[Ed. note: Since 2014, Alex Aniel has been working on a book chronicling the history behind his favorite series, Resident Evil. Looking back at the franchise’s development history from the earliest days, the book — planned as two volumes — folds in interviews with many of the key figures who worked behind the scenes at Capcom. Aniel isn’t planning to release the first volume — titled An Itchy, Tasty History of Resident Evil: 1994-2006 (Vol. 1) — until later this year. But to celebrate today being the 21st anniversary of Resident Evil 2’s release, he has put together a preview of the book in the form of an excerpt looking back on the creation of RE2. It’s a story about staff changes, failed experiments, and extraordinary success. And it starts with the promotion of game director Hideki Kamiya.] In the late ’80s and early ’90s, Capcom released games that achieved respectable sales. Mega Man and Street Fighter did not light sales … [Read more...] about How Resident Evil 2 fell apart, then became one of Capcom’s biggest hits
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For a moment, it seemed inevitable that a half-dozen or so excellent games from arguably the most influential video game publisher ever would be relegated to the status of historical footnote. In 2012, Nintendo followed its mainstream motion-control phenomenon, the Wii, with a new strategy refocused around its old fan base. The software plan was inspired. Fantastic entries in iconic franchises like The Legend of Zelda, new franchises like Splatoon, and three new Mario games, emphasizing the series’ 2D platforming roots. The hardware plan? Not so good. Nintendo bound the catalog to its ill-fated Wii U, an on-the-go tablet console that counterintuitively couldn’t be used on the go. In the end, an abundance of great games couldn’t overcome the agony of playing on what feels like a screen ripped off the seat back of a cheap domestic flight. All the while, Nintendo quietly fashioned a lifeboat for all these precious creations. In 2017, the Nintendo Switch made good on the … [Read more...] about New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is the first fantastic game of 2019
If you’ve been playing Mario Tennis Aces since its late-June launch on Nintendo Switch, you know two things: one, that this game is fun as heck; and two, that playing a match against Bowser Jr. is a nightmare. The game’s next content update will change that, however. In the patch notes for Mario Tennis Aces version 1.1.2, out July 19, Nintendo said that it’s slowing down Bowser Jr. and softening his nasty return shot. The Koopa Kid’s been considered overpowered to the point of being unfair. Nintendo is thankfully rebalancing the entirety of Mario Tennis Aces’ character roster, so that Bowser Jr. mains won’t have such a significant advantage over the rest of us. Nintendo said that it plans to “adjust the balance of this character further” in time for Mario Tennis Aces’ August online tournament. (Here’s hoping nerfs to Waluigi and Boo are next.) The rest of this patch, however, helps level the field in other beneficial ways. … [Read more...] about Mario Tennis Aces update will nerf Bowser Jr.
To celebrate the 35th anniversary of the NES’s launch in Japan (as the Family Computer), I’m counting down the 35 greatest games to appear on NES in the U.S. You can find the first part (from 35-16) here. Now, on to the top 15 … 15. Tecmo Super Bowl (Tecmo, 1991) Football games have changed a lot over the years, drifting toward the full-season career management model of Madden NFL with the occasional unlicensed hyperactive arcade-style experience. There actually are other approaches, though! And right around the time the original Madden was making its mark, Tecmo created a gem of an alternative. Tecmo Super Bowl, the sequel to the beloved Tecmo Bowl, embodies the best of the old-school 8-bit football style. It plays less like a coaching sim than modern football games, yet it nevertheless avoids being an all-out action title, too. By walking the line between the genre’s two extremes, Super Bowl continued Tecmo’s trend of producing top-flight sports games … [Read more...] about The 35 greatest NES games, part 2
This week was far from your typical span of boring March days. After The Division 2 and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 were officially revealed and everything happened in the Nintendo Direct, you might think it's time to coast into the weekend. Hardly! Just take a look at these top news tidbits and try to figure out if there's any way next week will compare. Days Gone is going, going, gone from PS4's 2018 lineup One of the most-anticipated upcoming PS4 games got a bit further away today, as Sony confirmed to USgamer that Days Gone is now set to release in 2019. The open-world action game set in a zombie apocalypse only had the vaguest of 2018 release windows before so it's not a massive change. Still, always a bummer when your "shotgun zombies from the back of a screaming chopper" plans get pushed back. Black Panther 2 is definitely happening Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige confirmed to Entertainment Weekly that the company will "absolutely do" another Black Panther, and it already has "a … [Read more...] about Daily NewsRadar: Days Gone delayed, Black Panther 2 confirmed, Valve actually making games, and more