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Seventeen Years Later, the Nintendo GameCube is Still a Misunderstood Titan

Izsak Barnette
Though it only lasted five years, the GameCube left an indelible mark on the Kyoto-based company’s fortunes in the Wii era and beyond.
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Six Long Years Later, the Wii U is Still Nintendo’s Greatest Commercial Failure

Izsak Barnette
This isn’t how the Nintendo Wii U’s tale was supposed to end. By finishing as the fourth-worst-selling console (13.56 million units sold) from the four major console developers (e.g. Microsoft, Nintendo, SEGA, and Sony) in over thirty years, ahead of only three SEGA consoles: the SGS-1000 (2 million), the Saturn...
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‘Metroid Prime 2: Echoes’ is Still the Series’ Most Enigmatic Entry

Izsak Barnette
Metroid Prime 2: Echoes is nothing like its predecessor.  By defying Metroid tradition and eschewing in the verdant overworld and heated magma chambers of Metroid Prime in favor light and dark versions of Planet Aether, Echoes creates its own identity early within its adventure. In doing so, it succeeds in crafting an experience that makes the player feel...
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‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Proves that Nintendo Finally Cares About Competitive Gaming

Izsak Barnette
Thursday’s Nintendo Direct reinforced one thing about Super Smash Bros. series director Masahiro Sakurai: he loves a surprise. He dropped plenty of them Thursday, revealing many of the final details for Nintendo’s upcoming Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and including a few surprises that fans never saw coming. From the unveiling...
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Nearly Six Years after its ill-fated Release, I’m Still Playing My Wii U

Izsak Barnette
The Nintendo’s Switch, which turns two in March, has spent the majority of its lifetime defying expectations, destroying records, and producing a litany of great games that will remain classics for years to come. Easily selling around twenty million consoles from March of 2017 to June of this year, the...
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Build ‘Em Up, Break ‘Em Down #1: After Busan, It’s Clear ‘Overwatch’ Needs a Map Selection System

Izsak Barnette
This past week, Overwatch‘s newest Control map, Busan, was introduced for the first time outside of the PTR. Available as a limited time selection on the Arcade menu, players could play a  few matches exclusively on the map and fill out their weekly arcade requirements through play-testing. While there were a...