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December Contest Winners... this one took a while

29d ago ... Hello and happy mid-January-ival. Last month's contest took a lot longer than expected to finish, and I blame you guys. If it wasn't for the over 350 submissions, this would have been so much easier to finish. So, shame on you guys for getting involved and making it the most active creative contest we've had on N4G to date. No, but seriously, thanks. It involved more work and more ti...

Sqaure-Enix has lost it: Final Fantasy VII

66d ago ... Ever since the PS3 tech demo, and even before that, fans of Final Fantasy VII have been salivating over the thought of a remake of the game that brought JRPGs to new heights. FF7 is regarded to many- myself included- as the best game that has ever been released, and although that may be subjective, it speaks volumes to how many fans hold this title so highly. Final Fantasy VII wasn't the onl...

A Dirge to the Delayed Games of 2015

144d ago ... Indecision and delays are the parents of failure. -George Canning Oh, so many Delays! Don't get me wrong, it's been an excellent year for gaming with such masterpieces of electronic joy like: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Bloodbourne Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (even if it's unfinished) Pillars of Eternity Ori and the Blind Forest Splatoon! Kerbal Space Program Batman: Arkham...

Has Mario Kart Evolved Enough in Recent Years?

172d ago ... Mario Kart is a well-loved Nintendo franchise which first graced us with its presence back in 1992 when it released on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System as Super Mario Kart. For the first time ever gamers could play as their favourite Italian plumper’s along with their huge cast of friends (and villains) in a fun kart racing experience. This game, much like the side scrolling Super Mario...

Why I fell out of and back in love with Nintendo

175d ago ... Although I was born in the decade of spandex, shell-suits and hair metal, the 80s was also home to the rebirth and boom of the video games console. As a result I have owned many consoles, and had the chance to play many others. Video gaming was as large a part of my childhood as was winding cassette tapes with a pencil or having angel delight for desert, and to this day it continues to play a l...

At a Glance: Robot Loves Kitty

205d ago ... [b]Robot Loves Kitty[/b] is a wife and husband duo of self-taught programmers of of New Hampshire. With a few games under their belt, the duo is now not only kicking it up a notch with their latest game, Upsilon Circuit, but are also working on a Raspberry Pi-based handheld game console. http://robotloveskitty.com/ [b]Upsilon Circuit[/b] is the game you want to play, but just once. Okay...

At a Glance: Dodge Roll

213d ago ... [b]Dodge Roll[/b] is an independent game studio in the DC Metro area. Made up of five fellow industry veterans, they came together to make games with a mission to create fun and challenging games. [b]Enter the Gungeon[/b] is a gunfight dungeon crawler following a band of misfits seeking to shoot, loot, dodge roll and table-flip their way to personal absolution by reaching the legendary Gung...

Two Unanswered Questions About Super Mario Maker...

237d ago ... I was able to make it down to my local Best Buy to get a glimpse of #SuperMarioMaker and from the sizable line that wound well into an adjacent section I could tell I wasn’t the only one looking forward to it. What I was more interested in though, was any details I could pry loose from the @NintendoAmerica reps (which wasn’t much) about the social element to Super Mario Maker; namely the parame...

In-Depth E3 Predictions

247d ago ... E3 is just a few days away and so I will now make my predictions for the Big 3. (bear in mind that, while this is well-researched, it still includes my opinion which, like yours and mine and everyone else’s, doesn’t really matter) Nintendo: I thought Nintendo actually had the best conference last year and that's ironic considering they didn't even make an actual, physical appearance at t...

The Importance of Being an Omnigamer

258d ago ... It's easy to pick a platform and form brand loyalty. It's cheaper, it's saves space under your TV, it's easier to keep track of new games releasing and it's just plain fun to join in on the fanboy/girl platform wars. http://i.imgur.com/B5kLr9R.png But I'm here to do the unpopular thing and tell you that you are failing as a gamer if you do this. Not only are you missing out on some of...

