Nintendo wrapped Satoru Iwata's keynote with the debut trailer for a new cel-shaded DS "Zelda" slated for release this year. The game, tentatively titled: "The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks," puts Link on a locomotive instead of the boat he was using in "Wind Waker" and appears to offer the familiar mix of exploration and dungeon crawling. The game is set for a 2009 release. Check out more images we snapped of the game in action below. Read More...

To celebrate its 200th issue, the staff at Edge magazine chose the top 100 games they think you'll want to play here and now. Read More...

MTV2 went behind the scenes at the Otakon anime convention last year and found an enthusiastic cosplayer dressed as Link from "Ocarina of Time." Watch as the cosplayer explains his costume and busts out an ocarina for an unforgettable performance. Read More...

In the the elevator bank at MTV's headquarters in Times Square, there's always some sort of advertisement for an MTV-related program.

But we didn't expect to see a video game tie-in like this. Do you think our colleagues were inspired by a certain Nintendo game or perhaps it was just a pure coincidence?

Take a look at the larger picture and decide for yourself. Read More...

'Punch-Out!' For Wii, Coming In 2009

"You ask very good questions!"

That's what Nintendo's lead designer, Shigeru Miyamoto, said to me near the end of our interview last week, before issuing a surprisingly frank explanation of what the wildly praised "Super Mario Galaxy" and "Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess" could have done better.

Then, things got even more unusual. He put me on the spot and started interviewing me. He wanted to talk about hardcore games. (Guess which first-person game he lavished praise on?)

And he wrapped it all up with a tease about the new Wii "Punch-Out!".

Read about all of that and more in this third and final part of my interview with Mr. Miyamoto ... right below. Read More...

vgbirds.jpgVideo games are for the birds.

At least this month they are.

In our year-long quest to find the Greatest Animal in the History of Video Games, we listed every bird we could think of (and yes, we know we forgot the "Zelda" chickens, and we're still not sure if Birdo is a bird).

Thankfully, our readers and judges helped us by picking their favorites.

Here's our all-star panel of judges for this round:

  • Russ Frushtick, Games Editor at UGO

Unlike last time where Ecco the Dolphin won almost unanimously, this time the votes got tangled up in a few ties. Read on to see which bird(s) ultimately won, which ones readers liked best and which judge actually chose the chickens from "Chicken Run" as their top choice... Read More...

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This year's New York Comic Con proved what gamers have known for a long time - video games are a force to be reckoned with.

As the Convention has grown over the last three years, so has the gaming presence. Publishers realize that they can reach their key demographics, at least when that target audience takes a break from sifting through boxes of old comics.

Many game companies were at the Con. There were booths promoting upcoming titles, like "Iron Man," "Metal Gear Online," and even "Space Chimps."

Numerous toy companies showcased their game figure lines for everything from "Kingdom Hearts" to the upcoming "Prototype."

Sunday boasted a day's worth of video game panels that offered insight into "Gears of War 2," as well as the games industry itself.

There were even a very tiny handful of vendors offering games for sale. Basically, there was a little bit of something for everybody.

By no means is Comic Con the next E3, but it was very refreshing to see comics and games mingle for a New York crowd.

Hit the jump for many, many more pics from the floor. Read More...

videogamedogs.jpgHorses are great for traveling, but we can't forget about man's best friend: the dog.

Last month, we embarked on a year-long quest to find video games' greatest animal. We started off with finding the best horse, and our all-star panel of judges chose the one fine equine who will represent horses in our end-of-the-year competition.

Now this month, we move on to canines. That includes dogs and wolves, to you non-veterinarians out there.

While dogs (and wolves) have certainly proven to be a gamer's best friend, they also can be a gamer's worst enemy. You have played "Resident Evil" haven't you? From survival-horror to action-adventure to first-person shooters to casual titles, we take a look at all the canines we could think of for our judges' consideration. And dear readers, feel free to weigh in with your favorite hound and suggest any that we missed.

Then check at the end of the month, when our our judges will select The Greatest Canine In Video Game History.

The leading contenders...

okami_small.jpgAmaterasu as Shiranui in "Okami"

When legendary monster Orochi is resurrected with an evil curse in tow, it's up to the wolf-embodied sun god Amaterasu to regain the 13 powers of the Celestial brush and restore peace to the world.


epona_blue_ribbon_281×211.jpgA horse is a horse, of course, of course...

But not these horses.

Two weeks ago, we announced our year-long quest to find the Greatest Animal In Video Game History. First, we proposed a list of the best virtual horses and asked you, the readers, to tell us if we missed any. Then comes phase two today: the official vote.

Now this is serious business, folks. For our Blue Ribbon Panel, we went to straight to the top:

  • A pretty good game creator -- Ken Levine, President and Creative Director of 2K Boston and chief creative force behind the 2007 GOTGOTY
  • A pretty good artist -- Mike "Gabe" Krahulik, illustrator of the "Penny Arcade" webcomic
  • A pretty good writer -- Leigh Alexander, editor of Worlds in Motion, writer at Gamasutra and her blog Sexy Videogameland
  • A pretty knowledgeable person about animals --Tofuburger, co-founder of cultural phenomenon/funny animal picture blog I Can Has Cheezburger

After weighting each judge's top three choices -- many of which, were, uh, shocking -- the winner turned out to be...

Epona from the "Legend of Zelda" series. Pokemon's Rapidash came in at a close second. The horses from "World of Warcraft" tied with Hannah the Horse from "Zoo Race" for third place.

And the Readers' Choice winner: Agro from "Shadow of the Colossus." (Epona was a distant second.)

Are the judges out of touch? Or do they know something the rest of us don't? They are pros, after all. You've got to see what they picked and their justifications (provided in words and pictures). So read on.

Take it away, Ken Levine...

Photo by China Photos/Getty ImagesWe here at MTV Multiplayer love animals.

Yes, we do. Especially virtual ones (no shedding).

And that's why we'll let other video game websites squabble over competitions to name the Greatest Video Game Ever. We're after something far more grand.

We are now launching a year-long quest to name the Greatest Animal In Video Game History. And we will need your help.

It's time our video game animal friends got the appreciation they deserve. Whether used for travel, companionship and/or battle, there have been many video game animals that we'll never forget. So every month we'll list the nominations for the best beasts from a certain category -- dogs, cats, and so on. At the end of the month, our Blue Ribbon panel will choose the winning creature for the species. Then, as 2008 draws to a close, we'll choose the very best animal across all species.

Throughout this process we will depend on you to remind us of any animals we forgot.

To start this grand effort, we are channeling our inner equestrian to nominate a shortlist of Greatest Horse In Video Game History. (Voting concludes at the end of the month.) From a variety of no-names to unforgettable life-savers, these are the some of the most beloved video game horses we came up with for consideration:

twilight-princess-horse.jpgEpona in "The Legend of Zelda" Series

Link's loyal companion Epona has not only carried him around long distances throughout the series, but she's also helped him in multiple horseback battles, most recently the final epic fight with Ganondorf in "The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess." And -- bonus points -- she has her own song.


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