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Chris Kohler Chris Kohler Jul 17, 2019 at 04:00. 1 comments

How To Use Mario Maker 2's Tricky 'Scroll-Stop' Feature

How To Use Mario Maker 2's Tricky 'Scroll-Stop' Feature

How’s your Super Mario Maker 2 going? Making some Marios? Trying out some of the cool new features? One of the most subtle but powerful new tricks you can do with the Switch version of Nintendo’s brilliant creation game can really change how you build your Mario levels, but it can be tricky to use.

I’ve been playing lots of Mario Maker 2 since my review, and I still feel strongly about one of...

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Chris Kohler Chris Kohler Jul 15, 2019 at 18:01.

PSVR Platformer Astro Bot Is More Fun If You Don't Try To 100% It

PSVR Platformer <i>Astro Bot</i> Is More Fun If You Don't Try To 100% It
Kotaku Game DiaryDaily thoughts from a Kotaku staffer about a game we're playing.  

Ever since I played the first demo of Lucky’s Tale, I’ve been convinced that third-person platform games are a surprisingly perfect fit for virtual reality. It’s fun to play a platformer when you’re enveloped in the world itself. It’s more thrilling to make your character jump off a high cliff when you yourself...

Chris Kohler Chris Kohler Jul 15, 2019 at 17:43.

From Software's VR Game Builds An Entrancing World

From Software's VR Game Builds An Entrancing World

Sure, sure, everybody’s excited about Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, but let us not forget about From Software’s other upcoming game, which comes out on November 6: Déraciné, a slow-paced adventure game set in a boarding school. I played it at Tokyo Game Show, and now I can’t wait to play more.

The kids at the boarding school are debating whether or not “faeries” exist. You know that they...

Chris Kohler Chris Kohler Jul 15, 2019 at 16:51.

Curry I Ate In Japan, Ranked

Curry I Ate In Japan, Ranked

If you know anything about me, it’s that I love Japanese curry. At a party at last week’s Tokyo Game Show, a friend introduced me to someone by way of pointing out that if you Google, in Japanese, “the foreigner who loves curry,” an article I wrote in 2008 was the top hit. He then did this on his phone to prove it.

So as you might imagine, a trip to Japan for me means lots of curry, because...

Chris Kohler Chris Kohler Jul 15, 2019 at 13:57.
Chris Kohler Chris Kohler Jul 15, 2019 at 13:39.

The Best-Selling Games For PS1, N64, Saturn, And Dreamcast

The Best-Selling Games For PS1, N64, Saturn, And Dreamcast

Historical game sales data can be hard to come by, so I was quite interested to see NPD analyst Mat Piscatella tweet a series of all-time best-seller lists for the Nintendo 64, PlayStation 1, Saturn, Dreamcast, and Game Boy Color over the weekend. Some of these might surprise you!

The game industry’s sales numbers have historically been much more closed-off than those of other industries....

Chris Kohler Chris Kohler Jul 15, 2019 at 13:35.

The Days When Blockbuster Had Exclusive Video Games

The Days When Blockbuster Had Exclusive Video Games

On the season finale of Complete In Box, we’re taking a look at a piece of gaming history that’s so totally ‘90s: The rental store exclusive video game.

In the heyday of Blockbuster and Hollywood Video, video game publishers wanted to use rental stores as a unique marketing tool. They could put the games exclusively in rental stores, which would give the stores something to draw in customers...

Chris Kohler Chris Kohler Jul 15, 2019 at 12:49.

What year is it?!

What year is it?!

What year is it?! If you still want to make 8-bit NES games, you can demo and buy “NES Maker” software here at GDC, which lets you create an NES game with a GUI interface, no programming necessary. The games you make can run on actual NES hardware.

Chris Kohler Chris Kohler Jul 15, 2019 at 11:44.

The Animal Crossing You Probably Never Played

The <i>Animal Crossing</i> You Probably Never Played

With Animal Crossing coming this year for Switch, maybe you’ve been reliving your memories of playing it for the first time. What was your first Animal Crossing? GameCube? Nintendo DS? If you lived in Japan 18 years ago, perhaps it was on the Nintendo 64.

Complete In Box makes its long-awaited return today with an episode about the true origins of Nintendo’s critter-filled life-simulator...

Chris Kohler Chris Kohler Jul 15, 2019 at 03:44.

Atari's Much-Hated E.T. Is A (Slightly) Better Game If You Read The Manual

Atari's Much-Hated <i>E.T.</i> Is A (Slightly) Better Game If You Read The Manual

Welcome back to Complete In Box, our video series that looks back at classic games through the lens of their boxes, manuals, and other cool stuff that came packaged with them. Today, we look at what is often called the “worst game ever”: Atari’s E.T.

Listen, I don’t think E.T. is the worst game ever. (Everybody knows it’s really Jurassic Park Trespasser .) But the idea for this episode came...

Chris Kohler Chris Kohler Jul 15, 2019 at 03:25.

Konami Reveals Full Contra Anniversary Lineup, And It's Pretty Great

Konami Reveals Full <i>Contra Anniversary</i> Lineup, And It's Pretty Great

Konami’s upcoming Contra Anniversary Collection will include the NES version of Contra, the Sega Genesis game Contra: Hard Corps, and most other 8- and 16-bit games in the classic run-and-gun series, including the Japanese and European versions of the games—some of which are quite different from what we got in the U.S.

