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Ice Climber (3DS eShop / NES)

Ice Climber (3DS eShop / NES)

Cold Mountain

What makes a video game a classic? Is it enjoyable gameplay that never feels old? Is it an engaging storyline that draws players into its universe? Or is it simply the inclusion of some characters and stages in the latest Super Smash Bros. title? Ice Climber is the latest “classic” NES game to hit the 3DS Virtual Console, but if it...

Witch's Cat (3DS eShop)

Witch's Cat (3DS eShop)

Tabby Laby

Not many puzzle games are lucky enough to boast spin-offs, let alone side-stories - and though you wouldn't guess it from the title, that's exactly what Agetec has conjured up in Witch's Cat: a side-story in the ongoing Rabi Laby series. This eShop entry picks up where Rabi Laby 2 left off on DSiWare, but where the previous games' puzzles...

35 Junior Games (3DS eShop)

35 Junior Games (3DS eShop)

Why buy one when you can have 35?

When it comes to games that put Nintendo enthusiasts on alert, compilations of mini-games are probably up there with movie licensed cash-ins. If a bold claim is made that a game offers dozens of games for the price of one download, eyebrows are raised and the final package will either be the greatest value ever...

Picross e2 (3DS eShop)

Picross e2 (3DS eShop)

More picture crossword goodness

A few months ago, Nintendo released Picross e on the eShop, the first new Picross game in a while and quite an enjoyable - if rather short - package. Thankfully, if you felt a little short-changed you can delve straight back into puzzle-solving with the sequel, Picross e2. Is it anywhere near as good as its...

Cocoto Alien Brick Breaker (3DS eShop)

Cocoto Alien Brick Breaker (3DS eShop)

Devil vs Alien

In 2008 and 2009, Neko entertainment's would-be mascot Cocoto made two appearances on the WiiWare service. Cocoto Fishing Master and Cocoto Platform Jumper weren't total write-offs, but neither were they particularly impressive. They were competent but unmemorable dips into genres revealed by their titles. Cocoto Alien Brick Breaker...

Ikachan (3DS eShop)

Ikachan (3DS eShop)

Squids today...

While most people know Pixel's work from the excellent Cave Story, that's not the only game he's ever made, and exploring his lesser known titles can be a lot of fun in itself. Ikachan is one such title, released as freeware for the PC in 2000. That's four years before Cave Story, and you'll definitely see some overlap in terms of...

Mahjong Mysteries - Ancient Athena (3DS eShop)

Mahjong Mysteries - Ancient Athena (3DS eShop)

Mah-tch two

We'll be honest, while some members of the Nintendo Life team are clever and cultured enough to know all about the intricacies of Mahjong, some of us have to consult Wikipedia to learn the rules. It shouldn't have surprised us, however, that when we opened Mahjong Mysteries - Ancient Athena the variation on offer was basically a single...

Wild Adventures: Ultimate Deer Hunt 3D (3DS eShop)

Wild Adventures: Ultimate Deer Hunt 3D (3DS eShop)

Familiar Hunting Grounds

Do you remember last year when Outdoors Unleashed: Africa 3D was released on the 3DS eShop and it got people talking about the ethics of video games? Many were up in arms and offended by the idea of a game featuring the hunting of wildlife on an African safari, but that didn’t stop it from being a fun arcade shooter. Now...

Blaster Master (3DS eShop / NES)

Blaster Master (3DS eShop / NES)

Master of blasters

When it was originally released in Japan as Meta Fight, Blaster Master failed to make much of an impact. In the west, however, it was retooled slightly and given a new story about a boy and his pet frog, and became a cult classic that spawned multiple sequels - several of which ended up not even being released in Japan. On the...

Tokyo Crash Mobs (3DS eShop)

Tokyo Crash Mobs (3DS eShop)

Almost at the front of the queue

Although many people assume that Zuma was the first game to feature match-three marble shooting, the honour actually goes to Puzz Loop, a 1998 arcade release by Pang creator Mitchell Corporation. Sequels on the DS and WiiWare have since followed, and now there’s a fresh entry in the series on the 3DS eShop - not...

