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Review: Crystal Warriors (3DS eShop / Game Gear)

Crystal Warriors (3DS eShop / Game Gear)

Curiously characterless

One of the Game Gear’s earliest RPG titles, Crystal Warriors tries to cherry-pick the best elements of genre classics like Fire Emblem and Shining Force while throwing its own element-driven combat system into the mix, along with the ability to tame monsters and use them in battle. Despite these attempts to do something...

Review: Urban Trial Freestyle (3DS eShop)

Urban Trial Freestyle (3DS eShop)

Dropping in for a good time

What is Urban Trial Freestyle? The best way we can think to describe it would be a physics-based platformer – any of you familiar with the Trials series on XBLA should know what to expect here. Think of a 2D sidescroller like Mario, but instead of running around, you’re on a bike, zipping in-and-out of ramps and onto...

Review: Kokuga (3DS eShop)

Kokuga (3DS eShop)

Challenge accepted

There is so much that can be said about the legacy that Kokuga brings with it to the 3DS. We can talk about the illustrious Hiroshi Iuchi, and how his work is seminal is shaping the modern shoot ‘em up genre, or we can talk about Ikaruga, the under-sold yet much adored bullet hell shooter that fans will remember fondly. Instead...

Review: Aqua Moto Racing 3D (3DS eShop)

Aqua Moto Racing 3D (3DS eShop)

Choppy waters

When Zordix announced that it was bringing a smartphone jet-ski title to the 3DS eShop with Aqua Moto Racing 3D, we suspect that quite a few people immediately let their minds drift to certain iconic Nintendo 64 and GameCube games, and applied those expectations to this download title. That would be unfair, but this release still tries...

Review: BUGS vs. TANKS! (3DS eShop)

BUGS vs. TANKS! (3DS eShop)


The Guild01 series brought 3DS owners three completely different, off-the-wall, and well-received games. The second iteration of this series, appropriately named Guild02, is already off to another fantastic start with the recent release of The Starship Damrey, a story-heavy science fiction adventure. Now, we’re lucky enough to experience...

Review: Farming Simulator 3D (3DS eShop)

Farming Simulator 3D (3DS eShop)

A field of dreams or a load of crop?

Say it with us…Farm-ing Sim-u-la-tor. How does that make you feel? Are you intrigued, or does it sound about as fun as, well, an exhausting day of work on the farm? If you’re questioning whether you’d personally find enjoyment in a game like this, then you should probably keep on truckin’. However, if the...

Review: Gabrielle's Ghostly Groove Mini (3DS eShop)

Gabrielle's Ghostly Groove Mini (3DS eShop)

A lot less gabby

We at Nintendo Life have enjoyed the various Gabrielle's Ghostly Groove games, but so far we've tended to like them more for their charm and visual appeal than for their gameplay or for anything they do particularly well. This is a trend that goes back to the WiiWare incarnation of the series, Gabrielle's Ghostly Groove: Monster...

Review: Defenders of Oasis (3DS eShop / Game Gear)

Defenders of Oasis (3DS eShop / Game Gear)

Water way to go

Given the staggering popularity of the RPG genre, it’s amazing that so few titles have broken free of the seemingly obligatory European fantasy setting. Most notable entries tend to feature swords, knights, dragons and all the usual medieval trappings, and as a result some old-school role-playing titles are genuinely difficult to...

Review: Tails Adventure (3DS eShop / Game Gear)

Tails Adventure (3DS eShop / Game Gear)


Miles 'Tails' Prower has come a long way since his debut as a silent, second-player-controlled sidekick in Sonic the Hedgehog 2, becoming one of SEGA's most beloved mascots and appearing in dozens of games over the past twenty years. It's a bit surprising then that he's only had headlining roles in two titles, both on the Game Gear: the...

Review: Jewel Quest 5 - The Sleepless Star (DSiWare)

Jewel Quest 5 - The Sleepless Star (DSiWare)

Jewel Identity

We often complain about the lack of innovation in today's games industry. Publishers and developers tend to take the safe and easy route, making games that stick closely to a tried-and-tested template with the odd tweak here and there. While there's nothing wrong with making a sequel to a popular game, it's not unreasonable for us...

Review: Project X Zone (3DS)

Project X Zone (3DS)

The best of 200+ worlds

It's unlikely that this review is the first you're hearing of Project X Zone; with a sprawling, time-traveling, world-hopping, dimension-skipping plot that draws together more than 200 characters from about 30 different franchises, there's been a lot of excited talk about this one. Now that we've been able to spend our time...

Review: Wrecking Crew (Wii U eShop / NES)

Wrecking Crew (Wii U eShop / NES)

It's wrecking time!

Mario's claim to fame has often been jumping; a simple skill, but unfailingly entertaining. It can be tough to remember a time when he traded high-flying acrobatics for a hammer and an insatiable appetite for destruction, but that's exactly the case in Wrecking Crew. Smashing things to bits is the straightforward goal, but...

Review: Mario Bros. (Wii U eShop / NES)

Mario Bros. (Wii U eShop / NES)

Definitely not super

If you've ever been curious about Mario and Luigi's actual credibility as plumbers, you'll want to look all the way back to 1983's Mario Bros., the game which established pipe-cleaning as their true vocation and served as something of a bridge between arcade sensation Donkey Kong and early platforming masterpiece Super Mario...

Review: New Super Luigi U (Wii U)

New Super Luigi U (Wii U)

New Super DLC for U

So, what is New Super Luigi U? It's not straight-up DLC, nor is it sizable enough to justify a full price retail game, so Nintendo has opted for a best of both worlds approach; it's available as either pricey DLC for New Super Mario Bros. U or as an inexpensive standalone retail game to be released at a later date. What does it...

Review: Game & Wario (Wii U)

Game & Wario (Wii U)

Wario party

Going back a few years, it was something of a tradition for Nintendo to launch a new platform with a WarioWare title in hot pursuit. Charming bundles of micro-games that packed as much personality and gameplay as possible into seconds-long chunks, and perfect for demonstrating the unique capabilities of new hardware, the WarioWare games...

Review: Shining Force: The Sword of Hajya (3DS eShop / Game Gear)

Shining Force: The Sword of Hajya (3DS eShop / Game Gear)

Shine on, you crazy portable diamond

The Shining Force series may have retreated from the west of late, but back in the early 1990s it was incredibly popular in both the US and Europe, managing to attract a large audience while Nintendo’s rival Fire Emblem franchise remained Japan-exclusive. As well as scoring critically-acclaimed entries on the...