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Hand-drawn shooter is a surreal, superb game

Most bosses are fought on the ground, but occasionally Cuphead takes to the sky in a plane.

Looking and sounding like a coloured Fleischer animation from the 1930s, but playing more like a tough '80s run-and-gun, Cuphead is an inventive, surprising game centred on a number of boss battles that need to be studied and replayed to overcome.

Xbox, Porsche announce 'performance gamewear'

Professional driver Chelsea Angelo, and Porsche junior driver Matt Campbell, in Forza onesies.

To celebrate the launch of racing simulation game Forza Motorsport 7, Xbox Australia is today taking the wraps off limited edition "gamewear" that "offers gamers unparalleled coziness and functionality as they hit the virtual track".

Mini Super Nintendo is incredible value

The SNES Mini isn't much bigger than two original SNES cartridges stacked on top of each other.

Purely on the strength and number of classic games it includes the Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Nintendo Entertainment System offers an incredible value proposition.

Digging deep in the excellent SteamWorld Dig 2

SWD2

There are few better things in video games than a satisfying upgrade loop. A new axe that chops trees twice as fast as your old axe — or a jetpack that makes you realise you've only experienced a fraction of the game world despite hours of exploration — can be incredibly rewarding, and it's this sensation that Steamworld Dig 2 does better than most.

Hands on with Super Mario Odyssey

If you've always wanted to run around as shirtless Mario — and take pictures for posterity — you're in luck.

It was around the time I was flinging my pirate hat in order to possess a huge piece of meat that I realised Super Mario Odyssey is a bit weird, even by Super Mario standards.

Nidhogg 2 is gross, violent, and undeniably fun

Nidhogg 2's look is gross, but it serves the game and will be more easily accepted in the mainstream.

Nidhogg 2 turned heads for all the wrong reasons when it was revealed this time last year, with the gracefully minimalist pixel graphics of the original sword-fighting party favourite replaced by a gross and chunky style that looks like something from a '90s cartoon.

Unlikely crossover a silly, strategic success

When blended with Mario characters or morphed into Nintendo-inspired enemies, the Rabbids are actually likeable.

It's not every day Nintendo hands the keys to its most famous and bankable franchise to an outside publisher, but when the result is as wacky and fun as Ubisoft's Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, it's enough to make you wish the Japanese gaming giant did it more often.

New Uncharted adventure is more of a very good thing

Uncharted

Nathan Drake's exploits may have come to a close but the series continues with a smaller-scale adventure that looks and plays a lot like last year's excellent, beautiful blockbuster, but offers a brand new story and a refreshing change of perspective.

Hands on with Metroid: Samus Returns

Samus is better than ever in the new Metroid game.

The black sheep of Nintendo's most overlooked franchise is being brought up to snuff in a new remake, ahead of a resurrection of the series in earnest.

Skyrim card game launches on mobile phones

Aela

A collectible card game based on the fabled role-playing series that brought us Skyrim and Oblivion, Elder Scrolls: Legends is a deep and absorbing game of chance and strategy.

Tacoma is a multi-layered sci-fi masterpiece

Tacoma

Despite never letting you interact with another human, Tacoma is an almost unrivalled success when it comes to emotional storytelling and facilitating a true feeling of empathy for characters in games.

Fun, fish and fashion in Splatoon 2

Splatoon 2

Keeping everything that made the original game great while expanding on modes, fashion, weapons and features, Splatoon 2 is a powerfully addictive family-friendly shooter.

Nintendo's latest handheld is great value

The new Nintendo 2DS console

Nintendo's 3DS line might only have a year or two of vitality left with the advent of the hybrid Switch console, but that hasn't stopped the company loosing yet another iteration of the hardware: the slick-looking and budget friendly New Nintendo 2DS XL.

Mario Kart VR is a real thing from tomorrow

Mario Kart VR

Anyone planning a trip to Japan over the next couple of years, take note: the VR Zone at Shinjuku is officially open now. And while that means you can see people lose their minds at VR horror experiences, it also means you'll be able to peg bananas and green shells at people in VR.