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Opinion: Do poor Wii U sales demonstrate an identity crisis among gamers?

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As the sales of PlayStation 4 and Xbox One climb higher ever so steadily, the Wii U sales numbers are making the latest Nintendo console situation seem more dire by the week. The inferior technology, combined with the stigmas associated with the Wii name and several marketing miscues have drastically shrunk the target demographic of […]

Is our fixation on nostalgia discouraging innovation?

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Whether you’re buying an American sports car or picking up the latest release from Nintendo, you’re bound to have noticed a trend in the product you receive. While innovation and new technology seem to be at the forefront of each press conference and media release, the persistent tone of nostalgia lingers at every corner. It’s […]

Getting Past the Original 151: A Pokemon Pilgrimage

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Pokémon Red/Blue remains one of my most favorite games of all time. If I had to list my top 5 games ever, it’d be right alongside classic titles like Final Fantasy X, Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Super Mario World, and Sonic 3 and Knuckles. While my love affair with the Pokémon franchise was intense, it was […]

Five Ways the Wii U Can Compete (and Three Reasons It Can’t)

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The recently-released Wii U sales numbers, which show the system selling just over 150,000 units for the quarter, paint a bleak picture for Nintendo’s latest console. With Sony and Microsoft releasing new consoles that dwarf the technical capabilities of the Wii U in just a few months, many are already labeling the Wii U as […]

2013 Mid-Year Grades for Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo

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Can you believe 2013 is already half over? With E3 2013 in the rear view mirror, and the summer months halfway finished, it’s time for us, once again, to hand out the mid-year grades for the big three of the games industry. While the past few years have seen Nintendo as the constant bottom-dweller while […]

Nintendo’s YouTube ad revenue grab could prove to be a mistake

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Searching “Let’s Play” and the name of your favorite retro or current game on YouTube will likely yield several results showcasing hardcore players doing playthroughs of said title. The captured footage that is often accompanied by player or group commentary has the potential to snag thousands of hits on a given video, and some Let’s […]

Musings on MAGFest 2013: For the love of gaming

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Walking around National Harbor — a small, almost European-like town just outside of DC — during the first weekend of 2013 was a sight to behold. Amidst the couples walking arm-in-arm on their way to the Tasting Room Wine Bar or families heading to ICE! featuring DreamWorks’ Shrek the Halls, a group of gamers dressed as […]

2012 End of Year Grades for Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony

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2012 is nothing more than a memory now, and while we’ve given out our Game of the Year awards, as well as our E.T. Awards (for the worst of the year), it’s time to look back at how each of the big three did this year. When mid-year grades were assigned, all three seemed to […]

Does no mainstream hype spell trouble for Wii U?

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The Wii U is less than a month away from retailers, but with the hype engine revving at lower RPMs than most games at this point in the release cycle, many have expressed concern about the awareness levels of the general public. Seeing as how the casual market made up a significant portion of the […]

Eleven great experiences this gaming generation has to offer

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We already gave you eleven video game-related things upcoming generations of gamers will never experience, but that doesn’t mean this generation is all bad. In fact, this generation might just be one of the most defining as far as the future of gaming is concerned. Not only have we seen fully-realized digital marketplaces and online […]

Essential Gaming: Calculating the cost of Holiday 2012

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Last year, it was well-documented how crazy the holiday release schedule was, but this year, there isn’t quite as much commotion. Despite the less-than-overwhelming hype for this year’s holiday release schedule, gaming on a budget is going to be as difficult as it has ever been. Sure, November might not be as jam-packed with AAA […]

Before Wii U: The Top 30 Nintendo Wii Games, Part 3

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With Nintendo’s Wii U on the horizon and all the launch details available, players have undoubtedly noticed the slowdown of releases for the console’s predecessor, the Wii. Aside from three games that had to be semi-successfully petitioned to be brought to the United States, the Wii’s last true meaningful releases came at the end of […]

Before Wii U: The Top 30 Nintendo Wii Games, Part 2

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With Nintendo’s Wii U on the horizon and all the launch details available, players have undoubtedly noticed the slowdown of releases for the console’s predecessor, the Wii. Aside from three games that had to be semi-successfully petitioned to be brought to the United States, the Wii’s last true meaningful releases came at the end of […]

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