Five Great TV Dramas To Watch This Summer

Here Emma D picks five of her favourite TV Dramas that she recommends you check out

Bittersweet Mondays: Weekly Webcomic

Confab presents the brand new Bittersweet Comics debut with the first of a weekly web-comic series.

Game Review: Serious Sam: The Second Encounter HD

Sam returns in a remake of the 2002 classic sequel, how does it stand up?

The Sexism of Horror Video Games

The history of sexism in video games is almost as old as games themselves, Emma D discusses the underlying sexism of the horror genre

Film Review: The Amazing Spider-Man

Spidey's latest outing hits the cinemas, does this reboot make a name for itself or is it just another cheap Hollywood cash-in?

Volunteer: A Career for the Unemployed

With high rates of unemployment across the globe, Charlotte explains why now is a great time for the jobless to volunteer!

Overrated: The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword

Claimed by many critics as 'The Best Zelda Ever!'. Long time Zelda fan Emma D argues why it didn't live up to the hype.

Friday, 30 March 2012

Game News: Assassin's Creed Trailer and Pre-Order Packs




Ubisoft have released a new Assassin's Creed III trailer. This time showing off the main protagonist "Rathonhake:ton" Though he calls himself Connor.


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Ubisoft has also revealed the pre-order bonuses for Assassin's Creed III. There are 3 different pre-order packs ranging from standard copy to the Freedom Edition.




Assassin's Creed III: Freedom Edition


The Freedom Edition includes the following:
  • Assassin’s Creed III retail game
  • A 24-cm high-quality figurine of Connor
  • A steelbook case art drawn by awards-winning comic artist Alex Ross
  • George Washington’s notebook revealing all the truth & secrets about the Assassins and the Templars during the American Revolution.
  • One exclusive Lithograph
  • 2 in-game Single Player Missions:
  • Lost Mayan Ruins: Connor’s mission leads him in an old Mayan pyramid, full of mysteries and revelations. Players will be able to unlock Captain Kidd’s fabled cutlass, a deadly, brutal and beautiful piece of steel
  • Ghost of War: The tide of the Revolution turns into the Templar's favour. Defeat your enemies and  unlock The Pontiac’s War Club, a powerful Native American weapon.
  • 1 in-game Multiplayer Package:
  • The Sharpshooter package: Unleash the Sharpshooter fury in multiplayer with 1 new character, the Sharpshooter, 1 Relic, 1 Emblem, 1 special Picture and the Title of “The Jester”.










Assassin's Creed III: Join or Die Edition


The Join or Die Edition includes the following:
  • Assassin’s Creed III retail game
  • The medallion of the Assassins with its high-quality curd ladle
  • George Washington’s notebook revealing all the truth & secrets about the Assassins and the Templars during the American Revolution.
  • 1 in-game Single Player Mission:
  • Ghost of War: The tide of the Revolution turns into the Templar's favour. Defeat your enemies and  unlock The Pontiac’s War Club, a powerful Native American weapon.
  • 1 in-game Multiplayer Package:
  • The Sharpshooter package: Unleash the Sharpshooter fury in multiplayer with 1 new character, the Sharpshooter, 1 Relic, 1 Emblem, 1 special Picture and the Title of “The Jester”.










Assassin's Creed III: Special Edition


The Special Edition features a special packaging, the retail copy of the game and an exclusive single player mission:
  • A Dangerous Secret: Fight against a secret that could jeopardise the funding of the revolution. In case of success, you’ll be rewarded with an exclusive weapon: a Flintlock Musket.


Source - MyNintendoNews


- Michael Johnson

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Weekly Gaming News 26/03/2012

  Welcome to the weekly gaming news. Another week has passed and Confab have everything you need to know from the week, gaming wise. Disney Epic Mickey 2 has been officially announced, brand new trailer for Littlebigplanet Karting and the release of the iPad 3. The most anticipated 3ds game Kid Icarus: Uprising released yesterday in Europe and Australians will be able to get their hands on Kid Icarus next Thursday.


