The Mario Party franchise has evolved over the years, getting more streamlined and fun with each iteration. Mario Party 10 is no exception, and is fun for folks of all ages. Is it the perfect Wii U game? I wouldn’t go so far as to answer that with an emphatic “yes” – especially if you own more than one other Mario Party game; however, it does a great job in terms of accessibility and fun, and if you have never played a Mario Party game before, it is a worthy addition to your Wii U games collection, thanks to its universal appeal. Sure, there will be others who will utter “been there, done that” under their breath – and while that may be true to some, there are some great new features which shake things up.
When I attended the Canadian Videogame Awards back in November, I kept seeing Frima Studio’s Chariot during the nomination announcements for a number of different categories1. I was intrigued by this interesting-looking platformer. Frima was nice enough to send me a copy (PS4) to review, and I can safely say that it deserved every nomination that it received. Smallest Thumbs also joined in on the fun to help me test out the couch-cooperative mode – and she was quite happy about that.
It doesn’t take an astute person to note that Zelda has one of the most iconic soundtracks in gaming ever. The melodies that signal intrigue or payoff have seeped into the general gaming culture, and the Fairy Fountain theme even made a cameo in Scott Pilgrim vs the World. In a marketplace that can sustain multiple touring companies playing videogame soundtracks, an all-Zelda show is a no-brainer.
For ten years now I have been hearing DS fans drone on about how great Kirby: Canvas Curse was – a game designed to show off the capabilities of Nintendo’s first stylus interface. Navigating Kirby through a treacherous world by drawing paths for him to follow wasn’t a pitch that got me enthusiastic enough to try the game for myself, but now that Nintendo has revisited the concept for the Wii U’s Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, I just had to give it a look.
Five times. Five times, I have tried to get invested in the world of Monster Hunter – and five times, I have failed. It wasn’t that the game was bad. The franchise has an explosive community of fans that will line up around the block for days just to get the newest iteration. It was more like…the game just wasn’t my cup of tea. Enter Capcom’s Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate for the Nintendo 3DS, where I was given my sixth chance of redemption with the series.
If you have had a chance to sample The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, or its terrific 3DS remake from last month, then you’re surely aware that it features an overabundance of excellent original music. Fortunately for Toronto’s Zelda fans and music aficionados alike, the Zelda Symphony is returning to the Sony Centre on March 20, 2015, and it will include a special portion devoted to Majora’s Mask.
Fighter jets are cool. This is pretty much the thesis statement of Access Games’ Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy+, a Nintendo 3DS game that conspires to get you into cool looking jets and doing bad-ass stuff as quickly as possible. This is a portable distillation of the stalwart aerial dogfighting franchise, but how much of the arcade thrills can one have on a five inch screen?