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Review: Lufia: The Legend Returns (3DS eShop / Game Boy Color)

Lufia: The Legend Returns (3DS eShop / Game Boy Color)

The legend isn't feeling so good

Young Wain is the protector of his small village; it’s not a tough gig, with just the occasional blob-creature to slash on the outskirts, but things are about to change. As a spiritual force awakens inside him, the powerful Sinistrels re-emerge to release a threat of “unseen terror on the land”. His bloodline...

Review: Sportsball (Wii U eShop)

Sportsball (Wii U eShop)

No harm, no fowl

Nintendo has been highlighting TOO DX's Sportsball at various shows and conferences as one of several particularly strong "indie games" available on the Wii U eShop, promoting it as a quality party game. Though at first it looks like a primitive, simplistic Joust clone, its charms quickly become apparent with fast-paced gameplay and...

Review: Xavier (Wii U eShop)

Xavier (Wii U eShop)

X-cruciating

In the world of platformers, the name of the game is control. That is to say, nothing speaks to a platform game's quality quite like the level of control the player feels they have over their character. Of course, control alone does not guarantee a successful product — creative level design that makes intuitive use of the mechanics is...

Review: Castle Conqueror EX (3DS eShop)

Castle Conqueror EX (3DS eShop)

Back to basics

Four years ago, at the time of the original Castle Conqueror title's DSiWare release, we made a somewhat snarky remark in our review about the absence of Real-Time Strategy games on the Nintendo DS. With its touch controls and capability to display information on one screen and action on the other, the dual-screened console seemed...

Review: Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth (3DS)

Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth (3DS)

Mapping your psyche

Atlus’ Megami Tensei series has been an RPG institution for over two decades, but to Western audiences it’s perhaps best known in connection with a numbered pair of revolutionary PlayStation 2 titles: Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 and Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4. Starring modern Japanese high school students and integrating...

Review: Golden Sun: The Lost Age (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Golden Sun: The Lost Age (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

The Return of the Prodigal Sun

Back in 2001 (2002 in Europe) some players were left feeling short-changed when Golden Sun reached its abrupt ending. Developer Camelot – perhaps better known for the Shining Force series – had to split the game into two parts due to the Game Boy Advance’s hardware limitations. Those who’d already invested in...

Review: Shuttle Rush (Wii U eShop)

Shuttle Rush (Wii U eShop)

Breath and taxes

Sometimes a game comes at you and everything seems fully as you expect… almost. It looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck. It’s definitely a duck. But then it moos a little and you’re forced to take a step back. That’s Shuttle Rush. General gameplay here is very straightforward: this is a...

Review: Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (Wii U)

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (Wii U)

The gloves are off

There is a laundry list of things to love about Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, one of two prongs that make up the fourth generation of Smash Bros. games, and top of the list is the game’s confidence that allows it to cater to anyone who might be interested in its brand of mascot mayhem. This new Smash Bros. is perfect for those...

Review: Football Up Online (3DS eShop)

Football Up Online (3DS eShop)

The life of lag

Amidst the clamouring hands of football fans over the next entry in the FIFA series, EnjoyUp Games saw a gap in the market, namely the 3DS eShop, and so decided to release its original Football Up 3D. Not content with simply remaining a sub-par local multiplayer experience, Football Up Online has since been released to little...

Review: Bionic Commando: Elite Forces (3DS eShop / Game Boy Color)

Bionic Commando: Elite Forces (3DS eShop / Game Boy Color)

Well, it ain't too young or pretty but it sure as hell can swing

The evil Avar Empire and their evil leader are planning evil things such as an evil invasion of the peaceful and generally lovely Karinia. Commander Joe was sent in to sabotage their evil plans but unfortunately he was a bit rubbish and got himself captured (again!? – no wonder they...

Review: Secret Journeys: Cities of the World (3DS eShop)

Secret Journeys: Cities of the World (3DS eShop)

The road less littered

If you enjoy global sightseeing, but feel it needs the excitement of a flea market exploding all over it, then Selectsoft’s series of hidden objects games are made for you. Secret Journeys: Cities of the World plays almost exactly like its predecessor, City Mysteries, only shifting the backdrops to different parts of the...

Review: PING 1.5+ (Wii U eShop)

PING 1.5+ (Wii U eShop)

All over the place

Ping 1.5+ is a puzzle game that’s all about aiming and shooting a tiny white cube at a circular orange target. Of course that’s easier said than done, as you’ll need to judge the right angle, bank the cube off walls, and avoid colliding with obstacles to reach the target within the indicated number of bounces and/or moves...

Review: I've Got to Run: Complete Edition! (3DS eShop)

I've Got to Run: Complete Edition! (3DS eShop)

Keep on running

When I've Got to Run! made its début this summer on Wii U eShop, we were not particularly impressed with the endless runner. An overly simplistic graphical presentation, a lack of replay value and the limited appeal of the genre on a home console were three of our biggest issues with the title — thankfully, all three have been...

Review: Tengami (Wii U eShop)

Tengami (Wii U eShop)

Above the fold

Development studio Nyamyam prides itself on being founded with the primary purpose of making games that are fun and meaningful. This is a company that openly states that through great love and attention, it strives to create beautifully crafted games that bring a little magic into people’s lives. This is a small band of Rare alumni...

Review: Magical Diary: Secrets Sharing (3DS eShop)

Magical Diary: Secrets Sharing (3DS eShop)

The secret's out: this diary is meh-gical

A few decades back, when kids wanted to document their daily accounts or their innermost thoughts, they had to put a pen to paper or tap away on their Talkback Dear Diary. Yet in these modern times, where it’s common for most people to carry numerous electronic devices, there’s less and less of a reason...