An origin story of sorts for one of the most beloved game franchised of all time, Skyward Sword is destined to be a megahit. Superbly crafted dungeons that are truly outside-the-box, new and interesting creatures, ever-useful tools and the ability to upgrade your gear with crafting combine to create the most wholly integrated and fluid Zelda title ever. Combat requires strategy and full swings, thanks to perfectly honed motion controls, which finally showcases the unconventional control scheme as more than just a gimmick.
Kirby is back. He's up to his usual shenanigans—being chased around by his adversary Kind Dedede—until he sees a spaceship crash in the distance. The alien pilot, named Magolor, informs him that pieces of the ship have been scattered around Dreamland and need to be collected, kick-starting yet another adventure for this lovable pink blob. Kirby's inhalation ability returns, and he can extract special abilities from the enemies he swallows. Invite up to three friends, who can join the quest at any time as King Dedede, Meta Knight, Waddle Dee, or another copy of Kirby, with shared lives and the ability to ride each other through the levels.
The simple yet extremely addictive compilation of 8-bit games shows how minimal controls can still offer an enjoyable experience, and a challenging one as well. Each of the six games presented—Beat, Core, Void, Runner, Fate, and Flux—plays distinctly differently, with a progressive soundtrack that will stay in your head long after you've powered down your console. Bit.Trip Complete has extra features, such has challenges, a leaderboard, and unlockable content which allows you to delve into the creation of the series.
Never has the combination of collectable figurines and video games been paired as well as in Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure. With dozens of characters to choose from, sporting one of eight different elements and exclusive powers, each is a delight to play as you quest through the Skylands in an attempt to the piece together the Core of Light, which was destroyed by the evil Portal Master, Kaos. Using the Portal of Power accessory, placing your Skylander miniature immediately uploads them into the game, where they battle foes, level up, and unlock special gateways for extra rewards, all of which are saved directly to the action figure. These figures can be taken to any other system, including the 3DS.
Rayman creator Michel Ancel brings us back to the younger years of Rayman, when zany antics and uncouth behavior ran rampant. But alongside all these bounces, slaps, and yelps is a side-scrolling experience like no other. The handcrafted visuals are some of the best the industry has seen, and the four-player cooperative adventure will have you laughing out loud through twelve unique worlds. You'll take down giant bosses like a rock golem, a carnivorous daisy, and a pink hundred-eyed monster. This is modern 2D platforming at its finest.