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Gender Not Found in 'Animal Crossing: New Horizons'

Animal Crossing: New Horizons suggests that player-NPC interactions can be the same regardless of gender. One can confidently earn the same friendship of an animal villager as male, female, nonbinary, genderqueer, or gender-nonconforming.

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New York Comic Con 2013: A Brief Recap and Photos

New York Comic Con felt smaller than the previous year but was no less crowded.

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Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams

The Great Giana Sisters might have been created to capitalize on the voracious popularity of Mario, but that was then. Now it seems like the fabled plumber could learn a few things from his one-time disciples.

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Wii-U Impressions and Why It’s Okay to Forgive Nintendo

The problem with feelings of nostalgia is that they invoke such polar reactions. After all, when you feel let down by such a revered icon as Nintendo, it feels like an attack on your very childhood.

Eric Kravcik
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E3 2012: The Crowd, the Blood, The Screen

Pay attention to the rumblings of E3 2012 and you'll hear what may be a series of forthcoming storms.

Jorge Albor and Scott Juster
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The Undead Author: Artistic Ownership of Games

If, as Roland Barthes writes, “the birth of the reader must be at the cost of the death of the author,” than what happens when the author can return to life?

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The Limits of Retro Gaming Experiences

Ice Climber is the game that I might rank as my favorite game that lacked an end-goal, that created an arcade-like experience in which the player kept climbing for the sake of climbing and for, of course, the sake of points. Though that was not the only reason that one climbed.

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You Can't Go Home Again: Why Nintendo Shouldn't Grow Up

You can't go home again. And there's nothing wrong with that.

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'Game Over': A Look at Nintendo's Past and Future

For a long time, Nintendo has been an 800-pound gorilla of a business influenced by whimsical artists and run by proudly stubborn businessmen. David Sheff's work proves that Nintendo has exerted considerable influence over the medium's history, and the subsequent years have shown that the company will continue to do so for many years to come.

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Does Silence Speak in the Loudest Voice?: Misconceptions about Silent Protagonists in Video Games

Granted, Link does “hiyah,” “eyah,” and “ahh” his way through all of his post-64-bit adventures, but no amount of elfish interjections can change his status as a silent protagonist. Is a failure to communicate much, a failure to communicate?

Kevin Dickinson
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The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

Skyward Sword marks the point where the Zelda formula finally reaches its expiry date.

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Kirby: Mass Attack

Kirby: Mass Attack is both a celebration of nearly 20 years of great games and a fresh take on Nintendo's platforming history.

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The Undiluted Promise of Comics as Vanguard for 21st Century Media

Sometimes, rarely, a work is so good (so well-conceived, so well-executed) that it simply breaks our traditional expectations of comics literature. And this breaking allows us to glimpse the true, rare promise of what the industry can achieve. Davids Lapham and Aja's Wolverine: Debt of Death is this work.

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Nintendogs + Cats

Anyone with an affection for cute pets will find something to like about Nintendogs + Cats, but its longevity as a title is questionable.

Arun Subramanian
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Dead or Alive: Dimensions

Fighting games seem to be making the most noise in the 3DS's rather lackluster launch line-up and it stems from the perfect marriage between fighter and level as a definition of depth.

Eric Kravcik
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Pokemon Black and White

As a formula, Pokémon succeeds in being many things to many people. But the series is also characterized by a deceptively deep RPG experience.

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Ghosts of Presents Past: The 1990s

Here’s a look at gifts from more than a decade ago.

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Kirby's Epic Yarn

The unapologetic sugary sweetness of Kirby is both attractive and resistant, depending on your age and possibly your gender.

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Nintendo's Niceness Problem

Nintendo might do well to remember that we, as gamers, crave a challenge every once in a while.

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Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia

Surely, after almost four years of the DS being on the market, even the big N must realise that drawing circles on the screen is only fun, like, maybe twice?

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Mother 3

Like No More Heroes, this is a game where your own reactions and views are being toyed with. Unlike that game, however, this one is willing to do so with both humor and tragedy.

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Art Style: Rotohex

For all intents and purposes, Art Style: Rotohex is Tetris with triangles.

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WiiWare: Tetris Party

A look at the latest iteration of Tetris via Nintendo's WiiWare.

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Wii Music

Where Miyamoto says you're creating music, you're actually just creating varying rhythms, stringing together eighth and sixteenth notes.

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Art Style: Orbient

How does one evaluate the challenge of a game that features an entirely unique play style?

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Mario Super Sluggers

With the baseball postseason in full swing, Mario Super Sluggers steps up to the plate with a typically psychedelic take on America's pastime -- and hits an RBI triple.

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Adventure: Adventure

Carpark continues to document Wham City's enchantment with juvenalia, this time taking on some chiptune teenage victory songs.

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Wii Fit

L.B. Jeffries offers his experiences with eight weeks of Wii Fit training.

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Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games

Seeing Sonic and Mario alongside each other in the same game is still a synapse fryer along the lines of seeing Mickey Mouse guest star as a cadaver on CSI. Something about it just...ain't...right.

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Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time / Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darknes

While it may be unfair to expect randomly generated dungeons to approach the kinds of visual variety found in Zelda games, it's a shame more of the Pokémon aesthetic couldn't be carried through inside the dungeons.

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Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Even though many of the core game mechanics have not changed a jot from Melee, it's still almost impossible to return to the older game after seeing what the newer stages were capable of.

Brendan Lynch
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Mario Kart Wii

Mario Kart Wii has reached critical mass levels of madcappery.

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Accepting the Absurd via Super Smash Bros. Brawl

While video games will always adopt varying levels of verisimilitude, the Wii presents a novel challenge to the conventional consciousness, and that is an attack on realism.

Erik Hinton
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