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Looking At Metal Gear’s Non-Canonical Entries
on September 23, 2015 at 07:45 PM
We're all playing Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain right now, and as a result, we all have the series' complicated lore and story on our minds. Not all of Metal Gear's entries, however, play into the tricky narrative of Big Boss and his clones. There are a number of Metal Gear games that...
Here Are Our Review Scores For (Almost) All Of Mario's Core Releases
on September 12, 2015 at 06:30 PM
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...
What’s Going On With Pokémon This Year?
on August 02, 2015 at 03:50 PM
Every year since the release of Pokémon Platinum on Nintendo DS in 2009, Game Freak has released a core Pokémon game on a Nintendo handheld. Unless there are some surprise announcements in store, it looks like 2015 will break Game Freak’s pattern for the first time in six years. In...
Kirby Through The Years
on February 18, 2015 at 08:35 PM
Kirby may just be a pink ball with oval arms and red shoes, but he's gone through a lot of changes over the years. Whether it's small changes, or entire changes in the properties he's made of, Nintendo has done a lot with a character that is ostensibly a pinks circle. In this feature, we're...
Readers Tell Us What Zelda They Would Like To See Remade Next
on January 24, 2015 at 06:42 PM
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...
Nanoloop, The Amazing Game Boy Music Creation Cartridge
on October 26, 2014 at 11:02 AM
Recently, I was cleaning out my basement, and found an interesting bit of of video game history: one of the original Nanoloop Game Boy cartridges. I remember receiving this in the mail -- or at least grabbing it out of a pile of unopened Game Informer mail when I was an intern. It came as pictured, a...
Pokémon’s Developers On Virtual Console Absences, Twitch, And Super Smash Bros.
on October 14, 2014 at 10:00 AM
We had a chance to speak with Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire producer Junichi Masuda and director Shigeru Ohmori recently, and decided to ask them general questions about the Pokémon series. Masuda has been with the Pokémon series since Blue and Red and served as a director...
10 Games That Are Better On Handheld
on May 15, 2014 at 02:26 PM
The original version of a great game is always special, but it doesn’t always provide the best or most complete experience. Remakes, ports, and special editions can add features and make tweaks, creating definitive versions that surpass the initial release. While that isn’t a rare event,...
Replay – Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins
on May 03, 2014 at 08:00 AM
We need to unearth more handheld games on Replay, so we're doing that this week with a Game Boy classic. This follow up to the popular Super Mario Land improved things across the board. Better power-ups, a creative overworld, and an iconic final boss battle. Join Andrew Reiner, Dan Ryckert, and myself...
The 25 Best Game Boy Games Of All Time
on April 21, 2014 at 01:21 PM
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...
Watch Steve Wozniak Dominate At Tetris
on April 11, 2013 at 01:10 PM
As the co-founder of Apple Computer, an original board member for Electronic Arts, and renowned philanthropist, Steve Wozniak has a lot to be proud of. But "Woz" holds one honor particularly close to his heart: claiming the high score in Nintendo Power magazine for Tetris on the original Game...
Editorial: My Personal Trade-In Woes
on October 04, 2012 at 06:40 PM
Left to their own devices, kids don’t always make the best decisions. Children are often attracted to newer and shinier toys, leaving their old favorites behind to collect dust (e.g., the entire plot of Toy Story). However, some kids don’t just tuck away their old toys. Instead, they cash...
Zelda 25th Anniversary: Remembering Link’s Awakening
on November 10, 2011 at 03:35 PM
When the Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening came out, I was doubtful. The Game Boy was a cool system, but my favorite games had a habit of losing something in the portable transition. Mega Man lost entire stages. Mortal Kombat was an indecipherable mess. Even Mario wasn’t immune. Through the...
From The Vault: Nintendo's Handheld History
on March 24, 2010 at 07:00 PM
Yesterday’s announcement of the 3DS has many gamers reflecting on Nintendo’s long lineup of handheld game consoles. From minor updates to massive hardware changes, Nintendo has been driving the evolution of portable gaming for over 20 years – and we’ve been there for it all. Join...
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