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May2012

  • News Gaijin Games Drops Another Hint of Runner 2 on Wii U

    We'd bet on it

    The video game industry is full of teases and hype generators, with carefully placed statements designed to get us all speculating with wild abandon. To be fair to Gaijin Games, its hints aren't designed to tantalise, but to smack gamers between the eyeballs and get them excited. We give you the developer's latest blog entry in...

April2012

  • News The Wii U RUNNER 2 Hotline is Now Open

    Gaijin Games soliciting rad ideas for sprint-'em-up sequel

    When we spoke to Alex Neuse of Gaijin Games at PAX East about the prospect of BIT.TRIP Presents RUNNER 2 making its way to Nintendo's shiny new HD console, the answer was optimistic but cagey: yes, they have a Wii U development kit, no, they have no set plans. It appears that Gaijin is...

  • News Gaijin Drops Biggest Hint Yet at Wii U Runner2

    Place your bets now, please

    Gaijin Games' BIT.TRIP series started on WiiWare, but the studio's next game, BIT.TRIP Presents Runner2, is for HD consoles only. But wait — Wii U is a HD console, right? Yes it is, so we tracked down Gaijin's Alex Neuse and Mike Roush at PAX East to question them. Our editor-at-large and t-shirt-hander-outer Jon...

March2012

  • News BIT.TRIP Runner 2 Could Dash Onto Wii U

    Commander Video loves Nintendo

    The WiiWare service has, despite its detractors, been host to some terrific download games, including six BIT.TRIP titles from Gaijin Games. While these titles have been released at retail with BIT.TRIP COMPLETE and BIT.TRIP SAGA on Wii and 3DS respectively, the developer's latest project, Runner 2 - Future Legend of...

January2012

  • News Gaijin Games Explains Why RUNNER2 Won't Reach Wii

    Talks Wii U too

    Gaijin Games' BIT.TRIP series started life on Wii and has appeared on 3DS in the form of BIT.TRIP SAGA, but the next instalment, RUNNER2, won't come to WiiWare. Why not? Artist Chris Meyer explained: This game is too big and too detailed to work on Wii. We need the Xbox power in order for it to work. If you actually think about it,...

September2011

  • News BIT.TRIP COMPLETE and SAGA Trailer is Hard to BEAT

    Fills a VOID, too

    Gaijin Games' double-whammy of retail BIT.TRIP compilations — BIT.TRIP COMPLETE on Wii and BIT.TRIP SAGA on 3DS — is about to hit retail across North America, so what better time to indulge in a brand new trailer showing the games off? In case you weren't sure which version to pick up, our handy Feature: BIT.TRIP SAGA vs. BIT.TRIP COMPLETE should help out. We'll have full..

  • Feature BIT.TRIP SAGA vs. BIT.TRIP COMPLETE

    We'll help you decide

    When Gaijin Games released its first BIT.TRIP title BIT.TRIP BEAT back in 2009, the game took many players by surprise not only with its unique musical and visual presentation, but also with its extremely addictive gameplay. And as beloved as BEAT would become, the series would only get more interesting as each new release took...

August2011

  • News Gamestop Offers BIT.TRIP SAGA Preorder Bonus

    Preorder online and get a free soundtrack

    If you're one of those gamers who were disappointed to find out that BIT.TRIP SAGA wouldn't come with the soundtrack sampler that its Wii counterpart BIT.TRIP COMPLETE is being packaged with, Gamestop has an offer for you. Gamers who preorder BIT.TRIP SAGA through Gamestop's online store will receive a free...

June2011

  • News BIT.TRIP COMPLETE Fills Retail Void on 13th September

    Core fans rejoice!

    BIT.TRIP COMPLETE, the disc collection of WiiWare's finest retro-styled musically-themed series, is coming to retail in North America on 13th September. The package contains all six games as well as a soundtrack CD, video gallery, 120 in-game challenges, art gallery, online leaderboards and more. Want to learn more about these games? Check out our BIT.TRIP reviews to see what..

  • News Gaijin Games Details New Content in BIT.TRIP COMPLETE

    The BEAT goes on

    How do you celebrate one of the best series WiiWare has to offer? Pack it all onto one disc and call it BIT.TRIP COMPLETE, that's how. Gaijin Games' genre-defying series is coming to Wii later this year, and the studio has revealed more about what players can expect from the new collection. As well as all six BIT.TRIP games —...

  • First Impressions BIT.TRIP SAGA (3DS)

    BIT.TRIP goes 3D!

    To say that the BIT.TRIP series has been a highlight of the WiiWare service would be a gross understatement. Their simplistic design and wildly playable nature have made for some of the most engaging gaming experiences on the service and continue to be among the most popular titles in the catalog. Now, the folks at Gaijin Games are...

