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Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker review

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Customarily, game design employs an additive approach, progressively inserting new mechanics into each new sequel. It’s a method that’s helped Nintendo build an empire, with each new iteration of Mario Kart, Kirby, or The Legend of Zelda adopting the basic ...

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Skylanders: Trap Team review

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Many franchises feel the pangs of stagnancy by their fourth iteration. After a trio of titles that define, then gradually refine a series, the fourth game often exhibits a divisive tension between prudent evolution and risky revolution. It’s a stage ...

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Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes review

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In retrospect, 2013’s Disney Infinity proved to be a surprisingly incongruous product. While the Play Set mode was elevated by the inclusion of cherished characters from the Disney and Pixar catalogs, the actual action was disappointingly derivative, mirroring the mechanics ...

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SQUIDS Odyssey Review

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The idea of fusing Angry Bird’s mechanics with a light role-playing structure might seem a bit underwhelming. After all, dozens of developers have tried to augment Rovio Entertainment’s gameplay with limited success. Knowing that, it’s understandable that players might overlook ...

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1001 Spikes Review

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While online gaming forums might be fueled by contention, there’s one premise that almost all players maintain: our games have become dramatically easier over the years. Whereas failure could once be measured by the rapid cadence of quarters released into ...

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Scram Kitty and His Buddy On Rails Review

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Players can be forgiven for assuming that Scram Kitty and His Buddy On Rails is a Japanese game. From the madcap moniker which seems like an uneasy translation, the anime-inspired art style, or the spirited soundtrack which sets an elevated ...

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Child of Light Review

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When franchises such as Final Fantasy, Phantasy Star, Suikoden, Grandia, and Lunar became embraced by global audiences amidst the 1990s, many believed that these engaging JRPG experiences would influence the output of North American and European studios. Likewise, the work ...

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Super Mario 3D World Review

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In an attempt to reinvigorate the market after the video game crash of the early ‘80s, Nintendo began exhibiting their then-unreleased Nintendo Entertainment System (or NES) across department stores in select cities such as New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and ...

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Wii Fit U Review

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The original Wii Fit couldn’t have arrived at a better time. Preceding the title’s 2008 release, disparagers were lobbing video games down the slippery slope, claiming that the pastime contributed to a sedentary lifestyle, which in turn led to obesity. ...

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Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures Review

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Amidst the twilight of the past millennium, the three-dimensional, mascot-driven platformer was undoubtedly the genre du jour. It was an age when personalities such as Bubsy, Gex, Rayman, and Mario made the leap from sprites to polygons, while a throng ...

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