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Pick-A-Gem (3DS eShop)

Pick-A-Gem (3DS eShop)

Pick up or put down?

Jewel games are kind of a big deal right now. When we aren’t crushing candy we’re swiping crystals and arranging colours into pleasing lines to calm that casual OCD which mobile gaming has begun to inspire. It’s easy to get lost in the swarm of them on 3DS alone, so Gamelion studio’s latest release

Me & My Pets 3D (3DS eShop)

Me & My Pets 3D (3DS eShop)

Pet-thetic

First thing’s first: the pets in Me & My Pets 3D are not yours. You are running a pet hotel, so they belong to others. Second, things are not in 3D as much as a flat, albeit layered, pseudo-3D. Third, the pets do not resemble real pets as much as colourful rocks that have been given GIF animations. For a game that seems to scream...

Bases Loaded (3DS eShop / NES)

Bases Loaded (3DS eShop / NES)

Can this old timer still make contact?

Back in the mid-to-late 80s, when the NES was the dominant force in video games, cyber sporting wasn’t exactly the complex affair that it is now. With modern controllers having about a dozen buttons and joysticks to manage, it’s common for every one of those to be utilized for numerous functions —...

Siesta Fiesta (3DS eShop)

Siesta Fiesta (3DS eShop)

A breakout hit

When you learn that a title on the 3DS eShop originally began as a concept for a smartphone game, there's an instinct to take a hesitant step back. On the other hand, Siesta Fiesta is proof that this route to the system can be a blessing — if iOS and Android games can be addictive and fun enough to keep millions of consumers amused,...

Pop'n Twinbee (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Pop'n Twinbee (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

WinBee

It's not particularly well known outside Japan, but for a while TwinBee was one of Konami's main shoot 'em up series. A lot more cutesy than Gradius and the like, its colourful graphics and characters were its biggest appeal. A while back the original TwinBee was remade as a 3D Classic, but now here we have Pop'n Twinbee, one of the few...

Pokémon Trading Card Game (3DS eShop / Game Boy Color)

Pokémon Trading Card Game (3DS eShop / Game Boy Color)

A rare source of fun or just an uncommon?

It’s almost surreal nowadays to think that there was ever a time where portable gaming didn’t have Pokémon. When Red and Blue first hit Western shores in 1998, those 151 legends would bring with them a wave of merchandise, cementing the series in history as the cultural epidemic it really was...

Anonymous Notes Chapter 4 - From the Abyss (DSiWare)

Anonymous Notes Chapter 4 - From the Abyss (DSiWare)

Four-ev-urrr

The Anonymous Notes series is pretty meta, in a way. For games about eternally slaying monsters in dungeons, they never seem to stop emerging from the eShop themselves. If you’ve been following along with our reviews, it probably won’t surprise you to know that Anonymous Notes Chapter 4 - From the Abyss is very much like Chapter 3,

My Arctic Farm (Wii U eShop)

My Arctic Farm (Wii U eShop)

Feeling frigid

If you read our recent review of BiP Media's pet management sim My Jurassic Farm, you'll know what to expect with its sister release, My Arctic Farm: the exact same experience, but instead of T-rexes and triceratops (triceratopses?) you'll be raising penguins and polar bears. The long-running "My ____ Farm" series began humbly enough...

The Letter (Wii U eShop)

The Letter (Wii U eShop)

Return to sender

In The Letter, players take on the role of Michael Kennedy as he investigates the mysterious disappearance of his father. Through a series of hidden letters left by his dad – these are actually labelled “Hidden Letter” despite their pronounced placements in the landscape – Michael receives clues which he follows in his...

Mario Power Tennis (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Mario Power Tennis (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Raising a racquet

Originally released on Game Boy Advance in 2005, Mario Power Tennis is unusual in that it takes the tennis simulation genre and embeds it into a role-playing game experience. It’s a combination that works surprisingly well, with the biggest success being a player progression system which allows you to level up your character and...

