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‘Conduit 2’ finale does something amazing–it makes mediocre memorable

Patrick Murphy
It’s not how you start, but how you finish. In the case of High Voltage Software’s cheesy sci-fi shooter sequel for the Wii, Conduit 2, you can substitute “start” with “spend ninety-nine percent of the game”, and this axiom still rings true. Why? Because despite a lackluster (though improved) experience fighting alien...
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E3 2015 Nintendo’s Digital Event almost ensures that the WiiU will soon be left to gather dust on a shelf

Ricky D Fernandes
Nintendo’s E3 Digital Event started strong packing in clever gags, catchy songs, and Nintendo executives Satoru Iwata, Shigeru Miyamoto, and Reggie Fils-Aime in puppet form. Sunny and cheerful, the opening is a cascade of epic silliness, good for a few fleeting and familiar chuckles and Nintendo’s willingness to poke fun...
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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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‘Bloodborne’: A new moon rises with From Software’s latest

Ryan Espinoza
Bloodborne Developed by From Software Published by Sony Computer Entertainment Available on PS4 From Verdite to Boletaria and from Lordran to Drangleic, death and curses have been prevailing themes of the universes created by Japanese developer From Software. From returns to Sony exclusivity with Bloodborne, the spiritual successor to the Souls series; the same...
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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...