SU­PER MARIO ALL—STARS: 25TH ANNIVERSARYEDITION (G) CAVE STORY (G)

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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.

Wi­iWare, $18

★★★★ 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.

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