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Soil yourself with Hookshot Inc’s most diggable games

Soil yourself with Hookshot Inc's most diggable games
Spelunky, Derek Yu's randomly-generating, perma-death wielding spelunking indie game adventure, is out on Xbox Live Arcade today.

This - combined with Independence Day - got us thinking: what are our favourite dig 'em ups?

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Mutant Mudds – back to the golden Game Boy era

Mutant Mudds – back to the golden Game Boy era

Ah, the joy of the Game Boy era scrolling platformer... will we ever see the like of Looney Tunes or Kid Dracula again? Yes, yes we will! Because here comes downloadable treasure Mutant Mudds on 3DS, and it is a traditional scrolling platformer of great understanding, artistry and balance.

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The Art of Balance – a towering achievement for 3DS

The Art of Balance - a towering achievement for 3DS
Games derived from realistic physics simulations offer some of the most exciting types of play around right now.

Parkin takes a look at The Art of Balance, the latest 3DS downloadable release which tasks players with creating tiny towers that withstand gravity's insatiable pull.

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VVVVVV for vendetta

VVVVVV for vendetta
Terry Cavanagh's classic PC puzzler - a platform game without a jump button - arrives as a downloadable title for 3DS on 10 May.

Parkin prepares to jet set go into its blocky world of cruelty and invention once again.

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Please Release Me: Mole Mania

Please Release Me: Mole Mania
You know what would be good on the 3DS Virtual Console? Mole Mania would be good. What's Mole Mania? It's the Shigeru Miyamoto game you've probably never heard of.

Let's check it out, eh?

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Miyamoto: ‘I wish I had designed Angry Birds.’

Miyamoto: ‘I wish I had designed Angry Birds.’
Hookshot Inc. caught up with Super Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto in Paris this week.

Turns out the world's most famous game designer is more than just a fan of the world's most famous smartphone game.

He wishes he had made it.

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What You Playing… Yoshinori Ono (hospital edition)?

What You Playing... Yoshinori Ono (hospital edition)?
Street Fighter IV’s ebullient creator Yoshinori Ono collapsed in his home a few weeks ago from exhaustion.

But it's OK! Ono made a surprise if low key appearance at Captivate, Capcom’s annual game showcase, held in Rome this week.

We caught up with him there to find out what he's been playing on his smartphone while recuperating.

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The Fun Forecast: 2nd-9th April

The Fun Forecast: 2nd-9th April
Greetings minion. I am Michael Fish from the 1970s. I have absorbed the soul of my body double, the so-called ‘Alternate Michael Fish from the 1970s’, and this is the Fun Forecast.

There’s a gradual spread of balls across all regions, flurries of both pinballs and devilish baseballs, while a Tetris block weather warning has been issued across all 3DS units.

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In defence of Dr Mario

In defence of Dr Mario
Listen, Dr Mario for the Game Boy is out on the 3DS Virtual Console this week, and I've been hearing backchat from people who don't think it's very good.

These people are wrong, and you shouldn't listen to them.

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The Fun Forecast: 12th-18th March

The Fun Forecast: 12th-18th March
I am Michael Fish from the 1970s and I am magnanimous in victory. Lay down your weapons.

This week there are brief flurries of robots over Playstation and Xbox download services, alongside a strong downpour of Journey – so don’t go out without an umbrella or weak human emotions.

Bill Giles from the mid-90s will no longer trouble this glorious new era with base accusations of black magic. Onwards!

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The Fun Forecast: 5th-12th March

The Fun Forecast: 5th-12th March
Hello! My name is Bill Giles from the mid-90s, and here’s this week’s Fun Forecast. This week a swirling natural disaster is approaching XBLA in the form of I Am Alive, while a warm front means Trine 2 will land on the Playstation Store like a fine drizzle. That’s about it from me but, finally, it must be said that I (and many of my peers) are of the conviction that Michael Fish from the 1970s IS an evil magician. Let him do his very worst. We’re not afraid anymore Michael.

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The Fun Forecast: 27th Feb – 5th March

The Fun Forecast: 27th Feb - 5th March
Hello everyone. Michael Fish from the 1970s here again. Now, we’ve had a lot of correspondence this week from viewers worried that I am, in fact, an evil magician.

As I said last week, I am NOT an evil magician. This is just how people from the 1970s look.

Anyway, look deep into my eyes as we go on a journey through this week’s gaming downloads.

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