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Hands On: Searching for Clues in Detective Pikachu: Birth of a New Duo

Searching for Clues in Detective Pikachu: Birth of a New Duo

It's elementary

Joe Serebii Merrick goes hands on with the intriguing eShop release that recently arrived in Japan. Back in October 2013, when the NHK television show The Professionals focused on The Pokémon Company President, Tsunekazu Ishihara, it showed him going through the early work for two titles. One title became Pokémon Link! Battle on...

Hands On: Finding Work and Adventure in Bravely Second: End Layer

Finding Work and Adventure in Bravely Second: End Layer

Any game with a Catmancer is on our radar

Bravely Default was an interesting title for Square Enix to release, as it was a classic Final Fantasy-style game in essentially all but name. Though it featured many well-trodden JRPG tropes, it mixed these in with modern gameplay standards and conveniences that made the experience all the more enjoyable...

Hands On: Getting Pinned Down By Nintendo Badge Arcade

Getting Pinned Down By Nintendo Badge Arcade

Down the bunny hole

We will try our best not to associate the free-to-start Nintendo Badge Arcade with drug use - even if the first sample is free it's easy to get hooked, and visions of pink rabbits will fill your life more the farther you go into it. The Badge Arcade is perfectly legal, for one, and its pink rabbit will not whisper at you to...

Hands On: Learning to Enjoy Death in RIVE

Learning to Enjoy Death in RIVE

Two Tribes isn't cute and cuddly any more

Two Tribes, prior to its closure and restructuring in early 2014, had a broad range of games and genres both developed in-house and as part of its publishing arm. Toki Tori was the best known of its titles, a cute - albeit tricky - puzzler that branched out across consoles and smart devices. The company's...

Hands On: Aperion Cyberstorm is Bringing a Welcome Slice of Twin-Stick Shooting Action to Wii U

Aperion Cyberstorm is Bringing a Welcome Slice of Twin-Stick Shooting Action to Wii U

We play, and play, and play, in the score chasing mode

Sometimes we get an interesting perspective - based on our readership at least - of what 'clicks' with the eShop audience and what doesn't. Some games get a lot of buzz right off the bat while other equally deserving games continue to be largely overlooked. At times reasons can be discerned...

Hands On: Reaching the Depths of Space in SteamWorld Heist

Reaching the Depths of Space in SteamWorld Heist

We dive into an extended play session with the 3DS title

SteamWorld Heist is certainly one of the most anticipated releases heading to the 3DS eShop this year, coming to the portable first ahead of a slew of HD iterations. The success of SteamWorld Dig on the portable was an integral part of Image & Form's recent momentum, with numerous ports...

Hands On: Digging Deeper With Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows

Digging Deeper With Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows

An explosive addition

The new Shovel Knight expansion has finally dropped, and while it may not be an entirely new game in the Shovel Knight franchise it still brings enough new content and ideas that it warrants a sort-of-review. Remember, this expansion is entirely free with the game, we're just going to share our thoughts on it and how it...

Hands On: Popping Wheelies In Pumped BMX+

Popping Wheelies In Pumped BMX+

Becoming the raddest & baddest

Curve Digital is a publisher and developer that rarely fails to impress, and when we were invited down to its HQ to play a new title it's bringing to the Wii U we couldn't refuse. Pumped BMX+ is a game not dissimilar to OlliOlli, a previous title from Curve, the difference being that this time not only are you riding...

Hands On: Devil's Third - Sampling Online Chaos and Fearing the Devilry of Microtransactions

Devil's Third - Sampling Online Chaos and Fearing the Devilry of Microtransactions

Ironically you can buy Golden Eggs

When we shared our initial first impressions of Devil's Third it turned into a bit of a saga; your humble writer was surprised at the level of feeling that came out in response to an early look at the game. The focus was on the single player campaign at that point, with our general summary being that - while full...

Feature: Hands On With The Spooktacular Luigi's Mansion Arcade

Hands On With The Spooktacular Luigi's Mansion Arcade

Don't cross the streams

Deep in the dimly lit bowels of Japanese arcades lurks a surprisingly wonderful new first person shooter (sucker?) with an unlikely arcade hero. It's not surprising that Luigi is running the show this time around. After all he's saved Mario from the notorious King Boo on two separate occasions at this point. The surprise...

Hands On: Blast Ball Brings Crude Button Mashing and is a Poor Advert for Metroid Prime: Federation Force

Blast Ball Brings Crude Button Mashing and is a Poor Advert for Metroid Prime: Federation Force

Tom and Anthony scratch their heads at Nintendo's Prime demo

Blast Ball had a peculiar reveal and presence in recent weeks. It first appeared in the Nintendo World Championships without Metroid branding, and was then revealed in the E3 Digital Event to be part of Metroid Prime: Federation Force, the divisive 3DS title in development by Next Level...

Hands On: Checking Out Splatoon's Freshly Unlocked Ranked Battle Mode

Checking Out Splatoon's Freshly Unlocked Ranked Battle Mode

Laying it all on the line

If you booted up Splatoon this morning you might have noticed that without even the need to download an update that you can now play on the new Port Mackerel map. You can also buy the N-ZAP '85, a new weapon which looks suspiciously familiar. Of course what will be most exciting for competitive gamers is the introduction of...

Hands On: Disney Infinity 3.0's Twilight Of The Republic Brings The Star Wars Saga To Wii U

Disney Infinity 3.0's Twilight Of The Republic Brings The Star Wars Saga To Wii U

The Force is strong in this one

After much anticipation we finally got our hands on the Star Wars levels in Disney Infinity 3.0 in London last week. There's a little time before launch still but the headline here is that things feel very polished and locked down already - we came away very impressed. Having had a play with the Toy Box game-creator...

Hands On: Disney Infinity Toy Box 3.0 Brings A Fresh Mario Kart Rival To Wii U

Disney Infinity Toy Box 3.0 Brings A Fresh Mario Kart Rival To Wii U

Sumo Digital works its magic once more

Getting hands-on with the Toy Box for Disney Infinity 3.0 was more than a little interesting, not least because of the Star Wars content and characters therein. At an event in London yesterday we had a chance to experiment with the new game creator as well as try both the Toy Box Takeover adventure and Toy Box...

Hands On: Hitting the Tracks in Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack 2 and 200cc Mode

Hitting the Tracks in Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack 2 and 200cc Mode

It just keeps getting better...

When Nintendo announced that the second Mario Kart 8 DLC pack was coming earlier than promised, we were appropriately excited. Now that we've had a chance to get to grips with everything this extra content has to offer, suffice to say we're not disappointed. In this early look at the full DLC pack we check out the...

Hands On: We Check Out The New Nintendo 3DS XL 

We Check Out The New Nintendo 3DS XL 

North America's only New Nintendo 3DS, lest we forget

The New Nintendo 3DS XL is a sleek piece of kit that streamlines many of its predecessor's quirks. Be it changed button placement or new features altogether, it's evident that Nintendo has put a lot of thought into alleviating pain points both obvious and subtle. While we aren't fans of every...