Okay, so we guess it really is 2012.
We know, we know. Last week it looked like we weren’t ready to say goodbye just yet– we threw down with not four, nor five, but seven best of 2011 lists that showcased the best of last year in oh-so-many ways. And we’ve still got two more waiting in the wings! (Maybe it’s still 2011 after all.) The thing is, though, all good things must come to an end. Even a year where The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword won in every conceivable category. (We were going to put it as Best Multiplayer Game just for fun, but we know that doing that would cause some of our writers to choke themselves.)
But 2012 is looking pretty exciting, too. The same writers you know and love are kicking off brand-new columns this week, and though our old columns may have been binned for quite some time now (we’ll miss you, Tidman’s Take, Hot Air, and Burning Attack), we’re confident that you’ll love the sheer relevance and wit of our new ones. Over the next week, Kevin Knezevic will introduce you to Star Road, discussing how individual games fit in within and help design their whole series, while Katharine Byrne’s Another Castle will check out all the good narratives to be had in video games. Mel Turnquist will examine the deepest, darkest crevices of fandom (where no other dares to go), while Lewis Hampson does the same with the video game industry’s online strategies in Connection Error. Finally, Pierre Bienaimé will be over here somewhere playing old games that you will probably remember really, really well– and that Nintendo, with its 3DS eShop, does too. Excited? ‘cos we are.
And this week marks the return of Nightly News Roundups! You asked for it (or polled for it!) so we’re bringing back daily news. See, we do listen to you. That’s why we fired Nester. (Just kidding, he’s still here. We couldn’t kick him out.) We’re here for you, always! It’s like a Japanese RPG in here, with all this love.
Hey, did we mention we’re excited already? I feel like we should mention that again. Because we’re very, very excited.
Issue 84: 2012
Developer Profile: Monolith Soft by Katharine Byrne
We know you haven’t played Xenoblade Chronicles yet, but you’ve played others, we hope!
SCOTT PILGRIM!! by Andy Hoover
A nice little look at all the nice little Nintendo lovelies in 2010’s hit film.
Star Road: The Year in Black and White by Kevin Knezevic
It’s because all of you are stars. Or at least all these Pokémon are.
Political Games by Eileen Cullen
Why is it that the only political figures in video games are mild mayors or evil emperors?
Square Roots by Pierre Bienaimé
Because everything good goes back to the 8-bit pixel. Right? … We’ll see.
Additional features in this issue…
Every Single Day, Darn It!
- Nightly News Roundup by Nintendojo Staff
- Nintendo Heartcast 004 by M. Noah Ward and Evan Campbell
Coming Up Next Week…
Issue 85: Back Attack!
Introducing more of our new columns. Yes, they’ll catch you by surprise. Like goblins. Did you get all that?