Well I hope you enjoy reading the rest of this weeks news. Also if you have any ideas on things you'd like to see added to the weekly gaming news please feel free to leave a comment or : Email me


MultiPlatform
Bastion sheet music now available for $0.00 through Supergiant
Notorious hacker Geohot arrested for marijuana possession 
GAME store closure letters go out to customers 
R18+ computer game category one step closer
Online Pass game included in latest EA server shutdowns
One BioShock Infinite level contains three times more dialogue than all of BioShock 1
Capcom on the hunt for Street Fighter X Tekken hackers 
Pre-order to get Far Cry 3: The Lost Expeditions Edition 
'Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two' coming to Wii, PS3, and Xbox 360
Politicians propose cigarette warning labels for games
Assassin's Creed 3 multiplayer comes from old studio, new lead designer
Assassins Creed 4 May Take Place Before Assassins Creed 3
Max Payne 3 'crews' carry over into Grand Theft Auto V multiplayer 
Epic Mickey 2 announcement trailer
Prey 2 cancelled
New Battlefield 3 Patch to Hit PS3 on March 27, PC & 360 TBA


Sony
I Am Alive PSN release date announced
Escape Plan is the most downloaded Vita game in the US
The Simpsons, Escape Plan top February PSN downloads


 Microsoft
Dragons Lair on XBLA to have Kinect support


Nintendo
Nintendo Failed To Win Any Awards At Tonight’s British Academy Video Games Awards
Metal Gear Solid Creator Talks About Making A Wii U Game
World Of Warcraft And Counter Strike Plus Others Coming To Wii U eShop?
Epic Mickey sequel for 3ds to be revealed next week 
Kid Icarus: Uprising - first 15 minutes 
Darksiders 2 Reconfirmed As A Wii U Launch Game
Disney Reveals The Cute Epic Mickey 2 Box-Art
Nintendo showoff new Padora's Tower trailer
GameStop No Longer Accepting GameCube Trade-ins From April 2nd 
Adventure Time Confirmed for DS
Assassin’s Creed 3 Wii U Details From Nintendo Power
The Wii Is The Lead Platform For Epic Mickey 2
Next Nintendo 3DS Firmware Update Detailed?


PC/MOBILE
Borderlands 2 PC-Exclusive Features Revealed
Skyrim Patch 1.5 beta available on steam
Hard Reset expansion will be free for pre-release Steam owners 

Baldur's Gate 3 is "our long-term goal", says Beamdog
Overhaul Games Considering Kickstarter Project to Fund Baldur's Gate 3 
Zynga buys Draw Something dev OMGPOP
Humble Bundle for Android #2 brings Canabalt to Android - (Direct Link)
Curiouser and Curiouser: EA-Published Game Appears on Steam
Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition confirmed for iPad

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Sony have released a trailer and some new details about their upcoming arcade racer LittleBigPlanet Karting.


United Front Games are developers behind this project, which seems logical as they developed the Modnation Racers series which was already seen as the LittleBigPlanet of racers. UFG have said they will be putting as much time and effort into this as they did with Modnation Racers.


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- Michael Johnson

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Once again a bunch of Assassin's Creed screenshots have been leaked. This time on NeoGaf. Six beautiful screenshots showing off some of the great features in the upcoming Assassin's game were posted.


Check out the original post here.


- Michael Johnson


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Earlier this week Apple released their weekend launch sales figures for the "New iPad". The New iPad moved 3 million units over in the first 3 days, The strongest iPad launch to date.


- Michael Johnson

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 In Super Pokemon Rumble the player controls clockwork Pokémon toys (brought to life by a magical key), battling through various different levels in a top down dungeon crawler-esque fashion. The game adopts a simplistic approach with each of the players Pokémon exploiting one or two attacks against waves of opposing Pokémon. Every toy in the game has a power level which relates the their strength in combat as well as having up to two moves they can use. The opposing Pokemon have a chance of remaining on the battlefield after being defeated for the player to collect. Doing so will grant the player use of that particular Pokémon complete with a randomly assigned move set which more often than not renders them useless.


