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Shigeru Miyamoto recently sat down with MTV to talk about a few aspects of gaming and such, and in this first clip he talks about his favorite NES titles. For those who don't have the spare minute to check it out, his favorite titles are Baseball and Golf. Baseball was apparently a driving factor for the system having two controllers. In addition, the original Super Mario Bros. title held a special place for him and he really wanted to bring it to the NES and out of the arcades. What are some of your favorite NES titles?

Coming right after a week where Ubisoft leaked everything from a game's name to its announcement trailer before its official reveal, you'd expect they would get the situation under control, but Ubisoft has managed to leak yet another Assassin's Creed-related image. As you can see above, the image displays the logo for "Assassin's Creed: Phoenix Rising." It's hard to imagine Ubisoft would flood the market this much with new big-budget Assassin's Creed titles, so perhaps this is another Vita game à la last year's Assassin's Creed III: Liberation. Or perhaps this is has something to do with the Assassin's Creed film? Time will tell what Phoenix Rising really means—so long as this isn't a masterfully crafted prank.

Super Meat Boy is one of the most popular indie games of all time, even being featured alongside Fez and Braid in Indie Game: The Movie. Super Meat Boy tells the story of Meat Boy, on a quest to save his girlfriend Bandage Girl from the evil Dr. Fetus. Super Meat Boy is infamous for its incredible difficulty, and fans have wondered for a long time whether versions of the game may come to Nintendo and Sony consoles, but the stars of Team Meat have been adamantly clear that dealing with publishers is by far their least favorite part of the process.

In an interview with Eurogamer, Edmund McMillen and Tommy Refenes, the two developers behind Super Meat Boy and its success have revealed that despite their diffculty getting along with publishers, they would like to develop for Nintendo consoles specifically so that Meat Boy may be included alongside Nintendo's finest in the next installment of the Super Smash Bros. series. But that's not all—Meat Boy's inclusion may be a little more likely than you'd expect. Head past the jump to see what they had to say.

Due to ongoing server issues since its release last week, Electronic Arts yesterday halted its online advertising campaigns for SimCity. EA also sent out an e-mail to its affiliates, as per their Origin's LinkShare program, asking that they "please stop actively promoting the game until further notice."

With the game's servers failing to meet player demand, developer Maxis has acted to improve gameplay by deactivating some features, and is working on improving "server stability."

The e-mail sent out yesterday states that EA Origin has "deactivated all SimCity text links and creative and we ask you to please remove any copy promoting SimCity from your website for the time-being." Hit the jump for more of the e-mail and a response from Maxis General Manager Lucy Bradshaw.

Yesterday marked the second consecutive day of consistent growth in Nintendo's shares; however, unlike Thursday, yesterday's growth was a  staggering 8%. This rise brings Nintendo's stock up to 10,330 Yen.

The jump is thanks to both a weakening Yen and an improving US Job Market. Other notable Japanese companies such as Sony, Namco Bandai, Capcom and Konami also saw rises, but to lesser extents.

Read on for Dan Pearson of Games Industry's more technical explanation of the growth.

Dragon Quest X was released on the Wii exclusively in Japan in August of last year. While there has been no announcement on the prospect of localization for other regions as of yet, the game has been both a commercial and critical success in Japan. Reviews were extremely positive and sales exceeded 600,000 in the first four months.

The Wii U version goes on sale on March 30 in Japan, and just yesterday the news broke on some of the specs for the Wii U Beta version. According to Cheesemeister, the game is 6086 MB, or 5.94 GB, and save files are 8 MB each.

The game was one of the most anticipated Wii games in Japan, and the series certainly has a strong fanbase in the west, who are especially keen to nab Dragon Quest X after IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies rocked the DS back in 2010. Come inside for the Wii U trailer as well.

With all the studies and probes over the last few years searching for a correlation between games and violent behavior, it's refreshing that a North Carolina State University research group conducted a study with a more positive goal in mind: to see if games improved the mental health of the elderly.

Funded by the National Science Foundation, they studied 140 of the elderly, averaging 77 years old, and included both frequent gamers, occasional gamers, and non-gamers. They found that those who didn't play any video games were more likely to feel depressed, whereas even the occasional gamers felt a healthier sense of well-being.

Now, this isn't definitive proof that games improve lives. It could very well be that those who are depressed just don't want to play games. However, it does show a correlation between mental health and video games, and the researchers intend to take the study further and figure out exactly what the relationship between well-being and gaming is. Hopefully, this could bring some positive press to the often-scorned video game industry.

Personally, I'd like to see this culminate in gaming nights at senior centers. Something like Wii Bowling leagues or Kirby sessions. Hell, let's do some Granny Deathmatches. It makes them happy.

Fans of the Resident Evil series who had an appetite for short bursts of rampaging for nothing more than the satisfaction of it and achieving a new high score; then, The Mercenaries 3D was a game for you. The game was initially met with criticism as save files could not be erased, making resale not entirely appealing.

Regardless, as of yesterday, Thursday the 7th of March, The Mercenaries 3D is available for download on the 3DS eShop in North America. The price is only $19.99, and so far there is no word on whether the title will be making its way to the eShop in other regions.

For gamers who are about progressing and reaching a conclusion, The Mercenaries 3D is a mini-game that isn't for you. The game is lacking in content in that regard, but if short rounds of mutilated Zombie shooting over and over in the same level appeals to you, then by all means The Mercenaries 3D, now at only $20, is an excellent grab to waste away the hours trying to get your new personal best.

