SUPER MARIO ALL—STARS: 25TH ANNIVERSARYEDITION (G) CAVE STORY (G)
Wii, $39.95 ★★★★ Twenty-five years ago Super Mario Bros changed video games forever. It was a magical title full of surprises and secrets. Nintendo is celebrating Mario’s birthday and heritage with this special two-disc collection for Wii. Players will find all the original MarioNESgames, as well as a soundtrack CD and booklet charting Mario’s evolution. It’s disappointing that Super Mario World isn’t included, but this is still a vintage slice of gaming. Out now.
★★★★ This cult hit has been available free for six years on the PC and is much-loved for its oldschool shooter/platformer gameplay, clever design and twisted fairytale story. Now Wii owners get a chance to play it via the Wii online shop, and it has been given a solid visual and aural upgrade. Cave Story is every bit a classic but be warned — the final boss sequence is an absolute killer. Four bosses, no saving. Now that’s old-school. Out now.