May2011

  • News First BIT.TRIP SAGA Screens Incoming

    Including one in 3D!

    Aksys Games has just published the box art and first four screen shots of their upcoming title BIT.TRIP SAGA, and they've done what we've hoped publishers would do since we first saw the words "2D image of a Nintendo 3DS game" – they've released a 3D image of a Nintendo 3DS game. Hopefully the early June system...

April2011

March2011

  • News BIT.TRIP FLUX Soundtrack Available to Download Now

    $5.99 for music to go

    Now that WiiWare has bid a teary-eyed farewell to the BIT.TRIP series with BIT.TRIP FLUX it's the perfect time to sit in the dark, on your own, and cry to some of the finest music to have graced WiiWare. The soundtrack for BIT.TRIP FLUX is now available to download from CD Baby, as a 10-track album for $5.99. Not only that,...

  • Features The History of BIT.TRIP, Part 3

    In this installment, Gaijin explains their carefully laid plan for game four's runaway popularity, go through BIT.TRIP hell and reflect on the end of the series.

    Be sure to read Part 1 and Part 2 of our look at the history of BIT.TRIP and Gaijin Games. EYEBALL REVOLUTION: The team somewhat jokingly chalks RUNNER’s popularity, apart from being very...

  • Features The History of BIT.TRIP, Part 2

    In this installment, Gaijin struggles to find the fun in CORE and crafts what they feel to be a beautiful game in VOID.

    Be sure to read part 1 of our history of BIT.TRIP. ON THE MAP: Luckily for Gaijin, BEAT was a success; had the game tanked then the series would’ve likely gone ahead as planned, but it ensured them that they were on the right...

  • Features The History of BIT.TRIP, Part 1

    In the first part of our look at how the BIT.TRIP series was made, learn how its developer, Gaijin Games, crashed and burned on its first go, how the series formed and why level 3 of BEAT is so visually messed up.

    “Who is the Commander?” The question posed by IGN as the headline for a Dec. 19, 2008 news post on their Wii channel was modest,...

February2011

December2010

November2010

  • News Gaijin Games Releases BIT.TRIP Teaser

    Can you figure it all out?

    Alex Neuse and the guys over at Gaijin Games have always enjoyed toying with their fans when it comes to their BIT.TRIP series and it seems this time will be no different. We've already seen the name BIT.TRIP FLUX pop up on various sites as the probable name for the sixth and final entry in the series and when we contacted...

  • News Europe's FATE is Dated for November 19th

    That's a week on Friday, folks

    The latest entry in the BIT.TRIP series, BIT.TRIP FATE, is blasting its way to WiiWare next Friday, November 19th. The first out-and-out shooter in the series, FATE still revels in the customary retro aesthetics for which Gaijin Games is now famous. You can read our BIT.TRIP FATE review to get geared up for this one.

October2010

  • News BIT.TRIP FATE Coming October 25th

    CommanderVideo fires up for fifth entry in the series

    The nice folks at Gaijin Games have just announced that their fifth entry in the popular BIT.TRIP series BIT.TRIP FATE will be hitting the North American WiiWare service on October 25th and will only set you back a paltry 800 Wii Points. "BIT.TRIP FATE is like the Empire Strikes Back of the...

September2010

  • News Gaijin's Alex Neuse Plays Silly Beggars About 3DS Development

    Let's play "will they, won't they"

    Those Gaijin Games guys are a wily bunch: the first teaser for BIT.TRIP FATE was vague as they come, but even that has nothing on Alex Neuse's slippery 3DS comments to Eurogamer. When quizzed about whether the studio had plans to develop on other consoles, Neuse did – or perhaps didn't – have this to say: I...

  • Podcast Episode 19 - So Long, Farewell

    Full of audio treats you simply will not believe

    The Nintendo Life podcast is taking a break for a little while, but this final-for-a-while show is crammed full of quality items. Terrible accents, anonymous listeners pretending to host talk shows about genitals – yes, really – and the culmination of Sean Aaron's interview with Gaijin Games's Chris Osborn, there's never been a more varied or..

  • First Impressions BIT.TRIP FATE

    We take the game for a spin in space

    The folks at Gaijin Games have already brought us four amazing BIT.TRIP releases that take many of the classic arcade elements from days gone by and somehow make them relevant again with their unique music/rhythm gameplay twists. We've seen classic influences ranging from the original Pong all the way up to David...

  • News BIT.TRIP FATE Revealed at PAX

    It's bullet hell BIT.TRIP!

    Gaijin Games finally unveiled their newest BIT.TRIP release BIT.TRIP FATE this morning at the PAX 2010 show in Seattle and the bullets were flying. After taking the series into the platforming realm last trip out with BIT.TRIP RUNNER, FATE propels CommanderVideo straight into on-rail bullet hell. You can check out the...

