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Consoleation: Lesson learned

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Wouldn't you know it… the night after I post about Nintendo's woes with the 3DS, the company announces a huge price drop which will kick in less than five months after the launch of the platform. As of August 12th, 3DS units will drop to $169.99, which is a 33% price cut. This is likely going to work out well for Nintendo as price drops are usually the best course of action to take when a platform's sales numbers are weak, but this same move also leaves those who bought the 3DS before the price drop looking pretty silly—and leaves Nintendo looking pretty bad.

GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 57: The Games of Our Summer Vacation

The crew reunites and wastes no time getting back to doing what they do best: angering the Internet with a brutal dismantling of Bastion. Plus: Sexism in Ms. 'Splosion Man, the failures of L.A. Noire, the joys of Ghost Recon 3DS, and the magnificence of Lost Odyssey. We also debut our new movie segment, and if you like surprises, well, hold onto your wigs and keys, folks. Featuring Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Mike Bracken, and Tim "Fresh Beatz" Spaeth.

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Video: Navi's Song (Hey, Listen!)

Ever felt badly that Navi's love for Link went unrequited in The Legend of Zleda: Ocarina of Time? Yeah, me neither. Still, not a bad song.

Video: Navi's Song (Hey, Listen!)

Video: Mario dumps Pauline

Obviously, Mario was destined for bigger things. That meant a more desirable damsel in distress—why did Donkey Kong want Pauline anyway? But who knew their break-up was so bitter.

Video: Mario dumps Pauline

Video: Star Fox: Space Oddity

So this is a Star Fox sock puppet remake of David Bowie's "Space Oddity." Enjoy.

Video: Star Fox: Space Oddity

Journey, Capcom's new scheme and explosive fanbuoyancy

Resident Evil: Mercenaries 3D Screenshot

Game circles have been buzzing about Capcom's recent decision to release their new 3DS Resident Evil title without the ability to reset data. Confused? Essentially, when a player buys it new and starts progressing through the various modes, all of those stats and unlocks are hard-saved to the cartridge. That's all well and good, except for the fact that if the player wants to wipe the data and start fresh for any reason, it's not possible.

El Shaddai, a Monster Hunter podcast and Alice: Madness Returns

El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron Screenshot

I just tried the El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron demo available on Xbox Live. Although I've been hearing about the game for quite some time and seen loads of screenshots, seeing the game in motion is something else entirely.

GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 56: E3 2011

GameCritics' own Trent Fingland regales us with war stories from the E3 front. Along the way we reconcile our E3 predictions, debate the future of Japanese gaming, have a serious talk about religion, and get uncomfortably inquisitive about the whereabouts of Ken Levine. Featuring Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Mike Bracken, Richard Naik, and Tim "Death to Handhelds" Spaeth.

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E3 2011: Day the Third

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For the final leg of my E3 adventures, I made my way back to the Square-Enix booth to watch a guided demo of the new Tomb Raider. Some have brought up issues with this new presentation of Lara Croft, where she is shown as vulnerable and inexperienced, but I think this is quite a different thing than games like Metroid: Other M and The Third Birthday.

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