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Rayman Origins (360, PS3, WII, 3DS, Vita, PC)
Featuring fantastic gameplay and animated visuals that could shame anything Pixar's put on the silver screen, Rayman Origins is an absolute must-play for fans of Super Mario-style platformers. Best of all, up to four friends and family members can simultaneously enjoy this fast-paced, charm-filled ride through Rayman's whimsical world.
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Just Dance 3 (360, PS3, Wii)
More accessible than most music-based games, Just Dance 3 forgoes the steep learning curve in favor of a fun-packed party experience. Four-player co-op, over 40 hot tracks, and multiple modes — including fitness and choreography — make this a great choice for groove-loving gamers of any skill level.
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LittleBigPlanet 2 (PS3)
Starring Sackboy — the coolest gaming mascot since Mario — LittleBigPlanet 2 taxes both the thumbs and brain by offering engaging gameplay as well as a robust suite of creation tools that encourage players to make their own levels. Budding designers can even sample and share each others' masterpieces online.
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The Amazing Spider-Man (360, PS3)
While it's based on the world and characters of the latest Spidey film, this action-amping epic isn't another movie-tied cash-in; from its fast, fluid web-swinging mechanics to its wide-open New York City setting, no other game puts players in the red and blue spandex like this super-heroic entry.
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Quantum Conundrum (360, PS3, PC)
This inventive puzzler tasks players with solving brain-bending challenges by manipulating physics and gravity in a variety of wacky ways. More than just taxing the ole' gray matter though, Quantum Conundrum tickles the ribs by supporting its cerebral gameplay with an entertaining yarn and a charming cast of eccentric characters.
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Super Mario 3D Land (3DS)
Mario's newest princess-saving, coin-collecting, Koopa-stomping romp through the Mushroom Kingdom is also one of his best. On top of refining?and re-defining?the can't-miss formula that's kept kids' thumbs busy for over 20 years, the portly plumber's latest adventure also jumps off the screen in glorious, glasses-free 3D.
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Mario Kart 7 (3DS)
Mario's latest lap around the track retains all the tire-screeching fun of previous franchise entries, but also packs plenty of fresh features under its hood; on top of new courses, customizable karts, and a packed character roster, players can now enjoy racing beneath the sea and above the clouds. Especially competitive kart-racers can even challenge rubber-burning buddies online.
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SSX (360, PS3)
Kids craving thrills bigger than those offered in traditional sports games can strap on a virtual snowboard for this seat-of-the-pants ride down the world's steepest slopes. Featuring tons of challenges, modes, customization options, and opportunities to carve powder with pals online, SSX provides epic boarding fun without the possibility of broken bones.
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The Gunstringer (360)
This old west-flavored gem replaces gritty cowboys with a gun-slinging puppet that's controlled by Kinect-enabled hand gestures. As fun to watch as it is to play, the Gunstringer's colorful cast of characters, silly story, and over-the-top cartoon violence will keep both faux trigger fingers and funny bones engaged.