Wii U Hardware Review: A Solid, if Imperfect, Start

The Wii U has arrived! We’ve said plenty about it already, so let’s just skip the preamble and jump right into the main event: Our Wii U hardware review.

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Charticle: Let’s Compare Nintendo’s Console Launch History

Nintendo’s next console launches in just two days — perhaps you’ve heard about it ? We’ve seen plenty of hand-wringing about the future of the system, a perceived lack of hype for it, the changing nature of video games, and more doomsaying.

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Gallery: Our First Look at the Final Wii U Hardware

With less than two weeks remaining until the Wii U arrives here in the U.S., Nintendo has finally delivered hardware to the press for review purposes. At this point, you’ve probably decided whether or not you’re planning to pick up one of these new consoles at launch, but we know a lot of people are curious about the system. So we’ve decided to go old-school by posting a simple photo gallery of the hardware, the games, and their packaging

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Castlevania: The Social Retrospective

Feature Share it: Tweet Castlevania: The Social Retrospective Celebrate All Hallows Eve with an off-the-cuff look back at the ultimate vampire-hunting franchise. By: Jeremy Parish October 31, 2012 Like ’60s intellectuals with LSD and college students with anonymous bi-curious sexual encounters, we at 1UP have been experimenting with social media of late. We all know dot-com websites like this one are sluggish dinosaurs struggling to remain alive in an ice age precipitated by smartphones and Facebook, so like everyone else with a shred of common sense, we’re all dickering around with Twitter and wondering if having a high Klout score actually means anything.

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Catching Up With Castlevania’s Composer, Pt. 2

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More Obscure Game Re-Releases Could Result From ESRB’s Free Digital Ratings

The Entertainment Software Rating Board faces a difficult task in assigning ratings to digital games, one not about to be made any easier on it by game makers. Setting aside the matter of increasing complexity of these titles, the number of digital releases continues to grow at a strong pace

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From Japan: Will Dragon Quest X Fly or Flop?

Feature Share it: Tweet From Japan: Will Dragon Quest X Fly or Flop? Overseas: Making sense of die-hard fans' reaction to the online shift for Japan's most consistently popular RPG. Fame, accolades, respect — having a legacy is all gravy until you fail to live up to it in the public’s eyes, and no series in Japan has a bigger throne to fill than Dragon Quest.

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That Difficult Question: How to Decide Which Platform to Buy a Game For

Those of us fortunate enough to own more than one gaming system are faced with a tricky question anytime a multiplatform game is released: which platform should I buy it for? All other things being equal, there are some factors that make that decision much easier — heavily discounted prices or serious technical issues, like those plaguing the PlayStation 3 version of Skyrim , can help to rule out certain versions. Continuing that example, you’re still left to weigh a list of pros and cons if you own both a PC and Xbox 360.

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Metacritic Presents Real Problems for the Industry

Metacritic is a problem; few will attempt to deny that. Far too often — which is to say, ever — publishers rely on it as something more than a potentially accurate snapshot of a game’s critical reception. Gamers sometimes look to it as either a definitive statement on whether a game is good or bad, or as a means for pointing out how a review is ‘wrong.’ To say Metacritic is outright ruining the industry would, in my opinion, be a stretch, but it clearly is not doing it any good.

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How Re-Releases Fail to Preserve Some of Metal Gear’s Distinct

Feature Share it: Tweet 1UP COVER STORY 1UP COVER STORY | WEEK OF JULY 2 | METAL GEAR TURNS 25 How Re-Releases Fail to Preserve Some of Metal Gear’s Distinct Charms Cover Story: Playing the older games on modern platforms can mean sacrificing certain moments.

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