Updates and coverage about video games

Why tech giants are investing millions in AI that can play video games

Games are proving to be one of the best ways to understand how people behave and how human psychology interacts with AI behaviour.

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Essential Nintendo Wii U: The Top 10 Best Games

Zelda, Mario and Splatoon are among our top picks for the underrated console

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New on the Nintendo Switch: Mar. 3, 2017

It’s Switch time! Nintendo’s new console launches on Friday with eight games. Here’s what’s available, along with their prices in Canadian dollars. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Buy physical copy or digital download: $79.99 Perfect and near-perfect early reviews are following Nintendo’s marquee title for the Switch (also available on the Wii […]

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This week’s Nintendo eShop downloads: Mario vs. Donkey Kong

It's quiet on the Nintendo download front as the company prepares the launch of their new Switch console on Mar. 3

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Game Review: Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past

'Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past' is a near-perfect portable RPG experience

Video Game Review: ‘Mega Man: Legacy Collection’ (Nintendo 3DS)

I am terrible at Mega Man games. Back in the ’80s, I used to play Mega Man II at my friend’s house, and despite numerous attempts, I could never get very far. But don’t get me wrong: I can do old-school difficult games. Just not Mega Man, unfortunately. I am forced to confront old-school Mega Man again with […]

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Nintendo of Canada switches PR account to Craft Public Relations

Following a competitive review, Nintendo of Canada has changed its PR representation to Toronto-based Craft Public Relations

Video Game Review: ‘Bravely Second: End Layer’ (Nintendo 3DS)

If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. That motto clearly applies to Bravely Second: End Layer, the sequel to the hit 2012 RPG Bravely Default, available on the portable Nintendo 3DS. Usually, video game sequels attempt to top themselves, but when your source material is as exquisite as Bravely Default, there’s no need. Consistency looks […]

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Video Game Review: ‘Mini-Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge’ (Wii U and 3DS)

Mini-Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge is a treat for Nintendo fans who have been slavishly collecting their toys-to-life amiibo figures. Technically, the game is free to download on both the Wii U and 3DS, but to play the game, you need to own at least one amiibo, and ideally, the following 10 amiibo: Bowser, Bowser […]

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Video Game Review: ‘Star Fox Guard’ (Wii U)

Nintendo couldn’t have bundled a more different game with its 3D shooter Star Fox Zero. This charming tower defense game does have lasers and characters from the Star Fox series — namely Slippy Toad and his uncle Grippy Toad — but that’s where the similarities end. In Star Fox Guard, you use the Wii U […]

Video Game Review: ‘Miitomo’ (Mobile)

Nintendo’s first smartphone app is pretty underwhelming. While cute and polished, Miitomo is mostly for kids or those few adults who like their social networks to be very, very tame. Miitomo encourages you to share innocent life details with your friends, and for you to learn those same kinds of details from your friends in […]

Video Game Review: ‘Hyrule Warriors Legends’ (3DS)

It’s hard to believe that Nintendo could pack in a whole Wii U disc’s worth of Hyrule Warriors content plus DLC into its tiny 3DS handheld system. But that’s exactly what they did with Hyrule Warriors Legends — and shockingly, it runs smoother than its console counterpart. Legends, like Hyrule Warriors, contains the same hack-and-slash […]

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Wolf Link and other amiibos unlock new weapons in upcoming ‘Hyrule Warriors Legends’

If you have amiibo and you’ve played Hyrule Warriors on the Wii U, you’re probably used to scanning in your amiibo for random daily loot. That same tradition continues on the upcoming 3DS expansion Hyrule Warriors Legends, but this time, Wolf Link joins the fray with additional goodies for Midna and Twili Midna, along with […]

Video Game Review: ‘Final Fantasy Explorers’ (3DS)

The concept sounds great: Final Fantasy meets Monster Hunter. Yet, as your progress through Square Enix’s Final Fantasy Explorers for the Nintendo 3DS, the joy of combat, item collecting and equipment upgrading quickly becomes stale and routine. Explorers has all of the long-running RPG series’ trademarks, including Moogles, Chocobos and familiar enemies and summons, but […]

Wii Review: Warioland: Shake It!

Wario, Mario’s rude and brightly attired doppelganger, has forged an eclectic resume of video game appearances. While he’s a staple in the Mario sports spinoffs and has successfully kicked off a bizarre new genre of games with the quirky Warioware titles, his roots lie in the 2D platforms of the early 90’s. For those who […]

Fracture (Xbox 360, PS3)

Let’s run through a worst case scenario here: imagine that, one hundred years into the future, we’re finding out the hard way that Al Gore was right, and North America is being flooded by polar meltwater. Imagine that the US has been divided into two islands by the rising seas, and that something has probably […]