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Before Mario Maker

Mario Maker is fast approaching and I can feel the need to create swelling in the collective unconscious. The glorious content machine will roll out level after level and we will never go hungry again as we consume every perfect morsel.

Until that day of reckoning is upon us, here's a few under-appreciate and/or lesser-known level editors that have been helping players thirsty for more flex their creative muscles for the last couple decades.

Navigating Nostalgia - Persona 3 Portable

Nostalgia is a funny thing. It warps our memories, clouds our judgments, and alters our perceptions. Nowhere does nostalgia hit many of us harder than with classic games. When we think back to the games we played as a child, we often see them with crisp graphics, tight controls, and unsurpassed soundtracks, when in reality they were blurry, incoherent messes with clumsy controls. Though we remember these games as being the epitome of fun, our fun was just the result of much lower standards.

Black Rock Shooter Is Finally Coming To The West

Dreams sometimes do come true for those who enjoy obscure video games based on anime/manga properties.  Usually gamers in North America and Europe are screwed when it comes to playing the latest Gundam game or whatever franchise mash-up may have been devised, but such a thing thankfully isn’t the case for Black Rock Shooter.

Guacamelee Preview - Luchadorvania On Your Vita

One of our favourite PS Vita games demoed at PAX Prime last year, Canadian developer DrinkBox Studios' Guacamelee sets to bring a unique Lucha Libre-style, dimension-switching, metroidvania type game that supports cross-play functionality with the PS3. If you're not sure who DrinkBox Studios are, they're the same guys who developed the critically acclaimed Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack on the PS3 and PS Vita.

Three Major Franchises Unite For Heroes Vs.

I never cease to be amazed at all the cool games that come out in Japan.  At this stage the amount of truly amazing games that can be placed under the sometimes dubious triple-A moniker may be rare, but Japanese developers are still doing some exciting things, some of which see our fanboy dreams finally become a reality.

Teaser Trailer Released For Invizimals Cartoon

Despite having one of the more robust 1st party line-ups whose appeal spans a vast array of demographics, Sony opted to make their first TV/cartoon effort be none other than an adaptation of Invizimals.

Is Capcom Prepping A Monster Hunter Movie?

Capcom may be readying another film adaptation of a core video game property, which based on the history of the company will either be a massive commercial and critical dud at the box office or will likely never become anything more than a mere pitch.  After giving us film versions of Street Fighter, Capcom is apparently preparing a film adaptation for none other than Monster Hunter.

Invizimals Cartoon Set To Premiere In 2013

Sony is finally expanding on one of their core gaming properties in the TV space but it may not be the franchise you would’ve expected to receive such treatment. Set to air late next year will be an animated version of Invizimals, the monster hunting/1v1 brawler that made its debut on the PSP.  Far from being one of the pillars of the PlayStation brand, Invizimals managed to catch on quite heavily over in Europe thus an animated series is in the works.

Ubisoft E3 2012 Confrence Recap & Impressions

After experiencing the awkward 2011 E3 showing from Ubisoft (the one where they announced they invented laser tag), I wasn’t really sure what to expect from them this year. What Ubisoft ended up delivering was a streamlined presentation that catered directly to its core E3 audience.

Sony Computer Entertainment Finally Restructures Japanese Branch, The Last Guardian Still M.I.A.

For the past few years Sony Computer Entertainment has made some nice moves as a company by acquiring talent like Sucker Punch (Infamous) in addition to pushing 1st party games in new and interesting directions.  Back in the day this push for innovative 1st party games rang true as well, but this generation the shift went from Japan as being the primary source to Western developers being responsible for the more imaginative games Sony released.

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