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Xenoblade Chronicles X

When you get into this game, you GET into this game. I’m only 6 hours in, and am still feeling myself around the various (and admittedly expansive) systems, and learning to appreciate the depth that’s on display here. What I do already know is that I so love being in this world, and exploring the gorgeous planet – this is much more my jam than the death husk of a world that we get in Fallout 4. Also, I love the sense of wonder as you explore the world, and run by amazingly giant creatures roaming and floating around you. I’m also learning to appreciate the combat system, which gets better and better the more you start understanding how to approach things. I already know that I’m going to have a hell of a good time playing through this game.

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Mario Kart 7

Last month, as I was feeling sad because the new tracks were getting released for Mario Kart 8 and I didn’t have access to my Wii U (it was sent by sea from Japan), I broke down and picked up Mario Kart 7 for 3DS (the fact that it was on sale was further incentive). It’s a great game, and I’ve been having a blast playing it, but it really hit me when I finally did get my Wii U again and went back to playing MK8, and was again blown away by how beautiful a game it is.

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Bayonetta 2

When I finished the first Bayonetta the other day, I did something I’ve never done before: I immediately started playing the sequel, because I couldn’t wait to play more. And as much as I had fun playing through Bayonetta, that first level alone in 2 was enough to let me know that I’m in for an even better and crazier ride. To be honest, I’ve been shocked at how much I’ve been enjoying playing these games, as I’m not usually that big into action fighting games – like Devil May Cry – but there’s just something about the accessibility of it all, and the scale of the levels and creatures that I so love. In fact, it gives me some of the same feelings of awe that I had when I played through Asura’s Wrath, which is a game I really loved. Oh, and I’m absolutely in love with the character of Bayonetta, she’s my kinda gal.

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Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Oh, I never posted about getting Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U? Don’t be silly, of course I got it. Of course I’ve been having a blast playing with friends over. Of course the graphics are astoundingly beautiful and colorful. Of course there are more modes than you can shake a stick at. Of course the amiibo stuff is really neat. Of course I’m buying amiibo because they look really nice and I love having them. But you all knew that, of course.

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Bayonetta

The other game I got myself on Christmas day was actually two games, in the form of Bayonetta 1 and 2. Since I’d never fully completed the first one (back on the PS3), I decided to start by playing that, and oh boy am I getting a kick out of playing her with the Link costume – and it’s great that she keeps wearing it during the cut scenes too. I don’t know if it’s the effect of the costume or what, but I’m also finding myself having more fun that I remember having when I last played it, and although I’m mostly playing with the regular controls, it is neat what they’ve done with the touch controls, letting you play using the stylus. Already getting excited to finish this so I can play my copy of Bayonetta 2.

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EarthBound

I got this on Christmas day through the Virtual Console, and I felt like a kid, holding up my Wii U controller and entering this Super Nintendo-powered world. Smaaash! I kinda feel like I should be wearing my Mother t-shirt when I’m playing this.

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Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

I’m so in love with this game, it’s ridiculous. No surprise, really, considering how much I enjoyed the Captain Toad levels in Super Mario 3D World, but this game just takes it to a whole new level, both graphically and in terms of the variety of the levels themselves. I have a constant grin as I’m playing, and I love that if you have saved data from 3D World on your system, then you unlock the ability to play through some of the levels of that game, adapted for the Captain. 

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Hyrule Warriors

Despite the fact that this is mostly a Dynasty Warriors game with a Zelda skin – and I’ve never felt any particular desire to play a Dynasty Warriors game – I so wanted to get this because of, well, Zelda. I’m happy I did get it. Sure, it’s mindless hacking and slashing for the most part, but I’m still getting a huge kick out of controlling all of these Zelda characters, of fighting my way through Zelda enemies, and just the pure Zelda-ness of it all. Did I mention I kinda like Zelda-related things? I even love seeing the cut scenes, with those characters interacting and looking fantastic. It’s not for everyone, but if you’re a really big Zelda fan like me, then I think you’ll have fun with this.

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Shovel Knight

Imagine an NES game, but done if the NES had kept evolving a few more years. I’m having a blast playing this, and I’m doing so mostly playing it on the Wii U controller – there’s also a 3DS version, but since I play even my 3DS games at home, I figured the Wii U version was the way to go, since it gives the option to play on the big screen as well. I’ve only played a couple of hours so far, and I have a feeling it’s going to get challenging – especially the boss battles – but there’s just so much to love here in terms of presentation, music, and gameplay that I think I’m going to have a lot more fun playing this. Oh, and you gotta love the fact that it constantly taunts you with the life of the next boss you’ll be facing in the upper right hand corner of the screen.

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Pushmo World

I am completely new to the Pushmo series, having never played the two 3DS games (Pushmo and Crashmo), but after seeing some really positive reviews for Pushmo World, out for the Wii U, I decided to give it a try. I’m sure glad I did. I don’t play a whole lot of puzzle games, but when the right one comes along, I can get sucked in, and I think it’s happening here (which already has me thinking that I need to get the two 3DS titles too). I really love the way it’s all presented – a colorful world with cute plump characters to interact with the puzzle pieces – and the puzzles themselves are surprisingly fun to try and figure out, because of the physicality (pushing and pulling various pieces of a puzzle). I’ve only played 1-2 hours so far, but I think I’m going to like this a lot.