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Gaijin Games’ Bit.Trip series has been one of my favorite bundles of fun to come out of Nintendo’s WiiWare service. By marrying minimalist gameplay mechanics with charming retro vibes, each of the three previous titles has turned blocky graphics and bleep-blooping chiptunes into addictive affairs. Bit.Trip Runner carries on this torch, but for the first time puts you in direct control of the rectangular, gold-grabbin’ CommanderVideo. Does this frantic platformer have the stamina to keep up with the quality of its predecessors, or should our pixelated hero have spent more time carbo-loading?

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