The collection still doesn’t have a specific release date, but it will be...

Chris Kohler Chris Kohler Jul 15, 2019 at 02:25.

Limited Run Games announced a slew of upcoming physical releases of digital games this morning

Limited Run Games announced a slew of upcoming physical releases of digital games this morning
E3 2019It's time for the biggest gaming show of the year. We've got articles, videos, podcasts and maybe even a GIF or two.  

Limited Run Games announced a slew of upcoming physical releases of digital games this morning. Of particular interest is the news that it’s getting into the “classic repro” biz with Star Wars cartridges for NES, Game Boy, and N64. It’ll release these beginning next month.

Chris Kohler Chris Kohler Jul 15, 2019 at 02:03.

Mega Man, Street Fighter II Coming To Genesis Mini

<i>Mega Man</i>, <i>Street Fighter II</i> Coming To Genesis Mini

Sega has revealed the next batch of 10 games coming to its Genesis Mini console, including Capcom classics like Mega Man: The Wily Wars, Street Fighter II: Special Champion Edition, and Ghouls ‘n Ghosts.

Of particular interest is Mega Man: The Wily Wars, an enhanced compilation of the first three games in the series that includes an extra Genesis-exclusive stage. While it was released on...

Chris Kohler Chris Kohler Jul 15, 2019 at 01:47.

Looks like E3&#39;s West Hall had a temporary power outage, which caused this amusing Zelda II-theme

Looks like E3&amp;#39;s West Hall had a temporary power outage, which caused this amusing Zelda II-theme
E3 2019It's time for the biggest gaming show of the year. We've got articles, videos, podcasts and maybe even a GIF or two.  

Looks like E3's West Hall had a temporary power outage, which caused this amusing Zelda II-themed “technical difficulties” screen to pop up during the Nintendo Treehouse Live stage show. Nice planning ahead, Nintendo!

Chris Kohler Chris Kohler Jul 15, 2019 at 01:37.

“Hey Gooch, why don’t you make Tetris with music?”

“Hey Gooch, why don’t you make Tetris with music?”

“Hey Gooch, why don’t you make Tetris with music?” — Tetsuya Mizuguchi’s recollection at GDC of how The Tetris Company’s Henk Rogers pitched him on the creation of Tetris Effect.

Chris Kohler Chris Kohler Jul 15, 2019 at 00:11.

Trials Of Mana Has No Manual, So Here's How To Play It

<i>Trials Of Mana </i>Has No Manual, So Here's How To Play It

The good news: Seiken Densetsu 3, the sequel to Secret of Mana, is finally available outside Japan for the first time, and it’s now called Trials of Mana. The bad news: Collection of Mana, the Switch game that includes Trials, doesn’t have a manual, and Trials is a complicated game. Here’s what you should know before you start.

The other two games in the collection, Secret of Mana and Final...

Chris Kohler Chris Kohler Jul 14, 2019 at 23:09.

Damn, Yoshi's Crafted World Looks Gorgeous

Damn, <i>Yoshi's Crafted World</i> Looks Gorgeous

I’ve been playing Yoshi’s Crafted World for Switch in advance of its March 29 release, and the thing that’s sticking with me the most is how just plain beautiful it looks.

I know we all enjoy playing our Switches in handheld mode, but you should consider docking that sucker for the duration of your Crafted World play time, so you can better enjoy its visual feast on the biggest screen in your...

Chris Kohler Chris Kohler Jul 14, 2019 at 23:07.

The Golden Age Of Sierra On-Line's 'Big Box' PC Games

The Golden Age Of Sierra On-Line's 'Big Box' PC Games

Complete In Box is finally tackling a much-requested topic: The classic games of Sierra On-Line, one of the 80s’ and 90s’ most popular publishers of “big box” PC games. And to do it right, we teamed up with one of the best-known collectors of classic PC games, Metal Jesus.

Known as “Jason” to his friends, Metal Jesus runs a popular YouTube channel that’s home to lots of discussion about that...

Chris Kohler Chris Kohler Jul 14, 2019 at 22:13.

Mega SG Is An Amazing HDMI Sega Genesis For The Hardcore Retro Nerd

Mega SG Is An Amazing HDMI Sega Genesis For The Hardcore Retro Nerd

The Sega Genesis has had by far the longest shelf life of any of the 16-bit systems. You could buy Sega’s final “Genesis 3" model in stores until the early 2000s, and just a few years later, the AtGames released licensed plug-and-play machines, some with Genesis cartridge slots. For the last 30 years, you’d likely be able to find a Genesis-compatible console on a store shelf. So do you need...

Chris Kohler Chris Kohler Jul 14, 2019 at 21:28.

Shigeru Miyamoto is “front and center in the creation” of the upcoming Super Mario animated film, th

Shigeru Miyamoto is “front and center in the creation” of the upcoming Super Mario animated film, th

Shigeru Miyamoto is “front and center in the creation” of the upcoming Super Mario animated film, the studio’s founder Chris Meledandri told Variety. “I’ve rarely seen that happen with any adaptation where the original creative voice is being embraced like we’re embracing Miyamoto,” he said.

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