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Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door makes safe, yet important improvements to an already fantastic game

It’s hard to believe that the original Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door is 20 years old. Yes, you read that right. It’s also just as hard for me to believe that I remember checking out the original Gamecube version like it was yesterday. This remake will feel incredibly familiar to anyone who has played the…

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Endless Oceans Luminous looks fantastic, but is ultimately a disappointing dive

Aquatic-based games have always appealed to me. The serenity of the ocean and the vast amount of creatures you can explore and discover have been crafted throughout gaming history with Ecco the Dolphin, Beyond Blue, Abzu and Subnautica, to name a few. The blend of underwater exploration, sea creature scanning and world-building are all key…

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Princess Peach: Showtime! brings the beloved character to the main stage

It’s been a long time coming for Princess Peach to take the main stage in her own game. In a world where characters like Captain Toad and Luigi have their unique spin-off titles, the hype after the Super Mario Bros. Movie has certainly helped build hype for a title that fans of the Mushroom Kingdom…

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Mario vs. Donkey Kong is nothing short of a fantastic remake

In the timeless clash between plumber and primate, Mario vs. Donkey Kong for 2024 revitalizes the classic rivalry with a fresh twist. This iteration earns its stripes with upgraded graphics, engaging cutscenes, and addictive puzzle gameplay that will please fans of both franchises. The Iconic Rivalry While we have seen Mario and DK team up…

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Here’s every announcement from the Nintendo Direct February 2024 Partner Showcase

Nintendo came out yet again with a new showcase based primarily around third-party reveals, along with a few fan-favourite Xbox games that are on their way to the Switch. Here’s every announcement below: EPIC MICKEY IS BEING REMASTERED WORLD OF GOO 2 PENTIMENT IS ON ITS WAY TO THE SWITCH GROUNDED IS THE SECOND XBOX…

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Tech Review: The CRKD Nitro Deck is a must-have for any Nintendo Switch user

I use my Nintendo Switch quite often, and usually in handheld mode when I’m on the couch or out and about. And while I’ve put up with the standard joycons for several years now, there’s no denying that they’re not really the comfiest things to hold during longer play sessions. Enter the CRKD Nitro Deck….

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Game Review: WarioWare: Move It! brings back the chaos

WarioWare stands as one of the most unique and ambitious Nintendo franchises of the bunch. An opposite take on the Mario Party series, this game throws hundreds of mini-games at you in a chaotic fashion that makes this one of the most entertaining and joyous titles in an overcrowded game release month. While there isn’t…

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Game Review: Super Mario Bros. Wonder is one of the best side-scrolling games the series has ever produced

For as seasoned as the franchise is at this point, it’s amazing that Super Mario Bros. Wonder still feels like an absolute gem of a game. Showcasing the true potential of the Nintendo Switch, with vibrant colours, this game is also a visual treat. That being said, Super Mario Bros. Wonder can only be described…

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PAX AUS 2023: We played Super Mario Bros. Wonder

While it’s always great to be at PAX AUS, some of my fondest memories of the show came from 2017. It was my first PAX AUS with The AU Review, and Super Mario Odyssey was out that weekend. While it had actually come out that Friday, the first day of the PAX AUS weekend, I…

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Game Review: Detective Pikachu Returns is a thrilling sequel that hits all the right notes

Detective Pikachu Returns is the long-awaited sequel to the beloved Detective Pikachu game from 2016, which was released on the handheld Nintendo 3DS system. For the sequel, it has been beefed up for the Nintendo Switch system and certainly doesn’t disappoint. Developed by the team at Creatures Inc. and published by Nintendo, this game brings…

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Game Review : Fae Farm is a magical farming experience

If, like me, you are a fan of farming sim games like Stardew Valley, Story of Seasons and Disney’s Dreamlight Valley, expect to lose a bunch more of your time in Phoenix Labs’ new game Fae Farm. It is not only visually stunning but also boasts an expansive farming system that integrates a magical element…

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Here’s everything announced at September’s 2023 Nintendo Direct

September’s Nintendo Direct certainly did not disappoint, throwing trailers for some of their biggest upcoming exclusives and tried party titles. We’ve covered all the trailers for everything announced in the 40-minute stream below. Enjoy! PRINCESS PEACH: SHOWTIME! REVEALED AS THE TITLE FOR HER NEW SOLO GAME PAPER MARIO: THE THOUSAND YEAR DOOR IS BEING REMADE…

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PAX AUS confirm first round of who’s coming in 2023

PAX Aus is getting ready to celebrate ten years of events in Australia. Located in Melbourne, the three-day gaming event sees gamers swarm from all over the country to discover the best new games coming soon, discover new ones at PAX Rising with a slew of indie games with some star-studded local talent. Nintendo returns…

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Game Review: Pikmin 4 provides some charmingly unique strategy

Nintendo’s sequels are somewhat known for how long they take to brew. Pikmin joins the ranks of Metroid, Fire Emblem and Zelda as one of Nintendo’s most iconic yet elusive properties, to the point you’d be forgiven for forgetting the Pikmin franchise even existed. The last numbered title was released way back in 2013 back…

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Everything announced at June’s Nintendo Direct

For as many classic titles as the Nintendo Switch has produced, and for as much as we’re all still playing and loving The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, it’s safe to say there’s been a few questions about Nintendo’s future ambitions. Are we getting that new hardware? Will we see a new Mario…

