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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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Star Fox Zero (Wii U)

After the new millennium, Star Fox became Nintendo’s Sonic – a once glorious, company-defining series which went astray as the home studio was helpless in finding contemporary relevance for their mascot. Shigeru Miyamoto’s perky puppet show collapsed under inane ideas, needless utilization of console features, all while drifting further from the surreal ’60s-like sci-fi trappings… Continue reading Star Fox Zero (Wii U)

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The Penguins of Madagascar (Wii U)

These penguins don’t deserve their Cheesy Dibbles. Give the orange-dusted snack treats to the Happy Feet crew instead. Australian studio Torus Games, sometimes dependable with licensed properties (even great in their Game Boy Advance days) slip up here, striking the Dreamworks’ Madagascar spin-off property with an unstable, chunky stealth fiasco. Stealth makes sense – the… Continue reading The Penguins of Madagascar (Wii U)