The Orchestrator Of The Fake Super Smash Bros. Rayman Leak Tells Us Why He Did It

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The Orchestrator Of The Fake Super Smash Bros. Rayman Leak Tells Us Why He Did It

Fake leaks and falsified video game documents appear online every day, but Omni Jacala's fake Super Smash Bros. Rayman leak is a cut above the rest. The attention to detail and amount of original artwork created fooled many. Even in retrospect, it's hard to distinguish Jacala's work from the real thing.

When he's not creating fake Super Smash Bros. leaks, Jacala is a freelance graphic designer. He recently worked with a non-profit company called Rice Bowls to help create a game called Hunger Crunch, which you can learn more about here. The game was released to help fight hunger around the world and 100% of its in-game purchases go to helping feed orphaned kids around the world.

We sent Jacala a few questions about creating the Rayman leak to find out why he did it, and learn how he feels about almost getting away with it.

The Essentials – The Legend Of Zelda: A Link To The Past

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The Essentials – The Legend Of Zelda: A Link To The Past

Welcome to the first installment of The Essentials, a new weekend feature celebrating the best that the digital medium has to offer. We’re curating this list to be a resource gamers can use similar to a "required reading" list.

In our collection you’ll find titles from across generations and genres, along with our reasons for selecting them for this honor. As importantly, we’ll be including all of the platforms on which these games released, so you can find the best way to play them if you haven’t already.

The Essentials begins with one of Nintendo’s finest efforts and, arguably, the best The Legend of Zelda series has to offer. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, the third title in the franchise (excepting the Game & Watch entries), brings the series back to its top-down roots in its sole entry on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.

How To Transfer Data From Your Old 3DS To Your New 3DS

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How To Transfer Data From Your Old 3DS To Your New 3DS

Transferring between 3DS handhelds isn’t a particularly difficult process, but it can be intimidating and time consuming. Allow this walkthrough to help facilitate the process.

You may have gotten a New 3DS on Friday, and if this isn’t your first 3DS, it’s likely you will want to move your account, your downloaded games, and all your save files from your old 3DS to your new 3DS. The first thing you will want to do before removing memory cards or diving into menus, is to make sure both your old and new 3DS have the latest firmware. When transferring to my New 3DS, I had to drop everything to care or this first derailing the whole process.

Once you have both your 3DSs up to date, the next step is to back up your memory card. Take your SD card out of your old 3DS and copy all of its files somewhere on your computer. Your memory card houses all your eShop downloads and save files. Once that is complete, it’s time to copy all of that data into your new memory card.

Replay – Super Mario Galaxy 2

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Replay – Super Mario Galaxy 2

It was a big week for Nintendo. Another wave of Amiibos sold out, the New Nintendo 3DS finally released stateside, and a new generation of 3DS players now have the chance to play Majora's Mask. We're continuing the Nintendo love on Replay with a look at Super Mario Galaxy 2. Originally released for the Wii in 2010, Super Mario Galaxy 2 is a straight-up sequel that offers more world-bending stages, adorable costumes, a tougher difficulty, and the inclusion of Mario's loyal companion, Yoshi.

Kyle Hilliard, Game Infomer's resident van lover and red head, was nice enough to bring in his Wii U so that we could take a look at some of the game's tougher levels. We discuss all things Mario and Nintendo in this episode, transition to a brief look at the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo, and then return for a final segment that kicks off a new series of videos for Replay and Game Informer in general.

And the voting for our fan-selected Super Replay has come to an end. We received thousands of votes over the course of two weeks, and were shocked to see the competition was just between Conker's Bad Fur Day and Secret of Mana. The winner ended up being Conker's Bad Fur Day. It won't be our NEXT Super Replay, but it will be coming soon. Thanks go out to everyone who voted! Enjoy the episode, folks.

Cosmetic DLC Isn’t Evil, And It’s Probably Keeping Game Prices Down

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Cosmetic DLC Isn’t Evil, And It’s Probably Keeping Game Prices Down

This week, there has been much hand-wringing over Evolve. It’s not because the game is multiplayer-focused. It’s not even the confusing pre-order/pre-purchase options. No, this week we’re revisiting one of gaming’s most contentious sometimes-issues: day one DLC.

