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Nintendo Life Weekly: Smaller New 3DS Launching in North America this Year

Smaller New 3DS Launching in North America this Year

Week at the knees

Nintendo's smaller New 3DS is coming to North America at last, but that's not all the news that's happened this week. Once again we've tirelessly condensed the cream of this week's news as well as all the reviews and releases into one handy little video for your viewing pleasure. This week we look at Club Nintendo's European and...

Review: Zombie Defense (Wii U eShop)

Zombie Defense (Wii U eShop)

Here a zombie, there a zombie, everywhere a zombie zombie!

The game title Zombie Defense couldn't be more accurate and straight to the point. Developer Teyon's Wii U début is exactly that: a tower defence/RTS (real-time strategy) game where you fight off waves of zombies in an attempt to save the planet from total zombie supremacy. As with all...

Review: Gotcha Racing (3DS eShop)

Gotcha Racing (3DS eShop)

A delight at every turn

Gotcha Racing is about as simple as racing games come, but it's far more addictive than most. The concept is derived from Japan's Gachapon capsule toys — small, highly collectible toys that usually go for about 100 yen apiece. It's this concept that drives the heart of the game. When you first start Gotcha Racing you'll be...

Review: Hatsune Miku: Project MIRAI DX (3DS)

Hatsune Miku: Project MIRAI DX (3DS)


To those who know her, she needs no introduction: Hatsune Miku is a star. To those who don't, she definitely requires some explanation: Hatsune Miku is a 'virtual idol' and the world's most popular Vocaloid, a personification of a software synthesizer given background, personality, and a constant stream of songs to sing by composers and...

Review: Crab Cakes Rescue (Wii U eShop)

Crab Cakes Rescue (Wii U eShop)

This cake is a lie

The Wii U's library is bursting with quirky, innovative, fun games. Crab Cakes Rescue is not one of them. From the moment you start up Crab Cakes Rescue, its lack of polish is readily apparent. For starters, it runs in a 4:3 aspect ratio, leaving unsightly black bars on either side of the screen. The title is lifted directly from...

Review: VS. Excitebike (Wii U eShop / NES)

VS. Excitebike (Wii U eShop / NES)

Enjoyable interlude

It's undoubtedly a good thing when Nintendo starts releasing older titles on the eShop that are otherwise fairly difficult to find or play. But does VS. Excitebike, originally only released on the Famicom Disk System in Japan in 1988, offer enough extra content compared to the original to justify a purchase? As the core of the...

Review: Q.U.B.E: Director's Cut (Wii U eShop)

Q.U.B.E: Director's Cut (Wii U eShop)

Meet your new companion Q.U.B.E

A gigantic alien cube is hurtling through space on a collision course with Earth - and you've just woken up within it. As your body shakes off the fatigue, distant memories fail to solidify, leaving you in a state of total confusion and amnesia. Alone, save for a crackling voice over the radio, you're tasked with...

Review: Super Mario Maker (Wii U)

Super Mario Maker (Wii U)

Pixel perfect

In the year of Super Mario's 25th Anniversary Nintendo released Super Mario Galaxy 2, a terrific sequel, and the rather uninspired Super Mario All-Stars 25th Anniversary Edition. Not bad, but a continuation of the norm - an accomplished (almost perfect) slice of platforming heaven and another release designed for little more than...

Review: Gunman Clive HD Collection (Wii U eShop)

Gunman Clive HD Collection (Wii U eShop)

​An excellent tribute to retro gaming

Early in 2013, the world was graced with Gunman Clive, a short and sweet action platformer that was praised for its simplistic art style and solid mechanics. Almost exactly two years later we received Gunman Clive 2, a sequel that built upon and expanded the original in nearly every way possible. Now, both...

Review: Genghis Khan II: Clan of the Gray Wolf (Wii U eShop / SNES)

Genghis Khan II: Clan of the Gray Wolf (Wii U eShop / SNES)

Who knew that Genghis Khan was so cool, calculating, and complex?

Genghis Khan II: Clan of the Gray Wolf was originally developed by Koei and released for the PC-8801, PC9801, and the MSX in 1992. The following year, Genghis Khan II saw releases for MS-DOS, Sega Genesis, Sega CD, PC Engine CD, NES, and SNES. Five more years later, and the game would...

