Retro Wrap-Up: Psychonauts Edition

Sunday, July 14th, 2013

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Chances are good that you know about Psychonauts, even if you’ve never played it. It was one of the most critically acclaimed games of the mid-2000s, yet very few people actually bought it. One of the reasons might be the way it was advertized. See, Double Fine didn’t go for the standard kind of commercial that you see on your typical TV stations. They partnered with G4 back when the channel was in its infancy to produce a series of bumpers staring the various characters from the game. Unfortunately, since G4 was relatively niche at that point, it didn’t get as much exposure as it could have. Regardless, the Operation Rainfall Retro Commercial Research Team (in other words, me) decided to show you these bumpers in this week’s Retro Wrap-Up.

Here are the highlights of this past week.

Steve Baltimore reviewed Swords and Soldiers 3D for the 3DS, Josh Speer reviewed Project X Zone and Phil Schipper reviewed Shin Megami Tensei IV as well as Octodad in this week’s Games of the Past review.

The StreetPass Update that has been out in Europe and Japan for weeks is finally available in North America.

Jeff Neuenschwander asks if you would like to see him take a look at the Sonic franchise in his future Jeff’s Musings installments.

Yosuke Saito and Yuu Miyake of Dragon Quest X say that it’s possible that the PC version of the game may make it out of Japan some day.

Meanwhile, Square explains why Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn will be skipping the Xbox.

Square also revealed that Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster is getting a Limited Edition, complete with an artbook.

Justin Graham reviews Dominion: Tank Police in this week’s Anime of the Past review.

Nintendo revealed that Captain Olimar will return to the next Smash Bros. game.

Finally, the Downpour Podcast crew discuss whether they like story-driven narratives or character-driven ones in this week’s episode of The Downpour Podcast, which is now available on iTunes.

About Kyle Emch

Kyle has been studying music at college for about three years now. He's played the piano since he was 6 years old and has been recently been learning how to write music. He has followed the Operation Rainfall movement on Facebook since it started and was happy to volunteer for the website. Just don't mention Earthbound or the Mother franchise around him.