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New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe Bounces Onto Switch

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Nintendo’s premiere Mario 2D sidescroller on Wii U has been re-released with new content on the Switch. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is available now. And arriving on Nintendo 3DS is another Mario remaster: Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr.’s Journey.

“After a strong 2018, both Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS add to their large and diverse libraries with two solid games starring Mario and friends,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior VP of Sales and Marketing. “Nintendo is giving fans on both platforms good options to kick off their entertainment in 2019.”

New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe includes the original New Super Mario Bros. U and its more challenging sequel, New Super Luigi U, for a total of 164 levels.

Both games feature up to four player simultaneous local co-op. Players can choose between Mario, Luigi, Peach, Toad, and newcomers Nabbit and Toadette. Both Nabbit and Toadette are geared for younger gamers, offering an assist mode. Nabbit is un-phased by enemies and earns extra lives, while Toadette can turn into Peachette, letting her double jump, float, and bounce up from pitfalls.

Note that you’ll need additional controllers to play with three or four players.

The recently arrived Nintendo 3DS version of 2009’s Bower’s Inside Story features revamped graphics and gameplay. The new mode, Bowser’s Jr.’s Journey, puts Bowser’s kid in the limelight as he gathers an army and wrecks havoc. Bowser’s Inside Story is fully compatible with the Nintendo 2DS and 2DS XL.

Both games are rated E for Everyone.

StarCraft: Remastered

StarCraft: Remastered Review: Space Wars Nostalgia

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Available On: PC (Windows, Mac)

Blizzard’s online service Battle.net wasn’t quite my first foray into online gaming, but it did solidify my love of computer gaming throughout the late 90s and early 2000s. Many a Friday evening in the early days of high school were spent constructing marines and mowing down Zerg with friends. To say I have deeply ingrained nostalgia for StarCraft is an understatement.

StarCraft: Remastered is a very faithful HD update to one of the best strategy games ever created. It suffers a bit from forgoing any gameplay or UI updates that strategy games from the last two decades have evolved (such as StarCraft 2). But make no mistake, StarCraft Remastered makes a great game better.
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Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap

Several Remasters of Classic Games Are Out This Week

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As the first generation of gamers get older, remasters of classic games are only going to become more popular. This week sees no less than four remasters launching, including one collection that has six games.

Full Throttle Remastered is the latest Lucasarts adventure game to be given the remaster treatment. Like Day of the Tentacle and Grim Fandango, original designer Tim Schafer acquired the rights to his old game for his own indie studio Double Fine. Full Throttle was given the full HD treatment with improved graphics, sound, and controls, while preserving the original voice acting. You can also freely switch between the remastered and original version. It’s available for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

The Disney Afternoon Collection isn’t so much remastered as it is several retro games packaged together with a few added perks. The collection includes six 8-bit titles: Chip ‘N Dale Rescue Rangers 1 and 2, Ducktales 1 and 2, Darkwing Duck, and TaleSpin. Each game retains its original graphics and gameplay.

New time attack and boss rush modes are available, as well as online leaderboards. You can also browse original assets, like game manuals, within the museum. A rewind feature and save states help alleviate the notorious difficulty of the otherwise excellent platforming games of the era. The Disney Afternoon Collection is available for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

Voodoo Vince: Remastered is not a franchise I’m familiar with. But apparently it was popular enough to warrant a remaster. The 2003 Xbox platformer was not backwards compatible with the Xbox 360, making this the first chance many have to play it. The remaster updates to HD graphics while maintaining the same gameplay. It’s out for PC and Xbox One.

Finally Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap also released this week. It’s a remake of the old 1989 Wonder Boy III. This is by far the most extensive remaster, with brand new hand-drawn graphics and music. Numerous gameplay tweaks and features have been added, including the choice to play as a girl character. You can also switch between original and remake video and audio styles. It’s available now for PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.  It’s scheduled to arrive for the PC this Summer.