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Review: Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars (3DS)

Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars (3DS)

Birth of the cool

Brought into the world by Spike Chunsoft — of both Danganronpa and StreetPass Battle/Warrior's Way fame — Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars is a delightfully different affair. The generational suffix refers to its pedigree — a single, Japan-only PSP predecessor — but all you need to know about this standalone...

Review: Governor of Poker (3DS eShop)

Governor of Poker (3DS eShop)

Deep in the debt of Texas

Imagine that Donald Trump stole the DeLorean from Back to the Future. He warps to the Wild West, but instead of saving the Doc like in Part III, he creates a form of government in which you rule by simply owning every building in sight. It’s a monopolocracy, if you will, and everyone crams the saloons to play poker for...

Review: Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate - Deluxe Edition (Wii U eShop)

Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate - Deluxe Edition (Wii U eShop)

The broken Bat

For as long as portable games have existed, the trend of developing handheld versions of popular console titles has been present and correct. These games tend to be inferior versions of the originals, taking a substantial hit graphically and often limiting gameplay, depending on what the portable console is capable of. In some cases,...

Review: Pure Chess (3DS eShop)

Pure Chess (3DS eShop)

En Passable

VooFoo Studios took on a tough challenge in not only producing cross-platform online chess multiplayer, but achieving it on both the Wii U and the 3DS. Pure Chess immediately earns credit right away, in that case, as a technical example of what can be achieved on what is relatively old tech with the 3DS. Bonus points are due, then, but...

Review: My Exotic Farm (Wii U eShop)

My Exotic Farm (Wii U eShop)

Not a roaring success

Farm management sims are hard to get right; farming is work, after all. Successful farming games either add substantial non-farming elements like Harvest Moon's social elements, or they take the work so seriously that it becomes comically overbearing, à la Farming Simulator. French studio BiP Media's My Exotic Farm ultimately...

Review: Mach Rider (3DS eShop)

Mach Rider (3DS eShop)

A forgotten gem from the NES launch library

Mach Rider is an impressive feat for an NES title — a faux-3D motorcycle combat game with dozens of courses, an endurance mode, and a track editor. Not only was Mach Rider an NES title, but it was an October 1985 NES launch title. Namco's Pole Position had only hit arcades three years earlier, and...

Review: WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Fun incorporated

Ever since its first foray into the video game market, Nintendo has been known for the incredible amount of creativity it brings to the medium. Innovative ideas – whether they add a pleasing minor touch or groundbreaking gameplay feature – have to some degree been the company’s bread and butter for decades. It’s these...

Review: Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga (Wii U eShop)

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga (Wii U eShop)

Double trouble

Back in 2003, Nintendo had already released two excellent Mario RPGs; Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars and Paper Mario. Rather than immediately making a Paper Mario sequel, the company decided to add a third completely different game to the line-up. While the previous games were developed by Squaresoft and Intelligent...

Review: Nintendo Pocket Football Club (3DS eShop)

Nintendo Pocket Football Club (3DS eShop)

Back of the net

Although they are perhaps a little alien to those outside of Europe, soccer management titles have a long and respected pedigree among those who commit weeks, months and even years of their lives to playing them. In the United Kingdom especially, such games have existed since the days of the 8-bit microcomputers, with franchises like...

Review: Disney Magical World (3DS)

Disney Magical World (3DS)

A magical world indeed

To anyone familiar with the handheld’s lineup, it may seem like a bad business decision to make a life simulation game for the 3DS at this point. Three years into the console's life we've seen two Harvest Moon titles, a Rune Factory game, and The Sims 3. All that, and we haven't even mentioned

Review: I am an Air Traffic Controller Airport Hero Hawaii (3DS eShop)

I am an Air Traffic Controller Airport Hero Hawaii (3DS eShop)

Come fly the frazzled skies

All right, let’s address the 500-ton jumbo jet in the room: I am an Air Traffic Controller Airport Hero Hawaii is a long and silly name. Although IAAATC is actually an established series in Japan, it’s not the kind of title that tends to inspire great confidence in the West. That’s too bad, in a way, as Airport Hero...

Review: Super Dodge Ball (Wii U eShop / NES)

Super Dodge Ball (Wii U eShop / NES)

Utterly ridiculous and sublime

When firing up an NES game in the modern day, no less a silly spin-off sports title from the era, a certain mindset is required. If you're intolerant of sticky animation, that flickering effect that NES games have when there's too much on screen and wonky frame performance, there are plenty of games that are immediate...

Review: Advance Wars (Wii U eShop)

Advance Wars (Wii U eShop)

War has never been so much fun

Mention Advance Wars to a seasoned gamer and they're almost guaranteed to have heard of it. One of the earliest major Game Boy Advance titles, it's now also one of the earliest titles from the handheld on the Wii U Virtual Console, giving veterans another chance to pick it up and newcomers an ideal opportunity to see...

Review: Young Justice: Legacy (3DS eShop)

Young Justice: Legacy (3DS eShop)

Downright offensive

Welcome to Young Justice: Legacy, where the mechanics don't work and "play" doesn't matter. The game purports to be a strategic turn-based experience but accomplishes nothing more than being a horrendous nightmare. It is astonishingly incompetent in every field. Its gameplay, engine, animations, and entertainment value are among...

Review: I Am In The Movie (DSiWare)

I Am In The Movie (DSiWare)

I am in disbelief

Have you ever wanted to be a film director? Have you ever wanted to capture life through the lens of a camera and use it to craft your own cinematic masterpiece? Do you have even a fleeting interest in special effects? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, now’s the time to leave all of your hopes and dreams on the...

Review: Skater Cat (3DS eShop)

Skater Cat (3DS eShop)

This cat ain't rad

There's been a surge of popularity when it comes to "runner" games over the last few years — games where you do little more than move right (or occasionally, left) while dodging everything that comes at you in an attempt to improve your high scores. While "endless" runners seem to be the most popular variant, Skater Cat falls...