- Tom Seed

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Date:
Game Title:       
Platforms:
20th March 2012Ys: The Oath in FelghanaSteam
21st March 2012Rayman 3 HDPSN/XBLA
21st March 2012Sine MoraXBLA
22nd March 2012WarpSteam
23rd March 2012Armored Core VPS3/360
23rd March 2012Kid Icarus: Uprising3DS
23rd March 2012Ninja Gaiden 3PS3/360
23rd March 2012PokéPark 2: Wonders BeyondWii
23rd March 2012Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon CityPS3/360/PC
23rd March 2012Total War: Shogun 2 - Fall Of The Samurai [Stand Alone Expansion]Steam
23rd March 2012Tropico 4: Modern TimesPC
23rd March 2012YesterdaySteam

Date:
Game Title:       
Platforms:
20th March 2012Ys: The Oath in FelghanaSteam
21st March 2012Rayman 3 HDPSN/XBLA
21st March 2012Sine MoraXBLA
22nd March 2012Armored Core VPS3/360
22nd March 2012BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II3DS
22nd March 2012Ninja Gaiden 3PS3/360
22nd March 2012Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon CityPS3/360/PC
22nd March 2012Total War: Shogun 2 - Fall Of The Samurai [Stand Alone Expansion]Steam
22nd March 2012WarpSteam
23rd March 2012YesterdaySteam

Sources: My Nintendo News - Games On Net - Joystiq - Inside Gaming - Eurogamer -


Image Source: Saiyajin Mui - Beesafree - KingAciD


- Michael Johnson

Sunday, 25 March 2012

News: New iPad sells 3 million units



Earlier this week Apple released their weekend launch sales figures for the "New iPad". The New iPad moved 3 million units over in the first 3 days, The strongest iPad launch to date.


With a new quad core graphics processor, beautiful 2046x1536 resolution screen and other spec boosts the new iPad is looking to become even more of a gaming contender with new apps in the works to take advantage of the new high resolution screen, including a sequel to Epic Game's 2011 release, Infinity Blade II.



This is great news for Apple. The New iPad Outsold the iPad 2 and the Playstation Vita by over 2 million units and the 3ds by over 1.8 million units.


It seems looks like the New iPad is going to do extremely well which is no surprise as anything Apple releases seems to sell extremely well.


- Michael Johnson

Game News: Assassin's Creed III screenshots surface

Once again a bunch of Assassin's Creed screenshots have been leaked. This time on NeoGaf. Six beautiful screenshots showing off some of the great features in the upcoming Assassin's game were posted.


Check out the original post here.




- Michael Johnson

Game Review: Super Pokemon Rumble


Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Ambrella
Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Genre: Action RPG
Players: 1
Release Date- October 2011 (USA), December 2011 (Europe)
Price- £19.99+/$29.99+

As a fan of the "main series" of Pokemon games, I tend to stay away from spin-offs. This is not because I believe they will be terrible games however I know they wont follow the same structure as the series that I know and love. Despite this thought process, I decided to delve into Super Pokemon Rumble, a sequel to the Wii ware title released in 2009.


In Super Pokemon Rumble the player controls clockwork Pokémon toys (brought to life by a magical key), battling through various different levels in a top down dungeon crawler-esque fashion. The game adopts a simplistic approach with each of the players Pokémon exploiting one or two attacks against waves of opposing Pokémon. Every toy in the game has a power level which relates the their strength in combat as well as having up to two moves they can use. The opposing Pokemon have a chance of remaining on the battlefield after being defeated for the player to collect. Doing so will grant the player use of that particular Pokémon complete with a randomly assigned move set which more often than not renders them useless.

Unlike the "main series", the Pokémon collected cannot be levelled up or evolved meaning that the player must continuously obtain new, more powerful toys. Players will find themselves constantly switching Pokémon due to the power level of the toys increasing at a fairly steady pace. This sadly renders the less powerful, previously collected Pokémon fairly useless.
This feels like a broken mechanic. If I grew an attachment to a specific Pokémon whilst playing there would be no point using them after a couple of levels as they wouldn't be able to compete with the more powerful toys.
There is also an option to purchase moves for your Pokémon using in-game currency however doing so feels pointless as the player will find a stronger Pokémon on the very next level and will have practically wasted the coins.


