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The A.V. Club's favorite games of 2017

Every December, instead of searching for a group consensus, Gameological looks back at the year in games through individual perspectives. These are the staffers’ personal takes on a few games that have stuck in their minds for whatever reason—big or small—and does not represent any sort of institutional expression.…

A brief, spoiler-free suggestion on the best way to play Super Mario Odyssey

Generally speaking, there has only been one way to beat a Mario game. For the old 2-D games, this is literal—you run to the right—but it’s even true of the more elaborate 3-D games, too. Super Mario 64 and the Galaxy games featured different ways to replay their individual levels, but depending on which one you chose,…

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“Oh… I haven’t seen it”: 15 deep-cut Halloween costumes from 2017 pop culture

Halloween draws nigh, and with it the annual parade of ghosts and goblins, trolls and Trumps, pumpkins and David S. Pumpkins, and other, equally obvious guises drawn from the well of contemporary pop culture. But you read The A.V. Club (or, at least, you scroll past it on the way to the comments). Your refined tastes…

Why yes, that is Mario possessing a T. rex in the new Super Mario Odyssey trailer

Seriously, if you thought Mario showing up in “New Donk City” and running around with realistic-looking humans was weird, just wait to see the new features of Super Mario Odyssey Nintendo showed off in the game’s latest trailer. Apparently the reason Mario’s hat now has eyes is that it’s been possessed by Cappy, a…