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Review: Tecmo Bowl (3DS eShop / NES)

Tecmo Bowl (3DS eShop / NES)

Watch that 3DS hinge on the snap

Before video game football became just as complex as real-life football, there was Tecmo Bowl. There weren't hundreds of plays with varying formations or special spin moves to worry about, in fact you didn't actually have to know much about the game of football to enjoy and play it. It was this simplicity that made...

Review: TNT Racers - Nitro Machines Edition (Wii U eShop)

TNT Racers - Nitro Machines Edition (Wii U eShop)

An explosive racer with a twist

TNT Racers: Nitro Machines Edition may feature vehicles, courses and chequered flags, but it’s not your typical racing game. Instead of getting to the finish line first, this one is all about getting to the finish line full stop, as you focus on pummelling your opponents out of the race while staying alive yourself...

Review: Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (Wii U eShop / NES)

Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (Wii U eShop / NES)

Zelda II, have you any tough dungeons? Yes sir, yes sir...

Back in the early days of several franchises the second game in a series tended to be radically different from the first, as developers had not quite pinned down what they wanted the series to become — take a look at Castlevania II or the western Super Mario Bros. 2, for example. Zelda II:...

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

Super Mario Bros. (Wii U eShop / NES)

Forever running to the right

Mario. Say it loud and there's music playing. Say it soft, and it's almost like praying. Super Mario Bros. was, is, and will always be one of gaming's great masterpieces, and its availability on any additional format is a good thing. It's come to the Wii and 3DS Virtual Consoles before, and now jumps onto the Wii U...

Review: Mahjong 3D - Essentials (3DS eShop)

Mahjong 3D - Essentials (3DS eShop)

Mahjong 3D Lite

A while ago, TREVA released Mahjong 3D: Warriors of the Emperor on the eShop, which surprisingly wasn't "just another" Mahjong game but, instead, a rather unique and fun take on the genre, featuring characters and a campaign mode. As is frequently the case with Mahjong games, the title might be a bit misleading — this is not the...

Review: Darts Up 3D (3DS eShop)

Darts Up 3D (3DS eShop)

Throwaway or bullseye?

EnjoyUp Games' latest eShop release moves the party into the pub with Darts Up 3D, a motion-controlled iteration of the classic tavern target-toss game. While not a deep or polished experience, it's a fun little game that will appeal to fans of darts and simple multiplayer games in equal measure. There are three modes to...

Review: Jewel Adventures (DSiWare)

Jewel Adventures (DSiWare)

Woo-hoo, glitchy woman

Jewel Adventures is a puzzle game that’s partially familiar due to its match three gameplay, but freshened up by a few extra layers of depth. A sense of story, enemy battles, world (re)building and various gameplay goals are the glue that gives this puzzler a bit more substance than most like it. Much of it is only fluff –...

Review: Angry Birds Trilogy (Wii U)

Angry Birds Trilogy (Wii U)

An angry trio

What can possibly be said about Angry Birds that hasn’t been said a million times already? A game that started out as a humble iPhone app just four years ago has now permeated our culture in a huge way. There are multiple sequels to the original game, toys, books, an animated television series, and it’s nearly impossible to walk...

Review: Spot the Differences: Party! (Wii U eShop)

Spot the Differences: Party! (Wii U eShop)

Spot a different party

Spot the Differences: Party! will hand you photo after photo, politely asking you to identify the inconsistencies between their lookalikes until you either pass out from unrelenting boredom or stare at each and every one of the 300+ pictures on display. Go it alone or rope a friend or three into the monotony, but unless...

Review: J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings - Volume I (Super Nintendo)

J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings - Volume I (Super Nintendo)

Middle Earth is doomed

Before Peter Jackson came along and turned The Lord of the Rings into one of the most popular cinematic experiences of all time, the video game licence to J.R.R. Tolkien's literary epic was held by the now-defunct Interplay. The company pumped out related games for the Commodore Amiga computer and PC CD-ROM — the latter of...

Review: Disney Infinity (Wii U)

Disney Infinity (Wii U)

Infinite possibilities, infinite potential

The first impression that some on the periphery have of Disney Infinity is that it can easily be written off as a direct copy of the Skylanders blueprint. In truth, what we have here is an action-adventure game that uses real-world figures and implements them in the video game as playable characters, which...

Review: Street Fighter II' Turbo: Hyper Fighting (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Street Fighter II' Turbo: Hyper Fighting (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

The need for speed

Although many will accuse Capcom of flogging the Street Fighter license within an inch of its life, the company wasn't solely to blame for the production line of incremental updates which appeared after the release of the original Street Fighter II. Unscrupulous arcade owners would "hack" arcade boards to increase the speed of the...

Review: Disney Infinity Figurines

Disney Infinity Figurines

Beyond Infinity, into your home

To fully grasp the concept behind Disney Infinity, it’s important to understand that the whole game uses a meta concept in which things in-game also must exist in real life. Without delving too deep into theories or abstractions, the simplest way to put it is by saying that everything is a toy. Whether it’s the...

Review: Fish On 3D (3DS eShop)

Fish On 3D (3DS eShop)

Bass On, Bass Off

The 3DS is no stranger to fishing games, and neither is Agetec — having made a few bass-heavy titles for the Playstation and Playstation 2 — but Fish On 3D marks the first time the Rabi Laby publisher has cast its line into the pool of eShop anglers. It's an all-bass, arcade-style tournament fishing game, with some solid if...