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Pinball: Revenge of the 'Gator (3DS eShop / Game Boy)

Pinball: Revenge of the 'Gator (3DS eShop / Game Boy)

A snappy pinball title

HAL's Pinball: Revenge of the 'Gator is a game which really needs to be approached with context in mind; back when it launched in 1990, real pinball games were still popular in arcades and digital representations were only just starting to offer the same level of enjoyment. Naxat's seminal Crush series — which includes Alien...

Mahjong 3D - Essentials (3DS eShop)

Mahjong 3D - Essentials (3DS eShop)

Mahjong 3D Lite

A while ago, TREVA released Mahjong 3D: Warriors of the Emperor on the eShop, which surprisingly wasn't "just another" Mahjong game but, instead, a rather unique and fun take on the genre, featuring characters and a campaign mode. As is frequently the case with Mahjong games, the title might be a bit misleading — this is not the...

Darts Up 3D (3DS eShop)

Darts Up 3D (3DS eShop)

Throwaway or bullseye?

EnjoyUp Games' latest eShop release moves the party into the pub with Darts Up 3D, a motion-controlled iteration of the classic tavern target-toss game. While not a deep or polished experience, it's a fun little game that will appeal to fans of darts and simple multiplayer games in equal measure. There are three modes to...

Fish On 3D (3DS eShop)

Fish On 3D (3DS eShop)

Bass On, Bass Off

The 3DS is no stranger to fishing games, and neither is Agetec — having made a few bass-heavy titles for the Playstation and Playstation 2 — but Fish On 3D marks the first time the Rabi Laby publisher has cast its line into the pool of eShop anglers. It's an all-bass, arcade-style tournament fishing game, with some solid if...

Carps & Dragons (3DS eShop)

Carps & Dragons (3DS eShop)

Something smells fishy

Back in 2009, Abylight released Fish'em All! on WiiWare, an arcade title in which you jump around with giant nets attempting to catch the plethora of fish jumping out of the water. The concept was fine but the execution left something to be desired, as the developers decided it was a smart idea to require a swing of the Wii...

Deer Drive Legends (3DS eShop)

Deer Drive Legends (3DS eShop)

Bang bang, he shot the Doe, bang bang...

When the 3DS was launched, it's perhaps unsurprising that a few developers decided it'd be the perfect platform for what would previously be considered "light gun" games. There's no gun with the portable, of course, but the stylus has been proven again and again as a more than useful alternative, affording...

Cut The Rope (3DS eShop)

Cut The Rope (3DS eShop)

Will it rope you in?

Cut the Rope has been a staggering success for Russian development studio ZeptoLab. Originally released on iOS back in 2010, the title has been downloaded over 100 million times and has spawned two popular sequels. With such impressive accolades tucked underneath its belt, it's not hard to understand why the franchise continues...

Funfair Party Games (3DS eShop)

Funfair Party Games (3DS eShop)

No Fair

Taking classic arcade and carnival redemption games as its inspiration, Funfair Party Games combines two things 3DS owners are quite familiar with by now: a collection of mini-games and well-meaning but flawed motion controls. With eleven games of varying quality and some surprisingly solid multiplayer features, the result is a mixed bag -...

Solomon's Key (3DS eShop / NES)

Solomon's Key (3DS eShop / NES)

You'll need the wisdom of Solomon for this one

In Solomon’s Key – an action / puzzler from Tecmo – you take command of a wizard named Dana as he searches for a magical formula that’s said to banish all evil from the world. It began life in arcades back in 1986, finding its way to NES a year later, and now it’s resurfaced on the 3DS Virtual...

Jewel Quest 4 Heritage (3DS eShop)

Jewel Quest 4 Heritage (3DS eShop)

Attack of the clones

The Jewel Quest series is fast becoming something of a recurring negative on Nintendo's handheld systems. Ignoring the fact that each entry has been generically dull, the alarming rate at which each new instalment is being released is certainly a cause for concern. Forget Call of Duty and Assassin's Creed with their yearly...

Summer Carnival '92 RECCA (3DS eShop)

Summer Carnival '92 RECCA (3DS eShop)

For shoot 'em up experts only

The release of this game on the 3DS eShop is a bit of a strange occurrence. Summer Carnival '92 Recca was, as you might guess from its odd name, created for a shoot 'em up game competition held in 1992, exclusively in Japan. It was only available from those competitions, so the supply was quite limited and, as a result,...

Heavy Fire: Black Arms 3D (3DS eShop)

Heavy Fire: Black Arms 3D (3DS eShop)

War is garbage

If there’s one distinguishing feature that makes Teyon’s Heavy Fire series stand out from video gaming’s crowd of military shooters, it’s that it has no distinguishing features. Like, zero. It has features, sure, but nary an original idea nor even a whiff of one. Heavy Fire: Black Arms 3D continues the series’ tradition of...

Wakedas (3DS eShop)

Wakedas (3DS eShop)

Easy to learn, difficult to pronounce

What if the Rubik’s Cube only had one side? It seems this question has kept the ironically named developers at CIRCLE Entertainment up all night, and those sleepless hours have resulted in a quality puzzle game that relaxes and taxes simultaneously. Wakedas is a straightforward affair that slowly ramps up the...

Star Soldier (3DS eShop / NES)

Star Soldier (3DS eShop / NES)

I got soul, but I'm not the best Star Soldier

We may as well stop playing games en masse right now, because we all suck. That may sound harsh, but this 3DS eShop release of Hudson Soft’s vertically scrolling NES shoot-em-‘up will either make or break you. Unfortunately, if you play Star Soldier on the smaller screen of an original 3DS, the tiny...

Donkey Kong (3DS eShop / NES)

Donkey Kong (3DS eShop / NES)

It's on like Donkey Kong

This year marked the 30th anniversary of the initial Japanese launch of the Nintendo Family Computer, more popularly known around the world as the Famicom. Among the landmark console’s launch titles was Donkey Kong, a port of the arcade hit that began Nintendo’s launch into video game history. Now, in the year of the...

Family Kart 3D (3DS eShop)

Family Kart 3D (3DS eShop)

A familiar feeling

Fresh off the court from the surprisingly fun Family Tennis 3D, the world's most competitive family returns to the 3DS eShop to hit the racetrack in Family Kart 3D. Developed by Arc System Works - yes, they of Guilty Gear and BlazBlue fame - this is a simple, straightforward kart racer that fails to stand out from the crowd, but...

Tangram Style (3DS eShop)

Tangram Style (3DS eShop)

Lots of tangram, not much style

The game of tangram has made the long journey from ancient China to your 21st century 3DS, and despite roughly one thousand years of technological improvement it’s still pretty much the same thing. Seven pieces of varying sizes and shapes must be crammed into a crude silhouette that may resemble a bird, a sailboat,...

SteamWorld Dig (3DS eShop)

SteamWorld Dig (3DS eShop)

A gem to discover

At its best, the 3DS eShop is host to titles with a simple, well-formed idea that's executed with care and skill. SteamWorld Dig, the second in the SteamWorld franchise from developer Image & Form, fits into that mould, incorporating puzzle platforming mechanics within a continuous process of digging and resource management...

Smash Bowling 3D (3DS eShop)

Smash Bowling 3D (3DS eShop)

Bumpier bowling

Smash Bowling 3D, the latest from Big Bass Arcade developer Big John Games, feels like a proof-of-concept for a potentially great bowling game. While the bowling simulation is fun while it lasts, the bare bones presentation and lack of variety in game modes ultimately bring down the experience. Big John Games has touted Smash Bowling...