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Review: Quell Reflect (3DS eShop)

Quell Reflect (3DS eShop)

A rainy day delight

Puzzle games are masters of covert time consumption. Some, like Tetris, keep players on their toes with an unrelenting pace and an addictive “one more try” appeal. Others, instead, offer a calmer, more contemplative experience, letting the player move at his or her own pace as they descend into the logic and rules of the...

Review: Sky Kid (3DS eShop / NES)

Sky Kid (3DS eShop / NES)

Heavy Weather

An arcade force to be reckoned with, Namco graced the Famicom and NES with impressive cartridge conversions of quite a few of its enduring coin-op classics. From Dig Dug and Pac-Man to Galaga and Xevious, Nintendo's console quickly amassed a collection of A-list arcade hits, and — along with the heavy hitters and household names —...

Review: Steel Diver: Sub Wars (3DS eShop)

Steel Diver: Sub Wars (3DS eShop)

Dive right in

Nintendo has been working on a game to enter the free-to-play market for a fair amount of time, announcing last year than an early experiment with the idea would involve the Steel Diver series. The basic concept has been a game that is free to download and partially play, but requires you to pay a little extra if you want to unlock all...

Review: Spot the Differences! (3DS eShop)

Spot the Differences! (3DS eShop)

Spot the exit sign and run

There is nothing wrong with simple games on the eShop; players have demonstrated through iOS and Android that quick, fun bursts of creative gameplay can work wonderfully. Unfortunately, Bigben Interactive's Spot the Differences! crosses the line from simple to empty. While it works in the most rudimentary of ways — you...

Review: AeternoBlade (3DS eShop)

AeternoBlade (3DS eShop)

Meh-ternoBlade

It may have taken a bit longer than anyone expected, but AeternoBlade has finally ventured beyond Japan and to reach both North American and European markets. The game was nearing completion back in June of last year, but developer Corecell Technology didn’t have the necessary funding to move along with the localization process,...

Review: NES Open Tournament Golf (Wii U eShop / NES)

NES Open Tournament Golf (Wii U eShop / NES)

Par for the course

If there's one specific niche of which there is no longer any shortage, it's sports titles featuring Mario. The iconic plumber's unlikely prowess at just about any athletic challenge is now extensively and frequently documented, with the likes of Mario Tennis and Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games gracing home consoles on a...

Review: Super C (Wii U eShop / NES)

Super C (Wii U eShop / NES)

Junco Partners

Konami's massively popular Contra became synonymous with side-scrolling shoot-'em-up action when it was released for the NES in 1988 — so much so that when the sequel hit Nintendo's home console in 1990, Konami felt confident that a single, stylized 'C' would be enough to evoke the series' name in the hearts and minds of loyal fans...

Review: Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Wii U)

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Wii U)

Ain't no business like monkey business

It says much for the level of expectation placed upon Nintendo and Retro Studios that some questioned the decision to revisit the world of Donkey Kong for Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, yet that initial reaction should be pushed aside. Anyone that discounts this title due to the fact it’s not the exact...

Review: My Farm (Wii U eShop)

My Farm (Wii U eShop)

Bad harvest

The idea of packing up, escaping the crowded, polluted confines of the city and setting up a farm out in the sticks is something that has often been romanticised in various media. The thought of kicking back and raising some chickens in the peace and quiet of the countryside sounds nothing short of blissful to some people. The reality,...

Review: The LEGO Movie Videogame (Wii U)

The LEGO Movie Videogame (Wii U)

Almost everything is awesome

Unless you’ve been living under a rock or have been otherwise indisposed from newspapers, radio, television, the Internet, or any of the other countless forms of communicative devices that the news media uses to infiltrate our lives in 2014, you’re probably well aware that a new movie based on your favourite...

Review: Ninja Gaiden (Wii U eShop / NES)

Ninja Gaiden (Wii U eShop / NES)

Original Gaiden

With a hit-list of sequels and spin-offs spanning more than two decades and its latest iteration — Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge — even slicing out a spot in the Wii U's launch lineup, Ninja Gaiden's reputation precedes it. An East-meets-West action platformer with an Japanese aesthetic and an American action-hero heart, this is...

Review: Touch Battle Tank 3D 2 (3DS eShop)

Touch Battle Tank 3D 2 (3DS eShop)

Two of the same

Ideally, a video game sequel should feature everything that worked about the first game and expand and improve upon it so that the the new entry doesn't feel like an expansion pack. Unfortunately, there was very little that worked about Agetec's Touch Battle Tank 3D, and Touch Battle Tank 3D 2 is basically more of the same. With the...

Review: Castle Clout 3D (3DS eShop)

Castle Clout 3D (3DS eShop)

Regal rebellion

Long before the modern age of mobile gaming and pocket-handy computers that we refer to as "smartphones," poor, lowly players would flock to the Internet in order to get their cheap gaming fix. In this era that time has forgotten, those seeking digital entertainment would subject themselves to monstrosities known as "Flash games,"...

Review: Inazuma Eleven 3: Team Ogre Attacks (3DS)

Inazuma Eleven 3: Team Ogre Attacks (3DS)

Extra time

We're no strangers to dual releases in the Inazuma Eleven series, as it apes the money-spinning convention best seen in the Pokémon franchise; yet Inazuma Eleven 3: Team Ogre Attacks adds a third variation at a later release date. For fans of Inazuma Eleven 3 in either of its first two forms this is potentially more of a rather good...

Review: Percy's Predicament (Wii U eShop)

Percy's Predicament (Wii U eShop)

Keep rollin' rollin' rollin' rollin'

Games like Marble Madness and the Super Monkey Ball series have had their share of devoted followers throughout the years, but they exist in a genre that isn’t exactly bursting at the seams with new entries. To those unfamiliar, these are games where the player controls a ball through a series of narrow...

Review: Mighty Bomb Jack (Wii U eShop / NES)

Mighty Bomb Jack (Wii U eShop / NES)

Pyramid schemes

Bomb Jack, released in 1984, was one of Tecmo's early hits, a single-screen arcade game that had players rushing to diffuse bright red bombs planted at major tourist attractions around the globe. By the time its sequel rolled around in 1987, the Super Mario Bros.-induced side-scrolling craze had taken hold of the gaming world, and...

Review: Retro City Rampage: DX (3DS eShop)

Retro City Rampage: DX (3DS eShop)

A Blast From the Recent Past

About one year ago, Vblank Entertainment released Retro City Rampage on WiiWare. While it had also been released in other forms, it served as a notable last breath for Nintendo's first serious digital marketplace. It was a solid game that we enjoyed with some reservations, but the developers made no secret about the...

Review: ARC STYLE: Solitaire (3DS eShop)

ARC STYLE: Solitaire (3DS eShop)

Forever alone

If you've ever had a) a computer, b) a deck of cards, or c) a grandmother, then the odds are good that you've had some exposure to Solitaire. At a relatively low-price point, ARC STYLE: Solitaire aims to bring that hot solo card-arranging action to the 3DS eShop. We would have thought that such a simple game in combination with a touch...

Review: Barbie Dreamhouse Party (Wii U)

Barbie Dreamhouse Party (Wii U)

Problems with plasticity

It's easy to dismiss licensed games like Barbie Dreamhouse Party as cheap cash-ins on popular franchises because, in all honesty, that's usually what they are. Creating a video game based on a classic line of dolls may seem like a step in the right direction towards our increasingly digital future, but it comes with the...