A listing of planned reviews for May, plus a reminder for our new Active Kickstarter Page.

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Monthly Game Spotlight: A Robot Named Fight

The monthly game spotlight for May is A Robot Named Fight! This year we have been covering all of the Metroid titles, with a certain extra special Metroid game coming up in next month, so let’s celebrate its legacy a little. A Robot Named Fight is in every way an homage to the Metroid series, offering a Roguelite interpretation of 2D Metroid’s gameplay. You can have up to three friends join you as helpers in local co-op, or go it alone to defeat the awful Mega Beast. Not everything is as it seems though, and there are a few surprises even if you keep playing beyond one successful run. For a near-infinite supply of mini Metroidvania games, A Robot Named Fight comes highly recommended.

Check out our full review here!

Active Kickstarter Page Added to Site

A couple of weeks ago a great user on Steam suggested that we keep an Active Kickstarter page on the site for Metroidvania games, and we thought it was an excellent idea. This page contains games you can contribute to right now. Anything that has expired or has been funded falls more into the “upcoming games” category, which we’re working on another way to organize. We will be updating this page immediately when we find out about new Kickstarters (before we actually announce them in this weekly news post), and we will be checking weekly for anything that has passed its funding date.

You can access the page at any time by clicking the “+” icon next to the News on the sidebar.

Or you can just click here and bookmark the page.

And of course, we can’t have a Metroidvania kickstarter up there unless we know about it, so please contact us if you discover one and would like us to add it for everyone else to see.

May Review and Article Schedule

The Review Schedule for 2020 has been updated for April’s final plan. You can easily access this schedule by visiting our Other Resources page form the side menu.

As mentioned last month, we plan on resuming the Top 10 Feature starting again in June. If you have any requests for a top 10 you want to see, please leave a comment either on this article or by contacting us.

Disclaimer – While we work very hard to keep our schedule exactly as we’ve announced it, technical difficulties or surprise high priority review requests can require us to adjust the schedule accordingly. We will try to post an announcement any time this happens.

Below are the games we will be looking at this month.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order – May 4
We feel a little bad bumping our monthly first Monday Metroid review out a week, but reviewing Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order on May the Force Be With You day was just too perfect. If you’re a Star Wars Fan (no matter what kind of Star Wars Fan you are) you definitely don’t want to miss this one, but even for everyone else there’s a lot here to love.

Metroid: Samus ReturnsMay 11
We finally wrap up our three month Metroid II marathon with Nintendo’s official interpretation of what a remake could look like. While it would be really easy to turn the review into “Which Metroid II is the best one”, in an effort to be fair, we won’t be mentioning AM2R in our review at all. All comparisons will be made to the original Metroid II and to other Metroidvania options. We may do a separate article comparing the three in the future, but our focus this month is how well Samus Returns holds up on its own merits.

Headlander- May 18
The folks that brought us Psychonauts also brought us a game where you’re a disembodied head – the last of human kind. You mount various machinery to use their abilities and progress. It’s the kind of quirkiness I think we’ve come to expect from the studio.

Bad Run – May 25
In our review of Bad Pad, I mentioned that I really liked the characters and style, so returning to that world is something I look forward to. Much gratitude to Headbang Games for giving us the opportunity.