This week's video game releases: Super Mario Maker 2, Human Fall Flat, Un Pas Fragile, F1 2019, more

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  • Saturday, 29 Jun 2019

Super Mario Maker 2 arrives five months ahead of the Nintendo Switch's Pokémon Sword And Shield in November. — AFP Relaxnews

Nintendo's Mario game about creating Mario games, Super Mario Maker 2, sets up on Switch, while silly puzzle sim Human Fall Flat wobbles onto mobile, and F1 2019 represents the racing franchise's best days. Detective mystery fans are well served this week with both Yakuza spin-off Judgement and Lovecraftian thriller The Sinking City.

Super Mario Maker 2
For Nintendo Switch from June 28

Create, share and play levels in the visual style of various Super Mario eras. Improving on its Wii U and 3DS predecessor with a new Super Mario 3D World theme pack, a 100-level story mode, and local and online multiplayer modes.

Human Fall Flat
For iOS and Android from June 26

Take a blank-faced and rather wobbly dummy on a calamitous comedic adventure, solving 10 levels' worth of physics-based puzzles with up to three other humans. Already a hit on computer and console.

Un Pas Fragile
For iOS, Android, Windows PC from June 25

Help a frog realise its dream of becoming a ballerina. That means assistance with all manner of daily tasks, from its first day at a dance academy to its stage performance over the course of a 10-minute visual and musical story. Un Pas Fragile translates as "A Delicate Step."

F1 2019
For PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows PC from June 28 (June 25 for Legends Edition)

Perhaps the strongest entry to Codemasters' ongoing Formula One racing series, with junior series Formula 2 now part of the setup, Career Mode reinvigorated with driver transfers and a story-based F2 rivalry, plus online leagues, weekly events, and various improvements to AI, handling, and presentation.

For PlayStation 4 from June 25

Spin-off from the Japanese mafia franchise Yakuza, switching genres from sprawling open-world action to a single city-district investigation where a private detective uncovers the criminal network behind a mob member's killing. Even so, Yakuza has a taste for combat, odd side-missions, obsession with real-world recreation, and multiple mini-game distractions are still present.

The Sinking City
For PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows PC from June 27 (Nintendo Switch later in 2019)

Investigate the terrible supernatural forces that have a hold over the half-submerged city of Oakmont in this unsettling Lovecraftian thriller. Well anticipated thanks to atmospheric trailers: Strong on detective mystery, like the Frogwares studio's recent Sherlock Holmes games, though combat is not its strong suit. – AFP Relaxnews
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