This week in gaming

Mario and friends return to the 3D world


The little Italian plumber and a few of his closest companions attempt to take out Bowser one more time in today’s release, “Super Mario 3D World,” for the Wii U.

Early review scores are extremely high, and this just might be the first real console-seller for Nintendo’s next-generation video-game console. The game’s Metacritic score is sitting just above 90% with 11 perfect scores.

This game can be played with up to three friends cooperatively and features several new powerups like the cat suit.


Microsoft enters the next generation


The Xbox One is available for purchase as of today, after initial confusion and frustrations stemming from Microsoft’s change of plans from the first in-depth look at the console at E3 2013 regarding online and game-sharing policies to the reversal of those plans just a week later.

At $499, the Xbox One is pricier than it’s next-gen counterparts the PlayStation 4 and Wii U. The Xbox One comes bundled with a Kinect camera, however, whereas the PS4 camera is sold separately, and the Wii U does not feature a body-tracking camera.


A link to the past for Nintendo


The latest adventure for Link takes him back to his roots.

“The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds” is released in North America today for the 3DS. This direct sequel to the Super Nintendo’s “The Legend of Zelda: A Link to The Past” returns the series to it’s roots with a top-down view style.


The game has garnered several perfect reviews scores from websites including Joystiq and Game Informer.


No streaming on Xbox One right away


The Xbox One will have the ability to stream gameplay directly from the console to popular website Twitch.tv, but not until some time in 2014, according to a post on Xbox Wire.

Gamers who were hoping to pick up their Xbox Ones on Friday and start showing off their skills in “Call of Duty: Ghosts” that night are out of luck, apparently.

No further information is given regarding the delay other than to say that more information will be made available later on.