Summer releases: bring your A-game

| May 21, 2017

Summer releases: bring your A-game

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Stuff they don’t teach at school It’s May and it’s virtually summer — the perfect time to play “Summer Lesson: The Hikari Miyamoto Collection,” in which you tutor and hang out with schoolgirl Hikari Miyamoto. This game was released as a download last October, ...

Games: Best of editions and additions

| Apr 23, 2017

Games: Best of editions and additions

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Eighth time lucky for ‘Mario Kart’ The eighth entry in the long-running “Mario Kart” series first came out in 2014. Now a deluxe version is headed for Nintendo Switch, with the appropriate title “Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.” Ever since “Super Mario Kart” was released ...

'Senran Kagura' makes a big splash

| Mar 25, 2017

'Senran Kagura' makes a big splash

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The “Senran Kagura” games are ridiculous. But that’s the whole point. Previous installments have followed the adventures of buxom female kunoichi (female ninjas), who end up with tattered clothing while battling foes. This latest game, however, trades ninja gear for water guns. “Peach Beach ...

Nintendo is switching it up

| Feb 25, 2017

Nintendo is switching it up

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It’s still early in 2017, but Switch, Nintendo’s newest gaming console, is bound to be the most desirable hardware of the year. Both a home console and a handheld, it’s being touted as an all-in-one must have. Drop it in its dock and players ...

New releases for wintry nights in

| Jan 21, 2017

New releases for wintry nights in

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Bring on the virtual terror New “Biohazard” (“Resident Evil” in the West) games are always a very big deal, so it’s no surprise that “Resident Evil 7” is causing a fuss. “RE7” is set in Louisiana four years after “Resident Evil 6.” The protagonist ...

Updating gaming for the New Year

| Dec 24, 2016

Updating gaming for the New Year

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SuperMario makes a dash for smartphones For years, people have asked Nintendo if the Kyoto-based game maker was going to create titles for smartphones. Now, finally, the question has been answered. This isn’t actually Nintendo’s first phone app, but it is its first proper ...

Games you've been waiting a long time for

| Aug 27, 2016

Games you've been waiting a long time for

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An endless exploration The biggest game to land this fall is “No Man’s Sky.” And we mean literally the biggest. This sci-fi survival adventure title features an estimated 18 quintillion planets! The massive game is procedurally generated, meaning that data algorithms randomly create the ...

New releases fill in the gaps in gaming

| Jun 25, 2016

New releases fill in the gaps in gaming

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A necessary evil “Resident Evil 7” was announced this month, but it won’t be available until January 2017. What’s a “Resident Evil” (“Biohazard” in Japan) fan to do until then? Luckily, to tide us over, Capcom is also releasing a remastered version of “Resident ...