Video Games


John Wick NES Game
Keanu Reeves has been all over the place in 2019, whether it be as John Wick or Duke Caboom in Toy Story 4, but one place you probably didn’t expect to see him is in an NES game. The latter has been made a reality by fan MuriloDev and the game uploaded to itch.io as a free download. The game may not be the longest you’ve ever played, but it does take you through a few familiar scenes from the movie and is very difficult, similar to similar NES games of the time. Read more for a video and the download link.

Iron Man VR PlayStation
Camouflaj director Ryan Payton was recently interviewed by the PlayStation Blog about their upcoming Iron Man VR game, which aims to really immerse you in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. One reason is because of physics-based flight, which obeys Newton’s laws of motion, so every frame processed includes calculations of up to a dozen forces, such as thrust, drag, and gravity — as well as our assistance systems — that output Iron Man’s trajectory through the sky. Read more for two videos and additional information.

New Nintendo Switch 2019

Photo credit: Curved Labs
It’s official, Nintendo is releasing an updated version of their Switch console this summer with an extended battery that offers up to nine hours of gameplay on a full charge. Unfortunately, it won’t look like the concept above, but one positive is that it won’t cost anymore than the original console, just 29,980 yen ($279) and is set to hit stores in August. While there’s been no confirmation this model will release outside Japan, it’s almost certain that it is coming stateside sooner than later. Read more to see how to fix the Joy-Con drift problem plaguing many current Switch owners.

AGC Android Gaming Console
Photo credit: Art Lebedev
The Nintendo Switch Lite will be here for this holiday season, but does it really have any competitors? Quite frankly, there are no other dedicated portable game consoles that can match up with this gaming giant. Art. Lebedev Studio may have come up with the next best solution, the AGC, or Android Gaming Console, which sports a D-pad, thumb sticks, traditional XYAB buttons, and even two shoulder buttons. Other features include: stereo speakers, a headphone jack, and even an optional dock. Unlike the Switch, this smart device can also be used as a smartphone. Read more for additional pictures and information.

TurboGrafx-16 Mini

There’s the NES Classic Edition, Super NES Classic, SEGA Genesis Mini, and soon, the TurboGrafx-16 Mini. Slated for release on March 19, 2020, this miniature replica of the classic console will be sold exclusively through Amazon, with pre-orders starting on Prime Day, July 15th. No official price has been announced, but the Japanese version, called the PC Engine Mini, is going to cost around $100 USD. What do you get? A total of 50 games, including 24 American versions and 26 Japanese versions, with a few duplicates thrown in, like R-Type, Ys Book I & II, Bonk’s Revenge as well as Space Harrier. Read more for another video and additional information.

Google Search Wimbledon Tennis Game
Google has been known for Easter eggs, and their latest is a Wimbledon tennis game hidden in its related search results to mark the 2019 Wimbledon tennis championships, whose finals take place on July 13 and 14. How do you find it? Simply go to Google, type in Wimbledon or #Wimbledon, scroll to the right-most edge of the scorecard, cick on the green tennis ball icon, hit play, and you’re ready to game. Read more for a video tutorial and additional information.

Fortnite Public Service Announcement Signs
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Fortnite public service announcement signs kick off the week 10 challenges for the season 9 Battle Pass, and they’re located in Neo Tilted, Pressure Plant and Mega Mall. Players need to find five of these public service announcement signs – big screens that display a red warning sign – to complete this challenge, and those who are successful will be rewarded with five Battle Stars. All three areas each have more than five signs, which means you can select one and then visit all of the signs there. Read more for a video tutorial, map and additional information.

WoW Unreal Engine 4
World of Warcraft fan Daniel L spent the past few years recreating some of the game’s environments in Unreal Engine 4, and recently he released a compilation video showing off the best of his work dating all the way back to 2015. You’ll catch glimpses of Grizzly Hills, Elwynn Forest, Duskwood, Westfall and Durotar. On a related note, did you know that WoW has grossed over $9.23 billion in revenue, making it one of the highest-grossing video game franchises of all time, as of 2017? Read more for the video and additional information.

Hardest Super Mario Maker 2 Levels
Super Mario Maker 2 lets you play a near limitless number of side-scrolling levels anytime, anywhere, but if you’re not up for an extreme challenge, these courses by Alex Tan, better known as PangaeaPanga, should be avoided. Before creating these seemingly impossible levels in Super Mario Maker, he was the world record holder for speedrunning Super Mario World in 2015, completing the game in a mere 1 minute and 38 seconds using arbitrary code execution. Now, he’s come up with Super Skyzo, Zero G’s Given, Panger Things and lots more. Read more to see him play through these stages like a true pro.

Amazon Lord of the Rings Middle Earth MMO Game
Amazon Game Studios has partnered with Leyou Technologies-owned Athlon Games to develop a free-to-play massively multiplayer online game for both consoles and PC that will take place in the Middle-earth portrayed in The Lord of the Rings literary trilogy. No specific platforms have yet been announced, but the PS4, Xbox One, and PC are most likely in the mix. It’s “at a time long before the events of The Lord of the Rings, exploring lands, people and creatures never seen before by fans of the Tolkien universe,” according to Athlon. Read more for a video with a few additional details.