8.3

Splatoon

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A third-person shooter that focuses heavily on multiplayer is the very last thing anyone expected out of Nintendo at E3 of 2014. Splatoon is a difficult game to put a pin in as far as a score, especially because while the content on day one was notably scarce, Nintendo continues to release new weapons, multiplayer levels, and events free-of-charge. (more…)

8.5

Amiibo (Wave 1)

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The current state of Nintendo as a company has the Wii U floundering and the 3DS treading water—but wait. What’s that off in the distance? Its AmiiboAmiibo is the latest way to play with your old friend Mario and a series of his closest buddies. If there is one thing Nintendo excels at, it’s intellectual property (IP) stretching. Amiibo might be just what Dr. Mario ordered for Nintendo’s bottom line and its efforts to remain relevant in the gaming community.
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Hands-On With Splatoon

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The very idea that Nintendo is working on a third person shooter seems novel enough, but the fact that it involves squids in the guise of street kids shooting ink at one another for territory dominance is something that only could have come from the company famous for a kingdom full of talking mushrooms intermittently saved by a plumber. I had a chance to play Splatoon at PAX East last week, and I have a few thoughts about the experience. Well, that and I need to justify the fact that I waited an hour and a half to just get a few rounds in. (more…)

9.7

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

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Despite playing Super Smash Bros. for Wii U for nearly twenty hours just on the weekend of its release, I have taken months to digest it, collect my thoughts, and write about it in a way that masks the foam forming at the corners of my lips. I must confess; Smash Bros. still makes me a giddy 12-year-old boy (more…)

7.2

Hyrule Warriors

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Seemingly forged in the fires of confusion is the somewhat surprisingly good and in other ways underwhelming Hyrule Warriors. I say confusion because few combinations seem less likely than Nintendo’s Legend of Zelda series and Tecmo-Koei’s Dynasty Warriors franchise. While the source material for the theme is all taken from Zelda, the gameplay is indisputably that of Dynasty Warriors. Whether or not this game blights one of Nintendo’s most successful intellectual properties or  this game helps broaden the Nintendo brand is a question for another time. For now, let’s focus on what’s important: is Hyrule Warriors a good game? (more…)

6.3

Super Princess Peach

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There is an expression in writing called, “killing your darlings.” It is essentially the act of taking a word you overuse or paragraph you really like and giving it the axe. It could be at the discretion of the editor, but it is essentially the writer having the conclusion that their “darling” just isn’t in the best interest of the work. What does that have to do with a video game about the Mushroom Kingdom’s princess and her foray into a game titled after herself? (more…)

9.0

Mario Kart 8

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Before Mario hosted elaborate parties, held tennis matches, and morphed into a paper cut-out, he took to the track with a go-kart. Many years after the original Super Mario Kart, Nintendo has continued to deliver its premiere racing franchise (sorry, F-Zero) for each of its platforms. The latest installment, Mario Kart 8 for Wii U, continues the tradition of fun, desperate victories, and tragic defeats. Mario Kart 8 is yet another high mark in the series, even if there are a few hang-ups. (more…)

8.3

Excitebike

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The sport of Motocross has been around since the early 1900s, however, it didn’t exist in my world until Excitebike. Long before the X Games gave the sport a mainstream audience, the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) fueled my need for speed. (more…)