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The lovely Super Mario Maker enters second in the UK top 40 chart today, recording the fourth highest first-week sales for any Wii U game. (Mario Kart 8 is strongest, then Super Smash Bros. and Nintendo Land.) "An elegant level editor that offers real insight into three decades of platforming brilliance," we said in our review.

BioShock Infinite isn't up for a Best Game BAFTA

Tearaway is, so is Assassin's Creed 4.

It's that time of year again: The British Academy Games Awards (BAFTA) nominees have been announced. The biggest surprise is that BioShock Infinite - its triumphant arrival being one of the gaming events of the year, if not the generation - is not nominated for Best Game. Fighting it out for that honour are Tearaway, Assassin's Creed 4, Grand Theft Auto 5, The Last of Us, Super Mario 3D World and Papers, Please.

Tearaway to get a demo on Friday

Launches community site and new trailer.

22nd November is going to be a crazy day for gaming with the Xbox One launching and a new Zelda emerging for 3DS, but Sony's got an ace up its sleeve for the Vita with LittleBigPlanet developer Media Molecule releasing its adorable papercraft platforming adventure Tearaway - and it's now been revealed that it's getting a demo too for those still on the fence.

Tearaway review

Tearaway review

Rustle brand.

It's easy enough to see the visual appeal of Tearaway from screenshots and videos, but to truly appreciate it you need to hold it in your hands. This is an undeniably visual game, but you need to hear the subtle crinkling, flapping and rustling of the paper landscape as you explore. The game looks lovely, but it's those audio touches that glue it all together and sell the illusion.

As with its LittleBigPlanet, Media Molecule has created a game that deftly masks its core of cold ones and zeroes in a warm and tactile aesthetic, all brightly coloured card, streaks of sticky glue and the nostalgic, primary-school snip-snip of scissors purposefully cutting along dotted lines. It feels like you could reach out and touch it.

The twist this time is that you can reach out and touch it. Or at least, you can pretend to, and if you meet the fantasy halfway - or are young enough to be there already - it's utterly beguiling. It's also a game that could only ever work on the Vita, recruiting every single one of its cameras, accelerometers and touchscreens into active service.

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Three Tearaway Vita bundles announced for Europe

Three Tearaway Vita bundles announced for Europe

UK-exclusive one comes with LittleBigPlanet Vita and a 16GB memory card.

While all eyes are seemingly on the PS4 ahead of its North American launch tomorrow, Sony is promoting its handheld Vita with three upcoming bundles tied to Media Molecule's upcoming papercraft platformer Tearaway.

As detailed on the European PlayStation Blog, one such bundle simply comes with the Vita (Wi-fi) and a boxed copy of Tearaway. Another comes with a voucher for Tearaway and a 4GB memory card. And finally, a UK-exclusive one comes with vouchers for both Tearaway and LittleBigPlanet Vita as well as a 16GB memory card.

It looks like the UK-exclusive one is 159.85 at ShopTo and 189.99 at GAME, while the other bundles failed to show up at these retailers.

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LittleBigPlanet dev delays PlayStation Vita-exclusive Tearaway

LittleBigPlanet dev delays PlayStation Vita-exclusive Tearaway

Papercraft platformer filed away for an extra month's work.

PlayStation Vita-exclusive platformer Tearaway will now launch a month later than planned, developer Media Molecule has announced.

The LittleBigPlanet creator revealed the hold-up this afternoon and named a new, final release date: 22nd November.

"Here at Media Molecule we love to make new things on new platforms," Media Molecule's Rex Crowle wrote in a new blog post. "To us, making games is a real labour of love. Our very blood, sweat and tears are poured into every pixel, every line of code, every note in every song, and every little post it note we use to plan our lives.

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LittleBigPlanet dev unfurls gorgeous Tearaway trailer

PlayStation Vita exclusive Tearaway, the papercraft puzzle-platformer from LittleBigPlanet creator Media Molecule, has been shown off in new footage.

The trailer reveals atoi, an alternate playable character and female version of iota, the game's envelope-headed hero.

Tearaway's story will revolve around the contents of said envelope - a unique letter for each player.

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Actual New Games of 2013

More wonder, more awe.

New IPs, we're told, aren't really feasible at the tail-end of a generation, so it's heartening to sit down and discover that a sizeable part of the games industry is sticking its tongues out at the likes of Yves Guillemot and Peter Moore; 2013's looking like it's going to be an absolutely stellar year for Actual New Games.

Tearaway Preview: World of Papercraft

Tearaway Preview: World of Papercraft

Media Molecule arrives on Vita with this charming pulp fiction.

Sometimes it's easy to convince yourself that games are built from nothing more than gore, gunmetal and concrete, so it's always pleasant to be reminded that they can be conjured from other things too. Media Molecule's output has always been cut from a different cloth - the felt, cardboard and cotton of LittleBigPlanet going hand in hand with the series' DIY ethos.

Tearaway, the Vita game that's being built by a team of 15 within the Guildford studio, has another kind of textile wrapped around its bounding heart. This is a world made exclusively with paper, that's populated entirely by paper animals and that's explored by Iota, a papercraft character with an envelope for a head that contains a secret message for the player.

Tearaway's a game built for the Vita in the same way that LittleBigPlanet was a game built around the new connected world that consoles such as the PlayStation 3 introduced. There's nothing as lofty as the Game 3.0 conceit, and nor does it share the motto of 'Play, Create, Share'. Instead it's a thoughtful and characterful exploration of all that the Vita can do.

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Media Molecule working on second project

Tearaway being made by 15 people - the rest of MM working on new concept.

Media Molecule is working on a second project aside from Tearaway, the papercraft inspired Vita game that was announced at Sony's Gamescom press conference.

LittleBigPlanet dev announces new PlayStation Vita game Tearaway

LittleBigPlanet dev announces new PlayStation Vita game Tearaway

Media Molecule tears the wrapping paper off its beautiful new world.

LittleBigPlanet developer Media Molecule has announced Tearaway, a new papercraft-style adventure for PlayStation Vita.

The game offers a 3D universe made out of paper. You can use the touchscreen to manipulate cardboard springs, and hustle your hero over crumpled paper bag structures.

That hero is Iota, a diminutive messenger from the paper world. He has an envelope for a face and a Pikmin-style leaf for hair.

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