Donkey Kong is back

This year is the year Nintendo has trotted out their less-appreciated mascot characters. First, 2010 saw the return of Sin and Punishment, Kirby and Metroid. Now it’s Donkey Kong’s turn. The ape that started it all returns in two new games, one for the Wii and one for the DS. Somebody better get Billy Mitchell on the phone.

‘Donkey Kong Country Returns’
Console: Nintendo Wii, Nintendo
Grade: 4 (out-of-5)

Nintendo decided  not to mess with the formula too much with DKCR. Remember how “New Super Mario Bros. Wii” tickled the nostalgia bone but also threw in some new game mechanics? It’s the exact same thing here.

The game is fast and over-the-top. The action never relents, and at times it feels more like a roller coaster ride than a video game. Don’t worry, though. The “Super Guide” is back, tackling tough stages for you if you simply can’t do it.

‘Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-land Mayhem’
Console: Nintendo DS, Nintendo
Grade: 5 (out-of-5)

You’d think Mario and Donkey Kong would get along. They are both world-savers. They both like stomping on things. Still, their rivalry has heated up game systems since 1981. Their mutual animosity is our gain, however. “Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-land Mayhem” is one heck of a good time.

This title can only be described as an action-puzzle game. Your goal is to lead a group of mini-Mario toys to the exit of each level. Each stage manages to top the previous in creativity and level design. After the game’s eight worlds, there’s also a nifty level creator.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

New statue of Penn State's Paterno set for…

By David DeKokHARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - Fundraising for a new statue depicting Joe Paterno "as the man he was and not Joe the football coach"…

Local

Future Boston Alliance invites you to #RidetheLine, support…

#RidetheLine aims to show the city, the nation, and the globe our creative impact as Boston citizens.

Local

(Update) Body of missing BU grad Eric Munsell…

The dead man pulled from the water at Boston's Long Wharf Wednesday afternoon was that of missing 24-year-old Boston University alumnus Eric Munsell, Boston Police said today.

National

On newly released tape, 'Squeaky' Fromme says was…

Manson Family member Squeaky Fromme told a mental health examiner in newly released interview the "X" she carved in her forehead was meant to separate her from "the system."

Music

Championship of Collegiate a Cappella: Students who are…

Tickets to this Saturday’s International Championship of Collegiate a Cappella reportedly sold out within 11 hours of going on sale.

Music

M.I.A. talks 'Matangi,' divinity, spontaneity and holograms

"There’s pressure for me to become a theatrical production like 'Glee,' or something" says M.I.A., "It’s like, 'the pressure’s on, bitches.'"

Movies

Tribeca: 'Goodbye to All That' star Paul Schneider…

Paul Schneider talks about his new film "Goodbye to All That," not acting too much and how he'd rather indulge in simple pleasures than play the scene.

The Word

Taylor Swift battles paparazzi daily at Tribeca penthouse

We're entranced by these photos of poor Taylor Swift leaving her Tribeca apartment.

NHL

NHL video highlights: Bruins edge Red Wings in…

NHL video highlights: Bruins edge Red Wings in overtime of Game 4

MLB

MLB video highlights: Yankees rout Red Sox, 14-5

Felix Doubront struggles for second time in five starts

NBA

Jason Collins named to Time's 100 Most Influential…

Jason Collins was named to the list after coming out as the first openly gay player to appear in an NBA game.

NFL

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated, new April 24…

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated, new April 24 version

Parenting

New study: Inside the wage gap between boys…

According to a new study, there's a wage gap between boys and girls, with boys earning more allowance for less chores.

Tech

From Apple TV to Fire TV, big changes…

Apple is set to launch a new generation of it's Apple TV, which grossed over $1 billion in 2013. But competition from Amazon and Google looms.

Style

Katy Perry releases a new Claire’s collection

Katy Perry expands her empire by releasing an accessories collection at Claire's.

Style

MAC & Proenza Schouler collection unveiled

MAC Cosmetics is releasing a new collection with Proenza Schouler.