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  • 55

    3DS

    Review Yo-kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits & Fleshy Souls

    Yo-kai to the past

    When Yo-kai Watch arrived in the West (initially North America) in November 2015, it charmed us with its dense and detailed world, frantic touchscreen battle system and off-kilter personality. Although the similarities to Pokemon were overt, Yo-kai Watch still managed to carve out a unique identity and take us on a surprisingly...

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    3DS

    Review Yo-Kai Watch

    Gotta friend 'em all

    There's no point beating around the bush: Yo-Kai Watch is a lot like Pokémon. But instead of straight up emulating one of Nintendo's biggest franchises, developer Level-5 has aspired to create something a bit stranger and fresher than Pokémon has done in years. The result is a welcoming RPG that has some highs and some lows,...

  • Mario Memories How The Super Mario Bros. 2 Instruction Manual Influenced Me Artistically

    Returning to Subcon after 25 years

    In this series of articles celebrating the upcoming 30th Anniversary of Super Mario, various members of the Nintendo Life extended family will share their memories and thoughts on the iconic franchise. This time we have reviewer and guide extraordinaire Dave Letcavage. I'm not sure of my exact age at the time,...

  • Guide 8 Tips to Become an Expert Level Designer in Super Mario Maker

    Miyamoto. Tezuka. YOU.

    With Super Mario Maker now available, there are bound to be many aspiring level designers looking for tips to help them advance their skills. If that sounds like it pertains to you, don't worry – we're here to help. After spending the better part of a month diving deep into the seemingly endless possibilities to be explored...

  • 29

    New 3DS

    Review The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth

    Born again

    The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth is humorously disturbing, potentially offensive and unapologetically gross. This is a game about a boy named Isaac who's scrambling through the depths of his basement to avoid his pursuing mother. But instead of delivering a spanking or a timeout like most mothers do, Isaac's mom is intent to sacrifice her...

  • 43

    Wii U

    Review LEGO Jurassic World

    Fun but lacking InGen-uity

    A whole lot of chaos has ensued on the islands of Isla Sorna and Isla Nublar. Since 1993 we've seen two state-of-the-art theme parks abruptly go defunct and two rescue missions disastrously unfold on these isolated chunks of land. The crazy thing is, we relish in the spectacle that results from these unfortunate events...

  • 63

    Wii U eShop / DS

    Review New Super Mario Bros.

    LittleBigKingdom

    When New Super Mario Bros. released for the Nintendo DS back in 2006, it had been roughly 15 years since the portly plumber starred in a proper 2D platformer. Not only that, but side-scrollers in general had been largely ignored since 1996, when the Nintendo 64 hit the market and assured us that 3D gaming was the way of the future...

  • 5

    3DS eShop

    Review Johnny Dynamite

    Defused

    Imagine a 2D game with a simple premise: collect all pieces of dynamite in each stage without taking any damage. Instead of running and jumping around like you would in a traditional platformer, you thrust freely throughout the bite-sized stages with a trusty jetpack. With unlimited use of this ability, along with an endless supply of...

  • 43

    Wii U eShop / DS

    Review Yoshi Touch & Go

    Fleeting fun

    Between the DS, 3DS and Wii U, Nintendo has delivered many touch screen gaming experiences throughout the years. While some are genuinely creative and/or mechanically deep, others have ended up feeling like little more than an experiment or a tech demo rather than a full-fledged game; Yoshi Touch & Go falls into that latter...

  • 25

    3DS

    Review Fossil Fighters: Frontier

    Adventure's right around the bend

    On paper, Fossil Fighters might appear to be little more than a Pokémon clone. It's a series about reviving dinosaurs — called vivosaurs — from fossilized remains and pitting them in turn-based battles against other dinosaurs. But even though the formula is undoubtedly similar, Fossil Fighters makes a solid...

  • 15

    Wii U eShop

    Review Paparazzi

    Snap judgement

    Indie developers seem to be doing a great job of delivering games with local multiplayer to the Wii U eShop as of late. From Chariot to GetClose: A Game for RIVALS, Sportsball to Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition, affordable — and quality — entertainment with the intention of livening up a living room is readily...

  • 20

    Wii U eShop

    Review Tri-Strip

    Geometry Bores

    Tri-Strip is a puzzle game about placing strips of triangles into a grid to make squares, which clears up space and nets you points; using the stylus, touchscreen and a single button, you can strategically drag, drop and rotate pieces into open spots. It's a style of play that requires a little bit more hesitation and thought when...

