June 2013


Shin Megami Tensei IV is the latest in a series that has, as of late, fallen in the shadow of its Persona spin-off franchise. While the two have similar themes, the story, settings and gameplay differ greatly. Fans of Persona would do well to check it out though, and this modern, fresh 3DS title may be a great opportunity. READ MORE


Everyone has guilty pleasures. The paperback section at the grocery store. The out-of-place, lower-than-B-grade DVD racks at gas stations. Novelty shot glasses. Keiji Inafune’s Bugs vs. Tanks! is the game equivalent of those things, the things that people who take life far too seriously would turn their noses up at. It’s the eShop parallel to that absurd horror movie you found on the shelf behind the Steven Seagal direct-to-video releases at your local, non-chain convenience store. Even compared to most of the other Guild titles available, it isn’t very good. However, it’s infectious in its earnest adherence to being silly. I likely won’t miss it, but I didn’t put it down until I was finished. READ MORE


A Hat in Time, a new 3D platformer from Gears for Breakfast, is in the final hours of its Kickstarter campaign. The game’s big hook? It aims to bring back the collect-a-thon subgenre, popularized by games such as Donkey Kong 64 and Banjo-Kazooie. Recently, we were able to speak with Gears for Breakfast’s Jonas Kærlev about the project, the genre and more.

Snackbar Games: How did Gears for Breakfast start? Was A Hat in Time the first project your team pursued?

Jonas Kærlev: We originally began with only a handful of people who offered their free time to help with a rough prototype. Then in early 2013, we gained more talented members who helped bring the game to where it is now. We created the Gears for Breakfast company to represent us as a team on Kickstarter, and we chose the name because it really sticks with you! A Hat in Time is our first real game. READ MORE


Before E3 even started, we knew we’d see the new Wii U Mario Kart. Now that we have, it’s clear that it doesn’t stray too far from the series’ past, but it does add a new element that can turn things upside down. READ MORE


This week’s marquee 3DS release, Project X Zone is a mash-up celebration of Namco Bandai, Capcom and Sega’s most Japan-centric franchises. Of course, the celebration doesn’t work so well when you haven’t heard of them! Here’s a profile of those protagonists who haven’t made a Stateside appearance. READ MORE