If we did as much sporting activity as Mario - tennis, fighting, golf, jumping on turtles' heads - we'd be pretty disappointed if we still looked more Luciano Pavarotti than Mr Gay UK. But that doesn't seem to stop him and Toadstool Tour, a follow-up to Mario Golf on the N64, has him taking to the golf course again.Alongside him, of course, are the usual cast, all looking as good as they ever have in a Mario game. There's Peach, with a swing that scatters rose petals behind it, and Donkey Kong,
As the original power-up-loaded go-kart racer, Mario Kart can hardly be called a derivative, cash-grabbing franchise. Well, that used to be the case, anyway - Double Dash!! pretty much offers just one new thing for us to scream about, and that's the ability to control two drivers on one extra-long kart.
For the first time, you can choose, say, Mario and Luigi simultaneously, and swap between them mid-race. Mario drives while his bro acts as a gunner, tossing turtle shells and slipping banana
As a great poet once wrote, there ain't no party like an S-Club party. But while the pop icons have long since consigned their paper plates and pointy hats to the same dark cupboard as their funky funky beat, spare a thought for poor Mario. He's been throwing exactly the same party for the past six years, and even if he still has the appetite for another helping of sponge cake and jelly, we're not sure if his guests retain the same enthusiasm.This time around, Mario's chronic case of sequelitis
Nintendo and Hudson Soft must have a secret portal to a dimension stacked with cool minigames. The companies have ruthlessly mined that resource, grabbing scads of tiny contests to lure up to eight players around several cutesy, detailed game boards. While the eight-player option is new to this installment, little else is. Mario Party 7 faithfully offers more of the same gameplay and forces players to swallow cripplingly slow computer turns in the process.
As in a board game, players choose a
Mario Tennis was not only the best sports title on N64, but also the best tennis game ever made.
The unique control system, by which the computer took care of technical things, such as timing your swing, left players free to concentrate on outwitting opponents, and meant Power Tennis aced more serious tennis sims clean off the court.
Does it play as well as before? Will the special moves and their attendant unskippable cut-scenes spoil the flow? Can it possibly retain the magic that made the
Mario's done it again. From golf to tennis and now baseball, the plumber has proved that he's a better sportsman than Deion Sanders. But Mario Superstar Baseball diverts from the pick-up-and-play style of previous athletic outings, and ups the difficulty.
The truth is you will miss the ball. A lot. As good as Mario can be at golf and tennis, he's no A-Rod, and he doesn't hit a homer easily. In fact you can forget about home runs for the moment; at first you'll be happy when you actually hear
Going from zero Metroid games in eight years to three in two years was a welcome change. But why do both of spacey-chic heroine Samus Aran's first-person adventures have to be so damn similar? Per usual, you start with the most basic of sci-fi equipment; a meager blaster and roly-poly, morph ball for locomotion. Eventually, these make way for multi-targeting missiles and a chasm-spanning hover jump. As you explore the rocky, swampy and airless terrain ot the planet Aether, new paths will open
Okay, this isn't exactly a full game but you still get a First Hunt demo free in your DS box (if you imported from the US), so we reckon it deserves an appraisal.
The game comes with two very different modes: training, and a multiplayer version. The latter is perhaps the one you'll get the most enjoyment out of, allowing up to four DSs to go head-to-head in three different arenas.
It's surprisingly accomplished for a handheld. The visuals are crisp - if maybe a little blocky - and, crucially,