The Right Way

It is hard to pinpoint exactly when that tide began to shift and developers started looking at sidescrollers differently, but on the Nintendo camp that turnaround could easily be traced back to 2006’s New Super Mario Bros. The first original Mario sidescroller in a whopping fourteen years, the game – as its title plainly indicates – was marketed as a return to the stripped down platforming basics of the Super Mario Bros. trilogy.

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E3 2015: Thoughts And Words Part I

Nintendo’s showing at E3 2015 was notable not because of the games that were shown, but due to the strong negative reactions from fans the presentation triggered. The company approached this year’s virtual conference with a theme of transformation; taking notable franchises out of their comfort zones and into new grounds. While some of the shape-shifting yielded results whose outlooks are promising, others fell poorly flat. Like pretty much everything in our mundane world, the overall output was neither as dark nor as brilliant as it is being currently painted, it landed somewhere in between on a intriguingly gray area. It is time to tell the good from the bad.

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E3 2015 Predictions: Dream A Dream Edition

Dreams are a powerful thing, but they can also be incredibly painful. At the gates of every E3, the mind of every Nintendo fan is bursting with wild hopes of seeing a far-fetched and highly desired game materialize. Sometimes, it is an important franchise that has been gone for long and whose resurrection seems unlikely; and on other occasions it simply is a project that would make a lot of sense with the hardware the company currently holds. Regardless of what makes them a nearly impossible dream, the announcement of any of the following titles would make a lot of folks happy.

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E3 2015 Predictions: It Could Happen Edition

After taking a look at the games whose appearance at E3 would surprise absolutely no one, it is time to set our sights on titles that stand in the middle ground separating the absolute locks from the farfetched dreams. These are games belonging to hugely important franchises, and while in some cases their existence is known all around the industry, in others it is simply possible to assume there is a chance they will show up due to the fact they will eventually inevitably come. One thing is for sure, at least one of those titles will be invited to the big E3 2015 ball.

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E3 2015 Predictions: You Know It’s Coming Edition

Once more, June has arrived. Alongside it, come the hopes and expectations the gaming universe tightly couples to the upcoming Electronic Entertainment Expo, where a generation that has been sadly scarce of spectacular games will attempt to bounce back. With Nintendo’s yearly E3 Direct set to happen on June 16th, it is time to look into that crystal ball to see what lies up ahead. First, let’s glance towards the games that are sure to make an appearance either within the presentation itself or on the show’s floor.

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Return Of The Kings

Yooka-Laylee’s ever growing budget, which now guarantees the game will have a fully orchestrated soundtrack, and people’s willingness to cooperate go to show how much the gaming community still trusts anyone with the Rare logo stamped on their résumés. More than that, however, it proves that – on the shoulders of the project – lies the hope to not only finally get to play the long-awaited true successor to Banjo-Tooie, but to also revive a gaming era that is still greatly admired and a gaming genre that has been sadly left behind.

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Going Mobile

Nintendo is, naturally, bent on making money, so the mobile market will serve as yet another solid source of income, one where the money spent by each user is not as high as on the actual gaming market, but where the bigger user base, reduced development costs, and lower risks and demands make up for the tiny prices. Things can get better than that, though. The dream scenario for the company and, consequently, for its fans, surfaces if those inexpensive titles with relatively high-quality serve as the gateway many people will take into the Nintendo universe.

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The Mustard Of Your Doom

Other than ambitions and eventual resources, the extent of villains’ evil plans knows no bounds. That is why, when transposed to the gaming realm, where nearly everything is possible, we are sometimes confronted with megalomaniac plans that include either world domination or its darker and more twisted counterpart, universal destruction. Although some of the villains to have appeared on Nintendo-exclusive games do hold such goals, the wacky nature of many of those major titles has allowed the creation of some quite extravagant and noteworthy individuals.

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Steampunk Freedom

From a superficial outlook, Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. easily comes off as redundant; a product that will naturally tackle the same terrain plowed by Fire Emblem and Advance Wars. However, a more profound analysis proves otherwise; the title is in fact a much needed addition to Intelligent Systems’ library, for it gives the company something neither Advance Wars nor Fire Emblem can offer: sheer freedom in game design.

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