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When I played just a demo of this well over a year ago at PAX East on the Switch hardware I knew it had massive potentia...
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PICROSS S GENESIS & Master System edition

If you’re a puzzle gaming fan, you’re probably well-acquainted with the Picross franchise. While the S se...

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Horizon Chase Turbo

Oh, to go back to the arcades, hearing the sound of quarters being dispensed from the bill changer, and diving into s...

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Chained Echoes
This single-developer passion project sets a standard for how the classic 16-bit JRPG can still be improved upon
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Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration
Far more than a mere collection of well-known games, Atari 50 sets the standard for chronicling the history of an icon
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Hotshot Racing
With its low-poly look coming straight out of classic Sega arcade titles like Daytona Racing we have Hotshot Racing, and...
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Zombie Rollerz: Pinball Heroes
While I’ll open by admitting that, in general, any game with the word Pinball in the title gets my attention, in the cas...
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Retro games looking to take on the rough look and feel of classics like Castlevania are always going to face a bit of an...
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This far into the Switch lifespan the list of outstanding top-notch indie titles that haven’t yet made it to the platfor...
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Shovel Knight: King of Cards
While I haven’t formally reviewed any of the previous Shovel Knight games I’ve been a quiet fan of the series since it s...
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Miles & Kilo
Keeping in mind that the levels in Kid Tripp were always designed to support speed running, while you could choose to ta...
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Pinball FX3
While the base game hit the eShop in 2017, the periodic release of new table packs has kept this retro gaming engine ver...
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Bleak Sword DX
Certainly not for those lacking in skill and patience, Bleak Sword DX distills the likes of Dark Souls into a lo-fi and brutal arcade-like action game
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Donut Dodo
Rocking vibes from multiple arcade classics, Donut Dodo is an excellent and challenging remix
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Cruis'n Blast

When it comes to over-the-top, crazy, and almost excessively arcade-style racing I’m not sure anything out ther...

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Lucy Dreaming
A more retro-than-typical style of interface, cheeky humor, and great voice acting helps to lift this adventure up
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Kathy Rain: Director's Cut

While there have been a great number of LucasArts-esque point-and-click adventure titles on Switch, not all of them h...

While there’s a learning curve to its style and upgrade systems, this neuvo retro shooter is compelling
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Mecha Ritz: Steel Rondo
Old-school vertical shooting meets some welcome alterations in this well-made modern retro classic
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Yars: Recharged
The classic Atari 2600 has gotten a significant upgrade, helping it more fully realize the potential it always had
With an absolutely unique mix of traditional arcade shooting and quasi-3D elements, Eschatos is a breath of fresh air in a crowded field
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Jetboard Joust

As an old-school arcade fan I'll admit I've been a big fan of indie titles that have come to the Switch putti...

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The Switch has most certainly been blessed with a wide variety of excellent shmups since its release and with the rel...

