Review: Brawl till you crawl in Dragon’s Crown Pro

• Developer: Vanillaware Ltd. • Publisher: Atlus

• Genre: Action RPG • Available on: PS4

Fantastical locales have long been associated with deep role-playing mechanics in video games, but developer Vanillaware’s Dragon’s Crown Pro trades those intricacies for arcade-like beat-’em-up action.

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Review: Superhot is a shooter with puzzling elements

• Developer/publisher: Superhot Team

• Genre: First-person shooter • Available on: PS4, Xbox One and Steam (PC, Mac and Linux)

• Played on: Xbox One

Editor’s note: This review is based on one I wrote during my time as a Game Informer intern. The review was edited based on corrections by Game Informer Review Editor Joe Juba. Read all about my internship at Game Informer here.

Slow motion in shooters has long been an ability that makes players dominant by dialing down the tempo for a superhuman feeling. Superhot begs the question: What if the entire game is a never-ending freeze frame at your disposal? It might sound like a gimmick, but this first-person shooter cleverly uses time manipulation to craft a thrilling action puzzler.

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Introducing Shenanikins, a stupidly funny video series on playing video games

For years I’ve been telling my two cousins that in one way or another we should make videos about the stupid, hilarious, and random shit that happens to us in and/or outside video games. With this new video series, Shenanikins, I’m finally making one of those ideas a reality.

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So how much is each SNES Classic game worth?

You’ve seen the Instagram and Twitter posts. Your buddies in Facebook groups and forums have shown it off. The media — whether gaming centric or not — has reported on it. Everyone and their derpy pets want an SNES Classic.

The highly sought after console finally released Friday, and with it came a mostly fantastic library of 21 games, including Super Mario World, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the PastSuper Metroid and the unreleased Star Fox 2.

Many of these games are still considered among the best of the best, many of which are quite valuable in the collector’s market. This makes the SNES Classic’s $79.99 price tag almost a steal — even if you’ve bought these games multiple times.

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Review: Cuphead a devil of a great time

• Developer/publisher: Studio MDHR

• Genre: Action platformer • Available on: Xbox One and PC

• Played on: Xbox One

Robbie’s note: “Cuphead” has co-op gameplay, but I played through the game solo. My review is based on the single-player experience.

It’s hard to fathom how Cuphead is a video game. The hand-drawn, gorgeous aesthetics inspired by 1930s cartoons carry a bizarre charm from the moment the menu boots up to the final fray. Everything on screen from the water-colored backdrops to the character designs and animations look as if they were brilliantly extracted from original cartoon reels in which weird characters nonchalantly gambled and smoked cigars — a time where that sort of influence on children was an afterthought.

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Why Nintendo Switch might be tough to get in North America

It’s almost here after nearly two years of waiting. From 8 p.m. PST to 11 p.m. EST (that’s 10 o’ clock Texas time, y’all) on Jan. 12 — also goes by the name “tomorrow” — Nintendo will host the Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017, an event that reveals all of the details for their next system. Catch up with the Nintendo Switch’s debut trailer that’s up top if you haven’t seen it yet.

To catch you up to speed, the Nintendo Switch fuses the graphical power home console (NES, Super Nintendo, Wii, etc.) with the portability of their handheld systems (Game Boy, DS, 3DS, etc.). Although it’s a home console first thanks to the dock that lets you play it on your TV, you can take it with you outside your home. The controls on both sides of system — which is the screen itself, not the dock —can come off and be used as separate controllers. It will also use cartridges similar to either SD cards on 3DS games for software, though the games graphically won’t be quite as good as Xbox One or PlayStation 4 titles.

The presentation will likely answer the most important questions: how much is it, what’s the battery life, the launch date (currently with a March 2017 window), which games we are getting when it releases, etc.

I’m excited as HELL for the Switch and its potential. I desperately want one at launch because I know Nintendo doesn’t release a product if it hasn’t been extensively tested, but here’s what I’m most worried about going into the presentation: just how freakin’ hard is it going to be to get your hands on one? These are some of the signs that have me thinking it’s going do be harder to get than a likable Kanye West.

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Pokemon GO is fantastic because people are getting out and exploring the world

Pokemon GO logo

You’ve probably seen Pokemon GO all over your social media feeds already, or, more than likely, you already ran over someone who was aimlessly walking in the middle of a street while they were on their quest to catch ’em all.

In just a few days, PGO has already become a sensation of sorts.

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