On the contrary when you pick up a new Pokémon there is no guarantee that they will be of any use due to the large pool of useless moves. It feels like a kick in the teeth when you finally obtain a high power toy only to find that the moves the game has randomly assigned happen to be terrible.


The main issue that I had with this game, so much so that I almost didn't finish it, is the mind-numbing repetitiveness of the gameplay.
Each level consists of around 4-6 dungeons where the player battles through around 5 stages before entering a boss battle where you battle a big version of a Pokémon.
After these dungeons are complete the player must play a "Battle Royale" where they come up against an arena of Pokémon in a brawl like scenario.
Upon completion the player will start a new level where they must do the same thing with a slight variation on the Pokémon you battle.
This is the structure for every level in the game and it wears thin very quickly.

The only variation in terms of battles are two other game modes.
The first is "Team Battle" where the player selects two CPU-controlled Pokémon (from their own collection) to battle alongside them. It's the same formula as before however you now have two CPUs doing most of the work for you. In the later stages of the game you will gain the ability to combine 3 Pokémon together for a brief period of time to make them very slightly more powerful as a whole.
The second and in my eyes most pointless variation is a "Charge Battle". In this type of battle the player must mash a single button and rotate the nub stick to make their collection of Pokémon charge towards a group of onrushing enemy Pokémon. How well you are doing is indicated my an arrow at the top of the screen which gets longer depending on how hard you try to destroy your console. If the bar reaches over half way then your team will knock the opposing squad out of the way. This process is repeated three (or more) times before the player is faced with the boss of the "charge battle" but instead of having a more difficult task, the player is swiftly prompted to press a single button to win. It is literally a "Press A to win" scenario.

The story of the game revolves around life replenishing "glowdrops" which are being stolen from the fountains of various towns across this toy world however it is about as deep and predictable as you'd expect from a game as simplistic as this. Having said that Pokémon isn't know for it's story telling approach (not up until Black and White at least) so this isn't a huge issue in the game.




The game utilises the streetpass functionality by obtaining a trainer card and that specific players collection allowing you to battle them whenever you desire. There are also unlocks attached to the number of people who you have passed on the street, for example acquiring ten street passes unlocks a legendary on a particular stage.
A niggling issue I have with the street-pass interface is that the options/buttons appear on the touch screen. They're nice and big and look like they can be pressed but the developers seem to have forgotten to add touch screen functionality. It's a small thing but it's very annoying considering it feels like they've simply forgotten to put it in.

As far as I'm aware, after the game is completed the player can up the difficulty level for all the previous stages already played and a new part of the game with a much greater difficulty margin opens up. This does give the game a form of replay value after the game is complete however I found after the first two chapters of the game everything felt like a replay anyway.


Having played a demo of the Wii ware prequel (and enjoying it thoroughly ) I knew exactly the type of gameplay to expect on the 3DS version, however I hoped there would be a bit more to the game overall.
To me the main flaw with Super Pokemon Rumble is the repetitiveness. It goes for a very simplistic approach but ends up being too simple with not enough variety to keep the player engaged given the length of the game.

By no means would I say this is a terrible game, I'm happy that they've included all 5 generations of Pokémon but it leaves a lot to be desired. Though hardcore fans may find a soft spot for the game, personally I would advise people to play the Wii demo on repeat. It practically offers the same experience.


- Tom Seed

Game News: LittleBigPlanet Karting set for release this year



Sony have released a trailer and some new details about their upcoming arcade racer LittleBigPlanet Karting.


United Front Games are developers behind this project, which seems logical as they developed the Modnation Racers series which was already seen as the LittleBigPlanet of racers. UFG have said they will be putting as much time and effort into this as they did with Modnation Racers.






The game seems to be very similar to Mario Kart and Modnation Racers. With the usual racing modes and Multiplayer races and battle. There also seems to be a bunch of different mini games. One of the mini games shown in the trailer was throwing eggs into holes to score points. With a fully fledged track editor likely to outshine Modnation Racer's own editor. 


