The Week In Games: Mario Brothers Of Days Past

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Not one but two older entries into the Mario Bros. canon resurface this week, because in the world of video games what’s old is eternally new again. And I do hope you like new old games, because otherwise you’re out of luck.


In a test of just how many Nintendo fans will buy games they probably already owned for new platforms, New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe and Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr.’s Journey arrive on Friday. The latter is an especially bold proposition since it’s only on 3DS.

I loved Inside Story when I originally played it on the DS, as I’ve loved almost all of the Mario & Luigi games. For anyone who already owns it and could just as well plop it back into their 3DS to boot up its decade old magic, Nintendo’s thrown in a Bowser Jr. side story to help sweeten the deal, similar to what the company did with Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions a couple years ago. With any luck, Nintendo will keep the 3DS kicking along in 2020 as well with the inevitable Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time + Princess Shroob’s Summer Vacation.

Here’s everything else coming out over the next couple weeks.

Monday, January 7

  • Absolver | Xbox One

Tuesday, January 8

  • Megalith | PS VR
  • Trainz Railroad Simulator 2019 | PC

Thursday, January 10

  • Bury Me, My Love | Switch, PC
  • Combat Core | Switch
  • Double Cross | Switch, PC
  • Inside My Radio | Switch
  • Mecho Wars: Desert Ashes | Switch
  • Overdriven Reloaded | Switch
  • Snowboarding: The Next Phase | Switch
  • Aftercharge | Xbox One
  • Outrun | Switch

Friday, January 11

  • Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition | PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
  • Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr.’s Journey | 3DS
  • New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe | Switch
  • Hive Jump | Xbox One, Switch
  • Void Vikings | Xbox One

Coming Soon

Tuesday, January 15

  • Onimusha: Warlords | PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
  • The Walking Dead: The Final Season – Episode 3: Broken Toys | PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
  • Vane | PS4
  • The Grand Tour Game | PS4
  • Smoke and Sacrifice | PS4

Thursday, January 17

  • YIIK: A Postmodern RPG | PS4, Switch, PC
  • Build a Bridge! | Switch
  • DYING: Reborn | Switch
  • Feudal Alloy | Switch
  • Holy Potatoes! We’re In Space?! | Switch
  • Octahedron: Transfixed Edition | Switch
  • The Office Quest | Switch
  • The Shrouded Isle | Switch
  • Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force | Switch

Friday, January 18

  • Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown | PS4, Xbox One
  • Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes | Switch

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Shawn Alexander Allen

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