Five Things We Want From The Nintendo NX

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Five Things We Want From The Nintendo NX

Today, Nintendo announced a partnership with DeNA to bring its IP to mobile phones and to create an online membership that links its current hardware to PCs and mobile. To prove that it's not out of the hardware business, Nintendo casually mentioned that it's "currently developing a dedicated game platform with a brand-new concept under the development codename 'NX.'" We won't hear any new information on this platform until next year, but we've got plenty of feature requests for Nintendo's upcoming device.

Go for a hybrid consoleThere were rumors that Nintendo's next console would combine portable and home capabilities, and we'd love to see it become a reality. As of a year ago, we learned that Nintendo's handheld and home console divisions are now integrated, but that guarantees nothing. No major gaming company has gone all-in with a hybrid yet, and it could be a game changer.

You can play Wii U games on the gamepad throughout your house and Vita supports remote play of home console titles as long as you have good wi-fi, but none of these have taken it far enough. The closest we've come to this reality is Sony's Cross-Buy and Cross-Save program. Players own multiple versions of the game tailored to the proper console and share a save in the cloud. Currently, this is limited to mostly indie games.

Top 10 Film Noir Games

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Top 10 Film Noir Games

Lanky shadows, a sense of foreboding, and hardboiled crime stories are just three of the many conventions found in film noir. The grainy, black-and-white movies, from Casablanca to Sunset Boulevard, were classic hits in the movie industry between the early 1940s and late '50s. With a flair for the dramatic and exaggerated, flirtatious romances, they offer a distinct style and dark tone exclusive to the genre. These cinematic elements have been toyed with and redesigned in video games, from adventure titles like Grim Fandango to third-person shooters like Max Payne. Here are the top 10 film noir-inspired games.

Note: Snatcher, Shadowrun, and Blade Runner are notable mentions, but were omitted from the final selection, due to their emphasis on more cyberpunk themes than film noir.

10. Under A Killing Moon

Seven Ideas For Nintendo On Mobile

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Seven Ideas For Nintendo On Mobile

In light of Nintendo's announcement of a deal with DeNA for development of new Nintendo games on mobile platforms, we've went back to an earlier story on ways that the company's franchises could make the jump to mobile.

[Original story published on January 24, 2014 at 04:36 PM]

If you’ve been on the internet over the last few weeks, you may have heard that Nintendo has been going through some rough times. The Wii U is putting up pitiful sales numbers, and even the popular 3DS is selling considerably less than the publisher expected. Debates have been popping up regarding whether or not Nintendo should swallow its pride and consider putting some games on mobile platforms. Whether it’s a good business decision or not is a completely different issue, but here are some ideas for what they could do if things move in that direction.

Confessions of An Amiibo Zealot

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Confessions of An Amiibo Zealot

When Nintendo first announced Amiibos, I was apathetic. I love figures as much as the next person, but these didn't seem particularly enticing. They looked a bit flimsy, and the way they functioned in games wasn't exactly mind-blowing. Being able to level up an A.I. character in Super Smash Bros. wasn't exactly a hard sell, either. I told myself not to bother with them, but I broke that intention when some of my favorite characters debuted. It's been downhill ever since.

I thought buying one or two couldn't hurt. I picked up Kirby and Princess Peach just to have for show, but I was eyeing Fire Emblem's Marth the most. As a Fire Emblem fan, finding any memorabilia representing it is rare, and it was exciting to get my hands on a collectable to celebrate my love for the series. Little did I know that Marth would turn out to be one of the harder Amiibos to find, and my pursuit for him would also serve as the gateway to my obsession.

Where is Final Fantasy XV?

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Where is Final Fantasy XV?

Many gamers are looking ahead to the next generation for exciting games, but for one of Square Enix’s most anticipated upcoming titles, we have to look backward. Final Fantasy Versus XIII was unveiled in 2006, but remained seldom-seen and mysterious until it reappeared as Final Fantasy XV. Even then, concrete answers about the game’s status are rare, so we’ve assembled this timeline of its progress, major appearances, and related comments from original director Tetsuya Nomura, current director Hajime Tabata, producer Yoshinori Kitase, and brand director Shinji Hashimoto.

Update 3/17/15: New entries added to reflect the continued developments and release of the Episode Duscae demo.

May 2006 At E3, Final Fantasy Versus XIII is announced as part of Fabula Nova Crystalis, as is Final Fantasy XIII and Final Fantasy Agito XIII. Along with Final Fantasy XIII, it is revealed as a PS3 exclusive. 

