways to play this game as it's not the cheapest game to buy on the 64. Tetris 99 is getting a bunch of all new game modes and Nintendo showed quite a bit from an all new Animal Crossing game.

What was the best part of the Nintendo Direct for you?

There have been a lot of retro game re-releases in HD, 4K and some rebuilt from the ground up for modern systems like the new Link's Awakening Switch remake. 3D Realms has partnered up with Voidpoint to release a brand new game using a modern port of the Build Engine which was created in the 90's for games like Duke Nukem 3D and and Shadow Warrior. Ion Fury is a game very faithful to that 90's shooter vibe being that it's using that same tech ported to modern systems. It's a fun way to create something new with the old retro aesthetic and I hope more games like it are created.

LGR recently reviewed Ion Fury and he gave it a rave review!

"While Shelly “Bombshell” Harrison earned her codename defusing bombs for the Global Defense Force, when evil transhumanist mastermind Dr. Jadus Heskel unleashes the members of his cybernetic cult onto the streets of Neo DC, she knows it’s time to start causing explosions instead of preventing them.

Her quest to slay Heskel leaves a trail of carnage throughout huge, multi-path levels filled with gigantic explosions, more secret areas than we can count, and inhuman foes behind every corner. There’s no regenerating health here; stop taking cover and start running and gunning.

Everyone seems to think streaming your games online just like Netflix is just around the corner. With Google Stadia's launch being sometime in November that game streaming future is coming closer but as more details surface some people aren't so excited. It's no secret that Metal Jesus is a huge retro game collector that prefers owning physical copies of games. I'm not as hardcore a collector as Jesus, but my preference is to own a physical game but I do own quite a few games on Steam and other digital stores too. That said, Metal Jesus released a video recently where he talks about why he cancelled his Google Stadia pre-order. It seems his main reason is that the 4K bandwidth use would blow his data cap usage and cause him ISP overages. Frankly playing games all day in 4K streaming from Google Stadia could be a huge problem for people with data caps whereas 1080p compressed YouTube and Netflix isn't as it takes up way less bandwidth.

That said, I really do think the idea of playing your games anywhere regardless of hardware is an extremely compelling concept to people that want to play games and not worry about what they need to buy. Will Google Stadia be ready for everyone at launch? I don't think so but if it comes with a free game I might give it a shot. Frankly my biggest problem in gaming right now isn't that I don't have games to play in an accessible way, it's that I don't have the time to play them. But really, working on Tale of the White Wyvern is just as much fun to in the end, that's not a bad thing.

Nighthawk Interactive and Digital Eclipse are teaming up to re-release two of the most popular retro movies games ever, Aladdin and The Lion King. This release will be pretty special in that they will include quite a few of the various versions of both games. Aladdin will come with the Sega Genesis and Nintendo Game Boy versions and the Final Cut version. The Lion King will come with the Genesis, Nintendo SNES and Game Boy versions to round out this really incredible collection.

Nighthawk Interactive and Digital Eclipse also understand the market they are targeting as this collection will come out on Switch, PS4 and XBox One as physical versions for $30! If the ports are top notch I can't think of a better way to play these classics if you want to relive them in a new way. Oh and apparently they are being remade for full 1080p and it doesn't look like they are being stretched from 4x3!

This collection can't wait to be King and drops October 29th!

Have you wanted more adventure after Shovel Knight: Shovel of Hope, Plague of Shadows, Specter of Torment and the unreleased King of Cards campaign? If you did, you're in luck because an all new Shovel Knight game was recently teased called Shovel Knight Dig! It looks to blend some infinite dungeons rogue level mechanics with the first-rate platforming of Shovel Knight. Shovel Knight Dig is being developed by Nitrome with help by Yacht Club Games and Dig features a very familiar yet fresh new take on the Shovel Knight pixel art style.

No word on the launch date or platforms but 2020 seems likely but when I know more i'll drop the word here.

