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Review: SKYPEACE (3DS eShop)

SKYPEACE (3DS eShop)

Doesn't soar, but not quite a bore

SKYPEACE is a stage-based runner that finds you surfing it up in the in the sky, high above the clouds. As runners generally go, players will be aiming for a high score by collecting as many coins and significant pickups as they can, while avoiding incoming obstacles. Existing in a genre that overpopulates the...

Review: Toy Stunt Bike (3DS eShop)

Toy Stunt Bike (3DS eShop)

Batteries included

The store aisle packaging that greets you when selecting Toy Stunt Bike from the 3DS menu is a telling sign of the game’s intended mood. This is a physics-based platformer alright, but the challenge is infused with those elements of joy, imagination, and mild cruelty everyone remembers from playing with their toys as a kid...

Review: Cocoro Line Defender (3DS eShop)

Cocoro Line Defender (3DS eShop)

Doing lines

If there's one thing French studio Moving Player knows how to do beautifully, it's presentation. Its new title Cocoro: Line Defender is inspired by Japanese watercolour-style art, with bright environments and striking dark outlines reminiscent of the 2006 classic Ōkami. Sporting a traditional flute-based soundtrack and characters with...

News: Shovel Knight Soundtracks Released on Bandcamp

Shovel Knight Soundtracks Released on Bandcamp

Name your price for some metal-slammin' tracks

In our recent post on the Shovel Knight release trailer, you may recall one of our questions in our state of frenzied yammering was "Where do we get this song?!" Delightfully, we have an answer: it's Track 17 on Strike the Earth! Shovel Knight Arranged, newly released alongside the

News: Here Are Some Charming Tappingo 2 Screens to Enjoy

Here Are Some Charming Tappingo 2 Screens to Enjoy

New zoom feature shown off

Tappingo 2 is the second 3DS eShop title from Goodbye Galaxy Games, a rapid sequel to the rather charming original in this fledgling puzzle series. A blend of Picross with original ideas, we rather enjoyed the first game. The new entry will have over 100 puzzles and, as a response to a complaint of the original, a zoom...

Exclusive: Free Mutant Mudds Deluxe 3DS Update Arrives on 3rd July

Free Mutant Mudds Deluxe 3DS Update Arrives on 3rd July

That’s in both North America and PAL territories

Late last year we were happy to share the news of a free Mutant Mudds Deluxe update on the way to 3DS, which will bring the portable version of the game into line with the Wii U title. That was particularly welcome news for gamers in Europe and Australia, as the expanded version didn’t see a...

Nintendo Download: 26th June (North America)

26th June (North America)

Shovel Knight, Wii Sports, 5 DSiWare games (yes, really!) and much more

It's time again for your Nintendo download update, North America, and this one is a beauty. There's a double release of an eagerly anticipated action platformer, more Wii Sports shenanigans, discounts and plenty of choices across Wii U, 3DS and even DSiWare. Let's get to it...

Review: Shovel Knight (3DS eShop)

Shovel Knight (3DS eShop)

This is the kind of shovelware we can dig

Shovel Knight is the adventure of Shovel Knight, a knight with a shovel. That simple — and gloriously absurd — premise has somehow resulted in some of the strongest hype the 3DS eShop has seen yet. The good news is that the final product absolutely lives up to the lofty expectations; the even better news...

News: Moon Chronicles to Hit Europe in Q4 This Year, Including All Episodes in One

Moon Chronicles to Hit Europe in Q4 This Year, Including All Episodes in One

No episodic approach outside North America

Renegade Kid's Moon Chronicles: Episode 1 has been available in North America since mid-May, with episode two on the way relatively soon — this episodic remake of DS retail game Moon will ultimately arrive in four parts. Its arrival in Europe has been held back to date, however, with the developer telling...

Review: 2048 (3DS eShop)

2048 (3DS eShop)

4x4 for fun

It should not be surprising any more when a mobile game gets ported over to a Nintendo platform. It happened with high-profile smart device mainstays Angry Birds and Cut the Rope, and we've also seen it with several lesser-known

Interview: Bertil Hörberg Jumps Back Into the Saddle With Gunman Clive 2

Bertil Hörberg Jumps Back Into the Saddle With Gunman Clive 2

"I felt I needed a bit more colour this time"

When it arrived with relatively little fanfare in December 2012, Gunman Clive appeared to be a cheap and cheerful Holiday title. Then we played it. What had seemed like a modest download game transpired to be a short slice of finely crafted fun with a charming aesthetic, which combined with a budget...

Video: Shovel Knight Release Trailer Delivers Epicness in Spades

Shovel Knight Release Trailer Delivers Epicness in Spades

AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!

We'd like to think that video game journalism has progressed past the era when we mindlessly slathered over screenshots of games and reviewed things in terms of heads that looked like they were about to explode, but if anything is to make us don our old neon shirts and bring "Radical!" back into style, it's the...

News: Ubisoft Runs Another eShop Discount Bonanza in North America

Ubisoft Runs Another eShop Discount Bonanza in North America

Because it can...

It seems that Ubisoft just can't help itself when it comes to eShop discount promotions. In what appears to be a bi-monthly occasion, it's slashed the prices of a substantial range of titles on both the Wii U and 3DS stores in order to drum up some more sales. There are plenty to get through, though no fresh discounts in Europe...

Nintendo Download: 26th June (Europe)

26th June (Europe)

Wii Sports Club, GBA Mario Tennis, StreetPass discounts and much more

Another Monday has arrived, dear gamers, and Nintendo of Europe is trying to cheer us up with its Download Update details. This week certainly has plenty of choice, with a broad variety of titles covering Wii U, 3DS and, yes, DSiWare. We have the completion of a HD sports set and...

Guide: The Biggest Wii U and 3DS eShop Games Coming In 2014

The Biggest Wii U and 3DS eShop Games Coming In 2014

With apologies, this time, to your digital wallet

The second half of 2014 is almost upon us, and we have a clearer idea of what games will arrive before those New Year bells take us into 2015. We already brought you a guide to the biggest Wii U and 3DS retail games coming in 2014, so naturally we'll now do the same for eShop games. Our goal with...

Review: Color Zen Kids (3DS eShop)

Color Zen Kids (3DS eShop)

Childlike innocence

If you read our review of Color Zen on 3DS earlier this month or Color Zen Kids on Wii U most recently, you're in for a familiar ride with the latter title on 3DS. The laid-back colour-matching puzzler with the sweeping electronic soundtrack is back, and this time your children can play it on the go. The objective of the...

News: Comic Workshop Coming to 3DS eShop on 17th July in North America

Comic Workshop Coming to 3DS eShop on 17th July in North America

Make yourself the next Stan Lee or Akira Toriyama

Collavier Corporation, a Japanese developer specializing in digital-only titles for Nintendo portables, is bringing its comic creation tool Comic Workshop to the 3DS eShop on 17th July in North America. The application will cost $7.99 and offer many helpful features for budding Bruce Timms —...