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HiPhish: That's a tough question, 2D action platformers are practically dead. There are none aside from Donkey Kong Country Returns, Super Mario Wii and Kirby's Return to Dreamland, but there are games that look similar, such as Kirby's Epic Yarn. It would only be fair to warn you that those games just look similar, but they play like collectathons, the difficulty is insultingly low and it's all about just collecting stuff. Maybe your son will like those games, since everything is new to children, or maybe he will just get bored because there is no challenge in them.
Obviously you haven't played Extra Mode in Kirby's Return to Dreamland. It gets unlocked when the main mode is cleared, and the difficult spikes greatly. Not that the main mode is always a walk in the park, either.

Kirby games are designed to be playable by all, and challenging to expert players. Even Kirby's Epic Yarn, which has no "game overs", is difficult to master.
I've never seen the point in "extra modes", just make the main game have a good difficulty curve or at least let me select the difficulty from the start. I haven't played Return to Dreamland yet so I don't know how it's done there, but I hate it when the developers want you to go through Baby Mode first before they let you play the challenging part. It's like they are so afraid someone will see the Game Over screen and not get to see the whole story or something. Back in the day you didn't buy a game expecting to beat it, you bought a game expecting to have fun all the way.
One more vote for Rayman Origins. Difficulty is similar to DKCR (which I found pretty hard personally, though not as hard as the platformers of old of course).

Like others said, Kirby games are also pretty good. They're much simpler and easier however.
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HiPhish: I've never seen the point in "extra modes", just make the main game have a good difficulty curve or at least let me select the difficulty from the start. I haven't played Return to Dreamland yet so I don't know how it's done there, but I hate it when the developers want you to go through Baby Mode first before they let you play the challenging part. It's like they are so afraid someone will see the Game Over screen and not get to see the whole story or something. Back in the day you didn't buy a game expecting to beat it, you bought a game expecting to have fun all the way.
And the Kirby games are fun all throughout. They may look way too easy, but trust me, they're far more complex than they seem. The main mode is also more difficult than you think. Also, if you haven't even played the game, then why on earth are you railing on it for lack of difficulty?
Tommy Tronic is a fun platformer.
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dmetras: And the Kirby games are fun all throughout. They may look way too easy, but trust me, they're far more complex than they seem. The main mode is also more difficult than you think. Also, if you haven't even played the game, then why on earth are you railing on it for lack of difficulty?
You're mostly right, but it's also true that the first few levels of Kirby's Epic Yarn are simply soporific. There's pretty much no challenge to them whatsoever. The game does get better in the later stages however.
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dmetras: And the Kirby games are fun all throughout. They may look way too easy, but trust me, they're far more complex than they seem. The main mode is also more difficult than you think. Also, if you haven't even played the game, then why on earth are you railing on it for lack of difficulty?
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KingOfDust: You're mostly right, but it's also true that the first few levels of Kirby's Epic Yarn are simply soporific. There's pretty much no challenge to them whatsoever. The game does get better in the later stages however.
Kirby's Epic Yarn is a special case, however. It was designed to be entirely different than any other Kirby game in terms of gameplay style and story type. Hence, it eased the players into it.
Nice, what Mario does he like? there are maaany..

I would suggest :

2D games :

- A Boy and his Blob, charming very much!
- Kirby games.

3D games :

- Mario Galaxy 1 & 2 (if they are not already there)
- Okami for the poetic world, concept and feel. Maybe too difficult)
- LEGO games, especially Star wars complete.
Try
= a boy and his blob
=De blob is pretty cool game, you play with paint jumping around lifeless cities to give them color
=kirby especially Epic Yarn it looks wonderful
= Lego titles are great in co-op
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dmetras: Also, if you haven't even played the game, then why on earth are you railing on it for lack of difficulty?
I never said anything bad about Return to Dreamland, I even put it among the true action platformers besides Mario and Donkey Kong.

I did play Kirby on GameBoy and NES though, those were fun games, but aside from the bosses they were just a walk through the park. I guess you could increase the difficulty by intentionally not fluying, but that's just stupid.
Post edited November 26, 2012 by HiPhish
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HiPhish: I did play Kirby on GameBoy and NES though, those were fun games, but aside from the bosses they were just a walk through the park.
The only way Kirby's Adventure is that easy is if you don't use Copy Abilities. And even then it has plenty of frustrating moments in ordinary stages.