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New Super Mario Bros. U ReviewNew Super Mario Bros. U ReviewBy James BestAfter playing New Super Mario Bros. 2, I must admit I had little interest in playing the Wii U installment to the series, New Super Mario Bros. U. Those of you who read my review on that game, you'd likely know why. If my sister hadn't bought the game, I probably never would have played it all. After having a chance with the new game, I'm happy to say that U is a marked improvement over 2, although it is still bound by the shackles of nostalgia that have kept the series down.The game takes place in the distopian, war-torn world of the Mushroom Empire. Its ruthless monarch, Empress Peach Toadstool lashes out against the Koopa Kingdom, slaughtering countless numbers of its innocent inhabitants. In righteous retaliation, King Bowser Koopa kidnaps the empress and holds her prisoner in her own palace. Realizing the errors of her way, the empress pleads for a savior to rescue her from captivity. Luckily f
Assassin's Creed III ReviewAssassin's Creed III ReviewBy James BestAssassin's Creed is a series that has eluded me. Owning only Nintendo consoles, I've never had much of a chance to play any of the previous installments. Now, with Assassin's Creed III finding a home on the Wii U, I'm able to see what all the fuss is about.If this is your first Assassin's Creed experience, as it was mine, you might want to get up to speed with the series via a short synopsis. The overarching plot of series is incredibly convoluted. It follows the exploits of a young man named Desmond, who must live the lives of his ancestors through a device known as the Animus in order to find clues as to the whereabouts of artifacts left behind by an ancient civilization to prevent the destruction of the world, all the while avoiding the Templar-operated company of Abstergo.But that's only one part of Assassin's Creed III's plot. There's another part in which Desmond relives the experiences of his ancesto
Nintendo Land ReviewNintendo Land ReviewBy James BestWhen Nintendo Land was first revealed, it was described as being to the Wii U what Wii Sports was to Wii. It was a collection of individual minigames meant to show off the various features the console has to offer. As far as that is concerned, Nintendo Land does a good job. It gives new Wii U owners a good sense of what unique kinds of gameplay can be offered by the new controller. Aside from this, however, Nintendo Land is lacking several aspects, keeping it from being the must-have title of the Wii U's launch.The idea of Nintendo Land is that of a theme park showcasing Nintendo's renowned franchises, with each IP being represented by a unique minigame. There's Zelda Battle Quest, Metroid Blast, and Mario Chase, for example. You can navigate the theme park on foot while interacting with Mii's brought over from Miiverse.Those who played Kirby's Epic Yarn should feel right at home with Nintendo Land's graphical pre