Games of Summer 2014 - Of Plumbers and Stats!

The Super Nintendo. The single greatest achievement of Mankind (maybe... possibly... it's definitely up there on the top 10). Not only a small technological wonder at it's time, but it's amazing 700+ cartridge game library remains a true treasure cove to find the some of the best 16 bit games ever made. Among the… » 9/15/14 4:24pm Monday 4:24pm

7 Strangest Alternate Endings in JRPGs

Last days. Leaving places. I know all things end. But last Friday, after almost ten years, it was a goodbye lunch, farewells, an exit interview and then a final departure out of the parking lot. I never realized how much I would miss my company and the people in it until I was leaving, even though it was on the best… » 8/28/14 4:45am 8/28/14 4:45am

A Mini-Survival Guide To JRPGs

So I recently convinced some friends of mine to try Japanese role-playing games (JRPG). Let me tell you, it was no easy task. It took a comparison of games they played in the past, and a pleasing price range to get them to consent. But even after the hassle they still treaded carefully and they have every… » 8/08/14 12:09pm 8/08/14 12:09pm

The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky is Worth Your Time

The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky is a Japanese role-playing game developed by Nihon Falcom for the PlayStation Portable. Published by XSEED in North America on April 6, 2011, the game follows Estelle and Joshua Bright on their journey across Liberl to find their missing father and become full-fledged members of… » 5/08/14 5:07pm 5/08/14 5:07pm

Valkyria Chronicles II is Worth Your Time

Valkyria Chronicles II is a Tactical-Action RPG for Playstation Portable published by Sega. Released on August 26, 2010, it is a sequel to 2008's Valkyria Chronicles on Playstation 3. Set two years after the end of Valkyria Chronicles, the game follows the school lives of Avan Hardins and his classmates at Lanseal… » 4/14/14 5:21pm 4/14/14 5:21pm

Doing Preorder Bonuses Right

Let's be honest, Square Enix isn't the easiest company to love. Regardless of your opinion of them, they deserve credit for the fantastic limited editions upgrades they offer to those who preorder. This week the Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD collection came out and Square Enix offered a free limited edition upgrade to those… » 3/19/14 11:04am 3/19/14 11:04am

Let's Rank the Fire Emblem Games, From Worst to Best

Kotaku has been running a series called the Pecking Order, ranking games in a series from best to worst. In the spirit of this series, let's look at the Fire Emblem series today, ranking them from worst to best. All of the games in the Fire Emblem series are worth playing in their own right, but which are the best in… » 3/11/14 3:43pm 3/11/14 3:43pm

Chrono Trigger Soundtrack - Orchestral Tribute (Retro Gaming…

Disclaimer: I released this last year, but failed to really promote it much (too many other things going on). It's by no means, OC Remix-level (in fact all of my submissions to OC remix have always been rejected), but for a self-taught musician, I think it came out much better than I imagined. I think my submissions… » 3/10/14 1:21pm 3/10/14 1:21pm

New Reprint of Xenoblade Chronicles

Apparently Video Games Plus in Canada has worked with Nintendo to produce a reprint of the rare and now quite expensive Xenoblade Chronicles. They are factory sealed and sell for $63.74 (USD) or $69.99 (CAD). Considering the prices sealed copies of Xenoblade go for on Ebay these days, this seems like quite a good deal. » 2/25/14 11:16pm 2/25/14 11:16pm

What Fire Emblem Gets So Right

With the release of Fire Emblem Awakening, the Fire Emblem series achieved record sales and is considered one of the must-play games in the Nintendo 3DS library. But most importantly, Awakening marked the series finally breaking out of its niche status and attaining awareness among the mainstream 3DS audience. This… » 2/25/14 10:19am 2/25/14 10:19am