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Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword (3DSWare)

Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword (3DSWare)

Patience, young grasshopper

We're only a month into 2012 and the eShop's offerings this year are already weighted heavily with samurai-themed games. In truth, the two couldn't be more different: whereas UFO Interactive's Samurai Sword Destiny favours the straightforward button-mashing approach, Nintendo's own Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword puts...

Prince of Persia (Game Boy Color)

Prince of Persia (Game Boy Color)

Lowly servant of Persia

There's no question the original Prince of Persia is a classic game, with its iconic realistic movements, precision platforming and time limit. It's been ported to many, many platforms over the years, but does this handheld version hold up as well as other versions? In the transition to Game Boy Color, most of the game has...

Mutant Mudds (3DSWare)

Mutant Mudds (3DSWare)

Here's Mudd in your eye

Mutant Mudds started out as a 3D polygonal platformer called Maximillian and the Rise of the Mutant Mudds intended as a retail title for the DS. Sadly, this retail release and a pitched DSiWare rendition never got off the ground. Not ones to let a good concept die, Renegade Kid instead decided to morph and move the project...

Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones (Game Boy Advance)

Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones (Game Boy Advance)

Once more, to arms!

For such a long-running series, it's hard to believe Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones was only the second game to leave Japan after GBA predecessor Fire Emblem. Since then the series has had a far bigger presence in the West, a fact underlined by Sacred Stones' status as a 3DS Ambassador title. If Sacred Stones is your first Fire...

Trip World (Game Boy)

Trip World (Game Boy)

Bad trip?

Sunsoft made a ton of great games for Nintendo systems back in the day. Everybody knows the likes of Blaster Master and the NES Batman game, but they also had a ton of equally great games which people simply didn't find out about. We've already had some, like Ufouria: The Saga and Lock 'N Chase, but thankfully it's continuing its support,...

WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! (3DS eShop / Game Boy Advance)

WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! (3DS eShop / Game Boy Advance)

No time to catch your breath

Nintendo has made its name in the games industry by providing tightly focused and highly polished experiences for over 20 years. Its games are always regarded as some of the best in their respective genres, so what to do when it's conquered all charted territory? Invent new ones, of course. WarioWare, Inc.: Mega...

Samurai Sword Destiny (3DSWare)

Samurai Sword Destiny (3DSWare)

No ninja, no ninja, no

There's been a lot of ballyhoo about the death of the dedicated handheld at the hands of smartphones and tablets, and given the amount of doom-and-gloom headlines penned about portables in the past year it can be easy to think that the chair has been kicked so forcefully out from under them that it's shattered against the...

Mario vs. Donkey Kong (Game Boy Advance)

Mario vs. Donkey Kong (Game Boy Advance)

A worthy successor

The Mario vs. Donkey Kong series has been going for quite a while now, with four entries under its belt. If you've never played the original, you'd be forgiven for thinking that it's not much more than a fun Lemmings clone, but that's actually not true. In fact, Mario vs. Donkey Kong is closer to the Game Boy version of Donkey...

3D Classics: Kid Icarus (3DSWare)

3D Classics: Kid Icarus (3DSWare)

Pit of class

Kid Icarus was always a bit of a weird game. Originally released alongside Metroid and using an almost identical game engine, it was quickly overshadowed by the popularity of Metroid's giant game world full of areas to explore and, save for a (more entertaining) Game Boy sequel, the series was never heard from again until Pit suddenly...

Kirby & The Amazing Mirror (3DS eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Kirby & The Amazing Mirror (3DS eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Oh, Kirby, you blowhard...

We have to hand this much to Kirby & The Amazing Mirror: it certainly isn't afraid of trying new things. We might not be totally convinced of the necessity of those things, of course, but it's always nice to see a series attempt to expand its boundaries somewhat. The story forges no new ground whatsoever, though, as...

Bionic Commando (Game Boy)

Bionic Commando (Game Boy)

Don’t mean a thing if you ain’t got that swing

If there’s one sacred cow in the entire platforming genre, it’s jumping. According to our highly scientific calculations, there are one hojillion sidescrollers that rely on hopping all about to climb, collect and kill. Capcom’s Bionic Commando series has plenty of climbing, collecting and...

Nintendo Letter Box (3DSWare)

Nintendo Letter Box (3DSWare)

A note to remember

Until mid-December, the only online communication built into the 3DS was a 16-character status message on your friends list. Even by Nintendo standards, that's extremely constrictive. Now we all have the chance to download Nintendo Letter Box — aka Swapnote — for free. The first thing to note about Nintendo Letter Box is it is...

VVVVVV (3DS eShop)

VVVVVV (3DS eShop)

VVVVVVery impressive

When VVVVVV burst onto the indie scene in 2010, it was immediately lauded for its simple, addictive gameplay and unique vector visual style. After enjoying quite a bit of success on PC and Mac over the past two years, the game is now making an appearance on a dedicated game system for the first time via Nintendo's 3DS eShop...

Wario Land 4 (3DS eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Wario Land 4 (3DS eShop / Game Boy Advance)

A treasure

Wario is pretty good, for a bad guy. To look at him you wouldn’t think he’d have a heroic streak at all; he’s got the squiggly moustache of a pantomime villain and a nose that would put any alcoholic to shame. Despite all this he’s secretly a sweetheart: considering that the rotund treasure hunter started life as an antagonist to...

Tetris (Game Boy)

Tetris (Game Boy)

From Russia with fun

Saying that Tetris shifted a few Game Boys is like saying caffeine sold a few energy drinks. Already an established favourite by the time Nintendo's handheld hit the market in 1989, Tetris proved to be the perfect pick-up-and-play experience to go along with the fledgling portable system; while many people initially questioned...

F-Zero Maximum Velocity (3DS eShop / Game Boy Advance)

F-Zero Maximum Velocity (3DS eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Gotta go fast

F-Zero has always been Nintendo’s way of flaunting how on the cutting-edge of technology it can be when it so chooses. Like a bat out of Hell, the original F-Zero launched alongside the Super NES to draw a clear distinction between where 16-bit Nintendid and SEGagged. Later on N64, F-Zero X boasted 30 on-screen polygonal racers and...

Mario Kart Super Circuit (Game Boy Advance)

Mario Kart Super Circuit (Game Boy Advance)

Short circuit

It’s hard to believe that the Mario Kart franchise has been around for nearly 20 years and appeared on eight different consoles. Mario Kart: Super Circuit may have been first released in 2001, but now it’s back for a whole new generation of players ten years after release through the 3DS Ambassador program. There are four cups to...

Mighty Switch Force! (3DSWare)

Mighty Switch Force! (3DSWare)

The mighty gets mightier

While Shantae will likely always be the series WayForward is best known for, its Mighty series has enjoyed a sizeable degree of success on Nintendo's DSiWare service. Now, the developer is looking to carry that success over to the 3DS eShop with the release of puzzle-platformer Mighty Switch Force. While the game is once...

Metroid Fusion (3DS eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Metroid Fusion (3DS eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Like cold fusion, only cooler

Metroid Fusion slipped out of the airlock between two behemoths, simultaneously having to live up to the legacy of its predecessor Super Metroid, which is a big Power Suit to fill, and keep the advancing Metroid Prime at arm cannon's length. It would have been easy for Fusion to have become lost in the vacuum created by...