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2013 Game of the Year: Super Mario 3D World

2013 Game of the Year: Super Mario 3D World

"Are games art?" Many of this year's best are easy examples to point to, with their emotional narratives and nuanced performances. But our Game of the Year, Super Mario 3D World, doesn't aspire to justify the medium to Hollywood types. Instead, it focuses on the singular goal of just being fun, gosh darn it.

Created in Nintendo's vacuum, 3D World eschews modern gaming trends: there's no open world, there are no RPG elements, there's no online multiplayer, nor are there microtransactions or DLC. Yet in spite of Nintendo's resistance towards adopting modern conventions, 3D World is far from primitive. What elevates 3D World to the top of our list is how fresh it is. Every level introduces a new way to surprise and delight players--either by innovating with new gameplay mechanics, or tapping into Mario's storied legacy in an unexpected way.

Read more: Bad for Nintendo's wallet, good for you »

"Oh, and M&L:Dream Team, and Lego City Undercover, and Pokemon. Hell of a list!"
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Nintendo president against putting 'Mario on smartphones'

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Nintendo president against putting 'Mario on smartphones'

Following its third year of annual losses, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata acknowledged missteps and said they need a "new business structure." Those hoping that would mean the long-requested move to mobile might be disappointed, though, as Iwata has signaled that isn't quite what he meant.

Read more: "It doesn't mean that we should put Mario on smartphones" »

"Nintendo makes more money on the 3ds than they could possibly make on the mobile market at the ..."
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Smash Bros screenshot may hint at single-player

Smash Bros screenshot may hint at single-player

We know that Super Smash Bros for Wii U and 3DS won't include a Story Mode, thanks to game director Masahiro Sakurai's frustration with story scenes getting out on YouTube. That doesn't necessarily mean it won't have a single-player component, and a new screenshot may have given us a first glimpse at it.

Read more: "Where am I……??" »

"You would think by now. That series is pretty damn good and is getting recognition finally."
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Best of 2013: #9 - Rayman Legends

Best of 2013: #9 - Rayman Legends

Wii U hasn't had a great year. That's a shame, especially given the quality of the games found on Nintendo's latest console. Ubisoft has always been one of the few third-party publishers to "get" how to make great games for Nintendo systems. Rayman Legends is no exception--even if sluggish sales forced the publisher to make it multi-platform. Although it's no longer a Wii U exclusive, it certainly plays like one, being one of the few games to showcase the unique benefits offered by the GamePad. With Rayman, Ubisoft manages to out-Nintendo Nintendo, who have yet to make a compelling argument themselves.

Read more: Innovative online and musical levels »

"It's really a crime that this awesome game has sold roughly about 200000 on Wii U. I get that ..."
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Nintendo proposes 'new business structure' in light of losses

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Nintendo proposes 'new business structure' in light of losses

Facing its third year of continuous losses, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has commented on the struggles facing the company. In a surprise news conference, Iwata admitted he misread the markets and said the company needed to change.

"The way people use their time, their lifestyles, who they are—have changed," Mr. Iwata said. "If we stay in one place, we will become outdated."

Read more: 'New business structure' proposed »

"The worst idea was to name the console Wii U, some gamers do get the pun in the name, but for ..."
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Nintendo expects to sell 6 million fewer Wii U systems than originally forecast

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Nintendo expects to sell 6 million fewer Wii U systems than originally forecast

For the fiscal year ending this coming March, Nintendo had expected to sell 9 million Wii U systems worldwide. However, it's clear that the company is going to fall well below expectations. In fact, the company has revised their forecasts, saying that they're anticipating sales of only 2.8 million consoles. That's nearly 70% fewer consoles than originally expected! Perhaps most distressingly, the company is expecting to sell fewer Wii U consoles this year than they did the year prior--suggesting that Nintendo's latest home console is actually losing momentum. (3.45 million systems were sold in the prior fiscal year.)

Although 3DS may be the best-selling system in America, it also isn't poised to do as well as Nintendo had hoped. The company had expected to sell 18 million consoles worldwide, but now expects sales of 13.5 million. But unlike Wii U, 3DS is actually gaining traction.

