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Let me start with the assurance that Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon is, in fact, not a port of the Gamecube original. Normally I wouldn't assume a statement of such to be necessary, but over the course of playing the game for this review enough of my gaming friends made that assumption that it became clear the game looked and sounded enough like the 12-year-old title to cause confusion.

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I consider myself a fan of the Paper Mario series, and whether it’s because of that or in spite of it I’ve learned to be cautious whenever there’s a new release on the horizon. Super Paper Mario took everybody by surprise when it eschewed the majority of the RPG elements that the first two titles developed, and since then it seems that Nintendo and Intelligent Systems want to use the series more as a test bed for nonstandard roleplaying experimentation than an opportunity to plant feet firmly in traditional RPG territory. Maybe they think the Mario & Luigi series is doing a good enough job on its own and don’t want to step on AlphaDream’s toes?

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I’ve spoken before about how powerful of a tool nostalgia can be. Let’s face it, when you’ve got a standing audience waiting for a new entry in a favorite series or genre you essentially have an established customer base and a certain amount of money guaranteed for a given project with it. Sometimes nostalgia runs just as deep on the developer’s side of things, and members of one production team love their old project so much that they take special effort to find their way onto a similar new title. Such is the case with Code of Princess, which unfortunately proves, if anything, that sentiment can only carry a product so far.

A technicolor theatrical ninja is just the tip of the silliness iceberg here.

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Veteran fans of the Ace Attorney series should be very happy to hear that, not only has Capcom officially announced Ace Attorney 5, but original protagonist Phoenix Wright will be back in the spotlight. The series' move to 3DS also comes with eschewing much of the sprite art for cel shaded 3D models, and while we remain advocates for good sprite work here we have to admit that the new graphical approach does a great job of maintaining the established art style without any of the dreaded awkwardness all too common to polygonal treatments of 2D art.

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The news of a heavily anime-inspired spinoff to Capcom's Lost Planet series caught many fans off guard and not quite sure what to make of it. Still, interest remained steady in the months since its mid-May announcement, and the recent trademarking of the title E.X. Troopers in North America and Europe made the prospect of a Western release look hopeful.

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If you've ever played a Mario game - and odds are if you're reading this right now that it's a safe assumption - then you've probably built up a certain expectation of what you'll get when you pick up a title featuring Nintendo's portly plumber: Bright, colorful visuals; Solid and responsive controls; Level design that, while occasionally a little bland, is generally fun and never outright bad. You can rest assured that Nintendo's newest effort, New Super Mario Bros. 2, meets these expectations faithfully. Unfortunately, though, it does little else.

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Fans as we are of a good crossover title, we've been anxiously following Project X Zone developments since before the game even had a name despite chances of localization steadily getting bleaker and bleaker. Up until now it's been a matter of scraping for precious details, but Banpresto dropped a big update on us today in the form of a ten-minute trailer.

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So, remember when Nintendo told us a new 3DS iteration probably wouldn't happen? Well wires must've been crossed on the company's news front somewhere, because last night's Nintendo Direct presentation told us just the opposite as they unveiled the Nintendo 3DS XL.

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For those hungry for news after the latest in Nintendo's mascot mash-up fighter series failed to show its face at E3, today's your lucky day. During their Nintendo Direct conference today the developer revealed quite the unexpected news on the heavily anticipated titles: In addition to Kid Icarus: Uprising studio Project Sora, Namco Bandai is now part of the development team for the next Super Smash Bros. games.

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Those of you waiting out the next iteration of the Nintendo 3DS before committing on a purchase should probably make your calls now, because according to Shigeru Miyamoto there likely won't be another one. In an interview with IGN, Miyamoto dispelled the rumors of a plus-sized 3DS in the same vein as the DSi XL, instead claiming that Nintendo is looking into a successor to its current handheld.

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