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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)

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Mighty Gunvolt Burst (Switch)

Mighty Gunvolt Burst’s action happens in a virtual world. Primarily, it’s an excuse to merge the Gunvolt and Mighty No. 9 characters while simultaneously giving No. 9 his first decent videogame. Things went poorly for the first time. This 8-bit throwback is absolute joy. Burst’s sense of menace however comes not from a prototypical threat,… Continue reading Mighty Gunvolt Burst (Switch)

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River City: Tokyo Rumble (3DS)

In some 20 years between River City Ransom and this rousing 3DS sequel, bullying turned into a Japanese epidemic. Tokyo Rumble begins with a kid, Hiroshi, bullied and beaten in front of his school. Series protagonist Kunio then selflessly snaps to Hiroshi’s defense. Kunio’s aesthetic rises from the American ’50s, that cool kid who smokes,… Continue reading River City: Tokyo Rumble (3DS)

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Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice (3DS)

At times, Fire & Ice finds the necessary tenants of classic Sonic. Stage designs whip the hedgehog around with the needed pace (with some wonderful racing stages) and layouts keep up a consistent flow. However, those designs come cobbled together from obvious pieces, lending Fire & Ice an unavoidable repetition. Thankfully, the inexcusable forced item-hunting… Continue reading Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice (3DS)

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Paper Mario: Color Splash (Wii U)

Surviving on pure wit and wry dialog, Paper Mario’s ample color – figurative and literal – abates some obvious concerns. For Nintendo, it’s arguably time to reevaluate this series. Pacing stutters to crawl, infected by typically useless (albeit playful) turn-based combat. It’s length padding at its worst. Always willing to branch off into their own… Continue reading Paper Mario: Color Splash (Wii U)

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Metroid Prime: Federation Force (3DS)

Cycling between old Hollywood and old game design, the homages to bygone eras in Federation Force fill this appealing, different take on Metroid. Cramped levels and their unsophisticated visual scope recall the simple one room sets of classic cinema. Crumbling planetary ruins mimic 1959’s Journey to the Center of the Earth. Grabbing an idol only… Continue reading Metroid Prime: Federation Force (3DS)