Things X 5 – February 10, 2014

by Francois Joron

Here’s the last PS2 game ever made

At least it should be. Published by Konami, Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 was released last November, a week before the PlayStation 4 came to North America, although the game was only released in European territories and Latin America.



But it makes sense, according to Dan Crawley’s article for GamesBeat, in Venuzuela (where soccer is a religion) the PS3 console can cost between 10,000 and 20,000 bolívares fuertes (around $1,600 to $3,200) making it pretty much out of reach for most people out of the middle class and high society. It also shows how important the PS2 was and how it is still relevant after nearly 14-years of existence. But, it also puts our privileged living in perspective; or to quote Crawley: “Now, our house has a lot of gaming options: consoles, handhelds, tablets, PCs. We’re pretty spoiled for choice.”

Doki Doki Panic and the lost art of game manuals

As digital platforms are growing, the game manuals are slowly disappearing. Most of today’s boxed games come with bland black and white 2-page manuals, or none at all. But, there was a time, up until recently, when fully coloured instruction booklets were the norm. Like an album sleeve, some game manuals where like an extension of the game, something that was even part of the game’s experience. This was especially true for older games. Take a look at the Doki Doki Panic‘s manual, where (as you all know) Super Mario Bros. 2 came from. It might be a bit on the retro side but you cannot deny the super fun, charming, and deliciously Japanese cartoons of the manual.

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This one, and way way more, can be found on Drew Mackie’s blog Back of the Cereal Box which sadly does not contain a lot of cereal but does have some awesome posts like this one.

Be an Outerlander

I totally recommend backing this 6-episodes documentary on the people and culture of video games. It’s coming from the creators of the documentary about The Last of Us called Grounded, The 1UP Show, and I Am Street Fighter. It’ll feature some music and art by pretty nice people too like Disasterpeace, Cory Schmitz, Phil Fish and Jake Kaufman of Shovel Knight and Shantae. But what’s more important is the quality that the creators of the show are aiming for. Just by looking at the Kickstarter video, the visual quality is evident, but so is the quality of the content being told through the stories of passionate people focusing on important topics in video game culture like game preservation and modern arcades. Check the video below.

eShop’s Indies Offering is Pretty Rad

I was impressed by Nintendo’s upcoming indie offerings on the eShop, especially on the Wii U, as revealed in this NintendoLife article. There is a slew of promising games including Shovel Knight, Ballpoint Universe (this one looks particularly great), Q.U.B.E Director’s Cut, Ittle Dew and 1001 Spikes just to name a few. The 3DS line-up is smaller but still neat since it’ll also get Shovel Knight and 1001 Spikes along with Moon Chronicles, Treasurenauts and Siesta Fiesta. The later reminds me of Nervous Brickdown and Big Bang Mini, two of the best, most underrated Nintendo DS games that were made by the now sadly defunct French developer Arkedo. You can watch a couple of trailers below.

Better yet, all those games will be released in the coming months, up through April. But, according to a rundown by Nintendo Everything, apparently there are more than 120 indie games coming up on the Wii U eShop. It’s a big list, although I have some doubts about the legitimacy of some of these titles.

Next week, it’ll be all about Retro City Rampage

Speaking of indies, next week’s x5 will be all about Retro City Rampage and the “DX” version that was released on the 3DS eShop just a few days ago. Believe it or not, before playing the 3DS port, I’ve only briefly played the title back when it was released on the PS3. Anyway, I’ve been enjoying the game quite a bit and will dedicate an entire x5 to it. Meanwhile, if you haven’t played the game yet and have a 3DS, go get it, it’s super fun.


Don’t forget, you can drop me hints on my Twitter account. Also, you are welcome to send me a friend request on my Wii U, my Nintendo Network ID is Jorf-Jorf. My 3DS Friend Code is 5069-3920-3758. If you want to snoop at what I’m playing on PS3 my PSN ID is l_am_error. Have a great week!

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