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Review: GOLF (Wii U eShop)

GOLF (Wii U eShop)

Sub-par

Before the hyper-realistic, face-deforming technology of modern Tiger Woods games was conceived in the deepest dreams of Electronic Arts (a company busy with Marble Madness at the time), there was Golf for the Nintendo Entertainment System. The game wears its no-nonsense attitude on its sleeve, focusing on simulating the time-honoured sport...

Review: Tennis (Wii U eShop / NES)

Tennis (Wii U eShop / NES)

Net-net, a loss

Tennis — the NES game, not the actual sport — hails from an age when the most rudimentary of virtual simulations could be entertaining and notable simply by existing, perhaps causing a passing family member to comment on how it looks just like the real thing. Although a genuine novelty in the 80s, this dull-as-toast recreation of...

Review: Final Fight 3 (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Final Fight 3 (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Third time lucky?

Following the enjoyable-but-flawed SNES conversion of the original Final Fight and its disappointing sequel, Final Fight 3 can be viewed as Capcom's attempt to atone for its previous sins and give fans a domestic exclusive worthy of the name. Released relatively late in the lifespan of Nintendo 16-bit's console, this third entry is...

Review: Halloween: Trick or Treat 2 (3DS eShop)

Halloween: Trick or Treat 2 (3DS eShop)

Another hidden-object game? Now that's scary!

Halloween: Trick or Treat 2 (the sequel to the abysmal Halloween: Trick or Treat on DSiware) is a collection of games that mostly revolve around hidden-object searches, with a continuous focus on spooky settings and creepy themes; it features pre-rendered, quasi-blurry images loaded with junk, where you...

Review: Zombie Blaster (DSiWare)

Zombie Blaster (DSiWare)

A grave disappointment

Throughout DSiWare's long and not always distinguished history, we've seen a lot of games come and go. From puzzlers to RPGs to interactive storybooks, we've spent the past several years wading through every single release, doing our best to separate the rare diamonds from the dirt. Zombie Blaster interested us simply because,...

Review: Tales to Enjoy! The Ugly Duckling (DSiWare)

Tales to Enjoy! The Ugly Duckling (DSiWare)

A load of quack

Another Tales to Enjoy game? Yep, we regret to inform you that it’s true. But this time it’s the most repulsive of all…The Ugly Duckling. If you haven’t been following along as of late, Tales to Enjoy is a series of games that uses the same exact interface and activities, but swaps out one fairly tale or fable for another...

Review: Densha de Go! 64 (Nintendo 64)

Densha de Go! 64 (Nintendo 64)

Lost in "trainslation"

The massive surge in the number of simulation games over the past few years has been nothing short of baffling. Years ago, Microsoft Flight Simulator was essentially the sole attraction in this specialist genre, but now it seems virtually anything can and should be turned into a simulation. Road Works Simulator, Farming...

Review: Final Fight (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Final Fight (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Because the world needs more wrestling mayors

Back in the late '80s and early '90s — when arcades were still the biggest draw for dedicated gamers — Capcom was the company to beat when it came to coin-op success. It produced a string of classics around this time, most of which saw conversions on the popular home consoles of the period. While...

Review: Astro (DSiWare)

Astro (DSiWare)

Lost in space

Just when you thought that the DSiWare service had nothing left to offer except some word puzzles and interactive children’s books, along comes Astro. It's quite clear that this is intended to pay homage to the Atari classic Asteroids in its design and gameplay, but it falls short of recapturing what continues to make the original a...

Review: Family Bowling 3D (3DS eShop)

Family Bowling 3D (3DS eShop)

Pins with kin

If you were fortunate enough to grow up near a bowling alley, you might have fond memories of family outings full of comically unappealing shoes, embarrassing bowling stances from certain members of your clan, and slipping spectacularly on finely polished floors at least once. You probably didn't get to throw a twelve-pound ball at a...

Review: Happy Circus (3DS eShop)

Happy Circus (3DS eShop)

When an Otter's happiness means a golden jacket

It's easy for older gamers to be miserable cynics when edutainment games come around, lazily categorising them as shovelware and stating with unsubstantiated confidence that no one buys these downloads. Except, someone is buying them, as the range of these titles is slowly growing on the 3DS; more...

Review: Mystery Murders: The Sleeping Palace (3DS eShop)

Mystery Murders: The Sleeping Palace (3DS eShop)

Dead or just resting?

You won't have to look long to find quite a few hidden-object games on the 3DS eShop, but the Mystery Murders series stands out by attempting to inject a little soul into the I-Spy formual. Equal parts PC-style adventure game and Where's Waldo whodunit, they frame the item-finding with simple puzzles and spooky stories. The...

Review: Picross e3 (3DS eShop)

Picross e3 (3DS eShop)

Fun and repetition Picross paths

There’s a question you must ask yourself before proceeding: do you want to play Picross? There’s been ample time to give the pastime a try, what with all the previous games put out by Jupiter, and the next step in this journey is remarkably similar to the last one. Picross e3 is a finely crafted puzzle game worth...

Review: Around the World with Hello Kitty and Friends (3DS)

Around the World with Hello Kitty and Friends (3DS)

Bonjour, Kitty

Hello Kitty first burst onto the scene in 1974 courtesy of Japanese company Sanrio, which designs and produces products solely aimed at the kawaii – meaning cute in Japanese – section of popular culture in the country. Since then, Hello Kitty has become one of the most recognised and successful brands in the world, appearing on...

Review: Myst (3DS)

Myst (3DS)

Mystifyingly bad

Porting games has always been common practice for most third-party companies. It goes without saying, but it makes good business sense for a game publisher to enable its software to reach as wide an audience as possible. And it's something that most of us don't have a problem with; if a company makes it easier for us to play its...

Review: Pokémon X & Y (3DS)

Pokémon X & Y (3DS)

Evolution or revolution?

Do you remember that first time you rushed home with the latest copy of Pokémon, gleefully slotting it into your handheld and dreaming of becoming the next Pokémon Master? Everything was new, fresh and exciting. Every time that pixelated grass flickered and you encountered another never-seen-before monster you held your...

Review: Family Table Tennis 3D (3DS eShop)

Family Table Tennis 3D (3DS eShop)

Family, friendly - fun?

After developing something of an unenviable reputation on WiiWare, Arc System Works' Family series of sports games has been reborn as a dependably decent option on the 3DS' eShop. Following on from Family Tennis 3D and Family Kart 3D, Family Table Tennis 3D is the latest in the line, and while it isn't quite up to the...