3DS eShop Reviews

Hazumi (3DS eShop)

Hazumi (3DS eShop)

It's a breakout hit

The 3DS eShop has amassed quite the catalogue of affordable downloadable releases, but while a healthy number of the games available are of high quality, there are also many duds that deserve to be ignored completely. Fortunately, Hazumi is not one of those lesser-desired games. If you’re on the market for a challenging...

My Life on a Farm 3D (3DS eShop)

My Life on a Farm 3D (3DS eShop)

E - I - E - I - NO

My Life on a Farm 3D is standing proof that you can take a poor game concept and, with the proper lack of care and ingenuity, rework it into something that is just as poor as — if not potentially worse than — its source. Life on the farm feels a lot like life in a previous TREVA title, Me & My Pets 3D. This is because the...

Christmas Wonderland 4 (3DS eShop)

Christmas Wonderland 4 (3DS eShop)

Straight on the naughty list

Shovelware is as much a part of Christmas as roasted livestock and silly jumpers, particularly for children whose parents don’t know any better, and it seems that Microvalue isn't happy with ending its Christmas Wonderland series as a trilogy. Christmas Wonderland 4 is a point and click game that has you looking at a...

Xeodrifter (3DS eShop)

Xeodrifter (3DS eShop)

Drift compatible

Renegade Kid has pretty much lost its element of surprise. When a developer consistently releases interesting games that are made well with attractive art, it's not really shocking when their next release follows suit. Surprising no one, Renegade Kid's latest release Xeodrifter is another excellent game brimming with style and...

Castle Conqueror Defender (3DS eShop)

Castle Conqueror Defender (3DS eShop)

Just another castle to conquer

CIRCLE Entertainment's Castle Conqueror series has seen a healthy number of instalments in its release history, so it's no surprise when a new game hits the Nintendo eShop. The series has stuck to a simplistic RTS (real-time strategy) style of gameplay for the majority of its entries, but the developers decided to...

My First Songs (3DS eShop)

My First Songs (3DS eShop)

Just watch the world learn

Not content with its current offerings on Wii U, Ringzero Game Studio decided that, despite system limitations, a 3DS outing of the My First Songs franchise should be made. To the developer's credit it holds up well despite the 3DS’ lower power, but it’s not quite the same game as it is on Wii U. For starters, the...

Mighty Gunvolt (3DS eShop)

Mighty Gunvolt (3DS eShop)

Mighty good mini

First appearing as a free download to those who purchased the exceptional Azure Striker Gunvolt on the 3DS eShop, Mighty Gunvolt is a run-and-gun platformer from the mind of Keiji Inafune and produced by Inti Creates. Aiming for an old-school vibe, it’s no surprise that this new title from one of gaming’s pioneers feels a lot...

Talking Phrasebook (3DS eShop)

Talking Phrasebook (3DS eShop)

It's translation time

Call us pessimistic, but we think it's fair to say that travelling abroad can be a pretty stressful experience. Sure, the exotic locales and sunny weather is always worth it in the end, but making the trip often takes no shortage of patience and more than a few embarrassing attempts to drag up half-remembered phrases in the...

Chat-A-Lot (3DS eShop)

Chat-A-Lot (3DS eShop)

Textual healing or vocal underperformity?

Want to turn your 3DS into a social device that allows you and your friends to exchange text messages and partake in voice chat while collaborating on doodles? That’s the experience that Chat-A-Lot advertises, and while it delivers in some regards, overall this simple application falls very flat. Part of...

Picross e5 (3DS eShop)

Picross e5 (3DS eShop)

Another pack of Picross

While the first few Picross e games mixed things up a little with slightly different modes each time, the previous game in the series — Picross e4 — didn't do anything unique; it simply brought back all of those previous special modes. Picross e5 also plays it safe and is essentially an expansion of the previous game,...

Safari Quest (3DS eShop)

Safari Quest (3DS eShop)

Safari Meh-st

As consumers of entertainment, we all generally gravitate towards the extreme sides of the spectrum. When a product is amazing, it's really amazing — and we can't say enough about it. When a product is awful, it's really awful — and we're going to let everyone know. That's why it's such a disappointment when a product falls...

Vacation Adventures: Park Ranger 2 (3DS eShop)

Vacation Adventures: Park Ranger 2 (3DS eShop)

The mediocre outdoors

The thing about vacations is that once you go back somewhere, no matter how much you loved it the first time, it's never really going to be quite the same. The people are new, the places might have changed, and your overall experience is likely to be largely different. This isn't the case with Vacation Adventures: Park Ranger...

Castle Conqueror EX (3DS eShop)

Castle Conqueror EX (3DS eShop)

Back to basics

Four years ago, at the time of the original Castle Conqueror title's DSiWare release, we made a somewhat snarky remark in our review about the absence of Real-Time Strategy games on the Nintendo DS. With its touch controls and capability to display information on one screen and action on the other, the dual-screened console seemed...

Football Up Online (3DS eShop)

Football Up Online (3DS eShop)

The life of lag

Amidst the clamouring hands of football fans over the next entry in the FIFA series, EnjoyUp Games saw a gap in the market, namely the 3DS eShop, and so decided to release its original Football Up 3D. Not content with simply remaining a sub-par local multiplayer experience, Football Up Online has since been released to little...

Secret Journeys: Cities of the World (3DS eShop)

Secret Journeys: Cities of the World (3DS eShop)

The road less littered

If you enjoy global sightseeing, but feel it needs the excitement of a flea market exploding all over it, then Selectsoft’s series of hidden objects games are made for you. Secret Journeys: Cities of the World plays almost exactly like its predecessor, City Mysteries, only shifting the backdrops to different parts of the...

Magical Diary: Secrets Sharing (3DS eShop)

Magical Diary: Secrets Sharing (3DS eShop)

The secret's out: this diary is meh-gical

A few decades back, when kids wanted to document their daily accounts or their innermost thoughts, they had to put a pen to paper or tap away on their Talkback Dear Diary. Yet in these modern times, where it’s common for most people to carry numerous electronic devices, there’s less and less of a reason...

Zombie Panic in Wonderland DX (3DS eShop)

Zombie Panic in Wonderland DX (3DS eShop)

More adult than necessary

Zombie Panic in Wonderland DX is a rare breed on the 3DS, as shooters are rapidly becoming less and less common on the handheld machine. It's not the first time that this has arrived on Nintendo hardware, either, as it initially appeared as a WiiWare title; as the DX in the name suggests, this aims to tempt us in for more...

Woah Dave! (3DS eShop)

Woah Dave! (3DS eShop)

Working for pennies

Woah Dave is all about classic arcade action. Taking control of a blocky little guy named Dave Lonuts (who happens to bear a striking resemblance to Bert from Sesame Street), players will do their best to exterminate aliens and collect the change left behind in their wake. There are two modes to choose from, and once you’ve...

The Legend of Dark Witch (3DS eShop)

The Legend of Dark Witch (3DS eShop)

Just short of legendary

As both a developer and a publisher, CIRCLE Entertainment has been paramount to the rising indie games scene on Nintendo handhelds. Starting on the DSiWare digital service and eventually moving forward to 3DS eShop titles, CIRCLE has managed to have its hand in around 40 releases since 2010. With that many games in its...