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Games reviews roundup: Fifa 18; Nintendo Classic Mini: SNES; Metroid: Samus Returns | Technology

EA, Xbox One/PS4/PC, cert 3
★★★★

Another year and, of course, another instalment of the bestselling football sim in the world. It may seem a cynical commercial behemoth, but the reality is most players will enjoy countless more hours of fun from the new Fifa than from any number of first-person shooters. Whether choosing to play the career mode, online or the Panini sticker-like Ultimate Team, everything has been given the usual graphical lick of paint. The tweaked physics – this year dribbling feels more deliberate and fluid than before – and the introduction of distinct tactical styles for computer-controlled opponents adds real variety to offline play. The story mode – The Journey – returns for its second chapter, but the biggest impact may well be felt in the main game, with the integration of its conversation system for transfer negotiations It adds a real element of depth – and doubt – to management whims, and will absolutely delight all the wannabe Harry Redknapps looking to do a bit of wheeling and dealing. Toby Moses

the nintendo classic mini snes in its box



Destined to be adored: Nintendo’s oh-so-retro Classic Mini SNES. Photograph: Nintendo

Nintendo, cert 12, out now
★★★★★

This is a retro-lover’s dream, combining some of Nintendo’s best efforts into the same compact package that proved so successful for last year’s NES mini. But the company have not simply knocked out another version of the same: the SNES iteration is an improvement in every regard. The build quality is just as excellent but what elevates it are the 21 games, plus the addition of a second controller, essential for Super Mario Kart. The titles cover a broad range, featuring cult favourites such as Secret of Mana and EarthBound, but Star Fox 2 is the headline act. The 1995 game was never released due to fears of unfavourable comparison to PlayStation titles, so this is its first outing and it’s great – even if it’s been bettered by subsequent releases. Even for those not struck by 1990s nostalgia, the SNES Mini (RRP £69.99) is a worthwhile purchase. Super Mario World, Super Metroid and Zelda are some of the best games ever made, even 25 years on. Xbox One X and Nintendo Switch may be the shiny new consoles this year, but the SNES Mini offers a complete package that won’t break the bank. Chris Dring

a still from metroid samus returns



Metroid: Samus Returns: ‘well worth the 13-year wait’.

3DS, Nintendo, cert 7
★★★★★

It’s been 13 years since the last 2D Metroid game was released, and fans of the series can finally rest easy: they have the game they wanted in Samus Returns. Although technically a remake of the 1991 Game Boy game Return of Samus, this 3DS release is effectively a new game with all-new moves, areas, visuals and music. Only the premise remains the same, with heroine Samus exploring the planet SR388 to wipe out the remaining Metroids that pose a threat to the galaxy.

The core gameplay is typical of the series, with Samus exploring labyrinth-style levels, obtaining new abilities and using them to unlock previously inaccessible areas. The biggest update comes in combat, with Samus able to parry an attack and immediately deliver a critical kill. It can be tricky, but is a hugely satisfying addition.

It’s a tough game that lives up to the Metroid name and heritage – well worth the wait. CD

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