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  • Blog Post: Taking Turns: Mario’s RPG History

    Mario didn’t invent the platformer, but he popularized it and as a result is closely associated with the genre. Mario jumps on and over things, which is why it’s strange to consider how much success he has found in a genre so traditionally divorced from platforming. Super Mario RPG and its... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Learn How The Paper Mario Universe Got Jammed Into The Mario & Luigi Universe

    The Mario & Luigi and Paper Mario universes share a lot in common: They're both RPGs, both humorous, and star Nintendo's iconic plumbers. These two franchise are now overlapping in the latest entry in the series, and we played through the game's first 10 minutes to see exactly how that... More
  • Blog Post: Looking Back On Nintendo In 2015

    This was a hard, long year for Nintendo. There were stumbles along the way, including the tragic loss of its president, but there were also victories that demonstrated that Nintendo was thinking long-term and that brighter days may be ahead for the company. Let's take a look back at Nintendo's... More
  • Blog Post: Splatoon Devs Talk Future Updates And Why The Series Wouldn't Work On 3DS

    Splatoon, the 8-player competitive ink shooter for the Wii U, released earlier this year to enthusiastic, but slightly disappointing reviews. Our own Brian Shea stated in his review that the game lacked a number of features that would easily catapault it over its competition. Since then, Splatoon has... More
  • Blog Post: 10 Characters We’re Voting For As Super Smash Bros. DLC

    With the latest Nintendo Direct, Nintendo president and CEO Satoru Iwata revealed the release date for the previously announced Mewtwo DLC for Super Smash Bros., as well as a surprise announcement that Earthbound’s Lucas is returning to the series. Perhaps even more surprising, Iwata also revealed... More
  • Blog Post: Nintendo Considered Including A Naked Costume In Zelda: Tri Force Heroes

    Link’s latest adventure, a multiplayer follow-up to 2013’s A Link Between Worlds, was a departure for Zelda’s traditionally single-player focus that was met with mixed critical reception . We spoke with the Tri Force Heroes’ director Hiromasa Shikata and Zelda series producer... More
  • Blog Post: Is Box Boy! One Of The Top 50 Games Of 2015?

    Box Boy! might be one of the most overlooked games of the year. A simple black and white aesthetic belies the game's more complicated puzzles. Developed by HAL Laboratory – the same studio that has brought us games like Kirby and Super Smash Bros., Box Boy! is a puzzle game about a young box... More
  • Blog Post: Is Puzzle & Dragons Z / Super Mario Bros. Edition One Of The Top Games Of 2015?

    Every year, Game Informer breaks down the best releases with its annual Top 50 list. It’s a group effort, which includes long meetings, heated discussions, and possibly the best homework assignments you could possibly ask for. There’s only so much time to go around, however, and sometimes... More
  • Blog Post: We Put The Mega Yarn Yoshi Amiibo Side-By-Side With The Other Yoshi Amiibos

    Nintendo's upcoming Mega Yarn Yoshi Amiibo stands at around 8 inches tall, making it the largest Amiibo released to this point. But how big does the Amiibo, which draws inspiration from Yoshi's massive transformation in Yoshi's Woolly World, look when compared to the the other Yoshi Amiibo... More
  • Blog Post: Learn All About Yo-Kai Watch From Level-5 President Akihiro Hino

    Tomorrow marks the debut of Yo-kai Watch in North America (you can read our review here ). The franchise has already caused a stir in Japan, becoming a worthy rival to Pokémon. It has spawned a television show, manga, films, and toys, but will it cause the same fanfare Stateside? We spoke with... More
  • Blog Post: Nintendo’s Best-Selling Wii U And 3DS Titles As Of September 30, 2015

    Nintendo has once again updated its best-selling games on Wii U and 3DS. With new entrants on the systems, including Super Mario Maker and Animal Crossing Happy Home Designer, the list is shaken up a bit. We’ve included all the relevant information, including change in sales and placement on the... More
  • Blog Post: Nintendo Confirms Tri Force Heroes’ Place In The Zelda Timeline

    Once a source of great mystery and fan speculation, the Zelda timeline has now become official franchise canon following the release of Hyrule Historia , and Nintendo is more than happy to discuss where the assorted games appear – depending on when you ask them. I spoke with a Link Between Worlds... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden

    A new Dragon Ball Z game released this week for 3DS, so Game Informer's biggest Dragon Ball fans decided to take it for a spin. Join myself and Ben Hanson as we try out the game's alternate story mode, play as a wide variety of characters, and bring non-fighters like Chi Chi and Oolong into the... More
  • Blog Post: What Do Amiibos Do In What Games?

    Nintendo still hasn't fully revealed exactly how amiibos will function across its many games, but we plan on keeping track of their compatibility in this feature. Nintendo’s amiibos differ from comparable toys like Skylanders and Disney Infinity figures in they will work across a collection... More
  • Blog Post: Here Are Our Review Scores For (Almost) All Of Mario's Core Releases

    Sunday, September 13 marks the 30th anniversary of Super Mario, and in celebration we're looking back on all the scores we've awarded the core Mario games. This list is limited to the main platforming experiences, so you won't the Mario Parties, RPGs, or other offshoots from the series. We... More
  • Blog Post: Nintendo Tries To Win Over The Third-Party Market With Indies

    Going into the Wii U life cycle, Nintendo was set on improving relations with third-party publishers after years of negligence in favor of first-party content.. The Wii U launched with an impressive line-up of games from publishers like Ubisoft, Activision, and Electronic Arts in support of its typically... More
  • Blog Post: Nintendo And Yacht Club Share How The Shovel Knight Amiibo Came To Exist

    Some big news out of PAX Prime has been the fact that a Shovel Knight Amiibo will be sold this holiday season. Though the Amiibo is licensed by Nintendo, the figure is produced and sold by Yacht Club Games, differentiating it as the inaugural third-party Amiibo in addition to being the first Amiibo for... More
  • Blog Post: The Stages We Want Released For Super Smash Bros.

    Nintendo continues to support the latest entry of the beloved Super Smash Bros. series through both free updates and paid downloadable content. To this point, we’ve received some new characters, stages, and Mii costumes, as well as some new community-driven modes and features. In the past, we’ve... More
  • Blog Post: What’s Going On With Pokémon This Year?

    Every year since the release of Pokémon Platinum on Nintendo DS in 2009, Game Freak has released a core Pokémon game on a Nintendo handheld. Unless there are some surprise announcements in store, it looks like 2015 will break Game Freak’s pattern for the first time in six years. In... More
  • Blog Post: Analysis - As The Wii U Limps, Its Software Sales Leap

    Along with its first quarter financial results, Nintendo released updated sales figures for its best-selling software. Unsurprisingly, Mario Kart 8 and Pokémon X & Y continue to lead on Wii U and 3DS respectively. As we dig deeper, we see that the Nintendo faithful are buying just about everything... More
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