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    The Making Of: Tearaway

    at 12:00pm July 2 2014

    Tearaway didn’t begin with a piece of paper, as you might suspect, but with a strange slate-like device surrounded by a terrifying tangle of wires. As a Sony-owned studio, Media Molecule was among the first to get an opportunity to play around with this early Vita prototype. Yet despite its unfriendly appearance, this slab sparked the imagination of…

    The Making Of: Super Mario 3D World – bridging the gap between Mario’s past and present

    at 03:00pm May 1 2014
    Making of SM3DW

    No tea tables were upended – as a Nintendo euphemism for radical changes towards the end of a game’s development goes – during the making of Super Mario 3D World. Since 2005’s Donkey Kong Jungle Beat, Nintendo EAD Tokyo has blossomed into one of the publisher’s finest assets, and it says much for the regard…

    The Last Of Us: Left Behind is a masterful, affectionate and poignant farewell

    at 10:00am February 17 2014
    The Last Of Us Left Behind

    The Last of Us was about survival; the daily struggle to simply exist. By contrast, Left Behind, its first and final slice of singleplayer downloadable content, allows its protagonists to live. It’s far from the only difference. We may know the approximate destination of the leads’ journey – such is the nature of the prequel…

    Assassin’s Creed Liberation HD is a Vita update which already feels like a step back in time

    at 12:00pm January 17 2014
    Assassin's Creed Liberation HD

    If it isn’t unreasonable to consider the original Liberation a part of the main series, the release of Black Flag in November made it seven Assassin’s Creed games in six years. Few games would be able to stand up to such repeated examination in such a short space of time, let alone a franchise that…

    State of Play 2013: Embattled Nintendo endures a difficult year, despite critical acclaim

    at 04:30pm December 18 2013

    On the face of it, 2013 would appear to have been something of an annus horribilis for Nintendo – at least in terms of its home console business. Its forecast for 9 million Wii U sales for the fiscal year now looks hopelessly optimistic: with less than four months to go it has currently sold…

    From tragedy to charity: 9.03m is the short game helping those left behind by the Tohoku tsunami

    at 01:00pm December 17 2013

    9.03m ends with a dedication to the “unique men, women and children” who lost their lives in the the devastating Tohoku earthquake and tsunami of 2011. ‘Unique’ being the operative word: the aim of this short piece of interactive storytelling is to commemorate the individual tragedies behind the vast, unfathomable figure in its title. It’s…

    Wii Sports Club: a minor triumph for an ailing console

    at 12:00pm November 14 2013

    Pity the Wii U GamePad. This Swiss Army knife of controllers was supposed to be all things to all players, and yet lately its creator seems to be doing its level best to ignore it. Instead it’s the Wii Remote – at least in its MotionPlus-enhanced form – that finds itself back in favour, as…

    Still Playing: The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

    at 12:00pm September 18 2013
    Wind Waker HD 1

    Eleven years after completing the original, Chris Schilling sets out to discover if Link’s fantastic voyage is worth a return trip.

    Itoi Story: 20 years on, is EarthBound still a classic?

    at 10:28am August 2 2013
    Earthbound 1

    We take a look at why this 16-bit RPG can still captivate a contemporary audience.

    Still Playing: Super Mario 3D Land

    at 11:00am April 13 2013
    Super Mario 3D Land gallery

    Chris Schilling is still playing Mario’s first 3DS adventure, which finds the sweet spot between precision and playfulness.

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