Hyperkin, manufacturer of “clone consoles” like the Retron 5 that play video game cartridges from the 80s and 90s, is cooking up something new: a handheld device that will play those cartridges. Specifically the Sega Genesis, or Mega Drive as it was known outside America.
Microsoft just announced a game controller made entirely out of chocolate. It’s about time, right? But wait a minute….is such a thing functional? Sadly, no. And alas, even if it was, it would quickly melt in your lap and create a sticky mess. Be careful what you wish for, I guess.
Real-world recreations of Star Wars outfits are nothing new (just ask the cosplay community) but few efforts go as elaborate as what Columbia Sportswear is trying. They’re introducing the SkyWalker Pilot Collection, inspired by the flight suit Luke wore at various points during the Star Wars trilogy, Empire Strikes Back specifically.
It’s doubtful any of the kids playing Five Nights At Freddy’s today have any point of reference for what the game is based on. Pizza parlors with animatronic characters singing ancient radio hits used to be everywhere, but they’ve gradually been scaled back over the decades — Chuck E Cheese no longer has an actual robot Chuck E. The closest Generation Alpha can get to that experience is a video game where the animatronics come to life after dark and stalk you.
VGNYsoft is a new player in the collectible physical video game scene. So far they’ve printed 13 titles across PS4, PS5 and Nintendo Switch; a library that includes Hyper Sentinel, Crisis Wing, Galactic Wars EX, Demoniaca and others. They’ve just announced their latest acquisition, and it may be their wildest one yet (yes, even wilder than Yuppie Psycho: Executive Edition).
Someone out there became rich when they discovered if you take any character and turn it into a small rubber duck, people will buy it. That was the philosophy the Tubbz line was founded on, and they have duckified such beloved IPs as Dungeons & Dragons, Power Rangers, Metal Gear Solid, Jurassic Park, My Hero Academia and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Now they turn their practice toward video game demigods, starship captains and pop song obsessed trolls.
Happy first of the month! It’s not just May, it’s not just Mer-May, but it’s also Ani-May according to Crunchyroll.
The backlog of Steam Deck preorders at Valve has finally gone down to the point where you can order one and receive it in a relatively short amount of time. But it’s still selling. The Deck is a certified success….and with all successes come imitators. High-end PC manufacturer ASUS has just announced they’ll be introducing their own handheld PC gaming device to the market, which they call the “ROG Ally.”
Currently WB is throwing all its marketing muscle behind Shazam 2: Fury of the Gods, one of the last DC pictures made under the old rules of “throw anything at the wall and see what sticks.” It’s not the LAST of these though — Aquaman 2 is still going to be a thing, and it comes out later this year.
It’s anyone’s guess how James Gunn will handle Batman in the new DCU, but we’re running out of ways to interpret the Dark Knight without repeating ourselves. The big screen has seen a super-campy Batman and a super-serious Batman. Last summer’s “The Batman” found its own reason to exist by focusing more on Mr. Wayne’s detective skills (and it’s not dead, “The Batman Part II” is still happening, it just won’t be part of the main DCU).
After announcing a Mega Drive Mini 2 for Japan, Sega has decided to….KIND OF release a Genesis 2 in America. At the moment you can buy one, but that won’t be the case for long: Sega will only manufacture one-tenth the amount of Mini 2s that they made of Mini 1s. Sega of Japan is handling the whole thing and the miniconsoles have to be shipped from there, adding an extra shipping fee of $20 to the price of $99. In other words, this isn’t for everyone.
Those who enjoy painting miniature figures for tabletop games (or other reasons) may be interested in The DMG Mini Painting System, a new customizable artist’s workstation from Dog Might Games.