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Mario Kart 8 Review

One over the eight

Mario Kart 8

HIGH Rainbow Road, which is so beautiful and awe -inspiring that epic songs should be penned about it right now and passed down from generation to generation.

LOW The AI has undoubtedly improved, but it's still immensely irritating at times.

WTF It's a toss up between Luigi's death stare and the blue shell still being a thing. Gyah!

EarthBound Book Review

An Autoludography

Earthbound Book Review

1995's EarthBound (SNES) is a widely known and beloved game, but one that sold so poorly upon release that it's probably beloved by significantly more people now than ever bought the original cartridges.

Super Mario 3D World Review

They can't all be amazing

Super Mario 3D World Review Screenshot

HIGH Working with my oldest son to collect stars.

LOW Falling to my death in a tough area because the camera couldn't keep up.

WTF Am I really supposed to go ga-ga over this cat suit?

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds Second Opinion

This is your father's Zelda -- and that's okay

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds Review Screenshot

HIGH Dropping right into the action without a lengthy preamble at the start of the game.

LOW The final boss fight is a bit vague when it comes to what the player needs to do.

WTF I can actually get all of the tools in the first hour of the game? Amazing.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds Review

When is a remake not a remake?

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds Review Screenshot

HIGH I AM LINK, LORD OF SAND *uses sand rod*

LOW Not being able to use the 3D for more than a few minutes at a time

WTF The ending presents an interesting ethical dilemma.

GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 102: Beyond Two Souls, Arkham Origins, ZombiU, and Link Between Worlds

Now that 2013 is winding down it's time to catch up on some of the hot new holiday releases, covering the latest David Cage......thing....in Beyond Two Souls, Barkham Origins, ZombiU, and The Legend of Zelda Link to the Past 2, also known as Link Between Worlds. Featuring Richard Naik, Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Mike Bracken, Sinan Kubba, and Tim "coitus" Spaeth.

00:00-00:03 - Intros

00:03-00:32 - Beyond: Two Souls

00:32-00:56 - Batman: Arkham Origins

00:56-01:15 - ZombiU

01:15-01:46 - Link Between Worlds

01:46-close - Thumbs

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The four new StreetPass games for 3DS

StreetPass Image

I was chatting with the wife the other day about the Nintendo 3DS and it sort of struck me that its most prominent draw, the 3D, is a feature that goes TOTALLY UNUSED by my entire family, and most of the people I know. Instead, the thing that I find myself most occupied with (apart from the slew of fantastic games we’ve been getting lately) is the StreetPass feature.

Consoleation: January 2013 NPD hardware preliminary discussion—Wii-Oops

New Super Mario Bros. U Screenshot

So… you probably heard the news already: Wii U sales for the month of January were less than 60,000 units. That's less than 12,000 units per week of the reporting period. That's also despite the Wii U being the first new video game console (non-handheld) since late 2006. This number should be addressed by Nintendo as "unacceptable" for the US market, which saw the Wii dominate the early and middle parts of this past console generation. Investors should be nervous that the US may not adopt the Wii U strongly enough before Sony and Microsoft present their new hardware, likely later this year. I know that I would be.

Video: Ninten-blow (Possibly NSFW)

Adult Swim takes the innocent act of a child trying to make his NES cart work and makes it dirty... and funny.

Caution: Crude content

Video: Paralyzed Pokemon returns (NSFW)

And you thought the worst that could happen to a Pokémon in a fight was that it might "faint." No sir, in fact there are repercussions that could come back to haunt you.

Caution: Crude language

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