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Review: Deer Drive Legends (WiiWare)

Deer Drive Legends (WiiWare)

Legends of the Fail

There’s a new WiiWare game available in North America. Let that sink in for a moment. After nearly nine months of silence, a new title emerges from the depths of Maximum Games's back pocket and lands squarely on the WiiWare service as Deer Drive Legends, the light gun shooter that you probably haven’t been waiting for...

Review: Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom (3DS eShop / NES)

Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom (3DS eShop / NES)

A fitting farewell to the NES trilogy

The three Ninja Gaiden games on the NES are remembered with great fondness, and for very good reason. They may never have reached the same heights of popularity as the original Super Mario Bros. games, or even the first three Mega Man games, but they stand to this day as a testament to the classic years of 8-bit...

Review: Jewel Match 3 (3DS eShop)

Jewel Match 3 (3DS eShop)

Not particularly valuable

When it comes to puzzlers, a certain generation of gamers will remember when Tetris was the title that was endlessly cloned, reinterpreted and reinvented, with countless studios and developers trying desperately to recapture the cultural magic of what had to be the simplest idea in gaming yet: slotting shapes together...

Review: Brawl Brothers (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Brawl Brothers (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Sibling rivalry

Jaleco released a trilogy of side-scrolling fighters in Japan under the Rushing Beat banner, and while all three made their way to the west, they did so under different titles: Rival Turf, Brawl Brothers and The Peace Keepers. Inspired in no small part by the success of Capcom's Final Fight, the series never really managed to reach...

Review: Bravely Default (3DS)

Bravely Default (3DS)

A Critical Hit

If there’s one thing famed RPG developer Square Enix cannot be accused of, it’s failing to change over time. The early Final Fantasy titles were an exercise in optimistic grandeur, their idyllic landscapes serving as the stage for huge, epic quests filled with wonder and discovery. As of late, however, the company seems to have...

Review: 3D Space Harrier (3DS eShop)

3D Space Harrier (3DS eShop)

Welcome to the Fantasy Zone

Sitting here in 2013, it's almost impossible to fully appreciate the kind of impact Space Harrier had when it hit arcades way back in 1985 — a year when many of today's active gamers weren't even alive. A showcase for Sega's "Super Scaler" technology and the company's skill at creating impressive hydraulically-driven...

Review: Ohno Odyssey (3DS eShop)

Ohno Odyssey (3DS eShop)

Ohno or Ohyes?

Everyone loves to play an epic adventure, but there's also a place for lighthearted, bite-sized gaming — especially when it comes to portable titles. Despite its "epic" title, Ohno Odyssey, a physics puzzler from Big John Games, offers a bite-sized experience with addictive trial-and-error gameplay and a fair amount of charm. While...

Review: Coaster Crazy Deluxe (Wii U eShop)

Coaster Crazy Deluxe (Wii U eShop)

Not so crazy after all

Hold on to your coaster cars, Nintendo fans, because with the release of Coaster Crazy Deluxe for the Wii U eShop, gaming just got a whole lot crazier….or did it? Frontier’s latest iOS port proves that despite Nintendo’s concerted efforts to simplify the process for converting indie titles to Wii U, some games are better...

Review: Azada (3DS)

Azada (3DS)

A puzzling page-turner

American developer and publisher Big Fish Games is literally a big fish in the market of casual gaming. The creator of the Mystery Case Files series, the studio has carved out a profitable niche on PC and mobile platforms with its unique brand of hidden object puzzlers — and has also transferred some of these outings to the...

Review: The Mysterious Cities of Gold: Secret Paths (Wii U eShop)

The Mysterious Cities of Gold: Secret Paths (Wii U eShop)

A breezy, scenic walk

The history of The Mysterious Cities of Gold is pretty wild. When the French-Japanese animated series ended its first run in 1983, the Famicom hadn’t even premiered in Japan. Fast forward about 30 years, and now not only has the show picked up where it left off, it’s even following in the tried and true tradition of video...

Review: Senran Kagura Burst (3DS eShop)

Senran Kagura Burst (3DS eShop)

Fit to Burst

Fresh from the friendly fields of Rune Factory 4, XSEED returns with another, decidedly more deadly offering from the Land of the Rising Sun in Senran Kagura Burst. Taking its gameplay inspiration from classic side-scrolling beat-'em-ups, and its over-the-top, undergarment-filled style from anime and manga, this is a fun, frenzied...

Review: Ben 10 Omniverse 2 (3DS)

Ben 10 Omniverse 2 (3DS)

Ben bleh

The latest tie-in to the Ben 10 television series, Ben 10 Omniverse 2 is a serviceable title that falls prey to many of the issues that plague licensed games. It's a shame, too, because the creative, action-packed world and characters of the series certainly would lend themselves well to a video game. Developer 1st Playable Productions has...

Review: Christmas Wonderland 3 (3DS eShop)

Christmas Wonderland 3 (3DS eShop)

Another name on the naughty list

It was a cold night, and the gentle snow was just beginning to fall. All throughout Nintendo Life HQ there was evidence of good cheer. After all, Christmas was coming! Martin and Morgan were decorating the tree, newcomer Liam was introducing the team to his home-made eggnog, and Ron was entertaining the children by...

Review: Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures (Wii U)

Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures (Wii U)

Pac ain't afraid of no ghost

As gaming's original icon, Pac-Man has enjoyed a long and varied career. He's munched Power Pellets on dozens of different platforms since his 1980 debut, starred in platform games on the Super Nintendo, raced go karts on the GameCube, had a Top-10 single on the US charts, and even worked under the baton of Mario maestro...

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...