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1. Super Mario 3D World (New Entry)
What is it? It's HD, it's 3D, it's what we've been waiting a year for. And it was all worthwhile. Mario's first "Wahoo!" onto Wii U is a cavalcade of ideas old and new, start to finish - and with a drop-in-drop-out multiplayer mode that changes how you approach every single one. You couldn't ask for a better introduction to just how good Mario can be in the next generation of the third dimension.
What we said: So many of its ideas are drawn from older games (the characters from Mario Bros. 2, the structure of Super Mario 3D Land, the multiplayer of New Super Mario Bros. and the platforms and enemies of almost every previous game) that it might seem as though this is somewhat backwards-looking. But it's in the repurposed, reimagined nature of each, not to mention in slamming them together just to see what happens, that new ideas emerge.
It's a game that feels totally familiar both in the elements we recognise and in the fact that there's far more beyond them. It seems, after you spend so many years espousing the cult of invention above all things, that becomes a religion in itself. Praise be.
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