"Super Hydorah is a nonlinear horizontal shootÕ em up designed to offer a challenging and memorable experience, sublimating the wisdom and richness of traditional shmup classics. The game has direct action, nostalgic art and a wide variety of unique spatial content and situations. It is hours of intense fun, alone or with your friends, to face the menace of the Meroptians aboard the Delta Lance. If you love unique experiences and handcrafted games, Super Hydorah is made for you!"
Also available: Morphite, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Pankapu, and Blackguards 2.
New to the Playstation 4 this week: The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth +, Blackguards 2, Burly Men at Sea, Caveman Warriors, The Coma: Recut, End Space, Factotum 90, Minecraft: Story Mode Š Season 2, Morphite, NBA 2K18, Pankapu, Project Cars 2, Raiders of the Broken Planet, Robonauts, Shoppe Keep, The Solus Project,
Hidden Dragon Legend, Ink, The Lego Ninjago Movie Videogame, and Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite.
So Kmart isn't doing well - in Phoenix, most of them have slowly closed and become other things - furniture stores, indoor go-karts, or sad husks. The last open store is on the I-17 and Northern, currently going through its death throes. I was there last week on my birthday toy run, and the toy department had been collapsed with the former toy department being empty shelving for sale. It looked far better in July, when the YouTube account Retail Archaeology made this lovely video.
Semi-related, Toys R Us announced it'll file for some sort of bankruptcy this week, which doesn't necessarily mean it's going out of business. In the 1990s, Kmart was part of what Hasbro called its "top five" - Target, Kmart, Kay-Bee Toys, Toys R Us, and Walmart - who made up 85ish percent of the American toy business market. Kay-Bee closed in the late 2000s, with Kmart not officially out of business, but dozens of store closures are announced every couple of months. (The rest of the toy market was often referred to, at Hasbro, as "market six." Mattel referred to the other stores as "alternative channels" or "alt channel" stores.)
The loss of Kmart over time has been supplanted by growth in Amazon and online toy sellers like Entertainment Earth (where I work), plus increases - albeit small ones - at the likes of Walgreens and increasingly GameStop. And JC Penny has a toy section again this year, probably right now at a store near you.
If you've got a Kmart near you, take a stroll through it - here in Phoenix, we're fast approaching our last chance.
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"A finalist for "Best Indie Game" at the Canadian Videogame Awards, Planet of the Eyes tells the tale of a service robot stranded on a mysterious planet. A stunning visual mix of puzzle and platforming challenges, an original musical score and fully voiced audio logs will sweep you away on the immersive journey of a lone robot in an unknown world."
Also available: NASCAR Heat 2, PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER 2018, EA SPORTS NHL 18 Young Stars Edition, Rogue Trooper Redux, Transcripted, Maize, and DonÕt Starve Together: Console Edition.
New to the Playstation 4 this week: Baja: Edge of Control HD, Bloody Zombies, Butter & Friends: Babysitter Sim, Dishonored: Death of the Outsider, DreamBreak, Get Over Here, NASCAR Heat 2, NBA Live 18, NHL 18, Planet of the Eyes, Samurai Shodown V Special, Time Recoil, Tooth and Tail, Transcripted, Trulon: The Shadow Engine, VR Karts, Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana,
Happy Dungeons, Inside Limbo Double Pack, Maize, Manifest 99, and Pro Evolution Soccer 2018.
New classic games this week: Art of Fighting Anthology.
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