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Ikachan (3DS eShop)

Ikachan (3DS eShop)

Squids today...

While most people know Pixel's work from the excellent Cave Story, that's not the only game he's ever made, and exploring his lesser known titles can be a lot of fun in itself. Ikachan is one such title, released as freeware for the PC in 2000. That's four years before Cave Story, and you'll definitely see some overlap in terms of...

Mahjong Mysteries - Ancient Athena (3DS eShop)

Mahjong Mysteries - Ancient Athena (3DS eShop)

Mah-tch two

We'll be honest, while some members of the Nintendo Life team are clever and cultured enough to know all about the intricacies of Mahjong, some of us have to consult Wikipedia to learn the rules. It shouldn't have surprised us, however, that when we opened Mahjong Mysteries - Ancient Athena the variation on offer was basically a single...

Wild Adventures: Ultimate Deer Hunt 3D (3DS eShop)

Wild Adventures: Ultimate Deer Hunt 3D (3DS eShop)

Familiar Hunting Grounds

Do you remember last year when Outdoors Unleashed: Africa 3D was released on the 3DS eShop and it got people talking about the ethics of video games? Many were up in arms and offended by the idea of a game featuring the hunting of wildlife on an African safari, but that didn’t stop it from being a fun arcade shooter. Now...

Tokyo Crash Mobs (3DS eShop)

Tokyo Crash Mobs (3DS eShop)

Almost at the front of the queue

Although many people assume that Zuma was the first game to feature match-three marble shooting, the honour actually goes to Puzz Loop, a 1998 arcade release by Pang creator Mitchell Corporation. Sequels on the DS and WiiWare have since followed, and now there’s a fresh entry in the series on the 3DS eShop - not...

Reel Fishing 3D Paradise Mini (3DS eShop)

Reel Fishing 3D Paradise Mini (3DS eShop)

A bassing fancy

Natsume might be most famous as the house that Harvest Moon built, but fishing fans will know the name from its Legend of the River King and Reel Fishing series. Reel Fishing takes a more realistic approach to the angling action, and saw several installments on WiiWare with decidedly mixed results. Reel Fishing 3D Paradise Mini...

101 DinoPets 3D (3DS eShop)

101 DinoPets 3D (3DS eShop)

Di-no-thanks

When you first boot up 101 DinoPets 3D you're greeted with an introduction that sees you finding an abandoned dinosaur hatchling on your front porch. If you're anything like us, this will fill you with excitement about how much potential for fun this concept has. Then again if you're anything like us that excitement will soon disappear...

Unchained Blades (3DS eShop)

Unchained Blades (3DS eShop)

Do the wyrm

If you could wish for anything, what would it be? If you're anything like Fang, the immediately off-putting Dragon King protagonist in the opening moments of Unchained Blades, you'd ask for the name of the strongest being alive, start a fight with a goddess and get thrown out of heaven for your insolence. Thankfully, XSEED's latest 3DS...

Air Battle Hockey 3D (3DS eShop)

Air Battle Hockey 3D (3DS eShop)

Balls to the wall

Ever since Pong invaded homes 40 years ago, simple ball and paddle games have had a home in gaming. Air Battle Hockey 3D doesn't manage to stand out among the four-decade pedigree, but it is at least a competent entry on its own merits. The game is so simple that there's really not much to say about it. You use your stylus to...

Johnny Impossible (3DS eShop)

Johnny Impossible (3DS eShop)

Mission: Intolerable

Johnny Impossible is a bad game. We'd be perfectly happy to leave the review at that sentence, as it does actually tell you everything you need to know, but Johnny Impossible is so interestingly bad that we need to say a lot more about it, if only to achieve some sort of closure. Having made his eShop debut in Johnny Kung Fu,...

Mahjong 3D - Warriors of the Emperor (3DS eShop)

Mahjong 3D - Warriors of the Emperor (3DS eShop)

Not your 奶奶’s Mahjong

If you’ve ever played any iteration of Mahjong before, then there’s a good chance that you know how the tile-matching gameplay works. While the core experience remains unchanged, it’s what Mahjong 3D - Warriors of the Emperor does with the system that makes this one stand out. Rather than simply finding all of the...

