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Time well spent in 'Crosswords Plus' and 'Art Academy' for the 3DS

Nintendo's handheld game console 3DS and its game


Crossword puzzles may very well be the godfather of passing-the-time activities. Whether it was a long business flight or that last few pages of a TV Guide, we are all victims to its black and white boxes of splendor. Nintendo brings that same classic brain scratcher to the 3DS with 'Crosswords Plus'.

No trees were harmed in the making of this game thanks to its simple design and touch-screen...

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Nobody does it better than 'Super Mario'

Originally called "Jumpman," Mario debuted in 1981 and

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There are two moments in time as a kid I would do almost anything to relive. One would be to go back to the those summer days as of Little League and to have a catch with my father. The other…the first day I played "Super Mario Bros. 3". I can still remember the day my dad surprised me with a trip to 'Mr. Roberts' Video" store and bought it for me. Eagerly removing the cartridge from...

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August 'must-have' video games

New York Jets fans will not have to

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See which August releases Warp Pipe chooses as "must-haves."...

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'Spy Hunter' rebooted on handhelds

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced the Nintendo 3DS

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In the 1980s, arcades across the country were the place to be for gamers.

Those wooden decalled cabinets emanating light onto widened eyes are images still embedded in my mind. One game many will remember was the popular "Spy Hunter". Although many arcade rooms have closed their doors, the digital highways offer more adventure for gamers reprising their role of "The Agent".


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Review: The Amazing Spider-Man Video Game

The Amazing Spider-Man Video Game is available now

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Other comic book heroes have taken over this year, but a friendly neighborhood Spider-Man was the new kid on the block, after a reboot by Marvel Entertainment and Laura Ziskin Productions.

With a fresh start to the series, Activision and video game developer Beenox cast their web at the 2011 New York Comic-Con and captured an audience to promise a more grounded, more realistic approach, giving...

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Pokémon Black / White Version 2 announced

Pokemon Black / White 2

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Pokemon is back in black…and white for a fall release.

Nintendo of America Inc. announced Monday that two new Pokémon titles, "Pokémon Black Version 2" and "Pokémon White Version 2," will be released this fall in North America.

Both black and white versions will be playable on Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS.

Otherwise, all we have so far is...

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SpongeBob SquigglePants, trademark humor in 3-D

SpongeBob SquigglePants box

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In SpongeBob SquigglePants, players are tasked with completing challenges to be inducted into the SpongeBob SquarePants hall of fame. In the vein of WarioWare, players will tap, draw, tilt and shake their way through over 100 SpongeBob themed nanogames, microscopic activities that last for five seconds each. Each level consists of 20 rounds, during which players must complete challenges at ever-increasing...

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Nintendo 3DS brings 3-D to mobile gaming

Nintendo 3DS mobile gaming system

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The tech gods have spoken and 3-D viewing is in. Nintendo has embraced the buzz and is the first to bring 3-D gaming technology to market. Now I’m a huge fan of 3-D movies in the theater, but when it comes to home viewing of 3-D technology, manufacturers have a long way to go. That said, Nintendo has done a great job enhancing the DS and bringing it into the three-dimensional realm.


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