The Legend Of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D

Saying Majora’s Mask is different from all Zelda titles that both preceded and followed it is a massive understatement. Majora’s Mask is, actually, very different from most adventure games ever put out by the industry. Sure, the core gameplay elements of puzzle-solving, character interactions, and dungeon crawling that are the bastion on which the franchise stands are almost intact, but here those assets are not the game’s gravitational core; they are actually the peripheral bodies that circle around the true lord of Majora’s Mask: time, or better yet, an endless unstoppable countdown to the utter annihilation of the game’s universe.

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The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time 3D

Depending on how one looks at it, embracing the task of remaking a game like Ocarina of Time can either be considered the most daunting quest in the world, or the easiest one. Through the fourteen years separating the Nintendo 64 release from this Nintendo 3DS overhaul, Ocarina of Time has become the ultimate legend in the lore of the gaming universe, a game – at the time – so revolutionary in its introduction of the targeting system to streamline combat in a 3-D environment and so overwhelming in the dimension and scope that Hyrule and its dungeons gained, that it left marks in our memories that are impossible to remove.

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Paper Mario: Sticker Star

In the end, Paper Mario: Sticker Star is by no means comparable to its predecessors in terms of quality. Not only are some of its gameplay elements flawed to the point where the game feels underdeveloped, such as in the poor difficulty balance and the lack of purpose on the battles, but it is also lacking tremendously in the storyline category, as none of the characters, settings or mysteries that made the previous Paper Mario games can be found in this installment.

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Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Although that added power is the biggest shift New Leaf presents in relation to its predecessors, it is far from being the only one that is remarkable. After City Folk, the Nintendo Wii installment, changed almost nothing in the general scope of the series, Nintendo was fully aware that Animal Crossing needed to take a considerable leap, but without forgetting the quirks and care that have always made it such a fantastic franchise. As it turns out, they have pulled it off in amazing fashion.

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Fantasy Life

And that is precisely where Fantasy Life truly shines. Players will desperately look for a reason to put their adventure gear on and face the dangers of the world, and the game will give them about a few dozen pieces of motivation. That eager want for a purpose to explore Reveria is easily explained by one undeniable fact: few, maybe zero, games out there are as unbelievably charming as Fantasy Life.

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Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney

All in all, though some will certainly argue that Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright is not exactly a blend of both series, just the placing of the two characters inside the same case, the game is a great success. The division between exploration segments and trials does wonders for the pace of the adventure, and seeing Layton and Luke interact with Phoenix and Maya is an amazing feeling to those who know both franchises.

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Shovel Knight

Even when compared to the classics, it stands up remarkably well, and it finds a way to mix its inspirations to shape an adventure with a personality of its own and that joins the best of what was brought by the 8-bit era with dashes of modern gaming. More than a testament to the fact that old-school games can still be relevant today, it is proof that it is still possible to reinvent the genre by nodding to the massive masterpieces of the past while carving its own brilliant identity.

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Mario Golf: World Tour

Although some of its structural shortcomings may keep it away from being the unquestionable peak of the entire Mario sports franchise, one thing is indisputable: even without the DLC, World Tour packs far more content and value than any of its peers. Regardless of one’s thoughts towards the sport, it is an engaging must-buy that can provide hundreds of hours of fantastic gameplay.

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Kirby: Triple Deluxe

The end result, despite a few shortcoming here and there, is one of the brightest moments of the Kirby series. More than that, Triple Deluxe is actually a major landmark on the Nintendo 3DS’ life cycle for it shows that 3-D effects can be successfully used to affect and inspire gameplay.

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