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  • Blog Post: Mario's Creators Answer Burning Questions About The Series

    This morning , Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto shared some interesting factoids about the series dispelling some rumors and confirming others. Back in 2012, for our New Super Mario Bros. U issue, we asked Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka a series of similar questions, and decided today, ahead of Mario's... More
  • Blog Post: Classic Gaming’s 10 Worst-Kept Secrets

    Though they have been largely eliminated in today’s gaming landscape thanks to downloadable content and the Internet, hidden secrets have played a large role in the games industry since its early days. These intentionally programmed cheats and shortcuts went undocumented, but that didn’t... More
  • Blog Post: Video Game Spin-Offs That Are Better Than Their Source Game

    A lot of popular video game series receive sequels, but only in rare instances do popular video game series earn a spin-off title. Like a random mutation, these series often contain elements of the original property, but are often different enough that they can't be included as part of the main series... More
  • Blog Post: Ten Of The Most Iconic Outfits In Video Games

    As the old adage absolutely does not go, clothes maketh the game character. The way a character is garbed can make or break their personality as well as their appearance. Deciding how a character is uniquely clad is like a PR move in itself, presenting the character as the sum of their parts. Inspired... More
  • Blog Post: Video Games That Would Be A Ridiculous Fit For Film

    Video games and films haven't always mixed well, but when film producers pick up licenses like Space Invaders , Need for Speed , and Tetris , we have to start wondering if they're actively trying to fail. In an effort to help Hollywood waste billions of dollars, we've compiled a list of eight... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion - Is It Worth Getting Excited About The Next Wave Of Video Game Movies?

    I always get a little more excitable when San Diego Comic-Con rolls around. While I love reading about the intricate booths and seeing pictures of fans’ meticulously constructed cosplay outfits, my favorite thing to do is read panel recaps. Since the four-day event has evolved into a celebration... More
  • Blog Post: Mario’s Film Folly: The True Story Behind Hollywood’s Biggest Gaming Blunder

    In honor of the 20th anniversary of the Super Mario Bros. movie (released on May 28, 1993), we wanted to share with you this piece from October 10, 2011 about the troubles plaguing the film. For all their absurdity, the Super Mario Bros. games follow a straightforward template. An Italian plumber adventures... More
  • Blog Post: Moments: Failing To Find Peach

    When players think of great moments in video games, they often think of moments that involve high-end graphics, a gripping story, or deep dialogue. Yet one of the most memorable moments in gaming history comes out of the ‘80s and continues to haunt gamers even up to this day. SPOILERS AHEAD There’s... More
  • Blog Post: The Great Debate: Are Games Art?

    [ Note: This article originally ran in issue 207 of Game Informer] Are games art? This question has been asked hundreds of times, and no one agrees on an answer. Legendary film critic Roger Ebert recently reignited the debate with a blog post he wrote in response to a speech on the subject given at USC... More
  • Blog Post: Game Informer Watches Super Mario Bros. The Movie

    The Super Mario Bros. games have an incredibly simple plot: Mario fights goombas and turtle-looking koopas on his way to save a princess. It’s not surprising that Hollywood felt it had to elaborate on the story when it made a major motion picture out of the property back in 1993. Unfortunately... More
  • Blog Post: Why The Platformer Still Matters

    The action/platformer was once the preeminent genre in video games. The NES, Genesis, and PlayStation made mascots like Mario, Sonic, and Crash Bandicoot their public faces. Today, in a market dominated by shooters like Halo and Call of Duty, it seems that gamers and publishers have little time for the... More
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