3DS eShop Reviews

Brave Tank Hero (3DS eShop)

Brave Tank Hero (3DS eShop)

As Salvatore from Wind Waker would say… "Splish!"

In Conker's Bad Fur Day, there is a chapter towards the end of the game called War. In that chapter there is one small section in which the protagonist squirrel has to get inside a tank and storm the Tediz's base. Brave Tank Hero is somewhat similar to that section of Conker's BFD, in the sense...

I Love my Cats (3DS eShop)

I Love my Cats (3DS eShop)

Weak as a kitten

Pet simulators have certainly come a long way since the days of Tamagotchi. Where once we raised an LCD dinosaur on a screen the size of a digital watch, now we're treated to 3D renditions of cute, fluffy puppies and kittens, so realistically rendered you half expect them to leap from the screen and naively urinate on your lap. The...

3D Gunstar Heroes (3DS eShop)

3D Gunstar Heroes (3DS eShop)

Holding out for a hero

Gunstar Heroes charged onto the Sega Mega Drive in 1993, significantly marking the début of quirky developer Treasure - having been formed from ex-Konami staff wanting to go it their own way. Often seen floating near to the top of many 'best game ever' lists, Gunstar Heroes is a bona-fide classic of the 16-bit era that's now...

Japanese Rail Sim 3D Journey to Kyoto (3DS eShop)

Japanese Rail Sim 3D Journey to Kyoto (3DS eShop)

This train has gone off the rails

Japanese Rail Sim 3D Journey to Kyoto is the sequel to Journey in Suburbs #1, which was released in June of this same year. Just like its predecessor the title centres around the idea of playing the role of a train conductor in Japan, in this case the city of Kyoto; unfortunately this title fails to change the...

Picross e6 (3DS eShop)

Picross e6 (3DS eShop)

Continued conundrums

The Picross e series seems to have settled in its ways now, not choosing to add any more additional features and simply having new sets of puzzles with each release. Picross e6 is no exception, once again playing it very safe and just giving you more pictures to unveil. Again, the three available modes are Picross, Micross and...

Ninja Usagimaru - The Gem of Blessings (3DS eShop)

Ninja Usagimaru - The Gem of Blessings (3DS eShop)

Block Ninjutsu

If there's anything that movies, television and games have taught us, it's that ninja are deadly. Give them knives, blow darts, ninja stars and swords and they're virtually unstoppable. Ninja Usagimaru - The Gem of Blessings proves that they don't need any of those things to be vicious. Give a ninja a simple addition of a block to...

Swords & Darkness (3DS eShop)

Swords & Darkness (3DS eShop)

Alone in the darkness

Side-scrolling hack and slash games fall into a tricky genre. It's such a simple concept at its core, but it can easily be ruined by something as basic as poor controls or lack of originality. Swords & Darkness, the latest in the genre to make its way to the 3DS eShop, is an unfortunate example of what happens when little...

Dragon Fantasy: The Volumes of Westeria (3DS eShop)

Dragon Fantasy: The Volumes of Westeria (3DS eShop)

No longer a fantasy

As some of you are likely aware, Dragon Fantasy: The Volumes of Westeria has been made available on the 3DS eShop in addition to the Wii U eShop. If you'd like a more in-depth analysis of why we love this excellent JRPG, you can find all the details here. So, how does Dragon Fantasy play on the 3DS? Extremely well, easily...

Flick Golf 3D (3DS eShop)

Flick Golf 3D (3DS eShop)

Flicked from smartphones to the 3DS

Flick Golf 3D is yet another touch-based mobile game to receive a port onto Nintendo's handheld, having previously been launched in its original incarnation around five years ago on iOS. The title is both accurate and misleading at the same time; there's plenty of flicking to be had, but not too much golf. Flick...

I Love My Dogs (3DS eShop)

I Love My Dogs (3DS eShop)

A Man's Bog-Standard Friend

Pet simulators have certainly come a long way since the days of Tamagotchi. Where once we raised an LCD dinosaur on a screen the size of a digital watch, now we're treated to 3D renditions of cute, fluffy puppies and kittens, so realistically rendered you half expect them to leap from the screen and naively urinate on...

Epic Word Search Collection (3DS eShop)

Epic Word Search Collection (3DS eShop)

Searching for Simpsons, Sausages, Slayer and Skateboarding

The word "epic" sure gets thrown around a lot these days. The vast cosmos is epic, the unfathomable depths of the ocean are epic, but so is this sandwich I just ate, you guys! SO EPIC! Perhaps some of the meaning has been lost, but even the crankiest purists would have to admit that Epic...

Fantasy Pirates (3DS eShop)

Fantasy Pirates (3DS eShop)

Sail away, sail away, sail away

Let's welcome Fantasy Pirates to the Nintendo eShop – yet another pick-up-and-play, bite-sized title from EnjoyUp Games. Arguably best known for 99Seconds and 99Bullets, EnjoyUp Games is slowly gaining a reputation as a go-to company for budget titles on the Nintendo 3DS. Its latest title to appear on the shores of...

3D Streets of Rage 2 (3DS eShop)

3D Streets of Rage 2 (3DS eShop)

Grand Upper

There was a time when playground arguments didn't revolve around resolutions, framerates or what PewDiePie's favourite toast topping is. In the early '90s it was simple; which is the best: Final Fight or Streets of Rage? Final Fight was, for a time, exclusive to Nintendo and jealous Mega Drive owners glared with envy at their smug...

Glory of Generals: The Pacific (3DS eShop)

Glory of Generals: The Pacific (3DS eShop)

War never changes

Whether fighting in fantasy worlds or gritty reality, 3DS-owning strategists have had a steady stream of wargames to keep them busy since the system's launch. CIRCLE Entertainment has been responsible for a particularly prolific eShop invasion, with World Conqueror 3D, European Conqueror 3D and Glory of Generals all joining the...

Japanese Rail Sim 3D Journey in Suburbs #1 (3DS eShop)

Japanese Rail Sim 3D Journey in Suburbs #1 (3DS eShop)

Yes, that's actually the title

Every once in a while you play one of those games where it just makes you ask, "Why?" This isn't necessarily because the game is bad, as such, but occasionally one wonders what compelled the developer to make a game so decidedly perplexing. Japanese Rail Sim 3D Journey in Suburbs #1 is one of those games. While it more...

Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures (3DS eShop)

Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures (3DS eShop)

Nerd in My Pocket

As the Angry Video Game Nerd might tell you, the context of a system can matter a great deal toward the quality of the game. A title that isn't so bad on one console can be a putrid pukefest on another. Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures, which hit Nintendo first on the Wii U, has shifted to the portable 3DS. So what can you expect?...

My Zoo Vet Practice 3D (3DS eShop)

My Zoo Vet Practice 3D (3DS eShop)

My Zoophobia 3D

It's fair to say that we get our fair share of games to review over here at Nintendo Life that don't necessarily appeal to our core audience of readers. It's just as fair to say that Treva Entertainment's clumsily named My Zoo Vet Practice 3D certainly falls into that category, definitely having a definitive (if somewhat niche)...

Comic Workshop 2 (3DS eShop)

Comic Workshop 2 (3DS eShop)

Back to the drawing board

With its built-in touchscreen and dual display, it's no surprise that the Nintendo 3DS is host to a plethora of applications and games based around drawing and creating. Comic Workshop, an application focused on the premise of creating pages for manga comics, is just one example from the selection of well-received products...