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  • Blog Post: The Essentials – Super Mario 64

    Welcome to our third entry of The Essentials, our weekly feature looking at the games every person should experience during the course of their gaming life. The games we feature include titles that had a meaningful impact on the author, or releases that blazed trails for those that followed it. Often... 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: Looking Back At 10 Years Of Monster Hunter With Its Producer

    Last year marked the 10th anniversary of the Monster Hunter series – a franchise that has found huge success in Japan and has built a small but devoted fan base in America. To commemorate the series’ decade of killing monsters and using their remains to create armors and weapons, we spoke... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Kirby And The Rainbow Curse

    Kirby finally returns to his line-riding antics after a decade. Kirby: Canvas Curse was an early hit on the Nintendo DS and an early pioneer of touch screen gameplay. Now Kirby and the Rainbow Curse brings the unique system back on a home console. You can read Kyle Hilliard's review here to learn... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – The Free-To-Play Pokémon Shuffle

    The Pokémon Company has embraced the free-to-play model with Pokémon Shuffle on 3DS, and we decided to take a look and see if the match-three puzzler is unnecessarily restrictive. Jeff Cork, our resident match-three expert and genre super-fan, and I played the game for a few minutes. The... More
  • Blog Post: You're Doing It Wrong – Blindfolded GoldenEye 007

    In the first three episodes of Replay: Season 3, we've debuted a number of new segments, including a year-long competitive league called Versus . We also put a new twist on the classic segment You're Doing It Wrong. Tim Turi thought it would be fun to watch someone try to play GoldenEye 007 blindfolded... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

    Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate isn't the first game in the series I've tried to get into, but it's the one that finally stuck. Not only did MH4U suck me into it's world of perpetual gear upgrading and giant monster hunting ( read my review here ), it hooked GI editor Dan Tack as well . Dan... More
  • Blog Post: The Essentials – The Legend Of Zelda: A Link To The Past

    Welcome to the first installment of The Essentials, a new weekend feature celebrating the best that the digital medium has to offer. We’re curating this list to be a resource gamers can use similar to a "required reading" list. In our collection you’ll find titles from across generations... More
  • Blog Post: How To Transfer Data From Your Old 3DS To Your New 3DS

    Transferring between 3DS handhelds isn’t a particularly difficult process, but it can be intimidating and time consuming. Allow this walkthrough to help facilitate the process. You may have gotten a New 3DS on Friday, and if this isn’t your first 3DS, it’s likely you will want to move... More
  • Blog Post: Replay – Super Mario Galaxy 2

    It was a big week for Nintendo. Another wave of Amiibos sold out, the New Nintendo 3DS finally released stateside, and a new generation of 3DS players now have the chance to play Majora's Mask . We're continuing the Nintendo love on Replay with a look at Super Mario Galaxy 2 . Originally released... More
  • Blog Post: New Nintendo 3DS XL Review

    Nearly four years after the launch of the original 3DS in North America, the system’s 3D imagery finally works as intended. Most players gave the original 3D effect a try, experienced blurred visuals as soon as they unintentionally twisted the screen out of the narrow viewing sweet spot, got a... More
  • Blog Post: Predicting Amiibo Functionality In Nintendo’s 2015 Games

    Nintendo’s Amiibos already have plenty of functions in many of Nintendo’s games. While the Smash Bros. line can only use the read and write capabilities of their Amiibos in Smash Bros., we have already gotten some interesting rewards for scanning the figures to our gamepads. In the future... More
  • Blog Post: Pachter: Nintendo "Still In Denial" About Failure of Wii U

    Each February, Game Informer travels to Las Vegas for the D.I.C.E. Summit, where industry leaders gather to discuss the trends cresting and surfacing in the interactive entertainment space. This year we sat down with Wedbush Securities managing director and former Pach Attack star Michael Pachter to... 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: Where Does Majora’s Mask Fit Within Zelda’s Chronology?

    For years, The Legend of Zelda has included games that echo names, locations, and enemies drawn from previous installments. However, until recently, Nintendo had never revealed any sort of official timeline to communicate about how each game fits together within the larger framework. That changed in... More
  • Blog Post: Seven Tips For Returning To (Or Starting Fresh With) Zelda: Majora’s Mask

    The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask released for the Nintendo 64 in 2000, and next week, it will re-release on 3DS. Despite launching only a few years after Ocarina of Time and sharing many of its gameplay mechanics, Majora’s Mask’s three-day repeating cycle created one of the biggest... More
  • Blog Post: Analysis – Nintendo's Tough Hardware Choices May Test Consumer Confidence

    This morning, Nintendo reported its fiscal third quarter financials . The news was largely positive, with Wii U sales up, strong attach rates for Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros., and a slight increase in projected net income for the fiscal year. One note did stand out as concerning, though. The company... More
  • Blog Post: Readers Tell Us What Zelda They Would Like To See Remade Next

    The Majora's Mask 3DS remake isn't too far away, but it's never too early to start thinking about what Zelda game deserves to be remade next. Last weekend, I asked readers to share which Zelda game they think deserves to be remade next . After sorting through the comments, I compiled a chart... 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: 10 Gaming Innovations The World Wasn't Ready For (But Is Now)

    Since its inception, the game industry has been in a constant state of innovation. We’re at a point in this industry’s history where it seems that every year is a new metamorphosis of the industry that entertains us on a day-to-day basis. With today’s announcement of Microsoft’s... More
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