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Did you ever think that as a grown-up, you’d actually loathe having disposable income? As I write this, I am currently gazing at a stack of video games I have yet to finish. I restarted playing Xenoblade Chronicles and my commute is now full of Persona 3. So why did I buy New Super Mario Bros. 2 today and why am I awaiting a package for The Last Story? Because I could buy them, so I did. I think I miss the days when a new game was a special treat, one that took begging, bargaining, and manipulation of the parental units to acquire. Now if I want a game, I buy a game. This ends with an ever growing pile of shame and, in a way, it cheapens the game experience. I have to force myself to ignore all other games, like I did with Kingdom Hearts 3D, in order to retain some sense of ┬áthe old gaming experience. I do still miss the old days. But enough talk, have you, new games!

New Super Mario Bros. 2 (3DS)

Nintendo released this sequel to the DS classic in stores and through the e-shop, so Mario fans have no excuse to pass up this game. Unlike the recently released Super Mario 3D Land, this game is a side-scrolling platform where coins are plentiful, and I do mean plentiful. Don’t be surprised to pick up over 500 coins in a single level. I agree with reviews that the formula needs a few more twists to keep from going stale, but it’s still classic Mario, which means classic fun.

Transformers: Fall of Cybertron (Xbox 360, PS3)

I’m not a huge Transformers fan, but this sequel to War for Cybertron is on everyone’s radar. Considering the developer is currently working on the Deadpool game, I may need to check this one out. Don’t worry purists, these games have nothing to do with the movies, so you won’t have to go back on your Shia-free diet.