Author: Michael Fontanini

Michael grew up with and developed a passion for video games from NES, SNES, N64 and PC up to modern consoles. He is also into computer programming and game development. As an animal lover, Michael likes both cats & dogs and spending time outdoors when it's nice out. In the console realm, The Legend of Zelda and Metroid are two of his favorite franchises. On PC, they include Half-Life, horror games like Amnesia: The Dark Descent, and survival crafting games like Minecraft, 7 Days to Die, Factorio, and Satisfactory.

Metroid Dread Report 3 Details Samus' Suit, Map, and More

Metroid Dread Report 3 Details The Chozo and Much More

Nintendo has launched Metroid Dread Report Vol. 3, which details the Chozo, Samus' new suit, Metroids, and much more. It also includes a brief history of the 2D games. With seven detailed main sections, the new report is an interesting read...

New Skyward Sword HD Details and Release Trailer

New Skyward Sword HD Trailer Provides Details of Gameplay Changes

One final round of new Skyward Sword HD details and the release trailer have arrived, along with the release of the game. The Switch incarnation of Link's first quest is now available, and a new video provides some details about gameplay ch...

Super Mario 64 Smashes Legend of Zelda Auction Record

Super Mario 64 Smashes Legend of Zelda Auction Record

Mario wanted his record back, and he wasn't kidding around! The Super Mario 64 auction sold a sealed copy for well over a million dollars. Had bidding gone much higher, it would've doubled last week's auction record set by the original Lege...

Monolith Soft Profits Saw Big Jump Last Year

Monolith Soft Profits Saw Big Jump Last Year

Monolith Soft recently released their financial report for the past fiscal year. They saw a large increase in profits over the previous year. The surge in Monolith Soft profits is in large part thanks to the pandemic, and the launch of Xeno...

Sakurai Talks Challenge of Fitting Kazuya into Smash Bros.

Sakurai Talks Challenge of Fitting Kazuya into Smash Bros.

In his latest column in Famitsu, Masahiro Sakurai discusses the challenge of fitting Kazuya into Smash Bros. He covers the fundamental differences between the two franchises, and goes over how they ended up solving this conundrum. His new c...

Legend of Zelda Becomes Most Expensive Game Auction

Legend of Zelda Becomes Most Expensive Game Auction

An early production copy of the original The Legend of Zelda for NES has set a new record, surpassing Super Mario Bros. as the most expensive game ever sold at auction. Several factors came together to allow it to sell for such a high sum. ...

Nintendo Drops Metroid Dread Report: E.M.M.I.

Nintendo Drops Metroid Dread Report: E.M.M.I.

Nintendo's teaser site for Samus' next mission has dropped Metroid Dread Report: E.M.M.I. This is the second report released so far, and focuses on the new Robotic menace that threatens Samus. The report also details some new toys Samus can...

Doom Eternal Update 6 Drops New Challenges

Doom Eternal Update 6 Drops New Challenges

The DOOM Eternal Update 6 patch has dropped. Along with it comes a new battle arena, a devilish new master level, and some new cosmetics as well. The developers also added new enhanced graphics modes and optimization for the Xbox Series X |...

Nintendo Debuts New Ask the Developer Series

Nintendo Debuts New Ask the Developer Series

Nintendo has started a new developer interview series called Ask the Developer. The first volume dives into the development of Nintendo's recent title: Game Builder Garage. Nintendo Ask the Developer is reminiscent of the late President Sat...

Oxygen Not Included Gets Big Merge Update

Oxygen Not Included Gets Big Merge Update

Klei Entertainment has unleashed the Oxygen Not Included Big Merge Update. It merges the code bases for the Spaced Out! DLC and the base game, and more. Also included is a big update for the modding community, with the game now upgraded to ...

Nintendo Drops New Skyward Sword HD Overview Trailer

Nintendo Drops New Skyward Sword HD Overview Trailer

Nintendo has released a Skyward Sword HD overview trailer almost five minutes long. It details the basic story premise, and then dives into the new Joycon and button controls. The entire overview trailer is loaded with nice HD clips of game...

Nintendo to Cancel Splatoon 2 Online Lounge

Nintendo of America's support website has announced that support for Splatoon 2 Online Lounge will end next month. However, other online features will still be available for players to use. This has some wondering if the end of that feature...

Metroid Dread Tops Other E3 Reveals as Amazon Best Seller

Nintendo Gets Metroid Dread Amazon Best Seller Status

Metroid Dread has achieved best seller status on Amazon. It is the top ranking game on their list in multiple regions, just behind gift cards for various game consoles. The promising adventure will likely tide fans over well until Metroid P...

