13 items from 2017
There are many famous crossovers in gaming history, and whilst many of them are flawed, some (such as Marvel vs Capcom 2, Battletoads vs. Double Dragon and many more) are sublime. I’d never played either an Accel World or a Sword Art Online game when I came into Accel World vs Sword Art Online, so I entered it with an open mind, and I’ve spent a fair few hours over the past few days in researching both series.
Both Accel World and Sword Art Online were created by Reki Kawahara, and feature a back catalogue of Manga comics and cartoons that deal with fairly light, adventurous plots and themes. Both focus heavily on the advanced, virtual reality worlds that are present in each fiction and, I discovered, fans of Kawahara have long suspected that the worlds crossed over anyway. It isn’t even a massive spoiler for me to »
- Matthew Smail
So Robert Patrick played one of the premiere villains of all pop-culture with the iconic T-1000. His career hasn't reach those heights since, but he's had small roles as disapproving fathers since (if you don't count his Vanilla Ice impression in Double Dragon). But Patrick is going full villain again in the latest film Last Rampage, "the true story of the infamous prison break, of Gary... Read More »
- Damion Damaske
Brazilian developer QUByte Interactive has announced that its upcoming retro-inspired beat ’em up 99Vidas – The Game has passed Sony Qa and will be arriving on the Playstation Store for the Playstation 3, 4 and Ps Vita. The game, developed in partnership with popular Brazilian podcaster 99Vidas, takes inspiration from classic 16 bit titles such as Final Fight, Double Dragon, Battletoads, Golden Axe and Streets of Rage. Want to see the game in action? Then watch the trailers below…
Featuring 11 playable characters players will be able to punch and kick their way through a storymode consisting of 6 levels in both local and online co-op multiplayer. 99Vidas – The Game features two attack buttons, a punch attack which is fast but weak and a kick attack that is stronger but much slower. Both of these attacks can be combined to perform different combos.
Throughout the game players can earn experience points which can be used to upgrade characters, »
- Andrew Newton
Craig Lines Jul 5, 2017
Saboteur? BMX Ninja? Ninja Golf? Shadow Warriors? The Last Ninja? We dissect the ninja videogames of the 1980s...
When I was a kid, I picked what I wanted to be when I grew up based on computer games rather than actual life experience. First, thanks to Lunar Jetman, I wanted to be an astronaut. Then Elevator Action and Impossible Mission convinced me a spy would be an even cooler job. Winter Games and, uh, Horace Goes Skiing made me think I had a shot at the Olympic Slalom. By the time I got to playing Tapper, running a redneck bar that only served Budweiser to furious cowboys looked like a solid option too.
I didn’t end up doing any of those things in real life, but one thing I did pick up from gaming that’s never gone away was an obsession with ninjas. At the »
Steve McNeil Jun 1, 2017
Go 8-Bit's Steve McNeil salutes the PS4 and its commitment to retro gaming...
If you’ve got a PS4, you might assume it’s just one of those new-fangled computer gaming devices the young people use for whizzbang graphics and whatnot. But it’s actually host to a hidden treasure trove of retro classics too. You’d be forgiven for not noticing, as many of them are buried in the darker corners of the Playstation Store, but they’ll languish there no longer – here’s what you’ve been missing out on…unless you’ve already bought them, in which case, as you were…
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One name synonymous with early arcades is Namco, and there are several titles of theirs available – Dig Dug, Galaga, Pac Man and Ms Pac Man. They’re £3.29 a pop or, »
A newcomer to the Nerdly family, here’s the latest episode of the Pop Addled podcast, part of the ever-growing podcast roster here on Nerdly.
Pop Addled is a pop culture podcast with nerd tendencies. Join Keenan, Sam and Timmy as they discuss movies, music, video games, sports, TV, comics, and any intersection thereof. Their brains have been thoroughly addled by pop culture and they’re here to share their twisted thoughts with you!
If you haven’t heard the show yet, you can check out old episode on Libsyn and iTunes; and we’ll be bringing you the latest episodes from here on out…
Retro Movie Special: Double Dragon (1994)
We continue our critiques on movies based on video games this week with Double Dragon. I really don’t know what else to say…this movie is bad…we watched it…it’s based off a video game we love. »
- Phil Wheat
In Digital Shorts we review some of the latest video games that are only available digitally (at least in the UK), in a short-form review format. In this edition we take a look at Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Mega Battle, a new side-scrolling beat em-up from Bandai Namco – available now on PS4 and Xbox One.
