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  • Blog Post: The 10 Best Gameboy Advance Games Of All Time

    Today marks the 15-year anniversary of The Gameboy Advance's release in Japan, so we're going to look back and determine what games were the cream of the crop for Nintendo's handheld powerhouse. From new, quality entries in established series to the birth of exciting franchises, here are... More
  • Blog Post: It’s Dangerous To Go Alone: Gaming’s Worst Advisors

    This feature was originally published March 16, 2016. Every hero needs a sage advisor, someone to dispense wisdom and guidance in times of crisis and hardship. Games naturally lend themselves to the presence of a mentor, as developers have a lot to teach players before they turn them loose into their... More
  • Blog Post: Watch Us Be The Very Best At Pokkén Tournament

    Pokkén Tournament is a strange beast. The Pokémon Company handled publishing duties for this off-shoot, while Bandai Namco handled development. You will find elements of Tekken as well as open brawler fighting games like CyberConnet2's Naruto games or Power Stone. To put it through... More
  • Blog Post: When Celebrities Attack: The Ugly Battles Between Game Publishers And The Rich And Famous

    With video games getting bigger every year, several celebrities have embraced them as an effective way to market themselves. Unfortunately, the mutually beneficial relationships between game publishers and celebrities can go sour, leading to publicly hostile interactions and even lawsuits. In many cases... More
  • Blog Post: Ranking All 151 Original Pokémon From Dumbest To Coolest

    Pokémon is celebrating 20 years this year, and Red and Blue are finally releasing on the 3DS Virtual Console. In honor of the occasion, we decided to rank all 151 of the original pocket monsters and write about what makes each one so great/lame. It was a decision we immediately regretted once... More
  • Blog Post: Replay – Pokémon: XD Gale Of Darkness

    Pokémon is celebrating 20 years this year, and we decided to have our own celebration – by looking at one of the most divisive games in the franchise. Gale of Darkness is a product of the popular Pokémon Stadium and Colosseum games, which let players bring their 2D Pokémon... More
  • Blog Post: Clash Of The Titans: How Gaming's Iconic Creatures And Bosses Measure Up

    Have you ever wondered how giant creatures and machines from completely different games would look if they stood side by side? We took some of the biggest and most well-known bosses and creatures in video game history and calculated how they would stack up shoulder to shoulder. This chart originally... More
  • Blog Post: Three Ways Yo-Kai Watch Is Just Like Pokémon (And Three It Isn’t)

    Yo-kai Watch released yesterday and as we stated in our review , it’s a great Pokémon competitor. It doesn’t shy away from wearing its inspiration on its sleeve, but it does plenty of things to establish its own identity. Here are a few of the ways the two games overlap, as well as... More
  • Blog Post: Here Are Our Hopes And Fears For Pokémon Go

    This morning , Nintendo and Pokémon developer Game Freak announced a partnership with Niantic Labs to release a Pokémon game with aspirations beyond those of anything Pokémon has done in the mobile space so far. Pokémon Go is based loosely on the not widely known but successful... More
  • Blog Post: Take A Look At What Pokémon Go Partners Niantic Labs Have Done Before

    Earlier this morning, Nintendo and The Pokémon Company announced a new augmented-reality Pokémon game, Pokémon Go. The game is being developed with partner Niantic Labs, a company that has experience merging virtual and physical worlds. Their game Ingress explores similar territory... More
  • Blog Post: What’s Going On With Pokémon This Year?

    Every year since the release of Pokémon Platinum on Nintendo DS in 2009, Game Freak has released a core Pokémon game on a Nintendo handheld. Unless there are some surprise announcements in store, it looks like 2015 will break Game Freak’s pattern for the first time in six years. In... More
  • Blog Post: The Top 10 Games On 3DS

    The 3DS library may have been a slow burn at first, but in the years since its initial launch, Nintendo has built a strong line-up around its most recent handheld. Though the dual-screen setup is the same as the preceding DS handheld, and the entertainment industry's flirtation with 3D technology... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – From The Makers Of Pokémon, Tembo The Badass Elephant

    Game Freak is best known for its Pokémon games, but it is capable of much more, and Tembo the Badass Elephant is a good example. Join myself, Tim Turi, and Andrew Reiner, as we take quite literally our first look at the latest non-Pokémon game from developer Game Freak. Tembo is a Rambo... More
  • Blog Post: Future Amiibo Figures We'd Love To See

    With its all-star cast of recognizable characters, the Super Smash Bros. line of Amiibos served as a great introduction to the figures. The nostalgic elements of each character sold the figures for many, and their success has caused demand to be dramatically more than supply in many cases. Earlier this... 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: 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: 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: TGS Sidequest: Capsule Toy Mysteries

    When we buy toys in North America, we usually know what we're getting in exchange for our money. That's less true in Japan, where many vending machines dispense unknown goods (though many are related to gaming). We took a break from covering the Tokyo Game Show to check out some of these unique... More
  • Blog Post: Seen At Play Nintendo Tour 2014

    Nintendo recently announced a mobile tour of its video games and themed photo-ops traveling across the United States over the course of three months. The tour stopped by the Mall of America in Minnesota which isn't too far from Game Informer's offices, so I went and took a few photos. Mario Kart... More
  • Blog Post: Pokémon's Music Master: The Man Behind The Catchiest Songs

    Coinciding with the release of the soundtrack for Pokémon Black and White 2 on iTunes , we recently had the opportunity to speak with Pokémon series composer and director Junichi Masuda about his history with the franchise. We've spoken with him in the past when he answered our burning... More
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