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Rusty's Real Deal Baseball (3DS eShop)

Rusty's Real Deal Baseball (3DS eShop)

A dog's life

To start with a key point, the actual games in Rusty's Real Deal Baseball are window dressing for Nintendo's rather quirky interpretation of the free-to-play microtransaction craze. A collection of ten baseball-themed minigames start out at $4.00 each, but players are encouraged to haggle with the eponymous middle-aged dog Rusty to get...

Young Justice: Legacy (3DS eShop)

Young Justice: Legacy (3DS eShop)

Downright offensive

Welcome to Young Justice: Legacy, where the mechanics don't work and "play" doesn't matter. The game purports to be a strategic turn-based experience but accomplishes nothing more than being a horrendous nightmare. It is astonishingly incompetent in every field. Its gameplay, engine, animations, and entertainment value are among...

Skater Cat (3DS eShop)

Skater Cat (3DS eShop)

This cat ain't rad

There's been a surge of popularity when it comes to "runner" games over the last few years — games where you do little more than move right (or occasionally, left) while dodging everything that comes at you in an attempt to improve your high scores. While "endless" runners seem to be the most popular variant, Skater Cat falls...

Yumi's Odd Odyssey (3DS eShop)

Yumi's Odd Odyssey (3DS eShop)

Ocean Belly River's back!

In some games, just moving around is a joy. Soaring through the skies in Pilotwings, loop-de-looping in NiGHTS into Dreams, wet-jetting around Isle Delfino in Super Mario Sunshine, and tumbling through town in Gravity Rush are all exhilarating experiences in their own right, as memorable as the games built around them.

Lola's ABC Party (3DS eShop)

Lola's ABC Party (3DS eShop)

P-A-R-T-WHY? Because I gotta learn my ABC's!

The adorable panda bear, Lola, is back at it again. This time she's putting her life as a train conductor in the past, and is instead throwing a party...of knowledge. Being the second game in the series to focus on basic ABC's and spelling, following Lola's Alphabet Train on DSiWare back in 2012, does...

Bubble Pop World (3DS eShop)

Bubble Pop World (3DS eShop)

Burst in line

The hardest part of starting Bubble Pop World might be remembering where you left the “?” box AR card you’ll need to play it. Precious few 3DS games have taken advantage of the system’s augmented reality feature, with the majority employing it just for an amusing little extra. Developer Cypronia, however, has fully dived into...

Cube Tactics (3DS eShop)

Cube Tactics (3DS eShop)

Strategy cubed

Given their relatively low asking price, it can be quite easy to fall into the trap of thinking that games on Nintendo’s eShop service amount to little more than short, throwaway experiences. You pay less and, therefore, you must get less value from that game, right? In terms of pure content, that may be true (unless you’re...

Inazuma Eleven (3DS eShop)

Inazuma Eleven (3DS eShop)

A Beautiful Game

In Japan Inazuma Eleven is an institution — a multi-modal soccer sensation spanning several sequels and spin-offs, a wildly successful anime adaptation, and even a collectable card game; it's also enjoyed a number of releases in Europe. It's captured hearts from Kyoto to Cádiz, and now Level-5 is aiming to complete that...

Pokémon Link: Battle! (3DS eShop)

Pokémon Link: Battle! (3DS eShop)

Match maker

DS title Pokémon Link — known as Pokémon Trozei in North America — was a fine example of how Nintendo has been able to diversify and expand the franchise in different directions. This download-only sequel — once again developed by Genius Sonority — continues that trend, but has more monsters to catch, locations to explore and...

Vacation Adventures: Park Ranger (3DS eShop)

Vacation Adventures: Park Ranger (3DS eShop)

Park 'n Hide

Nature. The Great Outdoors. Land of beauty and majesty, where the earth itself holds reign over a freedom and intrinsic order spanning the eons. And, if you’re a hidden object game, a primo place to dump all manner of human-made junk imaginable for people to find. The nature of hidden object games can’t be denied, however, and...

Kung Fu Rabbit (3DS eShop)

Kung Fu Rabbit (3DS eShop)

Kung Fu-cious says hop

Today’s games industry has become infamous for its endless copycat efforts and yearly sequels, which tend to stick to a very specific template and only offer a modicum of improvement. Nevertheless, while it’s easy for us to call out these games for their lack of innovation (only for us to all then go and buy them anyway),...

Weapon Shop De Omasse (3DS eShop)

Weapon Shop De Omasse (3DS eShop)

Well-crafted

Remember the Guild01 series from all the way back in late 2012? Of course you do. It’s the little eShop series that could. Defying all expectations, the Guild games jumped the pond from Japan and landed securely on the Western 3DS eShop stores, providing three indie games that span a variety of genres. The success of the original...

Tappingo (3DS eShop)

Tappingo (3DS eShop)

Pixel-by-numbers

Tappingo is a game for those who enjoy methodically teasing order out of an apparent mess. Really. When you begin one of the 100+ puzzles, the upper screen that displays your goal in progress looks like an NES sneezed on it. Yet by working out the numbered blocks on the grid below, colours and form fill in until you’re rewarded...

Quell Reflect (3DS eShop)

Quell Reflect (3DS eShop)

A rainy day delight

Puzzle games are masters of covert time consumption. Some, like Tetris, keep players on their toes with an unrelenting pace and an addictive “one more try” appeal. Others, instead, offer a calmer, more contemplative experience, letting the player move at his or her own pace as they descend into the logic and rules of the...

Steel Diver: Sub Wars (3DS eShop)

Steel Diver: Sub Wars (3DS eShop)

Dive right in

Nintendo has been working on a game to enter the free-to-play market for a fair amount of time, announcing last year than an early experiment with the idea would involve the Steel Diver series. The basic concept has been a game that is free to download and partially play, but requires you to pay a little extra if you want to unlock all...

Spot the Differences! (3DS eShop)

Spot the Differences! (3DS eShop)

Spot the exit sign and run

There is nothing wrong with simple games on the eShop; players have demonstrated through iOS and Android that quick, fun bursts of creative gameplay can work wonderfully. Unfortunately, Bigben Interactive's Spot the Differences! crosses the line from simple to empty. While it works in the most rudimentary of ways — you...

AeternoBlade (3DS eShop)

AeternoBlade (3DS eShop)

Meh-ternoBlade

It may have taken a bit longer than anyone expected, but AeternoBlade has finally ventured beyond Japan and to reach both North American and European markets. The game was nearing completion back in June of last year, but developer Corecell Technology didn’t have the necessary funding to move along with the localization process,...

Touch Battle Tank 3D 2 (3DS eShop)

Touch Battle Tank 3D 2 (3DS eShop)

Two of the same

Ideally, a video game sequel should feature everything that worked about the first game and expand and improve upon it so that the the new entry doesn't feel like an expansion pack. Unfortunately, there was very little that worked about Agetec's Touch Battle Tank 3D, and Touch Battle Tank 3D 2 is basically more of the same. With the...

Castle Clout 3D (3DS eShop)

Castle Clout 3D (3DS eShop)

Regal rebellion

Long before the modern age of mobile gaming and pocket-handy computers that we refer to as "smartphones," poor, lowly players would flock to the Internet in order to get their cheap gaming fix. In this era that time has forgotten, those seeking digital entertainment would subject themselves to monstrosities known as "Flash games,"...