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kyonoki - 京のキー Mario Kidnapped

kyonoki

京のキー Mario Kidnapped

Mario Kidnapped

Mario is back!...well, sort of.

After a lengthy sabbatical, the vibrant hordes of the Mushroom Kingdom have returned, minus a kidnapped Mario. It seems like Nintendo have been scared of dropping the ball for so long, that while Mario is flogged to death pushing mediocre sports and dance games (Mario Kart aside), fans have been somewhat disappointed as the company drags its heels on the real deal. With a new Super Mario Bros. game coming soon, and Mario Kart in December, are we about to get a proper dose of the rotund plumber?

Enter "Super Princess Peach" for DS, with it's four 'emotion-powers' (uplifted, crying, furious, happy) and one of the most annoying characters in the Mario universe, it really shouldn't work. But, although made by an outside company, and while not remarkably challenging, this game whets the appetite for the pending Mario goodness. For once Peach gets to fight for herself; slapping old enemies and new with her handy umbrella, all the while searching for Mario and his mysterious captor.

There are things that still grate. The overly annoying voices of the characters have me turning down the volume, and the music is not by any means classic Mario. It is, however, vivid, imaginative and packed full of value-adding mini-games to accompany the inventive levels. Princess Peach is a must have in the Mario canon.

Unable to put the DS down, it has me desperate to get my hands on the next proper Mario game. Pick up the pace Nintendo, your fans are waiting.
  
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