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Adding Luigi and multiplayer, Lego Mario finally feels like it’s reaching its true potential

Lego Mario just keeps growing – and getting better. Watch on YouTubeThis time last year, the Lego Group teamed up with Nintendo to deliver Lego Super Mario, a unique twist on both Lego’s typical construction toy trappings and Mario’s video game roots. It was a construction toy, yes, but one that was gamified via Mario himself, rendered in a blocky form and packed with sensors that allowed him to interact with the worlds and characters that could be built from the various available sets.While the hardcore Lego nerds were always a little disappointed in Lego Mario because it didn’t provide…

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Don’t ignore this Xbox Game Pass hidden gem: a 3D platformer like nothing else

If you enjoy a good platformer and are also partial to a bit of Floor is Lava on Netflix (it’s good, honestly), then I’ve got the ideal Game Pass game for you. Imagine the tight 3D movement found in Mario games, but transport yourself into a first-person view, then load the world up with fast-moving trucks that are being driven rather chaotically.Watch on YouTubeThat is the basic premise of the Xbox Game Pass gem ClusterTruck, developed and published by tinyBuild and Landfall Games. You start standing on the top of a truck (the kind used for long-distance haulage, not a…

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Nintendo is working on a Donkey Kong game and animation project – report

Nintendo is apparently planning to bring the Donkey Kong franchise back into the spotlight and will use a new game and animated project to do so.Nintendo insider Zippo and Nintendo Life have both noted that Nintendo is aiming to resurrect the IP in time for its 40th anniversary and give it the same loving treatment Mario got for his 35th anniversary (thanks VGC).“I’ve been told by multiple people that Donkey Kong is the next franchise in line to follow Mario in Nintendo’s push for their game franchises to become multimedia juggernauts,” says Zippo.“Donkey and co. aren’t just getting a new game, they’re getting animation (Before…

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VG247’s Definitely Not a Podcast Video Chat #2 – Cloud gaming, game movies, Kojima’s Xbox game, and more

By Tom Orry 2 July 2021 20:20 GMT As per last week, we are back once again to have a little chat about the week that was in video games. We still don’t have this setup as a “proper” podcast, but a podcast is what this essentially is. Look out for a full podcast launch in the near future, where hopefully the show will have an actual name, plus musical jingles and things to make you think we’re a professional outlet and not a bunch of people in casual clothes broadcasting out of bedrooms.Watch on YouTubeBut, this is not that…

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Castlevania Advance Collection rated for PC in Korea

By Dom Peppiatt 27 June 2021 11:03 GMT Castlevania Advance Collection, which likely contains Circle of the Moon, Harmony of Dissonance, and Aria of Sorrow, has been rated for PC in Korea.Just last week, we saw Castlevania Advance Collection – which collects the Game Boy Advance games in the series – rated by Australia’s classification board.Following that accidental reveal, the Game Rating and Administration Committee of Korea has rated Castlevania Advance Collection for PC, too, suggesting the game is due for release sooner rather than later.Watch on YouTubeThree Castlevania games listed above were all released for Game Boy Advance handheld console between…

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The best Sonic the Hedgehog games, ranked

Sonic is 30 – so let’s celebrate by ranking his greatest hits. Watch on YouTubeToday marks thirty years of Sonic the Hedgehog, one of the most influential and important games in history and the genesis of a hugely important series to me personally. Sonic was my first true video game obsession – the games, the cartoons (especially Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, the slapstick Looney Tunes style one), and the comic books. The first online gaming communities I fell into, before I was even in my teens, were Sonic communities. In many ways, those communities set me on the path…

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E3 2021 Wrap-up: The best games and the biggest disappointments

By Tom Orry 16 June 2021 19:05 GMT We gather to discuss the highs and lows of E3 2021, including the re-reveal of Breath of the Wild 2, plus the Xbox Showcase.E3 2021 is over, yet you might be wondering if it even began, what with most publishers barely showing up and Sony not taking part at all. This year’s “event” has felt rather weak when compared to previous years, but we’ve still had a number of great-looking games get announced.Watch on YouTubeIn the video above you can listen to me, Alex, Dorrani, and Sherif pick our best games of…

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Sony temporarily disables LittleBigPlanet servers due to offensive messages

