Jun 132015
 

Speedrunner (and Minecraft master) Sethbling has created a computer program to play the very game he speedruns: Super Mario World for the SNES. In the video above, you can see this program, dubbed MarI/O, in action along with really cool scientific explanations behind its creation. It’s only a matter of time before Skynet is actually created.

For those of you unfamiliar with Sethbling, this former Microsoft engineer has made a living creating Minecraft videos. He’s one of the premier authorities in fact. Along with his Minecraft activities, he is one of the top Super Mario World speedrunners and was the first person to ever achieve the “Credits Warp” on console.

Apr 062015
 

Fire Mario out of fireballs? Buy a reload flower today!

Nintendo plus DeNA

After much heckling and nagging from investors, Nintendo has finally entered the mobile phone game market with popular mobile developer DeNA. With usual reactionaries and doomsayers about, what does the Inverseman think of the situation? Find out!

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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

Smash Bros bundle box

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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