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Mario vs. Donkey Kong reviews roundup

First reviews for Mario vs. Donkey Kong are starting to drop with the release scheduled for Friday.

Mario vs. Donkey Kong is not only a remake of the original Game Boy Advance title, but includes new content and features as well. It has new levels, a new Two Player mode, new difficulty settings in single-player mode – Classic Style for the original experience or Casual Style with no time limit and the ability to restart from checkpoints.

Here’s a roundup of initial reviews for Mario vs. Donkey Kong:

Super Mario RPG reviews

Super Mario RPG is just about to get a big remake on Switch, and Nintendo has now lifted the official embargo on reviews. It’s the company’s last big release of 2023.

Super Mario RPG originally came out on the SNES, and the development team decided to fully upgrade the visuals. There are also some new elements this time around such as cinematics, the three-character Triple Move, powered-up bosses that can be challenged after beating the game, an updated soundtrack, and more.

Super Mario Bros. Wonder reviews

With only a couple of days to go until launch, Super Mario Bros. Wonder reviews are now starting to go live. We have a roundup of some early verdicts.

We don’t need to remind you, but this is a huge release from Nintendo. Aside from the fact that Mario platformers are always big sellers, this is the first original side-scroller in the series in over a decade. There’s a lot that’s new here with the Wonder Flower that changes up each level, the badge system, Elephant Mario, new enemies, and more.

Here’s a roundup of reviews for Super Mario Bros. Wonder:

Detective Pikachu Returns reviews

Detective Pikachu Returns will be here in just a couple of days, and reviews for the game are now starting to drop.

The new Switch title will be launching more than four years after it was first teased. After initially announcing the project in 2019, The Pokemon Company had nothing to say about it until the game finally surfaced during a Nintendo Direct this past June.

Pikmin 4 reviews

Pikmin 4 is almost here on Switch, and the first reviews just started to drop. Nintendo lifted the official embargo just moments ago.

This game has been a very long time coming. In September 2015, Shigeru Miyamoto indicated that the project was “very close to completion.” However, it wasn’t until a Nintendo Direct last September that the game was properly announced.

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom reviews

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is finally here (well, in a couple more days), and the first reviews are now starting to find their way online.

This title will not only be one of the biggest releases of the year, but also one of the biggest games on Switch in general. It comes a little over six years after the series’ last title, Breath of the Wild, and roughly four years following its original announcement at E3 2019. Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom looks to retain what made the original game special while adding new features and content including sky islands, new abilities for Link, and more.

Here’s a roundup of some early reviews for The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom:

Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp reviews

Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp is almost here on Switch following previous delays, and reviews are now starting to come online. We’ve rounded up some of the early verdicts.

Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp includes remakes of the series’ first two entries developed by Shantae studio WayForward. A couple of new features are included, highlighted by online play.

Bayonetta Origins: Cereza and the Lost Demon reviews

Bayonetta Origins: Cereza and the Lost Demon will be launching worldwide in just a few days, but some early reviews are now starting to come online.

This Switch exclusive is quite different from previous entries in the series. Whereas the franchise has been known for its hardcore third-person action, PlatinumGames is mixing things up with more of a top-down perspective in which players control both Cereza and Cheshire simultaneously. The title also serves as a prequel to the main trilogy.

Here’s a roundup of initial reviews for Bayonetta Origins: Cereza and the Lost Demon:

Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe reviews

Reviews for Kirby’s Return to Dream Land Deluxe are now starting to drop, and we’ve started up a roundup to highlight some of the early verdicts.

Dedicated fans will know that this isn’t an entirely new game as it originally saw its debut on Wii. However, HAL Laboratory has gone back to the drawing board by redoing the graphics and adding content. Mecha and Sand Copy Abilities are here, along with some new subgames. But most significant is Magolor Epilogue: The Interdimensional Traveler, a brand-new story starring Magolor.

Here’s the full roundup of reviews for Kirby’s Return to Dream Land:

Fire Emblem Engage reviews

Fire Emblem Engage is almost here, and reviews for the game are now starting to surface. Nintendo lifted an embargo it had in place moments ago.

This title is the latest entry in the series and the second for Switch following Fire Emblem: This time around, the goal is to collect 12 Emblem Rings and bring peace back to the Continent of Elyos. Once of the main hooks is the ability to team up with heroes from past Fire Emblem games including Marth, Roy, Ike, and more. Of course, the turn-based, tactical combat the franchise is known for is still present here.

Here’s a roundup of reviews for Fire Emblem Engage:


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