Getting To Know The Man Behind ToeJam & Earl

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Getting To Know The Man Behind ToeJam & Earl

I didn’t know exactly what to expect before my meeting with HumaNature Studios' Greg Johnson. I’ve played most of the games he’s worked on over the years, including Star Control, Starflight, and Doki Doki Universe. And, of course, ToeJam & Earl. Playing armchair psychiatrist, I assumed that he was a funny, empathetic guy with an interest in aliens. His Kickstarter videos for a ToeJam & Earl revival confirmed my hunch, while adding another element: This dude is kind of weird. In one video, he speaks in a Scottish monotone, and in another, he and well-known developers, including Will Wright and Tim Schafer, communicate via voiceovers and bizarre alien pantomimes. It probably wasn’t going to be a conversation with a guy in a suit sticking to a script.

Don’t Bother With Resident Evil Revelations 2’s Bonus Episodes

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The complete version of Resident Evil Revelations 2 hits today, meaning you can get all episodes digitally or on disc. The retail version includes two bonus episodes, which are also available to purchase digitally. I played through both after finishing Revelations 2 to see what they offer, and I was not impressed. 

You're best playing the bonus episodes after completing the main story, as they fill in some blanks that you wouldn't understand otherwise. Moira stars in The Struggle, which shows some of her time on the island trying to survive, interacting with a new character, and learning new weaponry. The other episode, Little Miss, centers on Natalia locating her lost teddy bear and confronting another version of herself. Since Moira and Natalia functioned as support characters in the main campaign, I was excited to see them get the spotlight.

Test Chamber – Battlefield Hardline's Single-Player Campaign

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Test Chamber – Battlefield Hardline's Single-Player Campaign

Battlefield Hardline is a departure for the series, shifting the action away from war zones to conflicts that are closer to home. Cops and criminals are the focus here. Is the single-player campaign worth spending time on? Join Reiner, intern Jon Gregory, and me as we check out some of the game's solo action.

We show off a couple of the game's missions, including one set in a gator-filled swamp and another in a hotel. Since you're playing as a police officer, you're encouraged to arrest enemies instead of going in with your guns blazing. How does it affect the flow of the game? Watch and see. Does that guy in the cutscenes look familiar? It's actor Benito Martinez who's played roles in The Shield and Sons of Anarchy.

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Don't Buy Battlefield Hardline For The Single-Player Campaign

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Don't Buy Battlefield Hardline For The Single-Player Campaign

The Battlefield Hardline review embargo lifted tonight, but we won't be posting our review until we've spent extensive time with the multiplayer on live servers. I have, however, already completed the single-player campaign and can confidently say that you won't be missing much if you skip it entirely.

Hardline is the biggest departure yet for the Battlefield series, but unfortunately most of the changes it introduces are for the worse. The single-player campaign fails on two fundamental levels. First, by translating the military shooter formula to the realm of cops and robbers, it shifts the focus from mindlessly shooting enemy combatants to sneaking up on and arresting criminals. Unlike the zipline and grappling hook (which you only use two or three times throughout the campaign), this isn't a throwaway mechanic; you spend the vast majority of the campaign crawling around environments, causing distractions, and throwing bad guys to the ground and handcuffing them (which for some reason causes them to instantly fall asleep, denoted by little Z's that float over their heads). In this way, Hardline has more in common with the stealth elements of the Far Cry series than the entertaining shooting galleries of Call of Duty – only you have fewer options at your disposal for dealing with bad guys, and one alerted enemy typically brings in a deluge of backup.

The Pulse – Game Informer's Weekly Top 10 (Mar 16, 2015)

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The Pulse – Game Informer's Weekly Top 10 (Mar 16, 2015)

The Pulse is Game Informer's weekly ranking of the hottest games according to our team. Each Monday we tally up the games with the biggest buzz based on number of editors playing and the time they put into them.

A busy week in games was met with most editors devoting their time to new releases. Ori and the Blind Forest drew in the most people, while other games like Cities: Skylines, and DMC: Devil May Cry were played, but not enough to make the list. None of the previously ranked games got a bump in their position.

Other highlights include Helldivers staying strong and garnering more players (stealing away precious hours from Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate). Destiny is quickly becoming the story of Pulse, staying on the charts for six consecutive weeks, even with our team seeing almost everything it has to offer.