Racers can fully customise their vehicles quite similar to Mario Kart 7. The vehicles are all made out of cardboard and have a nice look to them.


LittleBigPlanet Karting is shaping up to be a great little arcade racing game for PS3 (No news on vita release) and will be hitting shelves later this year.


- Michael Johnson

Friday, 16 March 2012

Weekly Gaming News 16/03/2012

Welcome to the weekly gaming news
 Another week has come and gone and with it comes a bucket load of news. Blizzard have set a release date for their upcoming game Diablo 3, rumours of Game UK selling off to Gamestop and much much more.


Well I hope you enjoy reading the rest of this weeks news. Also if you have any ideas on things you'd like to see added to the weekly gaming news please feel free to leave a comment or : email me

MultiPlatform
Prototype 2 offers pre-order incentives; don't worry, it won't bite
Game not stocking Ninja Gaiden 3, Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City 
Jet Set Radio HD details revealed
Walmart Want GAME?
Grand Theft Auto V Likely to Launch Early Next Year And Wii U Version Is Possible
Obsidian hit with layoffs; South Park team affected, future next-gen title cancelled
Tony Hawk answers Pro Skater HD fan questions. Could be coming to PC 
Obsidian missed Fallout: New Vegas Metacritic bonus by one point 
Skyrim Update 1.5 Kill-Cams it Up


Sony
Super Monkey Ball for Vita lets you generate levels from photos
Japan chart: Vita sales creep up 
Ratchet & Clank HD Collection announced and release date leaked


 Microsoft
Alan Wake sells 2 million units across Xbox 360, PC
XBLA games get higher gamerscore points
Microsoft confirms next Xbox will not be at E3 this year 


Nintendo
Kirby 3D Coming To The Nintendo 3DS?
Pokemon Black and White 2 will have new story and features, box art revealed
Nintendo Has A Massive $10.5 Billion In The Bank
Mega Man Creator Wants To Make A Wii U Game
GAME Won’t Be Stocking Kid Icarus Uprising 
Rayman Origins 3DS delayed til 8th June


PC/Other
Mojang can't use 'Scrolls' in any sequels to 'Scrolls,' lawsuit dictates
Double Fine Adventure Kickstarter concludes with $3,335,265 amassed 
Serious Sam 3: BFE coming to Mac on April 23 
Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition announced 
New NeoGeo handheld confirmed
Wasteland 2 Kickstarter exceeds goal

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Blizzard have revealed that Diablo fans will get their hands on Diablo 3 on May 15th 2012. Blizzard are allowing people to preorder and preload Diablo 3, exactly two months prior to release.


The World of Warcraft Annual Pass promotion is still running and will be running until 7:01 A.M. GMT on May 1st, 2012. The Annual Pass consists of buying a one year subscription of World of Warcraft and with this pass you will then receive a free digital copy of Diablo 3.
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Strong rumours are floating around that Game have hired Rothschild (A financial advisory group) to find a potential buyer to buy of the company. This seems to be the case because Game are due to pay their dues in two weeks and if they fail to pay in time there is a possibility of  the lose of thousands of jobs,  according to The Sunday Times.


This wouldn't be a shock as Game has been struggling as of late. Especially after Game failing to stock one of the most anticipated games of the year, Mass Effect 3 and a handful of other titles by EA, Ubisoft and Nintendo.
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Fans of the highly acclaimed Super Mario Galaxy games are unlikely to see a third game in the series, says Nintendo.

Koichi Hayashida, the director of Super Mario Galaxy 2 claimed it's highly doubtful that there will be a sequel to Super Mario Galaxy 2. Hayashida states that the next big Mario game will most likely be an original concept, as most of the left over ideas from Super Mario Galaxy were used in its sequel.

