Let’s Play Legit: Super Mario 3D World “Part 1 & 2” (17 and up!)

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Mo Chocolate and Awesome Tyler play one of the more grueling stages Super Mario 3D World has to offer. Could they survive the chaos that is Champion’s Road?

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Play Legit’s 2013 Game of The Year

The moment we have all been waiting for has arrived. After days of voting and waiting, it’s time. Here is your Official Game of The Year. We hope you all enjoy. In 2014, we’re taking Real talk to the next level. Until then, Have a Happy New Year!

Thanks for Voting!

@PlayLegit #Bestof2013

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Play Legit’s Best of 2013 Winners!

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Here’s the gaming industry’s best offerings in 2013. We nominated, you voted. Now the results are in!  Categories range from Best Zombie, Actors, Graphics, Next-Gen, the Biggest Disappointment, and Game of the Year.

Best Actor 2013: Troy Baker as Joel (The Last of Us)

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Gerald ‘Slink’ Johnson (Lamar) in ‘Grand Theft Auto V’ 4%
Nolan North (David) in ‘The Last of Us’ 4%
Steven Ogg (Trevor) in ‘Grand Theft Auto V’ 33%
Troy Baker (Joel) in ‘The Last of us’ 58%

Staff Choice: Troy Baker (Joel) in ‘The Last of Us’ 58%

Best Actress 2013: Dawn McGee as Mary Ann (GTA V)

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Ashley Johnson (Ellie) in ‘The Last of us’ 31%
Camilla Luddington (Lara Croft) in ‘Tomb Raider’ 8%
Courtnee Draper (Elizabeth) in ‘Bioshock Infinite’ 4%
Dawn McGee (Mary-Ann) in ‘Grand Theft Auto V’ 57%

Staff Choice: Dawn McGee (Mary-Ann) in ‘Grand Theft Auto V’

Best PC Game 2013: The Wolf Among Us: Episode 1 Faith

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Battlefield 4 27%
Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm 18%
The Wolf Among Us: Episode 1 Faith 36%
X-Com: Enemy Within 18%

Staff Choice: The Wolf Among Us: Episode 1 Faith

Best PS3 Game 2013: The Last of Us

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Bioshock Infinite 11%
Grand Theft Auto V 0%
The Last of Us 78%
Tomb Raider 11%

Staff Choice: The Last of Us

Best Wii U Game 2013: Super Mario 3D World

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Pikmin 3 0%
Rayman Legends 18%
Super Mario 3D World 73%
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD 9%

Staff Choice: Super Mario 3D World

Best Xbox 360 Game 2013: Grand Theft Auto V

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BioShock Infinite 33%
Gears of War Judgment 13%
Grand Theft Auto V 53%
Tomb Raider 0%

Staff Choice: Grand Theft Auto V

Best Downloadable Title 2013: Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon

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BattleBlock Theater 7%
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon 50%
Guacamelee 21%
Resogun 21%

Staff Choice: Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon

Best Indie Game 2013: Towerfall

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Monaco: What’s yours is mine 10%
Spelunky 30%
The Swapper 0%
Towerfall 60%

Staff Choice: Towerfall

Best Next-Gen Launch Title: Resogun

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Battlefield 4  6%
Dead Rising 3  31%
NBA 2K14  25%
Resogun  38%

Staff Choice: Resogun

Best Graphics Next-Gen: Ryse: Son of Rome

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Battlefield 4  4%
Forza Motorsport 5  8%
Killzone: Shadow Fall  38%
NBA 2K14  8%
Ryse: Son of Rome  42%

Staff Choice: Ryse: Son of Rome

Best Graphics Current-Gen 2013: The Last of Us

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Crysis 3  35%
Grand Theft Auto V  13%
God of War Ascension  4%
Pikmin 3  0%
The Last of Us  48%

Staff Choice: Crysis 3

Best Soundtrack 2013: The Last of Us

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Bioshock Infinite  10%
Grand Theft Auto V  20%
Guacamelee  5%
The Last of Us  50%
Rayman Legends  15%

Staff Choice: Grand Theft Auto V

Trailer of The Year 2013: Grand Theft Auto V

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Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon 26%
Grand Theft Auto V 47%
Injustice: Gods Among Us 5%
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm  5%
Super Smash Bros for WiiU/3DS 16%

Staff Choice: Grand Theft Auto V

Best Handheld 2013: The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

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Animal Crossing: A New Leaf 0%
Fire Emblem: Awakening 18%
Pokemon X&Y 36%
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds 45%

Staff Choice: Fire Emblem: Awakening

Best Multiplayer Game 2013: The Last of Us

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Battlefield 4 (Next-Gen) 36%
Splinter Cell: Blacklist 14%
Super Mario 3D World 7%
The Last of Us 43%

Staff Choice: Splinter Cell: Blacklist

Funniest Game 2013: Grand Theft Auto V

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DeadPool: The Game 22%
Divekick 0%
Grand Theft Auto V 61%
The Stanley Parable 17%

Staff Choice: Grand Theft Auto V

Best Family Game 2013: LEGO Marvel Super Heroes

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LEGO Lord of the Rings 6%
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 44%
Super Mario 3D World 28%
Rayman Legends 22%

Staff Choice: Super Mario 3D World

Best Shooter 2013: Battlefield 4

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Battlefield 4 52%
Crysis 3 5%
Gears of War Judgment 5%
Killzone: Shadow Fall 38%

