Making Mario: A Look Back At The First 30 Years

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Making Mario: A Look Back At The First 30 Years

Thirty years ago, a small team based in Kyoto, Japan, came together to create a new kind of action game. Drawing inspiration from prior projects, that team released Super Mario Bros. in 1985 – a title that would go on to help console gaming step back from the brink of ruin. Since then, Mario’s influence has spread far beyond the games in which he appears. He helped turn Nintendo into an industry leader, and became a cultural icon. Super Mario Bros. started a revolution, and in the process, became one of the most recognizable franchises in the world.

This article originally appeared in the November 2015 issue of Game Informer. We're re-sharing this story today as a part of Nintendo's "MAR10 Day."

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Everything You Need To Know About Overwatch's New Hero

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Everything You Need To Know About Overwatch's New Hero

Baptiste is on Overwatch’s PTR, and we’ve spent time exploring the healer’s mechanics and features. We’ve compiled a brief dossier, listed some basic tips for you to gain the upper-hand in battle, and outlined the gameplay nuances that he brings to Overwatch

A war orphan, Jean-Baptiste Augustin enlists in the Haitian military and serves for years as a distinguished combat medic. The Omnic Crisis ends, however, and he is displaced again. He joins the Talon mercenary organization after a stint of unemployment, but their egregious acts of global terrorism deeply alter him. Now an unaffiliated commando and Talon deserter, Baptiste evades pursuers at every turn while assisting people in need. 

Everything You Need To Know About Overwatch's New Hero

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Everything You Need To Know About Overwatch's New Hero

Baptiste is on Overwatch’s PTR, and we’ve spent time exploring the healer’s mechanics and features. We’ve compiled a brief dossier, listed some basic tips for you to gain the upper-hand in battle, and outlined the gameplay nuances that he brings to Overwatch

A war orphan, Jean-Baptiste Augustin enlists in the Haitian military and serves for years as a distinguished combat medic. The Omnic Crisis ends, however, and he is displaced again. He joins the Talon mercenary organization after a stint of unemployment, but their egregious acts of global terrorism deeply alter him. Now an unaffiliated commando and Talon deserter, Baptiste evades pursuers at every turn while assisting people in need. 

Replay – Tactics Ogre

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Replay – Tactics Ogre

Travel with us to 1998 for a look back at Tactics Ogre, a strategy/RPG that soars in its combat depth and branching story. Players can send 10 different units into battle and well for what class they can be is surprisingly deep, and even includes an octopus that can be used for war. We dive into the opening minutes of the game with a guest the Game Informer community knows well. Zachary Pligge is back! He and his father played Tactics Ogre roughly 20 times back in the day, and he brings his expertise of it to our show. Our discussion bounces all over the place, but hones in on some interesting topics for the games of yesteryear.

In our second segment, we take a brief look at Rival Schools: United by Fate, a fun 3D fighter from Capcom that features a familiar face Street Fighter fans may know.

Replay – Tactics Ogre

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Replay – Tactics Ogre

Travel with us to 1998 for a look back at Tactics Ogre, a strategy/RPG that soars in its combat depth and branching story. Players can send 10 different units into battle and well for what class they can be is surprisingly deep, and even includes an octopus that can be used for war. We dive into the opening minutes of the game with a guest the Game Informer community knows well. Zachary Pligge is back! He and his father played Tactics Ogre roughly 20 times back in the day, and he brings his expertise of it to our show. Our discussion bounces all over the place, but hones in on some interesting topics for the games of yesteryear.

In our second segment, we take a brief look at Rival Schools: United by Fate, a fun 3D fighter from Capcom that features a familiar face Street Fighter fans may know.

The Composer For Captain Marvel Talks About Her Favorite Games

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The Composer For Captain Marvel Talks About Her Favorite Games

Captain Marvel is out today, and with her presumed appearance in Avengers: Endgame just around the corner, we had a quick chat with the film's composer, Pinar Toprak, to hear what it's like writing music for a big film versus something smaller and more personal. We also talked about what it's like composing music for something as massive as Fortnite. Read our interview to hear some of her history in writing music for games or you can check out our expansive interview with Yoko Taro and the composer on Nier: Automata.

With Captain Marvel coming out, what are your plans going forward? Do you have anything you're working on right now?

