Ninja Turtle arcade titles return from Arcade1Up

I sure wasn’t expecting any delisted news to come out of E3, especially not the return of one of our most often-lamented losses: the 1989 arcade brawler Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! Of course, it isn’t coming back in the most affordable package ever but later this year you will technically and legally be able to buy the fan-favorite beat ’em up from Arcade1Up.

The tiny cabinet makers announced two new offerings at E3; their first-ever four-player cabinet featuring both Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1989) and TMNT: Turtles in Time for $349, and a Marvel X Capcom triple-pack with Marvel Super Heroes, X-Men: Children of the Atom, and The Punisher for $299.

Keen eyes will notice that the Konami logo on the TMNT cabinet has been replaced by Nickelodeon’s. While the artwork may not be final and there’s a chance Konami is credited somewhere in the game, it might suggest that more affordable home versions of these titles are on the way from Nickelodeon. Say, in collaboration with a publisher who is also bringing their past Nickelodeon titles back from the dead?

Hopefully these arcade cabinets are just the beginning. We’ll be back with more from E3 if details surface.


Naughty Dog's PlayStation 3 Multiplayer modes ending September 3rd

Online multiplayer in Uncharted 2 has been such a long-supported feature that I — even being the one running this very site — honestly forgot that it would ever have to end! But as with all things digital, time won’t last forever and the day has come for Naughty Dog to announce the end of service for all of their PlayStation 3 titles. On June 5th, Community Manager Scott Lowe broke the news to the internet on the Naughty Dog blog:

“After nearly 10 years of operation, on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 [5:00 PM PT] we will be bidding farewell to the multiplayer servers for Naughty Dog games on the PlayStation 3, including Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, The Last of Us, and The Last of Us Left Behind. It’s bittersweet to say the least. Uncharted and The Last of Us multiplayer on the PS3 are defining entries in Naughty Dog’s history and we’ve been honored to support the passionate communities that have grown around them for almost a decade. We have so many fond memories from playing alongside you throughout the years.”

In a surprisingly generous move, Naughty Dog has released one final DLC pack for each game that includes ALL of their multiplayer content, absolutely free. From costumes and animations to weapons and gear, the last few months of multiplayer is going to be a wild time for these games.

The announcement continues, “we wanted to make sure we gave multiplayer on PS3 a proper send-off. From now until September 3, 2019 all multiplayer services will remain intact and we’re making all multiplayer DLC for Uncharted 2, Uncharted 3, and The Last of Us on PS3 totally free. Just fire up PlayStation Store and look for our new free Uncharted 2, Uncharted 3, and The Last of Us multiplayer DLC bundles, which include all gameplay and vanity items. Whether you’re an active player or want to play a few rounds for old time’s sake, there’s never been a better time to experience the full breadth of Uncharted 2, Uncharted 3, The Last of Us, and The Last of Us Left Behind multiplayer on PS3.”

“Thank you to everyone who has played Uncharted and The Last of Us multiplayer on PS3 and for all of your incredible enthusiasm, feedback, and support.”

Be it reliving memories of last-gen or hunting for soon-to-be-unattainable Trophies, are you planning on getting back into these classic Naughty Dog titles before September?


Tetris Online shutdown sees several web-based titles delisted

Like clearing 4 lines in one drop, a whole lot of Tetris has disappeared from the web. Tetris Online Inc., the online licensee of the Tetris brand across the Western world, shut down on June 1st after thirteen years in operation. The company was founded by some heavy hitters including Tetris creator Alexey Pajitnov, Tetris godfather Henk Rogers, and Nintendo’s Minoru Arakawa.

For much of its existence Tetris Online was creating and publishing titles for browsers and Facebook including Tetris Friends, Tetris Battle, and Tetris Stars as well as original games like Feevo, Lost Trails, and Monster Fantasy. “Please be advised,” the brief disclaimer on tetrisonline.com begins. “Tetris Online will be closing its operations, effective May 31, 2019. All browser-based products will no longer be available after this date.” As of June 1st the TetrisFriends.com site was replaced with a more personal farewell:

“Hard to believe it’s been 11 years since the first Tetriminos dropped on this site, but time flies when you’re having fun! We’d like to extend a heartfelt thanks to everyone who contributed to the many billions of Tetris Line Clears throughout this journey.”

What falls under our purview are the few titles released by Tetris Online for the Nintendo Wii, DSi, 3DS, and the Xbox 360, most of which have already been delisted:

So, why is Tetris Online shutting down now? The writing has been on the wall for a while. In March of 2013 the company reportedly laid off 40% of its staff, likely due to the burst in the money-making Facebook games bubble. Through 2014 the company focused only on bringing Tetris to Amazon Fire and Roku devices as well as the Ouya.

Since 2014 it seems The Tetris Company — the rightsholder to the Tetris brand  — has chosen to move away from internal development through Tetris Online Inc. and focus on fewer exclusive Tetris licenses. Sega, Ubisoft, Enhance, and Nintendo themselves are among the few companies to release a Tetris title over the last 5 years. You can still see Tetris Online’s roster of titles on their homepage and read much more on Wikipedia.

Thanks to Aipompous for submitting this news to the site!


Delisted 2009 Ghostbusters returns in 2019 Remaster

There’s something strange in our neighborhood with the surprise announcement today of Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered. The 2009 title starring the original motion picture cast was delisted from Steam in 2017 but this news doesn’t mean that its resurrection is at hand.

While the initial announcement was made on the PlayStation Blog by Saber Interactive’s Matt McKnight, Dark Side of Gaming reportedly has confirmation that the remaster will also be coming to PC… as another Epic Game Store exclusive. It may one day make its way to Steam but a relisting of the original version seems unlikely.

Meanwhile, the original game was never delisted from the Xbox 360 and as of today you can still buy and download it. With the remaster on its way however, this original version may finally be removed from sale as well.

Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered is currently expected later this year on PlayStation 4 with the PC release likely close by. No word yet on an Xbox One or Nintendo Switch iteration though.


Japanese Indie title Croixleur Sigma leaves Steam on June 1st

Nyu Media, purveyors of Japanese indie PC titles, announced a sad but fond farewell to one of their releases today. The “high speed hack-and-slash action game” Croixleur Sigma will be removed from Steam (as well as sites like Humble Bundle, Gamersgate, and Rice Digital) on June 1st. Why? Nyu’s license to the game has ended for now but it continues to be available from other publishers on PlayStation 4, Vita, and most recently, the Nintendo Switch.

“If you have Croixleur Sigma in your wishlist, now might be a good time to pull the trigger! Our license to sell Croixleur Sigma has expired and delist the title from the Steam store and other distributors on June 1st.

You can expect to see more Croixleur-related developments from souvenir circ. and PLAYISM in the near future, but Nyu Media is signing off.

It has been an honor and a pleasure to bring this title overseas. MANY thanks to everyone who has supported the game, the developer souvenir circ., and your humble publisher Nyu Media!”

Answering the pleas of fans on Steam, Nyu is even putting the game and its soundtrack on a 65% Off sale between May 30th and 31st. I’ve added the date to the Watch List calendar and will have a game page on the site soon. Thanks to Yuzu Merce for pointing us toward the news!