Sonic Meets Eggman Cutscene from Sonic Adventure remade with Source Filmmaker

A.N.N.E. (PC, potentially Mac, Linux, PSN and Wii U)

Described as Metroidvania meets Gradius, this quirky adventure of a tiny robot features an expansive world, customisable weaponry, and your very own ship: “The Great Whale”. Not only that, but as a Kickstarter award you may get your very own “Super Motendo” version of the game, which comes with a decorative cartridge, and, if you pledge enough, an A.N.N.E. themed SNES controller.

The Black Tower (PC and Mac)

In the early stages of development, The Black Tower is an RPG which draws heavily from the Final Fantasy games of the PlayStation 1 era, with pre-rendered 3D backgrounds, big blue text boxes, and an expansive world map. As it is likely many months from release, its two French developers are asking people to visit the Steam Greenlight page to give constructive thoughts on where they should go from here.

Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Collection (PS3, PS Vita) is confirmed for release this year in Europe, and expect a new trailer on the 25th of March.

At one point in Mass Effect 2’s Lair Of The Shadow Broker DLC you fight through a high class hotel and eventually come across a bedroom that has a “Lustful Video” playing on the wall. Everything from the carpet to the curtains, and even the positioning of the furniture, is almost identical to the iconic “Red Room” from the cult classic TV series Twin Peaks, albeit with a few Mass Effect themed differences, such as the statue of a woman being replaced with a Krogan monument.

Shovel Knight (PC, Potentially Wii U and 3DS)

In a plot straight from the late 80s, you, Shovel Knight must take up your mighty shovel and take down an evil enchantress to save your lost beloved. That’s the premise of this charming 2D platformer which borrows elements from Mega Man, Castlevania, and Dark Souls. Look closely and you can see that even Scrooge McDuck’s iconic pogo jump makes an appearance.

Developers Yacht Games, which itself is formed up by former employees of Wayforward (Shantae, Contra 4, A Boy and His Blob), are asking for $75,000 to make Shovel Knight a reality. You can Kickstart the project now, and, for $100, you could even find yourself with a signed envelope filled to the brim with glorious dirt.

Prototype Pokémon

Found on Game Freak’s official Japanese website in 1997, these early sprites never made it into the first Pokémon game. It’s possible some concepts lived on into later games, however, such as prototype Weedle and Beedrill having similar features to Sewaddle and Ledyba respectively, and the early Poliwag evolution having a crown suspiciously similar to a King’s Rock.