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The Legend of Heroes: Trails to Azure
Another gorgeous and generally rock-solid JRPG experience, though not terribly different from its predecessor
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The Excavation of Hob's Barrow
Delivers a mix of rural character, old-school adventure, and some legitimately chilling revelations
Maybe it’s the 80s kid and 90s twenty-something in me, but I’ll admit that when a game features a slice of life from my ...
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Agent Intercept
Looking back at my days in the arcade games there were a few titles that were legendary in their coolness and reputation...
If you’re an old-school arcade shooter fan the Nintendo Switch was already bordering on a dream console. Now, with the a...
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Steel Assault
Run-and-gun shooters were absolutely a consistent staple in the arcades and on consoles back in the day, and that puts a...
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While we hardcore types love our games, that isn’t to say that when confronted with examples of the silliness we regular...
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Flynn: Son of Crimson
There’s something to be said for games that know what they want to be, even if not necessarily revolutionary in any part...
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Astalon: Tears of the Earth
I tend to have a love/hate relationship with retro throwback games of various kinds. Sure, I have fond memories of the 8...
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Blizzard Arcade Collection
Before they became Blizzard and released the likes of the WarCraft and Diablo series, among others, the folks at then Si...
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Panzer Paladin
While I have a great deal of nostalgia for the 8-bit era since I played a ton of games back in those days, going back ca...
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Rigid Force Redux
When it comes to shmups on Switch the tendency is to see either games that tap firmly into nostalgia, adopting classic l...
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As a fan of old school shooters and beat-em-ups of all persuasions perhaps it was inevitable I’d be a Huntdown fan. Thro...
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Sky Racket
This is one of those games where with the elevator pitch alone I was revved up and ready to go. A retro-styled mash up o...
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As a child of the 70s and 80s who spent an enormous amount of time in the arcades there’s no doubt 198X was made for me....
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Super Crush KO
Early in the Switch lifespan, when the pickings were sometimes a bit more thin, there were some core Nindie titles that ...
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Duck Game
As long as you’re able to find people to play with whether locally or online Duck Game one of the best multiplayer exper...
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Super Hydorah
While inspired by the classics like R-Type and Gradius, Super Hydorah has a great feel and style all its own. You're abl...
If you're a big fan of classic arcade games you've probably heard of or even get nostalgic for a fair number of games fe...
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Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King
Perhaps a little less gaining inspiration from the classic top-down Zelda titles like Link to the Past than copying it o...
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Steel Defier
A tight and generally pretty smart take on the dodge-em-up that manages to impress at its pretty humble budget price
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An unusual mix of classic side-scrolling shooter mechanics and twin-stick aiming makes for a thoroughly different experience
This pretty cool throwback to the age of classic cinematic adventures like Out of This World (and others) is a retro treat
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Gal Guardians: Demon Purge
With its stunning pixel art visuals and an intense mix of slashing and shooting challenges, Demon Purge satisfies
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Delivers the old-school looks and thrills of the Doom generation with some smart tweaks but inconsistent level design
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Atari Mania
Retro gaming mash-ups abound, and present quite a challenge, in this somewhat odd and reverent adventure
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Warhammer 40,000: Boltgun
Even not really knowing or caring about the Warhammer 4k universe, there’s no question that this visceral retro RPS is a lot of fun
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Squad 51 vs. the Flying Saucers
Undeniably novel and entertaining with its decision to run with the vintage 50s black and white sci-fi look, but just a decent arcade shooter overall
Rite Banner
For the budget asking price, Rite may not have a ton in the way of variety, but offers up some classic challenging platforming
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Feeling like you’ve seen every sort of retro side-scrolling shooter possible? Then get a load of this!

Pinball is absolutely a cornerstone of retro gaming so I’m always excited to see what people come up with to ce...

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Don’t let its pretty simple and somewhat silly looks fool you, this is a consistently challenging platformer that works pretty well
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Mix together elements of Pac-Man with some platforming and shades of Donkey Kong Jr (and others) and you’ve got Annalynn
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Belle Boomerang
Though at times it can get a bit infuriating, Belle Boomerang manages to have an 8-bit era look with some more modern flair
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Fashion Police Squad
A fresh take on the old-school first-person shooter infused with color, comedy, and generally smart gameplay
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Terror of Hemasaurus
While there’s no mistaking the classic Rampage base experience, Hemasaurus adds enough extra oomph to be its own game
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Arcade Paradise
If you have nostalgia for the classic arcades of the 80s and early 90s the chance to run one of your own is tempting...
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While some may think it has looks only a mother could love the challenging and satisfying platforming offered by Slim...

