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What Is “Homebrew” And What Does It Do?

Whenever you see a crazy mod on a Nintendo Wii or 3DS console, you can safely assume that homebrew is behind it....

The Forgotten Yet Massively Influential Third-Person Shooter

In 1999, a third-person shooter was released for the Nintendo 64. It was considered the N64’s answer to the PlayStation’s wildly successful...

What Is a ROM Hack?

In recent times, there have been more and more incredible ROM hacks popping up. These hacks take classic video games and give...

Breaking Down The Ryu Mirror Matchup In Street Fighter V

When you’re learning about fundamentals in fighting games, whether it’s footsies, neutral, spacing or anything else, there is almost no better showcase...

What Is A “Frame Rule” In Super Mario Bros.?

When learning about Super Mario Bros. speedrunning, you’ll quickly begin hearing about “frame rules.” The reason is because frame rules are part...

How Does “Twitch Plays Pokemon” Work?

On February 12th 2014, one of the more intriguing social experiments took place on Twitch: it was called “Twitch Plays Pokemon” and...

Who Are The Most Broken Characters In Super Smash Bros. History?

The Super Smash Bros. series has had over five installments featuring over 80 playable characters. And while any of those characters can...

Pound V: How This Prestigious Smash Tournament Lost Over $10,000 In Prize Money

In February 2011, one of the largest and most notable Smash tournaments to date happened in Arlington, Virginia: Pound V was the...

What Are “Splits” In Speedrunning?

Speedrunning is becoming more and more of a popular category to watch on Twitch and YouTube; watching players soar through our favorite...

What Is Wavedashing?

One of the most popular techniques in Super Smash Bros. Melee, as well as one of the first moves that competitive players...

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What Is Wavedashing?

One of the most popular techniques in Super Smash Bros. Melee, as well as one of the first moves that competitive players...

Beating 6 Mario Games In Under An Hour: A Look At PixelPerfectRuns

There may be no better speedrunning showcase than watching someone complete the Super Marihour Challenge. The Super Marihour is...

What Are “Splits” In Speedrunning?

Speedrunning is becoming more and more of a popular category to watch on Twitch and YouTube; watching players soar through our favorite...