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  • Blog Post: The Wii U Games That Should Be Made

    Strong titles like Super Mario 3D World , Pikmin 3 , and Lego City Undercover have been oases of enjoyable gaming in a desert of few exclusive releases for the Wii U this year. With the launch of the PS4 and Xbox One, many gamers are moving on from Wii U to growing software libraries on these other consoles... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Super Mario 3D World

    Super Mario 3D World is the best Wii U exclusive and it couldn't have come at a better time for Nintendo as it faces the release of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Watch the game in action below as Jeff Cork, Andrew Reiner, Dan Ryckert, and myself scramble through a variety of worlds. For more details... More
  • Blog Post: Mario's Secret Trick – The Cost Of A Princess

    Mario is lovable and squeaky clean, but the original mythology for Nintendo's mascot contains a murderous secret that is rather surprising. This is the original story of Super Mario Bros. Back in 1985, the Mario that we know and love today was virtually non-existent. There was no Yoshi. There were... 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
  • Blog Post: Miyamoto Talks Zelda, Pikmin, and Wii U Development

    Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto is the most famous and acclaimed game developer in history. By now, you know his resume, which includes creating such storied franchises and Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda. At E3, we had a chance to talk to Mr. Miyamoto about Wii U development, the Mario and... More
  • Blog Post: Video Interview - Super Mario 3D World's Innovations And Homages

    During E3 2013, the Nintendo booth was filled with groups of four laughing and yelling their way through Super Mario 3D World for the Wii U. The brand new game coming this winter is from the development team that brought you Super Mario 3D Land, and it adds to the 3DS game's formula by including... More
  • Blog Post: Wreck-It Ralph's Director Answers Our Questions

    Wreck-it Ralph is leaving the movie theaters and entering the world of video store shelves, so we spoke to the film's director Rich Moore about making the movie. We find out why Mario didn't make an appearance, whether or not there will be a Wreck-it Ralph 2 , and what video game Moore would... More
  • Blog Post: Moments: Discovering Mega Man 2’s Boss Order

    I remember playing video games in my cousins’ dark basement when I was a little kid. My family had the Sega Master System, his had the Nintendo Entertainment System. We had Alex Kidd and Shinobi, they had Mega Man and Mario. Mega Man 2 specifically wowed me. I was wowed the first time I saw the... 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: Top 10 Family Businesses

    Sometimes the tasks of heroes and villains stretch beyond one person. Sometimes a task takes more than a single lifetime to complete. Sometimes you have to pass your business obligations onto your children, and they have to pass those obligations onto their children. Like a family-owned sushi restaurant... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Scribblenauts Unlimited

    Scribblenauts Unlimited is the the first game in the series to display on more than a screen in your hand, and we decided to take a look at it in all its "HD-ness" glory. Myself, Jeff Cork, and Ben Hanson gathered to take a look at Maxwell's latest adventure and tried to come up with as... 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: Test Chamber – Paper Mario: Sticker Star

    The Paper Mario series has been one of the most reliably entertaining franchises around, and Sticker Star keeps that combo going. Dan, Bryan, and Jeff crowd around the 3DS' small screen to take a look at the game in an all-new Test Chamber. You may not be able to experience the game's visuals... More
  • Blog Post: The 5 Most Memorable Nintendo Commercials

    Today's release of the North American WiiU commercial (which you can watch here ) got me thinking back to better days of Nintendo advertisements. Maybe it's just the nostalgia talking, but video game commercials these days can't hold a candle to these Nintendo classics. Even if some of the... More
  • Blog Post: The 10 Most Terrifying Enemies In Gaming

    Halloween just passed , but that doesn’t mean it’s time to stop losing some sleep by terrorizing yourself with various forms of scary media just yet. What better way is there to scare yourself than playing a video game with terrifying enemies? These are some of the most terrifying enemies... More
  • Blog Post: Sorting Out The Wii U Launch Lineup

    Nintendo's Wii U lands on retail shelves on November 18. If you haven't decided which games to pick up, you're running out of time. Take these suggestions into account. 1. New Super Mario Bros. U It's kinda sad that most of the Wii U launch games I want to play are also available on another... More
  • Blog Post: Editorial: My Personal Trade-In Woes

    Left to their own devices, kids don’t always make the best decisions. Children are often attracted to newer and shinier toys, leaving their old favorites behind to collect dust (e.g., the entire plot of Toy Story). However, some kids don’t just tuck away their old toys. Instead, they cash... More
  • Blog Post: Four-Player Shenanigans In New Super Mario Bros. U

    Wii owners got their fill of chaotic four-player co-op in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, and the frenzy continues with the Wii U sequel. This trailer highlights the gorgeous new HD graphics, fun with baby Yoshis, and gliding around with the flying squirrel suit. This trailer shows a gigantic Koopa ship soaring... More
  • Blog Post: New Mario Vs. Classic Mario: Which Is Better?

    New Super Mario Bros. U marks the fourth release in the "New" 2D Mario line. A lot of the editors at Game Informer are looking forward to the launch game, but can't help but wonder how well these four games stack up against the first three titles on the NES and Super Mario World. Senior... More
  • Blog Post: Mario's Creators Answer Burning Questions About The Series

    Fans of the Mario franchise are acquainted with its oddities. It’s a Japanese series about an Italian plumber who travels to a mystical land to eat mushrooms, throw fire, and stomp on turtles. We’ve all come to accept that. Despite our love of its wackiness, we still had some burning questions... More
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