Posts by Nadia Oxford

Can Zelda: Skyward Sword Save the Wii?

Can Zelda: Skyward Sword Save the Wii?

If you’re the owner of a Wii, your system may currently seem…er, a bit dusty. The latter half of 2011 has not been booming with games for Nintendo’s little console. But cheer up! The dry spell is coming to an end!…if you like the Zelda series. The long-awaited Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword finally has a release date: November 20. Not a big surprise, given that it’s the Wii’s only tempting offer this holiday season outside of...

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Are Pre-Order Bonuses Getting Worse?

Are Pre-Order Bonuses Getting Worse?

Once upon a time, pre-order bonuses for video games were a fun way to score a little something on release day, thus amping up the buyer’s excitement over the game by a small but delicious notch. While some companies have a legacy of distributing classy pre-order stuff, most tactile bonus material involved keychains, or oversized shirts that were perfect for schlepping around the house in. Downloadable content (DLC) has helped elevate pre-order bonuses from an...

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Should All Game Systems Be Created Equal?

Should All Game Systems Be Created Equal?

All men and women are created equal, but anyone who observes this current generation of game systems should be able to discern very easily that not all consoles are engineered to stand shoulder-to-shoulder. There are multiple reasons why competing consoles come out at different heights: If one console hits the market early, the others might hang back for retooling so that its engineers can release something a little faster, a little more powerful. Or, sometimes a...

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Is a New Nintendo 3DS Model Coming?

Is a New Nintendo 3DS Model Coming?

Summer is winding down, but the convention season is not quite over. The 2011 Tokyo Game Show (TGS) will be happening mid-September, and until it’s come and gone, we’re not going to put on our Christmas hats. This year’s TGS should be especially intriguing because there have been murmurs about Nintendo holding a press event a few days before the show starts. Naturally, our curiosity is red-hot. The Nintendo 3DS is on the market. E3 was all about...

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5 Lessons the Super Nintendo Teaches

5 Lessons the Super Nintendo Teaches

The Super Nintendo Entertainment System turned 20 on August 23, 2011. There have been a lot of raised pints and touching memoirs written about Nintendo’s 16-bit grey girl, which isn’t a surprise: For many twenty- and- thirty-somethings, the Super Nintendo or “SNES” was an anchor in our formative years. The system’s solid library zipped us across racetracks, led us through epic side-scrolling adventures, and set us on role-playing...

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Smartphones: Not the Answer for Nintendo

Smartphones: Not the Answer for Nintendo

Given the Wii’s skimpy holiday roster, the 3DS’s slow launch and subsequent price cut, and the big question mark that is the Wii U, it’s no wonder people have been penning funeral dirges for Nintendo. What they forget, however, and what long-time fans of Nintendo know well, is that this is hardly the Big N’s darkest hour. Nintendo has fallen out of favor a few times in its long history–though always while remaining comfortably in the...

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Do We Need a Video Game Museum?

Do We Need a Video Game Museum?

Do we need a video game museum? Millions of schoolchildren across the United States have one resounding answer: “YES.” Not that school boards nationwide will break their legs tripping over themselves to fund trips to said museum, which is a shame, because video games are an ideal showcase for humanity’s multiple talents. Hardcore game collector Joe Santulli has a nomadic Video Game Museum that makes appearances at big events such as E3 and...

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Single-Player Games: Dead in a Decade?

Single-Player Games: Dead in a Decade?

Do you like video games? Do you enjoy the single player gaming experience? If so, prepare yourself: Industry veteran Mark Cerny believes your preferred style of gaming is going to lay down, die, and fossilize within the next three to ten years. “I believe the traditional single-player game experience will be gone in three years,” Cerny predicted at a Sony-sponsored panel about the future of video games. “Right now you sit in your living room and...

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Social Games Need to Grow Up

Social Games Need to Grow Up

Though opinions on the matter do vary, social games have the same right to exist as any other breed of video game. True, Facebook/social gaming is still a relatively young genre, and therefore playing with them sometimes feels like you’re being forced to interact with your little brother. After all, social games can be jittery, childish, pushy (“Play with me! Play with me!”), and sometimes it seems as if the entire genre doesn’t have an...

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PlayStation Vita: Will 2012 Launch Work?

PlayStation Vita: Will 2012 Launch Work?

Are you reluctant to enter the next phase of the handheld gaming wars because you’re waiting to see what the PlayStation Vita has to offer? You may as well go make a sandwich: Sony recently announced that the PS Vita won’t be coming to North America or Europe until an unspecified date in 2012. Japan will be getting the system in time for the holidays, but unless you’re looking to import (and that’s a viable option, as the PS Vita is...

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