Clocking in at a little under 5 hours, the Nintendo World Championship stream is a marathon session that the hardcore Nintendo lovers should watch. Featuring matches of Metroid: Samus Returns, Balloon Fight, Mario Kart 7, Donkey Kong Country Returns and Splatoon this Championship is a good mix of current Nintendo titles. It's a fun stream and the announcers do a good job of keeping things interesting.

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"Announcing our biggest bundle ever: Humble Bundle is proudly joining the IGN family! We will continue to bring you all of our humble products, but with more resources and help from IGN.

We chose IGN because they really understand our vision, share our passion for games, and believe in our mission to promote awesome digital content while helping charity. I can’t think of a better partner than IGN to help Humble Bundle continue our quest.

We will be working harder than ever to bring you the best gaming bundles, book bundles, and store sales, while nurturing the Humble Monthly and our new publishing initiative. We will keep our own office, culture, and amazing... Read All

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AtGames, the current keeper of the Sega Brand and games is releasing a new console next month that aims squarely at the success of the NES & SNES Classic called the Sega Genesis Flashback HD. Sporting an 85 game lineup, 720p HD, wireless controllers and the ability to play Sega Genesis games and use your old controllers it's a pretty interesting prospect. It's just that... well... it's not reviewing very well.

Kotaku gave the system and resounding "meh" while Kotaku basically think's it's terrible. How is it actually? I'm not sure, but it's a compelling system with actual Sega Genesis playback and the 85 included games is a compelling prospect. I think... Read All

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Ben Paddon is back with another episode of Ports Center looking at what I consider to be the highlight of the series, Final Fantasy VI. He concludes that the best port of the game is the GBA version, which I agree with him on except the music. Most things on the GBA version are superior including the graphics, translation as well as the addition of extra dungeons and items but the music isn't as good as the Super Nintendo version due to the limitations of the GBA sound hardware. One fix for this is to play the FFVI GBA version with a SNES Music ROM Hack, which i've done and it significantly improves things.

Final Fantasy III is included on the SNES Classic... Read All

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Somehow I got this tape in sent to me in the 90's and I loved it. It really got me excited about Donkey Kong Country and as such the hype was so real I bought it. After I played and beat the game about a zillion times I came back to watch the tape and it never really hit me the same way after playing the game. As time passed I ditched the tape, which in hindsight wasn't a great idea but my young self didn't really realize that kind of thing might be useful to keep around someday. Nor that i'd be collecting VHS tapes 20 years later.

The Donkey Kong country tape video embedded above is 17 minutes of 90's Nintendo at the height of it's power and majesty. The... Read All

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Makes sense that DF Retro's longest episode to date covers Doom, one of the most important games ever made. In this nearly hour long opus DF Retro talks about each Doom console port and how they nearly all relate to each other. He also talks about the Doom console ports history, limitations and playability.

"id software’s Doom played a key part in gaming’s transition from two to three dimensions, and its legacy of technical innovation continues to this day. On this episode of DF Retro, John explores its origins on the PC before comparing and contrasting this against every official console conversion. There's a lot of ground to cover so buckle up for the... Read All

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Do you have a hole in your gaming life that needs to be filled with Borderlands? Do you love endless RPG's and want something else to play? Humble Bundle has just the thing for you in the new Humble Endless RPG-Lands Bundle featuring: $1 Tier (Borderlands. The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing: Final Cut, Wurm Unlimited), $4.97 Tier (Borderlands 2, Endless Legend - Classic Edition & Guild of Dungeoneering) & $10 Tier (Borderlands the Pre-Sequel). And for a couple bucks more you can get both Van Helsing game Soundtracks, which is a nice bonus.

I can't say enough great things about Borderlands beyond the reality that I keep coming back to play these... Read All

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Awesomenauts is a really fun 2D sidescrolling take on the MOBA genre that hit things pretty hard when it launched and has been getting massive updates since. This year it went entirely free to play and now is getting a huge update making freemium game progression easier and giving people more things to do.

