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Shifting World (3DS)

Shifting World (3DS)

Less was more

In 2008, a Flash-based platformer/puzzle game called Shift was released online. Its gameplay was a model of brilliant simplicity: levels were constructed from black and white blocks, and the Shift key would flip the room upside down, turn background objects solid and push previously solid objects into the background. It was a premise...

Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir (3DS)

Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir (3DS)

The ghost of a much better game

There's something magical within Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir. Really, there is. You wouldn't know it by playing it, because the execution is downright terrible, but at heart, somewhere, deep inside this absolute mess is the germ of a great idea; that's the nicest thing we can say about it. Spirit Camera is an...

Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's Treasure (3DS)

Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's Treasure (3DS)

It’s got the rhythm

The early part of 2012 has brought us some blockbuster titles on 3DS that, in their own way, involve plenty of tension and shooting enemies. Perhaps it’s time to sit back and indulge in something a little more off the wall and unexpected, and Rhythm Thief & the Emperor’s Treasure certainly fits the bill. Despite the...

Kid Icarus: Uprising (3DS)

Kid Icarus: Uprising (3DS)

Pit’s flying high

When Nintendo unveiled the 3DS in 2010 it also teased Kid Icarus: Uprising, a return of a franchise that, a few cameos aside, had long remained dormant. While the original NES title was a conventional 2D action platformer, Masahiro Sakurai, most famous for his Super Smash Bros. series, has given Pit new life in an arcade action...

Nano Assault (3DS)

Nano Assault (3DS)

Tiny ship, big adventure

There's a new threat to civilization, and this time it's something we can't see: the Nanostray virus, which is deadly enough to serve as an immediate threat to humanity as we know it. The solution? Well, as anyone who's seen Fantastic Voyage (or, erm...Innerspace) knows, it's time to shrink a spacecraft down to microscopic...

Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D (3DS)

Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D (3DS)

Not for honor, but for 3DS

Every so often a game comes along that makes you appreciate just how clever it is, a feat that creator Hideo Kojima pulls off every time he steps up to direct an entry in his Metal Gear Solid series. From fourth-wall-shattering boss battles to hiding key information in plain sight, they tend to raise the question of why...

Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games (3DS)

Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games (3DS)

Must train harder

2007's Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games on Wii marked the two once arch-nemeses' – in the eyes of us children of the nineties, anyway – first side-by-side appearance that didn't involve them attempting to wallop seven shades of snot out of each other. It was a solid sports offering that exemplified the minigame collection...

Tekken 3D Prime Edition (3DS)

Tekken 3D Prime Edition (3DS)

A prime fighting machine

Tekken 3D Prime Edition is only the second Nintendo appearance for the King of Iron Fist tournament, the last being 2002's dodgy Tekken Advance on Game Boy Advance. With fighting games enjoying a resurgence on 3DS, does Namco Bandai's second hit strike a knockout blow? It's up against stiff competition: Dead or Alive:...

One Piece Unlimited Cruise SP (3DS)

One Piece Unlimited Cruise SP (3DS)

Half an adventure, unlimited boredom

Tremendously revered in Japan, yet – like the vast majority of animé — enjoying more of a cult following in the West, One Piece follows the story of Monkey D. Luffy and the Straw Hat Pirates in their tumultuous quest to locate the titular treasure. After a lengthy history of translation to video games, the...

Need for Speed: The Run (3DS)

Need for Speed: The Run (3DS)

Enough speed to make your eyes bleed

The high pitched sound of the engines roar assures us that we’re quickly approaching top speeds, but it’s barely noticeable from the techno jams blasting through the speakers. As each corner pushes us closer to the edge of losing control and the infectious music fuels our aggressive driving habits, one thing...

Winter Sports 2012: Feel the Spirit (3DS)

Winter Sports 2012: Feel the Spirit (3DS)

Take to the snow... on the go!

Winter Sports 2012: Feel the Spirit on Wii is, to put it bluntly, catastrophically bad; so bad, in fact, that we “awarded” it a measly 2/10, so there’s obviously absolutely no reason you should be rushing out to pick that travesty up. There is, however, a glimmer of hope at the end of the tunnel for Nintendo fans...

CRUSH3D (3DS)

CRUSH3D (3DS)

Fancy that

The original Crush on PSP was a commercial failure, despite very positive reviews and praise for its ingenious concept. Developer Zoë Mode's returned for a second attempt with CRUSH3D, out now in Europe and heading Stateside in February. CRUSH's central concept is simple: its 3D stages can be "crushed" to become two...

Resident Evil Revelations (3DS)

Resident Evil Revelations (3DS)

An evolution of evil

Resident Evil Revelations arrives on 3DS with a weight of expectation, both of the franchise it represents and as a major release on the revitalised handheld. Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D may have landed first, but this is the one that fans have been anticipating. In a series renowned for its significant transformation and...

Puppies World 3D (3DS)

Puppies World 3D (3DS)

Leaving you smitten or just flea-bitten?

Nintendo certainly struck gold with Nintendogs on the DS back in 2005, winning the hearts of millions of gamers the world over with its blend of training, walking and generally caring for a band of virtual puppies so convincingly animated that you’d swear Battersea Dogs Home had dumped a truckload of actual...

Zoo Resort 3D (3DS)

Zoo Resort 3D (3DS)

Animal magic?

After looking at the box art you’d be forgiven for thinking Zoo Resort 3D was a cutesy zoo management sim; in fact, you’ll find it's the complete opposite. With a realistic aesthetic and set of mechanics that sets it apart from simulation titles in general, it certainly provides a unique experience on 3DS. Moreover it’s actually...

NASCAR Unleashed (3DS)

NASCAR Unleashed (3DS)

Gentlemen, please don’t start your engines

Over the years, the high speed competitive sport of repetitive left turns, otherwise known as NASCAR, has fuelled the hearts of racing enthusiasts around the world. In some places, you can hardly step into a crowded area without seeing some sort of branded paraphernalia. With young drivers like Kyle Busch...

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 (3DS)

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 (3DS)

Half-blood, whole fun

Isn't it about time TT Games did something new with its LEGO franchise? How many others have gotten away with utilising near-identical gameplay formulas this many times? Not that it's a terribly bad thing – we'll happily trek through another humorous toy-sized tribute as the team rarely misfires. Delivering the same casual fun as its predecessors comes LEGO Harry Potter:..

Imagine Fashion Designer (3DS)

Imagine Fashion Designer (3DS)

"I don’t design clothes, I design dreams"

Imagine Fashion Designer 3D shies away from simulating the job to presenting a facsimile of it, gamifying the act of compiling outfit combinations and their superficial design. It’s certainly not a deep and involving game of nuanced mechanics and choices as you try to climb the fashion guru ladder; to...

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy (3DS)

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy (3DS)

Nintendo finally lands its true Ace Combat title

When it comes to the long running Ace Combat series, Nintendo’s been stuck in the hangar bay with only the forgettable Ace Combat Advance releasing on GBA. For all those who’ve missed out on the excellent aerial dog fight action all these years, this disservice has finally ended with Ace Combat:...

The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn (3DS)

The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn (3DS)

Blistering barnacles

In the nine months since the 3DS launched, Ubisoft has released no fewer than 12 games for the handheld. Some, like Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars 3D, have been very good. Others — say, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell 3D — haven't. Where does The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn fit in? Somewhere in the...