Jan 142015
 

So a couple of cool Nintendo related things happened today. First, everyone got super excited for that new Majora’s Mask 3Ds XL. (In fact, it was such a hot item, its online sales sold out!)

Second and–arguably–most important of all: Nintendo released a new teaser for an upcoming Fire Emblem game for the 3Ds.  And after basically living and breathing psuedo-European fantasy thanks to (wonderful) months of Dragon Age: Inquisition and The (less wonderful) Hobbit , I must say that this trailer was a refreshing breath of fresh air, one to get any Fire Emblem fan really excited:

So now that we know that feet are confirmed for all in-game models–let’s get down to the nitty gritty and have a brief chat over why this is really something special.

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Jan 132015
 

Who am I, and where is my authority to be making industry-wide claims about the future? Be I a famed soothsayer of legend, or an analyst with greater Neogaf infamy than Michael Pachter? I’m absolutely nobody, in fact, and my predictions should be digested with a suitable amount of skepticism.

In any case, 2015 is shaping up to be a very interesting year, and after 2014 disappointed many with a number of titles failing to live up to expectations, we’re really due for a good year. Again, as I said, I’m no industry expert, but the winds of progress blow forward and the scents that fill my nose speak to these possibilities.

1. Nintendo will do great, but won’t dominate.

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Jan 042015
 

Or how Nintendo missed Christmas

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With the advent of the newest Smash Brothers and Nintendo’s Amiibo initiative, we have must-have accessories arriving tempting us as we buy our must-have games this winter. That is, if they were on the store shelf to begin with. The Inverseman investigates.

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Dec 192014
 

The not so humble Amiibo has become a point of fierce contention within the past month. Released as a series of companion toys to the fantastic Super Smash Bros, these toys have quickly sold surprising numbers. Regardless of your attitude towards the blank-eyed, often mispackaged statuettes, we can all agree that Nintendo has found a string of success with Amiibo.

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Dec 072014
 

While we certainly already covered much of this past year in the last , considering that the majority of both the PS4 and Xbox One’s life spans thus far have taken place in 2014, but there’s still plenty of discussion to be had about the games themselves that came out this year. So without further ado, let’s go over the major trends and happening over this past year, in the hope that the future will learn from its mistake or whatever. There were many fruits and juices that blended together to make the stale smoothie that was 2014, here’s what the juice shop delivered:

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Dec 062014
 

Among some of the great news announced today at Sony’s PlayStation experience was the revelation that Killing Floor 2 by Tripwire Interactive would be heading to the PS4 next year. The sequel to the 2009 smash hit was previously a PC-only title like its predecessor. When I spoke to Tripwire Interactive Creative Director and Co-Founder Bill Munk at this year’s NYCC about the possibility of a console port, he told me to wait and see. Well Bill, you and the rest of the Tripwire team really made a splash. 2015 couldn’t come soon enough.