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'Tomodachi Life' Is As Much a Digital Pet As It Is a Farcical Soap Opera

A sequel to the 2009 Japan-only DS release Tomodachi Collection, Tomodachi Life is less a game than a virtual aquarium (or perhaps sitcom set) populated by Miis.

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Mario Golf: World Tour

From kart racing to roleplaying games, Nintendo has a long history of being able to put their iconic cast almost anywhere.  

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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate

Interestingly, and likely due to the limitations of the system, the game flattens the presentation of Lords of Shadow back down to two dimensions. In other words, after many lackluster attempts to make a 3D Castlevania, the developers of arguably the first truly successful one chose to step back for the title directly following it.

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Hitman HD Collection

Few franchises have done as well as the Hitman series at getting better as they've gone along, and the history lesson alone may be worth the price of admission.

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LittleBigPlanet Karting

The rite of passage for a successful platform series is to take a stab at a kart racer. However, as this franchise has always promised, ambitious authors can use the content engine to make whatever they'd like.

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Reflecting Back on 'Arkham City' through the Game of the Year Edition

Given how well Arkham City sold last year, not to mention how well it was received, the manifest quality of the Game of the Year Edition isn't surprising at all. What is surprising is just how complete the package is for the price.

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Virtua Fighter V: Final Showdown

Final Showdown presents an unapologetically pure and amazingly deep style beneath its relatively bare bones appearance.

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Street Fighter X Tekken

Gamers are currently enjoying something of a fighting game renaissance with deep, quality titles being released with a frequency and consistency that hasn't been seen since the twilight of the arcade scene.

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Resident Evil: Revelations

In tenser moments, it's not hard to find yourself hunched over, staring at a screen a few inches from your face, oblivious to all else.

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UFC Undisputed 3

It will be interesting to see if Undisputed 3 can make players of its fans in the way that other sports series do with games representing more popular sports.

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The Sims 3: Pets (3DS)

The Sims 3: Pets is the best available option for playing the addictive series on the go.

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Pokémon Rumble Blast

Rumble Blast's position as a mindless, cute, but somewhat enjoyable title would be completely understandable if the game were marketed as a modestly priced, downloadable title.

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Solatorobo: Red the Hunter

Solatorobo is an extremely enjoyable game, and it's not hard to imagine it becoming a cult classic at some point.

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Forza Motorsport 4

Forza Motorsport 4 is another in a long list of games that serve as love letters to cars and car culture.

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Supremacy MMA

Ironically, it is exactly those most familiar with the intricacies of the sport and the minor personalities featured in Supremacy that are likely to be turned off by the game's gritty take on this kind of competition.

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Bodycount

Bodycount neither walks well-trodden ground competently, nor explores new creative territory particularly well.

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Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D

In many ways, Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D is the perfect casual portable game. It's fairly fast, fun, and consumable in bite-sized chunks. However, on that basis, it can be argued that it might be a better fit as an inexpensive title for mobile phones, as opposed to a full priced release for the 3DS.

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Nintendogs + Cats

Anyone with an affection for cute pets will find something to like about Nintendogs + Cats, but its longevity as a title is questionable.

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MotorStorm: Apocalypse

At a time when interest in arcade racing appears to be in a decline, Motorstorm: Apocalypse is a welcome title.

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'Mortal Kombat' Feels Both Modern and Classic

The reality is that as a whole, Mortal Kombat makes very few missteps.

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Nintendo 3DS

The 3DS hardware is successful in many ways, but with no killer app as yet, it's difficult to view the device as a must have.

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Pokemon Black and White

As a formula, Pokémon succeeds in being many things to many people. But the series is also characterized by a deceptively deep RPG experience.

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Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds

The Marvel vs. Capcom series has always been more about spectacle than technique. For sure, there is a lot of strategy to be uncovered, but it's concealed by layers of flair.

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Hard Corps: Uprising

The experience of playing Hard Corps: Uprising is very much that of controlling an action cartoon.


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