Mario Maker Will Allow Players To Create Stages From Four Different Mario Games

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Mario Maker Will Allow Players To Create Stages From Four Different Mario Games

At Game Awards 2014, players got a fresh look at 2015's Mario Maker, which showcased materials from Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros 3, Super Mario World, and Super Mario Bros. U.

Creating stages from these newly announced games with new tools should make things quite interesting when the title launches next year.

Check out Mario Maker here and explore our hands on experience with the game!

Stoic Announces The Banner Saga 2

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Tonight at The Game Awards, Stoic and publisher Versus Evil announced the follow-up to The Banner Saga. The Banner Saga 2 trailer gives us a look at a brand new race.

The Banner Saga series features Viking-themed tactical gameplay with a gorgeous art in the style of Don Bluth and Ralph Bakshi. For more on The Banner Saga, you can read our review of the original, which was released in January.

Stoic originally confirmed development of another Banner Saga title earlier this year. The studio was forced to defend its ability to trademark The Banner Saga name as King.com worked to secure the words "saga" and "candy" for its exclusive use. King later dropped its opposition to Stoic's use of the word "saga." If you haven't played the original entry in the series, it's due on PlayStation 4 in 2015.

PSA: Xbox Live Is Currently Down On Xbox 360

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If you happened to sign onto your Xbox 360 to watch The Game Awards tonight (or do something else), you may be having some problems. The good news is that you're not alone. The bad news is that you might need to find another way to watch.

Reports are coming in (and we have tested ourselves) that social features and other elements of online connectivity are experiencing problems.  We'll update as the night progresses.

Weekend Warrior 12/5/14

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Weekend Warrior 12/5/14

This weekend sees some of the GI staff in Las Vegas for the Video Game Awards and PlayStation Experience, but seeing all the new games won’t stop Reiner from getting time with Danganronpa. Back home Tim Turi, Jeff Marchiafava are trying their darnedest to take a chunk out of Dragon Age: Inquisition, while Sam’s decided he’s going to play some Dota 2 for a change. What’s on tap for your weekend?

Ben Hanson (@Yozetty): This weekend I'll be in Las Vegas for the Geoff Keighley's Video Game Awards (or the Geoffies, as he repeatedly insists on calling them) and then PSX! So I'll be playing some unreleased games, which should be fun. I'll be heading straight for the Amplitude booth and look forward to playing multiplayer against Alex Rigopolous from Harmonix. I'll also be playing Close Castles and the new Destiny content, so that should be fun! Let me know what else you'd like us to cover from the show, there should be a lot of fun announcements. Have a good weekend!

Andrew Reiner (@Andrew_Reiner): I'm in Vegas for the Game Awards and PlayStation Experience. My traveling companions are Danganronpa on Vita and the comic book Saga.

In The Darkest Timeline, This Is How Smash Bros. Characters Fight

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In The Darkest Timeline, This Is How Smash Bros. Characters Fight

In our world, Super Smash Bros. is about Nintendo’s most beloved characters (and Wii Fit Trainer) beating each other mercilessly until all but one is left alive. In the darkest timeline (created by Buzzfeed), things are a little… messier.

This video teaches us important things about Super Smash Bros. and Nintendo. First, Mario and Luigi have the rocky relationship we’ve always suspected. Second, Donkey Kong and Pikachu seem to be conversing easily, which might mean the giant ape is actually a Pokémon. Would that mean that Diddy Kong is an earlier evolution? And what about Cranky Kong?

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What's Grand Theft Auto Online Like Without Guns Or Confrontation?

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What's Grand Theft Auto Online Like Without Guns Or Confrontation?

YouTube user goldvision wants to "coexist peacefully" in the ultra-violent world of Grand Theft Auto Online, "disregarding its chaotic and terrible modus operandi." This proves a much greater task than just following the on-screen prompts, and results in a hilariously awkward approach to one of the most notorious games of all time.

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"The rules, self-imposed, are simple: while playing online multiplayer, commit no murder and harm no person," explains goldvision in the intro video above. Throughout the ongoing series, he tries to throw away his guns, refuse primary objectives like "Hold up the Store," and ignore Simeon's dirty grasp by avoiding his calls – all while maintaining a deadpan tone of voice.

Watch The PlayStation Experience Keynote And Panels Here

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Watch The PlayStation Experience Keynote And Panels Here

In addition to The Game Awards, this weekend is going to be filled with announcements and news from Sony’s first PlayStation Experience event. We’re expecting some interesting announcements (in addition to the Street Fighter V news that slipped out this morning).

If you can’t be in Las Vegas, don’t worry. The event is being streamed. The keynote begins at 10 a.m. Pacific / 1 p.m. Eastern.

We’ll have coverage of all of the news, but you can follow along right here. For the entire schedule of panels, you can catch up with that here.

This Week In Mobile - Tombs, Thrones, and Tactics

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This Week In Mobile - Tombs, Thrones, and Tactics

This week's list features some big releases from Telltale Games and Harebrained Schemes as well as a number of remakes that are making their way to mobile for the first time. 

Dragon Quest IIIDeveloper: Square EnixPlatforms: iOS, Android
Price: $9.99 

Square Enix has wasted no time getting the third Dragon Quest game onto iOS only two months after the port of Dragon Quest II was released. Dragon Quest III is the final game in the Erdrick Trilogy that spanned the first three games. The game features the ability to build your own party of characters, whose vocations can be changed freely to fit your playstyle. 

Count Down To Fallout’s Nuclear Apocalypse With This Vault-Tec Watch

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Count Down To Fallout’s Nuclear Apocalypse With This Vault-Tec Watch

Set in the distant future, the Fallout series' iconic post-apocalypse is one of the most grim, yet darkly comedic settings in all of gaming. With Bethesda's new Vault-Tec Aviator watch, you can eagerly count down the minutes until the bombs drop and we can all sit around a campfire eating Radroach meat and singing kumbaya.

While not sturdy enough to withstand a nuclear blast, this limited edition watch is water resistant, scratch resistant, and comes in a corrosion resistant stainless steel case. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Vault-Tec product some eerie reminder of our own mortality; the phrase “Revolutionizing safety for an uncertain future” is engraved in the steel around the face.

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Watch The Game Awards Here Tonight At 6 p.m. Pacific / 9 p.m. Eastern

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Watch The Game Awards Here Tonight At 6 p.m. Pacific / 9 p.m. Eastern

The Game Awards is live tonight, and we’ll be covering the announcements and winners. If you weren’t able to make it to Las Vegas, you can follow along here at Game Informer.

The event begins at 6 p.m. Pacific / 9 p.m. Eastern this evening, December 5. Click here to go right to the live stream.

For more on the Game Awards, check out a rundown of the nominees. You can also get a sneak peak at Marty O’Donnell’s “Fanfare for Video Games,” which will be premiered at the show.