From the second you power on the game, its entire toy chest is open to you, no strings attached.
To enjoy the game is to believe that there can be purpose or joy in peeking around the most distant corners of our world.
The game comes across like a love letter to everything that Super Mario Odyssey left behind.
The effectiveness of the game’s humor doesn’t always tie back to the concept of Bowser as a frustrated, impotent vessel.
It takes more than a little bit of genius to allow a game as accessible as this to still keep the door open for in-depth competitive play.
The game shows a developer operating with the best of intentions, attempting to offer up a party for every sort of player.
WarioWare Gold slightly redeems itself only after you’ve suffered through the feeble punchlines of the Story mode and have unlocked Challenge mode.
The Switch delivers Captain Toad in a higher-resolution format, and with better gyroscopic controls.
Right from the start, Mario Tennis Aces, the eighth installment in the Mario Tennis series, feels inadequate.
More so than any pop game this year, Super Mario Odyssey sees virtual space as a land of elating possibilities.
Knack 2 falters when it stops reinventing elements from other games and starts cannibalizing itself.
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is one of the most creative turn-based tactical games in years.
The original Crash Bandicoot is better remembered for what it was and what it meant than what it is.
This port of the 2015 Wii U title Yoshi’s Wooly World doesn’t try to break the mold, though it’s certainly cuter.
Because creativity comes at the cost of cohesion, the whole adventure turns into one irritating mini-game.
It’s an experiment that acts as a deconstruction and overjoyed celebration of everything Super Mario Bros.
Two lackluster RPGs slapped together with a basic matching game, sans any gotta-catch-’em-all glee.
Marked by predominantly uneventful dice-rolling sessions, uninspired Amiibo support, and an unforgivable absence of online functionality.
There’s only two questions that matter: “Do you love Nintendo?” and “Do you enjoy hitting things ’til they go flying off into the stratosphere?”
Treature Tracker is a powerful gesture of confidence by Nintendo: a spinoff game with more original ideas than most companies’ new IPs.