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Review: Mega Man X (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Mega Man X (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Marks the spot

By the time Mega Man X was released for the SNES, gamers and critics were already expressing concern about the classic series feeling stale. Mega Man had become formulaic and predictable, and while the NES games were still a lot of fun, there was no denying that they didn't evolve much from title to title. Mega Man X felt like a firm...

Review: The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons (3DS eShop)

The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons (3DS eShop)

Battle seasoned

The central combat mechanics of The Legend of Zelda series has seen several iterations over the decades. The classic top-down gameplay of the original was morphed into a faster, action heavy side-scroller in Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, only to be abandoned itself for a return to form in A Link to the Past. While the promise of...

Review: LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (Wii U)

LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (Wii U)

Holy year-old port, Batman!

LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes on Wii U finds itself in an unenviable position. Released last year to critical acclaim and heralded as a new beginning to an increasingly stale series of games, it is only now releasing on Wii U, a system that has recently played host to what some consider the new pinnacle of LEGO games,...

Review: The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages (3DS eShop)

The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages (3DS eShop)

A song for the ages

Ever since The Legend of Zelda released on the NES, Nintendo has played the franchise relatively close to its chest. Series creator Shigeru Miyamoto has had a hand in almost every release to date, and before the new millennium, Nintendo EAD handled development of each and every Zelda title. But when Nintendo wanted an all-new...

Review: Gummy Bears Mini Golf (3DS eShop)

Gummy Bears Mini Golf (3DS eShop)

Golfing here and there and everywhere

When Gummy Bears Magical Medallion, the game so confident it doesn't need a properly punctuated title, was released earlier this month we weren't exactly left clamoring for a sequel or a spin-off. Its controls were stiff and aggravating, its level design bland and empty, its coding sloppy and its 3D effect was...

Review: Groove Heaven (3DS eShop)

Groove Heaven (3DS eShop)

Some call me “The Human Metronome”

It seems as though rhythm games have really taken off in the past few years, especially on the 3DS. Retail titles have popped up, such as Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy, and more recently the eShop has been receiving musical exclusives such as the wonderfully charming Harmoknight. Now Teyon, a publisher that's no...

Review: Crash City Mayhem (3DS eShop)

Crash City Mayhem (3DS eShop)

Crash n’ burn

When you read the words “crash” and “mayhem” in a game's title, it’s only natural to think that it will feature action-packed, frantic gameplay and a wholesome amount of wanton destruction. However, despite being suggestively destructive, Crash City Mayhem is a game that doesn't live up to its own name. While it certainly...

Review: Kirby's Dream Land 3 (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Kirby's Dream Land 3 (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Third time's the charming

Kirby’s Dream Land 3 is the epitome of a lovable gaming experience. Carefree and popping with irresistible charm, this SNES platformer builds off the two previous Game Boy entries in the series and fulfills the potential they introduced. That doesn’t mean the core mechanics have suddenly become nuanced or up to par with...

Review: The King of Fighters '99 ( / Neo Geo)

The King of Fighters '99 ( / Neo Geo)

Different, but still impressive

The King of Fighters is a series that's long been a staple of the Neo Geo platform. But with a few new twists and added bells and whistles, the developers have kicked things up a notch. While not as revered as its predecessor, considered by many to be the pinnacle of the series, King of Fighters '99 still adds enough...

Review: The Denpa Men 2: Beyond The Waves (3DS eShop)

The Denpa Men 2: Beyond The Waves (3DS eShop)

Love is in the air

The Denpa Men: They Came by Wave was a wonderful 3DS eShop surprise last year, combining elements of Dragon Quest and Pokémon with AR functionality and a delightfully bonkers style all its own, so we were definitely excited to spot The Denpa Men 2: Beyond the Waves washing up onto our shores as well. This sequel pulls out all the...

Review: Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Bring fresh underwear

There’s a school of thought which argues that modern gamers have it too easy, and that this generation of players has grown soft thanks to the fact that developers are all too happy to provide helpful tutorials and short-cuts intended to reduce frustration. You only need to spend a few painful minutes in the company of Super...

Review: Mega Man 5 (3DS eShop / NES)

Mega Man 5 (3DS eShop / NES)

Super fighting robot

Capcom has been very fast with releasing the original Mega Man series on 3DS Virtual Console, and now we're already up to the fifth entry. As you might expect, Mega Man 5 is quite similar to the four games before it; eight new Robot Masters have appeared, and it's up to Mega Man to stop them and their leader, who appears to be...

Review: Resident Evil Revelations (Wii U)

Resident Evil Revelations (Wii U)

Not quite as revelatory

Resident Evil Revelations on 3DS was, and still is, one of the most impressive and well-crafted demonstrations of the handheld's capabilities. With accomplished visuals — combined with outstanding stereoscopic 3D — it delivered a return to form for the franchise, with large sections reverting back to older, and better,...

Review: Harvest Moon: A New Beginning (3DS)

Harvest Moon: A New Beginning (3DS)

Cream of the crop

It may come as a surprise to some that a series of farming simulation games could become so popular and beloved by such a large audience, yet here we are, more than 15 years after the launch of the maiden game, with the release of Harvest Moon: A New Beginning. In celebration of this milestone anniversary, Marvelous AQL has decided...

Review: Swords & Soldiers 3D (3DS eShop)

Swords & Soldiers 3D (3DS eShop)

Finally facing its Waterloo

Four years ago, Swords & Soldiers made its debut. WiiWare has always been a mix of titles ranging from brilliant to terrible — with a thick middle section of "mediocre" — but Swords & Soldiers immediately established itself as a must-have. We awarded it a much deserved 9, taken as we were by its charm, its...

Review: The Starship Damrey (3DS eShop)

The Starship Damrey (3DS eShop)

A short story adventure

There's a reason that some gamers get excited at the news of Guild01 and Guild02 localisations in the West, as Level-5's collections gather some of the Japanese development community's finest names to produce small titles of, well, whatever genre they feel like trying out. The Starship Damrey is the first of the second...