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  • Blog Post: What Should Nintendo Do With Its Amiibos?

    Nintendo’s amiibos are adorable little action figures I look forward to staring at while they find a home on my desk, but as of this moment, their application seems limited. Of the confirmed games that will take advantage of the figures, Super Smash Bros. is the only one we really know how amiibos... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion: Why I Don't Want To Collect Things Anymore

    Whether it was Mario collecting coins for points, Banjo collecting musical notes to progress, or Rayman hover-jumping at that lum that was just out of reach, collecting has been one of most-common mechanics in video games. While there will always be a place for coins, fruits, and various power crystals... More
  • Blog Post: Top 25 Wii Games

    Nintendo has ended its seven-year relationship with the Wii, and moved on to its new life with the Wii U, and we've taken this moment to reflect on the console’s best games. With more than 100 million units sold, the Wii had a successful run. Here are the best games the Wii has to offer. For... More
  • Blog Post: Gilbert Gottfried Voices Our Favorite Video Games

    If you’ve seen Aladdin , remember the Aflac duck, or are a fan of comedy in general, then you’re familiar with the squawking voice of Gilbert Gottfried. The legendary comic has reprised his role as the annoying parrot Iago in Kingdom Hearts games, but we’ve always wanted to hear his... More
  • Blog Post: Replay – Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins

    We need to unearth more handheld games on Replay, so we're doing that this week with a Game Boy classic. This follow up to the popular Super Mario Land improved things across the board. Better power-ups, a creative overworld, and an iconic final boss battle. Join Andrew Reiner, Dan Ryckert, and myself... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Mario Golf World Tour

    The last time Mario picked up the clubs was 10 years ago on the Game Boy Advance. He's back for a few more rounds on the 3DS, and we take a look at how he performs after an extended absence. Matthew Kato and myself play a few rounds, take a look at some of the new modes, and find out how the game... More
  • Blog Post: The 25 Best Game Boy Games Of All Time

    Newer handheld systems like Nintendo’s 3DS and Sony’s upcoming PlayStation Vita might be garnering a lot of excitement, but all their innovation is built on the backs of the handheld systems that have come before. Though it had lesser predecessors, the undisputed granddaddy of handheld gaming... More
  • 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
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