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  • 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: 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: RPG Spotlight: Disgaea

    One of the questions readers ask me most is if they would like a particular series. As a way to provide the answer and celebrate beloved franchises, RPG Spotlight gives a concise overview of the elements that give a franchise its heart and soul. In this edition, I take a look at Nippon Ichi’s Disgaea... More
  • Blog Post: Don't Give Up On The Wii U Just Yet

    Early adopters of the Wii U know full well of its drought of solid titles. Like many other owners, I bought the console on launch day, only to have the GamePad sit mostly unused ever since. Despite this rocky first year, I realized that this situation isn’t that far off from other Nintendo launches... More
  • Blog Post: Time Sinks – Picross

    When we started discussing a day-long feature for all of us to talk about games that chip away at our free time, I excitedly signed up for Picross. The Picross DS titles and the recently released Picross e on the 3DS eShop have all been the perfect examples of games that I will play “just one more”... More
  • Blog Post: Time Sinks – Castlevania: Order Of Ecclesia

    Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia has been on my must-play list for a long time now. Released in 2008, it remains the final Symphony of the Night-style Castlevania game. Part of me purposely put off playing it for just this reason. I always knew there would be one new Metroid-esque Castlevania waiting for... More
  • Blog Post: Discussing The Best DS Games Of All Time

    Now that the Nintendo DS is in the rear-view mirror, we wanted to run down a list of our all-time favorite games for the beloved system. You can find the full, ranked list in the latest issue of Game Informer, but the debate over the list became so heated that it spilled over into a bonus video. Rather... More
  • Blog Post: The Little Touches Of Nintendo’s Consoles

    Nintendo consoles are special for magical reasons. They may not feature the best online support or multimedia capabilities, but they always contain a few charming features that aren’t immediately highlighted or called out. GameCube – Changing the start-up by holding down buttons. The GameCube... More
  • Blog Post: Links To The Future: Creating The Perfect Zelda Game

    Like many successful franchises, the Legend of Zelda series has changed along with video games themselves. The battles against Ganon and accompanying villains span every single Nintendo platform, usually highlighting the unique features of the company’s newest console. With the recent launch of... More
  • Blog Post: 5 Ways To Use A Microphone Besides Blowing On It

    The DS and later models of the PSP both had built-in microphones, but no developer ever seemed to take advantage of them. Every time the microphone was used in a game, it seemed like just an excuse to have the player awkwardly blow on their handheld. You were either blowing out candles, or blowing dust... More
  • Blog Post: Zelda 25th Anniversary: Remembering Phantom Hourglass

    I remember the moment The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass was announced at Game Developers Conference in 2006. Nintendo showed the debut trailer during its keynote address, and everyone in the room flipped out as is customary when a brand new Zelda is shown. The excitement had many different reasons... More
  • Blog Post: Reiner And Phil (And Ben) Play Thor

    Upward and onward, mighty Marvel marching squad! On this astounding edition of Reiner and Phil, we invite benevolent Ben Reeves to show us a power-packed portion of the new Sega game starring none other than the Mighty Thor! Excelsior! Stan Lee-isms aside, this game kind of sucks. But you should still... More
  • Blog Post: The Nintendo Difference: Nintendo’s Impact On Gaming

    Nintendo has been involved in the video game industry for nearly four decades, and the company hasn’t remained as popular as it has by following other people’s lead. Nearly every generation, Nintendo has led a charge of innovation that has fundamentally reshaped the gaming world. These innovations... More
  • Blog Post: Under The Radar: DS Titles Worth Your Time

    When the Nintendo DS first launched we were all pretty intrigued by the dual screen technology and touch capabilities, and looked forward to draw and tap our way through innovative titles. The DS has gone on to be a wildly successful handheld with hundreds of titles in its library and multiple hardware... More
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