Video Game Reviews

Kirby: Triple Deluxe
HAL Laboratory/Nintendo
Reviewed on: 3DS (exclusive)
Street: 05.02
Kirby: Triple Deluxe is an absolute blast, and a great way to enjoy everything you loved about the original Kirby titles on a more advanced handheld. Chase King Dedede and his mysterious kidnapper through Floralia. The boss for each section requires a certain number of sun stones to be discovered in the world’s levels, and you—of course—have the opportunity to collect ‘em all if you desire that 100% mark.  The single player alone is chock full of content with the key chain hunting, sun stone discovery and the Dedede Tour mode which allows you to play through it again as King Dedede with more challenging enemies. The levels are visually stunning, and the 3D is done tastefully in a way that makes playing in the background and foreground enjoyable while avoiding feeling gimmicky. The story is also told in an interesting way, as most of the detail is withheld until close to the end. On top of single player you are able to play the incredibly fun Kirby Fighters, which has you battling CPU or human opponents with specific Kirby abilities on multi-tiered levels reminiscent of Super Smash Bros. Don’t miss a killer Nintendo franchise—3DS owners have to add this to their collection. –Thomas Winkley
Lego: The Hobbit
TT Games/Warner Bros. Interactive
Reviewed On: Xbox 360
Also On: DS, 3DS, PC, Vita, PS3, Wii U, PC, PS4, Xbox One
Street: 04.08
You had to know that, once The Hobbit was out in theaters, TT Games would be hard at work to give fans an interactive experience in the Lego universe. After already succeeding with a version of The Lord Of The Rings back in 2012, the developers took the same elements, made minor improvements and orchestrated them into the series of adventures spanning all three films. What really makes this game special is having the audio from the films guide you, so spoiler alerts aside (for those of you who haven’t read the book), you’re getting a roughly cut-together version of all three movies in a fun and interactive experience. An added bonus is being able to explore all of Middle Earth at the time of the second film, so not everything has been destroyed or put under Orc control. The downside is that this is a MASSIVE map. With over 100 characters, it almost puts the recent Marvel version to shame, so completing this game at 100-percent means you’re going to be spending weeks completing challenges. But would you expect anything less from a game based on movies that stretched a single book’s content across three films? –Gavin SheehanMario Golf: World Tour
Camelot Software/ Nintendo
Reviewed on: 3DS (exclusive)
Street: 05.02
The Nintendo 64 was one of my favorite systems of all time—one reason was Mario Golf 64. I played the hell out of that game and I enjoyed every minute of it—even when I missed a putt by f*&%ing inches. The next few incarnations didn’t quite capture the wonderful balance of love and hate—but World Tour brought me back to being 12 again.  Even if you don’t know a thing about golf, Toad can teach you all you need to know in order to win some championship trophies. The courses are beautiful, and they ramp up in difficulty gradually—it doesn’t let you rest on your laurels for long. There are some mini-games to improve your golf game so you stop swearing at your 3DS every five minutes as your putt veers to the effing left. There’s a ton of different items you can get to customize your Mii as well: clubs, visors, gloves, cleats, all that good golf stuff and each thing helps an aspect of your golf shot. With 10 different courses and great multiplayer, World Tour has great replay value that will keep you working until you’re a pro. –Ashley Lippert