When new Wii U owners unbox their consoles for the first time, they'll be unwrapping more than just Nintendo's next hot ticket: the machine's Virtual Console also offers a window onto video games past. Here's our pick of the retro titles that Nintendo newbies ought to treat themselves to immediately...
A dude with a Sonic the Hedgehog guitar? Brazilian heavy metal game music covers? Over 150 songs, available as free downloads? How the hell did we not know about MegaDriver?! A new promotional album from the band, titled 'Metal for Gamers,' was released as a free download today. The three-track recording apparently represents a new direction for the group, which has traditionally created instrumental metal...
About a month ago Konami revealed Castlevania Puzzle: Encore of the Night for the iPhone. As a lifelong Castlevania fan, I immediately thought "Christ, here we go," but after looking at the details and now watching this new trailer, there's a strong chance this may not be the casual cash-in we all took it for. Video inside!
Lords of Shadow is the latest Castlevania in over two decades of games which encompass ten centuries of the past and eight thousand years of the future. Since the eleventh century Count Dracula has walked the Earth, rising every hundred years to spread his evil influence across the world, and at every resurrection he has been foiled by a descendant of the Belmont bloodline.
About a year ago we reveled in the dorky glory of gaming’s cheesiest music, a thorough collection of hopelessly goofy game songs that will inspire facepalms for years to come. This time we’re focusing on actual bands or contracted jingle-slingers who crafted tunes based on games that never needed a lyrical companion in the first place.
From its inception, the idea behind Week of Geek has been “as niche as possible.” To some, an article about videogame music is obscure enough, but as an ardent fan of all things VGM, I wanted to truly geek out and talk about game music that references other game music.
Death happens a lot in videogames, but for some reason it never seems to stick. From heroes who get infinite do-overs to supporting characters who “die” only to resurface at the nick of time down the road, videogames might be the only medium in which the audience feels surprised, and perhaps even cheated, if a dead character isn’t magically brought back to life.
Holy crow, T-Dar just turned 20! To commemorate this trivial milestone we’ve invited our very first guest, Dan Amrich of OXM, back on for another romp through the cussy, gritty world of TalkRadar. Most of the podcast is spent tearing down shockingly awful Uwe Boll scenes and the cheesiest, head-asplodingest videogame songs of all time.
You’ll often hear about games lauded for their exceptional soundtracks. Some succeeded with NES-style bleeps, others had orchestral scores or fully licensed songs that lent credibility to a medium struggling to be more than a toy.
Tekken and Castlevania movie production company Crystal Sky Pictures has secured $200 million dollars in financing money, in part to green light a Castlevania movie.According to Variety, the movie will be written by Paul 'Resident Evil' Anderson and directed by Sylvain White. Who made 'I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer.' Nice to see Crystal Sky is investing its money wisely, there.Crystal Sky Pictures is also
Oct 26, 2007 After years of delivering the goth-gaming goods to Nintendo's GBA and DS, Konami is finally putting the sharpened stake in the hands of PSP players with Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles. The drac-slaying series makes its Sony portable debut with a re-mastered version of 1993's previously Japan-only Castlevania: Rondo of Blood. For faithful fans, this alone is enough to hammer the must-buy nail into the coffin. But add to this un-lockable versions of the original
Aug 20, 2007 Konami has said that the Leipzig convention later this week will play host to Hideo Kojima unveiling his new, undisclosed in-game themes for Metal Gear Solid 4 on PS3 with a new trailer. The event will also be a platform for the firm to showcase Winning Eleven Pro Evolution Soccer 2008, Castlevania The Dracula X Chronicles and Silent Hill Origins for PSP, and Dewy's Adventure on Wii. Plans will also be revealed for the recently announced Silent Hill V (working title), although
Konami has always been one of the PSP's strongest supporters, and nowhere is that more evident than in their upcoming remake/compilation release, Castlevania: Dracula X Chronicles. We had the opportunity to speak with Konami's own Ken Ogasawara, longtime Castlevania localization producer who has been working side-by-side with Koji "Castlevania Mastermind" Igarashi in the production of this title. We came away with a few very interesting insights into the past, present, and future of the
Some love it. Some hate it. Some just can't stop quoting it. Everyone, however, can agree that the voice acting in Castlevania: Symphony of the Night is perhaps the most memorable in videogame history. After all, what is a man, but a miserable little pile of secrets? And so forth... That could all change when Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles is released for PSP in October. The compilation title comes packed not only with the original and enhanced versions of Rondo of Blood (seeing US
Sony's annual E3 press conference opened with what could have been the biggest reveal of the entire show if it hadn't been leaked last week: the new $499 price of the PS3, as well as the introduction of a new $599 model that comes with an 80GB hard drive and a copy of online-enabled dirt racer Motorstorm. This left biggy-wig Jack Tretton (who began the event speaking through his character in the PS3 virtual world Home) to launch right into the publisher's game-centric, four-part
Thanks to Game Developers Conference taking place in San Francisco last week, we were able to score a rare chance to sit down with Koji "IGA" Igarashi, the current producer of the Castlevania series. Though he was more than prepared to discuss the upcoming Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles for the PSP, we managed to tease details on the future of the series, namely its next generation installment, out of him. Keep reading to find out the most comprehensive, up-to-date Castlevania
As Konami tells it, the PSP's hardware sales were in a downward spiral. Then they released Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops, the game sold well, and the PSP's sales abruptly spiked. It's hard not to draw a line between those facts and the decision, which is already proving somewhat controversial, to release The Dracula X Chronicles on PSP. This compilation disc represents something that American and European gamers have been asking about for more than a decade now: a translation of the Dracula
As if the instant classic Portrait of Ruin weren't enough. Last night publisher Konami, lords of everything vampiric, announced Dracula X Chronicles for the PSP. This compilation includes a spruced-up version of the previously unreleased Rondo of Blood and, perhaps more importantly, a full conversion of PlayStation legend Symphony of the Night. If that sea of italics and modified pieces of music don't ring any bells, listen up. Rondo never made it to the US, but is often considered one of the