The Fancies 2021: John Warren’s Top 10 Games of the Year

In a year I promised myself I’d play more Final Fantasy XIV to prepare for Endwalker, I ended up playing everything besides the best MMO on the market today. It’s not that XIV isn’t great, nor that I don’t want to see it to its magnificent conclusion. It’s more that…

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Morning Stack: ‘Tis the Season for Games I Wish I Liked More

I’ve been thinking a lot this week about games I wish I enjoyed. The whole trend really started with Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury™ last month. Though it’s come to a head with Loop Hero: the deckbuilding idle game with gorgeous pixel art that’s taken the Fanbyte Discord…

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The Language of Super Mario

There’s a type of hyper-focus I can achieve with Mario games that’s not entirely dissimilar to Tetris. Under the right circumstances, running through a level with nothing but reflexes and feelings is like sight-reading music but with a plumber as the instrument. It’s the thing that separates those games from…

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Bowser’s Fury Fort Flaptrap Cat Shard Guide – Where to Find all 5 Shards

Super Mario 3D World has released on the Nintendo Switch and it’s bringing with it a new experience called Bowser’s Fury. Instead of forcing players down a rigid, linear experience, Bowser’s Fury tasks Mario with exploring a decent sized chain of islands to help defeat the corrupted Bowser. While you’ll…

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Bowser’s Fury Makes Mario a Giant Super Saiyan Cat in an Open World

Back in September, Nintendo announced previous Wii U exclusive Super Mario 3D World would be coming to Switch, and it would also feature an add-on of some kind called Bowser’s Fury. Well today, the company released a new trailer showcasing what exactly this pack-in is, and there’s a whole lot to unpack…