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  • Blog Post: Five Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Capcom’s Ace Attorney Series

    Capcom's Ace Attorney has become a niche darling and is partially responsible for helping visual novel games catch on in the West. These games put you in the shoes of a defense attorney, finding clues and deducing information to put the right person behind bars. With fun gameplay, great humor, and... More
  • Blog Post: Celebrate The Nintendo DS’ 10th Birthday With A Look Back At Its 25 Best Games

    Today marks the tenth anniversary of the Nintendo DS’ launch in North America. Nintendo reports that over 945 million software units have been sold to the install base of 154 million (across all versions of the DS hardware). Last year, we published a list of the best games on the handheld, and... More
  • Blog Post: Six Nintendo DS Games That Aren’t Games

    Both the 3DS and Vita are home to more than just games thanks to their virtual download shops. The two handhelds took a cue from smart phones and recognized there is a market for more than just games on a miniature computer you can carry in your pocket. Before the age of online stores for downloading... 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: 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 3DS’ Importance For RPGs

    Role-playing fans probably didn’t anticipate that the Nintendo DS would become a go-to platform for the genre. After all, RPGs have classically dominated home consoles; the PlayStation 2 epitomized the RPGs of the era, bursting with cutscenes and voice acting. With this generation and its superior... More
  • Blog Post: Import-Friendly Japanese Games

    How many times do we see a game that piques our interest and then curse that it's not being released in North America? When all hope is completely dashed, importing is your only opportunity to experience the game. The decision brings a slew of challenges, especially that pesky language barrier. After... More
  • Blog Post: The Hidden Depth Of Pokémon

    When people think of games that require strategy and a time investment of more than 400 hours of play time, titles like World of Warcraft, Skyrim, and Guild Wars II come to mind. What many gamers don’t realize is that the battle-filled world of Pokémon requires intense hours of training... 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: Pokémon Past, Present, And Future

    This week marks the long-awaited release of the fifth-generation of Pokémon titles, Black and White. Game Freak producer, Junichi Masuda, and the graphic designer who created many of the game’s 150 new Pokémon, Mana Ibe, tell us about the past, present, and future of the long-running... 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
  • Blog Post: From The Vault: Nintendo's Handheld History

    Yesterday’s announcement of the 3DS has many gamers reflecting on Nintendo’s long lineup of handheld game consoles. From minor updates to massive hardware changes, Nintendo has been driving the evolution of portable gaming for over 20 years – and we’ve been there for it all. Join... More
  • Blog Post: We Talk Women’s Murder Club With Novelist James Patterson

    Unless you’ve intentionally avoided libraries for the bulk of your life, chances are you’ve heard of James Patterson . Most everyone has come across at least one of the American novelist’s bestselling works, several of which have been made into major motion pictures ( Along Came a Spider... More
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