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Classics define Nintendo’s upswing decade

A lot can change in a decade. Just ask Nintendo. In Apr. 2003, with the month’s rains at their dreariest, the company reported fiscal GameCube sales of 5.6 million units, less than half the total forecast in 2002. Six Aprils later, Nintendo closed another fiscal year with sales of 25.95 million Wii systems, nearly a five-fold increase over 2003, as the company famous for the power-up evidently d...

Controversies stall would-be kart racers

Transportation isn’t a problem in the Mushroom Kingdom. Much of its citizenry is capable of self-propelled flight, while others can transform into flying raccoons or spurt wings from their caps. Rumor has it there are even flutists who can travel vast distances simply by whistling a ditty. Despite an abundance of alternatives, however, virtually everyone within the kingdom’s limits drives a ve...

Donkey Kong captured, we have a winner

Congratulations to James, who used ingenious trickery to capture Donkey Kong and win a Spore Hero prize package from Infendo. Pictured is photographic evidence of how he did it. Brilliant. When reached for comment, Donkey Kong pounded his chest and grunted something about being framed, which doesn’t make much sense—he was found stuck in James’ floor. Fantastic work, entrants, and kee...

Review: Dead Space extracts thrills on Wii

“Jesus Christ, we just killed someone.” You didn’t want to do it. You weren’t supposed to do it. But you had to do it. You didn’t have a choice, right? You saw it. He was slashing, gnawing, clawing at that…person. If you hadn’t sliced him in half, you would’ve been that horrifying smear of lifeless flesh on that cold steel floor. If you hadn’t killed him, he would’ve killed you...

Be safe and win Donkey Kong’s Spore toys

We love Donkey Kong, but not as much as he loves Spore. When he’s not kidnapping our secretaries and throwing barrels at David, he spends most of his time playing Spore during his visits to the Infendo offices. But coupled with the banana peels and fleas he usually leaves behind, those visits have become a real nuisance. So while he’s off swinging in the jungle, we’re taking action. We’re ...

Review: MySims Agents the best MySims yet

There’s something charming about listening to developers who are genuinely excited about their game. The exuberance with which they discuss their work is infectious, and while they gush like freckle-faced tee ballers being handed shiny plastic trophies, it’s almost impossible not to drop the hard-nosed editorial facade and share a little smile. As Electronic Arts’ Geoff Mitchell and Rachel B...

Designer Geoff Mitchell chats about MySims

After stealthily slipping into Electronic Arts’ recording studio thanks to a handful of Infendo-branded smoke pellets, we escaped with five minutes of audio from a Simlish recording session for MySims. But Blake’s slave-driving the work of a ninja never ends. While exiting through the air ducts, we bumped into Geoff Mitchell, assistant designer for MySims Agents. He asked we keep his stran...

Quebsy dinglits; an inside-look at EA’s Simlish

Remember, never yahso the patinzee. You might zanka your boolah or, even worse, yarbo your kanizdoowah—and oh, quebsy dinglits! Surprisingly, some of that gibberish is translatable. Well, about 20 percent of it, that is. It’s written in Simlish, the improvised language used in Electronic Arts’ mega-popular Sims games. While visiting the publisher’s Redwood City headquarters this month ...

Review: Muramasa belongs in the Louvre

Forget rain on your wedding day, free rides when you’d already paid and good advice you just didn’t take. The most beautiful video game I’ve played this generation runs on the archaic, underpowered Wii. Sorry, Alanis, but that’s the definition of irony—don’t you think? The games press is notorious for spreading hyperbole, an offense to which even I’d admit occasional guilt. But there...

Nintendo, Team Ninja collaborate on Metroid

Nintendo brought out the big guns for today’s E3 press conference, and no one on the company’s roster has a bigger gun than Samus. Bringing Nintendo’s presentation to a dramatic close and prompting enthusiastic applause from the audience, Reggie Fils-Aime announced his company is collaborating with Tecmo’s famed development studio Team Ninja on an all-new Metroid game for W...

Nintendo unveils Super Mario Galaxy 2 at E3

Houston, we have a sequel. With a brief trailer showcasing similar gameplay to the original, Nintendo unveiled Super Mario Galaxy 2, a sequel to the 2007 blockbuster Wii platformer. Reggie Fils-Aime said off-stage the game is set to release next year. Making a bit of Nintendo history, Super Mario Galaxy 2 makes Wii the first Nintendo console since the original NES to host more than one proper Mari...

New Mario & Luigi title to be digested this fall

The brothers Mario seem to be getting beneath Bowser’s skin. Literally. Today at E3, Nintendo announced Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story will release in North America and Europe sometime this fall. It released in Japan in February. Explaining the game’s ingenious subtitle, Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story takes place in the Koopa king’s digestive syste...

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