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Xbox One vs. PS4: This holiday season is Microsoft’s best shot at beating Sony

By on October 28, 2015 at 12:20 PM.

Xbox One vs. PS4: This holiday season is Microsoft’s best shot at beating Sony

Remember back in 2012 when we were all talking about the death of the home video game console? Back when we said that mobile devices and cloud-based services would take over for archaic boxes under our televisions and the outdated discs we put inside of them? We were all very, very wrong.

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Nintendo NX Details Release Date

WSJ: NX could launch in 2016, will be Nintendo’s most powerful console ever

By on October 16, 2015 at 10:08 AM.

WSJ: NX could launch in 2016, will be Nintendo’s most powerful console ever

According to a new report from The Wall Street Journal, Nintendo has begun sending out software development kits for its upcoming NX game console. The SDK will allow developers to begin working on games for the console ahead of its release. More →

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Nintendo YouTube Copyright Takedown Policy

Nintendo’s backward YouTube policies are emblematic of why it’s getting killed by Xbox and PlayStation

By on September 17, 2015 at 5:05 PM.

Nintendo’s backward YouTube policies are emblematic of why it’s getting killed by Xbox and PlayStation

Let’s just come out and say it: Nintendo these days is a backward company that is getting killed by Microsoft and Sony because it refuses to adapt with the times. If you want evidence to support this, you need look no further than the company’s utterly backward YouTube policies in which it issues takedown orders left and right to some of its most dedicated fans. More →

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Super Mario Bros.

Watch: The video game evolution of Nintendo’s beloved Mario

By on September 13, 2015 at 1:00 PM.

Watch: The video game evolution of Nintendo’s beloved Mario

30 years ago today, Super Mario Bros. was released for the NES in Japan and the world of video games would never be the same. Arguably the most iconic and influential video game ever released, Super Mario Bros. was the rare game that managed to transcend the world of video games. From movies and TV shows to action figures and even candy, it’s hard to think of a product or medium that wasn’t graced in some way by the title.

Deservedly so, Super Mario Bros. was listed in the top spot in an IGN write-up of the top 100 video games of all-time.

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Super Mario Bros World 1

Legendary Nintendo designer explains the secrets behind Super Mario Bros.’ iconic World 1-1

By on September 11, 2015 at 8:35 AM.

Legendary Nintendo designer explains the secrets behind Super Mario Bros.’ iconic World 1-1

In the annals of video game history, there’s perhaps no game more recognizable nor more iconic than the original Super Mario Bros. title for NES. Even folks who are decidedly not into video games have likely played World 1-1 on Mario Bros. at some point in their lives.

Designed by legendary video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto, the first level of Super Mario Bros. is widely heralded as a game design triumph that’s as instructive as it is fun to play. Earlier this week, Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka sat down for an enlightening interview with Eurogamer to discuss some of the strategies that went into designing World 1-1.

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Apple TV Vs. Nintendo Wii U

The new Apple TV means the clock is ticking for Nintendo

By on September 9, 2015 at 8:00 PM.

The new Apple TV means the clock is ticking for Nintendo

The new Apple TV set-top box is going to bring Apple’s formidable catalog of iOS games to the big screen. While this isn’t a threat to consoles that cater to hardcore gamers such as the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One, it is a potential threat Nintendo’s niche as the go-to console for family-friendly gaming. More →

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Super Mario Maker Review

Super Mario Maker review: Building blocks

By on September 2, 2015 at 10:00 AM.

Super Mario Maker review: Building blocks

I’ve never aspired to design games.

I love to play games, write about games and talk about games, but I also know that I lack the skills necessary to build one myself. I’m in awe of the studios that do manage to ship a complete, working product, even if it doesn’t turn out exactly as they originally intended, because I know the insane amount of time and resources that are dedicated to game production.

For all of these reasons (and probably a few more), I’ve never been able to fully invest myself into a game that relies on me to provide user-generated content.

Super Mario Maker is the first.

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Mario Skate Video Corridor Digital

Video: Mario Skate is the Mario Kart spinoff we deserve, but will never see

By on August 26, 2015 at 12:35 AM.

Video: Mario Skate is the Mario Kart spinoff we deserve, but will never see

Mario has been known to dabble in multiple pastimes, including soccer, golf and tennis (which he’ll be returning to in Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash on Wii U this holiday season), but one thing we haven’t seen Mario and his Mushroom Kingdom companions do is skate. At least, we hadn’t until this week.

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Nintendo NX

Nintendo NX: Here’s what we can expect to see from Nintendo’s next-gen console

By on August 18, 2015 at 12:25 PM.

Nintendo NX: Here’s what we can expect to see from Nintendo’s next-gen console

No one would blame you if you (incorrectly) assumed that the Wii U would be Nintendo’s last traditional home console. After gambling on the Wii, Nintendo decided to take another huge risk by releasing a majorly underpowered console with a controller as large as an iPad, but this time it didn’t pay off.

Third party developers vanished, first party developers ran out of gimmicks and everyone moved on to the PS4 and Xbox One. But it’s not the end of the road for Nintendo. A new console is coming, but how will it compare to the Wii U?
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Super Mario Maker Gameplay Video

Super Mario Maker: The Wii U’s last chance to make a splash in 2015

By on August 12, 2015 at 8:15 PM.

Super Mario Maker: The Wii U’s last chance to make a splash in 2015

Once again, it’s been an incredibly tough year for the Wii U. Sales are still failing to meet expectations, the first-party lineup is remarkably small and third parties have all but given up on the console. There’s no point in sugarcoating it, but that doesn’t mean Wii U owners don’t have anything to look forward to for the rest of the year. More →

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Nintendo Smart Boy Android Phone Concept

If Nintendo ever makes an Android smartphone, it should look like this

By on July 20, 2015 at 6:40 PM.

If Nintendo ever makes an Android smartphone, it should look like this

One of the most fascinating announcements that Nintendo has made in the past year is that it has plans to enter into the mobile gaming market. Within the next few months, we’ll be able to buy a first-party Nintendo game on our mobile devices for the very first time, but concept artist Pierre Cerveau decided to take the idea to its natural conclusion.

This is the Nintendo Smart Boy concept — an Android phone made by Nintendo.

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Nintendo Death of the Wii U

Nintendo May Kill Off the Wii U Sooner Than Any of Us Expected

By on July 8, 2015 at 3:16 PM.

Nintendo May Kill Off the Wii U Sooner Than Any of Us Expected

From the moment Nintendo unveiled the Wii U at E3 2011, I knew that something had gone wrong.

After a generation of trying and failing to keep up with Sony and Microsoft, Nintendo struck gold with the Wii. It was different than anything we’d ever seen before, but somehow still more approachable than the PS3 and Xbox 360.

It sold as well as any console in history for half a decade, but when it was time for Nintendo to follow it up, we didn’t get the Wii 2. Instead, we got the Wii U — a half-baked upgrade with an undersized tablet for a controller. More →

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