Microsoft's Xbox Design Lab Returns

Microsoft’s Xbox Design Lab Returns

Microsoft just announced that Xbox Design Lab has returned. The new generation of Xbox Wireless Controllers is now available, as are new color options. There are now a total of eighteen different colors to choose from while designing your c...

New Metroid Dread Story Details Revealed by Teaser Site

New Metroid Dread Story Details Revealed by Teaser Site

New Metroid Dread story details have emerged from the official teaser website. It details where the E.M.M.I. came from and the fact that a previous nemesis may yet survive. We also have new details about the special edition and the upcoming...

Hackers Steal Source Code/Tools in EA Hack

Hackers Steal Source Code/Tools in EA Hack

EA finds itself the latest target of a cybersecurity attack. Those behind the EA hack claim to have stolen 780GB of data including, source code, frameworks and SDKs. The full contents of the stolen data are not yet known, and Electronic Art...

Fans Make Metroid: Attack of Ridley Short Film

Fans Make Metroid: Attack of Ridley Short Film

Some dedicated fans have created the Metroid: Attack of Ridley short film. Nintendo's famous galactic bounty hunter, Samus Aran, sets out in search of a Chozo Temple on a frozen world. Before long, she gets unwanted company from old foes. T...

Empyrion Galactic Survival v1.5 Update has Landed

Empyrion Galactic Survival v1.5 Update Has Landed

Eleon Game Studios has released the Empyrion Galactic Survival v1.5 update. It adds some major new things to the game and a ton of updates, improvements, and fixes. Players will bump into some of them as soon as they start a new game. Other...

Nintendo E3 Direct 2021 and Treehouse Plans are Revealed

Nintendo E3 Direct 2021 and Treehouse Plans are Revealed

Nintendo has finally unveiled its plans for the Nintendo E3 Direct 2021, as well as Nintendo Treehouse Live. The two presentations will have almost four hours of combined content, with the direct having about 40 minutes of announcements. Ni...

Nintendo Converting an Old Facility Into a

Nintendo Converting an Old Facility Into a “Nintendo Gallery”

Nintendo has announced plans to convert one of its old facilities into a "Nintendo Gallery". Located in Japan, it will give you another Nintendo-themed attraction to visit besides Super Nintendo World. However, it will be a couple of years ...

New E3 2021 Awards Show Announced

New E3 2021 Awards Show Announced

A new E3 2021 Awards Show has been announced that will cap off the event by crowning its most anticipated games. To this end, E3 2021 is collaborating with several big names from across the gaming media landscape to select this year's cream...

Smash Bros. Ultimate/Splatoon 2 Now Nintendo Varsity eSports

Smash Bros./Splatoon 2 Now Nintendo Varsity Esports

Nintendo of America has announced a new partnership with PlayVS to bring Nintendo varsity esports to US high schools. Starting this fall, students at select high schools will be able to officially compete in some of Nintendo's virtual arena...

Dragon Quest XII Reveal Dropped in Anniversary Live Stream

Dragon Quest XII Reveal Drops During 35th Anniversary Event

Yesterday's Dragon Quest 35th Anniversary Special live stream dropped the reveal of Dragon Quest XII, among a handful of different announcements relating to the long-running JRPG series. This also includes a Dragon Quest 3 HD 2D remake and ...

Former Dev Reveals Ocarina of Time Portal Tech Demo Existed

Ex Dev Reveals Ocarina of Time Portal Tech Demo Existed

Former Nintendo Developer, Giles Goddard, revealed that he worked on an early Ocarina of Time portal tech demo back in the 90s during the game's research and development phase early on in the project. Needless to say it would've been a very...

Summer Game Fest 2021 Kickoff & Schedule Announced

Summer Game Fest 2021 has announced its global kickoff event, Kick Off Live. The show will get started just a bit before E3 next month. This opening event will include a number of game announcements and several live performances as well. E3...

5 New Games Coming in Switch Online NES & SNES Update

Switch Online NES & SNES Update Brings 5 New Games

Nintendo has announced five new games will come in a Switch Online NES & SNES Update next week, hitting a new milestone. With four new SNES titles and one lone NES game joining the service's library, it will now have over 100 retro titles t...

Nintendo Unveils Skyward Sword Zelda & Loftwing Amiibo

Nintendo Unveils Skyward Sword Zelda & Loftwing Amiibo

Nintendo has dropped an announcement and trailer for the new Skyward Sword Zelda & Skyloft amiibo, but how will it help you on your quest? It turns out that Zelda and her trusty loftwing will give link more freedom in how he can warp around...