Reel Fishing 3D Paradise Mini (3DS eShop)

Reel Fishing 3D Paradise Mini (3DS eShop)

A bassing fancy

Natsume might be most famous as the house that Harvest Moon built, but fishing fans will know the name from its Legend of the River King and Reel Fishing series. Reel Fishing takes a more realistic approach to the angling action, and saw several installments on WiiWare with decidedly mixed results. Reel Fishing 3D Paradise Mini...

101 DinoPets 3D (3DS eShop)

101 DinoPets 3D (3DS eShop)

Di-no-thanks

When you first boot up 101 DinoPets 3D you're greeted with an introduction that sees you finding an abandoned dinosaur hatchling on your front porch. If you're anything like us, this will fill you with excitement about how much potential for fun this concept has. Then again if you're anything like us that excitement will soon disappear...

Unchained Blades (3DS eShop)

Unchained Blades (3DS eShop)

Do the wyrm

If you could wish for anything, what would it be? If you're anything like Fang, the immediately off-putting Dragon King protagonist in the opening moments of Unchained Blades, you'd ask for the name of the strongest being alive, start a fight with a goddess and get thrown out of heaven for your insolence. Thankfully, XSEED's latest 3DS...

Air Battle Hockey 3D (3DS eShop)

Air Battle Hockey 3D (3DS eShop)

Balls to the wall

Ever since Pong invaded homes 40 years ago, simple ball and paddle games have had a home in gaming. Air Battle Hockey 3D doesn't manage to stand out among the four-decade pedigree, but it is at least a competent entry on its own merits. The game is so simple that there's really not much to say about it. You use your stylus to...

Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels (3DS eShop / NES)

Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels (3DS eShop / NES)

Lost levels = lost sanity

It's a story so well known now that we'll just summarise it for you: what is now known as Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels was actually released in Japan as the sequel to enduring classic Super Mario Bros. Western gamers instead received the subconscious vegetable buffet that we more traditionally think of as Super Mario...

Johnny Impossible (3DS eShop)

Johnny Impossible (3DS eShop)

Mission: Intolerable

Johnny Impossible is a bad game. We'd be perfectly happy to leave the review at that sentence, as it does actually tell you everything you need to know, but Johnny Impossible is so interestingly bad that we need to say a lot more about it, if only to achieve some sort of closure. Having made his eShop debut in Johnny Kung Fu,...

Mahjong 3D - Warriors of the Emperor (3DS eShop)

Mahjong 3D - Warriors of the Emperor (3DS eShop)

Not your 奶奶’s Mahjong

If you’ve ever played any iteration of Mahjong before, then there’s a good chance that you know how the tile-matching gameplay works. While the core experience remains unchanged, it’s what Mahjong 3D - Warriors of the Emperor does with the system that makes this one stand out. Rather than simply finding all of the...

3D Game Collection (3DS eShop)

3D Game Collection (3DS eShop)

Win, lose, or draw?

Casual appeal and touch-screen controls have made Nintendo's recent handheld systems a perfect fit for digital collections of traditional games and puzzles, and that's the niche in which the rather generically named 3D Game Collection sits comfortably. With 25 games from Backgammon to Battleship, Solitaire to slide puzzles,...

Gunman Clive (3DS eShop)

Gunman Clive (3DS eShop)

Mega Clive

When Gunman Clive was announced for the 3DS eShop, some smartphone gamers may have had their heads turned; one of the few complaints of the original release was controlling the gun-slinging hero with a virtual joystick and buttons. Here was an indie-game with a smart visual style and loving references to some of the classic platforming...

escapeVektor (3DS eShop)

escapeVektor (3DS eShop)

Traces of greatness

Looking back to the release of escapeVektor: Chapter 1 just over a year ago, we're filled with conflicting emotions. We're glad, of course, because the game was fantastic, inexpensive, and thoroughly addictive. However we can't remember that game without being reminded of the fact that WiiWare never saw the rest of the series...