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  • Blog Post: Taking Turns: Mario’s RPG History

    Mario didn’t invent the platformer, but he popularized it and as a result is closely associated with the genre. Mario jumps on and over things, which is why it’s strange to consider how much success he has found in a genre so traditionally divorced from platforming. Super Mario RPG and its... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Learn How The Paper Mario Universe Got Jammed Into The Mario & Luigi Universe

    The Mario & Luigi and Paper Mario universes share a lot in common: They're both RPGs, both humorous, and star Nintendo's iconic plumbers. These two franchise are now overlapping in the latest entry in the series, and we played through the game's first 10 minutes to see exactly how that... More
  • Blog Post: Year In RPGs For 2012

    At the end of every year, I find myself looking back on its role-playing games and examining the trends, highlights, and disappointments. Putting it in perspective, 2012 won’t go down as a pinnacle year for RPGs, but if you look closely, the year held plenty to love. Operation Rainfall Comes To... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Paper Mario: Sticker Star

    The Paper Mario series has been one of the most reliably entertaining franchises around, and Sticker Star keeps that combo going. Dan, Bryan, and Jeff crowd around the 3DS' small screen to take a look at the game in an all-new Test Chamber. You may not be able to experience the game's visuals... More
  • Blog Post: Six Late-Gen Success Stories

    The release of Dishonored tomorrow is notable for many reasons. It's a good game (which is the most important reason), but it is also a rare new property in a landscape that is dominated by big-budget sequels. While uncommon, a successful new game surfacing late in a generation isn't unprecedented... More
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