Switch Gets Subnautica Double Pack as Sequel Launches

Switch Gets Subnautica Double Pack as Sequel Launches

Subnautica: Below Zero has just left early access behind with its 1.0 release. Both games also just launched on the Switch, with the physical versions coming in a convenient double pack. Players can now take both aquatic adventures on the g...

Oops, Fall Guys Patch Mishap Leaked Entire Source Code

Oops, Fall Guys Patch Mishap Leaked Entire Source Code

On an apparent bad day at the office, the latest Fall Guys patch accidentally included the game's source code. The leaked source code files expose the inner workings of the Fall Guys code base to the community, including hackers and exploit...

Switch Pro Leaked in a Q1 Investor's Call?

New Switch Pro Leak in a Q1 Investor’s Call?

Another Switch Pro leak of sorts has popped up. This time it was specifically mentioned in Universal Display Corp's first quarter investors call. CEO Steve Abramson talked about reports of Switch Pro having a new OLED display, though Ninten...

Nintendo Switch Sales Milestone Reached, Taking 4th Place

Nintendo Switch Sales Milestone Reached

A new Nintendo Switch sales milestone has been reached according to the most recent data from Nintendo. Nintendo's previously 4th best selling console has now relinquished that title to the formidable Switch hybrid system. With big games co...

Mojang Sets a New Minecraft Active Users Record

Mojang Sets a New Minecraft Active Users Record

Mojang has set a new Minecraft monthly active users record, as the humble indie game turned juggernaut continues to be incredibly successful. This and a bunch of other information comes from a recent Minecraft franchise fact sheet released ...

Nintendo Launches Game Builder Garage Reveal Trailer

Nintendo Launches Game Builder Garage Reveal Trailer

Nintendo has just unleashed a reveal trailer for Game Builder Garage, a new educational game creation software. Launching in early Summer with a cheap price tag, it looks to be a great little toy to teach newcomers about game design. Ninten...

Crowbar Collective Drops Black Mesa Xen Museum Update

Crowbar Collective Drops Black Mesa Xen Museum Update

Crowbar Collective, the excellent developers of Black Mesa, just dropped the Black Mesa Xen Museum update. The bulk of it is an interactive, virtual museum in the form of an official mod for the game. This is a very cool idea, an interactiv...

Monster Hunter Rise Update 2.0 New Monsters and More

Monster Hunter Rise Update 2.0 – New Monsters and More

Capcom has released the Monster Hunter Rise 2.0 update, unleashing new monsters Chameleos, Kushala Daora, Teostra and more. Your hunter rank will also increase once certain conditions are met, unlocking more of the update's content for play...

Shadow Man Remastered: Comb the Depths of Deadside

Shadow Man Remastered Review: Comb the Depths of Deadside

Nightdive Studios put a lot of work into Shadow Man Remastered. It's time for Mike LeRoi to brave the depths of Deadside once more to save the world of the living. This time around, he'll explore three large new levels that were unfortunate...

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First 4 Figures Champions Series BotW Figures Announced

First 4 Figures Announces Champions Series BotW Figures

Well known figurine company, First 4 Figures, has announced the new Champion Series of Breath of the Wild figures. A short trailer showing a prototype of the first figure has been shown off, the aerial Rito champion Revali. Many fans will b...

Nintendo CEO Nikkei Interview Talks IPs, Hardware & Future

Nintendo CEO Nikkei Interview Talks IPs, Hardware & Future

Nintendo President, Shuntaro Furukawa, discussed Animal Crossing, Nintendo IPs, hardware, and the future in a recent Nintendo CEO Nikkei Interview. He also discussed the global microchip shortage and its potential implications for Nintendo....

Nintendo Announces PAC-MAN 99 for Switch Online

Nintendo Announces PAC-MAN 99 for Switch Online

The removal of Super Mario Bros. 35 suddenly makes a lot more sense with the announcement of PAC-MAN 99 for Switch Online. Jump into a 99-player battle-royale to become the best Pac-Man of them all! Suddenly Nintendo’s bizarre removal...

Fan Builds Giant Nintendo Switch for Children's Hospital

Fan Builds Giant Nintendo Switch for Children’s Hospital

Nintendo Switch fan and casual engineer, Michael Pick, built a giant Nintendo Switch console and donated it to a children's hospital. The build itself is very cool, but donating it like that is even better. It dwarfs a normal Switch console...