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  • Blog Post: How Gaming Shaped My Life

    I’ve often told the story about how I used to visit my aunt and uncle’s house in my pre-elementary school days and immediately disappear into the basement where they kept their NES. I would be so excited in the days leading up to my visits, and finally getting my hands on the rectangular... More
  • Blog Post: Other Game Series That Deserve The Theatrhythm Treatment

    Final Fantasy is a huge series with lots of memorable tracks – enough tracks to fill up two rhythm games, as it turns out. It’s not the only series ( and nether is Dragon Quest ), however, full of enough fantastic music to merit its own dedicated rhythm game release. Castlevania Much like... 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: Top 10 Memorable Character Voices In Video Games

    Imagining beloved characters with different voices is difficult – even upsetting. The most iconic video game characters are often easy to recognize just by the sound of their voices, a feature that helps define many of the memorable ones. The distinctive voice of a classic character can become... More
  • Blog Post: How Smooth Got His McGroove – The Introverted Acapella YouTube Artist

    His real name is Max Gleason, and his cat’s name is Charl but you probably know him better as Smooth McGroove, the acapella YouTube phenomenon with long hair and a huge beard. Max posted his first acapella video game song back in January with a nine-part rendition of "Zelda’s Lullaby"... More
  • Blog Post: The Confirmed Stages For Super Smash Bros.

    When Nintendo announced the next Super Smash Bros. during E3 2013 , a lot of the buzz centered on the announcement of Mega Man, Animal Crossing's Villager, and the Wii Fit Trainer as playable characters. The multiple videos that Nintendo released for the upcoming Wii U and 3DS games also quietly... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – New Super Mario Bros. U

    It wouldn't be a Nintendo system launch without Mario, would it? New Super Mario Bros. U merges classic platforming action with the magic of the GamePad. At least, that's what we think is going on. Take a look at our latest Test Chamber for a quick look at the game in action. Ben Hanson, Bryan... More
  • Blog Post: How Meaningful Are Sound Effects To You?

    Halo 4 releases today, and while it’s being praised for things like the combat, the multiplayer, and the graphics, it is also getting an uncommon amount of praise for its sound effects. Sound effects don’t usually garner much attention when compared to most other aspects of a video game,... More
  • Blog Post: New Mario Vs. Classic Mario: Which Is Better?

    New Super Mario Bros. U marks the fourth release in the "New" 2D Mario line. A lot of the editors at Game Informer are looking forward to the launch game, but can't help but wonder how well these four games stack up against the first three titles on the NES and Super Mario World. Senior... More
  • Blog Post: 1-Ups And Downs: Reflecting On Nintendo's Past

    Nintendo has an incredibly loyal fan base. The Game Informer office is filled with editors who were raised on the company's games and hardware, and we have more fond Nintendo memories than we could possibly share in one article. But, as with any company that's remained relevant for so long, Nintendo... More
  • Blog Post: Seven Of The Worst Twists In Gaming

    From the golden era of 8-bit gaming to our modern, cinematic blockbusters, the road of video game storytelling has been packed with twists. Some plot curveballs are visible from a mile away, while others pop up out of nowhere with a pleasant surprise. Some, however, are like opening up a pudding cup... More
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