Nintendo Land

Nintendo Land, therefore, serves three core purposes. Firstly, it is an extremely well-produced game that packs a whole lot of value; secondly, it works as a blueprint so that gamers can know what their newly acquired system is capable of, and developers can use its concepts as a source of inspiration; and, finally, it is a great display of how Nintendo’s MiiVerse can be integrated into a game in very meaningful ways. More than a bonus that comes with the system, Nintendo Land is a game that offers plenty of challenge for lonely moments, and a huge quantity of fun when two or more friends are gathered.

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Bayonetta

Everything, its dialogues, the sexualization of its titular character, its flashy combat scheme, its progressively outrageous enemy design, and its overwhelming gore come up to form a creature that is simultaneously brutal and light-hearted. This is blatant violence without a drop of guilt; it is heavy darkness coated in pop accessibility; it is wicked elegance; it is doing everything that is ridiculous and polemic for the sake of entertainment; and it is the chance for players to perform the most eye-popping moves and maneuvers with the press of a few buttons or the delivery of some timely combos.

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Hyrule Warriors

Hyrule Warriors ends up being a game of contrasts. Although its graphics are nothing special, its music never does justice to the usual Zelda soundtrack greatness, and its gameplay is limited, the game finds a way to be incredibly addictive and justifies that desire for more by giving players a whole lot of content to play through. In the land of Hyrule, Dynasty Warriors finds a famous and highly beloved skin to wear, and – in return – leaves Zelda fans with a little treat to play.

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Mario Kart 8

Mario Kart 8 is one fantastic game. Its anti-gravity mechanics are a clever way to add new gameplay elements to the series while giving developers the chance to express all of their creativity in the crafting of various flooring tracks and in the reinvention of old courses. It is with these little steps into new directions that the franchise is able to keep itself fresh after so many years, growing strong instead of stale, and taking an ever firmer grip on the kart-racing genre.

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Child Of Light

It is a game that feels and plays like an enormous journey through a fairytale land, and despite the grand size it conveys, it never loses sight of the little magical things that make a game of its kind unforgettable. It lifts the spirit, transports players to a magical land of unquestionable charm, and does wonders to the children that remain in the hearts of many gamers.

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Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

In the end, the game, unsurprisingly, is not Donkey Kong Country 2: the masterpiece it will naturally be matched against when Nintendo fans look back on the history of the franchise a few years down the line. Yet, if there is one title out there that can put up a fight on that one-sided battle for the sidescrolling crown, Tropical Freeze might be it. It is a struggle that is only decided by the tiniest details, because this sequel manages to be immensely challenging, invariably creative, and fully packed with content.

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Pikmin 3

All in all, Pikmin 3 is one of the very best reasons to own a Nintendo Wii U. It marked Nintendo’s first definitive step into a new generation of gaming, and it displays a great franchise at its very best. Pikmin 3 is overwhelmingly charming, impressively beautiful and it is a blast to play through.

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Rayman Legends

Although Rayman Legends does not rock the platforming genre to its core, something that is not exactly a requirement for a great game, it excels and astounds in every single aspect. Its graphics are an amazing explosion of colors and lines, its soundtrack features tunes that are absolutely incredible, and the creativity of its level design is unbelievable.

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Assassin’s Creed IV

Black Flag may present some of the issues that have hindered past Assassin’s Creed games, such as missions that feel scripted, minor glitches, a not-so-compelling and disruptive modern storyline, and a few control issues – which are especially clear on this game’s underwater segments. But whatever shortcomings it may present, they are all forgiveable and forgettable due to the sheer size and sense of adventure brought up by Black Flag’s astonishing setting.

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