Read more: Expecting a loss of 25 billion yen »

"Not a huge surprise. They've grown so used to rehashing everything and they've inserted their ..."
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New game releases of January 7-19

New game releases of January 7-19

Next week's not bulging with new releases, but still brings a few games of interest. Along with Assassin's Creed Liberation HD, we'll see the launch of The Banner Saga and Europa Universalis IV's expansion Conquest of Paradise. And we'll finally, finally get the hugely anticipated two-player swordfighting duel game Nidhogg.

Read more: Our full list of next week's new releases »

"Never been interested even one bit about Ass Creed, but Assassin's Creed Liberation HD seems ..."
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King Dedede joins Smash Bros for Wii U and 3DS

King Dedede joins Smash Bros for Wii U and 3DS

Another challenger is joining the Super Smash Bros. fray for Wii U and 3DS and this new competitor ties in to a certain pink puffball's latest adventure about to hit Japan in a few days. Kirby's bloated nemesis, King Dedede, makes his return from Super Smash Bros. Brawl with his trusty hammer (and epic theme music) in tow.

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Toki Tori dev cut back to two members in 'reboot'

Toki Tori dev cut back to two members in 'reboot'

"Turns out we aren't as good at selling games as we thought!" Dutch studio Two Tribes has earnestly stated, boldly declaring "It's time for a radical change!" The developer behind games including Toki Tori and Edge has laid off all but two members--its two co-founders--and is looking at ways to make games which won't send it out of business.

Read more: Last game "took the company down with it" »

"Have all their games in Steam and Rush on Wii U. Really great developer, shame they had to ..."
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Super Smash Bros for Wii U and 3DS will have console-specific trophies

Super Smash Bros for Wii U and 3DS will have console-specific trophies

The upcoming Smash Bros game for 3DS and Wii U may share a roster, but they're becoming two very different games. Not only do the two versions have different looks, but they have different stages as well. Now, director Masahiro Sakurai has confirmed that they will have different trophies to collect as well.

Read more: Hand-picked from console and handheld games »

"It does sound like a pain, but I'd hope there's an option to go with the control pad."
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NES Remix competition canceled due to exploit

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NES Remix competition canceled due to exploit

NES Remix seems meant for friendly competition, with its bevy of quick time challenges based on classic games. Nintendo's first attempt at encouraging such spirited activities got off to a rocky start, though, as the company had to cancel a contest due to an exploit.

Read more: "In the interest of being as fair as possible" »

"NES Remix was really disappointing to me. 90% of the challenges are so pointless and ..."
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New game releases of January 6-12

New game releases of January 6-12

The first full week of 2014 brings a respectable lineup of new releases, including Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance's PC edition, the PS4 port of Don't Starve, Chibi-Robo! Photo Finder, an Early Access version of the Dismount series' latest wacky physics murder sim, and more.

Read more: Our full list of next week's new releases »

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'Nintendo platforms should be like' iOS and Android, Iwata says

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'Nintendo platforms should be like' iOS and Android, Iwata says

Sure, Nintendo now plans on investing in smartphone development. But the company believes it can take other lessons from the mobile space as well. In particular, company head Satoru Iwata thinks it must adopt a unified architecture in order to make cross-platform development easier.

"Apple is able to release smart devices with various form factors one after another because there is one way of programming adopted by all platforms. Apple has a common platform called iOS. Another example is Android. Though there are various models, Android does not face software shortages because there is one common way of programming on the Android platform that works with various models," Iwata told investors at a recent Q&A. "The point is, Nintendo platforms should be like those two examples."

Read more: 'Huge effort' for cross-platform ports »

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New game releases of December 30-January 5

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New game releases of December 30-January 5

What's coming next week? Ah. Well. Dr. Luigi, definitely. Beyond that, though, it's all a bit of a mystery. No one seems certain, and schedules are clogged up with games listed broadly for "2013." Given that Tuesday, the typical retail release day, is New Year's Eve, everyone's probably waiting for things to settle down. Oh, what trouble the holidays bring!

Read more: Our, ahem, full schedule for next week »

"Honestly, I am looking forward to a solid week of NOTHING as I have a ton of games from last ..."
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Wii U and 3DS eShops to undergo maintenance

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Wii U and 3DS eShops to undergo maintenance

Nintendo is taking the eShop down for a 12-hour period today for a round of emergency maintenance. The digital shop for both Wii U and 3DS will be down from 1 PM to 1 AM Pacific, in an effort to fix some lingering issues from its Christmas Day outage.

Read more: Nintendo's statement »

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