Brawl of the Week

This latest update also introduces Daily Missions. These missions challenge players to complete matches with a specific type of character, to claim victory in a certain number of matches, or to fulfill another objective. The reward for completing these missions? Sweet, sweet Awesomepoints that players can use to purchase additional... Read All

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The new Star Wars The Last Jedi trailer dropped and it's great. It's a bit darker and way more edgier than I was expecting. As I was watching the trailer Luke looked... really on the edge of a breakdown or maybe it's the fact that he's been living as a hermit for a while?

What do you think? I've been watching the new Star Wars movies on opening night for the last 2 years and I plan to do the same here too.

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On this episode of Cheerful Ghost radio, we discuss a bunch of topics that we couldn't get into the previous episode, including the news that Nintendo is shipping more SNES Classic and NES Classic units than previously planned, JJ Abrams returning to direct Star Wars: Episode IX, Age of Empires IV, and Humble Bundle hitting $100 million in charity donations!

Also be sure to check out our friends at Game Dev's Quest, a podcast about the game development process:

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"You fulfilled your mission. It will revive peace in space. But, it may be invaded by the Metroid. Pray for a true peace in space!" - Ending screen text to NES Metroid.

Even back in 1986 Nintendo was opening up Metroid for a sequel. It's also kind of strange/fun to see a Nintendo game talk about praying for peace. Who does Samus pray to for peace and what is her belief system? I tried to do some searching to find out and it seems the Metroid Wiki doesn't seem to know either because talking about the Galactic Federation in the Metroidverse they say:

"The specifics of culture, religion, trade, currency, technology, civil rights/liberties, and so on are also... Read All

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For those of you not familiar with Blaster Master, it is a game that was released for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) back in 1988. Blaster Master 0 takes the original game, updates it for today’s hardware, adds in more modern day controls and game conventions and gives it a little more story.

Blaster Master 0 takes place in the future, where humans were forced to move underground at one point, due to an ice age. At the time the game takes place, humans are living back on the surface of the planet. You play a boy named Jason Frudnick. Jason discovers a new type of frog, which he takes home and names Fred. Fred eventually escapes and jumps down a hole... Read All

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A while ago Shovel Knight on consoles got two updates I was envious of. XBone owners got a Battle Toads content update and PS4 owners of the game got Kratos content. I don't love console exclusives but the Battle Toads content looked really cool and I always wanted to check it out. Looks like Yacht Club is making the Battle Toads content free for everyone on PC today so we all can!

"Hop to it! The Battletoads are now available on PC/Mac/Linux versions of Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove! Steam, Windows Store, Humble Store & GOG."

I linked to a good article from IGN about how to get the Battle Toads content along with the Battle Toads PC patch notes and... Read All

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Fans have been asking Blizzard to get an "appear offline" mode in the client for ages and they are finally brining that feature forward in beta. Steam has had it for ages, which is nice when you want to jump on and play a game without anyone bothering you or knowing about it. Sneaky!

"Appear offline allows you to set your status to show you as “offline” to your Blizzard friends while remaining connected to This means you can launch the app and game away without distraction.

Appearing offline will show you as offline to everyone in your Blizzard friends list. Once you have joined a game, the experience of appearing offline might be... Read All

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The SNES Classic launched this week to rapturous nerd acclaim following up the epic NES Classic launch of last year. Immediately after the NES Classic came out people were trying to hack it to run Linux and put more games on it. The hacks came and solidified on Hakchi2, a tool that allows you to mod a ton of stuff with your NES Classic. At least, it claims SNES Classic support, i've heard stories of people bricking theirs so i'd wait a bit until that all settles out*.

That said, the path forward to mod your NES Classic is pretty clear but... why should you mod it at all?

Honestly if you're not very technical then i'd stay out of it entirely. You have the... Read All

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