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The 10 best new video games

Tuesday, December 7, 2010; 9:56 AM

If you're thinking that the long, cold days of winter that lie ahead could be made more fun with some hot new video games, then this list of the 10 best new titles, put together by video game reviewer Tom Ham, will be worth saving.

Disney Epic Mickey

Platform: Nintendo Wii

Rating: Everyone

Price: $49.99

Details: With the evil Shadow Blot ruling over Wasteland, it's up to you to save the day. As Mickey, players wield a magic paintbrush that draws and erases objects in real time. Interact with classic characters and attractions while shaping the story.

Super Mario Galaxy 2

Platform: Nintendo Wii

Rating: Everyone

Price: $49.99

Details: Mario is once again pitted against his nemesis Bowser as he tries to save his beloved Princess Peach and the Mushroom Kingdom. Players are treated to strange new worlds and fun challenges that surpass its fantastic predecessor.

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II

Platform: Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3

Rating: Teen

Price: $59.99

Details: As Darth Vader's secret apprentice, players embark on a quest to understand their true identity. In the end, will good or evil prevail?

Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4

Platform: Xbox 360, PS3, Nintendo Wii, PSP and DS

Rating: Everyone

Price: $29.99 to $49.99

Details: Like Harry Potter? You can play the first four stories in this latest Lego title. Use spells, solve puzzles and even play with a friend online. Brilliant.

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-land Mayhem

Platform: Nintendo DS

Rating: Everyone

Price: $29.99

Details: When Donkey Kong makes off with Mario's girlfriend, Mario enlists the Mini Marios to get her back. Graphically, no DS game is better.

Tron: Evolution - Battle Grids

Platform: Nintendo Wii

Rating: Everyone

Price: $49.99

Details: Feel like a little combat? Players can test their might in four thrilling Tron-inspired events including light cycle racing, light disc battles and hyperball. Play alone or against friends.

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit

Platform: Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3

Rating: 10 and older

Price: $59.99

Details: Experience the thrill of the chase (or the escape) as you play through the game as either a cop or a racer. You can "drive" some of the world's most exotic cars. There's also online play.

Donkey Kong Country Returns

Platform: Nintendo Wii

Rating: Everyone

Price: $49.99

Details: Discover hidden items, defeat evil Tikis and get your bananas back in this Donkey Kong adventure that features unbelievable graphics. Our top Wii game of the year.

Madden NFL 11

Platform: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii

Rating: Everyone

Price: $49.99-$59.99

Details: Play-calling has been made simpler, which makes the game move a lot faster and smoother. Full games can now be played in 30 minutes.

Create

Platform: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii

Rating: Everyone

Price: $39.99

Details: The task is simple: Get an object from one place to another. The challenge is how to do it. Build elaborate chain reactions in this ultimate sandbox game where you're limited only by your imagination. Although simple to learn, this game will keep players challenged for hours.

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