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LAST year had some mem­o­rable gam­ing ex­pe­ri­ences. Here are Switched On’s five favourite games for the en­tire fam­ily.

1. SU­PER MARIO GALAXY 2 (Wii, M)

THE portly plumber has been head-bop­ping en­e­mies and res­cu­ing princesses for 25 years, but if Su­per Mario Galaxy 2 is any in­di­ca­tion, he’ll be do­ing so for at least an­other 25. Around ev­ery corner lies an in­ven­tive new twist.

2. FIFA 11 (PS3/360, G)

THE best recre­ation of the world game yet. FIFA 11 re­wards smart, skil­ful play and the ac­tion has more sub­tlety than be­fore. Plus, while goals may be harder to come by, play­ers have more at­tack­ing op­tions, mak­ing play more sat­is­fy­ing.

3. DON­KEY KONG COUN­TRY RE­TURNS (Wii, M)

THE old-school plat­former re­turns with a mod­ern-day makeover. Join DK and Diddy as they col­lect ba­nanas, find se­crets and work through in­cred­i­bly chal­leng­ing lev­els. This game is full of neat ideas and looks stun­ning to boot.

4. BE­JEW­ELED 3 (PC, G)

THIS may be known as a ‘‘ca­sual’’ se­ries, but there are plenty of hard­core Be­jew­eled play­ers out there, and it’s no won­der. It has eight dis­tinct modes to en­joy and is pol­ished.

5. NEED FOR SPEED: HOT PUR­SUIT (PC/PS3/360, G)

BEAT­ING your best time in a rac­ing game is fun, but beat­ing your friends’ best times is even bet­ter. Hot Pur­suit taps into this with Au­tolog, a bril­liant on­line sys­tem de­signed to fan the flames of com­pe­ti­tion.

IN­STANT VIDEO

Take a snap of this im­age us­ing the WiMO app for iPhone or Google An­droid to see Storm in ac­tion in Mar­vel vs. Cap­com 3.

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