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Super Smash Bros. Wii U Hits Registrion Record for Evo

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When you think of competitive fighting game events, the typical ones come to mind. Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat and Tekken are some of the games you can expect. But there’s also another entry that typically doesn’t get that much attention on the competitive  circuit, and that’s Super Smash Bros. Wii U (referred to as Smash Bros. 4 on the gaming circuit) But the game is growing in popularity, the most recent sign is that more than 2,000 players have registered to compete in the game at Evo, the organizers announced via Twitter. Read More

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6 Competitive Games for Everyone—Not Just Pro Gamers

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What do Counter-Strike, Dota 2, League of Legends, StarCraft II, and Ultra Street Fighter IV have in common? They’re the biggest games in esports today. These are games played by professionals (and amateurs) for high-stakes prize pools. How high are the stakes? Dota 2’s biggest tournament of the year, The International, had a prize pool over $18 million. Last year, Capcom announced it will be pouring $500,000 into its Capcom Pro Tour for Ultra Street Fighter IV. Read More

Pixelkin's Holiday Gift Guide

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The holidays are almost here, and one of the most commonly requested gifts for kids of all ages is video games. If you aren’t a gamer yourself, you might be unsure of what to buy. We’ve collected a list of our favorite games released during the entire year and broken them down by ESRB rating to make it easier for you to make smart decisions about your purchases. No matter what your chosen platform or preferred rating is, you’ll find some game recommendations right here. Clicking the Buy buttons in our guide helps to support Pixelkin.

Happy Holidays and happy gaming!

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4 Reasons to Buy a Wii U This Holiday

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When the Wii U first launched two years ago, no one was sure what to make of it. Lots of people thought it was simply an expansion to the Wii. The Wii U’s high-definition graphics were viewed by many as Nintendo merely catching up to Sony and Microsoft’s previous generation. Sales were much lower than expected, and the grumbling about Nintendo’s entire future began in earnest—and continues to this day.

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Everything Parents Need to Know About Nintendo's Amiibo Toys

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If your kids are enraptured by Skylanders or Disney Infinity—and/or are huge fans of everything Nintendo—then you may be eyeing a new set of interactive figurines as stocking stuffers this holiday season.

Amiibo is Nintendo’s answer to the immense popularity of those other games, but unlike those toy-centric forebears, the figurines of iconic characters like Mario, Link, and Peach aren’t tied to a single game or series. Furthermore, while they may look similar on the surface, the Amiibo figures aren’t currently used to bring playable characters into games. In Skylanders and Disney Infinity, you pop a figurine on the portal and that character appears in the game and is fully playable. With Amiibo, the experience is a little different, giving you access to bonus content and extra computer-controlled characters, rather than playable ones. Read More