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The sixth and final wave of the Booster Course Pass includes some characters beloved by fans of old Mario Kart games. From left to right: Pauline, Funky Kong, Peachette and Diddy Kong.

Nintendo releases a sixth and final wave of new tracks for “Mario Kart 8 Deluxe” with four returning characters

Elie Aoun, Director of Print November 17, 2023

On Nov. 8, Nintendo released the sixth and final wave of new tracks to “Mario Kart 8 Deluxe” as part of the “Booster Course Pass DLC.” This update also added four new characters and included a...

(Left to right) Director of Print Elie Aoun and Laila Ramadan (team The Iliad) defeat Elies roommates Jared Hausman and Ari Avalos (team The Rs) after both gaining a massive lead on Delfino Square.

UPBarrio Kart brings students together for a thrilling “Mario Kart Wii” tournament

Elie Aoun, Director of Print November 10, 2023

On Saturday, Nov. 4, University Program Board (UPB) hosted Barrio Kart, a “Mario Kart Wii” tournament that pitted two-person teams of students against each other in a single-elimination bracket. Throughout...

Along with Squeaky Clean Sprint, a bathroom-themed track first created for this game, the fifth wave of the Booster Course Pass introduces three popular characters. From left to right: Petey Piranha, Kamek and Wiggler.

In a fifth wave of new tracks, Nintendo adds three iconic characters to “Mario Kart 8 Deluxe”

Elie Aoun, Director of Print August 25, 2023

On July 12, Nintendo released the fifth wave of new tracks to “Mario Kart 8 Deluxe” as part of the “Booster Course Pass DLC.” Continuing two trends that began in the previous wave, this update...

Hogwarts Legacy is the current game dominating the cultural discourse, but it hasnt been around its gameplay but rather J. K. Rowling, the creator of Harry Potter, and her controversial views.

Hogwarts Legacy: The dark cloud of controversy hanging over the wizarding world

Joey Gonzalez, Life Editor February 17, 2023

The recent release of Warner Brothers’ “Hogwarts Legacy,” an open-world role-playing game set in the “Harry Potter” universe, has been riddled with controversy and ethical dilemmas. Reviews for...

Samus Aran returns for the fifth entry of the mainline Metroid series after being on ice for 19 years.

“Metroid Dread” revives the legendary series for a final outing

Shreyas Banerjee, Life Editor October 22, 2021

It’s been 19 years since the last main-line entry in the “Metroid” series. Nineteen long years. Most of us students here at Case Western Reserve University cannot even remember 2002, when “Metroid...

Read classics like “Batman 244” by Denny O’Neil and Neal Adams right on your smart devices with services like DC Universe Infinite and Marvel Unlimited.

There’s never been a better time to get into comic books

Shreyas Banerjee, A&E Editor April 9, 2021

I’ve been a comic book fan for as long as I can remember. I have a faint memory of being given a copy of “Batman: The Long Halloween” in a comic book shop when I was six, and the rest was history....

Ride throught the kingdom of Hyrule and celebrate the anniversary of the iconic Zelda video game franchise.

“Zelda” turns 35—the legend goes on

Shreyas Banerjee, A&E Editor February 26, 2021

35 years ago, the gaming world was introduced to “The Legend of Zelda” and it has never been the same since. The fantasy-adventure series has consistently set the bar for what video games could be...

Getting your hands on a PS5 may be difficult, but is it worth the hype?

You don’t need the PS5 right now … But it’s still a nice upgrade

Shreyas Banerjee, A&E Editor February 5, 2021

Despite what store shelves may indicate, the next generation of gaming consoles have indeed arrived with the release of Sony’s PlayStation 5 (PS5) and Microsoft’s Xbox Series X/S in November.  Console...

The PlayStation 4 was the default gaming device for the last seven years, and for good reason.

Looking back at the PlayStation 4

Shreyas Banerjee, A&E Editor November 13, 2020

The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X and Series S released this week, ushering in a new generation of gaming consoles, with their increased power, graphical output and the potential for more impressive...

Image courtesy of first-year student Ethan Deemer in his recreation of the Village at 115th House 5

The joys of “Animal Crossing: New Horizons” in a time of quarantine

Shreyas Banerjee, Staff Reporter April 16, 2020

I won’t say I handled the shift to remote learning particularly well, at first. Like many, I was mad that the rest of the semester was taken away, and, as the pandemic worsened and social distancing...

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