If you follow VentureBeat but don’t regularly check our GamesBeat site, here’s a list of the best games stories we ran over the last seven days that you may have missed.

This week, Zynga’s stock took a serious plunge, Harmonix announced the release date for Dance Central 3, and GamesBeat’s Mike Minotti got the scoop on this fall’s most-anticipated games straight from his…mother.

You’ll also find a preview of New Super Mario Bros. 2 and an infographic showing how Facebook gamers spend their money.


Microsoft wants to make Wii Music HD

EA attempts to calm nervous investors during its annual stockholder meeting

Gameloft’s second quarter growth gives hope to the mobile market

Local developers and students look beyond the stars at Baltimore’s Gamescape 2012

New Dishonored video shows 3 ways to escape in style

New Super Mario Bros. 2 focuses on what really matters in life: Money (hands-on preview)

Confirmed: Trion Worlds will co-publish Crytek’s free-to-play shooter Warface

Bubble Witch Saga for iOS is the first mobile game to sync player progress with Facebook

Microsoft shuts down Flight game, bailing out of flight sims for second time in 3 years

World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria expansion releases September 25

My mom previews Assassin’s Creed III, Black Ops II, Halo 4, and the other big games of this fall

Mobile and online game acquisitions heat up in 2012

Big Fish Games launches casual cloud gaming service for TVs, mobile, and PCs

Nvidia nabs executive from rival to hone its console chip pitch

Study: 10 percent of mobile gamers play at church, while driving

Aeria Games assimilates three of Ijji’s most popular online shooters

Harmonix announces Dance Central 3 release date (and Vanilla Ice!!)

Lead creator of the Metal Gear series opens up about its 25-year history

Patent infringement suit against Mojang sparks debate over “evil” intellectual property rights

How to fail up in the game business

A quick history of Batman in video games


Analysts and game industry reeling from Zynga’s shocking earnings report, stock down 39 percent

BustVille: Zynga shares down an astounding 35% in after-hours trading

Zynga to launch real-money gambling online games in 2013

Zynga misses Q2 earnings estimates by a wide margin, incurring Wall Street’s wrath

Valve’s Gabe Newell discusses the frontiers of gaming, from wearable technology to “tongue controllers”

Nintendo reports operating loss of $132M as Wii sales drop off a cliff

Donkey Kong’s failing liver: What the death of the CRT display technology means for classic arcade machines

Facebook outlines the opportunities in social games

Profiling the Facebook gamer: Who’s buying what and how often? (infographic)

Weboolu uses smartphones to create virtual game consoles on any display

Search for world’s greatest Tetris player: Ecstasy of Order documentary now available

Ruby Seven Studios unveils 3 casino games on Facebook and mobile

Ludei unveils CAAT game engine for quick mobile development (exclusive)

Verizon Wireless gamifies its site and gets 30 percent more logins