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Best new games

Keep up to date with the best games of recent times

Got some spare cash to spend on a game? Don't want to buy a dud? This is where you need to come to find out about the best new games for Nintendo Wii, DS, Wii U and 3DS.

Here, we'll round up the best new Nintendo games of recent times (beginning with the last three months) It will be constantly updated with all games that receive 80% or more. That's a silver award in the new-look ONM. We're not saying that a game that gets 70% is a bad game. Far from it, just that it's not one of the greatest new games you can buy right now.

Also, as this is a buyer's guide it will only feature games that you can buy in the shops in the week that they're out. In one week, this will be packed with all-new Wii U games, so keep coming back for more.

Virtue's Last Reward

Format: 3DS; Developer: Chunsoft; Publisher: Nintendo

What is it? A ringmaster, belly dancer and geriatric wake up in a locked room. They're contestants in a game of survival in this visual novel which asks you to make crucial decisions which will affect how this choose your own adventure-style game plays out. You'll be reading dialogue for 95% of the time but, even it's not the sexiest game in the world, it will grip you to the extent that you'll want to see all 20 endings.

What we said: In an industry embarrassed by brains, this is a shining beacon of measured character work, deep-rooted ideas and whip-smart dialogue. For gamers looking for something deeper - in the philosophical sense - this 3DS gem is nothing short of essential.

Score: 88%

Read our Virtue's Last Reward review for more.

Epic Mickey 2: The Power Of Two

Format: Wii; Developer: Junction Point; Publisher: Disney; Price: £24.99

What is it? The sequel to the excellent Wii-exclusive adventure Epic Mickey sees our mouse returning to Wasteland to investigate earthquakes that are rattling the cartoon land. This time he joins forces with old adversary Oswald The Lucky Rabbit in a co-op adventure that also stars the Mad Doctor who bursts into song in the cut-scenes. It's not quite gaming's first musical as promised, mind.

What we said: Boasting more Mickey, mileage and morals, this is a big improvement on the first game. Not getting a Wii U this Christmas? This'll fill your Wii slot in style.

Score: 80%

Professor Layton And The Miracle Mask

Format: 3DS; Developer: Level 5; Publisher: Nintendo

What is it? The fifth game in the Professor Layton saga is actually the second in the prequel trilogy. It doesn't really follow on from the original in the sense that you don't need to have played the other games to enjoy it but fans will get so much more out of Miracle Mask as this adventure enables you to play as the young Hershel during his college years. He is attempting to discover the mystery behind a gentleman who is wreaking havoc on the city of Monte D'or using a mask that is said to grant its wearer extraordinary powers. He'll solve puzzles about broken plates and fruit juice along the way.

What we said: The fact that we've made it to game number five is a reminder of the fundamental quality of our gentleman puzzle addict. In a market saturated with bullet-spewing brawn, a little brain goes a long way. It's not the smartest Layton ever but it's a huge improvement on Spectre's Call.

Score: 85%

Read our Professor Layton And The Miracle Mask review for more.

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  1. reeesy Wednesday 21st Nov 2012 at 16:52

    Really liking these game summary articles Tom. Its a nice way to see what currently on offer and whats round the corner.

  2. Herbert_Rarr Wednesday 21st Nov 2012 at 16:54

    Pretty useful :)
    Kinda still on topic - I'm gonna buy an RPG soon and I would appreciate an opinion vote:
    Chrono Trigger
    or
    Final Fantasy IV
    What do you guys think?

  3. nintysol Wednesday 21st Nov 2012 at 17:44

    Pretty useful :)
    Kinda still on topic - I'm gonna buy an RPG soon and I would appreciate an opinion vote:
    Chrono Trigger
    or
    Final Fantasy IV
    What do you guys think?


    I'd say Chrono Trigger as it is not only my favorite RPG, but it's probably my favorite game of all time, defiantly worth a play!

  4. epiclink Wednesday 21st Nov 2012 at 19:02

    We need Mario galaxy 3 for Wiiu and 3Ds :!:

  5. MarioBlox Wednesday 21st Nov 2012 at 19:47

    I read your NSMB2 review and bought it on thursday 15th November. It was quite easy (I have already finished it) and coin rush didn't exactly live up to what I hoped. It's a great game, just lower your expectations a little and you will be impressed. 8)

  6. me4ndubz Wednesday 21st Nov 2012 at 20:23

    Pretty useful :)
    Kinda still on topic - I'm gonna buy an RPG soon and I would appreciate an opinion vote:
    Chrono Trigger
    or
    Final Fantasy IV
    What do you guys think?


    I love chrono trigger! And it was number 2 on ign's list of top rpgs of all time which is pretty good

  7. Mew3 Wednesday 21st Nov 2012 at 20:27

    Pretty useful :)
    Kinda still on topic - I'm gonna buy an RPG soon and I would appreciate an opinion vote:
    Chrono Trigger
    or
    Final Fantasy IV
    What do you guys think?


    Chrono Trigger. Love the music, the gameplay and I still haven't unlocked all 13 endings

  8. imbusydoctorwho Thursday 22nd Nov 2012 at 13:08

    Great to see Epic Mickey scored so well in your books.

  9. Nintendofan123 Sunday 25th Nov 2012 at 10:27

    All 3 of those games look fantastic :!: :D

  10. ThePokekid78 Wednesday 28th Nov 2012 at 17:13

    Pretty useful :)
    Kinda still on topic - I'm gonna buy an RPG soon and I would appreciate an opinion vote:
    Chrono Trigger
    or
    Final Fantasy IV
    What do you guys think?

    Haven't played Chrono Trigger (I NEED TO) so I can't have an opinion, but I can vouch for FFIV - it's a really epic, challenging game with cool characters and a good storyline. Recommended!

    Although you could just buy FFIV, then download Chrono Trigger from the Wii's Virtual Console? It's cheaper that way :P

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