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Ray’z Arcade Chronology
While perhaps carrying a bit of a premium price, this distinctive arcade shooting series is a blast to play without much doubt
If you’re a shooting fan you know Raiden, you probably love Raiden, and you’re likely to want this Raiden. More casual folks, it’s a toss up
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Poosh XL
Sometimes one-button play, when done right, can be a compelling challenge despite the simplicity
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McPixel 3
Embrace the madness, and join McPixel through loads of silly puzzles, peeing on things, and violence
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Solid old-school 3D platforming with variety, and at a super-cheap budget price? What a bargain!
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Not a bad bit of fun for retro platforming enthusiasts, with a few novel touches that help it shine
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Haiku, the Robot
A satisfying and generally very accessible Metroidvania experience awaits
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Blossom Tales II: The Minotaur Prince
Though continuing with many of the charms of the original, the somewhat dumbed down challenge gives it less appeal
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Lamplight City
As a fan of both classic adventure titles and games with a unique sense of time and place, Lamplight City is an easy lay...
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STAR WARS: The Force Unleashed
It has been pretty wild to return to many of the classic Star Wars titles on the Switch, and consistent with their origi...
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Andro Dunos 2
The Switch has undoubtedly been blessed with a wide variety of retro shooters since release, pretty well representing al...
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Tempest 4000
Though I wouldn’t say that it was among my favorite arcade games back in the day, there’s no question that the original ...
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Pyramid Quest
My tendency with games is to gravitate towards things that are higher in intensity and will throw a challenge my way, bu...
It’s always great to see smart puzzle games that deliver play that hasn’t been run into the ground and that provide the ...
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Retro Highway
I’ll admit the first thing that completely drew me in with this game was the look of the road racing itself, completely ...
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Inspector Waffles
Maybe I’m just a sucker for a regular stream of puns when they’re dangled in front of me often, but having played quite ...
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Centipede: Recharged
Taking classic arcade titles and trying to give them new life in the modern era tends to be a challenge, and I’ve defini...
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OK, so I don’t think anyone needs to tell you that Quake is one of the most influential first-person shooters of all-tim...
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Blaster Master Zero 3
One of the surprise redux hits in this generation has been the return of the Blaster Master series with the Zero titles,...
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Mighty Goose
As a classic arcade shooting fan the Metal Slug series has always had a place in my heart for its intensity, variety, an...
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Raiden IV x MIKADO remix
With an abundance of retro shooters on the Switch it can be a challenge to differentiate them, but for old school arcade...
While I used to have nearly every Nintendo handheld system and enjoyed both of the ones from Sony as well I was never in...
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With it’s very retro pixelated look you could walk into Olija expecting a similarly old-school experience, but you’d be ...
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Space Invaders Forever
Retro remix collections tend to be a mixed bag, but for fans of arcade classics even though not every title in Forever i...
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Serious Sam Collection
As time has gone on the first-person shooter genre has gone through quite a lot of changes and evolution, generally movi...
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Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty
While the Switch has had some entries from the Oddworld series that have dabbled in a variety of styles of play, most of...
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Batbarian: Testament of the Primordials
What’s interesting with indie games is their consistent ability to seem familiar at first but then consistently surprise...
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Where CrossCode excels is in its scope and ambition. The game world is large, relatively varied, and absolutely crawling...
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Ministry of Broadcast
Harkening back to earlier days with a gameplay style reminiscent of the likes of classics like Prince of Persia, Ministr...
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The Adventures of Elena Temple: Definitive Edition
Of course, if you’re a bit younger it all may feel a bit dated or some people may prefer not to turn the clock back quit...
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Super Crate Box
It’s always very cool to encounter games that have simple designs and very few rules but then manage to be so well-imple...
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Sydney Hunter and the Curse of the Mayan
Going old school can be a risky proposition at times, but when it is done right the results can be rewarding as well as ...
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Milkmaid of the Milky Way
When it comes to adventure games, the Switch is very well (and possibly too well) represented. The good news tied to tha...
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Chiki-Chiki Boxy Pro Wrestling
While I haven’t played a wrestling game in years, back in the day it was fun to throw down with some buddies for some ar...
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Gato Roboto
While there’s certainly an abundance of Metroidvania titles on the Switch, to date Nintendo’s premiere ass-kicking heroi...
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Rocking great 16-bit-ish looks, some great chiptune tracks, and plenty of retro gaming feels Aggelos is definitely a tit...
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Switch 'N' Shoot
Overall, Switch ‘N’ Shoot appears to have had a very focused vision for its design that was well-implemented. It’s simpl...
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Blaster Master Zero 2
Determined not to let itself get in a rut and become too predictable, Zero 2 is a rewarding walk through nostalgia while...
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Strikey Sisters
For people who are willing to get over the initial hump of getting used to Strikey Sisters there’s plenty of challenging...

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