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  • 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: 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: 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: From The Game Informer Archives: Samus' Lost Super Metroid Profile

    Game Informer's roots begin in the early '90s. In an era before reliable computer communication, our publication received and archived piles of physical press releases, fact sheets, and other slices from gaming history. Past dives into the GI archives brought up a fact sheet for a canceled 16... More
  • Blog Post: Replay Holiday Special 2013

    Happy holidays, Replay community! The Game Informer staff tracked down an odd little game crammed to capacity with holiday cheer. In Funcom and Sunsoft's Days Before Christmas, Santa bounds across perilous pits to rescue woodland elves trapped in presents, and to reclaim his prized star collection... 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: 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: Games That Deserve Remakes

    Games are the unfortunate victim of being a technology-focused medium. The games that defined our childhood show their age much faster than the movies we grew up with. It’s one of the reasons video game remakes are often worth getting excited about. They allow us to replay the games we love as... 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: The 5 Most Memorable Nintendo Commercials

    Today's release of the North American WiiU commercial (which you can watch here ) got me thinking back to better days of Nintendo advertisements. Maybe it's just the nostalgia talking, but video game commercials these days can't hold a candle to these Nintendo classics. Even if some of the... More
  • Blog Post: My Favorite Gaming Collections

    In honor of today's official announcement of the Rockstar Games Collection, let's take a look at other collections that offer players absurd amounts of gameplay. The Rockstar Games Collection is a one-stop shop for the revered developer's biggest games this generation. All four included games... 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: Replay – Virtual Bart

    Here at Game Informer, there's no shortage of big Simpsons fans. Obscure references from twenty years ago are still heard on a weekly basis here, and we doubt it'll be any different in another twenty. As gamers, we all would have liked to see some decent gaming experiences come out of the legendary... 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
  • Blog Post: Appreciating The Music Of Secret Of Mana

    Any RPG worth its salt is accompanied by a solid soundtrack. The Secret of Mana soundtrack is as vast as it is captivating. It encompasses haunting melodies, tribal beats, and Celtic-inspired tunes to transport players into a grand adventure. Hiroki Kikuta, the composer for the game, combines sounds... More
  • Blog Post: Replay – Home Improvement

    Once every couple of months, I think to myself "why haven't we done a Replay of Home Improvement for Super Nintendo?". Whenever I check the Vault after that thought, however, I remember that it's one of our few missing games. Our video editor Jason pointed this out on a recent episode... More
  • Blog Post: Same Name, Different Game: SNES vs. Genesis

    In our most recent issue of Game Informer (with The Elder Scrolls MMO on the cover), I wrote a Classic GI piece that compared 16-bit games that feature the same names, but different gameplay. Most multiplatform games are nearly identical in 2012, but that wasn't always the case. In the days of Super... More
  • Blog Post: Last Stand: The Final Games Of The Biggest Consoles

    Many gamers consider a console dead as soon as its successor hits store shelves. While it's true that the release schedule takes a massive hit when this happens, there are always a handful of titles that arrive late to the party. Take a look at the final games released for some of gaming's biggest... More
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