Compelled to Collect

259d ago ... Human beings love to collect things and that’s no great secret. Our enthusiasm for collecting has even become a form of entertainment itself in the form of the TV show “Hoarders”. It would really be awesome if they found someone who was hoarding DVD copies of that show. That would be sublime. In videogames, the theme of collecting is pervasive. We want to collect all the coins in Mario, we wan...

Why Nintendo Should Put Mario On PS4 and Xbox One?

276d ago ... It might sound crazy when you first think about it, but don’t let that stop you from thinking about it. Because as crazy as it sounds there is some genius to this madness. Ok Forget about the fact that Nintendo would never allow that to happen. This is a blog post there are no rules, we can let the mind go to a place that doesn’t exist - Let’s just pretend for a second that Nintendo had a n...

Nintendoom: Part 4: Changing the Future

355d ago ... And now the wrap up. We have a console in place with solid specs and a great price of $249. We have a handheld with more than acceptable specs and a great price at $149. And with backing from Disney, those specs. could be pushed a bit further without taking too much of a loss or increasing the price for the consumer, and fund more developers which ultimately means more games. So what’s the...

Epic Developer Battles Of History

385d ago ... Pardon the lame title, I just really couldn't come up with anything better to be honest. I'm sure many of you have heard of Epic Rap Battles of History. It's a youtube channel that takes suggestions of two figures, used to be historical figures, fictional or real and has those figures engage in a rap battle. Created by Nice Peter and Epic Lloyd, they've become such characters as Hitler vs. D...

Christmases of Gaming Past

415d ago ... While I was watching my niece and nephew play Minecraft over these past few weeks, I couldn't help but look back at how gaming has changed as I helped them explore and build. The first gaming device my family ever had was an original pong system that was hooked up to a small nine inch black and white television via alligator clips connected to a UHF receiver. To play against each other we w...

2014 is the year of disappointment in gaming...

466d ago ... It started with so much promise... New consoles, new generation, new year. It was all looking up 11 months ago. We were about to see what these new bad boys could do. Just imagining the amazing graphical fidelity and new styles of gameplay was enough to make many of us open our pocketbooks to be a part of 8th generation of gaming. And lets not forget our old consoles were likewise enterin...

Brendan's Blog : Super Smash Sundays

467d ago ... Three weeks ago, I attended Super Smash Sundays at Super Arcade hosted by Team OXY and Level | Up. It was finally my chance to compete with high-skilled players rather than some randoms at a teahouse tournament. So I arrived at Super Arcade, paid my dues, and finally got to playing some friendlies. I was watching some Captain Falcon players, then I thought to myself, "It's only Captain Falco...

A Complete Kingdom Hearts Retrospective

492d ago ... Kingdom hearts is arguably the biggest IP to come out of japan for quite some time, and many regard it higher than square enix's flagship franchise, Final Fantasy. Created by the ever vibrant Tetsuya Nomura and featuring Disney characters and worlds in unison with past Final Fantasy characters, Kingdom Hearts has literally charmed the hearts of gamers since its initial release on the PlayStatio...

Why are you complaining over more games?

497d ago ... The topic of how many Mario and Assassins Creed games is constantly coming up within gaming forums, and every time I see them I shake my head. People seem to constantly pass by the simple solution to having an issue with these franchises. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BUY THEM. I stopped playing Final Fantasy a LONG time ago, but every time I see a new installment, I watch the trailer, I see if it's...

Gamers Nostalgia - The Special Games

508d ago ... Being a gamer my whole life has given me many moments of happiness and excitement. From the unexpected joy of my parents buying me an Atari in the very early 90's to getting my first NES for Christmas and being amazed by Mario games! Eventually, After the snes and megadrive aged, the Nintendo 64 came along, Mario 64…. Wave racer… Mario kart, it was awesome. Then throughout my life, defining my...
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