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Review: LEGO Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin (3DS)

LEGO Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin (3DS)

Left in the dark

At this point, "Oh, look! Another LEGO game!" is a phrase that can only be said with genuine excitement or seething, bitter sarcasm. Regular releases in the LEGO series of video games have become such a constant in the industry that these action-adventure titles are on the verge of becoming a genre of their own. Not to leave the...

Review: My Style Studio: Notebook (Wii U eShop)

My Style Studio: Notebook (Wii U eShop)

Out of style

Theoretically, the Wii U is a great platform for art applications and software. Art Academy: Sketchpad and its dedicated Miiverse community have created some wonderful works of art using the GamePad, with many wondering where the heavily delayed full Art Academy application is. Cypronia's My Style Studio: Notebook might be a tempting...

Review: TABLETOP GALLERY (Wii U eShop)


No Dice

TABLETOP GALLERY serves as a compilation as of three eShop titles previously only released in the US - TOSS N GO, SHUT THE BOX and POKER DICE SOLITAIRE FUTURE. Each of these dice-rolling titles never made their way to European shores, prompting developer/publisher RCMADIAX to eventually re

Review: Heart Beaten (3DS eShop)

Heart Beaten (3DS eShop)

Be still my beating heart

Originally created and developed during the Global Game Jam of 2013 in a little over 24 hours, Heart Beaten has been available on Android and iOS platforms for a couple of years. The newly released Nintendo 3DS version expands on the mobile version with structural changes, brand new mini-game types and a new soundtrack...

Review: Pokémon Rumble World (3DS eShop)

Pokémon Rumble World (3DS eShop)

Diamonds and Pearls

One of many spin-offs to come out of Nintendo's Pokémon phenomenon, the Rumble series takes toy versions of Game Freak's famous monsters and throws them into simple, action-packed beat-'em-ups. The 3DS has already played host to Pokémon Rumble Blast, but following in the free-to-play footsteps of the recently released Pokémon...

Review: Bubble Gum Popper (Wii U eShop)

Bubble Gum Popper (Wii U eShop)

Pop goes the bubble

Bubble Gum Popper is about as basic as a match-three puzzler can get, and unfortunately this doesn't work in the its favour. Puzzle games don't necessarily have to be groundbreaking to be worthwhile, but it certainly helps if they're at least engaging; this lacklustre effort is barely even worth the low price thanks to its...

Review: Cube Creator 3D (3DS eShop)

Cube Creator 3D (3DS eShop)

​A proper substitute for Minecraft?

It's a rather unfortunate reality that Minecraft has never made it to Nintendo platforms. The multi-billion dollar franchise has reached millions of people all over the world in the course of its run and it would seem to be a good fit for Nintendo platforms given its extremely approachable, yet deep gameplay...

Review: DOOORS (3DS eShop)

DOOORS (3DS eShop)

What are the scores on the DOOORS?

Imagine this: you wake up one morning and find yourself in a windowless, white room with nothing but a screwdriver in your pocket and a scrap of paper that contains a bizarre sequence of numbers. Upon closely examining the only door, you find it locked and there's no obvious keyhole. What do you do? If problem...

Review: Guac' a Mole (Wii U eShop)

Guac' a Mole (Wii U eShop)

Worth dipping into

When the Wii U was unveiled back at E3 2011 much was shown off in the way of its special abilities and functions, especially when regarding the system's controller. Unfortunately, the GamePad's many perks (such as its impressive use of motion controls) have been relatively untapped in the years since, and use of its built in...

Review: 3D Fantasy Zone II (3DS eShop)

3D Fantasy Zone II (3DS eShop)

Let me be your fantasy

Fantasy Zone II was developed and released for the Sega Master System back in 1987. Unfortunately the limitations of the console (the original Fantasy Zone was built on Sega's more powerful System 16 arcade hardware) crippled the design aspirations; admirable attempts to include new gameplay elements weren't successful and...

Review: Word Search by POWGI (3DS eShop)

Word Search by POWGI (3DS eShop)

No explanation needed

If you've read our review of the Wii U version of Word Search by POWGI, you'll know that this download takes a no-frills approach to translating a very popular paper-based puzzle to a screen. However, while the Wii U version at least tries to add a tiny bit more variety with a very limited multiplayer mode, this portable...

Review: Yoshi's Island DS (Wii U eShop / DS)

Yoshi's Island DS (Wii U eShop / DS)

Swap-a-bye baby

The challenge of having to follow up such a hot act as Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island is staying true to the original while simultaneously feeling fresh and exciting. The original Yoshi's Island was a pioneer in its design; that design can be straight-up copied again, sure, but the sense of surprise that the first possessed...

Review: A-Train 3D: City Simulator (3DS eShop)

A-Train 3D: City Simulator (3DS eShop)

​Chugging uphill

In the 3DS library, there is a rather unsurprising gap of management sim games. The niche genre essentially revolves around placing the player in the chair of a person in charge of a large city or company, tasking them with running it and maximising profitability. This is something of a double-edged sword; patient gamers will find...

Review: Word Search by POWGI (Wii U eShop)

Word Search by POWGI (Wii U eShop)

Finding words, one letter at a time

Sometimes, a game's title tells you very little about its content. What do titles like "Bayonetta" scream to you when read? Meanwhile, a game with a title such as Word Search by POWGI pretty much tells you everything you need to know about this download. Within each of the 300+ levels you're given a grid filled...

Review: Yoshi Touch & Go (Wii U eShop / DS)

Yoshi Touch & Go (Wii U eShop / DS)

Fleeting fun

Between the DS, 3DS and Wii U, Nintendo has delivered many touch screen gaming experiences throughout the years. While some are genuinely creative and/or mechanically deep, others have ended up feeling like little more than an experiment or a tech demo rather than a full-fledged game; Yoshi Touch & Go falls into that latter...

Review: Music On: Electric Guitar (3DS eShop)

Music On: Electric Guitar (3DS eShop)

While my 3DS gently weeps

If someone were to come up to you on the street and loudly proclaim "My 3DS is an electric guitar!!", you'd probably just smile politely and try to put as much distance between the two of you as possible. Their boasting isn't total insanity however, as Music On: Electric Guitar is an ambitious little app that aims to...

Review: Tilelicious: Delicious Tiles (Wii U eShop)

Tilelicious: Delicious Tiles (Wii U eShop)

A bittersweet treat

There has been much debate over Nintendo opening up the eShop to a wider array of developers and allowing what some would consider to be lesser experiences to be featured. The main argument being that consoles justify better, higher quality games than the relatively shallow offerings that can be found on smartphone markets, and...

Review: My Pet School 3D (3DS eShop)

My Pet School 3D (3DS eShop)

Plays dead

Do you get the feeling we've barked up this tree before? My Pet School 3D is much like other entries in TREVA's bloated stable of pet sims, such as Me & My Pets 3D and Life with Horses 3D. Each successive instalment comes with the desperate hope that some new tricks have been learned this time around, only to have it stare back at you...