My Jurassic Farm (Wii U eShop)

My Jurassic Farm (Wii U eShop)

Different skin, exact same game

My Jurassic Farm is an exciting concept. Everyone loved Jurassic Park back in the day, right?! It would make a great video game! Sadly, the dino-management genre has been left relatively barren since the wondrous days of DinoPark Tycoon back in 1993. Is BiP Media's My Jurassic Farm the answer? No. No it's not. My...

Internal Invasion (Wii U eShop)

Internal Invasion (Wii U eShop)

Terminal

Imagine a future in which all disease is cured through the aid of tiny nano-bots flowing through your bloodstream. There would be no need for medicine or doctor visits, as all illness would be taken care of internally. It's an incredible proposition that makes for an interesting sci-fi storyline that can be taken in so many directions,...

Bike Rider DX2: Galaxy (3DS eShop)

Bike Rider DX2: Galaxy (3DS eShop)

Giro della Galaxy

Last year’s Bike Rider DX was a pleasant surprise, bringing auto-scrolling precision platforming to the eShop in a charming, polished, pedal-powered package. Now, fresh from the first game’s world tour, our tireless cyclist returns to take to the stars in this space-themed sequel, Bike Rider DX2: Galaxy. Keeping the same great...

Adventure Island (Wii U eShop / NES)

Adventure Island (Wii U eShop / NES)

Skate and die

Adventure Island started life as the SEGA-produced arcade title Wonder Boy, which itself was ported to several different home consoles and spawned a popular series of sequels with show-stealing box art. NES-owners missed out on the title, and would have to wait until Hudson Soft teamed up with original developer Escape to release a...

One Piece Unlimited World Red (Wii U)

One Piece Unlimited World Red (Wii U)

Not unlimited, but not bad

Eiichiro Oda’s anime juggernaut isn't short of games on multiple systems, and quality can be distinctly variable; the unimpressive One Piece: Romance Dawn on 3DS, with its repetitive gameplay and questionable production values, is one at the wrong end of the chain. In that sense it's tough to know what to expect from the...

Hidden Expedition: Titanic (3DS eShop)

Hidden Expedition: Titanic (3DS eShop)

An exposition on the commodification of human tragedy

On April 15, 1912, a passenger liner carrying no less than 2,000 travelers struck an iceberg and sank to the bottom of the North Atlantic Ocean. Not properly equipped with the necessary amount of lifeboats and other safety equipment, when the ship sank the vast majority of passengers did not...

Wii Sports Club (Wii U)

Wii Sports Club (Wii U)

Wii Sports Club Assemble!

Wii Sports Club began life as a rather interesting eShop initiative by Nintendo, as sports from the original Wii pack-in were gradually released with multiple purchase options — timed passes for a small amount or a permanent pass for fairly standard download price. With the set of five now complete it's hard to say how...

City Mysteries (3DS eShop)

City Mysteries (3DS eShop)

Globecluttering

Famous world locations are not a bad backdrop for a hidden object game, although the irony of priorities here must be noted. Eiffel Tower? Whatever. We’ve got a bowling pin and a screw to find! City Mysteries takes item-finding to the proud metropolises of New York, Paris, Moscow, and London, stuffing each scene with enough...

Bombing Bastards (Wii U eShop)

Bombing Bastards (Wii U eShop)

Da bomb or just a bomb?

Sanuk Games' Bombing Bastards isn't so much a Bomberman clone as it is an evil twin; it's an evil twin that is fun to be around and easy on the eyes, but it's evil nonetheless. Everything from its subversive premise to its ironically cheery visuals add to Bombing Bastards' slightly off-kilter feel, but it's the gameplay that...

Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal World Duel Carnival (3DS)

Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal World Duel Carnival (3DS)

Is the first 3DS entry a Dark Hole or a Monster Reborn?

Konami’s Yu-Gi-Oh series has a long and successful history in digital form, perhaps never more so than on Nintendo hardware – a relationship that stretches all the way back from the original monochrome Game Boy right up to Zexal World Duel Carnival, which is both the first 3DS Yu-Gi-Oh...