By Stephany Nunneley 22 May 2021 20:03 GMT Sony has disabled LittleBigPlanet servers due to ongoing attacks.Recent attacks on the LittleBigPlanet servers have led to the disabling by Sony, which said there was no other option.Watch on YouTube“Due to the severity of the recent attacks we have no other option than to temporarily disable the game servers,” reads a tweet from the LittleBigPlanet Twitter. “We do not take these attacks lightly especially when they target our loyal community members. Thanks for understanding.”Yesterday, Sony acknowledged the community was “experiencing issues with the servers,” and that it was investigating “these new attacks.”It appears the attacks…

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Oxenfree 2, Fez, OlliOlli World, more coming to Nintendo Switch

Plenty of games were announced today during Nintendo’s Indie Showcase.Durning the Indies Showcase, Nintendo announced some indie games coming to Switch in the near future.One of these is Oxenfree 2: Lost Signals from Night School Studio. The supernatural narrative adventure game tells the tale of a researcher who stumbles upon ghostly happenings. Taking place five years after Oxenfree, in it, Riley returns to her hometown of Camena to investigate mysterious radio frequency signals causing curious disturbances.Oxenfree 2 is coming to Switch sometime this year and presumably other platforms.Watch on YouTubeRoll7 announced OlliOlli World during the presentation. In it,  you will “tear up…

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Sonic Colors Remastered likely in the works for PS4, Xbox One and Switch

By Dom Peppiatt 12 April 2021 19:10 GMT It looks like Sega is potentially remastering the 2010 Wii and DS game, Sonic Colors, to be released on PS4, Xbox One and Switch.According to the German voiceover studio, iksample, a Sonic Colors Remastered project was in the works in the latter part of 2020 – though the webpage that initially leaked the info has since been taken down (thanks, Gematsu).As if that wasn’t proof enough that Sega has something Sonic Colors-related going on behind the scenes, we later saw French retailer SoGamely list Sonic Colors Ultimate – Limited Edition for PS4, Xbox One, and…

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Ratchet & Clank PS5 is getting a 60fps patch in April

By Dom Peppiatt, Monday, 29 March 2021 18:30 GMT Sony Interactive Entertainment and Insomniac Games have announced plans to release a Ratchet & Clank PS5 update next month that’ll allow the game to run at 60fps on the console.The world’s most infamous Lobax and his robot companion just can’t stop getting in the headlines, can they? Even though the PlayStation 4 reboot of Ratchet & Clank was launched back in 2016, Insomniac and Sony are rolling out a new update for the game that will allow it to run at 60fps on PS5.In a tweet, the developer announced that the…

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Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time requires an always-online connection on PC

By Dom Peppiatt, Sunday, 28 March 2021 11:50 GMT Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time has launched on PC, but disappointed fans have found the Battle.net launcher requires an always-online connection.After launching on PS5, Xbox Series X/S and Nintendo Switch a couple of weeks ago, Crash Bandicoot 4 finally launched on PC this week – but there’s a catch.The PC version of the title launched exclusively on Battle.net on March 26, and players eager to try the game on the platform have learned it needs to be permanently connected to the internet (standard practice for anything that launches through Battle.net).Unlike other Battle.net…

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Demon Turf debuts during ID@Xbox Showcase – play it now

By Stephany Nunneley, Friday, 26 March 2021 18:15 GMT Playtonic Friends and development partner Fabraz have announced the debut release of 3D platformer Demon Turf.Taking on the role of Beebz, a 1000-year-old demon, in Demon Turf you must reclaim numerous turfs of the Demon world, defeat the Demon King, and claim the throne.Revealed during today’s ID@Xbox showcase event, the game features a 2D/3D art style, and a focus on replayability and ever-evolving challenge.Every week, the team at Fabraz will introduce a brand new demo of the game on Steam. Except it’s not a demo in the usual sense. Called Demon…

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Puzzle adventure title Omno is launching this summer

By Alex Calvin, Friday, 26 March 2021 17:57 GMT The title was revealed back in 2018.Studio Inkyfox’s Omno is finally coming out at some point this summer.The news was announced as part of today’s ID@Xbox livestream, with the game set for not only Xbox One and Game Pass, but also PC and PlayStation 4 at the same time. There’s also a Nintendo Switch version on the way that’s launching “shortly after”.Omno is an exploration/puzzle title from one-man studio Studio Inkyfox aka Jonas Manke. The title was initially announced back in 2018, with a 2019 release date, and was funded via…