You might have a chance at getting a Super NES Classic after all

After Nintendo’s NES Classic Edition turned into a near-impossible to find piece of gaming gold last year—and then became fully impossible to find when the company discontinued the miniaturized console—everyone suspected this year’s release of the Super NES Classic would be just as dispiriting of a shit show.…

Samus Returns keeps quiet and gets back to Metroid's time-tested basics

There are few games lonelier than Metroid. The series has always derived power from stranding players deep inside some hostile alien world, then letting them stew in moody, haunting music and subterranean seclusion. Recent games—most notably, 2010's Wii-based Other M—have toyed with that formula, adding in more…

Madden's surprising story mode gives players their own seductive sports movie

Descent Into Maddeness is a mini-series that follows football neophyte William Hughes as he attempts to understand the video game institution of Madden NFL. Every other week, William will dig into a different mode from the series’ latest iteration, Madden NFL 18, all in an effort to appreciate this chart-topping…

Andrew W.K. likes pinball as much as he loves to party

Andrew W.K. is an accomplished singer-songwriter and instrumentalist, a strong proponent of pizza, a dynamite motivational speaker, and the king of partying. But one lesser-known aspect of his persona is his obsession with pinball. In the video above, we take Andrew to the Chicagoland-based Stern Pinball, the “oldest…

The new South Park game gets harder as your character’s skin gets darker

After many, many delays, it seems like South Park: The Fractured But Whole is finally going to launch for real in October. The folks at Eurogamer recently went hands-on with the role-playing game and found something a bit unexpected while creating their character. Players take on the role of the same New Kid that…

Mario + Rabbids reduces Nintendo's famous hero to the pop-culture icon he's become

The opening scene of Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle depicts Nintendo’s hero as we rarely see him within his own series: as the real-world pop-culture icon that he is. To explain how Ubisoft’s mischievous Rabbids ended up meeting Mario and the gang, Kingdom Battle sets up a wacky story where an inventor in what…

Video Games Gave Him The Chance To Prove He Is American

Video games aren’t what kept José Muñoz in his parents’ basement for much of the past seven years, slipping into depression. They aren’t why the former honor roll student dropped out of college, and they aren’t why he couldn’t get a job. Video games aren’t what sent him to a therapist’s couch, and video games aren’t…

Absolver’s beautiful world deserves martial-arts masters to fill it

Every Friday, A.V. Club staffers kick off our weekly open thread for the discussion of gaming plans and recent gaming glories, but of course, the real action is down in the comments, where we invite you to answer our eternal question: What Are You Playing This Weekend?

Nintendo loses $10 million lawsuit over Wii Remote technology

During the height of the Wii’s popularity, Nintendo was printing so much money that its executives surely filled a number of swimming pools, but it looks like whatever monkey’s paw made that success possible is finally turning the tables on Nintendo. As reported by Rolling Stone’s Glixel section, Nintendo has just…

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Street Fighter II re-released on new cartridges that might set your SNES on fire

In celebration of the Street Fighter series’ 30th anniversary, Capcom is partnering with the video game collectables company iam8bit to release its most legendary installment, Street Fighter II, on new Super NES cartridges. Costing $100 each and including a bunch of other goodies, like a fancy foil box and a “premium…

The Olympics might add video games—just not the violent ones

A representative of the Paris Olympic bid committee made waves earlier this month when he told the Associated Press they wanted to talk to the International Olympic Committee about adding esports to the 2024 Games. This was met with the usual “video games aren’t sports” grumbles, but the esports market continues to…

With one final death, Nier: Automata's ending redefines the meaning of life 

Games are often left unfinished. Sometimes they’re too difficult, too vast, or too repetitive to see all the way through to the closing credits. To The Bitter End is Gameological’s look at those endings that are worth fighting for—or at least worth reading about.

Oh god, why did we teach video game companies how to dab?

If we ever put the internet on trial, the tendency of online brands to attempt to co-opt pop culture—like body-snatching aliens moving their mouths in a vague approximation of human speech—will be one of the very first bits of evidence presented before the grand tribunal. Case in point: A tweet thread that broke out…

Experience the ecstasy of a man finally beating a Mario Maker level after 400 hours of trying

When you’re a kid, nothing is more frustrating than playing the same video game level over and over, only to watch your character die at the exact same point every time. More than a few game-controller-sized holes have been put into walls over just such frustrations. But, as we grow older, we start to realize that…

This Pokémon Go-inspired Walking Dead game should make you look really silly

Watching someone play Pokémon Go is a bit silly, since it really just looks like walking around while focusing on your phone very intently, but things would probably get exponentially sillier if the game involved any interaction beyond tapping and swiping. As silly as Pokémon Go can be, then, a new Walking Dead mobile…