It would seem the side-scrolling beat em-up is making something of a comeback. First we had retro title Double Dragon IV and now comes Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Mega Battle, which not only captures the spirit of the 90s television show, but also sees a return to the classic multiplayer beat-em-up style… and best of all, it’s for Four players!
Ok, let’s get right to the point. For those of you out there that are fans of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, there’s a Lot to like about this game. Each »
- Phil Wheat
Double Dragon IV is the latest installment in the long-running side-scrolling beat-em-up franchise, and picks up after the elimination of the Shadow Warriors in Double Dragon II (basically ignoring a Lot of the lesser Double Dragon entries). Released by Arc System Works, the game comes from producer Takaomi Kaneko, director Yoshihisa Kishimoto, character designer Koji Ogata, composer Kazunaka Yamane and programmer Kei Oyama – all of whom worked on the original Double Dragon way back in the 80s!
This new take on the franchise is exactly Not that. It’s not a new take, it’s not a reinvention. It is instead a return to the original format – pixelated graphics and all… Taking a cue from the Nes versions of the first two Double Dragon games: including using the same sprite designs for both Billy and Jimmy And the various villains, Double Dragon IV looks, and more importantly plays, just like the old games! »
- Phil Wheat
If you’re like me, a gamer in their 30s, you likely had an Nes growing up. In 1988, Double Dragon was released for the Nes after a successful arcade run the year before. Everyone played it. It was the first time I had ever played what would go on to be a standard, the side scrolling, angled view, beat-em up game. Punching and kicking my way through enemies and upgrading abilities, Double Dragon set the bar, and I was playing clones like Final Fight, Streets of Rage, and many others well into the ‘90s.
Now, publisher Arc System Works has continued the series where it left off on the Nes, with Double Dragon IV. If you recall, there was a Super Double Dragon on the Snes but they decided to start numbering the games again. Double Dragon IV picks up after Double Dragon II in the timeline. Players once again »
A fair few titles from yesteryear have earned the right to be looked back upon with rose-tinted spectacles. Some of them were truly excellent games that even the most diehard retro hater would have to concede are fantastic products that should be played by all, even today. Others though, are remembered fondly simply because of the situations in which you played them. That time you finally beat that terrible port of Robocop because it was all you had to play and felt like the king of the world. That vacation where Enduro Racer was the only video game at the rundown amusement park that you stumbled across. That Christmas Day when you finally got your hands on a Genesis and couldn’t stop playing the dire Sword of Sodan because the stores weren’t open for you to be able to go and buy a copy of Sonic The Hedgehog with your Christmas money. »
- Ken Barnes
Super Mario Bros. Street Fighter. Mortal Kombat Annihilation. House Of The Dead. Not only are these terrible videogame movies, there are some of the worst movies, period. And the list goes on! Double Dragon, Dead Or Alive, Alone In Dar – I mean, you get the idea. Hell, let’s add Assassin’S Creed and (presumably) Resident Evil: Final Chapter to that list as well. So why is that?... Read More »
- Damion Damaske
Ryan Lambie Jan 23, 2017
Classic 80s beat 'em up Double Dragon is making a comeback. Here are some new details for the belated sequel...
In the 80s, there was only one game that accurately depicted the reality of fighting in tight trousers: the arcade smash hit, Double Dragon. Starring twin martial arts experts Billy and Jimmy Lee, it was a beat 'em up that launched a thousand clones as well as ports to home systems, from the Zx Spectrum to the Game Boy.
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Double Dragon's popularity also resulted in more than a few sequels and spin-offs, which continued even after its original developer, Technos, sadly breathed its last in 1996. As well as numbered sequels Double Dragon II: The Revenge and Double Dragon III: The Rosetta Stone, there was also a Super Nintendo-only semi-sequel - called Super Double Dragon, because all games »
Behold the first teaser trailer for Chuck Hank and the San Diego Twins, the second film from Coatwolf Productions (Bellflower).
The Syndicate, an evil gang bent on world domination, summons a secret weapon from the heavens and breaks the long-standing truce with the San Diego family by kidnapping their sister and cutting off the town’s supply of Tatsui Power-Up Drinks. [Continued ...] »
13 items from 2017
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