Mario goes kart racing

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iol scitech jan 23 mario go kart AP Two control options make Mario Tennis Open (MTO) either too simple or properly challenging.

MARIO KART'S A RACING CERTAINTY

Nintendo 3DS

RATING:9/10

'Don't rock the boat' was the motto on Nintendo's latest evolution of its wildly popular kart racing series, whose sales figures have landed it in the Guinness Book of Records.

But, even if MK7 is intended only to bolster struggling sales of the 3DS, it's a brilliant stop-gap.

The core gameplay still stands up beautifully after 20 years - a riotous mix of drift racing and comic weaponry in equal measure.

RAYMAN ORIGINS

PS3/X360/WII

RATING: 8.5/10

This is also resurrection week for Rayman, his old 2D-self exhumed from the vaults of 1995.

But it's not quite how we remember him as a vague shape.

Instead, his platforming playground has become a gorgeous high-res world. Every frame of this 2D side-scroller is packed with lovingly drawn detail.

The gameplay feels more conventional - old-school platforming requiring precision jumps. But thanks to inventive and witty level design plus a gradual unlocking of new abilities it never gets stale. - Belfast Telegraph

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