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I decided recently to try to set this right. I wanted to prove, once and for all, exactly when Super Mario Bros. invaded North America. I wanted to put this whole embarrassing mess behind us so that the history books of the future could be properly informed, and so that places like Wikipedia would have a definitive source to cite.

This is a lithe, sharp, focused game that rewards skill, punishes stupidity and prizes high scores in a way that none of the publisher output has dared to for the past five years... Kid Icarus is a contender's game - and, just maybe, a sign that the publisher has flown a little too close to the mainstream sun in recent times, and is ready to tumble back into more complex waters.

In Akumajou Dracula X: Rondo for Blood for the PC Engine, there's a hidden staircase right before you fight the final boss. Once you walk up the steps to Dracula's chamber, you just have to jump around, hold up, and eventually you'll latch onto the invisible steps, carrying you to a secret room filled with cash. I've known about this for years and years, but what I didn't know was that this is actually a reference to a glitch from the Famicom Disk System version of Akumajou Dracula, the first Castlevania game.

The Last Express on iOS later this year

More good news for Adventure fans. Following the recently kickstarted Double Fine Adventure, another fine alum of the genre, Jordan Mechner, has announced that his seminal cult-favorite, The Last Express, is coming on iOS devices later this year.1

Published by Brøderbund in 1997, The Last Express is a point-and click adventure that put the player on board the Orient Express in July 1914, crossing Europe on the eve of World War I. It pushed the boundaries of interactive narrative in ways that no other game has done before or since.2

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  1. Jordan Mercher: Announcing Last Express for iOS (Blog)

  2. jordanmechner.com

Kid Icarus Uprising Composers Revealed

Nintendo Japan have revealed a list of composers for Kid Icarus: Uprising:

Samples can be found on Nintendo Japan's official site

Kid Icarus: Uprising is an Action game for the Nintendo 3DS developed by Project Sora. It will be released in Japan on March 22, and in the United States & Europe on March 23.

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Whatever the interface, a great game invites and rewards obsession, and Shigeru Miyamoto’s games are widely considered to be among the greatest. He has been called the father of modern video games. The best known, and most influential, is Super Mario Bros., which débuted a quarter of a century ago and, depending on your point of view, created an industry or resuscitated a comatose one...

A New Yorker profile of Shigeru Myamoto.

...This has been a story about a girl and a planet. Because first and foremost, Super Metroid is a game about exploration, like so many others. What is amazing is how it approaches the experience of exploration with the same love and care as a writer would approach a story.

It's not going to be an adventure game that apologises for being an adventure game. It's not going to be trying to be something else and have a bunch of action elements or something like that. But it's not a museum piece or just a nostalgia piece. It's going to be fresh and feel modern and feel like what the next game would have been if I'd made one straight after Grim Fandango.

Privately-held Valve Corporation is tight-lipped about revenues, and Newell doesn't comment on his personal finances. So in order to estimate his net worth, Forbes consulted with video game industry insiders, equity analysts, investment bankers, and technology analysts to figure out what the company is worth. Even the most conservative estimates put Valve's enterprise value at more than $3 billion, and since Newell owns more than 50% of the company, that means he's worth at least $1.5 billion.

Etrian Odyssey IV background artwork

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Etrian Odyssey IV background artwork painted by Studio Ghibli veteran Nizo Yamamoto, whose work you may know from animated films such as Princess Mononoke, Perfect Blue, Spirited Away, and plenty of other movies.

You can grab some character art in the Etrian Odyssey IV complete gallery, or check out 4Gamer.net for more details and screens.

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