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Sunday, January 1 1995

187 Ride or Die

Ride or Die is no more harmful than a commercial featuring Snoop Dogg and Lee Iacocca.


NBA 2K6

NBA 2K6 remains unaffected by the rolling red-state tide.


Need for Speed: Most Wanted

Don't worry if the police are slow and boring for the first day. It's not them, it's you.


New Super Mario Bros.

Playing New Super Mario Bros. is a lot like shagging an ex: it's satisfying in the moment, but afterwards you realize your effort could have been spent better elsewhere.


Nintendogs

Like most sim games, Nintendogs is not about control, but care.


µcade

I'd consider this a masterpiece, but it lacks the instant gratification that the best shooters have.


Meteos

Something I find utterly pointless is the constant comparisons between the Nintendo DS and Sony PSP.


The Movies

I expect innovation when I hear Molyneux's name attached to a project.


Mario Superstar Baseball

Mario Superstar Baseball embraces the universal desire to see any given pitch turn into something truly astounding.


Metroid Prime: Hunters

Technically Metroid Prime: Hunters is the DS's greatest achievement.


Makai Kingdom: Chronicles of the Sacred Tome

Expectations being what they are, Makai Kingdom just plain isn't enough.


Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time

Partners in Time is by no means an epic at 25 hours, but it knows its platform; it is a portable title meant for quick bursts of gaming.


Mario Kart DS

I can't think of another Nintendo franchise that's so readily adaptable to online play.


Metal Gear Acid

If the gameplay inspires some slight meditation on fate and manipulation, the story is obsessed with it.


The Matrix: Path of Neo

Just take the blue pill.


Marc Ecko’s Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure

You spend the bulk of the game locating spots the designers want you to deface only to color in between the lines.


The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II

The sights, the sounds, the strategy: everything comes together and makes you say, 'This is Middle-earth.'


Legend of Kay

If Kay sounds like your typical action/platformer, it is. But that doesn't mean it isn't well done.


Kingdom Hearts II

The first Kingdom Hearts and its current sequel are both masterfully managed marriages of two narrative universes with similar goals.


Kim Possible 3: Team Possible

As with the previous installments, Kim Possible 3 is not meant to innovate or revolutionize gameplay, merely attract tween-and-younger consumers to the lucrative video game market.


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