Game industry vamps up classics

| Aug 27, 2017

Game industry vamps up classics

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The 'Sonic' boom Among video game fans, there's something called the Sonic Cycle — when a new "Sonic" game is announced and players get incredibly excited, and then the game comes out — with both good and bad results. With the game's uneven track record ...

Updates for the fan boys and girls

| Jul 23, 2017

Updates for the fan boys and girls

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Ready to paint the town again? Nintendo's colorful third-person shooter returns, ready to splatter players with ink and cuteness. When released in 2015, "Splatoon" was a big departure for Nintendo. First, it was a multiplayer shooter. Second, its vibrant color palette ushered in a new ...

Summer releases: bring your A-game

| May 21, 2017

Summer releases: bring your A-game

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Stuff they don't teach at school It's May and it's virtually summer — the perfect time to play "Summer Lesson: The Hikari Miyamoto Collection," in which you tutor and hang out with schoolgirl Hikari Miyamoto. This game was released as a download last October, but ...

Games: Best of editions and additions

| Apr 23, 2017

Games: Best of editions and additions

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Eighth time lucky for 'Mario Kart' The eighth entry in the long-running "Mario Kart" series first came out in 2014. Now a deluxe version is headed for Nintendo Switch, with the appropriate title "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe." Ever since "Super Mario Kart" was released in 1992 ...

New releases for wintry nights in

| Jan 21, 2017

New releases for wintry nights in

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Bring on the virtual terror New "Biohazard" ("Resident Evil" in the West) games are always a very big deal, so it's no surprise that "Resident Evil 7" is causing a fuss. "RE7" is set in Louisiana four years after "Resident Evil 6." The protagonist is Ethan ...

Updating gaming for the New Year

| Dec 24, 2016

Updating gaming for the New Year

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SuperMario makes a dash for smartphones For years, people have asked Nintendo if the Kyoto-based game maker was going to create titles for smartphones. Now, finally, the question has been answered. This isn't actually Nintendo's first phone app, but it is its first proper Mario game ...

Games you've been waiting a long time for

| Aug 27, 2016

Games you've been waiting a long time for

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An endless exploration The biggest game to land this fall is "No Man's Sky." And we mean literally the biggest. This sci-fi survival adventure title features an estimated 18 quintillion planets! The massive game is procedurally generated, meaning that data algorithms randomly create the universe, ...

Yoshi gets knitted in his new woolly world

| Jul 25, 2015

Yoshi gets knitted in his new woolly world

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Yoshi gets knitted in his new woolly world Mario's dinosaur buddy Yoshi has a new yarn to spin. "Yoshi's Woolly World" takes its cue from "Kirby's Epic Yarn," another wool-based Nintendo game, and it's one of the most charming Nintendo platformers to date. The colors are ...

Sony wooing Japanese to PS4 with 'Dragon Quest'

/ Sep 1, 2014

Sony wooing Japanese to PS4 with 'Dragon Quest'

Sony is trying to woo Japanese game fans to the PlayStation 4 home console that went on sale last November in the U.S. and Europe but didn't arrive at stores here until February. Atsushi Morita, appointed head of Sony Computer Entertainment's Japan operations effective Monday, ...

Sony CEO apologizes for another steep loss

/ Jun 19, 2014

Sony CEO apologizes for another steep loss

Sony Corp. Chief Executive Officer Kazuo Hirai apologized to investors Thursday after the maker of PlayStation consoles and Xperia smartphones projected a sixth loss in seven years. "Sorry that we failed to meet shareholders' expectations," Hirai said at the company's annual meeting in Tokyo. "We ...