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  • Blog Post: The Seven Strangest Moments From Nintendo’s Tomodachi Life Presentation

    Nintendo is no stranger to quirkiness. Its most popular character and brand exists in a world of super-power granting mushrooms and green sewage pipes that allow for quick transportation. Games like Rhythm Heaven and WarioWare offer some of the strangest video game experiences ever created (see Game... More
  • Blog Post: Smash Bros. Nintendo Direct: What We Know, What We're Expecting

    Nintendo is planning a Nintendo Direct for tonight that will be 30 minutes of uninterrupted information about Super Smash Bros. Before you tune in at 3 p.m. Pacific/6 p.m. Eastern, check out a rundown of what we know and what we’re expecting. What We Know So Far Returning Characters Bowser Diddy... More
  • Blog Post: The Many Faces Of The Video Game Handheld

    After the age of the original Game Boy and Game Gear came to a close, handhelds began branching off into colors beyond grey and black. After that, they started getting fancy logos, special editions, bizarre colors, and in some cases, images of a Pikachu trying to give you a hug. We still don't see... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Yoshi's New Island

    This week marks the release of Nintendo's third attempt to recreate the fun of 1995's Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island. This time around, a bunch of Yoshis have to help deliver Baby Mario to his parents. Sound familiar? The plot isn't the only thing that's recycled this time around... More
  • Blog Post: Bravely Going Where Many Games Have Gone Before

    Earlier this week I purchased a Nintendo handheld, a 3DS XL. It’s my first handheld since the days of Game Boy and Game Gear, and while I was interested in The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, the system seller for me was Bravely Default. A little background to this tale – I’m... More
  • Blog Post: Pachter: 3DS Will Survive In Diminished Market, Vita To 'Die Slow, Painful Death'

    In the light of Nintendo's recent lowered forecasts for 3DS sales, We asked Wedbush Securities' outspoken analyst Michael Pachter for his take on the current handheld market. As usual, he didn't mince words. On whether he was concerned about Nintendo lowering its 3DS sales projections: No... More
  • Blog Post: A Nintendo 3DS Mea Culpa

    With the recent news that the Nintendo 3DS was the best-selling system ( according to NPD ) for the year, I'm here to admit I was wrong about it – I didn't think it would take off for various reasons. It appears I was looking at the wrong variables, once again proving that handhelds have... More
  • Blog Post: Kim's Anticipated RPGs For 2014

    As many know, I love my role-playing games. Every year, I look at what's on the horizon, and I find there's more awaiting me than I initially realized. This year a variety of RPGs are scheduled; Final Fantasy is closing out Lightning’s story in Lightning Returns, the team behind Disgaea... More
  • Blog Post: Nintendo’s Missed Virtual Console Opportunities

    Nintendo has one of video games’ most impressive backlogs, but it is missing a lot of golden opportunities with its Virtual Console. Super Mario 3D World and Super Mario 64 Super Mario 64 was Mario’s first 3D platforming adventure, and set a standard for the genre for years to come, but ahead... More
  • Blog Post: Top 50 Challenge – Shin Megami Tensei IV

    An exceptional RPG strikes the perfect balance between story and mechanics. Players should be engaged by the characters and events, but also by the combat and the systems under the hood. Ideally, a game serves both sides of the equation equally. Lucky for Shin Megami Tensei IV, a surplus of good ideas... More
  • Blog Post: Three Useful Tips For Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

    It’s rare that I immediately replay a game in my free time after reviewing it for work, but I did just that with The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. After giving it my first 10 score in my review , I started round two at home in an effort to do everything there is to be done in the game... More
  • Blog Post: The Funniest Ace Attorney Characters

    Part of what makes the Ace Attorney games isn't just the courtroom showdowns, but also the eccentric characters you encounter during your investigations. With Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies releasing today (check out our review if you haven't already), we thought it'd... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Pokémon X & Y

    Pokémon X & Y is finally upon us, and we decided to take a look at some of the battling, the best new Pokémon, and at least one Mega Evolution. There are some minor spoilers if you want to discover everything for yourself, including some late-game areas, and Froakie's final evolution... More
  • Blog Post: We're Not Idiots, Nintendo

    I’ve long considered Nintendo to be one of the most consistently great developers in the industry. Outside of the rare awful idea like Wii Music, the developer has a history of putting out quality software. That said, they’re also frequent repeaters of something that’s become increasingly... More
  • Blog Post: Into The Fold: How Nintendo’s Indie Team Courted Tengami

    Nintendo’s relationship with indie developers on the Wii had a promising start with World of Goo and the Bit.Trip series, but it never really took off. Word circulated that the company was difficult to work with due to policies that included requiring indie developers to have an office aside from... More
  • Blog Post: Moments – Tales of the Abyss: Luke's Promise To Tear

    We all put up walls - vulnerability is a universal struggle. Unfortunately, showing emotion has a stigma attached to it. If we confess our true feelings, people often think we're showing weakness. This is why the ending moments of Tales of the Abyss with Luke and Tear succeed. It captures how, even... More
  • Blog Post: The New Features Of Pokémon X & Y

    As the first mainline Pokemon game for the Nintendo 3DS, Pokemon X & Y is a good place to jump into the series. Game Informer interns Liz Lanier and Matt Akers have been fans of the series for a while, and reviews editor Joe Juba has dabbled in an entry or two along the way. Watch the video below... More
  • Blog Post: Nintendo’s Hat System Could Be A Step Toward Bigger Achievements

    Nintendo released a 3DS update a few weeks ago that added several new games to the Mii Plaza. If you’ve been playing any of them, you’ve probably been showered with a new currency called plaza tickets. These tickets can be redeemed for Mii hats, but that’s not all that’s going... More
  • Blog Post: Sharing Silly Stories Is Animal Crossing's Strong Suit

    The first Animal Crossing hit the U.S. via the GameCube in 2004. I passed by the colorful box on various rental and game store shelves, never giving the charming social sim a second glance. I hadn’t read anything about the goofy anthropomorphic animal residents or fruit harvesting in the gaming... More
  • Blog Post: The Confirmed Stages For Super Smash Bros.

    When Nintendo announced the next Super Smash Bros. during E3 2013 , a lot of the buzz centered on the announcement of Mega Man, Animal Crossing's Villager, and the Wii Fit Trainer as playable characters. The multiple videos that Nintendo released for the upcoming Wii U and 3DS games also quietly... More
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