An Update on the Gaming Reinvented Contest

As you all know, we’ve been running a special contest on Gaming Reinvented for the last month or so. Based around article writing and offering 200 dollars in video games to the winner, this contest has drawn some incredibly entries. From No Man’s Sky variation to Paper Mario Color Splash and the design of the Gamecube, the articles in this contest have been a lot more interesting than we’d ever expected. Indeed, it’s so good I’ve been struggling to think of a clear winner.

Either way, I thought it’d be a bit interesting to let the users judge some of this for themselves. So now, we have a page listing all the entries in the contest and letting you read them in full! Here it is:

Contest Entries

So what ones are your favourites? And if you’re a writer, do you think you’ll be able to beat out the contest?

Post your thoughts here or on social media today!

Suda51 Wants to Remake Killer 7?

If you were around in the Gamecube days, you likely have at least some vague memories of a game called Killer 7. A strange action game based around a group of assassins called the killer 7 (who are manifestations of a man named Harman Smith), the story has them hunting down a group called Heaven’s Smile and finding out about a conspiracy involving Japan and it role in US politics in the process.

It’s a complicated game to explain really. The kind of title that makes you think ‘this is definitely a weird Japanese thing’.

Either way, it became a cult classic in the day, and led to later Suda51 works like No More Heroes.

And now, it seems like Suda51 has an interest in revisiting the title! Why? Because in a recent interview with Hardcore Gamer, he’s quoted as saying that he ‘wants to do something with Killer 7 again’. That’s not the only comment either. Oh no, he also said made this hint about a remake too:

I feel that Killer 7 is the hardest of my games to play. I want to and feel that I need to do something about that. A remake, or remaster or something like that… (Sly grin.)

So yeah, there’s definitely interest in the idea of a remake there. Okay, it’d need to go through Capcom (since they published the original title), but they were supportive of it before. So it’s likely they’d support a remake too, at least if the interest was there.

But what do you think? Would a Killer 7 remake be a good game to have? And if so, what changes do you think the title should receive?

Looks like Nesbox isn’t coming to Xbox One After All…

Remember yesterday when we talked about Nesbox coming to the Xbox One? Or how you’d be able to emulate NES, SNES, Mega Drive and Game Boy games on it?

Well, it seems like that’s not happening anything. According to the official Twitter page for the emulator’s team, Microsoft wants them to remove Xbox One support. Windows support? That’s fine, but Xbox One support is apparently out of the question.

Here’s the tweet with the news update mentioned:

It’s pretty disappointing news overall.

However, as disappointing as it may be, it’s also not exactly unexpected. After all, Nintendo likely doesn’t want their games playable on an Xbox One, and Microsoft likely doesn’t want to completely alienate them by allowing this.

So yeah, no Nesbox on Xbox One. You’ll have to find other ways to run Nintendo ROMs on Xbox systems.

Interplay Announces Sale of its IPs

Wait, don’t go away just yet! It’s more interesting than the title makes it sound!

Basically, Interplay is a video game developer and publisher that owns a ton of different IPs including the Earthworm Jim series. And what the announcement means is that they’re selling some of the IPs they’ve done less with to new owners.

So why is this interesting?

Well, Earthworm Jim 1 and 2 were great games for the SNES and Mega Drive. And while Interplay’s attempts at getting sequels made (Earthworm Jim 3D and Menace 2 to the Galaxy) were god awful, the original team is still interested in making a fourth title in the style of the classic ones.

Up until now, that’s been impossible.

But now with Interplay selling it? That means that franchise creator Doug TenNaple can now potentially work on a brand new game in the series, assuming a company that’s willing to work with his team buys the license. That’s good news for fans of the franchise, and could potentially lead to the ‘Rayman Origins’ of the Earthworm Jim series.

And that’s not all, there are also a few other potentially interesting IPs here too. Clayfighter is also being sold off, and that’s a cult series whose fans likely want it revived as well. And while there was an attempt at a 2016 game that was eventually cancelled by Interplay, it’s possible that a new owner could bring this series back to its former ‘glory’ as well.

Sacrifice (an obscure real time strategy game) and Descent (a pretty good FPS) have definite potential too, and most of the other IPs on sale were at least decent when they were originally released. Here’s the full list of IPs being put up for sale:

  • Earthworm Jim
  • Freespace
  • Giants
  • Kingpin
  • Messiah
  • MDK
  • Run Like Hell
  • Sacrifice
  • Battlechess
  • Clayfighter
  • Dark Alliance
  • Descent

So yeah, good news for fans of those titles, because they’re now ever closer to being revived by someone who truly cares about the series and doesn’t just want to see it abandoned. Let’s hope this happens, and some of the games above get new instalments by their original creators!

NES Emulator Approved for Xbox One?

With Nintendo still making consoles and their older games being exclusive to the eShop’s Virtual Console, it’s unlikely NES games will officially come to the Xbox or PlayStation soon.

However, it seems that’s not gonna stop some people! Why? Because it turns out that NES Box (an emulator which plays NES, SNES, Mega Drive and Game Boy titles) has just been approved for the Xbox One! Yes, Microsoft have approved their submission, and it’ll appear on Windows Store for Xbox in the near future.

Here’s their tweet about the submission:

So it should be quite interesting to see what happens now. On the one hand, Nintendo might not like people playing their games on the Xbox One, especially for free. At the same time though, they can’t really do much about it. Emulators themselves are legal even if the ROMs might not be.

Hence as a result of this, unless the submitters included ROMs in the download, there’s not much anyone other than Microsoft can do about it.

But what do you think? Is it right that the Windows Store should have emulators for Nintendo consoles on it? Or that these emulators should be available on the Xbox One? Post your thoughts on the forums or social media today!