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Outside of Super Smash Bros, the physical incarnations of Mario, Pikachu and other Nintendo icons don't have much to do on their plastic pedestals. While they transform into teachable, collectible opponents in Nintendo's flagship brawler, tapping an Amiibo toy into Mario Kart 8 or Hyrule Warriors...

January 15th 2015 at 10:00pm 0 Comments
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In 2015, developer Intelligent Systems invites you through a tour of history where Abraham Lincoln teams up with the likes of The Cowardly Lion and Tom Sawyer to battle aliens in a steampunk-powered world. See what happens when you miss history class?! Code Name: STEAM arrives on the 3DS on Mar...

December 22nd 2014 at 3:00pm 0 Comments
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Mallo is one sneaky little freak of a Nintendo mascot. Just look at him: the bemused cartoon cat smile, his spongy red velvet cake body, that adorable sumo wrestler thong, the way he flaps his arms as he jumps around towers of colored blocks. He's almost more unassuming, approachable and sweet than...

June 20th 2014 at 4:00pm 0 Comments
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One of Nintendo's left-field announcements during E3 was Code Name: STEAM, a third-person, turn-based strategy game focused on killing aliens in a steampunk take of London. Oh yeah, that group of alien vanquishers is also formed by Abraham Lincoln. It's an odd concept to grasp from only a screens...

June 14th 2014 at 9:00pm 0 Comments
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Nintendo announced that a sequel to its hit 3DS puzzler Pushmo will make its debut in North America and Europe next month with an all-new collection of puzzles and expanded level-sharing options. Pushmo is a puzzle game in which players push and pull oddly-shaped blocks in order to form a stairca...

May 28th 2014 at 12:45pm 0 Comments
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Red and blue will spar again on Wii U, because Advance Wars is getting a Virtual Console re-release in Europe on April 3. It'l be one of the first Game Boy Advance games on Wii U in the region, but we don't yet know if it'll be one of the first in North America. Last we heard, Nintendo of America h...

March 25th 2014 at 3:30pm 0 Comments
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Team Joystiq is barging into 2014 with a celebration of last year's best games. Keep reading throughout the week to see our assembly of ingenious indies and triple-A triumphs. The last time I fell so deeply in love with a strategy-RPG was with Shining Force on the Sega Genesis, so Fire Emblem: Awa...

January 1st 2014 at 10:00am 0 Comments
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Fire Emblem series developer Intelligent Systems is helming a 3DS sequel in the long-dormant Jam with the Band series, Nintendo confirmed via a newly launched teaser website. Intelligent Systems' Daigasso! Band Brothers P uses Vocaloid software to turn a player's voice into a synthesized in-game i...

August 27th 2013 at 2:30pm 0 Comments
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Unlike most other games in the series, Fire Emblem: Awakening includes an optional "casual mode" that lets you use characters in future battles even after they're killed. It's surprisingly controversial, even within developer Intelligent Systems."I was on the side that said we shouldn't include Cas...

April 3rd 2013 at 8:30pm 0 Comments
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Fire Emblem Awakening shifted 180,000 units across its debut month at North American retail, Nintendo of America tells us. In a statement sent to Joystiq, the company said the tactical 3DS RPG enjoyed best ever first month sales in the franchise's nearly 23-year history. No doubt that was helped by...

March 15th 2013 at 12:20pm 0 Comments
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Fire Emblem: Awakening is the best soap opera since CBS cancelled Guiding Light.If you've never played a Fire Emblem before, imagine Final Fantasy Tactics from an overhead perspective, or a particularly bloated derivation of chess. Nintendo's stalwart helped establish the turn-based tactical RPG ge...

January 30th 2013 at 12:00pm 0 Comments