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Mario Party 9 marks a series of smart additions to a series that took a sorely-needed five-year break after the woeful Mario Party 8. But are the changes enough to win back fatigued party gamers?
Nintendo has proven time and time again that it can slap Mario and the gang on the cover of pretty much any kind of game, punt it out the door, and it’ll sell. The franchise has been largely synonymous with quality, though a few duds have snuck into the line-up. Past attempts to pair the heroic plumber with popular sporting pastimes haven’t always yielded the best results, but Mario Sports Mix strikes the right balance between solid sporting action and Mushroom Kingdom-themed wackiness...
We were half expecting this to be like a Mario-ised version of the baseball game from Wii Sports, but having puzzled our way through, we’d have to say we were half wrong. Or is that fully wrong? Anyway, the point is that it’s nothing at all like Wii Sports, so the potential for a full-on baseball game with Mario characters and some proper motion-sensing for the batting and pitching has not yet been realised.
If you weren’t around for Mega Man’s heyday (waaaay back when dinosaurs roamed the Earth, around 1990), all this commotion about an archaic, unsophisticated platformer may make about as much sense as the robot elephants that populate Concrete Man’s level.
The confusion is understandable - Mega Man 9 is an old-school 8-bit NES game through and through, with pixel-perfect jumps, one hit kills and crushingly
For a brief period, we considered giving Metroid Prime Trilogy a 10. The original Prime, released in 2002, was a near-perfect blend of sci-fi shooting and thoughtful exploration. The version on this disc has been immensely enhanced with spot-on motion controls that make the previously stiff aiming a breeze.
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