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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)

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Super Mario Odyssey (Switch)

Super Mario Odyssey is the first Mario for those kids who grew up with Mario 64 instead of Super Mario World. Their Mario had freedom, and so does Odyssey. Their platforming was more about collecting. Odyssey uses it extensively as the primary hook. The children of Mario 64 never played alongside low resolution pixels; everything… Continue reading Super Mario Odyssey (Switch)

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Metroid: Samus Returns (3DS)

Planet SR388 is colorful in this remake of the Game Boy’s Metroid: Return of Samus. Backgrounds shimmer from purple, crystalline formations. Yellow spikes line other corridors. Bounty hunter Samus Aran’s arsenal glows too; varying laser hues and rainbow colored shields, in addition to emboldened yellow armor, help her stand out. SR388 is not the planet… Continue reading Metroid: Samus Returns (3DS)

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Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle (Switch)

Explain the Mushroom Kingdom to any adult who didn’t grow up with it: There’s a hero Mario and his brother Luigi who get bigger by eating red-capped mushrooms and ride a dinosaur while saving red-capped mushroom people who are different than the mushrooms that make Mario & Luigi big and they all fight this angry… Continue reading Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle (Switch)

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Switch)

Seeing the Mushroom Kingdom living peacefully as opposed to in conflict over kidnapped princesses is refreshing. There’s expansion of the lore. Shy Guys work water wheels, generating, it’s assumed, the kingdom’s energy. Toad’s host glamorous celebrations, dotted by gravitating confetti. Trolly cars run the rails down the center of one track, emblazoned with Mario &… Continue reading Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Switch)