  • 10

    Wii U eShop

    Review Electronic Super Joy: Groove City

    Groove it or lose it

    Electronic Super Joy: Groove City is a weird game. The plot involves a giant robot stripper that loses her laser nipples, and you're trying to get them back so she stops destroying Groove City in a resulting fit of rage. The story matters very little beyond setup purposes, as the majority of the dialogue is delivered through...

  • Guide Collecting All the Gems in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker - Episode 3

    Episode 3: Return of the Toad

    Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is now available in North America and Europe, adding another excellent title to the Wii U library. In this game the goal for Captain Toad and Toadette isn't simply nabbing the star at the end of each stage, but also picking up three gems hidden throughout each level. These become vital in...

  • 55

    Wii U eShop

    Review Maze

    Get lost

    Sometimes the simplest concept can make for an utterly addictive and engaging virtual experience. From Wii Sports to Angry Birds, the original Mario Bros. to the Mario Party series, there have been plenty of games that have bridged the gap from casual to advanced players, and it all starts at how accessible and universal the concept at the...

  • Guide Collecting All the Gems in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker - Episode 2

    Episode 2: Wingo Strikes Back

    Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is now available in North America and Europe, adding another excellent title to the Wii U library. In this game the goal for Captain Toad and Toadette isn't simply nabbing the star at the end of each stage, but also picking up three gems hidden throughout each level. These become vital in...

  • Guide Collecting All the Gems in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker - Episode 1

    Episode 1: A New Toad

    Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is now available in North America and Europe, adding another excellent title to the Wii U library. In this game the goal for Captain Toad and Toadette isn't simply nabbing the star at the end of each stage, but also picking up three gems hidden throughout each level. These become vital in...

  • 26

    3DS eShop

    Review Hazumi

    It's a breakout hit

    The 3DS eShop has amassed quite the catalogue of affordable downloadable releases, but while a healthy number of the games available are of high quality, there are also many duds that deserve to be ignored completely. Fortunately, Hazumi is not one of those lesser-desired games. If you’re on the market for a challenging...

  • 16

    3DS eShop

    Review Chat-A-Lot

    Textual healing or vocal underperformity?

    Want to turn your 3DS into a social device that allows you and your friends to exchange text messages and partake in voice chat while collaborating on doodles? That’s the experience that Chat-A-Lot advertises, and while it delivers in some regards, overall this simple application falls very flat. Part of...

  • 32

    Wii U eShop / GBA

    Review Mario Kart Super Circuit

    Good for another lap

    When the Nintendo 64 hit the market and suggested that 2D games had gone the way of the dodo, many of us that were fond of fancy sprite-work were forced to dust off elderly hardware to scratch our itch for the classic genres we held dear — until the Game Boy Advance came along, that is. Often reflected upon as the second...

  • 8

    Wii U eShop

    Review PING 1.5+

    All over the place

    Ping 1.5+ is a puzzle game that’s all about aiming and shooting a tiny white cube at a circular orange target. Of course that’s easier said than done, as you’ll need to judge the right angle, bank the cube off walls, and avoid colliding with obstacles to reach the target within the indicated number of bounces and/or moves...

  • 6

    3DS eShop

    Review Magical Diary: Secrets Sharing

    The secret's out: this diary is meh-gical

    A few decades back, when kids wanted to document their daily accounts or their innermost thoughts, they had to put a pen to paper or tap away on their Talkback Dear Diary. Yet in these modern times, where it’s common for most people to carry numerous electronic devices, there’s less and less of a reason...

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    3DS eShop

    Review Woah Dave!

    Working for pennies

    Woah Dave is all about classic arcade action. Taking control of a blocky little guy named Dave Lonuts (who happens to bear a striking resemblance to Bert from Sesame Street), players will do their best to exterminate aliens and collect the change left behind in their wake. There are two modes to choose from, and once you’ve...

  • Guide Tips And Tricks To Get You Started In Bayonetta 2

    Struggling to climax? Follow our advice

    Bayonetta 2 is out today, and while there are difficulty options that accommodate players of all skill levels, that doesn't mean that you can't benefit from some pointers to help get you started. Below is a guide that should help provide you with an understanding of how to approach even the most-challenging...