From throwaway ideas tacked onto games that aren't much to begin with, to genuine labors of love - gifts from the developers to you - the world of the bonus minigame is wide, varied and rarely more than a couple of minutes long. Here're a bunch of our favorites.
Mario vs. Luigi in New Super Mario Bros
An insanely intense two-player battle that turns the classic Mario platforming action into a feat of endurance. The aim is to be first to collect up to 10 stars, but if the players decide to
Miis are cool and all but remember when we were excited to see our digital creations pop up in every Wii game wed own? Remember how Nintendo refuses to make that happen - prompting games such as MySims to have you create better/cooler versions of Miis? What gives Nintendo? We show you how things coulda been
At around 193 million units versus Pokémons 155 million, Mario may have sold more games overall, but considering the wide variety of stuff he stars in and the length of time hes been around; Pokémon is arguably the more significant videogame phenomenon.
Pikachu and the gang have enjoyed peaks and endured troughs since the original games 1996 Japanese debut, but no matter how many times people have tried to write off Pokémon, it remains hugely popular. Its a cultural
The Civilization name carries a lot of weight in the PC gaming community, but not so much when it comes to action-minded console types. To that end, world-famous developer Sid Meier has built a console-specific version that streamlines the whole "epic society building" thing into a few short hours.
Longtime fans know how long the typical Civ game takes. Hours upon hours can be spent tailoring your fledgling civilization from Stone Age to Space Age, sometimes even crossing the 24-hour mark.
Now that the dust has settled on what was the most unique E3 in recent history, we've had a chance to reminisce on the highlights of the show and compile them into one clever video. Sandwiched somewhere between the endless parade of press conferences where publishers trotted out their holiday hopefuls, we stuffed ourselves into taxi after taxi to bring you the latest news as it happened. As E3 struggled to redefine itself and assert its relevance, we toiled night and day posting stories and
Our biggest beef with Destroy All Humans 2 was that it felt like the usually coldhearted alien, Crypto was more concerned with saving the world than destroying humans. But it looks like this won't be a problem in Destroy All Humans: Big Willy Unleashed. In this mouth watering follow up - set after the events in Destroy All Humans 2 - Crypto decides to open his own restaurant which features human flesh as the secret ingredient.
Although capturing and cooking people serves Crypto's antipathy
The Iron Man movie may still be under wraps, but at last week's E3 show Sega was pimping out an early look at the game of the movie, which includes big names like Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson and Gwyneth Paltrow. Whether any of these famous faces will take time out to speak into a microphone for the game remains to be announced but Sega's developer team has had access to most, if not all, assets from the film.
Behind closed doors we saw an early level in progress that took place in a
Though E3 2007 was a very different show from previous years, it was still overflowing with high-quality games that demand our attention. And what better way to recognize that than with some awards? In fine GamesRadar tradition, we won't be giving out what you expect, of course. Strap in - because Game of the Show is the only one you'll
Nintendo's press conference may not have held great interest for the hardcore gamer, but behind closed doors it was allowing select individuals an hour-long session of Metroid Prime 3: Corruption. Fans will know that's still not enough time to truly get a feel for such an enormous game, but our 60 minutes of Samus definitely left us with some mixed impressions.
The first 20 minutes or so take place on a space station. There are workers milling around, space marines barking orders and rival
Even though every other Resident Evil lightgun game has been ill received, Umbrella Chronicles keeps getting a ton of positive press. We've certainly sung its praises a few times, but perhaps the most immersive part of the gameplay has only just now been experienced - playing the game with the Wii Zapper.
Using only the remote and Nunchuk was fine, but the locked-in feeling and perfect hand placement of the zapper make spraying hot lead at zombie heads all the more enticing. One hand is placed