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  • Blog Post: Opinion – Game Freak Shouldn’t Remake Pokémon Diamond And Pearl

    The arrival of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire (ORAS) marks the fourth consecutive year of releases in everybody’s favorite monster-filled adventure games. Nintendo has quietly annualized the core Pokémon series. If the franchise follows this new established trend then we’re... 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: How To Recreate The Best Cut Stages In Super Smash Bros. Wii U

    The latest installment in the Smash Bros. series is a fantastic game, as I mentioned in my review , but longtime fans may notice a few things missing. Specifically, several stages that have been around since the early days are now gone. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U has more than plenty of battlegrounds... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – 8-Player Super Smash Bros. Wii U Is Back!

    The 8-player chaos is back with a vengeance at the Game Informer office. Join Tim Turi, Andrew Reiner, Jeff Cork, Ben Hanson, myself, and interns Matt Stolpe, Jason Dafnis, and Sam Stewart, as we battle through two ridiculously fun matches. One of them finally settles the debate between which franchise... 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: Fighting Tips From The 2014 Nintendo Super Smash Bros. 3DS National Open Tournament Champion

    Last month, Sam “Dubuz” Buzby took home the top prize at the Nintendo Super Smash Bros. 3DS National Open Tournament in New York. Along with bragging rights, Buzby also took home an impressive trophy and a one-of-kind Smash Bros. robe. We spoke with Buzby about his win, but also asked him... More
  • Blog Post: A Poképoem About The Reasons Trainers Pick Fights In Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire

    In the world of Pokémon, few have social anxiety, and even fewer know how to properly begin a conversation. As it turns out, the fear of strangers dissipates when everyone has the technology to command and train a small animal to fight for them. Simply walking around becomes an invitation to battle... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – The First Eight Levels Of Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

    Everyone's favorite little fungus finally has his own game. Toad's diorama mini-levels from Super Mario 3D World were some of the most memorable asides of the whimsical four-player platformer, and now there's a standalone game packed full of them. We couldn't help but boot up the game... 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 – Abraham Lincoln Fights Aliens In Codename S.T.E.A.M.

    Inspired by American comics books and 19th century literature, Intelligent Systems (Fire Emblem: Awakening, Advance Wars) is working on a new strategy game where Abraham Lincoln assembles a crack team of steam-powered specialists to fend off an alien threat. It's a bit of an oddball, but it's... 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: Replay – Banjo-Tooie

    On this episode of Replay, we dive back into Rare's impressive library of games on Nintendo 64. Having looked at Banjo-Kazooie two years ago , we figured it was time to see how its sprawling sequel holds up. I was fortunate enough to review the game back in the day, giving it a 9 out of 10 and saying... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Bayonetta 2

    Bayonetta is back, and the stylish witch is armed to the teeth with even more crazy weapons and magical powers to combat the forces of heaven and hell. This Wii U-exclusive sequel is available today, and it meets the high bar set by the original. I reviewed Bayonetta 2 and thought it was a blast, so... More
  • Blog Post: Pokémon’s Developers On Virtual Console Absences, Twitch, And Super Smash Bros.

    We had a chance to speak with Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire producer Junichi Masuda and director Shigeru Ohmori recently, and decided to ask them general questions about the Pokémon series. Masuda has been with the Pokémon series since Blue and Red and served as a director... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – Why Dragon Quest’s Future Looks Bleak In North America

    Lately, I've been thinking a lot about Dragon Quest. The traditional RPG franchise crafted the foundation for console RPGs, and even to this day, it evokes charm and nostalgia with its art style and famed slimes. I'm still captivated by it, even though the series hasn't gone through much... 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: 2014’s Upcoming Wii U Games

    With major titles like Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros. coming this year to Wii U, we decided to pull together everything that we know of that's slated for 2014. The following list will be updated and amended throughout the year. If you something confirmed for 2014 release that's not on our... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Super Smash Bros. For 3DS (Smash Run Mode)

    Our second Smash Bros. video preview takes a look at the 3DS-exclusive mode, Smash Run. In this mode, four players race against a five-minute clock to scour a vast two-dimensional world for power-ups. Each player enters the game with equal attributes for attack, defense, speed, jump, super, and arms... More
  • Blog Post: Games To Beat In A Day – Super Metroid

    Thanks to the boom in indie gaming, the past few years have offered players countless great experiences that you can get through in a single day. However, having an extra day to sit at home and play video games makes me nostalgic for some of my favorite childhood gaming experiences, and Super Metroid... More
  • Blog Post: Everything You Need To Know About The New 3DS

    Nintendo surprised the video game world today with the announcement of a new 3DS. A mid-generation hardware update is nothing new for Nintendo, but this is perhaps its most drastic handheld revision to date. Read on for a detailed breakdown of what to expect from the new 3DS. More Powerful The system... More
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