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  • Blog Post: Seen At Play Nintendo Tour 2014

    Nintendo recently announced a mobile tour of its video games and themed photo-ops traveling across the United States over the course of three months. The tour stopped by the Mall of America in Minnesota which isn't too far from Game Informer's offices, so I went and took a few photos. Mario Kart... More
  • Blog Post: The Many Characters We Hope To Play As In Hyrule Warriors

    The creators behind Hyrule Warriors are calling the upcoming Dynasty Warriors Zelda mash-up a celebration of the Zelda series, saying you will be able to play as your favorite characters. The Zelda series has a huge cast of characters both big and small, and these are some of the ones we hope make the... More
  • Blog Post: Top 25 Wii Games

    Nintendo has ended its seven-year relationship with the Wii, and moved on to its new life with the Wii U, and we've taken this moment to reflect on the console’s best games. With more than 100 million units sold, the Wii had a successful run. Here are the best games the Wii has to offer. For... More
  • Blog Post: Hyrule Warriors Interview – Breaking Down The Dynasty Warriors And Zelda Overlap

    At E3 2014 this year, I had the chance to chat with the creative force behind the upcoming Hyrule Warriors. I spoke with general producer Hisashi Koinuma and development producer Yosuke Hayashi from Tecmo Koei, and supervisor and producer on the Zelda series in general, Eiji Aonuma of Nintendo. We discussed... More
  • Blog Post: Video Recap - Nintendo's E3 2014 Press Conference

    For the second year in a row, Nintendo has opted out of the traditional E3 press conference. On Tuesday morning, Nintendo unveiled its new "Nintendo Digital Event" pre-made video and it contained plenty of announcements. Game Informer's Jeff Cork and Kyle Hilliard met up in an L.A. hotel... More
  • Blog Post: Five Effective Video Game Teaser Images

    Recently, the creator of Flappy Bird tweeted out an image from his new game . It was a tease for what's to come and it got me thinking about still image teasers of the past that worked to get me excited about upcoming games. Final Fantasy XII Following the release of Final Fantasy X and armed with... More
  • Blog Post: Gilbert Gottfried Voices Our Favorite Video Games

    If you’ve seen Aladdin , remember the Aflac duck, or are a fan of comedy in general, then you’re familiar with the squawking voice of Gilbert Gottfried. The legendary comic has reprised his role as the annoying parrot Iago in Kingdom Hearts games, but we’ve always wanted to hear his... 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: What We Want From Zelda On Wii U

    Zelda is beloved amongst gamers, and for good reason. The series has delivered many defining video game experiences for many players. It’s a series fans hold to a high standard, demanding evolution with each entry, but continue to insist that it not stray too far from what made them fall in love... More
  • Blog Post: The 25 Best Game Boy Games Of All Time

    Newer handheld systems like Nintendo’s 3DS and Sony’s upcoming PlayStation Vita might be garnering a lot of excitement, but all their innovation is built on the backs of the handheld systems that have come before. Though it had lesser predecessors, the undisputed granddaddy of handheld gaming... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Sonic Lost World’s Zelda And Yoshi DLC

    Sonic Lost World’s Nintendo tie-in has opened the door to some interesting free DLC. In this episode of Test Chamber, Tim Turi and I take a look at the Zelda and Yoshi add-ons that have released for the game. We start off by taking a look at the Zelda Zone for a quick tease of how an open-world... More
  • Blog Post: The Many Faces Of The Video Game Handheld

    After the age of the original Game Boy and Game Gear came to a close, handhelds began branching off into colors beyond grey and black. After that, they started getting fancy logos, special editions, bizarre colors, and in some cases, images of a Pikachu trying to give you a hug. We still don't see... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – What Games Could Twitch Play Next?

    The success of Twitch Plays Pokémon might turn out to be an isolated phenomenon, but if it does turn out there is a market for crowd-played games, what other titles could work? The popular one often recommended by the Internet, partly in jest, is Dark Souls. If we’re really thinking it through... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – In Defense Of Walkthroughs

    When Dark Souls first came out, I tried to drink the Kool-Aid. Unfortunately, it was a brew too bitter for me to choke down, and I eventually gave up. I appreciated what From Software was doing, but I made peace with the fact that I lacked the patience and perseverance to fully enjoy the game. This weekend... More
  • Blog Post: The Best Chest Openings

    In the world of video games, the only way to store your valuable goods is in a chest. Bank protected lock-boxes simply do not exist, and the chests must be placed somewhere dangerous, preferably requiring puzzle solving or a certain number of enemies defeated in order to gain access. We love seeking... More
  • Blog Post: Dream Video Game/Movie Match-Ups

    The video game industry doesn't have a great history with film licensing. Let's try to change all that. Here's a few dream teams – film vets who we think would make a solid match up with well known video game properties. Red Dead Redemption & The Coen Brothers (True Grit, No Country... More
  • Blog Post: Developers We Think Should Work On Nintendo's Franchises

    Nintendo handing the keys to Zelda over to Tecmo Koei for Hyrule Warriors (name not final) is highly irregular. Nintendo has handed over the reins to many of its franchises to other developers to great success on a few occasions, but Zelda in particular has always been one Nintendo has held close to... More
  • Blog Post: Nintendo’s Missed Virtual Console Opportunities

    Nintendo has one of video games’ most impressive backlogs, but it is missing a lot of golden opportunities with its Virtual Console. Super Mario 3D World and Super Mario 64 Super Mario 64 was Mario’s first 3D platforming adventure, and set a standard for the genre for years to come, but ahead... More
  • Blog Post: Three Useful Tips For Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

    It’s rare that I immediately replay a game in my free time after reviewing it for work, but I did just that with The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. After giving it my first 10 score in my review , I started round two at home in an effort to do everything there is to be done in the game... More
  • Blog Post: Getting The Ball Rolling: Timing Zelda’s Lengthy Introductions

    A new Zelda game is nearly within our grasp. As excited as we are to explore The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, we have to remember that every Zelda game has a required introduction that seems to get longer, and longer with each release. There is a point in every Zelda game where you feel like... More
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