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Retro City Rampage: DX (3DS eShop)

Retro City Rampage: DX (3DS eShop)

A Blast From the Recent Past

About one year ago, Vblank Entertainment released Retro City Rampage on WiiWare. While it had also been released in other forms, it served as a notable last breath for Nintendo's first serious digital marketplace. It was a solid game that we enjoyed with some reservations, but the developers made no secret about the...

ARC STYLE: Solitaire (3DS eShop)

ARC STYLE: Solitaire (3DS eShop)

Forever alone

If you've ever had a) a computer, b) a deck of cards, or c) a grandmother, then the odds are good that you've had some exposure to Solitaire. At a relatively low-price point, ARC STYLE: Solitaire aims to bring that hot solo card-arranging action to the 3DS eShop. We would have thought that such a simple game in combination with a touch...

Barbie Dreamhouse Party (Wii U)

Barbie Dreamhouse Party (Wii U)

Problems with plasticity

It's easy to dismiss licensed games like Barbie Dreamhouse Party as cheap cash-ins on popular franchises because, in all honesty, that's usually what they are. Creating a video game based on a classic line of dolls may seem like a step in the right direction towards our increasingly digital future, but it comes with the...

LEGO Friends (3DS)

LEGO Friends (3DS)

No friend of mine

Warner Bros. Interactive and Hellbent Games' LEGO Friends is a bad game. There's no nicer way of putting it. A squandered opportunity to make another gaming hit out of a popular LEGO property, LEGO Friends feels like a cynical cash-in designed to provide young gamers with a few minutes of mindless diversion before they request the...

Mario Bros. (3DS eShop / NES)

Mario Bros. (3DS eShop / NES)

Subpar Mario

Mario and Luigi’s adventures have been nothing short of fantastical over the years, to the point where you could be forgiven for questioning their occupations as plumbers. But despite the brothers’ incredibly varied employment history as doctors, sportsmen and racing drivers — in which they’ve rarely called upon their supposed...

Brilliant Hamsters! (3DS eShop)

Brilliant Hamsters! (3DS eShop)

Not quite brilliant

Nintendo revived the pet simulation genre with its hit Nintendogs series, and since then there have been plenty of other pet sims hoping to catch the animal-loving gamers' hearts. Bergsala Lightweight's eShop title Brilliant Hamsters! is a competently crafted pet simulator that simply doesn't present enough variety to sustain...

Castlevania II: Simon's Quest (3DS eShop / NES)

Castlevania II: Simon's Quest (3DS eShop / NES)

What a horrible night to play this game

Sequels of the present day are almost an inevitability; a safe way for a developer to earn some extra revenue by expanding their previous game, slightly tweaking gameplay nuances and throwing in additional levels and enemies. However, in the late '80s, things were different – sequels could vary wildly from...

Castlevania II: Simon's Quest (Wii U eShop / NES)

Castlevania II: Simon's Quest (Wii U eShop / NES)

Should've put a stake in it

With 1987's Castlevania on the NES, Konami created a classic. The vampire hunting action game was a whip-roaring success, kicking off one of gaming's most iconic series and introducing a generation of gamers to the adventures of Simon Belmont, the joy of whip-based combat, and the explosive properties of holy water. The...

Chibi-Robo! Photo Finder (3DS eShop)

Chibi-Robo! Photo Finder (3DS eShop)

Photogenic or photobombed?

Explaining the attraction of the Chibi-Robo series to the uninitiated isn't the easiest task. While the idea of a helpful little robot may be charming enough, it's the activities he takes part in — which, on the surface, might sound like little more than virtual chores — that are sure to scare away many a gamer. What...

Cocoto Magic Circus 2 (Wii U eShop)

Cocoto Magic Circus 2 (Wii U eShop)

Look ma', I shot that lizard!

Nintendo, the pillar of family friendly gaming, once made a good amount of money by selling kids plastic guns. OK, it was a Zapper, but the point stands; we may bemoan some mature, modern shooters for the violence they promote, but more fantastical and cuddly violence has always been part of the gaming landscape. Cocoto...

Hot Wheels: World's Best Driver (Wii U)

Hot Wheels: World's Best Driver (Wii U)

Lead it Away

It’s wonderful to think about the toys of our childhood and how they’re being brought back to life as video games. Through gaming, new generations of youngsters can enjoy the same things that older gamers did in their youth, but in a completely different way. It’s safe to assume that many of you reading this grew up building with...

Unepic (Wii U eShop)

Unepic (Wii U eShop)

Not ungood

So you know how it goes: you’re playing a tabletop RPG with your friends. They poke fun at you because you, the Modern Gamer, want to try something that tends to work on a screen but doesn’t jive with the “realism” of high fantasy. Whatever. You excuse yourself to 'observe nature', but the lights go out and suddenly you’re not...

Disney Frozen: Olaf's Quest (3DS)

Disney Frozen: Olaf's Quest (3DS)

A short and chilling quest

Those of you that are keen movie buffs will know that Frozen is Disney's latest animated motion picture, and — judging from the enthusiastic critical and commercial reaction — it's fair to say that it has gone down a treat with adults and children alike. Full of lovable characters and boasting a good soundtrack (like...

Super Mario Bros. 3 (3DS eShop / NES)

Super Mario Bros. 3 (3DS eShop / NES)

Pixel-perfect platforming

Many old-school Nintendo titles are remembered fondly and adored by nostalgic fans; The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, Kirby’s Adventure and more still receive heaps of praise and see frequent re-releases to this day. Few games, however, received the unanimous commendations lavished upon Super Mario Bros. 3 on its release, an...

Double Dragon (3DS eShop / NES)

Double Dragon (3DS eShop / NES)

Dragon us down

From the moment protagonist Billy Lee’s sweetheart is sucker-punched in the opening sequence, Double Dragon establishes itself as an action-packed, thrilling battle through hordes of enemy combatants in an attempt to reclaim the captured damsel. As soon as gameplay begins, however, this façade is quickly stripped away to reveal an...

Life Force (3DS eShop / NES)

Life Force (3DS eShop / NES)

A force to be reckoned with

The space shooter is a genre that has somewhat faded into obscurity in recent years, both due to advances in technology rendering their limited scope obsolete and their typically gruelling difficulty proving unpalatable to some gamers. The NES port of Life Force, (or Salamander, as it was originally known on Eastern...

Zumba Fitness: World Party (Wii U)

Zumba Fitness: World Party (Wii U)

Around the world in 80 calories

A modern take on Sweatin' to the Oldies with party-people style, the dance-fitness sensation known as Zumba has become incredibly popular over the last decade, and been perfectly positioned to take advantage of the video-game fitness craze started with Wii Fit. Now, after three successful outings on the Wii, Majesco's...