Since it began on consoles in the PlayStation 2/Xbox era, gamers have had a complicated relationship with add-on content. In its infancy, the phenomenon was heralded as a revolutionary way to interact with games over longer periods. There were even promises of Valve Workshop-style stores in the run-up to the Xbox 360 launch.

The reality is far less glamorous, because DLC (like nearly everything else in the gaming world) had some pretty significant growing pains. These were, in part, due to minimal education efforts from publishers.

Tomb Raider's Writer Discusses The Evolution Of Lara Croft

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Tomb Raider's Writer Discusses The Evolution Of Lara Croft

The daughter of legendary fantasy writer Terry Pratchett, Rhianna Pratchett has already built an impressive career giving voice to strong female characters in both games and comics. Pratchett has previous worked on titles like the 2013 Tomb Raider reboot, Heavenly Sword, and Mirror's Edge. Now that she’s reuniting with Lara as a writer on Rise of the Tomb Raider, we took some time to chat with the prolific author about what happened to all of Lara’s wealth, why getting lost and frustrated should be part of a video gaming experience, and whether or not Lara is a little crazy.

Destiny - Xur's Gear And Upgrades For The Weekend Of February 13

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Destiny - Xur's Gear And Upgrades For The Weekend Of February 13

Happy Xursday, Guardians. The Agent of the Nine is back in the Tower, and it seems he needs a drink. You can find him in the bar (through the hanger, down the stairs, and way in the back).

This week's offerings will make you smile if you happened to miss Icebreaker (one of the game's best weapons) when he had it a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, Xur does not have the coveted heavy ammo synth packs, nor does he have engrams. Thankfully, Bungie said in its weekly Destiny update that the fix for the dreaded heavy ammo bug (affecting every single player) is still on track for this month.

Here's the full rundown of items for purchase and upgrade:

A Beginner's Guide To Evolve

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Evolve is out in the wild, and players are already honing their monster-hunting/hunter-monstering skills. We've compiled a list of tips to make you a better player.

We know from Evolve's beta statistics that the monster and hunters are pretty evenly matched, but sometimes it may not feel that way. That's why we've compiled some helpful tips and observations to improve your early game.

Mind The BasicsAlthough some of these are covered in the tutorial, Evolve sports a number of smart design features that can be easily overlooked. As a hunter, your character automatically sprints when moving forward without firing (so stop tapping in the analog stick already!), and you can scale cliffs by holding in the jetpack button regardless of how much fuel you have left. Unlike most shooters, if you initiate a reload and then switch weapons, the reload continues in the background. This is vital for assault-class characters, who can switch back and forth between their primary and secondary weapons with only the briefest of pauses in their assault.

Grind Time: The RPG Live Show — Dark Souls

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Grind Time: The RPG Live Show — Dark Souls

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Grind Time: The RPG Live show is back for its monthly episode. This time we're looking at From Software's Souls series.

Grind Time is all about sharing our love for RPGs and particular franchises. This Thursday, we'll stream Dark Souls II while we discuss the franchise. Resident Souls expert, Dan Tack will also be hand to share his insight. Expect to see some deaths and clever strategies, while Dan tries to convince me why it's so fun to "Praise the sun!"

Godus Isn’t The First High Profile Gaming Contest To Implode

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This week hasn’t been a terribly good one for Peter Molyneux and his 22 Cans studio. Yesterday, we spoke to him about the status of the game following a video intended to smooth things over with fans.

With damage control underway, another blow was dealt this morning in an interview with Bryan Henderson. Henderson was the “winner” of the Curiosity contest, which was supposed to yield him power in the game and real-world wealth. Neither of these things have happened, and they can’t until and unless 22 Cans gets multiplayer working.

This situation brought to mind other high-profile gaming contests that simply imploded. Godus isn’t alone, but as you’ll see from the following examples, it’s not in good company.