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Pet Hospital (3DS eShop)

Pet Hospital (3DS eShop)

Even healthy pets won't make you happy

No one wants to feel as though they're doing a terrible job of taking care of their pets. Sadly, there are times when you may drop an animal and it gets hurt, or your beloved pet may get old and need veterinary medical attention; that's the real world. In the virtual world, though, Pet Hospital has you covered...

RV-7 My Drone (3DS eShop)

RV-7 My Drone (3DS eShop)

An unmanned excursion

We live in an age where cars can drive themselves, robots are slowly preparing to overthrow their masters, and drones can be programmed to do anything from delivering vital supplies to filming botched attempts at BMX stunts. "Drone" in particular is the buzzword du jour, and for all you know this review could have been written...

My Pets (3DS eShop)

My Pets (3DS eShop)

Your pets are better than mine

If you've ever considered owning a pet, the 3DS game My Pets is a great way to dissuade you. It's not due to the fact that spending time taking care of virtual animals can never truly replicate the warm, fuzzy feelings of a pet's unconditional love. It's that this game highlights a lot of the seedier, dirtier sides of...

Slice It! (3DS eShop)

Slice It! (3DS eShop)

Clean cut

Do you consider yourself a samurai among slicers? Do you leave no pizza asymmetrically divided in your wake? Then Slice It! might have a challenge made for you. The goal of Slice It! is straightforward. Each puzzle provides a shape or design that the player must cut into a certain number of separate pieces using full cuts from one side to...

The Legend of Dark Witch - Episode 2: The Price of Desire (3DS eShop)

The Legend of Dark Witch - Episode 2: The Price of Desire (3DS eShop)

Unbewitching sequel

Episodic gaming isn't a new or very interesting concept anymore. The idea of partitioning a game's release into episodes for the sake of providing better content at the sacrifice of instant gratification is good in theory, but that's just a theory. In practice, this only works when a developer stays true to its promise of...

Ocean Runner (3DS eShop)

Ocean Runner (3DS eShop)

Shallow Waters

Deep within the vast, mysterious waters of our blue planet, the endless-runner genre is surprisingly still alive and well. As the name might suggest, Ocean Runner combines mobile friendly arcade gameplay with a nautical theme, perhaps creating the eShop's first endless swimmer title in the process, but is there enough here to keep our...

Petit Novel series - Harvest December (3DS eShop)

Petit Novel series - Harvest December (3DS eShop)

A novel experience

The visual novel is without a doubt the most niche game genre in the West. While some visual novels that combine more traditional game elements have found success — Ace Attorney and Zero Escape come to mind — the vast majority of visual novels are not considered for western audiences. CIRCLE Entertainment's eShop release Petit...

Rytmik Ultimate (3DS eShop)

Rytmik Ultimate (3DS eShop)

A Major success? Or does it fall Flat?

Music production is gradually becoming more and more accessible and is now much more affordable than ever before. In years gone by top quality records could only be created with a huge amount of technical knowhow and financial backing in fancy recording studios. Now it's pretty commonplace to have people making...

Radiohammer (3DS eShop)

Radiohammer (3DS eShop)

Hammer time

Between retail full-lengths like Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX, Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call, and Rhythm Thief and the Emperor's Treasure, and eShop singles like HarmoKnight and Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe, the 3DS has put on quite a sh

SmileBASIC (3DS eShop)

SmileBASIC (3DS eShop)

BASIC Beast

We've said it before, and we'll say it again: The general-purpose, relatively simple programming environments of the BASIC family are a great place to get started with coding. Developer SmileBoom first brought its own variant of BASIC to DSiWare in 2012 with the charming Petit Computer, and now is back and stronger than ever with...

SteamWorld Heist (3DS eShop)

SteamWorld Heist (3DS eShop)

You feelin' lucky, steampunk?

When a studio has a surprise hit such as SteamWorld Dig, it would likely be forgiven if a straightforward sequel rapidly followed. That doesn't seem to be the norm on the eShop, however, and Image & Form has produced an ambitious follow-up in the form of a turn-based strategy game with a twist, placing trick shots...

Family Fishing (3DS eShop)

Family Fishing (3DS eShop)

Fins with Kin

As the house of Guilty Gear and BlazBlue, Arc System Works is perhaps best known for its fighting games, but over the past few years it's also been quietly churning out a series of arcadey eShop sports games starring a multitalented Japanese family. Billy and his hyper-competitive clan have already brought charming, thoroughly decent...

Johnny's Payday Panic (3DS eShop)

Johnny's Payday Panic (3DS eShop)

Minimum wage, maximum fun

Taking a look at the Cooking and Gardening Mama games, it's obvious that developer Office Create knows how to take menial tasks and turn them into surprisingly engaging video games. Though North America hasn't seen a new title featuring Mama on a Nintendo platform in the past year (the latest release was a little more...

Pokémon Picross (3DS eShop)

Pokémon Picross (3DS eShop)

Pika-p and play

During the Nintendo Direct in November one of the surprise announcements was Pokémon Picross. It seemed like a bizarre idea, but crossing over the Pokémon franchise with the quirky Picross series is precisely what the somewhat stagnant puzzle series needed, adding a considerable amount of replayability and strategy onto the...

Dementium Remastered (3DS eShop)

Dementium Remastered (3DS eShop)

A new horror with some old scares

Why are you in this abandoned hospital? Why are these monsters attacking you? Where did they come from? Is it really safe to down 38 bottles of pain killers? Dementium Remastered has few answers for you, but the mystery only enhances its eerie, lonely atmosphere. This new version completely rebuilds the original DS...

Toki Tori 3D (3DS eShop)

Toki Tori 3D (3DS eShop)

A good egg

Toki Tori has been ported, tweaked and re-released a lot, with its blend of accessible but increasingly challenging puzzling appealing to gamers of various types on almost any platform you can name. Suitable for touch inputs or physical controls, it's playable on just about any system you want, though sadly we couldn't find a version for...

Wizdom (3DS eShop)

Wizdom (3DS eShop)

A magical concoction

What do you get when you cross Cooking Mama with a match-three puzzle game? Something arguably more fun than either of those, actually. Wizdom is the latest title from publisher Moving Player, and it benefits from a similar presentational charm its last title - Rakoo and Friends - is known for. The premise of Wizdom is simple:...

The Magic Hammer (3DS eShop)

The Magic Hammer (3DS eShop)

It sure isn't Mjölnir

Setting off on an adventure which transcends various realms beyond your own. Taking a magic, talking hammer in hand by which to slay the undead, and rebuild a broken mess of a world. Doing all of this with a grandiose soundtrack tracking every step on an epic journey sounds like the best experience any gamer can have...