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  • Blog Post: Replay – Mega Man X2

    This week we're taking a look at X's sophomore effort in Mega Man X2. This 1994 SNES sequel to the fantastic Mega Man X series reboot stars the titular hero on his continuing journey to track down the renegade Marverick robots, steal their varying powers, and turn them against them in order to... More
  • Blog Post: Are The Super Nintendo's 15 Most Valuable Games Available For The Virtual Console?

    Using the website videogames.pricecharting.com , we take a look at the Super Nintendo's 15 most valuable games and see how many of them are available on the Wii U's Virtual Console. Referencing the list, many of the Super Nintendo's most valuable games are titles that will never come to the... More
  • Blog Post: Which Controller Is The Loudest? Sounding Off On Controller Noise

    Recently, while making my way through Infamous Second Son as the rest of my household was asleep, I could distinctly hear my controller echoing through the house. It wasn't from the speaker built into the controller I always forget is there that periodically emits noise to remind you of its existence... More
  • Blog Post: Replay – Tiny Toons: Buster Busts Loose Vs. Buster's Hidden Treasure

    Many of us hold fond memories of the 16-bit era of colorful, cheery platformers. The Game Informer editors love sharing our nostalgia with one another over uncontested classics like Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and Super Mario World, while other games spark heated debates. One such rivalry exists between two... More
  • Blog Post: Five Video Game Song Re-Imaginings Better Than The Originals

    Classic video game soundtracks are dangerous to play with. It's easy to change them considering the limited palette of sounds they were originally created with, but change them too much and they lose what made them special. Sometimes though, modernizing a soundtrack works, and hearing a classic video... More
  • Blog Post: Exploring Freedom In Pilotwings

    Today, we're taking a look at games that made us feel free. For my pick, I'm going back to the Super Nintendo era. Pilotwings wasn’t the first flight simulator I’d played. It wasn’t even the first flight simulator I played on a console. The SNES launch game was, however, the... More
  • Blog Post: Replay – Super Castlevania IV (Guest: Kumail Nanjiani)

    This week we're taking a look at the Super Nintendo's first stab at Castlevania – a game that took perhaps too much advantage of the new hardware's Mode 7 scaling graphics. Andrew Reiner, Tim Turi, and myself are joined by special guest, comedian Kumail Nanjiani. He's a huge video... More
  • Blog Post: How Mortal Kombat Changed The Industry And Helped Create E3

    Today, NetherRealm announced Mortal Kombat X , the latest in the long-running franchise. But the franchise’s influence on the fighting genre pales in comparison to how the controversy surrounding Mortal Kombat reshaped the game industry. Blame It On Seagal and Van Damme? According to Steve Kent’s... More
  • Blog Post: A Look Back At Decades Of Bizarre Nintendo Videos

    If Nintendo’s recent Tomodachi Life and E3 announcements are any indication, the company is slowly losing its mind, and it has cameras on hand to capture the insanity – not that we’re complaining. Nintendo’s recent announcements have been as entertaining as they are bizarre, but... More
  • Blog Post: Speedrunning Super Metroid: A Guided Tour

    When we played Super Metroid for Super Replay , it took over five hours. However, a dedicated community of gamers are committed to beating the SNES classic as quickly as possible. They achieve clear times as low as 45 minutes, accomplished by an array of amazing and precise tricks. These techniques are... More
  • Blog Post: Nostalgia Corner: '90s Nickelodeon Games

    The early '90s brought a slew of beloved Nickelodeon shows that are still talked about to this day. From the crazy game shows, Guts and Double Dare , to zany cartoons like Rocko's Modern Life and The Ren and Stimpy Show , the network dominated kid's TV programming, making the '90s often... More
  • Blog Post: Revisiting EarthBound: Ahead Of (And A Product Of) Its Time

    Like many Wii U owners, I have recently spent a lot of time in the world of EarthBound following its Virtual Console release. I feel like I waited the perfect amount of time to replay the game. I first played in on Super Nintendo in the late ‘90s, and enough time has passed that I remember few... More
  • Blog Post: Moments: Super Metroid's Hyper Beam

    Samus is one of the most powerful bounty hunters in the galaxy, so we don't often see her facing opponents she can't handle. In Super Metroid, the fight against Mother Brain brings Samus to the brink of destruction -- but she is rescued by an unlikely ally and given the weapon she needs to survive... More
  • Blog Post: Reader Discussion: What Games Do You Want To Be Able To Download?

    Lately, I have struggled with splitting my time between playing current titles and playing older ones. Too many games exist that I never tried out – either because I wasn’t old enough to hold a controller or because I just didn’t play a title around its release window. Most recently... More
  • Blog Post: Finishing Secret Of Mana – A Tribute To One Cool Grandpa

    A technology barrier between kids and their stodgy elders is all too common, and games are no exception. So many times we try to share with our parents and grandparents the love we find in modern devices, only to have them written off immediately as unneeded or too complex. In my own experience, it's... More
  • Blog Post: Replay – Pac-Man 2: The New Adventures

    It's been a while since we saw our ol' buddy Pac-Man. What better way to welcome him back than to mercilessly pelt him with yellow spheres. Don't worry, he takes it pretty well. See for yourself in this new episode of Replay. Dan takes the controls on this episode, and Reiner, Tim, and I... More
  • Blog Post: Where's My Sequel? – Actraiser

    Most gamers appreciate when a brand new installment releases in their favorite series. Despite complaints about “sequelitis,” getting too many entries is better than the alternative: getting too few. In Where’s My Sequel, we look at franchises that deserve to continue. In this installment... More
  • Blog Post: Replay – Warlock

    Every thousand years, the sun and the moon align and the "evil one" sends his son to Earth to undo all of creation. Such is the story of the long forgotten Warlock franchise. We dust off this pulp classic and see if we can defy the evil one. Watch Andrew Reiner, Kyle Hilliard, Ben Reeves, and... More
  • Blog Post: Square's Unsung Opus: Reflecting On The Secret Of Mana

    Square is the undisputed king of 16-bit role-playing games. The legendary Final Fantasy titles, the time-bending adventures of Chrono Trigger, and the good, clean fun of Super Mario RPG have cemented the Japanese company’s legacy. Another gem often gets overlooked while recounting Square’s... More
  • Blog Post: Moments: Banished from Potos Village in Secret of Mana

    Since I’ve been writing a lot about what games made RPGs my genre of choice, I’ve had Secret of Mana on my mind. I never think about Secret of Mana without reminiscing about the heartbreaking moment where the main character gets banished from Potos Village. The scene hits you right in the... More
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