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Exploring games from the creator’s perspective

Tools for taking a critical eye to games: “An analysis can be broad or focused. It can take a little or a lot of time. But in any case, it should answer your questions, your needs.” …


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2K sticks by BioShock as the franchise tops 25M copies sold

T2 chief Strauss Zelnick seems bullish about the future of 2K’s BioShock franchise, which he claims has sold over 25M to date — 11M of which were copies of Irrational Games’ swan song Infinite. …


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The Qun demands it: The evolution of the barbarous other in Dragon Age

Elizabeth Sampat looks at the evolution of the treatment of the Qunari race across the Dragon Age franchise — and how that ties into the fantasy genre’s history and future. …


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GameStop sees profits rise as it moves beyond retail games

The retailer continues to expand beyond its core remit of selling physical copies of games to embrace digital distribution and test out physical storefronts dedicated to merchandise other than games. …


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Turning a national election’s results – and Twitter – into a game

When you plug Twitter data from the UK’s national elections into a game, what do you get? These devs experimented with turning results into realtime parliamentary fisticuffs. …


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New Chibi-Robo Amiibo And 3DS Game Revealed For Japan

Early this morning, Nintendo delivered a Japanese Nintendo direct that unveiled a number of games, includinga new Chibi-Robo.

Unlike the GameCube title, the latest Chibi-Robo is a sidescroller, and it doesn't look like you're doing much cleaning. Instead you're using your power cord to grapple and attack enemies. It's unclear if the game will be making its way to North America.

You can check out the footage for the game starting at the 13:30 mark in the Direct video below.

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Our Take
I like Chibi-Robo, but I am surprised by this action-focused title. I do want that, amiibo though.

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Dr. Mario 3DS Simultaneously Announced And Launched In Japan

During this morning's Japanese Nintendo Direct, Nintendo revealed and released a new 3DS Dr. Mario title.

The game offers typical Dr. Mario and gameplay, and also lets players play as Dr. Luigi, which has slightly different pill delivery. There are special items that can do things like remove rows or columns, remove all of a specific colored virus from a board, or slow down the fall of pills. There is also a special touch-screen mode where you can drag falling pills to desirable locations.

The game is available now in Japan, but it is unclear if it will be making its way to North America.

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Our Take
In retrospect, it seems odd there's no Dr. Mario title for the original DS. I hope (and feel pretty confident that it will) make its way to North America soon.

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Nintendo Teases Cooperative Treasure Hunting With Project Treasure Trailer

Bandai Namco showed off its co-op tomb raiding game for the first time during this morning's Japanese Nintendo Direct.

Details on the game are vague (including if it will be making its way to North America), but the title appears to allow four players of varying skills and weapons to explore tombs and dungeons fighting their way through monsters to find treasure.

You can check out a teaser trailer for the game below.

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Monster Hunter X Unveiled For 3DS In Japan

Capcom has revealed the next core entry in the Monster Hunter series with Monster Hunter X for 3DS.

Currently announced only for Japan, Gematsu has a translated report from the the Monster Hunter meeting 2015. The game is due for release in Japan this winter and will include new super actions, weapons, moves, areas, and of course monsters. Monster Hunter X's base village is located the base of a snowy mountain and you will also be able to visit bases from previous Monster Hunter games, as well.

 

You can check out the trailer for the game that appeared in Nintendo's latest Japanese Direct starting at the 27:43 mark below.

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For our review of Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, the Monster Hunter we consider to be the best jumping on point for the series, head here.

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Our Take
I gave Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate a real shot, but the series still hasn't sunk its hooks into me. I'll probably give it another go, however, when and if X comes to North America.

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Super Replay – Conker’s Bad Fur Day Episode 9

Conker's Bad Fur Day tells the story of a foul-mouthed squirrel journeying across farms, poop mountains, and into space to earn money and save the love of his life. You voted for Conker's Bad Fur Day to be our next Super Replay a few months ago, and we couldn't be happier to dive back into this Nintendo 64 classic! We anticipate this will be one of the longest Super Replays yet, so grab a tasty beverage, sit back, relax, and prepare for the journey of a lifetime with Ben Reeves, Tim Turi, and me.

As acclaimed as this game is, it almost didn't happen. Long before Conker was a drunkard, he was a happy-go-lucky red squirrel who was designed to appeal to kids, in a game called Conker's Quest. The press didn't like what they saw of Conker's Quest, saying it was uninspired in design. Rare went back to the drawing board, renaming the game Twelve Tales: Conker 64. That vision too came under scrutiny, and Rare scrapped everything "kiddie" or "cute," and opted to make a dark game for a mature audience. The switch worked, and launched Conker to the same heights as Rare's other hits, Banjo-Kazooie, GoldenEye 007, and Perfect Dark.

Outside of some early jitters in episode one, this Super Replay settles into a nice rhythm, and has been a hell of a lot of fun to record. We hope you enjoy it just as much as we are. Thanks again for the vote for this game. You'll be given another chance to vote for a Super Replay in early fall!

To see episode 1 through 8, head here.

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