  • News Step to the Beat of the Lilt Line Website

    First trailer available

    Our recent Lilt Line First Impressions placed the game on many readers' radars, but words cannot do justice to the game's soundtrack or devious design. Thankfully Gaijin Games has obliged by launching the official Lilt Line WiiWare site containing the first trailer of the forthcoming release, hopefully filling in some of...

August2010

  • News BIT.TRIP FATE Teaser Image Released

    More funky artwork to blow your mind

    As you know, Gaijin Games has just recently announced the title of their newest BIT.TRIP release BIT.TRIP FATE, so the obligatory teaser image from the ever-sadistic Alex Neuse was bound to surface eventually. As you can see below, it's a very beautiful piece of artwork, but if you're expecting to get any type of...

  • First Impressions Lilt Line

    Gaijin gets ready to beat us up again

    WiiWare fans already know to associate the Gaijin Games name with a series of top drawer titles, all with unique retro stylings and a heavy emphasis on music. Now the developer has turned publisher, having picked up A Different Cloth's iPhone title Lilt Line for a transition to the big screen. We recently sat...

  • News Gaijin Games Tease Fifth Game in BIT.TRIP Series

    Facebook post outs new instalment...and Wii Zapper support?

    Gaijin Games, the team responsible for creating the retro-styled BIT.TRIP series on WiiWare, is spilling the bits on its latest game. Recent updates on its official facebook page have been dropping cryptic clues as to what is coming next in the series, partially revealing the title of the...

  • News BIT.TRIP RUNNER Soundtrack Now Available

    More BIT.TRIP beats to jam to!

    So you say you want to listen to the amazing musical tracks from the BIT.TRIP RUNNER release but don't know where to turn? Well the nice guys over at Gaijin Games have just announced that the game's soundtrack can now be yours for a mere $5.99. Check out the official press release below for all of the information you...

July2010

  • News Show Your Love for Bit.Trip with Commander Video Videos

    Superimpose the running man into your world

    You can't fault the fans of Gaijin's Bit.Trip series – from fanart to papercraft, they know how to show their love for Commander Video and friends. One ardent fan thinks there's more that can be done, and has created a YouTube 'call to arms' for other fans of the series. The idea is to superimpose...

May2010

  • News Bit.Trip Runner is About "What it Means to be Human"

    Alex Neuse reveals game's story and influences

    Have you played Bit.Trip Runner yet? It's rather good and, as we said in our review, "cements Gaijin's reputation as a developer that has repeatedly shown it has a firm grasp on the craft of gaming." You might not actually understand what the game's about though: like previous Bit.Trip titles,...

  • News Build Your Own BIT.TRIP RUNNER Papercraft

    Print, cut, fold and tape

    With the official soundtracks to the first three titles in the BIT.TRIP series already rolled out, Gaijin Games has another treat for fans in spirit of the upcoming release of BIT.TRIP RUNNER on WiiWare. Gamers now have another reason to be excited about the game's European release this Friday because the developers have a...

  • News BIT.TRIP VOID Soundtrack Unleashing a Sonic Attack

    Ten slices of retro bits

    Gamers interested in the gradual release of the BIT.TRIP audio gems will be glad to know Gaijin Games has announced that the official soundtrack to BIT.TRIP VOID can now be purchased via download on the CD Baby Web site, and soon to be on Amazon and iTunes. Alex Neuse, founder of Gaijin Games, goes to describe the soundtrack...

  • News BIT.TRIP RUNNER to Race Across Europe on May 14th

    Out in the US three days later

    Each of Gaijin Games' previous releases in the BIT.TRIP series have taken at least a month to make it across the pond, with the last release, BIT.TRIP VOID, taking three months. Seemingly stricken with deep regret, Gaijin's making amends by bringing BIT.TRIP RUNNER to Europe first, even if only by a few days. In just...

March2010

  • News BIT.TRIP RUNNER Gameplay Trailer

    Check out that platforming action!

    Gaijin Games has just announced that they now have an official YouTube channel and to kick things off they've uploaded the brand new trailer for their upcoming WiiWare title BIT.TRIP RUNNER. You can check out the full trailer below and don't forget to keep an eye on their YouTube page from time to time to see what...

  • First Impressions Bit.Trip RUNNER

    8-bit run amok!

    RUNNER is the fourth and next entry in Gaijin Games' six-part Bit.Trip series and we've been fortunate enough to spend some time with the latest build, which has just been sent off to Nintendo for final approval. Though this preview is based on the "final" version of RUNNER, we want to emphasise that changes are still...

November2009

October2009

  • First Impressions Bit.Trip VOID

    Could the third time be yet another charm?

