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June 5
2014

Check Out Nintendo’s E3 Offerings Yourself!

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We’ve got a team of gaymers headed to E3 next week, but if you’re like me and can’t make it, Nintendo would like you to know they’ve got you covered! Starting on Tuesday, June 10, at 9:00 am PST, they will air the Nintendo Digital Event, basically an online version of an E3 press conference.  So it’s for everyone! Just visit e3.nintendo.com and check out all the 3DS and Wii U on tap for 2014 and beyond. Immediately following the Digital Event, Nintendo Minute: Live @ E3 will offer a post-show recap including even more information.

Later on that Tuesday, starting at 4:00 pm PST, Nintendo will broadcast the Super Smash Bros. Invitational Tournament. Streaming live on Nintendo’s Twitch channel, you can watch 16 Super Smash Bros. warriors compete on the Wii U game! In addition, that Twitch channel will be broadcasting Nintendo Treehouse: Live @ E3 during the convention, offering game reveals, visits from developers like Shigeru Miyamoto and footage of game demos from the Nintendo booth on the show floor!

I know it’s nowhere near as much fun as actually being at E3, but it’s something!

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June 4
2014

Out Athletes Michael Sam and Jason Collins Make Gaming History, Too

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You can’t have gone very far in the last few weeks without hearing about Michael Sam and Jason Collins. Both made LGBT and sports history by coming out of the closet, making Sam the first openly gay player to be drafted into the NFL and Collins the first openly gay NBA player. The significance of their being out, both as gay athletes and as gay black men, has been written about in numerous publications.

But these two men are soon to make gay gaming history as well.

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June 4
2014

Luigi’s Got His War Face On In Mario Kart 8

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Veteran Nintendo gamers know that underneath the bright and shiny exterior, every Mario Kart game – just like the Mario Party series – is really just a hyper-competitive death match designed to render even the most rock solid friendships unto dust.  In Mario Kart 8, out now for less than a week, it seems that Luigi knows this truth all too well and has shredded the veneer of cheer, dropping the characteristic smiles and “woo hoos” of the brothers Mario for the grim rictus of that one player in your group who gives up pretending that the game is “for fun” and goes for the jugular.

With Mario Kart 8 already a million seller, and with its highlight reel feature allowing uploads to YouTube, some sort of critical mass has been reached and the green plumber’s pitiless death stare has gained a life of its own online.  Check it out after the jump.

[image via: Gameinformer; h/t to Ant Man from the Gaygamer.net Facebook community]

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June 3
2014

Review: The Wolf Among Us: Episode 4 – “In Sheep’s Clothing”

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The last episode of Telltale Games’ The Wolf Among Us felt like it was spinning its wheels, but now the latest episode, In Sheep’s Clothing, feels like it’s actually building up to the grand finale. We also get some more shirtless Bigby wolf in Episode 4, but unfortunately, after the events at the end of the previous installment, let’s just say that it’s really not very sexy. Unless you’re into gaping wounds and compound fractures…

Read on for my thoughts on this episode! (With minimal spoilers — promise!)

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June 2
2014

Wootini’s Weekly Video Podcast #175

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The gaming community is all atwitter about the newly-released Mario Kart game, but not me.

Sadly, this is just another reminder of a section of the gaming community that I will never be a part of. Make the jump and watch this week’s vidcast and I’ll explain…

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May 31
2014

Smash Saturdays: May 26th-30th

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Hello everyone, we’re back for another installation of Smash Saturdays! This week was a fairly interesting one. We got some great screenshots and yet another unexpected announcement. Without further delay, lets jump in!

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May 30
2014

So, Mario’s Hawking For Benz And Making Gains

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It’s no secret that Nintendo’s looking for new ways to make money and turn things around for the Wii U.  But by the looks of a new Japanese Mercedes ad, as the big N’s revenue stream has been shrinking, Mario’s been getting swole.

One of the tactics Nintendo of Japan has announced for getting more Nintendo-branded product out there is to partner up with other industry leaders to co-develop Nintendo IP.  While this has already spawned games such as Luigi’s Mansion:  Dark Moon, the fun-but-regrettably-scripted Metroid: Other M, and the upcoming Hyrule Warriors, I kind of expected all these collaborations to be…video games?

But, as it’s prone to do, Nintendo has taken a hard right turn where no one expected and is letting Mercedes use their central mascot to hawk the GLA model in Japan.  And Mercedes has given us the closest thing to a Nintendo-licenced gritty Mario Bros. reboot that the world will ever see.  Check out the guy in the video after the jump.  Not only do those blue overalls and red shirt look like they had a once-over from whoever designed the Batman uniforms from the Nolan films, but that dude looks completely jacked.

I guess hawking fine cars buys a lot of protein shakes?

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