3D Game Collection (3DS eShop)

3D Game Collection (3DS eShop)

Win, lose, or draw?

Casual appeal and touch-screen controls have made Nintendo's recent handheld systems a perfect fit for digital collections of traditional games and puzzles, and that's the niche in which the rather generically named 3D Game Collection sits comfortably. With 25 games from Backgammon to Battleship, Solitaire to slide puzzles,...

Gunman Clive (3DS eShop)

Gunman Clive (3DS eShop)

Mega Clive

When Gunman Clive was announced for the 3DS eShop, some smartphone gamers may have had their heads turned; one of the few complaints of the original release was controlling the gun-slinging hero with a virtual joystick and buttons. Here was an indie-game with a smart visual style and loving references to some of the classic platforming...

escapeVektor (3DS eShop)

escapeVektor (3DS eShop)

Traces of greatness

Looking back to the release of escapeVektor: Chapter 1 just over a year ago, we're filled with conflicting emotions. We're glad, of course, because the game was fantastic, inexpensive, and thoroughly addictive. However we can't remember that game without being reminded of the fact that WiiWare never saw the rest of the series...

Hydroventure: Spin Cycle (3DS eShop)

Hydroventure: Spin Cycle (3DS eShop)

Water way to go

2010 WiiWare title Hydroventure (or Fluidity as it was known in North America) was a fine example of how to harness the unique properties of a console’s hardware to deliver a refreshingly original experience. The water-based gameplay was accentuated by clever puzzles and hidden collectables, making it one of WiiWare’s undisputed...

Gardenscapes (3DS eShop)

Gardenscapes (3DS eShop)

Hidden Horticulture

Who hasn't dreamed of leaving it all behind, of quitting the city and hopping a train to the glorious green of the countryside? Gardenscapes plays off of this desire, casting you as the young inheritor of your grandfather's country home and garden, now both sadly in disrepair. Restoring the once-beautiful garden will require some...

Murder on the Titanic (3DS eShop)

Murder on the Titanic (3DS eShop)

Lost at Sea

Imagine, if you will, a tale of two young lovers aboard the infamous ship known as Titanic. The woman, young and from an affluent family, in love with a poor man working as a stoker deep within the bowels of the ship. Sound vaguely like a blockbuster film you’ve seen at least a dozen times? Now add a murder into the mix and a whole lot...

Crimson Shroud (3DS eShop)

Crimson Shroud (3DS eShop)

The red coat is coming

All magic in the world stems from gifts delivered directly to mankind from the gods. That much, as far as Crimson Shroud is concerned, is fact. Or is it? As you lead your party through a treacherous dungeon in search of the original gift — the titular and mysterious Crimson Shroud — other possibilities present themselves...

PIX3D (3DS eShop)

PIX3D (3DS eShop)

Pix 'n' mix

Block puzzlers: the genre that keeps on giving. Just when you think all the possibilities of the humble square have been exhausted, along comes another game to prove just how wrong you are. PIX3D combines cuboids and pixel art in a retro love-in that's fun, despite a general lack of challenge in its main mode. PIX3D's concept is both...

Aero Porter (3DS eShop)

Aero Porter (3DS eShop)

A game with a lot of baggage

We at Nintendo Life absolutely loved Airport Mania: First Flight. Its appeal was rooted largely in the simplicity of its tasks, and the larger effects they all seemed to have. Airport Mania took the entire, massive scope of airport management and narrowed it to a tiny focus: directing and maintaining planes. There was,...

3D MahJongg (3DS eShop)

3D MahJongg (3DS eShop)

The ancient art of matchmaking

MahJongg is one of the most classic games on the planet, dating back — by some estimations — to around 500 BC. The fact that it's still popular today says a lot about its addictiveness, and its myriad variants range from social group games — think poker — to solitary, puzzle-like experiences. It's the latter...