    Gaijin Games has really earned a place in many a retro-gaming fan's heart with their old, old-school Bit.Trip series on WiiWare. It's one of the shining examples of how good download games can really be: updated Atari 8-bit graphics with jazzed-up special effects and a soundtrack that's enhanced by the...

September2009

  • News Gaijin Games Releases Third Teaser Image

    Have you figured it out yet? We haven't.

    Alex Neuse, CEO of Gaijin Games, has just informed us that yet another new image has been added to their www.explorethevoid.com web site. As you can see, we're getting a more detailed picture as they keep updating the page. Hopefully we'll get an eyeful of their newest title soon. As usual, we'll keep you...

August2009

  • News Gaijin Games Releases Another Teaser Image

    Here's a new pic to help you figure it all out!

    We just got word that the image on www.explorethevoid.com has been updated. I'm beginning to think that my idea of the satellite might be closer than I originally thought. We'd love to hear your thoughts on this newest teaser image and what you think this new title might be.

  • News Gaijin Games Releases Teaser for New Game

    Can you figure out what they're trying to tell us?

    Well Alex Neuse of Gaijin Games has just sent us their newest teaser for their upcoming WiiWare title. This teaser even has its own site that you can go check out to see if you can figure out what this whole thing is all about. We'd love hear any ideas you guys might have as to what this whole...

July2009

  • News Gaijin Games Releases BIT.TRIP Teaser

    Can you figure this one out?

    Gaijin Games has dropped off another coded message via this months Nintendo Power magazine for gamers to begin speculating about. You can check out the message below to see if you can make heads or tails of it. Those guys at Gaijin Games sure like to play with our heads, don't they? :D...

  • Talking Point Bit Boy!! Took 50 Times More Work Than Bit.Trip?

    It did according to Bernd Geiblinger of BPlus!

    Over on the official BPlus forums, Bernd Geiblinger, Art Director at Bplus (AKA WiiBoy) posted the following: Now - we fought for the 'PADING'-GameBoy sound on the game start. For the PukiPuki-Sound like you know it from original tetris and Super Mario Land including the hearts in 'PAUSE'. Complete...

  • Interviews BIT.TRIP CORE - Gaijin Games

    Gaijin Games talk about their upcoming BIT.TRIP CORE release.

    With the upcoming release of Gajin Games' BIT.TRIP CORE WiiWare title on Monday, we thought it was time to get in touch with the ever-insightful CommanderVideo, aka Alex Neuse, CEO of Gaijin Games, to find out what we can expect from their second BIT.TRIP release. As usual, Alex was as...

June2009

  • News BIT.TRIP CORE Coming to WiiWare July 6th

    The next title in the Bit.Trip series is on its way.

    Gaijin Games has just announced that their newest WiiWare release in their Bit.Trip series BIT.TRIP CORE is headed to the US WiiWare service on July 6th, which will make it the 100th US WiiWare release. Congrats to the guys at Gaijin Games for all their hard work! Below is a copy of the graphic...

May2009

April2009

  • News New Bit.Trip Game Teaser Image

    Check out the new teaser image for Gaijin Games' new upcoming Bit.Tip WiiWare title.

    Gaijin Games has sent us over a new teaser image for their upcoming Bit.Trip title. While we'd love to tell you the name of the game, Gaijin Games has asked us to keep it under our hats until they have a chance to make a formal announcement of the game. It shouldn't...

  • News Bit.Trip Beat Coming to Europe on Friday

    Time for European gamers to get a dose of Bit.Trip Beat!

    It seems the wait for Bit.Trip Beat is almost over. Alex Neuse, CEO of Gaijin Games has just announced that their unique retro WiiWare title will be released on the European WiiWare service this coming Friday. Bit.Trip Beat takes the classic idea of Pong and injects a whole new level of frantic intensity to the experience. If you're still on..

March2009

  • News Video - The Making of Bit.Trip Beat

    Ever wanted to know how Bit.Trip Beat was created and hear it straight from the guys that did it? Well you're in luck. Alex Neuse, CEO of Gaijin games and designer of Bit.Trip Beat, has put together a video giving fans a look inside the creation of one of the most creative WiiWare titles we've seen from the service.

    You can take a look at the video...

February2009

  • News Gaijin Games Interview - Bit.Trip Beat

    Bit.Trip Beat looks set to be one of the most original and fun games of 2009 on WiiWare. It’s a clever blend of Atari 2600 visuals, Pong gameplay and a slamming chiptune soundtrack.

    Intrigued by this mysterious looking game we contacted the developers Gaijin Games to find out more. Thankfully the head honcho, Alex Neuse agreed to spill the beans on their upcoming game so you lucky readers can be..