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.
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.
A month ago Sega of Japan revealed they were working on a sequel to 2019’s Genesis Mini, or Mega Drive Mini as it was called everywhere else. The first Genny Mini was part of the “mini consoles” craze from late last decade that saw rise to the NES Mini, SNES Mini, Playstation Mini and any other kind of miniaturized retro console from the 80s or 90s you can think of (except the N64).
Even though there’s no E3 this year we figured at least one company would move ahead with their big splashy presentation anyway. We didn’t think it would be Limited Run Games, but so far, they’re the only ones who have shown up. During a special presentation broadcast at 1 PM Pacific today, over 30 upcoming games were announced for release from the physical publisher, most for the first time.
Remember that “mini consoles” craze from a few short years ago? There were mini plug-and-play versions of the NES, SNES, Genesis, Playstation and even TurboGrafx-16. Every company that once had a console in the 80s and 90s had their turn and then the fad died out. This is why we’re kind of startled to be reporting that the Genesis Mini is getting a follow-up sequel mini in Japan.
On the next special occasion, give your significant other the gift of sight beyond sight with the Thundercats Sword of Omens. It’s real now!
For quite a long time, the bread and butter of collectibles company Cryptozoic has been figurines of popular characters, DC superheroes most prominently. They’ve come out with a lot of them by now. We suppose they figured they had to shake things up, because their latest product is just….PART of Batman. Specifically, his hand.
For those of you who don’t remember the 90s, there was once a ball made of hundreds of rubber strands called the Koosh Ball, named after the noise it made when it hit the floor. Koosh Balls could be safely thrown around the house as they were soft enough to not break anything (unless you threw them really hard against a lamp). They were massively popular and before long, everybody had a Koosh Ball or two around the house…which put their maker, Oddzon Productions, in an awkward position.