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Luigi’s Mansion (3DS)

Inside of a room with infant twin ghosts, there’s a “Monsters” poster on the wall. That’s paying homage to Universal’s Monsters, those ’30s ad ’40s era horror classics with their evocative atmosphere. That atmosphere is part of Luigi’s Mansion. Even the set-up, with Luigi invited to a Transylvanian-like mansion, that’s cloaked in familiar moonlight and… Continue reading Luigi’s Mansion (3DS)

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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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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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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)

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Kirby: Planet Robobot Review (3DS)

The joy of playing with Kirby comes from the inhumane violence contained in his world. In Robobot, adorable puffball Kirby hops into mechanical killing machines – equipped with saw blades – to slice his equally adorable opposition into pieces. This is a world where enormous ice cream cones tip over due to an excess of… Continue reading Kirby: Planet Robobot Review (3DS)

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Project X-Zone 2 (3DS)

Few will finish Project X-Zone 2. There’s little reason to. At a bloated 45 or 50 some hours, its redundancies grow tiresome. This tri-publisher cross-over shows no pacing discipline. Neither did the first X-Zone – that was 70 hours. These games are enamored with themselves. Even shy of the halfway mark though, there’s enough to… Continue reading Project X-Zone 2 (3DS)

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Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam (3DS)

Key to Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam is rounding up paper Toads and forcing them to create papercraft weapons of war. It’s sadistic when even considering the suggestion. Nintendo often likes to be. Dropping Yoshi into a pit to gain vertical leverage spawned a popular .gif from Fox’s Animation Domination. Yoshi isn’t innocent either –… Continue reading Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam (3DS)