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Forget the Large Hadron Collider. You want to see mind-freakingly beautiful science in action? Get yourself some Maboshi. Plus there’s zero threat of it ever turning the world inside out.
If we were to say “It’s apt that the back of the box depicts a pair of lumbering penguins holding a pair of Wii controllers, because that appears to have been the target audience,” the inevitable response would be “But it’s for kids!” But when did that argument ever hold water? When were the pre-pubescent ever champions of the bland and meandering?
Madworld is the definition of Grindhouse gaming, inspired as much by movie directors such as Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez as games gone by. With striking monochrome visuals spattered with gobbets of gore and enough violence to keep the tabloids in column inches for the next sixth months, it’s by far the most stylish Wii game to date. But beneath the gory facade is a staggeringly simple concept.
Download Magntetica Twist (known as Actionloop Twist in the UK), even if it’s only to experience the awesome ball-clack noise. For less ardent audiophiles, there’s also a polished puzzler here as well. The premise? Your Mii is plopped into a rotating cannon – twisted by turning the remote – that fires coloured marbles. Around your cannon a track of balls snake towards The Hole of Bad Things (our name). Chain
Do you consider fart jokes to be the pinnacle of human humour? Do you sides split at the merest hint of a belch? If so, then prepare to scoop your intestines off the floor, because here’s the game of your dreams! Us?
Are marching bands the next big trend in rhythm gaming? We'd guess no, but Major Minor's Majestic March is still the real deal. It’s an entire rhythm game focused on a marching band – but instead of playing an instrument controller or tapping buttons in time with a beat, you simply wave the Wii Remote like a bandleader's baton.
Hudson has already proved its mettle as champion of the Wii ball rolling game with Kororinpa. Which is perhaps why it’s back to have another go with a Balance Board-compatible ball rolling game that’s officially known as the Kororinpa sequel in the US, but strangely titled without any official sequel-sounding moniker in the UK.
Early as it is, sports lovers are already abuzz about next year's Summer Olympic Games. With tickets harder to come by than a tea-time chat with the Queen, the closest most of us will ever get to the event is Sega's newest title, Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Unfortunately for us, this half-inspired, half-humdrum sequel offers an experience of the Games that's more bronze than gold-medal-worthy...
Have we all gotten over the fact that Mario and Sonic are in the same game yet? Then we can begin. The chillier of the two Olympics might get short shrift in the national media, but historically it tends to produce the better videogames, and so it proves here again. Sega have done an admirable job of making loads of sports involving falling down a mountain at high-speed feel different from one another.