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New Super Mario Bros. U – Review

The first ever Mario game ever to be depicted in resplendent HD.

Nintendo Land – Review

Nintendo Land's addictiveness and ease of use should make believers out of most Wii U adopters.

ZombiU – Review

An excellent day one example of the Wii U's twist on gameplay.

Nintendo Wii U... It's here! Thousands of gamers set to queue for Christmas gaming gadget

Executives are hoping that a successful new console can end what has been the worst year in the Japanese company’s history

Hitman Absolution fails to target Black Ops 2 in games chart

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 still walking tall in all formats sales chart

Medal of Honor breaches all formats games chart

EA's shooter storms into number one leaving FIFA 13, Forza Horizon and Professor Layton in its wake.

FIFA 13 retains all formats top spot, despite a strong debut by Skylanders Giants

FIFA 13 top, Skylanders Giants second and Dishonored third in the week's all formats games chart.

Dishonored down but not disgraced in all formats games chart

Arkane Studios' tale of revenge not enough to shift FIFA 13 from top spot.

Skylanders Giants: Innovator or money-spinner?

Creative characters, ground-breaking design and 48 toys to collect, but does Skylanders Giants represent value for money this Christmas? Andy Robertson investigates.

FIFA 13 takes residency at the all formats games chart summit

EA's football franchise proves its all-conquering popularity once again.

FIFA 13 – Review

The defending champion just upped its game.

Darksiders 2 fails to take top spot as Sleeping Dogs holds on

Sleeping Dogs holds on despite attentions on Darksiders 2 and Transformers: Fall of Cybertron.

Sleeping Dogs wakes up all formats games chart

It’s been a sleepy time for the UK’s all formats games chart with new releases few and far between and the usual suspects jostling for position in top 10 and top 40 alike. Thankfully the release of Square Enix’s Sleeping Dogs and Nintendo’s New Super Mario Bros. 2 has acted as an alarm call meaning we have brand new titles filling the chart’s top spots.

New Super Mario Bros. 2 – Review

Mario's latest caper is a rush for coins but does it also deliver value for money?

Olympic legacy proving good for Sega as London 2012 game tops all formats chart again

For a third week running London 2012: The Official Video Game tops the gaming all formats chart.

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Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
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Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

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The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

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Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

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From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

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A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

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