Any casual look through the Nintendo Entertainment System’s first-party library will uncover the origins of many classic video game icons. Names like Mario and Zelda remain synonymous with gaming today. Many other properties rooted in the 8-bit era, however, have long since sunk into irrelevance. But unlike retro relics like Balloon Flight and Ice Climbers, the… Read more »
Each member of the GenGAME staff picks up some of their most anticipated games of 2014 in our latest staff picks GenGAME Says series.
Among the Zelda community, Skyward Sword seems to be one of the most polarizing games in the series. Perhaps it’s just the usual ‘Zelda-cycle’ where a Zelda game is frowned upon 2-3 years after its release, only to be loved a few years down the line. One of the reasons for the wide spectrum of… Read more »
A few years ago the GenGAME Staff took a look at our favorite Mario games. Now we’re breaking down our favorite ten games individually in our staff picks GenTEN series.
Yesterday, the latest episode of Sequelitis was released, dropping some tough criticisms on Ocarina of Time for straying away from (in his opinion) what makes Zelda great. That prompted me to write a response about the balance of elements that make up the Zelda formula. There are many things that people think of when they… Read more »
Video gaming has progressed far from its humble beginnings in the second-dimension. The Nintendo 64 brought three-dimensional gameplay environments and the 3DS introduced further 3D elements with the stereoscopic implementation of depth—if we forget Nintendo’s failed attempt with the Virtual Boy. Some games even find themselves combining elements into a 2.5-dimensional limbo, however we scarcely… Read more »
A Response to Sequelitis: There Is No Definitive Zelda Formula, It’s About Finding the Balance That Fits You
Yesterday, Arin ‘Egoraptor’ Hanson (who I learned while waiting next to him in the Smash Bros. line at E3 is just as goofy in person) did what many gamers consider a taboo: he made a video criticizing The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Often heralded as ‘the greatest game of all time,’ it’s a… Read more »
Last month, it was revealed that Nintendo is considering how they want to move forward with both 2D and 3D Metroid games, breaking a long silence about the dormant franchise. Not long after, Shigeru Miyamoto polled fans, asking them “What games do you want us to make for Wii U?” The top result was Metroid…. Read more »
Back in 1977 a young man showed up to a job interview his father had arranged. He had no education, no experience, and no ambitions in game development, but there he was being interviewed by Nintendo President Hiroshi Yamauchi. Today, your chances of a career in video game development are next to none if you… Read more »
Many Nintendo fans are opposed to the idea of DLC in their first party games, and understandably so. DLC has been abused by many developers in the industry with things like on-disk DLC, day one downloads, microtransactions that result in a ‘pay to win’ scenario, and more. Rest assured, that’s not Nintendo’s style. Nintendo’s official… Read more »
Nintendo caught us off guard last week by announcing a newcomer named Lana as a playable character in Hyrule Warriors. With so many characters in the Zelda universe to choose from, many wondered why they would introduce someone completely new. This morning, we got a brand new character trailer starring Lana. Now that we’ve seen… Read more »
At this year’s E3, Nintendo revealed Mario Maker – a game that lets you design, share, and play your own Mario levels. So far the game features assets from classic Mario games as well as the New Super Mario Bros. subseries, but Nintendo plans to include assets from other games as well. The question is,… Read more »