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Clash of Elementalists (DSiWare)

Clash of Elementalists (DSiWare)

An Elemental Mistake

If you’ve stumbled onto any footage of Clash of Elementalists, we wouldn’t be surprised if your first impression was a good one. At first glance, the game-play appears reminiscent of SEGA’s Virtual-On series or even the multiplayer aspect of Kid Icarus: Uprising. This is a third-person arena brawler where you’re bestowed...

Finding Nemo: Escape to the Big Blue (3DS)

Finding Nemo: Escape to the Big Blue (3DS)

Making a splash or a drop in the ocean?

Finding Nemo: Escape to the Big Blue's re-release would seem a little odd were it not for the fact that Finding Nemo is currently enjoying a second run at UK cinemas due to the wonders of 3D technology. Disney has clearly seen a good opportunity to improve its rate of return on the game — which was...

Alien Chaos 3D (3DS eShop)

Alien Chaos 3D (3DS eShop)

Clean shooting

Alien Chaos 3D may be one of the eShop's cheaper titles, but it's fair to say that it's absolutely stuffed full of action. Developed by Ludosity, this 2D shooter has a fairly simple premise which is boosted by some fun and inventive gameplay features. The end result is a game that's surprisingly inventive, chaotically fun and rather...

Viewtiful Joe (GameCube)

Viewtiful Joe (GameCube)

A Viewtiful debut

Joe is nothing more than an average… well, Joe, as it were. The guy loves old movies and their cheesy melodrama, so when a malevolent hand drags him into a superhero flick, he’s absolutely pumped. This is a chance to do the impossible; to pull off his favorite actions scenes with high-flying kicks, slow-motion thrills, and...

Dillon's Rolling Western: The Last Ranger (3DS eShop)

Dillon's Rolling Western: The Last Ranger (3DS eShop)

Spinning in place

It's been just over a year since the release of Dillon's Rolling Western, an interesting spin — pardon the pun — on the tower defense formula, starring a steely armadillo prone to communicating through loaded silence. As you can see from our review at the time we liked it, though not without reservations. Now we have a sequel,...

The Croods: Prehistoric Party! (Wii U)

The Croods: Prehistoric Party! (Wii U)

Croodités

As a video game adaptation of Dreamworks' cave-dweller caper, The Croods: Prehistoric Party casts the film's characters in a Mario Party-style experience for up to four players. It borrows heavily from Nintendo's series, linking disparate mini-games together with a simple board game conceit. Like the movie's titular Neanderthal family...

NAM-1975 (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

NAM-1975 (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

War is heaven

Although NAM-1975 was an early Neo Geo release, it's certainly not short on fun. Released in 1990, it took a simple shooting approach and built an interesting war theme around it. Simple mechanics and a level of playability that wasn't too common in the genre made for an amazing gameplay experience. Now SNK Playmore is bringing back...

Witch & Hero (3DS eShop)

Witch & Hero (3DS eShop)

A curse upon the eShop

CIRCLE Entertainment has been a prolific publisher on DSiWare, bringing to the fore its own titles and also helping small developers share their work with the DSi/3DS audience. With so many titles against its name there are some that are excellent, as well as others that we'd sooner forget. Witch & Hero arrives on the 3DS...

50 Classic Games 3D (3DS)

50 Classic Games 3D (3DS)

Destined to be forgotten

At first glance, 50 Classic Games 3D looks reminiscent of Nintendo's 42 All-Time Classics (Clubhouse Games in North America) for DS. But those hoping for a spiritual successor to the original hit are in for a bit of a disappointment. This is because 50 Classic Games 3D is woefully lacking in quality, depth and — most of...

Harvest Moon (3DS eShop / Game Boy Color)

Harvest Moon (3DS eShop / Game Boy Color)

Under thresher

The Harvest Moon series has always promoted the ideals of hard work and patience over the instant gratification found by more recent prods at gaming agriculture like Farmville. This attitude is even more apparent in Harvest Moon on the Game Boy Color than other iterations, as the handheld game crops the series down to its very roots...

Toki Tori 2+ (Wii U eShop)

Toki Tori 2+ (Wii U eShop)

A hatchling of a grand idea

While Toki Tori was a launch title on WiiWare and seized a lot of attention as a result, its direct sequel has had a more protracted release history. Initially planned as a Wii U eShop launch title, Toki Tori 2 arrives after developer Two Tribes had a late change of heart and delayed release, taking the opportunity to...

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity (3DS)

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity (3DS)

Neverending story

With the Pokémon series nearly ready to celebrate its 18th birthday next year, some of its many spin-offs have become enduring gaming traditions in their own right. The Mystery Dungeon games are a prime example, combining classic roguelike dungeon crawling with the endless appeal of playing as Pokémon, and as the series' first...

The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct (Wii U)

The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct (Wii U)

Walking Dud

Zombies are impossible to avoid. Not that the living dead are walking among us and causing havoc, but the media has been absolutely permeated by them. As evidence, we have The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct; the Wii U’s second game about zombies – known in-game as “walkers” – works as the prequel to a television show about...

Art of Fighting 3: The Path of the Warrior (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Art of Fighting 3: The Path of the Warrior (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Third time's a charm?

Art of Fighting sprang onto the Neo Geo arcade scene in 1993 and brought with it several innovations that would become a staple of future Neo fighting titles. For one thing the game featured huge character sprites, some spanning nearly the height of the screen. It also introduced the now famous SNK zoom system that would keep...

HarmoKnight (3DS eShop)

HarmoKnight (3DS eShop)

Big beat

When you think Game Freak, you instinctively think Pokémon. It’s hardly surprising; the Japanese studio has been behind the million-selling franchise since day one, and the evergreen popularity of “catching 'em all” has ensured that the firm has little reason — or time — to explore other avenues. Apart from side-projects like...

Forgotten Legions (DSiWare)

Forgotten Legions (DSiWare)

Tower offence

Forgotten Legions tells the story of a character named Merkhovious, who is apparently a wizard or some other type of magic user. He started using dark magic and was quickly banished from the town of Riverkeep, because the higher-ups there frown upon that sort of thing. Now Merkhovious is back, and he’s brought an army of undead...

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...

Naruto: Powerful Shippuden (3DS)

Naruto: Powerful Shippuden (3DS)

He's a laugher, not a fighter

The first thing that's going to strike you about Naruto: Powerful Shippuden is the super deformed art style. After all, Namco Bandai has plastered it everywhere, so it must be quite proud of how it turned out. That's probably a smart move, because the visuals rank among this game's main strong points. It's only when you...

Need for Speed: Most Wanted U (Wii U)

Need for Speed: Most Wanted U (Wii U)

Just what U wanted

Criterion is best known for developing the smash hit Burnout games — which last appeared on a Nintendo console over ten years ago — but since then the studio's gone on to helm the long-running Need for Speed series of racing games. Its latest effort is Need for Speed: Most Wanted U, an enhanced port of last year's PS3/360...

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...