*An all-new presentation featuring a new Shovel Knight story! When Drill Knight and his dastardly digging crew blast apart Shovel Knight’s peaceful campsite and steal his loot, he grabs his trusty Shovel Blade and starts tunneling after them!
* The first Shovel Knight adventure in glorious high color pixel graphics and sound. Fluid animation, scaling, rotation, and parallax create the most convincing Shovel Knight world yet!
* Every adventure is different! Shovel Knight Dig levels have been meticulously crafted, then stitched together using proprietary generation techniques for infinite replayability.
* Jump, slash, and dig your way in an all-new direction – down! Rely on your trusty Shovel Drop, then dig through huge swaths of dirt with all-new Speed Shovel mechanics.
* Grow in power and wealth as you descend into the depths of the earth. Emerge with untold riches to outfit Shovel Knight further, unlocking permanent items and upgrades to your adventuring equipment.
* New Knights, new characters, and new enemies abound, but fear not! Shovel Knight Dig features Shovel Knight’s signature storytelling, humor, and maybe even some familiar faces..
* Another pulse-pounding soundtrack in a new style by astonishing virtuoso Jake Kaufman!
* The first collaboration between Yacht Club Games and Nitrome, pixel masters!


If you are a Destiny fan and have Destiny 2 on Battle.net you've most likely already linked your Battle.net and Steam account to transfer your game on October 1st. That said, if you picked up Destiny 2 for free on Battle.net you might not have transferred yet and you should because Destiny 2 on PC won't be available on Battle.net for the long haul. Bungie has parted ways with Activision and is now flying solo and migrating to Steam is part of the separation. At some point Destiny 2 is going entirely free to play but if you have any account data in Battle.net now is the time to move it over to Steam.

I moved things over and it wasn't too hard. Frankly having Destiny 2 on Steam is something i'd prefer over Battle.net anyway.


Nintendo is launching Mario Kart tour on mobile September 25th and pre-order is available. Mario Kart Tour launches on iOS and Android and from some early impressions seems to be a fairly simple take on the Mario Kart formula. Not sure this will replace Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on the Switch but if it's fun, i'll play it. These Nintendo mobile free titles haven't been great but if you don't have a modern Nintendo system and don't mind simple fun, they aren't too bad.


Nintendo was at the Gamescom expo this year demoing the Link's Awakening remake and released a new video showing off some all new gameplay footage. The biggest news bit from the video is that not only will you unlock more rooms for the Mario Maker styled Zelda Dungeon maker included BUT as you create and complete dungeons you can unlock more rooms to use to create levels. Match this up with the ability to share your creations with friends and to me this looks like it could be a really cool feature of the game.

Link's will make his Awakening very real on September 20th on Nintendo Switch!

Please let me know in the comments if you plan on playing this on launch and if you have played the original Gameboy version?

I haven't shared a Cygnus Destroyer video in quite some time and with the release of his latest Innocent Until Proven Guilty video covering Castlevania: The Adventure now seemed like a great time. Castlevania: The Adventure is in the new Castlevania Collection and as many pick that up they might wonder how the Gameboy game holds up? Weeeeell I don't want to spoil the surprise but let's say the intense lag the game suffers from doesn't help. I'd think Gameboy games should be given a bit of a reprieve given how rudimentary the hardware was technically the Gameboy is capable of 59.73 hz or damn near 60 fps.

"Castlevania: The Adventure is widely considered to be one of the worst entries in the legendary Konami franchise, but in this video game court, it's INNOCENT Until Proven Guilty!"

At this years Disney D23 Expo Star Wars fans were treated to a special D23 panel on Rise of Skywalker along with a new trailer that just dropped. The trailer features a look back at all the Skywalker saga Star Wars films and some all new Rise of Skywalker footage. I urge you to watch it now because in the paragraph i'll be talking trailer spoilers.

Looks like Rey is featured heavily in this trailer and she looks to be a lightsaber wielding badass. Also. The Emperor has some new voice work and what sounds like a taste of Darth Vaders iconic breathing sound. The end of the trailer has had fans guessing what it means as Rey snaps a double-bladed red lightsaber out and looks very ... pro dark side. It's possible this is a vision caused by the Emperor of her dark side ability like we saw in Empire with Luke and the force cave. Or... it's something else entirely.

Rey will get into her dark side attire in Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker which comes out on December 20th.

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