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  • Blog Post: Here Are Our Review Scores For (Almost) All Of Mario's Core Releases

    Sunday, September 13 marks the 30th anniversary of Super Mario, and in celebration we're looking back on all the scores we've awarded the core Mario games. This list is limited to the main platforming experiences, so you won't the Mario Parties, RPGs, or other offshoots from the series. We... More
  • Blog Post: Which Controller Is The Loudest? Sounding Off On Controller Noise

    Recently, while making my way through Infamous Second Son as the rest of my household was asleep, I could distinctly hear my controller echoing through the house. It wasn't from the speaker built into the controller I always forget is there that periodically emits noise to remind you of its existence... More
  • Blog Post: Classic Gaming’s 10 Worst-Kept Secrets

    Though they have been largely eliminated in today’s gaming landscape thanks to downloadable content and the Internet, hidden secrets have played a large role in the games industry since its early days. These intentionally programmed cheats and shortcuts went undocumented, but that didn’t... More
  • Blog Post: 19 Questions For 2015 Nintendo World Championship Winner John Numbers

    Last month during E3, Nintendo held its first World Championship in more than a decade . We got a chance to speak with its winner, John Goldberg A.K.A. John Numbers about the event. John is familiar with the competitive video games scene as a competitive Smash Bros. player, but flying to Los Angeles... More
  • Blog Post: Nintendo Talks The World Championships 2015, The Wizard, And Reveals The Trophy

    For the first time in 25 years, Nintendo is bringing back its Nintendo World Championships at this year's E3. After inviting competitors and holding a series of qualifying rounds across the United States, the tournament begins tomorrow. Ahead of the Champioships, we spoke with Nintendo Treehouse's... More
  • Blog Post: Ignoring Amiibos And The Video Game Collector Itch

    Like most kids growing up, I only got a few games a year on birthdays or Christmas. I would inhale video game magazines to try and soak up information about every video game I could, confident I would only truly get to play a few. It was my way of getting as close to playing a video game without actually... More
  • Blog Post: Kirby Through The Years

    Kirby may just be a pink ball with oval arms and red shoes, but he's gone through a lot of changes over the years. Whether it's small changes, or entire changes in the properties he's made of, Nintendo has done a lot with a character that is ostensibly a pinks circle. In this feature, we're... More
  • Blog Post: Replay – Wario World

    Nintendo's flatulent hero got another chance to shine with the GameCube release Wario World. The titular character cleaned up his act during the 3D platformer, which means that fans of farting may feel a little let down. Don't worry – there's enough action and overall weirdness to compensate... More
  • Blog Post: Shovel Knight Devs Discuss Co-Op, Pogo Jumping, And Beyond

    Yacht Club Games struck Kickstarter pay dirt with Shovel Knight, an NES throwback that combines the sensibilities of Capcom's best platformers with all the fun of digging in the dirt. The finished product is every bit as good as we hoped, and we couldn't help ourselves from geeking out over the... More
  • Blog Post: Five Licensed Famicom Games That Never Released On NES

    On July 15, 1983, Nintendo released the Famicom in Japan. Though the console itself eventually made its way to North America (as the Nintendo Entertainment System), not every game released in both territories. To celebrate the 31st birthday of the history-making system, we’ve put together a list... More
  • Blog Post: Exploring Freedom In Metal Gear

    Freedom is precious, and that applies to our video games as well. For our July 4th features on freedom , I chose Metal Gear on the NES, a game that took me beyond what I expected from games at the time . I don't remember precisely what grabbed my attention about Metal Gear when it came out in 1988... More
  • Blog Post: A Look Back At Decades Of Bizarre Nintendo Videos

    If Nintendo’s recent Tomodachi Life and E3 announcements are any indication, the company is slowly losing its mind, and it has cameras on hand to capture the insanity – not that we’re complaining. Nintendo’s recent announcements have been as entertaining as they are bizarre, but... More
  • Blog Post: Metal Gear Through The Years

    From its beginnings in 1987, Metal Gear has gone through a huge number of changes, but there are some aspects of the game that have remained constant throughout. Snake is always performing a stealth mission, and he always has back-up – even if they can't be there with him on the field. In this... More
  • Blog Post: The True Story Of Double Dragon

    The original Double Dragon was one of the first beat-em-ups to ever hit arcades. For a time it was a cultural icon, but how well do you know its story? I remember when I first encountered Double Dragon on the NES I thought it was the coolest game I'd ever encountered. It's story wasn't complicated... More
  • Blog Post: Remembering Maniac Mansion

    Green and purple tentacles. Microwavable hamsters. A mind-controlling meteor. When Maniac Mansion debuted in 1987 for the Commodore 64 and Apple II, it was unlike anything players had experienced before. Not only did it make a mark with its quirky humor, it helped popularize the point-and-click adventure... More
  • Blog Post: Nostalgia Corner: '90s Nickelodeon Games

    The early '90s brought a slew of beloved Nickelodeon shows that are still talked about to this day. From the crazy game shows, Guts and Double Dare , to zany cartoons like Rocko's Modern Life and The Ren and Stimpy Show , the network dominated kid's TV programming, making the '90s often... More
  • Blog Post: Replay – Punch-Out!! Stress Test: Joe Vs. Tyson – Episode 2

    Earlier this year, I watched my co-worker Dan try to defeat Mike Tyson in Punch-Out!!. He failed miserably for three straight hours . Near the end of his attempt, I made a bold claim: Dan's story was just a prologue to a better (and shorter) video featuring me effortlessly beating Iron Mike. The... More
  • Blog Post: Revisiting EarthBound: Ahead Of (And A Product Of) Its Time

    Like many Wii U owners, I have recently spent a lot of time in the world of EarthBound following its Virtual Console release. I feel like I waited the perfect amount of time to replay the game. I first played in on Super Nintendo in the late ‘90s, and enough time has passed that I remember few... More
  • Blog Post: Time Sinks – Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!

    While most of my colleagues have no doubt warmed your heart with tales of their love and devotion to a particular game, I'm here to peer back into the abyss of failure and frustration. I'll cop to it – I'm a mediocre gamer at best. It's the dirty secret of my life. Given my chosen... More
  • Blog Post: Replay – Jet Force Gemini

    After Rare gave Donkey Kong his own game and crafted a 3D model of Pierce Brosnan for Goldeneye, the developer made a cinematic sci-fi shooter called Jet Force Gemini. It was the true start of the popular helmeted-space-soldier-alien-shooter motif nearly two years before Halo released on the Xbox. Jet... More
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