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Review: Dress To Play: Magic Bubbles! (3DS eShop)

Dress To Play: Magic Bubbles! (3DS eShop)

Mix and match-three

Late last year, Coder Child's Dress to Play: Cute Witches! flew onto the 3DS eShop with a unique blend of dress-up and side-scrolling soaring, a promising premise that we felt it didn't quite live up to. Dress to Play: Magic Bubbles! follows the same format of combining character customisation with simple gameplay, this time...

Review: Star Wars Episode I: Racer (Nintendo 64)

Star Wars Episode I: Racer (Nintendo 64)

Watto way to go

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace may have been panned by film critics and audiences alike when it released back in 1999, but not everything borne out of it was as big a disaster as Jar Jar Binks. One of these truly rare exceptions was Star Wars Episode I: Racer, a sci-fi racing game developed by by LucasArts. The game was a...

Review: California Super Sports (DSiWare)

California Super Sports (DSiWare)

A bad sport

To understand what California Super Sports is, start with Wii Sports. Do you have the handful of mini-games fixed in your mind, complete with simple rules and bobble-headed athletes? Good; now trade in your Wii Remote for a DS stylus. Next, systemically break every intuitive gameplay system and control scheme in sight. Then sabotage the...

Review: Xevious (Wii U eShop / NES)

Xevious (Wii U eShop / NES)

An early vertical scrolling classic

When Xevious hit arcades in 1982 it represented one of the first vertical shoot 'em ups of its kind. Not only that, but the game introduced a second bombing mechanic to give it a little more flare. After seeing a handful of home releases, it sprang upon the NES system with a vengeance and once again showed that...

Review: Super Mario Bros. 2 (Wii U eShop / NES)

Super Mario Bros. 2 (Wii U eShop / NES)

The stuff dreams are made of

By now we all know the story of Super Mario Bros. 2: concerns about the Japanese sequel to the original Super Mario Bros. kept it from release in North America and Europe. Different reasons have been given over time, from the game being too difficult to it simply not demonstrating enough creativity to keep gamers...

Review: Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (3DS)

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (3DS)

No more monkeying around

It's easy to forget, as Nintendo has seemingly decided that it's no longer a definitive unique selling point, but the 3DS has a fantastic stereoscopic 3D screen. It's tempting to be blase about it, but it's still the only mainstream piece of hardware — certainly in gaming terms — that uses it so effectively. The...

Review: Solomon's Key (Wii U eShop / NES)

Solomon's Key (Wii U eShop / NES)

One door closes, another one opens

In Solomon’s Key – an action / puzzler from Tecmo – you take command of a wizard named Dana as he searches for a magical formula that’s said to banish all evil from the world. The game began life in arcades back in 1986, finding its way to NES a year later, and now it’s resurfaced on Wii U Virtual...

Review: Pac-Man (Wii U eShop / NES)

Pac-Man (Wii U eShop / NES)

Pac is back!

When Pac-Man hit arcades in 1981, it was a phenomenal success. Spawning clothing, cereals and even a hit song, the game took the world by storm. It saw a rash of home console and personal computer releases during the 80s — some better than others — but it wasn't until the NES release in 1985 that the game finally saw a replica close...

Review: SpeedX 3D Hyper Edition (3DS eShop)

SpeedX 3D Hyper Edition (3DS eShop)

Lightspeed Lite

Last year's SpeedX 3D brought Gamelion's endless tunnel racer from the mobile phone market to the 3DS, adding a third dimension and physical controls and proving that mobile games can make excellent eShop experiences. Now the race returns with SpeedX 3D Hyper Edition, and while it's still a whole lot of fun, it's neither the sequel...

Review: Publisher Dream (DSiWare)

Publisher Dream (DSiWare)

This game development biz is confusing...

CIRCLE Entertainment has published a good variety of games on DSiWare, covering almost any genre that can feasibly work on the ageing service. Its own take on the sim style began with Bookstore Dream, which while owing much to similar smartphone games was a solid effort. Unlike that book publishing title,...

Review: Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move (3DS eShop)

Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move (3DS eShop)

Don't Panic

At times it feels like Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move is designed as a time trial to measure the shortest amount of time in which players will fling a 3DS across the room. Once the game is afoot, every trick in the book is deployed to trigger urgency: Constant unstoppable motion, ticking clocks, shaking tiles and frenetic music...

Review: Balloon Fight (3DS eShop / NES)

Balloon Fight (3DS eShop / NES)

Balloons don't float forever

In Balloon Fight you manipulate a little fellow who can flutter through the skies thanks to a pair of balloons strapped to his back and vigorous arm flapping. The world is a dangerous place for the intrepid defier of gravity, particularly when it comes to jealous birds — also illogically equipped with balloons — who...

Review: BearShark (3DS eShop)

BearShark (3DS eShop)

Jumping the Shark

The Nintendo Video service on 3DS has played host to a number of original series since its inception, including CollegeHumor's BearShark. These 3D animated comedic shorts tell the story of a rather unlucky man named Steve, doomed to be forever hunted by the most fearsome predators of both the land (Bear) and sea (Shark). The show's...

Review: Mega Man (Wii U eShop / NES)

Mega Man (Wii U eShop / NES)

Fight, Mega Man, for everlasting re-release!

By now, if you want to play Mega Man you probably already have it. It's been previously released for the Wii and 3DS Virtual Consoles, after all. But if you've somehow managed to let the game pass you by — or just aren't sure if it's worth upgrading your old Virtual Console version — we're happy to...

Review: Super Mario World (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Super Mario World (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Everybody wants to rule the World

Right from the six-note melody that opens the first stage, you can tell there's something special about Super Mario World. This is the Super Nintendo launch title that set the bar impossibly high for day-one releases, created the magic that games such as Super Mario 64, Sonic Adventure, and Luigi's Mansion have...

Review: Donkey Kong Jr. (Wii U eShop / NES)

Donkey Kong Jr. (Wii U eShop / NES)

Son of a Kong

We recently reported that a Mr. Mike Kasper set the new world record with his high score on an original Donkey Kong Jr. arcade cabinet. Now, all thanks to the recent official Wii U Virtual Console going live, Wii U owners can save their quarters and work on their Donkey Kong Jr. high scores right from the comfort of their own homes in...

Review: Gummy Bears Magical Medallion (3DS eShop)

Gummy Bears Magical Medallion (3DS eShop)

Bearly playable

The product description for Gummy Bears Magical Medallion promises a "classic adventure platformer with a Gummy Bears twist". That twist, apparently, is that the game is awful. The excusably nonsensical plot revolves around the evil King Sour Berry stealing the Magical Medallion from...well, nevermind where he stole it from, or who...

Review: Sengoku (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Sengoku (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

An interesting twist on the beat 'em up genre

Given the popularity of arcade titles like Final Fight and Double Dragon, the beat 'em up genre was a big draw in arcades during the late eighties and early nineties. Hoping to cash in on some of this success, SNK created its own unique take on the genre with Sengoku for its Neo Geo system. While the...

Review: Color Commando (DSiWare)

Color Commando (DSiWare)

Mini-masterpiece

Quirky, innovative puzzle-platformers are becoming something of a calling card for Goodbye Galaxy Games, and this latest release fits nicely into that oeuvre. The final panel in a DSiWare triptych that includes the Flipper series and Ace Mathician, Color Commando similarly revolves around manipulating the environment — here via...