We all know Super Mario Bros. 2 wasn't the follow up to Super Mario Bros. in Japan and that it was originally Doki Doki Panic and translated into English for an American audience. That reason being the big factor on why some Mario purists don't consider it a proper Mario game. Super Mario Bros. 2 celebrates it's 30th anniversary this year and as such Arcadeology has a focused retrospective on the game and it's history in the franchise. It's the deepest dive about Mario 2 i've seen to date and it showcases many of the improvements made over Doki Doki Panic. In fact, i'd say Mario 2 is superior to Doki in nearly every way and since Doki started out as a prototype for... Read All

John Riggs has a new video out where he reviews the Namco Museum Arcade Pack on Switch and if you like old school arcade games and don't own any of these games this seems like a good set to get. The Namco Museum Arcade Pac includes Pac-Man, Galaga, Splatterhouse, & Tower OF Drauga, Rolling Thunder, Sky Kid, Tank Force as well as Pac-Man Champion Edition and Pac-Man Chamption Edition 2 Plus! I have Pac-Man on the NES Classic but it's not quite as good as the arcade port and getting Splatterhouse and Pac-Man Championship Edition seem work the price of admission alone.

In 2005, World of Warcraft accidentally provided a virtual simulation of a pandemic that academics have been studying in papers since.

Today Mega Man 11 blasts it's way to PC, PS4, XBox One and Nintendo Switch and so far it's getting pretty good reviews. Right now it's sitting on Steam with 91% of people rating it positively and a 79 on Metacritic. But don't take anyones word for it as you can play a demo on Switch, PS4 & XBox One. Bummer there is no PC demo but that seems pretty standard these days.

Curious what people think of the new game and how you are all playing it?

"The legendary hero returns! Play as Mega Man and face off against a gallery of fierce Robot Master bosses. Defeat the likes of Torch Man, Tundra Man, and the rest to steal their weapons and defeat the evil Dr. Wily. Harness the... Read All

ChippyGaming is one of the most renowned Terraria YouTube video creators who over the years has been able to showcase exclusive game update spoilers and today has a new video that looks back at the Terraria 1.2 update. The 1.2 update changed Terraria forever and cemented it in my heart as one of the best games of all time. Not only did it come with a ton of new NPC's, the Crimson and more but it also came with ... the Bee update.


"In today's video we give a recap of the one of the largest Terraria updates over the past 7 years. Terraria 1.2 turns 5 years old today and to celebrate let's take about it!"

YouTube Channel Noclip is fastly becoming one of my favorite gaming channels as it focuses primarally on longer form video game documentaries. Funded by a healthy Patreon, Noclip has created some great docs such as one I shared recently for The Witness. I've been sitting on sharing this one for a while and now seems like a great time with Doom Resurrection on the horizon. The first part of the series is embedded above called To Hell & Back and covers the original Doom game iD was working on before it was rebooted to become Doom 2016. They show off screenshots and gameplay and interview the original designer and developers about it. The second part Designing a... Read All

Today we're launching a new game on the Cheerful Ghost Games BBS called Iceberg 2 Wrath of Don by Taylor Buchheit. If that name rings a bell it's because Taylor is 50% of the Game Devs Podcast, a local Podcast all about Indie game development. Taylor and I have been talking about the games he's been making and Iceberg 2 seemed like a good fit to include on our BBS lineup. It's a fun top down arcade styled game that harkens back to Robotron as you try to save an Iceberg from global climate change.

Find Iceberg 2 Wrath of Don at our Games BBS Link below or click the "Games" tab at the top of the page. We think Open Source is pretty awesome and as such Taylor was cool... Read All

During the middle run of the Playstation 3 I bought Oblivion used from Gamestop and up to that point it was the first time i'd seriously played an Elder Scrolls game. It was a fun open world game but like the recent LGR review of it, I didn't love the Oblivion gate sections either. All that to say, it's a fun game and the LGR review is a good overall retrospective of it and it's DLC expansions including the oft chided Horse Armor.

Since Cheerful Ghost has been rolling along happily for 7 years, make sure to read Greg's review from 2014 if you want even more Oblivion stuff to read.


I remember the first time I saw the original Super Mario Brothers and that memory is burned forever in my brain. As Mario entered the pipe for World 1-2 and the color palette of the level changed to a darker tone, I was hooked. I've been playing Mario games since that point and quite enjoy that Nintendo is continuing to create games in the traditional 2D platformer style under the New Super Mario Bros. series. It started with New Super Mario Bros. on the DS and then then New Super Mario Bros. Wii and I finally picked up the 3DS version I'm playing now called New Super Mario Bros. 2.

New Super Mario Bros. 2 takes everything that worked about the previous games and... Read All

In the newest episode of Cheerful Ghost Radio yet, we talk about the home release of Avengers: Infinity War, how our thoughts have changed since we saw it in the theater, and the extra stuff on the Blu-Ray.

But because it's us, and we love talking about Star Wars... we talk about Star Wars first.

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