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For my games this weekend, I get a special treat. Well, special for me, anyway. I've got a couple of Nintendo's New Play Control! titles on loan in Mario's Power Tennis and Pikmin. I've already given MPT a go, and it's not too bad. That means that I now have my eyes set on Pikmin to see how that fares versus the GameCube version of the title, which I have around here somewhere. I hear the interface is quite the improvement. I know I've said I'd review Donkey Kong Jungle Beat, but finding the time lately has been difficult. Hopefully I can get something up soon, but in the meantime, I'll just say: Get it. For $30, it's hard to beat the price (see what I did there?), and while different in a number of ways from the GameCube original, it definitely hits all the right notes. Also, I'll likely try to squeeze in a bit of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations. That, and the usual Animal Crossing: City Folk. I'm beginning to strongly dislike the wearing-down of grass, though; my town's starting to look like an old-west desert town. With trees. So, those are my games this weekend. What are yours? Read More

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So, here's the deal. My games this weekend? More of the usual fare, such as Animal Crossing: City Folk and Donkey Kong Jungle Beat, maybe a little Virtual Console... while I'm at home. The thing is, I actually expect to be out and about quite a bit over the weekend, so that means that my DS is going into the pouch on my belt and riding with me. But what do I play? I have three great games which I received around Christmas, three great games which I've yet to touch: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials & Tribulations, Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia, and Yoshi's Island 2. A tough roster to pick one from. So that's where you come in: Reply in the comments, and tell me where I should start. Whatever has the most votes before I step out the door is what I'll take with me on my travels, and perhaps talk about on Monday (assuming anyone cares). Read More

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More Miles Edgeworth: Perfect Prosecutor Info

Last week, we added to our gallery several images from the website for "Gyakuten Kenji," which translates into "Turnabout Kenji," but may be more affectionately known to fans here unofficially as "Miles Edgeworth: Perfect Prosecutor." However, being in Japanese, all the information from the site was of no real avail to us... that is, until now. Read More

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