Staff Choice: Battlefield 4

Best RPG 2013: Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch

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Fire Emblem Awakening 32%
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch 55%
Path of Exile 0%
Pokemon X&Y 14%

Staff Choice: Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch

Best Fighting Game 2013: Injustice: Gods Among Us

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Divekick 0%
Injustice: Gods Among Us 73%
Killer Instinct (Season 1) 18%
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 Full Burst 9%

Staff Choice: Injustice: Gods Among Us

Best Sports Game 2013: NBA 2K14 (Next-Gen)

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Fifa 14 19%
Forza Motorsport 5 10%
NBA 2K14 (Next-Gen) 62%
Need for Speed Rivals 10%

Staff Choice: NBA 2K14 (Next-Gen)

Best Zombie 2013: The Last of Us

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Dead Rising 3 12%
State of Decay 6%
The Last of Us 76%
The Walking Dead: 400 Days 6%

Staff Choice: The Last of Us

Best HD Reload 2013: The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD

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Castlevania: Mirror of Fate HD  5%
Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection  24%
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMix 19%
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD  52%

Staff Choice: The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD

Biggest Disappointment 2013 – Aliens Colonial Marines

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Aliens: Colonial Marines 53%
NBA Live 14 12%
The Bureau: X-COM Declassified 6%
Xbox One DRM Fiasco 29%

Staff Choice: Xbox One DRM Fiasco

The Game of the Year is….

@PlayLegit #Bestof2013

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Super Mario 3D World Review (Wii U)

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Real Talk By: Ms. Throwback

While you might think this is just another Mario game, think twice. Once you experience the wonders of Super Mario 3D World, your eyes will be opened.  Mario has befriended us for quite a while now but somehow Nintendo keeps reinventing him into something crafty and great.  3D World hits us deep at our fandom core and pulls out all the stops to deliver one of the greatest Mario titles yet.  Below we take a look at not only what makes 3D World such a great title but a slight insight of what is to come on the next-gen consoles when it comes to Mario.

Every level of this platform title has been thought out to the greatest extent, whether you are going through clear tubes inside the walls, meeting new and amazing enemies, or turning into our most favorite item to date, feline mario, there is no end to the joy in store for the player at every turn.  Shadows and silhouettes guide us to hidden spaces and items, one level has us surfing on the back of a loch ness monster, all while keeping a multi-character dynamic of using Mario, Peach, Luigi, or Toadstool as your playable character.

We can’t talk about this game without going into more detail on the cat suit.  This amazing new items lets you fly into the air with a swift dash attack, swipe your enemies with a fierce cat claw, and climb walls to hidden and challenging destinations.  Sometimes the cat suit is necessary to get to new locations and solve the puzzles to progress through the game.  It answers a lot of the questions that we had before the release of the title on how they would reinvent Mario.  By letting us branch out into the extremities of a level the player can find themselves deeply enveloped in completing a number of intricate tasks.  While many of the levels have a focus on the cat suit we are fortunate that this isn’t the only lovely thing about the title.

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The top-down world map also has a new feel.  Instead of being on a linear path the entire time, the map is interactive and free roaming allowing the player to travel from level to level in any manner they choose.  This gives Nintendo another chance for reinvention by allowing the player to find enticing secrets hidden directly on the map and not just unlockable from inside the levels themselves.  Some of these puzzles remind me of the only thing I loved about Super Mario Sunshine, the hidden puzzle levels.

On top of all the amazing new design features this title is hands down beautiful.  Even in the most novice beginner levels the visual aspects of the hypersensitive colorful Mario world is brought to life by the power of the Wii U.  I was amazed first walking into a level that seems to be themed from a circus setting,  the foreground and background was constantly in motion.  Movement of the level and lighting doesn’t get any better than this.  A level of gold catches the gleam of the lighting, rainbow LED swings, and of course Bowser with his usual visuals of lava and fire are top-notch in the title.

It’s only out of pure habit that I mention the controls at this point.  The precision and effortlessness with which the title handles is incredible.  Not a single moment did I feel that the controls glitched or didn’t work to the best of their ability.  Nintendo has perfected 3D Mario controls to a fine art and should be commended for this.  No other platformer has had quiet this ease of control.

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Mario 3D World is a Best of 2013 Nominee!

Co-op becomes even more intriguing in this title than it has in the past due to the new line-up of playable character attributes that integrate slightly differently than before.  Mario of course is the average running and jumping player, Luigi jumps higher and falls slower,  Peach runs slower but can jump and float through the air for several seconds, Toad runs fastest and falls faster but is the slowest runner, and we won’t spoil it for you but there is an unlockable fifth playable character.  Up to five players can co-op with one using the Wii U remote to manipulate the environment.

Mario has had the unfortunate negative of often being labeled as a “kids game” throughout the years.  Somehow he has barged through as a character that can transcend gender, age, and maturity to bring us back to the wondrous years we remember from our past.  Super Mario 3D World is the pinnacle of platforming titles and will not be easily outmatched.  From the beginning to the end this title gives us new challenges, secrets, and a level of difficulty that is hard to match in this genre.  Being able to play as an array of characters adds even more life to the title, and the visuals and sound are out of this world.

Super Mario 3D World Gets:

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Out of Five

What’s Legit?

+Level design and map interactivity

+Cat suit

+Controls are spot on

+Visuals and audio don’t get any better

+Five playable characters plus co-op

What’s Perpetrating?

-Four player camera can be slightly tricky

@PlayLegit #Mario3dWorld

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