Anita Sarkeesian is attempting to tackle a rather prolific topic: Woman in video games. The above video is part 1 of massive series of videos she will be putting on on the topic to reach her ultimate conclusion. The video project was funded via Kickstarter and so far, so good in my book. The above video touches upon a common trope used not just in games but in all areas of the media. Sure, it hurts at times seeing Miyamoto thrown out there as one of the godfather's of this movement in games, but it's not far from the truth.

I think it's nice too where she says she too grew up on these same games and she enjoys playing them, so it's not like this topic is necessarily about the games design. This topic is strictly about how woman are depicted in gaming. We gladly look forward to the next part in the series. It's a very touchy topic, but I think she has done a good job touching base on it so far. Oh, and for those that want to mention how in Double Dragon she helps beat the boss in the end - so does Zelda, it doesn't mean she's not a damsel in distress.

Everyone by now is at least remotely familiar with the indie phenomenon Minecraft. Though Minecraft is available on PCs and mobile devices, the only home console the game has been available on has been Xbox 360 for quite some time. This is due to an exclusivity deal developer Mojang has with Microsoft, but as revealed in a recent interview, that all could change sometime soon. Jens Bergensten, lead designer of Minecraft: Pocket Edition, had this to say:

Microsoft has an exclusivity deal for consoles. When it runs out we’ll consider Minecraft for PlayStation, but Wii U is very unlikely.

Though the language here doesn't imply that this contract will end any time soon, the fact that they're discussing the contract's end is certainly telling. This quote, however, got me wondering exactly which console Bergensten was referring to as "PlayStation" and why the Wii U is such an unlikely candidate, and it turns out that the situation may not be so simple with the Wii U. Head past the jump to read more.

In Miyamoto's recent interview with Gamespot, he was asked what it was about Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon and Pikmin 3 that made them uniquely Nintendo experiences. Shiggy's response mentioned one of Nintendo's strengths, which is sometimes a curse; Nintendo is the only company who builds its software and hardware to work together intimately. While this may discourage some third parties, there's no denying that gamers have received many incredible experiences through the complete package that Nintendo's consoles and games form. 

Hear his full quote after the jump!

Big news, RTS fans. One of the most beloved entries in one of the most popular real-time strategy franchises of all time is being updated for the new generation. On April 9th (or April 5th, if you preorder it with a 10% discount) you'll be able to download Age of Empire 2 in HD on Steam for about 20 bucks, with an online makeover to reflect the advances we've made since this classic series was top dog. There'll be leaderboards, achievements, matchmaking, cloud support, and some user created content. I'm a huge fan of the series, particularly this title, and online matchmaking is going to bring loads of replayability. AND it includes the Conqueror's expansion!

And, of course, the graphics are going to be vastly improved over the original, with new fire and water effects, improved lighting, and every other visual aspect of the game being polished. You can see the updated look in our gallery after the jump!

Developed by High Voltage Software, The Conduit was a first-person-shooter released exclusively on the Wii back in 2009. The game was received warmly by critics and gamers alike, and was partly promoted as a game to attract core gamers to the Nintendo Wii.

Come four years later, and the game is seeing a re-release, this time to Tegra-powered Android Devices. The game is slated to be available by the end of March this year, and the download is even free. The catch? You're going to have to fork over some dollars to play beyond the first two missions, but even then, it's only $5 for the full game.

The big blow here comes from High Voltage Software's Chief Operation Officer, Eric Nofsinger, who claims that the game looks better than the original:

"The Conduit HD looks even better than the original! With the power of the Tegra chipset, we are finally able to deliver console-quality visuals on mobile devices."

While its not exactly hard to out-perform most of the graphics seen on the Wii, especially with the HD capacity it lacks, its kind of sad to see a mere smartphone playing a full console game that isn't even four years old yet. The Wii U, PS4 and Xbox 720 need to make sure they can stay well ahead of the phone market. Come inside for more details on the portable version's features.

PETA have been at it like usual, making everyoneincluding those who legitimately care about animals rightsviolently facepalm. While there remain serious issues out there on animal welfare to tackle, PETA continues to pettily condemn Mario for the Tanooki Suit, Pokemon for animal enslavement, and most recently, Assassin's Creed IV for its inclusion of whaling.

In an e-mail to Polygon, Ubisoft's Senior Public Relations Manager Stone Chin responded to PETA's accusations:

"History is our playground in Assassin's Creed. Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag is a work of fiction that depicts the real events during the golden era of pirates. We do not condone illegal whaling, just as we don't condone a pirate lifestyle of poor hygiene, plundering, hijacking ships and over-the-legal-limit drunken debauchery."

What is your take on PETA's latest charade? Be sure to let us know in the comments.

We all know a day will rise, likely in our lifetimes, that Shigeru Miyamoto will no longer be with Nintendo making games. He will ride off into the sunset, forever enshrined in the halls of one of gaming's greatest minds. However, that time is not now, so we will hold off on reflecting upon his stellar career. That being said, while Miyamoto has stated he has no timetable set for his retirement and his actual work load hasn't gone down, he is trying to get Nintendo's team leads and the younger developers to start thinking more freely on their own. Less Miyamoto, more influx of fresh ideas.

“This year I’m past 60; I’m going to be turning 61 this year. So for me to not be thinking about retirement would be strange. But in fact, the number of projects I’m involved in–and the volume of my work–hasn’t changed at all.”

“Instead, what we’re doing internally is, on the assumption that there may someday be a time when I’m no longer there, and in order for the company to prepare for that, what I’m doing is pretending like I’m not working on half the projects that I would normally be working on to try to get the younger staff to be more involved."
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