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We Love Katamari REROLL + Royal Reverie

Game Review: We Love Katamari REROLL + Royal Reverie is a rollin’ good time

The cult hit franchise Katamari is back with a remastered take of the much-loved We Love Katamari game from the Playstation 2 era. Titled ‘We Love Katamari REROLL + Royal Reverie”, this powered-up version of the original has improved graphics, new features and various additional quality-of-life upgrades. For those uninitiated into the world of Katamari,…

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Game Review: Advance Wars: 1+2 Re-Boot Camp is a fantastic remake for fans and newcomers alike

Advance Wars: 1+2 Re-Boot Camp is both a fantastic compilation and remake of the first two, fan favourite games in the Advance Wars series. Originally released on the Game Boy Advance in 2001 and 2003 respectively, these classics have been revisioned by developer Wayforward, known for their work on the Shantae series. The package includes…

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Game Review: The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom stands as one of the best video game sequels ever made

I will admit that it’s been a while since I last played The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. But in many ways, after all these years, it still held the title of the best game I had played on the Nintendo Switch; until now. The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom simply…

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Film Review: The Super Mario Bros. Movie is a safe, shiny, optimistic vehicle that will “level up” for families these school holidays

We’ll address the elephant in the room first.  Yes, Chris Pratt does indeed adopt a stereotypical Italian accent for his voice work as Mario in The Super Mario Bros. Movie.  No, it’s actually not as offensive or as wince-inducing as you may be anticipating because, quite ingeniously, the film makes a joke out of the…

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Game Review: Bayonetta Origins : Cereza and the Lost Demon is a wonderful adventure worth taking

Ever wondered what a Bayonetta game for a younger audience would look like? Well no, I had never pondered that thought either, yet here we are in 2023 with a Bayonetta entry aimed squarely at younger audiences with no gunfire, sarcastic and filthy quips or nearly nude scenes in sight. Cereza and the Lost Demon…

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Kirby’s Return to Dreamland Deluxe Review: A welcome improvement

Originally releasing on the Nintendo Wii back in 2011, Kirby’s Return to Dreamland served as a safe and memorable entry in the franchise, featuring the titular and ever lovable pink icon. While Kirby’s Return to Dreamland Deluxe is certainly better than the original, it’s still very much the same game at its core, short of…

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Is the Power-Up Band at Super Nintendo World worth it?

After much anticipation, Super Nintendo World finally opened its doors at Universal Studios Hollywood on Friday. With it comes a brand new, state-of-the-art Mario Kart ride, Toad’s impressively themed (and delicious) restaurant and an interactive land full of secrets, keys and coins. And to lay claim to many of those secrets (and coins), you’ve first…

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Super Nintendo World opens in Hollywood: 5 things you have to know before you go

On Wednesday night, Hollywood celebrities and Nintendo royalty (including the father of Mario, Shigeru Miyamoto) helped launch the long awaited Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Hollywood, ahead of doors officially opening to the public today (Friday, February 17th). It’s a land that was described at the opening event as being “rich with interactivity, inventive…

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Here’s every major announcement from 2023’s first Nintendo Direct

Nintendo might have caught a few fans off guard yesterday morning with a surprise Nintendo Direct conference, the first of 2023. The stream announced a bunch of new and upcoming games, with many set to hit digital and physical shelves alike in the first half of 2023. Let’s get stuck in! The Legend of Zelda:…

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PlayStation, Xbox and Nintendo will be skipping E3 2023

It’s not the news we may have wanted to hear, but Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo will all be skipping E3 2023. Originally reported by IGN yesterday, the first physical E3 event in four years will feel a little empty for some, with major releases from all three platforms likely reserved for streams, events and showcases…

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Fire Emblem Engage Review: Round up the rings

The Fire Emblem series has seen consistent success for its various gameplay implementations and winding narratives that seem to steer the franchise forward in both new and exciting directions. Fire Emblem Engage might be the latest entry in the franchise, but makes dedicated choices to bring the series back to its roots, instead focusing primarily…

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Pokémon Scarlet Review : Fun to Play, Rough to Run

For better or worse, Pokémon games have stuck to a both formula and style over the last 10 years. While many spin-offs and side games have attempted to that attempt to deepen and swerve that formula in a new direction, Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet are offering a huge step forward for the series in…

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Interview: Lead Producer Xavier Manzanares on Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope’s Newest Features

With the recent release of Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope, we got the chance to chat with Lead Producer Xavier Manzanares on the newest features and mechanics of the highly anticipated Mario + Rabbids sequel. What systems and mechanics have made their way over from the first title, and what changes have been made to…

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Unwrapping September’s Nintendo Direct Stream

This September, Nintendo Direct was jam-packed with games, release dates, trailers and news about what’s coming to the system over the next year. The Zelda: The Breath of the Wild sequel is coming, Goldeneye with online multiplayer will be available soon, Kirby‘s 30th anniversary celebrations, Pikmin 4 and a slew of Nintendo 64 games are…

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Splatoon 3 Review: more than just a new paintjob

You may be wondering what new grounds Nintendo could explore with Splatoon 3, especially when Splatoon 2 is already such a thoroughly enjoyable experience. I was too. Yet, what may initially come across as laziness in minimal core changes to multiplayer soon becomes an experience of wonderful re-identification of the Splatoon series. Splatoon 3 is…

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