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Last weekend, I spent hours chasing after a single elusive strawberry in Celeste. Over and over again, I kept dying to the toxic muck surrounding my collectible prize. Hundreds of wasted lives, an endless number of fuck-ups, a complete halting of progress. There was only failure, but I was stubborn. I was going to get that fucking strawberry if it was the last thing I did.

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Super Mario World, Sonic The Hedgehog, Crash Bandicoot, Banjo Kazooie -- the number of platforming series and characters that rose to stardom in the '90s was notably the highest in gaming history. Truly a golden age. But for every new Mario game there was always a few lesser-known titles waiting in the wings. Those titles deserve some recognition.

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Because the world was in need of something particularly soft and precious right now, Nintendo of Japan has released a new trailer for its hyper adorable platformer adventure Kirby's Epic Yarn. (It's perfectly acceptable to squeal now.)

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Limbo is a wonderful black-and-white game from Playdead that has been a marquee title for the Xbox 360's summer of arcade (we like it). LittleBigPlanet is a modder's delight on the PS3. Of course, someone combined the two.

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Limbo is unsettling, creepy, unrelentingly strange and utterly alien. It's quite the oddest game I've seen in some time. And it's coming to Xbox Live Arcade, of all places, this week.

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The creators of Doodle Jump, the addictive platformer for the iPhone, believe their app is the first to break five million downloads from the iTunes store. That means they've taken in more than $US3 million.

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You can't play Kirby's Epic Yarn yet. Nintendo hasn't finished making it. You can, however, play this: an indie platformer with a very similar - and very cool - mechanic that allows you to reshape the world.

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A multiplayer Castlevania? Series designer Koji Igarashi's latest off-the-wall idea for the 23-year-old vampire slaying franchise might just be crazy enough to work. After playing Castlevania: Harmony of Despair, I'm on board.