“When we worked on Galaxy 1 we came up with a mountain of ideas. Of course, the ideas that made it in to the final product were the ones at the very top. Those ideas that were most compelling or could be implemented most easily and effectively. The other ideas were a little bit rougher. Ideas we weren’t positive that’d be as effective, or might have been much more difficult to include.”
“When you think about trying to make a game like Galaxy 2 from that large group of ideas that we had already decided were on the rough side, that becomes a very difficult project. The only way that we got through the development of Mario Galaxy 2 was by coming up with entirely new ideas. I think of that as a very challenging project when I look back on it.”
“From that perspective, to say we’d make another game using the ideas left over from Galaxy 2, it’s very difficult for me to imagine. I feel like we really did research the field very well for possible ideas and we used everything that was reasonably easy to implement.” - Koichi Hayashida
Let's hope Nintendo will announce the next big Mario game this June at E3.

- Michael Johnson 

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Date:
Game Title:       
Platforms:
12th March 2012All Zombies Must DieSteam
14th March 2012Defenders of ArdaniaXBLA/PC
14th March 2012JourneyPSN
14th March 2012Shoot Many Robots PSN/XBLA
16th March 2012BIT.TRIP COMPLETEWii
16th March 2012BIT.TRIP SAGA3DS
16th March 2012Blades of TimePS3/360
16th March 2012FIFA StreetPS3/360
16th March 2012Saint Seiya: Sanctuary BattlePS3
16th March 2012Silent Hill: DownpourPS3/360
16th March 2012Twisted MetalPS3
16th March 2012Yakuza: Dead SoulsPS3

Date:
Game Title:       
Platforms:
13th March 2012All Zombies Must DieSteam
14th March 2012Defenders of ArdaniaXBLA/Steam
14th March 2012Shoot Many Robots PSN/XBLA
15th March 2012FIFA StreetPS3/360
15th March 2012JourneyPSN
15th March 2012Saint Seiya: Sanctuary Battle PS3
15th March 2012Unit 13 PSV
15th March 2012Yakuza: Dead SoulsPS3

Sources: My Nintendo News - Games On Net - Joystiq - Inside Gaming - Eurogamer -

Image Source: Saiyajin Mui - Beesafree - NuffZetPand0ra -


- Michael Johnson

Game News: Diablo 3 set for release in May



Blizzard have revealed that Diablo fans will get their hands on Diablo 3 on May 15th 2012.   Blizzard are allowing people to preorder and preload Diablo 3, exactly two months prior to release.


The World of Warcraft Annual Pass promotion is still running and will be running until 7:01 A.M. GMT on May 1st, 2012. The Annual Pass consists of buying a one year subscription of World of Warcraft and with this pass you will then receive a free digital copy of Diablo 3.




Diablo 3 Opening Cinematic


With Diablo 3 landing on May 15th, it will be clashing head to head with Rockstar's upcoming game Max Payne 3. Two popular game series that both started out on PC. Will you buy either of them or both? Leave a comment telling us which you're most looking forward to below.


- Michael Johnson




Thursday, 15 March 2012

Game News: Super Mario Galaxy 3 Unlikely


Fans of the highly acclaimed Super Mario Galaxy games are unlikely to see a third game in the series, says Nintendo.


Koichi Hayashida, the director of Super Mario Galaxy 2 claimed it's highly doubtful that there will be a sequel to Super Mario Galaxy 2. Hayashida states that the next big Mario game will most likely be an original concept, as most of the left over ideas from Super Mario Galaxy were used in its sequel.

“When we worked on Galaxy 1 we came up with a mountain of ideas. Of course, the ideas that made it in to the final product were the ones at the very top. Those ideas that were most compelling or could be implemented most easily and effectively. The other ideas were a little bit rougher. Ideas we weren’t positive that’d be as effective, or might have been much more difficult to include.”
“When you think about trying to make a game like Galaxy 2 from that large group of ideas that we had already decided were on the rough side, that becomes a very difficult project. The only way that we got through the development of Mario Galaxy 2 was by coming up with entirely new ideas. I think of that as a very challenging project when I look back on it.”
“From that perspective, to say we’d make another game using the ideas left over from Galaxy 2, it’s very difficult for me to imagine. I feel like we really did research the field very well for possible ideas and we used everything that was reasonably easy to implement.” - Koichi Hayashida
Let's hope Nintendo will announce the next big Mario game this June at E3.

- Michael Johnson

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