[Continuing Gamasutra's 2009 retrospective, Ryan Langley of sister site GamerBytes ranks the Top 5 Console Downloadable Games of 2009 from his perspective. Previously: Top 5 Biz Trends, Top 5 iPhone Games, Top 5 Controversies, Top 5 PC Games, Top 5 Handheld Games Of 2009, and Top 5 Major Industry Events.]Do you remember the launch of Microsoft's Xbox Live Arcade for the Xbox 360 back in 2005? On offer, it hosted games like Gauntlet, Joust, Smash TV and Bejeweled 2 -- titles that most of us had played before and all limited to their 50MB file size.But there was a little gem stuck in there called Geometry Wars, and that addictive little top-down shooter has shaped what the Xbox Live Arcade -- and digitally downloaded console games -- have become today.Four years later, PlayStation Network and WiiWare have joined the mix -- as well as DSiWare and PSP Minis. We’ve got games hitting 2GB in size, we’ve got a digital-only Battlefield game that has sold well over a million copies, … [Read more...] about Gamasutra’s Best Of 2009: Top 5 Console Downloadable Games
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Pick your character class, choose your weapons and recruit your comrades. We count down the 50 best role-playing games ever made. Nobody is allowed to argue with our list of the 50 best RPGs of all time. We had enough squabbling in the staff meeting, and as for the secret edit wars…! Half of us are still not speaking to the other. When the dust settled, the blood had been mopped, and everyone had apologised to their fellows, we shook hands and agreed that we’d mined a deep vein of precious truth, the ore that powers our rampaging video game justice machine. We had discovered the 50 best RPGs ever. These… are those RPGS. Oh, Secret of Mana: how we love thee. Never had we blown so hard on a worn out SNES cartridge, just to get you working again. With a banner real-time battle system, jaw dropping graphics, and a stellar soundtrack, for some of us, it is one of the greatest games ever. Even though the menu system was overly frustrating at first, and the story was very … [Read more...] about The 50 best RPGs EVER
The early morning announcement of a partnership between Nintendo and DeNA shocked the gaming industry. The two companies are planning a multi-device membership service that combines Nintendo’s IPs and developers with DeNA’s mobile skills. The plan is to kind of do what Sony did with PlayStation Mobile and have things be accessible on multiple devices, only the NintenDeNA partnership will include PCs and also its own dedicated game system. Nintendo is opening up all of its existing IPs for this project, which could be the real game-changer here. Sony didn’t leverage any of their IPs with PlayStation Mobile, which recently shut down.The mobile space has been used for years to give console releases another branch on the gaming tree to make some money with. Sonic and Sega All-Stars Racing had a mobile release that allowed Sega to show that kart racing could be done well on mobile devices. Mario Kart would have a fairly seamless transition to mobile, especially with … [Read more...] about DeNA Partnership Will Future-Proof Nintendo for Years to Come
As you may have heard by now, the latest issue of Famitsu unveils a new Nintendo 3DS peripheral, a shell that effectively gives the handheld a second analog pad along its right edge. If you track down scans of the magazine (we won't host them as a courtesy to Famitsu and its original content), you can see it's not pretty. Of course, "It's not pretty" describes the current state of Nintendo just as well as it does the new peripheral. For years, the company has blithely done things The Nintendo Way, ignoring current trends and bucking conventional wisdom to produce both breakthrough hits like the Game Boy and ignoble failures like the Virtual Boy. As a result, when Nintendo's unconventional ways pay off, they pay off in a big way by cornering a market that maybe didn't exist previously. It's the "blue ocean" strategy. By sailing into uncharted waters, Nintendo knows there won't be any competition waiting for it. Just look at the DS and the Wii for recent examples, or go back to the … [Read more...] about Nintendo trading in the blue ocean for a white flag?
Spike Chunsoft's cult favorite Zero Escape series will conclude this June with trilogy-ender Zero Time Dilemma —€” but that shouldn't deter total newcomers from trying out the dark, story-heavy puzzle game, according to director Kotaro Uchikoshi. Speaking with Uchikoshi through a translator during Game Developers Conference 2016, he was adamant that when the game launches in June, it will attract its own set of fans to the franchise."I think that, as a fan of something, you want to get as many people as possible on board," he said. "So we wanted to make [Zero Time Dilemma] a title to be accessible to as many people as possible."But broadening the appeal of a series with an admittedly ... complicated storyline without alienating existing fans is no easy task. At a GDC press event, Uchikoshi and members of Zero Escape publisher Aksys Games were on hand to demo the series' final release, focusing on its combination of approachable tweaks and narrative payoff … [Read more...] about Zero Time Dilemma turns to Western fans — and TV — to go out with a bang