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Back in 2008, did anyone think we’d be playing a brand new Mega Man game in the style of the 8-bit NES classics? If so, could you fathom that we’d be getting another one just like it less than two years later?

Despite concerns that it would feel too dated, Mega Man 9 was warmly received by gamers and press alike. It was a return to form after being lost in a forest of chip-collecting RPG tedium and bloated, plot-hole ridden drama. This was how Mega Man was supposed to be!

Solid in its own right, it’s possible that Mega Man 9 rode by thanks to nostalgia. On the other hand, Mega Man 10 has to justify its existence.

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Xbox indie fans have something to rejoice about today, as Team Meat, the team of developers responsible for Super Meat Boy told IGN that the game would be released on the Xbox Live Arcade in addition to its release on the Wii.

Super Meat Boy has been in development for about six months now and since it was announced, it was thought the title would be a WiiWare exclusive, something many hardcore platform gamers lamented. However, with today’s announcement, Team Meat has opened their game to a much broader audience which can only be good for Meat Boy.

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When you get to be my age, you tend to look back on your early gaming years with a sense of nostalgia.  I yearn to return to those days of innocence when all it took was two buttons and a directional pad to play games.  One title from my youth that holds a special place in my heart is the NES classic Blaster Master.

I have fond memories of the critically acclaimed mix of side-scrolling platforming and overhead shooter gameplay that made the game so popular back in the day.  When Sunsoft announced it was releasing a spiritual successor to it on WiiWare, entitled Blaster Master Overdrive, I was extremely excited to have a chance to relive my childhood.  Sometimes though, it’s best to leave those fond memories of your youth in the past. Read more… »

Imagine being a defense attorney with a client facing murder charges. Here is the situation: the defendant and victim were locked in a room together. Witnesses heard two gunshots come from inside the room. When said witnesses broke through the door, the defendant had a gun in her hand, and the only other person in the room at the time was lying dead. Prove the defendant’s innocence under these circumstances.

If this sounds thrilling or intense to you, then you might be a big fan of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Justice For All. The Ace Attorney games are a series of murder mystery stories told from the perspective of a defense attorney: the titular Phoenix Wright. His clients have been accused of murder on trumped up charges, and it’s your goal to prove their innocence while simultaneously solving the mystery – no matter how bleak the situation may seem.

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It’s time for the information dump all of you Mega Man fans have been waiting for.  Capcom has finally unveiled the official release dates for all the different platform versions of Mega Man 10, as well as a complete description list of the weapon upgrades.

Those of you who still own a Wii will get first dibs at the game when it releases on WiiWare on March 1st.  PS3 owners will get it next on March 11th, leaving Xbox 360 users waiting for when it finally arrives on March 31st.  I’m not sure why the releases are spread so far apart, but it is what it is.  Hit the jump for a complete list of weapon upgrades and descriptions. Read more… »

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Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth marks the third installment in Konami’s ReBirth series, a series with the goal of taking certain franchises back to their roots. I missed Gradius ReBirth, and Contra ReBirth was underwhelming. Naturally, I didn’t have incredibly high expectations of the third ReBirth game.

Imagine my surprise when I played Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth, only to find out that it was pretty good. The Castlevania series has been away from its ‘roots’ ever since the smash hit, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, reinvented the series from the ground up.

It would seem, however, that there’s still some merit in remembering the old way.

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Mega Man 10 might still be a couple of months away, but that hasn’t stopped Capcom from revealing the entire boss lineup for the blue bomber’s next adventure.  The full list, which debuted in the Japanese magazine CoroCoro, not only contains the names of all these mechanical monstrosities, but their attacks as well.

You can view the complete boss lineup after the jump, but as you look it over I want you to take a second and think if any of these guys sound familiar.  Their names might seem fresh and new, but their attacks lack originality, as if they have already appeared in previous Mega Man games.  Check out the list and decide for yourself though. Read more… »

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Rage of the Gladiator Contest
By: | January 5th, 2010

Rage of the Gladiator

WiiWare fans rejoice, for you are not forgotten! Ghostfire Games has announced a new contest for their latest title, Rage of the Gladiator, that offers a unique – and pretty damn cool – prize.

The developer has challenged its gamers to a race. That’s right, a global race where the first players from Europe and North America to screenshot their accomplishments will have their name emblazoned across children’s foreheads made part of Ghostfire Games’ next title.

Hit the jump to find out what you need to know.

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Capcom is not wasting any time getting as much Mega Man 10 information out to the public as possible.  Last night they hosted a live video stream featuring the first video footage of game, and today they released the first official trailer.

It appears a virus has broken out causing all the robots to turn evil and begin taking over the world.  It’s up to Mega Man, with the help of Proto Man, to stop the out-of-control robots and save the day again.  The trailer shows off multiple levels from the game as well a quick glimpse at the new “Easy Mode”.

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We all know that Mega Man 10 has been announced. We all heard about Sheep Man, too. But, when are we gonna see what it looks like? I suppose it’s true that we can already guess; however, it’s still nice to see the game in action.

Earlier this evening, Capcom’s US community website celebrated Mega Man’s 22nd birthday with a live video stream which featured the first footage of Mega Man 10. The footage was recorded and uploaded onto YouTube just an hour after the event ended. Hit the jump to see footage of Sheep Man’s stage, showcasing the game’s “Normal Mode” and the new “Easy Mode”.

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Mega Man 10 is happening
By: | December 10th, 2009

Mega Man 10 is happening

Rocky Balboa had one good fight left in him. After demonstrating to a brash young Mason Dixon that old people can still bring the noise, the Italian Stallion hung up his gloves for good. However, there is another Sly Stallone character who after making a literal killing coming out of retirement desires to embark upon a fifth adventure.

Mega Man is more like John Rambo in this regard.

Nintendo Power has just revealed that Mega Man 10 is on its way to WiiWare sometime in 2010. PSN and XBLA releases have yet to be confirmed, but it’s pretty much a sure thing. Read more… »

For wannabe attorneys that need a big screen for their courtroom antics, Ace Attorney Phoenix Wright is coming to WiiWare.  According to Nobuooo, “The first trilogy is due out in early 2010 in Japan.”

Check out the debut trailer for the game above, complete with a ridiculously over-the-top Japanese family enjoying the new Wii-exclusive motion controls.  According to the final frames, pricing appears to be set at 900 points.

I believe this is an update of the Nintendo DS games with new controls…?  (Sorry, my kanji translation is a little rusty.)  Whether it’s a remake or an original entry in the series, however, it’s sure to capture the fun and charm of its handheld brethren.

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