Mario Kart 7

The Mario Kart formula wasn’t broken so you can’t say that Nintendo needed to fix it. What they did need to do, though, for the franchise’s 3DS debut was find a way to add new elements that would tap into the device’s key features. Hence, the addition of glider wings, aerial sections, submersible karts and underwater detours. You can steer using the gyroscope while airborne and the will get the benefit of a nice 3D pop when you’re soaring or submerged. Just goes to show that your wheels don’t ...
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Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

So you want to go hunting monsters, do you? Stand toe to toe with a leviathan, kill it, and wear its face for a hat? Well, your game is here. Grab some friends (or a friendly cat), chow down on some delicious food, suit up, and go do something reckless. Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate takes the series’ tried-and-true formula and improves on it in several welcome ways. Get past the initial learning curve, and it’ll become a minor obsession. A Good Match For: Those looking for a demanding, rewardin...
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Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon

2 Sequels don’t all have to be bad. Take Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon. It’s a follow-up to sequel to the 2001 GameCube game that will make players chuckle, as Mario’s skinnier brother suck sucks up ghosts using a souped-up vacuum. More than that, though, it’s a new installment that successfully adds multiplayer and new mechanics—love that Dark Light!—in ways that don’t ruin an already-fun experience. A Good Match For: Sidekick lovers. Sure, he’s a big ol’ fraidy-cat in this game but Luigi gets...
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The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

There hasn’t been an action role-playing game quite like The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds in more than 20 years. What began as a remake of the Super Nintendo classic The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is now one of the most delightfully charming adventures available on any game platform. The perfect melding of the old and new into something better than the sum of its parts. A Good Match For: Old-school role-playing fans looking to recapture the magic of the 2D era without sac...
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Phoenix Wright

1 The latest Phoenix Wright game is the best one yet, and that’s saying something, given the generally high quality of Capcom’s long-running series of comical lawyer-simulators. One part detective game and one part visual novel, Dual Destinies tells the tale of defense attorney Phoenix Wright and his can-do subordinates Apollo Justice and Athena Cykes as they embark upon zany adventures in the name of justice. The new game is a great entry point for the series, as knowledge of past games isn’...
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