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Review: Brilliant Hamsters! (3DS eShop)

Brilliant Hamsters! (3DS eShop)

Not quite brilliant

Nintendo revived the pet simulation genre with its hit Nintendogs series, and since then there have been plenty of other pet sims hoping to catch the animal-loving gamers' hearts. Bergsala Lightweight's eShop title Brilliant Hamsters! is a competently crafted pet simulator that simply doesn't present enough variety to sustain...

Review: Chibi-Robo! Photo Finder (3DS eShop)

Chibi-Robo! Photo Finder (3DS eShop)

Photogenic or photobombed?

Explaining the attraction of the Chibi-Robo series to the uninitiated isn't the easiest task. While the idea of a helpful little robot may be charming enough, it's the activities he takes part in — which, on the surface, might sound like little more than virtual chores — that are sure to scare away many a gamer. What...

Review: Cocoto Magic Circus 2 (Wii U eShop)

Cocoto Magic Circus 2 (Wii U eShop)

Look ma', I shot that lizard!

Nintendo, the pillar of family friendly gaming, once made a good amount of money by selling kids plastic guns. OK, it was a Zapper, but the point stands; we may bemoan some mature, modern shooters for the violence they promote, but more fantastical and cuddly violence has always been part of the gaming landscape. Cocoto...

Review: Hot Wheels: World's Best Driver (Wii U)

Hot Wheels: World's Best Driver (Wii U)

Lead it Away

It’s wonderful to think about the toys of our childhood and how they’re being brought back to life as video games. Through gaming, new generations of youngsters can enjoy the same things that older gamers did in their youth, but in a completely different way. It’s safe to assume that many of you reading this grew up building with...

Review: Unepic (Wii U eShop)

Unepic (Wii U eShop)

Not ungood

So you know how it goes: you’re playing a tabletop RPG with your friends. They poke fun at you because you, the Modern Gamer, want to try something that tends to work on a screen but doesn’t jive with the “realism” of high fantasy. Whatever. You excuse yourself to 'observe nature', but the lights go out and suddenly you’re not...

Review: Disney Frozen: Olaf's Quest (3DS)

Disney Frozen: Olaf's Quest (3DS)

A short and chilling quest

Those of you that are keen movie buffs will know that Frozen is Disney's latest animated motion picture, and — judging from the enthusiastic critical and commercial reaction — it's fair to say that it has gone down a treat with adults and children alike. Full of lovable characters and boasting a good soundtrack (like...

Review: Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure (Wii U)

Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure (Wii U)

Well-written heroes

There’s an oddly profound moment at the beginning of Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure in which Batman tells Maxwell, the series protagonist, that “no one respects a hero who takes the easy way out.” That one line, though innocuous as it may be, actually sets the tone for the rest of the game. It’s a reminder...

Review: Super Mario Bros. 3 (3DS eShop / NES)

Super Mario Bros. 3 (3DS eShop / NES)

Pixel-perfect platforming

Many old-school Nintendo titles are remembered fondly and adored by nostalgic fans; The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, Kirby’s Adventure and more still receive heaps of praise and see frequent re-releases to this day. Few games, however, received the unanimous commendations lavished upon Super Mario Bros. 3 on its release, an...

Review: Double Dragon (3DS eShop / NES)

Double Dragon (3DS eShop / NES)

Dragon us down

From the moment protagonist Billy Lee’s sweetheart is sucker-punched in the opening sequence, Double Dragon establishes itself as an action-packed, thrilling battle through hordes of enemy combatants in an attempt to reclaim the captured damsel. As soon as gameplay begins, however, this façade is quickly stripped away to reveal an...

Review: Life Force (3DS eShop / NES)

Life Force (3DS eShop / NES)

A force to be reckoned with

The space shooter is a genre that has somewhat faded into obscurity in recent years, both due to advances in technology rendering their limited scope obsolete and their typically gruelling difficulty proving unpalatable to some gamers. The NES port of Life Force, (or Salamander, as it was originally known on Eastern...

Review: Zumba Fitness: World Party (Wii U)

Zumba Fitness: World Party (Wii U)

Around the world in 80 calories

A modern take on Sweatin' to the Oldies with party-people style, the dance-fitness sensation known as Zumba has become incredibly popular over the last decade, and been perfectly positioned to take advantage of the video-game fitness craze started with Wii Fit. Now, after three successful outings on the Wii, Majesco's...

Review: CastleStorm (Wii U eShop)

CastleStorm (Wii U eShop)

Always in another castle

Zen Studios, known mostly for its pinball titles, has created a promising new IP in CastleStorm, a tower defence / real-time strategy game with easy-to-learn, difficult-to-master gameplay and a tongue-in-cheek story filled with humour and personality. Playing a bit like a hybrid of Swords & Soldiers and Angry Birds, it's...

Review: Monster High: 13 Wishes (Wii U)

Monster High: 13 Wishes (Wii U)

Make it stop

Monster High: 13 Wishes is garbage. There's no getting around it. Don't play it, don't buy it. Just don't. Spend your cash on something more worthwhile. Buy a Monster High DVD if you must. Invest heavily in dogecoin if you're determined to do something crazy with your money. Just, not this. Anything but this. In a nutshell, Monster...

Review: Dr. Luigi (Wii U eShop)

Dr. Luigi (Wii U eShop)

Just what the doctor ordered?

Nintendo ends the Year of Luigi with Dr. Luigi, a puzzler that feels more like a green, L-shaped re-skin of the Dr. Mario series than a true sequel, due to its identical gameplay, much of the same music, and simplistic visuals. Fortunately, Luigi proves to be just as good a doctor as his more experienced brother, and...

Review: Super Mario Bros. 3 (Wii U eShop / NES)

Super Mario Bros. 3 (Wii U eShop / NES)

A truly super Mario game

Super Mario Bros. 3’s recent arrival on the Wii U eShop seemed like a conspicuously low-key affair compared to the considerable hype that surrounded its hugely anticipated original release back the early nineties. However, that doesn't mean that the lack of booming fanfare should be interpreted as a cause for concern; over...

Review: Knytt Underground (Wii U eShop)

Knytt Underground (Wii U eShop)

An abstract adventure

Knytt Underground is unlike anything else on the Wii U eShop; it's the work of Nicklas Nygren (better known as Nifflas), a developer that's produced some intriguing download titles on PC — including this game's predecessors — as well as the critically acclaimed NightSky. The fact this game stands apart from its eShop...

Review: Wipeout: Create & Crash (Wii U)

Wipeout: Create & Crash (Wii U)

Primetime pratfalls

ABC's Wipeout - transatlantic cousin to the BBC's Total Wipeout - is a long running television show that sees a motley crew of caricatured contestants enthusiastically flinging themselves through, over, and off of the real-life equivalents of foam-padded platforming levels. It's also had quite a few video game adaptations over...