Super Mario

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Of course, it’s a Super Mario game that validates the decision to base Nintendo’s newest hardware around glasses-free stereoscopic 3D. Even with the gameplay as familiar as always, the mid-air blocks and moving hazards seem more dreamlike and surreal than ever, floating somewhere between the device and your brain. A Good Match For: Folks who need a little bit of help. 3D Land riffs on the play-assisting Guide features that Nintendo’s been putting in games for the last year or so with the Su...
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Pokémon X & Y

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While Pokémon has always been a staple of Nintendo handhelds, Pokémon X & Y are definitely the highlights of the franchise. You’ll still play as a kid who catches and raises as many cool or cute creatures as he/she can, and you’ll use those beasts in battle against friends and rivals. But the games feel somehow more indulgent this time around. Pokémon can mega evolve into ridiculous forms. You can pet and play with your favorite ‘mon. You can dress your character up and be as stylish as yo...
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BoxBoy

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3 BoxBoy is an excellent teacher. The side-scrolling puzzle game will show you how to do something new—like, say, how to get your little replicating box person to build himself into a hook and climb over a ledge—and then it will let you figure out how best to use that knowledge. It starts simply, asks little of you and then, soon enough, has taught you moves that would have seemed like wizardry mere minutes before. The last game to do that this well was Portal, and yeah, we know that’s a bold s...
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Majora’s Mask

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For years, Majora’s Mask was the “cool” Zelda game, the one the hip kids all said was their favorite. Now it’s been re-released on 3DS, and we can all play it and see… oh, hey, the hip kids were totally right, this game is amazing. It’s not much like any other Zelda game, but that’s a good thing. Don’t let the time constraint or the freaky moon stress you out. It’ll all be fine… A Good Match For: Anyone who didn’t play it the first time around, anyone who did play it the first time around. ...
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Professor Layton

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Could the sixth Professor Layton game really be the best one? It’s at least the best one on the 3DS, trumping the already-impressive Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask as it caps off the Layton series’ prequel trilogy. (In terms of timeline placement, think Star Wars… this game is the Revenge of the Sith, but just way better). Professor Layton games present a mix of exploration-based, story-heavy adventuring mixed with lots and lots of brain teasers and other puzzles to solve. In this ga...
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