Review: Sin and Punishment (Wii U eShop / N64)

Sin and Punishment (Wii U eShop / N64)

On the rails and off the hip

It's no secret that many Japanese titles never see the light of day overseas. Countless games have been unreleased for fear of lack of public interest and fear of bad. This was the initial reason Sin and Punishment, released in 2000, never surfaced on the Nintendo 64 outside of Japan. The hectic shoot'em up only made...

Review: Wario: Master of Disguise (Wii U eShop / DS)

Wario: Master of Disguise (Wii U eShop / DS)

Master of Mediocrity

After WarioWare took off, it seemed like that was all everybody's favourite antihero was up to, save for a Wii instalment of the Wario Land series. In truth, there was also an attempt at a Wario platformer on the DS, though it is quite easy to see why not many seem to remember this outing. Developed by Suzak, the company...

Review: The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth (New 3DS)

The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth (New 3DS)

Born again

The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth is humorously disturbing, potentially offensive and unapologetically gross. This is a game about a boy named Isaac who's scrambling through the depths of his basement to avoid his pursuing mother. But instead of delivering a spanking or a timeout like most mothers do, Isaac's mom is intent to sacrifice her...

Nintendo Life Weekly: Mega Yarn Yoshi amiibo, Star Fox Zero Release Date

Mega Yarn Yoshi amiibo, Star Fox Zero Release Date

A basket of roses

Have you caught up on the sheer volume of news that's happened over the past week? We know it can be tough to keep track so we've compiled all the reviews, releases, and biggest news of the past seven days for you in video format! This week we focus on the incredible Mega Yarn Yoshi amiibo, Star Fox Zero's release date, and much...

Review: Brave Tank Hero (3DS eShop)

Brave Tank Hero (3DS eShop)

As Salvatore from Wind Waker would say… "Splish!"

In Conker's Bad Fur Day, there is a chapter towards the end of the game called War. In that chapter there is one small section in which the protagonist squirrel has to get inside a tank and storm the Tediz's base. Brave Tank Hero is somewhat similar to that section of Conker's BFD, in the sense...

Review: ZaciSa: Defense of the Crayon Dimensions! (Wii U eShop)

ZaciSa: Defense of the Crayon Dimensions! (Wii U eShop)

In space, no-one can hear you strategically position laser cannons

Over 12 months after releasing in NA, developer ZeNfA Productions has re-named, re-tooled and rocket-boosted its tower defense title onto the European eShop. It's been a long flight - with an even longer list of promised improvements to go with it - but has it been enough to breathe...

Review: SENRAN KAGURA 2: Deep Crimson (3DS)

SENRAN KAGURA 2: Deep Crimson (3DS)

Mediocre button mashing

Using sex appeal to sell games is nothing new in the industry, even to the point where the games can become questionable in their intention; SENRAN KAGURA 2: Deep Crimson falls into this category. Its predecessor was a solid enough fighting game with themes that, shall we say, appeal to a particular demographic. Can the...

Review: Pixel Slime U (Wii U eShop)

Pixel Slime U (Wii U eShop)

Pixel imperfect

RCMADIAX's latest eShop title, Pixel Slime U, attempts to create a simple, addictive experience by distilling gameplay down to one button and playing around with level design. The good news is that its one-button gameplay is reasonable and can be quite fun at times. The bad news is that, like many of the indie developer's games,...

Review: G.G Series VECTOR (DSiWare)

G.G Series VECTOR (DSiWare)

Low magnitude

The last title in the G.G Series has come to pass at last, and it concludes the series in a rather anticlimactic and slightly disappointing manner. G.G Series VECTOR attempts to yet again take a crack at the falling block puzzler and it does so with mixed results. While there's an interesting original idea that's executed in a...

Review: G.G Series ENERGY CHAIN (DSiWare)


Off the chain

The next title in the G.G series takes us back to the puzzler genre with yet another take on the tried and true block puzzler. Amazingly enough, this is pulled off with a surprising amount of success and is as enjoyable as it is original. If there's any complaint to be levelled against G.G Series ENERGY CHAIN, it's that the overall...