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Lego the Hobbit Is Not Just a Tolkien Gesture

Given the success of the two Hobbit films to date, it would be understandable if any video games based on J. R. R. Tolkien’s classic fantasy novel attempted to get by on name recognition alone.… read more

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Yoshi’s New Island Provides New Adventures

In Yoshi’s New Island game, which recently launched for Nintendo 3DS, the loveable Yoshi moves from sidekick to hero in a platforming adventure on a new island with brand new power-ups. Kids can traverse a… read more

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Going Ape Over Nintendo’s Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Is Easy

Donkey Kong has aged pretty well over the years. The erstwhile villain of the early ’80s arcade classic that bore his namesake, Mr. Kong has been the hero of his own tale ever since the… read more

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Professor Layton’s Puzzling Legacy Continues with the Azran Legacy on Nintendo 3DS

Since 2007, the character of Professor Hershel Layton has starred in a series of popular puzzle games developed by Level-5 and published by Nintendo. Now comes Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy, which finds the… read more

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The Lego Movie Videogame Builds on Series’ Signature Gameplay

The latest in a line featuring Lego as the building block of elaborate universes, The Lego Movie Videogame, from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and TT Games, is fun for kids ages 7 and up. Similar… read more

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DuckTales: Remastered Deserves Woo-hoos!

If like me, you grew up during the 1980s, you probably have fond memories of DuckTales, the seminal animated series that re-imagined Disney’s Scrooge McDuck as a feisty, modern-day fortune hunter. In 1989, Capcom released… read more

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Sonic Lost World Finds the Video Game Icon Hitting His Stride

The original Sonic the Hedgehog was a side-scroller with pretty simple game play. By comparison, the latest installment, Sonic Lost World, by Sega for the Nintendo Wii U and 3DS, is a radically different experience… read more

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There (Still) Ain’t No Party Like a Mario Party

I’ve never been a huge fan of video games—not because I didn’t find them fun, but I just don’t have the hand-eye coordination to be any good at them. When my brother and I were… read more

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Lego Marvel Super Heroes: Universe in Peril Is a Marvel-ously Fun Time

The handheld-only, Lego Marvel Super Heroes: Universe in Peril, from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and TT Games, boasts many of the same features as its console sibling, Lego Marvel Super Heroes. Once again, players climb… read more

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Old School Meets New Game in Regular Show: Mordecai & Rigby in 8-bit Land

Free game! Free game! That was my excited reaction to finding out that I would get to review, Regular Show: Mordecai & Rigby in 8-bit Land. It’s an apt response, given that the new title,… read more

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