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Mario Tennis Aces (Switch)

Mario Tennis Aces has the feverish energy of typical Nintendo games. It’s less about tennis than the shine. Every racket-meets-ball moment explodes with a blistering highlight. That builds meters and bars, also throbbing with light. Executing the super strike the latter builds toward is a blinding fantasy – more sparks, in other words, along with… Continue reading Mario Tennis Aces (Switch)

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Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Switch)

  The common grocery store banana is going extinct. Climate change is leaving rain forests in ruin. This is not a great time for Donkey Kong. “Tropical Freeze” isn’t a subtle title either. Reality changed around Donkey Kong. So did he, enough to turn him from construction site nuisance to pro kart racer and into… Continue reading Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Switch)

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Danmaku Unlimited 3 (Switch)

Pour one out for the unlucky drummer on Danmaku Unlimited 3’s soundtrack. It’s beastly, machine gun-like musical work, keeping pace with the fraying bullet patterns and explosions of this taut shooter. Danmaku Unlimited 3 fundamentally changes the relationship between villain bullets and hero ship, necessitating a cozying up between the two. Let bullets pass close… Continue reading Danmaku Unlimited 3 (Switch)

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River City: Rival Showdown (3DS)

Kunio’s appearance earns awe in River City: Rival Showdown. During most conversations, Kunio stands in front of school, hands in his pant’s pockets, staring indifferently toward the horizon. No wonder other teens think he’s the coolest; he’s the Fonz of his generation, a high school student labeled as a “delinquent” by elders. He’s also a… Continue reading River City: Rival Showdown (3DS)