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  • Blog Post: I Have A Picross Problem

    Picross is a simple little puzzle game from Nintendo that isn’t particularly well-known. It’s not affiliated with a mascot – or at least it hasn’t been since Mario Picross released on Game Boy in 1995 – and it’s not all that much different from Sudoku. It involves... More
  • Blog Post: Future Amiibo Figures We'd Love To See

    With its all-star cast of recognizable characters, the Super Smash Bros. line of Amiibos served as a great introduction to the figures. The nostalgic elements of each character sold the figures for many, and their success has caused demand to be dramatically more than supply in many cases. Earlier this... More
  • Blog Post: Editor's Choice: Best Of Club Nintendo's Final Games

    The announcement that Club Nintendo is closing in July of this year was met with much chagrin. While the death of such a unique loyalty program is lamentable, Nintendo promised to make the Club go out with a bang. With just a few months left in its life, Club Nintendo made the final reward offerings... More
  • Blog Post: 10 Nintendo Crossovers We'd Like To See

    When Nintendo announced Hyrule Warriors, it was met with a healthy dose of skepticism. The idea was one that most fans would never dream of, and seemed out of character for Nintendo to license out one of its biggest properties to another developer. The biggest surprise of all, however, is that Hyrule... More
  • Blog Post: Ten Other Uses For Nintendo’s Amiibo Figures

    Like many of you, I got some Nintendo Amiibos for Christmas this year. Unfortunately, I’m visiting my sister on the east coast and I forgot to bring my Wii U, so I decided to experiment with several other uses for Nintendo’s adorable new figures. 1. Pepperoni Placeholder What’s for... More
  • Blog Post: Other Game Series That Deserve The Theatrhythm Treatment

    Final Fantasy is a huge series with lots of memorable tracks – enough tracks to fill up two rhythm games, as it turns out. It’s not the only series ( and nether is Dragon Quest ), however, full of enough fantastic music to merit its own dedicated rhythm game release. Castlevania Much like... More
  • Blog Post: Requiem For A Seam: Remembering The 10 Best Game Instruction Manuals

    Let me spin you a yarn. Times were, you’d open that brand-new cardboard (or plastic) box and there, nestled right next to your cartridge (or disc), would be a booklet. Yes, a booklet – paper pages stapled together that told you how to play the game (and sometimes more). Remember those? Now... More
  • Blog Post: Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker Was Almost A Zelda Game

    Before Captain Toad ever made his debut in Super Mario 3D World, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker director Shinya Hiratake dreamed of a game set inside smaller worlds. He had reasoned that if he removed the jumping mechanic from a platformer that he could shrink a game's levels by a significant degree... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – 8-Player Super Smash Bros. Wii U Rematch

    Yesterday , we gathered seven editors and one intern around a Wii U to play Super Smash Bros. Wii U. We had so much fun, that we had to do it again. This time we gathered six editors and two interns for two straightforward rounds of what basically amounts to indiscernible madness. Join myself, Wade Wojcik... More
  • 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
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