Nintendo`s 3DS system continues to depend on some tried-and-true franchise titles for its best offerings. Here`s a look at the top games for the holidays.
_"Mario Kart 7" (Nintendo, $39.99, rated E): You might think that the simple notion of racing around the screen as a 30-year-old video game character would get old. You would be wrong. The Mario Kart series continues to churn out big fun, this time with "Mario Kart 7."
There are plenty of race courses, challenge games and vehicle customizations to keep Mario and Luigi fans busy for hours. Nintendo has created various layers of gaming, from the solo lead-foot races to local multiplayer (up to eight connected races using a single game card) and online multiplayer races.
I really enjoyed the online races against fellow Marios from around the globe. The action happened quickly, and there were no connection problems as I was pitted against six competitors for a series of races. I got used to losing early as there were some fanatics who seem to have memorized every twist and turn.
The race courses are inventive. Some take place in the clouds while others will leave you submerged underwater. For those familiar with the "Mario Kart" series, driving through colorful boxes with question marks continues to provide you with various tools to distract and disable your opponents. Four out of four stars.
_"Star Fox 64 3D" (Nintendo, $39.99, rated E10+): Another addition to the long-running and popular Star Fox series, this title features some seriously slick gyro-enabled steering of the Airwing spaceship. You play as Fox McCloud, a cosmos-faring fox leading a team of other animal astronauts in defense of the Lylat planetary system.
The mission mode is fine, and in the early stages you`ll feel invincible as you engage in a few dogfight battles and incur little level-stopping damage....
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