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Donkey Kong Jr. (3DS eShop / NES)

Donkey Kong Jr. (3DS eShop / NES)

Defeat the villainous Mario!

Donkey Kong Jr. was the inevitable sequel to the massively popular arcade smash Donkey Kong. Surprisingly — and rewardingly — it inverted the formula, casting Mario as the villain to be defeated, and Donkey Kong's diaper-clad son as the avenging hero. Is there any wonder Nintendo released this one just in time for...

3D Solitaire (3DS eShop)

3D Solitaire (3DS eShop)

The title says it all

Nintendo’s digital stores have given us plenty of titles based on old-fashioned games of cards, for those who no longer play with real decks or other people. The thing about solitaire, or course, is that it’s a card game for just one player, and anyone’s who owned a Windows PC in the last 15 years is likely to have played...

Kakuro by Nikoli (3DS eShop)

Kakuro by Nikoli (3DS eShop)

4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42

There's certainly no shortage of number puzzles lurking around the dark, damp corners of the eShop. Sudoku is a prime culprit, and we wouldn't be at all surprised if there was a degree of puzzle overlap between them all, however mathematically unlikely that may be. Kakuro, on the other hand, is much less of a bruised dead horse...

Sweet Memories Blackjack (3DS eShop)

Sweet Memories Blackjack (3DS eShop)

Not fond memories

Sweet Memories Blackjack is a strange arrival on the 3DS eShop, with a Japanese concept and style that typically doesn’t make it outside of the Land of the Rising Sun. While card games are common on DSiWare, this 3DS exclusive follows a different approach that aims to bring a relationship dynamic to proceedings. This title may...

Rayman (3DS eShop / Game Boy Color)

Rayman (3DS eShop / Game Boy Color)

Rayman, fighter of the Night Man

In 1995, the platformer Rayman was released to great critical acclaim on the PlayStation. It was the first entry in a hugely successful franchise that also spawned an entirely separate sub-franchise along the way. Rayman had charm, class and above all a tremendous sense of fun. Five years later, the game was still...

Art of Balance TOUCH! (3DS eShop)

Art of Balance TOUCH! (3DS eShop)

Art of brilliance

WiiWare puzzler Art of Balance is one of the best games on the service: instinctive and addictive, it made the well-worn act of stacking shapes feel fresh again. Now on the 3DS eShop, Art of Balance TOUCH! keeps the winning formula going. The premise to Art of Balance is simple. In each stage you're given blocks of various shapes,...

Kirby's Dream Land 2 (3DS eShop / Game Boy)

Kirby's Dream Land 2 (3DS eShop / Game Boy)

Dreamy

Dream Land's peaceful moniker is surely false advertising. There are constant problems with invasions and takeovers, the bad guys are apparently impossible to evict, based on how often they show up and the fact that some buffoon keeps dumping huge piles of those star blocks in everybody's way. It's an absolute nightmare. You wouldn't get that...

Sudoku by Nikoli (3DS eShop)

Sudoku by Nikoli (3DS eShop)

SuDDDoku

Given the volume of the genre found in the eShop, we expect a lot from new digital sudoku games. If someone is going to go ahead and plunk down some cash, a game really needs to bring the thunder compared to the free versions found online and on other devices, or even one of those end-all puzzle books down at the five and dime. Sudoku by...

Sonic Labyrinth (3DS eShop / Game Gear)

Sonic Labyrinth (3DS eShop / Game Gear)

Maze craze

Failed game pitches from the 1990s: Madden without the ball. Mario without the jumping. Sonic without the speed. Except someone at SEGA must have thought the last one was a good idea, and gave Minato Giken the go-ahead to develop Sonic Labyrinth for Game Gear. As the story goes, Dr. Robotnik has tricked Sonic into wearing special shoes...

Game & Watch Gallery 2 (3DS eShop)

Game & Watch Gallery 2 (3DS eShop)

Now in colour!

After successfully remaking and re-releasing four Game & Watch games with Mario characters in Game & Watch Gallery, it was only a matter of time before Nintendo selected another bunch to redo. With around 50 different Game & Watch games originally released, there certainly isn't a small pool to pick from, but here we have...

Bird Mania 3D (3DS eShop)

Bird Mania 3D (3DS eShop)

A first-class flight

3DS Download Software has been a bit of a mixed bag so far, with titles ranging from the glorious to the utterly forgettable. Similarly, developer Teyon has been responsible for both memorable, addictive fun and fuelling our screaming nightmares. For those reasons, we weren't sure what to expect of Bird Mania 3D. But now that...

Block Factory (3DS eShop)

Block Factory (3DS eShop)

Block party

If you've ever harboured the desire to create your own block-falling games, Block Factory might just be what you've been looking for. Through its editor you can build new games in the puzzle sub-genre with ease, but in doing so you'll have to look past the bland presentation, and it soon becomes clear that there's a reason there are only...

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...