Hi-rise hi-score chaser
HAMSTER has brought numerous retro titles to Switch, but Arcade Archives Crazy Climber is the furthest it's gone back in time yet, with a game that actually predates Nintendo’s first console. Arriving in 1980, the year before Jumpman climbed ladders to rescue Pauline from Donkey Kong, an unnamed climber scaled the sides of...
A ninja throwback
Kid Niki: Radical Ninja is a bright cartoony platformer that has you run and jump through levels, dispatching a range of foes with your spinning sword attack before a showdown against a boss character. This Arcade Archives release also offers those thrills and adds in HAMSTER’s usual options and extra modes, but the interesting...
February with a slice of 1789 swordplay
Hamster is bringing SNK's 1994 title Samurai Shodown II to the Switch eShop. If the first game was revolutionary this first sequel somehow managed to surpass expectations thanks to gameplay refinements such as the very welcomed inclusion of rolling and ducking which enable you to safely dodge...
Brief, flawed but enjoyable arcade action
Scrolling beat ‘em ups may be simple affairs that just have you moving along smacking groups of thugs in the face, but when they are done right they can be hugely entertaining. Before Streets Of Rage, before Final Fight the game that got people excited was Technos’ Double Dragon, which put you in control...
Half radical, half ninja, full Niki
January 25th is becoming quite the notable date for retro gamers who own a Nintendo Switch and we now have word of yet another reason to be excited for next week; Irem's 1986 Kid Niki: Radical Ninja (also known as Kaiketsu Yanchamaru in the Land of the Rising Sun) will join the platform and have the radical honor...
Super Mario Bros. rejigged
Nintendo released Super Mario Bros. in 1985, making a lot of people very happy due to the superb platforming action it provided and selling a lot of NES systems in the process. Numerous sequels have followed, but that first game has remained available on various machines over the years, sometimes adding things like updated...
Double the Dragons, twice the fun
Billy and Jimmy Lee's original arcade adventure will bring the pain next week to the Switch eShop at the usual price point. HAMSTER's Arcade Archives send off to 2017 is none other than Yoshihisa Kishimoto's sequel to Renegade (Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun in Japan, Kunio's debut video game), a coin-op that...
A basic but fun highscore chaser
The Switch may still lack a Virtual Console, but HAMSTER is keen to fill that void. Having released many Neo Geo titles (with more appearing regularly), the company has now started to bring other retro delights to the system. It's already released one of Nintendo's own games and now here’s the first offering from...
HAMSTER has more arcade goodness on the way, too
Since the arrival of Arcade Archives Mario Bros. back in September, the series of six additional confirmed games has gone completely quiet. The Nintendo classics are being produced by HAMSTER, which has brought us plenty of Neo Geo titles in the ACA series on the Switch eShop. Based upon a...
Skiping AoF2 and straight to the finishing line
Further evidence that HAMSTER simply does not care about continuity, next week the Switch eShop will be graced with none other than the final episode of Ryūko no Ken, better know among us westerners as Art of Fighting. We assume we will see Art of Fighting 2 somewhere in 2018. Despite the cast...
"Break a spine, R..."
HAMSTER's strange and random time-hopping will return in the coming week when The King of Fighters '95 joins the Switch eShop line-up on 12th October. The second game in the series brings a rather welcome option that would go to become a series staple: You are not confined to pre-determined teams, so you can pick any...
They're fresh options, but questions remain over a Switch VC
Nintendo often finds a way to surprise its fans and throw a curveball, and so in the most recent Nintendo Direct it didn't unveil the Switch Virtual Console, as such, but the 'Arcade Archives' series. It started this week with Arcade Archives Mario Bros., and the following are still on the...
Already available in Europe
The standard Nintendo Download day may be Thursday, but Arcade Archives Mario Bros. has arrived - as promised - already. It's the first of a series of releases that'll include a range of Nintendo arcade games reproduced for the current-gen hardware. The releases are being produced by HAMSTER, which has done sterling work...
Along with Wrecking Crew and Excitebike, thankfully
During last week's Nintendo Direct we heard about the Arcade Archives range which is headed to the Switch in the near future. These will be arcade versions of classic games - produced by HAMSTER - and where appropriate will support multiplayer with Joy-Con controls. The original Mario...
Balloon Fight! Ice Climber! Punch Out! More!
Nintendo used its Direct broadcast to confirm the beginning of retro downloads on the Switch, but they're not quite the Virtual Console you were expecting. Branded as the 'Arcade Archives' range, we'll see arcade versions of classic games - produced by HAMSTER - and where appropriate will support...
It's not a joy con
If you're not a fan of Neo Geo fighting games (and why not, dare we ask) this week's new Arcade Archives (ACA) release might be your thing. Hamster is bringing Puzzled to the Switch eShop on 24th August, known in Japan by the much funnier title Joy Joy Kid. At first glance this 1990 release looks like a general Tetris clone, with...
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