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  • Blog Post: Is Yoshi's Island A Super Mario World Game?

    The first Yoshi's Island game's full title is Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island – but is it really the true sequel to Super Mario World? We asked the game's creators. Shigeru Miyamoto is Mario's creator, and served as producer on Yoshi's Island, which released 20 years... More
  • Blog Post: Super Replay – Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island

    Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island released in North America 20 years ago today, which is the perfect excuse to revisit our full playthrough. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island is one of the most underrated games of all time, especially if you're talking to myself or our video producer... More
  • Blog Post: Here Are Our Review Scores For (Almost) All Of Mario's Core Releases

    Sunday, September 13 marks the 30th anniversary of Super Mario, and in celebration we're looking back on all the scores we've awarded the core Mario games. This list is limited to the main platforming experiences, so you won't the Mario Parties, RPGs, or other offshoots from the series. We... 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: The Charm Of Yarn And The Reception Of Yoshi's New Island With Woolly World's Producer

    Takashi Tezuka has been with Nintendo since the mid-eighties with important credits on many of Nintendo's most memorable games. He has director and designer credits for games like Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and Link's Awakening, and Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's... More
  • Blog Post: Nintendo Talks The World Championships 2015, The Wizard, And Reveals The Trophy

    For the first time in 25 years, Nintendo is bringing back its Nintendo World Championships at this year's E3. After inviting competitors and holding a series of qualifying rounds across the United States, the tournament begins tomorrow. Ahead of the Champioships, we spoke with Nintendo Treehouse's... More
  • Blog Post: Replay Versus – Super Street Fighter II

    In the first few episodes of Replay: Season 3, we've debuted a number of new segments, including a weird spin on You're Doing It Wrong . Versus will be familiar to anyone who has watched our annual Super Replay Showdown series. It's meant to be a lead-in for the next Super Replay Showdown... More
  • Blog Post: Readers Tell Us What Zelda They Would Like To See Remade Next

    The Majora's Mask 3DS remake isn't too far away, but it's never too early to start thinking about what Zelda game deserves to be remade next. Last weekend, I asked readers to share which Zelda game they think deserves to be remade next . After sorting through the comments, I compiled a chart... More
  • Blog Post: Replay – Secret Of Mana

    This episode of Replay is dedicated to one Square's classics, Secret of Mana. Watch us attack rabites and deal with banishment. It's no secret that Secret of Mana is one of my favorite games , and I couldn't be more stoked for this episode to air. This action/RPG from SNES era has fantastic... More
  • Blog Post: Six Beyond Awesome SNES RPGs You May Have Missed

    The SNES was truly an amazing system for RPG titles, playing host to incredible titles like Chrono Trigger, Secret of Mana, Final Fantasy IV & VI, Earthbound, Shadowrun, and more. Lots of folks are aware of these incredible games, often spoken in hushed tones when speaking of the glory days of console... More
  • 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: 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
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