I have the second season of Krypton I'm working on right now, and there's some other exciting things which I'm not allowed to talk about yet, but yeah, I keep on writing.

The Composer For Captain Marvel Talks About Her Favorite Games

about X hours ago from
The Composer For Captain Marvel Talks About Her Favorite Games

Captain Marvel is out today, and with her presumed appearance in Avengers: Endgame just around the corner, we had a quick chat with the film's composer, Pinar Toprak, to hear what it's like writing music for a big film versus something smaller and more personal. We also talked about what it's like composing music for something as massive as Fortnite. Read our interview to hear some of her history in writing music for games or you can check out our expansive interview with Yoko Taro and the composer on Nier: Automata.

With Captain Marvel coming out, what are your plans going forward? Do you have anything you're working on right now?

I have the second season of Krypton I'm working on right now, and there's some other exciting things which I'm not allowed to talk about yet, but yeah, I keep on writing.

Celebrating Fantastic Female Characters In RPGs

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Celebrating Fantastic Female Characters In RPGs

Note: Entries written by Elise Favis and Kimberley Wallace

Today is International Women’s Day, and to celebrate we’re bringing you a special edition of RPG Grind Time. Fellow editor Elise Favis and I sat down and had a great conversation about our favorite ladies throughout the genre. Whether it was a woman who took matters into her own hands or one that provided the support necessary to get through the greatest of obstacles, we wanted to honor these wonderful ladies and their amazing qualities. Here’s a list we put together of female RPG characters that made a strong impact on us.

Phantasy Star is one of the earlier RPG series with great female representation. After all, the first entry starred Alis Landale, who paved the way for many leading ladies who didn’t need saving and had their own motivations. Alys Brangwin may not be the main protagonist of Phantasy Star IV, but she’s one of the better-developed characters in the series and stands out for how she helped turn Chaz Ashley into the hero he needed to be. A skilled monster hunter, Alys saves Chaz and acts as a mentor, helping transform him from naive thief to morally just young man. Her impact on his life as not only a friend but also a parental figure only makes Phantasy IV’s hard-hitting moments that much more impactful.

Celebrating Fantastic Female Characters In RPGs

about X hours ago from
Celebrating Fantastic Female Characters In RPGs

Note: Entries written by Elise Favis and Kimberley Wallace

Today is International Women’s Day, and to celebrate we’re bringing you a special edition of RPG Grind Time. Fellow editor Elise Favis and I sat down and had a great conversation about our favorite ladies throughout the genre. Whether it was a woman who took matters into her own hands or one that provided the support necessary to get through the greatest of obstacles, we wanted to honor these wonderful ladies and their amazing qualities. Here’s a list we put together of female RPG characters that made a strong impact on us.

Alys Brangwin (Phantasy Star IV) Phantasy Star is one of the earlier RPG series with great female representation. After all, the first entry starred Alis Landale, who paved the way for many leading ladies who didn’t need saving and had their own motivations. Alys Brangwin may not be the main protagonist of Phantasy Star IV, but she’s one of the better-developed characters in the series and stands out for how she helped turn Chaz Ashley into the hero he needed to be. A skilled monster hunter, Alys saves Chaz and acts as a mentor, helping transform him from naive thief to morally just young man. Her impact on his life as not only a friend but also a parental figure only makes Phantasy IV’s hard-hitting moments that much more impactful.

An Exclusive Look At Arcana Of The Ancients For 5E D&D

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An Exclusive Look At Arcana Of The Ancients For 5E D&D

The dragon lies dead at your feet, its death throes having scattered gold and jewel-encrusted swords across the vaulted chamber, the climactic end to a harrowing adventure. His fall has cracked open the far wall, and an eerie violet light pulses from the space beyond. The party cautiously slips into the newly revealed chamber. Within, great metallic sarcophagi emit the otherworldly glow, and murky shapes swirl inside. The scent of lightning after a storm hangs in the air. A vast sphere floats at the room’s center, seeming to devour and curve nearby light into a colorless void. The group’s wizard speaks up. “I have no idea what this is.”

Everyone turns to the venerable elf in the group, hundreds of years older than the rest of you, schooled in the distant histories of the world’s civilizations. “My people…have no record of this place,” she says, awestruck.