3DS eShop Reviews - Page 9

Jewel Master Atlantis 3D (3DS eShop)

Jewel Master Atlantis 3D (3DS eShop)

A diamond in the rough?

For years now, Cerasus Media has been pumping out game after game in the Jewel Master series, and very little has changed in that time. Each instalment is usually playable and entertaining enough, but in most instances the gameplay formula and overall presentation have remained the same. And while the classic phrase "If it...

Lola's Math Train (3DS eShop)

Lola's Math Train (3DS eShop)

I choo-choo-choose you!

Lola’s Math Train, the follow-up to the pleasantly surprising Lola’s Alphabet Train, isn’t quite a game as much as it’s a learning application. In this instalment Lola, the jubilant panda, is here to help kids learn about math, numbers and logical problem solving through various interactive challenges. This is a...

Nano Assault EX (3DS eShop)

Nano Assault EX (3DS eShop)

EXceptional

Shin'en is certainly no stranger to the shoot 'em up genre, having already had some solid success with its Iridion releases on Game Boy Advance and Nanostray titles on DS. For those who don't remember, it was just a little over a year ago when the developer released Nano Assault on Nintendo's 3DS system and showed just how amazing the...

ATV Wild Ride 3D (3DS eShop)

ATV Wild Ride 3D (3DS eShop)

A game of hills and valleys

Bringing online racing to the 3DS eShop in any form is a pretty ambitious undertaking, but we'll say up front that ATV Wild Ride 3D gets that part exactly right. In our experience the online racing is fast, smooth, and reliable. As far as that goes, we genuinely couldn't ask for anything more, and the simple fact that it...

Coaster Creator 3D (3DS eShop)

Coaster Creator 3D (3DS eShop)

Layin' down tracks

Anyone who's ever stepped off of a roller coaster with a huge grin and an idea for a ride of their own will appreciate the immense appeal of Coaster Creator 3D's concept. It combines the classic video game experience of going really fast with the medium's unique ability to let you do things you wouldn't necessarily be able to in...

Splash or Crash (3DS eShop)

Splash or Crash (3DS eShop)

All's well that ends well

Simple though it might be, dropping things from a huge height is still pretty entertaining. There's the catharsis of just letting something go, the satisfying sound when gravity takes its hold and an object plummets to its final destination. The plop as a stone reaches the bottom of a well can be deeply gratifying, for...

Viking Invasion 2 - Tower Defense (3DS eShop)

Viking Invasion 2 - Tower Defense (3DS eShop)

A-Viking we will go

Just like its DSiWare predecessor, Viking Invasion 2 - Tower Defense is a, yep, tower defense game that has you taking on the role of protector. As hordes of enemies draw near the castle that you’ve been gracious enough to defend, you must build towers to attack the oncoming assault. It’s a pretty standard affair for the...

Picdun 2: Witch's Curse (3DS eShop)

Picdun 2: Witch's Curse (3DS eShop)

Dungeons & Drawings

As a part of INTENSE CO's GO series, the original Picdun brought a unique take on first-person dungeon crawling to DSiWare. A portmanteau of the words "Picture" and "Dungeon", the game turned the genre's traditional map into a pixel art canvas, where players would fill in a picture as they explored their environment. Picdun 2:...

Bloody Vampire (3DS eShop)

Bloody Vampire (3DS eShop)

Bloody fun

Joining Witch's Cat in Agetec's recent duo of playfully spooky eShop releases, Bloody Vampire is a stylish, side-scrolling adventure in the Metroidvania vein. It tells the story of Latis, an exquisitely pigtailed half-vampire / half-human, who sets off to investigate the coming conflict between her two bloodlines with Cereza, her loyal...

Witch's Cat (3DS eShop)

Witch's Cat (3DS eShop)

Tabby Laby

Not many puzzle games are lucky enough to boast spin-offs, let alone side-stories - and though you wouldn't guess it from the title, that's exactly what Agetec has conjured up in Witch's Cat: a side-story in the ongoing Rabi Laby series. This eShop entry picks up where Rabi Laby 2 left off on DSiWare, but where the previous games' puzzles...

35 Junior Games (3DS eShop)

35 Junior Games (3DS eShop)

Why buy one when you can have 35?

When it comes to games that put Nintendo enthusiasts on alert, compilations of mini-games are probably up there with movie licensed cash-ins. If a bold claim is made that a game offers dozens of games for the price of one download, eyebrows are raised and the final package will either be the greatest value ever...

Picross e2 (3DS eShop)

Picross e2 (3DS eShop)

More picture crossword goodness

A few months ago, Nintendo released Picross e on the eShop, the first new Picross game in a while and quite an enjoyable - if rather short - package. Thankfully, if you felt a little short-changed you can delve straight back into puzzle-solving with the sequel, Picross e2. Is it anywhere near as good as its...

Cocoto Alien Brick Breaker (3DS eShop)

Cocoto Alien Brick Breaker (3DS eShop)

Devil vs Alien

In 2008 and 2009, Neko entertainment's would-be mascot Cocoto made two appearances on the WiiWare service. Cocoto Fishing Master and Cocoto Platform Jumper weren't total write-offs, but neither were they particularly impressive. They were competent but unmemorable dips into genres revealed by their titles. Cocoto Alien Brick Breaker...

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...