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Review: Paper Mario (Wii U eShop / N64)

Paper Mario (Wii U eShop / N64)

Historical document

Can we take a moment to appreciate just how gloriously wacky it is that a game like Paper Mario exists in the first place? This is an idea that followed in the footsteps of Super Mario RPG, the Square/Nintendo collaboration which in itself marked a big departure in genre for the Mario universe. Nintendo would continue down this...

Review: Johnny Dynamite (3DS eShop)

Johnny Dynamite (3DS eShop)


Imagine a 2D game with a simple premise: collect all pieces of dynamite in each stage without taking any damage. Instead of running and jumping around like you would in a traditional platformer, you thrust freely throughout the bite-sized stages with a trusty jetpack. With unlimited use of this ability, along with an endless supply of...

Review: High Strangeness (Wii U eShop)

High Strangeness (Wii U eShop)

The best bits of both worlds

High Strangeness borrows its name from the real-life term used by those who study UFO sightings to describe an inability to explain one's experience with an extraterrestrial. Fittingly, this bizarre title offers gameplay and visuals in both 16-bit and 8-bit styles, which the developers attempt to explain as a "12-bit...

Review: Mega Man & Bass (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Mega Man & Bass (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Here comes the bass

A brief bit of history on Mega Man & Bass. A few years after Mega Man 8 notoriously became a Playstation and Sega Saturn game, Keiji Inafune - the series' creator - felt that he still owed one more game to children that had not yet upgraded to next gen hardware and still owned only the Super Famicom. Technically a spin-off...

Review: Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains (3DS)

Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains (3DS)

Sie Sind Das Spiel, Und Wir Sind Die Spieler!

When Attack on Titan hit the anime airwaves in 2013, it became an instant phenomenon. Originally a manga by Hajime Isayama, its popularity spawned several spin-off series, light novels, an upcoming live-action film, and even a rather creative photography trend. With intense action and a dystopian,...

Review: Bloo Kid 2 (3DS eShop)

Bloo Kid 2 (3DS eShop)

Doesn't make us feel bloo

Originally developed for mobile platforms, Bloo Kid 2 was well received back in 2014; indie developer 'winterworks' delivered a solid 2D platformer with responsive touchscreen controls. Although still a decent choice for the discerning mobile user, Bloo Kid 2 clearly becomes a much tougher proposition on the Nintendo 3DS...

Review: Runny Egg (3DS eShop)

Runny Egg (3DS eShop)

Sunny side up

Budget-priced titles are a tempting option for consumers: for less than the price of a coffee you can get a video game. Unfortunately, not every game is up to the standards of indie gems like Gunman Clive, and sometimes even the most inexpensive titles can leave players feeling ripped off. Thankfully, Runny Egg joins a growing...

Review: Titanic Mystery (3DS eShop)

Titanic Mystery (3DS eShop)

My heart can't go on

If you aren't some form of malicious AI bent on revenge against humanity, then the idea of mixing puzzle gameplay together with tragic events might not make very much sense. It's a strange combination that has "honoured" the RMS Titanic in particular with several different examples, and we've pondered both the implications and...

Review: Best Friends - My Horse 3D (3DS eShop)

Best Friends - My Horse 3D (3DS eShop)

​Put this one out to pasture

It seems as though publishers just can't get enough horse related games released on the 3DS, with Best Friends - My Horse 3D being the sixth one; you'd think by now that horse racing simulator games would have been mastered, but you'd be sadly mistaken. Best Friends - My Horse 3D does absolutely nothing to improve on...

Review: Street Gangs (Wii U eShop / NES)

Street Gangs (Wii U eShop / NES)

Holding your funds for ransom

Originally released in Japan for Nintendo Famicom, classic beat 'em up 'Downtown Nekketsu Monogatari' was then heavily localised for its eventual release in the US; background artwork was amended to look more 'western' (for example, rooftop tiling designs and mailboxes were changed) plus all location names were updated...

Review: Karous -The Beast of Re:Eden- (3DS eShop)

Karous -The Beast of Re:Eden- (3DS eShop)

​Not exactly the beast

The "shmup" genre is relatively niche but is also, among its devoted fans, one of the great pleasures in gaming. It's a difficult genre to create games for, however, as the nature of the gameplay is rather limited and simple, with innovations being hard to come by. After all, there's only so many ways one can pull off...

Review: LEGO Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin (3DS)

LEGO Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin (3DS)

Left in the dark

At this point, "Oh, look! Another LEGO game!" is a phrase that can only be said with genuine excitement or seething, bitter sarcasm. Regular releases in the LEGO series of video games have become such a constant in the industry that these action-adventure titles are on the verge of becoming a genre of their own. Not to leave the...

Review: My Style Studio: Notebook (Wii U eShop)

My Style Studio: Notebook (Wii U eShop)

Out of style

Theoretically, the Wii U is a great platform for art applications and software. Art Academy: Sketchpad and its dedicated Miiverse community have created some wonderful works of art using the GamePad, with many wondering where the heavily delayed full Art Academy application is. Cypronia's My Style Studio: Notebook might be a tempting...

Review: TABLETOP GALLERY (Wii U eShop)


No Dice

TABLETOP GALLERY serves as a compilation as of three eShop titles previously only released in the US - TOSS N GO, SHUT THE BOX and POKER DICE SOLITAIRE FUTURE. Each of these dice-rolling titles never made their way to European shores, prompting developer/publisher RCMADIAX to eventually re

Review: Heart Beaten (3DS eShop)

Heart Beaten (3DS eShop)

Be still my beating heart

Originally created and developed during the Global Game Jam of 2013 in a little over 24 hours, Heart Beaten has been available on Android and iOS platforms for a couple of years. The newly released Nintendo 3DS version expands on the mobile version with structural changes, brand new mini-game types and a new soundtrack...

Review: Pokémon Rumble World (3DS eShop)

Pokémon Rumble World (3DS eShop)

Diamonds and Pearls

One of many spin-offs to come out of Nintendo's Pokémon phenomenon, the Rumble series takes toy versions of Game Freak's famous monsters and throws them into simple, action-packed beat-'em-ups. The 3DS has already played host to Pokémon Rumble Blast, but following in the free-to-play footsteps of the recently released Pokémon...

Review: Bubble Gum Popper (Wii U eShop)

Bubble Gum Popper (Wii U eShop)

Pop goes the bubble

Bubble Gum Popper is about as basic as a match-three puzzler can get, and unfortunately this doesn't work in the its favour. Puzzle games don't necessarily have to be groundbreaking to be worthwhile, but it certainly helps if they're at least engaging; this lacklustre effort is barely even worth the low price thanks to its...

Review: Cube Creator 3D (3DS eShop)

Cube Creator 3D (3DS eShop)

​A proper substitute for Minecraft?

It's a rather unfortunate reality that Minecraft has never made it to Nintendo platforms. The multi-billion dollar franchise has reached millions of people all over the world in the course of its run and it would seem to be a good fit for Nintendo platforms given its extremely approachable, yet deep gameplay...