Character Column: Donkey Kong’s cranky grandpa became a forerunner of hardcore gamer culture

Categories: Features, Retro

Welcome to the Character Column! Each week, I’ll be taking a look at a different character from Nintendo’s long and esteemed history, and I’ll analyze what makes them interesting, nuanced, or just plain memorable. Whether they’re heroes, villains or NPCs, I’ll explain why they deserve respect or love from the…

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Preview: Pokémon GO

Author: Jaxson Tapp
Categories: Features, Mobile, News, Reviews

Disclaimer: This preview is based on the first build of the game when servers were extremely strained. We’ll continue to update the preview as the mobile experience smooths out. Pokémon GO, a joint effort from Niantic and The Pokémon Company, was announced back in September of 2015, and seemed like…

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First impressions: Pokémon GO

Author: Jaxson Tapp
Categories: Features, Mobile, News

Pokémon GO is finally live! I’ve managed to get it up and running on my phone. Here are a few quick observations based on my experience playing the new game on an Android device. The professor who you meet in the beginning is Professor Willow, and he introduces you to…

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Character Column: Zero Escape’s Zero, and how the culprit’s identity isn’t always the biggest twist

Categories: 3DS, Features, Retro

Welcome to the Character Column! Each week, I’ll be taking a look at a different character from Nintendo’s long and esteemed history, and I’ll analyze what makes them interesting, nuanced, or just plain memorable. Whether they’re heroes, villains or NPCs, I’ll explain why they deserve respect or love from the…

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Character Column: Fire Emblem’s Hector changed the way the series characterized its main lords

Categories: 3DS, Features, Retro

Welcome to the Character Column! Each week, I’ll be taking a look at a different character from Nintendo’s long and esteemed history, and I’ll analyze what makes them interesting, nuanced, or just plain memorable. Whether they’re heroes, villains or NPCs, I’ll explain why they deserve respect or love from the…

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Kirby and the Rainbow Curse: Masterfully molded

Categories: Features, Wii U

As a spiritual successor to 2005’s critically acclaimed Canvas Curse, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse had a lot of inspiration to draw upon. While sequels typically try to outperform their predecessors by upping the ante and expanding on core gameplay mechanics, Rainbow Curse instead sticks to a less is more…

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