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    NXpress #15: In memory of Satoru Iwata

    Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has passed away at the age of 55. He was an immensely influential figure both within the industry and with Nintendo fans, and he will be forever missed. Iwata-san’s leadership has been a strong force for good in the gaming industry and so today we honour him in our main event. […] More

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    Ranking Nintendo’s Consoles #1: Super NES

    Super Nintendo (1991) For many gamers in my generation, the first console that they learned to love was the NES. Not so for myself. Though I did enjoy that ugly flip-lidded machine for a year or so from kindergarten onward, it was the SNES that gave me my first real taste of what would become […] More

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    Ranking Nintendo’s Consoles

    The word “Nintendo” can be roughly translated from Japanese to English as “leave luck to heaven,” but it took more than just luck for Nintendo to become a world-wide sensation and more importantly, remain relevant in the video game market for over three decades. While other companies have since shut down, Nintendo continues to develop […] More

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    ‘Earthbound’ 20 years later: The greatest story ever told in a video game

    The SNES is arguably home to some of the best Japanese role-playing games ever made, but even among such revered company, Earthbound (known as Mother 2 in Japan) stands out as a brilliant satire about growing up and our fears of conformity. It’s anarchy versus conformity only conformity doesn’t stand a chance. This often funny, always poignant coming of age tale, deeply embedded in suburban mores, centers around four kids, off to save the planet by collecting melodies while en route to defeating the evil alien force known as Giygas. More

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    How ‘Super Metroid’ channeled ‘Aliens’ and became the first feminist video game

    In his not-quite seminal but still very good 1998 essay “F/X Porn,” David Foster Wallace dissects the lasting legacy of James Cameron’s mega-blockbuster Terminator 2: Judgment Day. (Well, more accurately, he examines the enduring stain left by Cameron’s film on the modern action movie, but whatever.) The essay doesn’t offer much in the way of […] More

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    The 100 Greatest Nintendo Games, Pt. 1

    Nintendo celebrated its 125th Anniversary last year, with the company founded on 23rd September 1889 in Kyoto, where its headquarters remain. The company has had an extraordinary history, originally producing handmade handful playing cards and several small niche businesses (including a cab service and luxury hotels), but since 1977, Nintendo has grown into one of […] More