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  • Blog Post: Here Are Our Hopes And Fears For Pokémon Go

    This morning , Nintendo and Pokémon developer Game Freak announced a partnership with Niantic Labs to release a Pokémon game with aspirations beyond those of anything Pokémon has done in the mobile space so far. Pokémon Go is based loosely on the not widely known but successful... More
  • Blog Post: Take A Look At What Pokémon Go Partners Niantic Labs Have Done Before

    Earlier this morning, Nintendo and The Pokémon Company announced a new augmented-reality Pokémon game, Pokémon Go. The game is being developed with partner Niantic Labs, a company that has experience merging virtual and physical worlds. Their game Ingress explores similar territory... More
  • Blog Post: What’s Going On With Pokémon This Year?

    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... More
  • Blog Post: The Top 10 Games On 3DS

    The 3DS library may have been a slow burn at first, but in the years since its initial launch, Nintendo has built a strong line-up around its most recent handheld. Though the dual-screen setup is the same as the preceding DS handheld, and the entertainment industry's flirtation with 3D technology... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – From The Makers Of Pokémon, Tembo The Badass Elephant

    Game Freak is best known for its Pokémon games, but it is capable of much more, and Tembo the Badass Elephant is a good example. Join myself, Tim Turi, and Andrew Reiner, as we take quite literally our first look at the latest non-Pokémon game from developer Game Freak. Tembo is a Rambo... More
  • Blog Post: Future Amiibo Figures We'd Love To See

    With its all-star cast of recognizable characters, the Super Smash Bros. line of Amiibos served as a great introduction to the figures. The nostalgic elements of each character sold the figures for many, and their success has caused demand to be dramatically more than supply in many cases. Earlier this... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – The Free-To-Play Pokémon Shuffle

    The Pokémon Company has embraced the free-to-play model with Pokémon Shuffle on 3DS, and we decided to take a look and see if the match-three puzzler is unnecessarily restrictive. Jeff Cork, our resident match-three expert and genre super-fan, and I played the game for a few minutes. The... More
  • Blog Post: A Poképoem About The Reasons Trainers Pick Fights In Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire

    In the world of Pokémon, few have social anxiety, and even fewer know how to properly begin a conversation. As it turns out, the fear of strangers dissipates when everyone has the technology to command and train a small animal to fight for them. Simply walking around becomes an invitation to battle... More
  • Blog Post: Pokémon’s Developers On Virtual Console Absences, Twitch, And Super Smash Bros.

    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... More
  • Blog Post: TGS Sidequest: Capsule Toy Mysteries

    When we buy toys in North America, we usually know what we're getting in exchange for our money. That's less true in Japan, where many vending machines dispense unknown goods (though many are related to gaming). We took a break from covering the Tokyo Game Show to check out some of these unique... More
  • 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: Pokémon's Music Master: The Man Behind The Catchiest Songs

    Coinciding with the release of the soundtrack for Pokémon Black and White 2 on iTunes , we recently had the opportunity to speak with Pokémon series composer and director Junichi Masuda about his history with the franchise. We've spoken with him in the past when he answered our burning... 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: 23 Of The Weirdest Pokémon

    The world of Pokémon is a strange land full of even stranger creatures, but some stand out among the others. Whether it’s because of their design, their name, or because they’re just unfathomably bizarre, some Pokémon just seem to have a little less creativity fueling their... More
  • Blog Post: An Interview With The Mind Behind Twitch Plays Pokémon

    In February , a stream appeared on Twitch where viewers and commenters had total control of a playthrough of Pokémon Red. By typing words like up, down, left, right, a, b, and start in the chat room, commenters submitted more than 122,000,000 commands to finally beat the game over the course of... More
  • Blog Post: The Three Types Of Games That Keep Me Coming Back

    I have a habit of loving certain video games too much. They grab me and don’t let go, to the point where I stay with one too long and ignore other games that I’ve bought and want to play. You may be in the same boat as me. Most of the times I love the game I’m playing, but after a certain... 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: Afterwords – Pokémon X & Y

    [This feature originally appeared abridged in Game Informer issue #250.] The latest core entry in the Pokémon franchise is the biggest step forward the series has taken in many years . It's a huge game with a newly realized 3D world and 3D Pokémon, and it's full of mystery in both... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – The Importance Of Replaying Our Favorites

    Long before Steam sales and mail-order game rentals, we were limited to playing the games we owned. Sure, an occasional trip to a Blockbuster or its ilk spiced things up, but we were largely bound to our libraries (which were hopefully filled with solid games). Compared to the past, social networks and... More
  • Blog Post: Our Favorite Video Game Fan Art Of 2013

    From time to time, we like to highlight the work of artists on Game Informer who create impressive or innovative art based on the video games we love. Here's a collection of some of our favorites from 2013. Pokémon There are a lot Pokémon fans in the world, and as it turns out, a lot... More
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