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Posted: 9:12 a.m. Tuesday, May 27, 2014

'Mario Kart 8,' 'Watch Dogs' arrive on strong week of game releases 

"Mario Kart 8"
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Mario and co. return in the new Nintendo Wii U game "Mario Kart 8," the first "Mario Kart" game featuring high-definition graphics. The game also has new multiplayer modes and a revamped Battle option.

By Omar L. Gallaga

New video games this week:

“Mario Kart 8.” --  (Available Friday) The long-running Nintendo racing game makes the leap to high-definition, finally, in a gorgeous game that incorporates 12-player online gaming, an online channel to watch and share race clips and a revamped Battle mode. Very likely a must-own for Wii U owners. Rated E for Everyone. $60 for Nintendo Wii U.

“Watch Dogs.” -- Ubisoft appears to have thrown everything including the kitchen sink into this action game, which features hacking, driving, shooting and even a second-screen companion app that allows you to play in its futuristic world from a mobile device. The action takes place in a Chicago overrun with hackable technology connected to the gameplay. $60-$130 for Standard, Deluxe and Limited Editions. Rated M for Mature for Windows PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.

Also out this week: "Among the Sleep" (downloadable for PC, Mac and Linux), “Mind Zero” (PlayStation Vita), “The Sly Collection” (PS Vita), “Magicka: Wizard Wars” (PC), “Ibb and Obb” (PC), “Ace Combat Infinity” (PS3), “Kill the Bad Guy” (PC), “Slender: The Arrival” (downloadable for Xbox 360), "The Wolf Among Us: Episode 4" (Xbox 360, PC, Mac, iOS), "A Story About My Uncle" (downloadable for PC), "Where is My Heart?" (downloadable for PC and Mac).

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