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‘Super Mario Galaxy 2’ is why one 3D Mario game per console may be enough

Patrick Murphy
I’ve done this before. With each new flagship iteration of Mario’s 3D adventures, you can sense Nintendo’s master designers dreading those four little words escaping the player’s lips. From Mario 64 to the latest (and best) example, Super Mario 3D World, the mustachioed plumber’s console titles have adhered to a strict regime of...
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‘BOXBOY!’ manages all the right angles for a clever puzzler

Patrick Murphy
BOXBOY! Developed by HAL Laboratory Published by Nintendo Available on 3DS Now Nintendo’s just getting cocky. Their new 3DS eShop downloadable puzzle game, BOXBOY!, goes beyond the simple design of an iconic plumber or pink puffball to introduce a hero so one-dimensional he requires only four lines to draw. Because he’s a box. And...
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‘Affordable Space Adventures’: No money, mo’ problems

Patrick Murphy
Affordable Space Adventures Developed and published by KnapNok Games Available on Wii U Anyone wanting to decrease NASA’s budget in favor of a more fiscally conservative approach to interplanetary exploration should probably take a look at Danish developer KnapNok Games’ latest title, Affordable Space Adventures. You get what you pay...
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‘Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest’ is Adventure Grown Up

Patrick Murphy
  Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest Konami NES Adventure is often written as a metaphor for idealistic youth, where anything is possible and conquering the world seems an inevitability. From whiny Luke Skywalker to sleepy-headed Link, the departure from the comfort and stability of home brings the promise of excitement on...
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‘Kirby and the Rainbow Curse’ is a fun, misshapen adventure

Patrick Murphy
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse Developed by Hal Laboratory Published by Nintendo Available on Wii U For a series usually representing the lighter side of platforming, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse elicited a strangely high amount of profanity, and by the end I was both hooked by its creative game mechanic and...