3DS Reviews

Gardening Mama 2: Forest Friends (3DS)

Gardening Mama 2: Forest Friends (3DS)

Wilted beyond saving

The 'Mama' series is renowned for being a huge success on the more casual side of the gaming market, most famously for the Cooking Mama series which doesn't actually involve preparing the titular character for consumption. It's inevitable then that Mama would take additional avenues in her quest for motion-controlled dominance,...

Jewel Quest: The Sapphire Dragon (3DS)

Jewel Quest: The Sapphire Dragon (3DS)

Mountainside match-making

The simplicity of the Match-3 genre is both its blessing and its curse. Its easy learning curve and ability to pick up and play can open it up to a wide fanbase, but only a certain few clever or lucky titles are able to stand out amongst a sea of copies. Jewel Quest: The Sapphire Dragon is the sixth installment in the...

Ace Combat Assault Horizon Legacy+ (3DS)

Ace Combat Assault Horizon Legacy+ (3DS)

On Cruise control

Ace Combat Assault Horizon Legacy+ is a slightly peculiar release - it's an arrival with little to distinguish itself from the original aside from New Nintendo 3DS-only features, yet it's naturally being marketed for the original portable models too. The additions are minor yet fun, so it feels rather like an update of content...

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (3DS)

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (3DS)

Digging its claws in

Monster Hunter is a pivotal franchise for Capcom, consistently delivering the company's biggest sales and securing its profits; it's a phenomenon in Japan. Elsewhere, however, it's a respectable success without truly flourishing, succeeding in capturing a relatively small, dedicated audience but struggling for mainstream...

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D (3DS)

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D (3DS)

You’ve had a terrible wait, haven’t you?

The wait for The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D has felt a lot longer than it has, in reality, been. Although it was only officially announced for the first time during last November's Nintendo Direct presentation, it needed little time to build up a considerable buzz ahead of its release. Of course,...

Penguins of Madagascar (3DS)

Penguins of Madagascar (3DS)

Likely to ruffle a few feathers

Everybody loves penguins, right? Well, judging by the success of the Madagascar movie spin-off Penguins of Madagascar it would seem so. The success of a family CGI movie almost certainly results in two things - more movies in the same vein, and a video game adaption for the franchise. Penguins of Madagascar is...

Big Hero 6 Battle in the Bay (3DS)

Big Hero 6 Battle in the Bay (3DS)

From hero to zero

Let’s not talk about video games that are tied-in to major motion picture releases. Let’s not talk about the stigma that comes attached to video game tie-ins that implies they’re all terrible. Let’s not talk about the assumptions we make about video game tie-ins before we play them or before they’re even released...

Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom (3DS)

Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom (3DS)

"I love you everything burrito"

Despite the universal praise for the main cartoon, Adventure Time hasn’t been able to truly gain the love of the public in the gaming vein. Its first stab on a Nintendo system was the snappily-titled Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d You Steal Our Garbage?! and played very similarly to Zelda 2: The Adventure of...

Disney Planes: Fire & Rescue (3DS)

Disney Planes: Fire & Rescue (3DS)

Flying on Empty

When a video game title receives both a console and handheld iteration, it's fairly common for them to feature unique gameplay, different art styles, and generally offer a fresh experience across the platforms. Instead, Disney Planes: Fire & Rescue for the 3DS is almost identical in every aspect to its Wii U counterpart...

Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal (3DS)

Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal (3DS)

Not as Sonic doomed

Unlike its Wii U counterpart, Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal on 3DS is an experience that is much more reminiscent of a traditional Sonic game. It takes place with a 2D perspective and your goal is to get to the finish in typical Sonic style — unlike traditional Sonic games however, it's not quite as simple as that. Sonic Boom:...

Tetris Ultimate (3DS)

Tetris Ultimate (3DS)

The ultimate Tetris?

Tetris has been around since 1984, where it was developed in Russia for the DVK, a Soviet computer, but most people remember either the Game Boy or the NES version as being the breakthrough for the title. To say that Tetris is successful is an understatement; the gameplay is just as enjoyable as it was thirty years ago and...

Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth (3DS)

Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth (3DS)

Mapping your psyche

Atlus’ Megami Tensei series has been an RPG institution for over two decades, but to Western audiences it’s perhaps best known in connection with a numbered pair of revolutionary PlayStation 2 titles: Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 and Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4. Starring modern Japanese high school students and integrating...

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire (3DS)

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire (3DS)

A Mega Evolution

When Nintendo announced that the third generation of Pokémon games would finally be getting re-made for the Nintendo 3DS, many fans could barely contain their excitement; yet after the truly excellent Pokémon X & Y, what could Game Freak do — besides feed nostalgia — to possibly improve upon it? It seems the Poké-dev...

Power Rangers Super Megaforce (3DS)

Power Rangers Super Megaforce (3DS)

Dull as dishwater

Games that are tied in to TV shows are often little more than a quick cash-grab used to dupe unsuspecting parents into buying a sub-par game because their child will recognise the characters. No truer is this statement than when referring to Power Rangers Super Megaforce. Once you load up the game, you'd be forgiven for letting...

Ultimate NES Remix (3DS)

Ultimate NES Remix (3DS)

Not as ultimate as you'd think

Almost a year ago, the Wii U received some excellent download titles in the form of NES Remix and NES Remix 2, each taking a set of classic (and not so classic) NES games and making short challenges based on sections from each game, or in some cases creating entirely original scenarios. Curiously, the producer of the...

Tenkai Knights: Brave Battle (3DS)

Tenkai Knights: Brave Battle (3DS)

Tenkai toy, fivekai game

Games aimed at children are an interesting beast – often you’ll find them less challenging than other games, and if it contains a plot it’s a simple, easy-to-follow romp through a colourful and engaging journey. Unfortunately, Tenkai Knights: Brave Battle doesn’t quite measure up to these expectations. The game...

Cooking Mama 5: Bon Appétit (3DS)

Cooking Mama 5: Bon Appétit (3DS)

M-I-X the flour into the bowl

Majesco’s Mama is nothing if not prolific; with nearly a dozen main titles and spin-offs on DS, 3DS, Wii, and iOS, spanning genres as diverse as gardening, babysitting, and crafting, it’s easy to forget that it all started with a whisk in 2006’s Cooking Mama for the DS. Mama may have branched out since then, but...

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (3DS)

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (3DS)

The smash-hit 3DS owners have been waiting for?

Ever since being announced alongside its Wii U counterpart, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS has been scrutinised by fans around the world to an almost excessive degree. Being the first game in the popular crossover fighting series to be released on a handheld system, there were understandably some...

Fantasy Life (3DS)

Fantasy Life (3DS)

It’s a wonderful Life

Fantasy Life, Level-5 and Brownie Brown’s life sim and action RPG, is a game with a long and storied history. Originally announced in Japan for the Nintendo DS/DSi generation of consoles back in 2009, it spent three years in development, seeing a platform upgrade to the Nintendo 3DS, finally releasing in Japan-only on 27th...