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Review: Mario Party: Island Tour (3DS)

Mario Party: Island Tour (3DS)

Rolling the dice

Back in 1999, Mario and his crew could have taught Prince a thing or two about how to celebrate the coming of a new millennium. Establishing itself as a mainstay on the Nintendo 64, the Mario Party series showed up three times to blister hands and bring friends and family together to yell at each other at the top of their lungs...

Review: Power Rangers Megaforce (3DS)

Power Rangers Megaforce (3DS)

No, no, Power Rangers

Let's just say it up front so that nobody skimming the review will miss it: Power Rangers Megaforce is a terrible game. Not only that, it's actually broken in several respects. And we don't mean "broken" to mean "unfair" or "poorly designed." We mean "broken" to mean "it does not work." The concept of the game is promising...

Review: Uncharted Waters: New Horizons (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Uncharted Waters: New Horizons (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

As deep as the ocean

Koei released quite an arsenal of strategy titles during the 16-bit era, many of them on the Super Nintendo console. While the original Uncharted Waters laid the foundation, its sequel New Horizons picked up right where it left off and managed to add quite a few new game play ideas to the mix to form one of the most in-depth and...

Review: EDGE (Wii U eShop)

EDGE (Wii U eShop)

Simple but multi-sided

Two Tribes, in bringing its Classics series to the Wii U eShop, is among the first to deliver inexpensive experiences — especially with launch promotional prices — that have primarily made their home on other platforms for a good period of time. The updated edition of Toki Tori is based on its PC brethren, while now we...

Review: Doodle Jump Adventures (3DS)

Doodle Jump Adventures (3DS)

Scrappy

In recent years, many popular mobile games have found themselves being ported to consoles and handhelds, often with mixed degrees of success. Doodle Jump Adventures, based on Lima Sky’s smartphone hit Doodle Jump, is the latest phenomenon to make the transition and much like Angry Birds before it, does a good job of fleshing out the...

Review: World Conqueror 3D (3DS eShop)

World Conqueror 3D (3DS eShop)

Tanks, but no tanks

Field Marshal Archibald Percival Wavell of the British Army once said that “war is a muddle” and, quite frankly, we couldn’t agree with him more. The conflict he described was that of World War II; that's the very same that World Conqueror 3D strives to simulate, with messy results. No more than an overcomplicated clone of...

Review: Super Mario 3D World (Wii U)

Super Mario 3D World (Wii U)

A purrfect blend

Super Mario 3D World is a brave release as it strives, without any hint of apology, to hit on a formula to satisfy the majority of 2D platforming fans and the smaller — but still sizeable — legion of 3D Mario devotees. Many enjoy both, of course, yet they’ve always been distinct experiences that often lead to a clear...

Review: Secret Mysteries in New York (3DS eShop)

Secret Mysteries in New York (3DS eShop)

Find every object, for great justice

There's a real puzzle afoot in Secret Mysteries in New York, and it has to do with the game's title itself. No, it's not our attempt to figure out whether or not the phrase "secret mysteries" qualifies as redundant; it's why the developers bothered to rename Secret Mysteries in London for its eShop release. The...

Review: Regular Show: Mordecai and Rigby in 8-Bit Land (3DS)

Regular Show: Mordecai and Rigby in 8-Bit Land (3DS)

Regular Show game for 3DS, send it to the moon

When we heard that WayForward was developing a Regular Show video game, we were optimistic. Not only does the studio generally pump out better-than-expected licensed games, but last year it produced Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why'd You Steal Our Garbage?!, which ended up being a loving tribute to the...

Review: KORG M01D (3DS eShop)

KORG M01D (3DS eShop)

Blast from the past

3DS has amassed a curiously robust library of music creation software for a chunk of hardware built to play video games. The KORG brand in particular has made itself comfy on Nintendo's handhelds in the past few years, starting with an emulation of the classic MS-10 synth in KORG DS-10, and now the M1 gets the software treatment...

Review: Word Wizard 3D (3DS eShop)

Word Wizard 3D (3DS eShop)

Dark wizard

Word games can be fun, addictive brain teasers, but they can also be tedious, unintuitive and shallow. Word Wizard 3D unfortunately falls squarely into the latter category. Though there are plenty of game modes, and none are fundamentally broken, there's nothing in Word Wizard 3D that justifies its purchase over various alternatives that...

Review: City Connection (3DS eShop / NES)

City Connection (3DS eShop / NES)

Crash and burn

Originally released as an arcade game, City Connection puts you in the shoes of a man who wants to travel all over the world in order to paint its roads white, thus proving that he's travelled across the globe. Sounds like vandalism to us, but that's the '80s for you! Of course, this would be rather difficult to accomplish on foot, so...

Review: 4 Elements (3DS eShop)

4 Elements (3DS eShop)

Not a perfect storm

Engine Software's 4 Elements is a fun match-3 puzzler weighed down by unnecessary seek-and-find sequences and occasionally frustrating level design. Originally a PC game, 4 Elements' generic fantasy presentation hides an addictive game that will appeal to fans of Bejeweled and other "casual" puzzle titles. There's nothing wrong...

Review: Call of Duty: Ghosts (Wii U)

Call of Duty: Ghosts (Wii U)

Grabbed by the ghoulies

With all of the noise made in the wake of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare's success — everything from sky-high sales figures to unfortunate ad campaigns, or the rise, fall and subsequent embalming of developer Infinity Ward — it's easy to lose sight of just how phenomenal and innovative that game really was. Genres evolve...

Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (3DS)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (3DS)

Shell shocked

It’s arguably difficult to consider Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV reboot as anything other than a rousing success. Blending together elements from the classic 1987 series with a more modern approach, the show has been a hit with fans both new and old, treading that awkward line between paying homage to the past and...

Review: My Baby Pet Hotel 3D (3DS eShop)

My Baby Pet Hotel 3D (3DS eShop)

A pile of shih tzu

We'll say this at the outset: pet sims are not for everybody. We know that much, and while the popularity of certain genres might baffle us at times, we'd never dream of holding a game's genre against it. While we may or may not get swept up in any particular enthusiasm ourselves, we'd like to think that we can distance ourselves...

Review: Batman: Arkham Origins (Wii U)

Batman: Arkham Origins (Wii U)

Same hero, less refined

Whenever a video game franchise moves from one developer to another during its lifetime, there tends to be a few raised eyebrows. There are definite examples of licenses that have significantly improved following the move from one studio to another, such as the console games in the Skylanders series jumping from Toys for Bob...

Review: Secret Agent Files: Miami (3DS eShop)

Secret Agent Files: Miami (3DS eShop)

Cold case

Hidden object games are a relatively new genre descended from “point and click” classics like King’s Quest, Broken Sword and others. Secret Agent Files: Miami strives to combine hidden object gameplay with more traditional point/click puzzle solving and attempts to make good use of the 3DS’ features along the way; yet the end...

Review: Toki Tori (Wii U eShop)

Toki Tori (Wii U eShop)

Super cheap puzzle fun

Many moons ago, when WiiWare first launched on the Wii, Two Tribes had Toki Tori ready to go as one of the very first games on the service. It was a remake of the Game Boy Color game, which in itself was also a pseudo-remake; we liked it a lot. Unfortunately for some, however, a PC version of the game was released not too...