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‘Lost Reavers’ First Impressions: Reveals a number of the game’s weaknesses in a variety of areas

Ty Davidson
This week, Namco-Bandai finally released the beta for the free-to-play title Lost Reavers on the Nintendo eShop, giving players their first look at the upcoming zombie shooter. Unfortunately, this early showing has not been all that positive, as the test run reveals a number of the game’s weaknesses in a
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The History and Evolution of ‘Animal Crossing’

Ty Davidson
  At first glance, the premise of Animal Crossing does not seem like that much fun; the core of its gameplay is taking out a home loan and then doing enough daily chores in order to pay it off. That being said, the game’s magic and charm comes from its
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‘Lovely Planet’ Interview: Conversations with Quicktequila’s Vidhvat Madan

Ty Davidson
In a recent review, we called Quicktequila’s Lovely Planet “arguably the most charming and enjoyable eShop game released so far this year,” highly praising the run-and-gun title’s quirky design, addictive gameplay, and amazing soundtrack. We caught up with the title’s developer, Vidhvat Madan, to discuss some of the behind the
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‘Lovely Planet’: Quirky J-Pop Indie Awesomeness

Ty Davidson
Very rarely does a video game come along that has a truly original and unique creative spark, making a perfect storm of gameplay and style that epitomizes the essence of fun. Lovely Planet for the Wii U, developed by Quicktequila and published by tinyBuild, does just that, capturing this inventive
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How To Maximize My Nintendo: Getting 1000 Platinum Points in Two Days

Ty Davidson
With yesterday’s release of both Miitomo and My Nintendo, Wii U and 3DS lovers everywhere are clamoring to rack up as many platinum points as possible to get the expensive and coveted rewards of Twilight Princess Picross or Warioware: Touched. That being said, many players are having a hard time
Headlines Spotlight on Women

Aya Kyogoku: Nintendo’s Rising Star and Secret Weapon

Ty Davidson
As gaming evolves and becomes a more socially acceptable hobby for women, the makeup of the design teams are subtly shifting as well; more women than ever are beginning to enter the industry and directly affect the way that companies create and produce video games. Of these women, the most
Features Indie Spotlight

Should Nintendo be Worried about Amazon Lumberyard?

Ty Davidson
In a wood-filled, cedar-smelling booth that took up a good part of the showroom floor at San Francisco’s GDC, Amazon highlighted the power of its new game engine, Amazon Lumberyard, putting the pressure on Nintendo to stay relevant in the rapidly growing indie community. Lumberyard, Amazon’s first serious foray into
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What’s Up With All Those “DPD4MO Loves Bacon” Posts in Splatoon and What Do They Mean?

Ty Davidson
If Nintendo fans have popped Splatoon into their Wii U recently, chances are they have seen the cryptic “DPD4MO loves bacon” Miiverse posts that are all over the plaza. Over the past few days, these “in-joke” references have gone viral in the Splatoon community, creating the new official meme of
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Ikue Otani: The Voice of Pikachu

Ty Davidson
When fans think of the “voice” of Nintendo, the first things that come to mind are the “woo-hoo” and “It’s a-me, Mario” of Charles Martinet; however, another name deserves to thrown into that mix. Her name is Ikue Otani, and she is best known for voicing the electric mouse Pikachu
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GDC 2016: In Retrospect

Ty Davidson
With GDC 2016 officially over, it’s time to look back and evaluate where the industry is heading and what trends are going to be leading developers in the future. From the showroom floor, it was incredibly apparent that the coming years are going to be solidly rooted in virtual reality,
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Nintendo “Dogs” it with Wolf Link Amiibo

Ty Davidson
Last week, Nintendo released the first entry into the Legend of Zelda Amiibo series, Wolf Link, alongside the Wii U’s The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD. Fortunately for Amiibo collectors, the figure came bundled exclusively with the console title and was relatively easy to find, saving hunters from another