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The Legend of Zelda (3DS eShop / NES)

The Legend of Zelda (3DS eShop / NES)

Rough around the edges, but an unforgettable adventure

When The Legend of Zelda was released in 1986, it was at least as much an eye-opening experience for gamers as Super Mario Bros. had been. Whereas that game expanded and solidified the left-to-right nature of platformers for generations to come, The Legend of Zelda opened sprawling worlds before...

Colors! 3D (3DS eShop)

Colors! 3D (3DS eShop)

Color! us impressed

There’s something that needs to be said about applications on the 3DS, and that’s simply that there should be many more of them. Not only should there be more apps, but there should also be some really great apps that take a simple concept and turn it into something incredible using the 3DS’s technological capabilities...

SpeedThru: Potzol's Puzzle (3DS eShop)

SpeedThru: Potzol's Puzzle (3DS eShop)

Spinning out of control

Back in 2010, Nintendo published an amusing little WiiWare title called ThruSpace, a game which at its very core simply involved flipping, turning and moving a block around in order to fit through gaps in walls. KeysFactory, the developer responsible for that title, has now created SpeedThru: Potzol's Puzzle — known as...

Arc Style: Soccer!! 3D (3DS eShop)

Arc Style: Soccer!! 3D (3DS eShop)

Like real soccer, it's better with friends

Hoping against hope to sweep the award for most cumbersomely titled game in the eShop, Arc Style: Soccer!! 3D is here, and it's brought with it a slew of impressive options for customisation. Unfortunately, the gameplay seems to have been sacrificed on their behalf. As with just about any sports game, Arc...

Dr. Mario (3DS Virtual Console / Game Boy)

Dr. Mario (3DS Virtual Console / Game Boy)

The doctor’s out

If there’s one thing the 3DS eShop has plenty of, it’s puzzle games. It’s a genre that's always been commonplace on Nintendo handhelds, with Tetris probably the best known example. It’s hardly surprising that Nintendo’s mascot extraordinaire, Mario, invaded Game Boy with his own puzzle title, Dr. Mario. Does it make us...

Zombie Slayer Diox (3DS eShop)

Zombie Slayer Diox (3DS eShop)

Dead to us

It's too late. The zombie apocalypse has not only begun, it's already over. The zombies have won, and there are few — if any — survivors other than Diox, who continues to roam the streets, slashing away at the undead with his guitar. Diox is on a mission: if he can find the magical amp, he just might be able to destroy all the...

Dragon Crystal (3DS eShop / Game Gear)

Dragon Crystal (3DS eShop / Game Gear)

Manageable masochism

For a system known for its incredible appetite for AA batteries, the Game Gear makes quite a strange home for the hardcore, permadeath-filled roguelike Dragon Crystal. With absolutely no save option or password system, the game must have caused some incredible bouts of rage when those last spurts of juice ran out. Dragon Crystal...

Sonic the Hedgehog: Triple Trouble (3DS eShop / Game Gear)

Sonic the Hedgehog: Triple Trouble (3DS eShop / Game Gear)

Need for speed

While SEGA's Sonic the Hedgehog series pulled in monstrous sales on the Mega Drive/Genesis, many gamers aren't aware that Sonic also enjoyed a number of releases on the Master System and Game Gear. Sonic Triple Trouble is the follow-up to Sonic Chaos and while the game still suffered from the hardware limitations of the Game Gear's...

Shinobi (3DS eShop / Game Gear)

Shinobi (3DS eShop / Game Gear)

On-the-go ninja, go ninja, go.

The Shinobi series has been sneaking about the gaming world for over two decades, and the 1987 original arcade entry remains a classic to this day. The 1991 Game Gear instalment — also called Shinobi — has now infiltrated the 3DS eShop, and we're happy to say that it's aged better than we would have expected. You...

Fun! Fun! Minigolf TOUCH! (3DS eShop)

Fun! Fun! Minigolf TOUCH! (3DS eShop)

Put some putt in your strut

The second 3D golf title to hit the eShop, Fun! Fun! Minigolf TOUCH! offers a miniaturized approach compared to its counterpart Let’s Golf! 3D, but promises at least three times the level of exclamation points. A close cousin to the pricier WiiWare game Fun! Fun! Minigolf, this title delivers short, simple courses...

Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters (3DS eShop / Game Boy)

Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters (3DS eShop / Game Boy)

Heavenly

When the original Kid Icarus hit the NES, many gamers weren't sure exactly what to think of it. For starters the game's protagonist was a cute little winged angel (at least we thought so) who ran around shooting tiny arrows at mythological enemies. Of course it didn't help matters that the game was released around the same time Nintendo's...

Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream (3DS eShop / NES)

Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream (3DS eShop / NES)

Dreamy

With ten NES titles originally released on the 3DS for Ambassadors only, it wasn't much of a stretch to expect the first ten put up for sale to be the same games. But we've already received a title that actually wasn't part of the Ambassador batch, and Nintendo has picked one of the best possible games. Originally released in 1987,...

Metroid (3DS eShop / NES)

Metroid (3DS eShop / NES)

The classic that inspired so many still holds up today

The NES section of the 3DS's Virtual Console expands by another notch with the addition of Metroid, regarded by many as one of the best entries that amazing series has to offer. The great news is that it's every bit as wonderful as you remember; the bad news is that it's no more interested in...

Super Mario Bros. (3DS eShop / NES)

Super Mario Bros. (3DS eShop / NES)

Yet another way to experience a masterpiece

Mario. Say it loud and there's music playing. Say it soft, and it's almost like praying. Super Mario Bros. was, is, and will always be one of gaming's great masterpieces, and its availability on any additional format is a good thing. Now it's come to the 3DS Virtual Console, and we couldn't be happier. For...

Dillon's Rolling Western (3DSWare)

Dillon's Rolling Western (3DSWare)

On a roll

After an initial launch period when the 3DS eShop was struggling for exclusive software, it’s now gaining genuine momentum. As well as some excellent third-party efforts, Nintendo itself has jumped into the fray with its latest title, Dillon’s Rolling Western, arriving to some fanfare. This title continues the trend set by Pullblox,...

Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 (Game Boy)

Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 (Game Boy)

Third time’s a charm?

While Nintendo kept things fairly standard with the first two Super Mario Land releases, it obviously decided to make some changes when it got ready to create this third title in the series on Game Boy. Instead of featuring Mario, it decided to give players a chance to shake things up and take on the role of its newest bad...

Kirby's Block Ball (Game Boy)

Kirby's Block Ball (Game Boy)

Ball breaker

Outside of the popular platformers for which he was first known, Nintendo is always more than happy to take advantage of Kirby’s robust, rotund appearance for spin-offs. In the past the happy little chap has been flipped and lobbed about in Kirby’s Pinball Land and abused with golf clubs in Kirby’s Dream Course. It was never a...

Maru's Mission (Game Boy)

Maru's Mission (Game Boy)

Mission: Unbearable

Several months ago, the eShop saw the release of Avenging Spirit, a gleefully eccentric title that made us all sorry we missed it the first time around. Lightning doesn't strike twice for Jaleco with Maru's Mission, however, as this time the publisher has dusted off a forgotten title that really should have stayed that way. The...

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...