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  • Blog Post: Test Chamber - Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

    If you've got a Wii U, you're crazy if you aren't at least thinking about getting this game. If you still need some convincing, watch this episode of Test Chamber Andrew Reiner, Dan Ryckert, and myself play through two of the many great levels in Retro Studios and Nintendo's latest Donkey... More
  • Blog Post: Developer Salute – Rare Circa 2001

    A lot of great games lead to shouts of joy and adoration, but I had so much fun playing GoldenEye 007 that I got the cops called on me. Like many in my graduating class, the summer of 1997 was spent bunkered in my parent's basement with a stockpile of mountain dew and frozen pizza as I Klobbed three... More
  • Blog Post: Mario's First Comic Book Appearance

    He's been swallowed by giant fish, thrown colored pills at germs, and even gone to the Olympics, but Mario's first comic book appearance is bizarre for even him. Back in early 1983, Marvel Comics produced a comic called Blip Magazine. Here's one of the coolest covers it ever produced. This... More
  • Blog Post: How To Become A Real-Life Video Game Hero

    Everyone has their idols. While some people foolishly admire athletes and physicists, the rest of us appreciate more down-to-earth individuals like Master Chief or Commander Shepard. As with any idol, sometimes we wish we could be more like them someday. Here’s a guide to being more like your favorite... More
  • Blog Post: Replay – Donkey Kong 64

    Last week on Replay, the gang got into a heated argument that involved Banjo Kazooie, Super Mario 64, and 3D platforming in general. One of the titles that came up was Rare's Donkey Kong 64, which received decidedly mixed reactions upon its release. Thirteen years later, we decided to throw it into... More
  • Blog Post: Hear Donkey Kong's New Voice

    Nintendo has always gotten a lot of mileage out of not much voice work for its iconic characters. Even Daisy's sighs have a certain cachet to them after years of Mario Kart. This strong legacy is exactly why we felt it necessary to capture Donkey Kong's new voice in Mario Kart 7 in this short... More
  • Blog Post: A Look Back At The ‘80s Donkey Kong Cartoon

    It’s almost hard to believe that Donkey Kong was ever more popular than Mario, but after the Donkey Kong arcade game released in July of 1981 and until Super Mario Bros. hit the NES in September of 1985 Donkey Kong was Nintendo’s biggest superstar. He even stared in his own cartoon. Back... More
  • Blog Post: Miyamoto Talks Wii U, Zelda, And Nintendo's Past

    Last week at E3 2011 I had the fortunate opportunity to sit down and chat with Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of Donkey Kong, Super Mario, The Legend of Zelda, and countless other magical projects. We mined Miyamoto's mind for information on the Wii U, Nintendo's history, and the 25th... More
  • Blog Post: Reiner And Phil Return To Donkey Kong Country

    These Reiner and Phil videos began way back when with us playing the co-op mode in a Nintendo platformer, so if you somehow thought we wouldn't do the same for Donkey Kong Country Returns, well, you weren't thinking. Join us as we check out the first few levels of Retro's exciting new take... More
  • Blog Post: Ten Franchises That Deserve A Revival

    To the surprise of many, Nintendo’s E3 press conference catered to the hardcore gamer demographic arguably moreso than Sony or Microsoft. While the HD big dogs were busy courting the casual market that Nintendo already has locked down, Miyamoto & Co. showed off several titles that reminded... More
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