The Pick-Me-Up

The Pick-Me-Up

‘Captain Toad’ Remains the Epitome of Nintendo’s Toymaker Ethos

AKA: Look, Nintendo, this game is sweet, and we need it on Switch, okay?
Chris Schilling
7.20.17
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'MagiKarp Jump' Gives the World's Worst Pokémon the Clicker Game It Deserves

The heart-warming celebration of the world’s worst Pokémon is also a delightfully cheery little game.
Chris Schilling
6.22.17
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‘Arkanoid vs. Space Invaders’ Is an Arcade Crossover for the Ages

It could be that Taito’s arcade heyday is actually right now.
Chris Schilling
5.25.17
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‘Team Kirby Clash Deluxe’ Is a Great Reason to Recharge Your 3DS

It eventually trips over familiar free-to-play catches, but you can still have a lot of fun here, without spending a penny.
Chris Schilling
4.27.17
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Brexit’s Got Me Racing Back to ‘OutRun 2’

The UK’s gone and got itself in a right mess. I’m down in the dumps. But one old Sega racer always brings me back around, five minutes at a time.
Mike Diver
3.29.17
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‘Oh, Deer!’ Is a Vintage Arcade Racer with Added Roadkill

This racer with a delightfully macabre twist is already brilliantly odd. But it could become weirder still.
Chris Schilling
2.27.17
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The Pick-Me-Up: ‘The Playroom VR’ Is the Nearest Thing to Nintendo on PlayStation

The terrific freebie is basically the ‘Wii Sports’ of its platform.
Chris Schilling
2.8.17
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How ‘Spin the Bottle: Bumpie’s Party’ Warmly Embraced the Wii U

Excited about ‘1-2-Switch’? Well, there’s a game much like it already out, playable on Nintendo’s outgoing home console.
Chris Schilling
1.27.17
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The Pick-Me-Up: 'Soccer Physics' Won't Make You Sweat, Might Make You Barf

This was never meant to be mastered. This is the kind of game that makes you laugh until you’re sick.
Chris Schilling
1.10.17
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The Pick-Me-Up: ‘Rez Infinite’

Before starting Tetsuya Mizuguchi’s remade rail shooter, I was a VR skeptic. After, I felt like I’d ascended to the stars.
Chris Schilling
12.8.16
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The Pick-Me-Up: ‘Rhythm Paradise Megamix’

The first entry of a new regular column highlighting the happiest gaming experiences out there.
Chris Schilling
11.24.16