Popular online gaming publication IGN has awarded Super Mario Galaxy with the acclaimed accolade as game of the last generation. IGN says that the Wii classic redefined the platforming genre and gave players a smart and refreshing challenge. They concluded by saying that it was ultimately the game worth owning a Wii for.
“Super Mario Galaxy wasn’t just the latest and greatest 3D Mario game when it released in 2007 — it redefined the platforming genre. Again. Nintendo’s best designers rebounded from the excellent but still somewhat underwhelming Super Mario Sunshine on the GameCube and unleashed Galaxy, a meaty, deep adventure that married Mario’s traditional fireballs and Koopaling knockouts with a healthy dose of M.C. Escher. Its game design is as smart and challenging as it is refreshing, and, Wii Sports be damned, it was and is worth owning a Wii for all on its own.”
Online gaming publication IGN has listed eight reason why they’re eagerly awaiting the release of Mario Kart 8 on the Wii U. One of the main reasons they are excited for the game, amongst others, is the sumptuous visuals. To be fair it looks as though they’re excited for everything about the latest entry in the Mario Kart franchise.
- The graphics
- The power ups
- The characters
- The retro tracks
- The level design
- The local multiplayer
- Sharing (Miiverse replays, Mario Kart TV)
- The competition
Popular online gaming site IGN has posted their own personal Game of the Year nominees for 2013. Unsurprisingly, there’s a couple of Nintendo games on the list which include Super Mario 3D World for Wii U and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds for the Nintendo 3DS. Grand Theft Auto V seems to be scooping up a few Game of the Year awards, so it will certainly be interesting to see how IGN vote.
- Grand Theft Auto V
- DOTA 2
- The Last of Us
- Device 6
- Tomb Raider
- Super Mario 3D World
- Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
- Gone Home
- Bioshock Infinite
IGN has reviewed Mario Party: Island Tour and has given the game a score of a 5.5/10. While the review praises the ambitious download play and gameboard designs, it trashes the minigames and the new single player mode. Aggregate site Metacritic has the game at a score of 64 with eight reviews having come in. Have you played Mario Party: Island Tour for the Nintendo 3DS yet? What are your impressions of the game?
Mario Party: Island Tour’s single-player campaign is laughably bad, and the ambitious, content-rich multiplayer options and unique game boards are ultimately dragged down by mostly boring minigames and unfortunate system-jerking motion control. A group of friends might only have fleeting good times with this collection.
Popular gaming site IGN has quizzed its readers to find out which next generation consoles and games they’re most looking forward to in the coming months. Unsurprisingly, Sony’s recently released PlayStation 4 console came out on top. The reader said it shows the most potential and is also the system most of them plan to own by the end of the year. However, the Wii U didn’t do very well in the survey, which was conducted by 26,000 IGN readers. Only four percent said that the system showed potential over the next five years and only four percent said it will be the one console they will own at the end of the year.
Online gaming publication IGN provided a video review of the long-awaited Super Mario 3D Land and promptly took it down. However, those that watched the video say that the publication awarded Mario’s latest adventure a 9.6/10 and cited everything as positives, except for the four player camera (screen real estate) on multiplayer. The Super Mario 3D World review embargo should end on Tuesday, November 19th.
Online gaming publication IGN has awarded Link’s latest adventure an impressive 9.4, stating that it’s one of the best Zelda games ever created and up there with the classics. The reviewer says that The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds recaptures the spirit of adventure that gave the early games Zelda their potency, but it’s not a total revolution.
What could have been an easy sequel that traded on past glories is instead a compelling argument for digging up the foundations of Zelda and seeing what happens – rather like Wind Waker did 10 years ago. A Link Between Words is not a total revolution, but it may very well be the start of one. I haven’t been so challenged by a Zelda since Ocarina of Time, and rarely have I been so consistently surprised by one.
Between Worlds recaptures the spirit of adventure that gave the early games Zelda their potency, and lays out a vision for Zelda games still to come. It invites them – and us, the long-term fans – to let go of conventions that may have been comforting, but were ultimately holding us back. It’s at once intensely nostalgic and powerfully novel, unpatronising and cerebral. As a Zelda fan, I couldn’t wish for much more.
Thanks, Walter White