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Posted: 06/29/15, 23:12:34 by 
It reoccurred to me recently that Nintendo really doesn't make games in the same way as most other current developers. I mean, if you look at it historically, we started with arcade games, which usually made the most of a single mechanic. A limited amount of content, but high replay value. Then the shift to home consoles sort of broadened the scope of a video game. Now we could have adventures (even on the 2600!). Which first meant bigger worlds in which to ply that limited set of mechanics. But soon that definition evolved to include games in which the mechanics expanded and changed over time, resulting in a more varied (but perhaps less pure) experience. In it's early history, Nintendo was a key component of this evolution from arcade games (Donkey Kong, Balloon Fight) to expanded arcade-styled games (Super Mario Bros.) to more realized worlds with more varied mechanics (The Legend of Zelda, Metroid). Over time, Nintendo has further refined its ideal of video game design. Basically, a gameplay-driven experience, in which creative level design and/or new abilities keep the experience fresh over the course of the game. We love that shit, right?.. (more)
Posted: 05/19/15, 23:20:10 by 
Big Games I've never played: (more)
Posted: 04/23/15, 07:47:13 by 
Many pine for the days when Nintendo systems were among the cutting edge for video game consoles. While Nintendo has eschewed power for affordability and innovation over the last few generations, it was not too long ago that they were releasing games that were among the most technically impressive games found outside of the PC. And even with the change in focus, they've still managed to come out with games that are stunning based on art style and clever use of resources. Chances are at some point your jaw has dropped while looking at a Nintendo published game... (more)
Posted: 04/16/15, 16:59:43 by 
Nintendo has been getting pretty wacky, business model-wise, these days. Up is down, left is right, cats and dogs, living together... (more)
Posted: 04/11/15, 05:24:44 by 
Jeremy Parrish has an interesting blog post at USGamer.net covering a topic I've discussed a few times on this site in the past: Classic video game franchises and the default assumption that they should continue in perpetuity. He makes an argument similar to one I've made. Namely, a series doesn't have to keep going on and on forever. Those that have run their course should be fondly remembered, replayed and recommended to newcomers, sure, but don't need to be kept alive with new installments just for the sake of it... (more)
Posted: 04/09/15, 01:13:26 by 
With all the Remasters, Ports, And Remakes that we've seen and that are coming to the PS4 (Resident Evil, God of War 3, Final Fantasy X/X-2, Tomb Raider, etc.), XBOX One (Resident Evil, Halo Collection, Arkham games, etc.), and even Wii U (Wind Waker) and 3DS (Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask, Star Fox 64), it seems that they aren't slowing down any time soon. I believe that, Sony and Microsoft in particular, partly dropped backwards compatibility in order to be able to sell you Remasters, Ports, and Remakes and make their online services such as PS Now service more appealing... (more)
Posted: 03/04/15, 19:31:34 by 
I recently went on a rant about Smash Bros Wii U's single-player/Challenges section after getting infuriated with it last night, and it got me thinking about how I use my free time for gaming... (more)
Posted: 02/17/15, 01:56:04 by 
I'm thinking maybe Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Jr., Popeye, Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting, Super Street Fighter II Turbo, Mortal Kombat,Mortal Kombat II, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time, and some DDR game. Maybe I'll add some later... (more)
Posted: 02/03/15, 07:45:12 by 
By now we all know that Club Nintendo will end very soon and that a new rewards program will take its place. What we don't know is, what's it going to be like? Let's discuss. Feel free to use my format if you'd like... (more)
Posted: 01/29/15, 15:21:54 by 
I wanted to make this a roundtable but since I don't have that ability can a mod edit it in to one?.. (more)
Posted: 01/11/15, 06:07:31 by 
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Posted: 01/01/15, 23:15:40 by 
Since the other thread seems like it's mostly about procurement. I'm curious as to how all of my NW chums have been affected by the Amiibo craze. I think it's kind of insane that releasing a steady string of amazing games only marginally helped Nintendo's position, but releasing a bunch of practical figures of questionable utility has made such a splash. (I say "questionable utility", but I personally enjoy the Amiibo integration into Smash Bros. I think it's innovative and cool.) That said, I can't deny feeling the hunger myself... (more)
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