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Review: Sea Battle (DSiWare)

Sea Battle (DSiWare)

Please sink this battleship

It's surprising there aren't more DS titles based on the classic board game Battleship. The DS, with its plastic exterior and flip-up dual screens, looks remarkably like a Milton Bradley Battleship board you probably have stuffed in the back of a closet. You don't need to dig through all your old board games to play...

Review: Smash Cat Heroes (3DS eShop)

Smash Cat Heroes (3DS eShop)

Tokugawa Mew Mew

Imagine, for a moment, that you are a cat. What would you do for a can of delicious cat food? What about a can of delicious, destiny-altering Super Cat Food? If you're anything like the feline cast of Smash Cat Heroes — the latest eShop title from Escape from Zombie City studio Tom Create — you'd grab a kitten-sized katana and...

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

Golden Sun (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Magic Hands Make Light Work

The more formulaic counterpart to RPG oddball Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, Golden Sun expands on proven genre archetypes to deliver an experience that both pays tribute to and refines the classic role-playing adventure. It also gives some Wii U owners, potentially, their first experience of a franchise that has a...

Review: Mario Golf: World Tour (3DS)

Mario Golf: World Tour (3DS)

Hard to putt down

For a slightly out of shape plumber that very rarely seems to do any actual plumbing, Mario sure enjoys plenty of different sports. It remains an integral part of Nintendo's delightfully quirky games catalogue for its mascot and the residents of the Mushroom Kingdom to meet up for various extra-curricular activities, and golf is a...

Review: Tiny Games - Knights & Dragons (3DS eShop)

Tiny Games - Knights & Dragons (3DS eShop)

The dark knight

Taking the title of this game at face value, one could understandably conjure some exciting images of brave warriors setting off to battle in a land teeming with adventurous opportunities. The medieval setting is well-established by this point, and is versatile enough to appeal to even the very young demographic that Tiny Games...

Review: Boxzle (3DS eShop)

Boxzle (3DS eShop)

Lock the box and throw away the key

With a huge assortment of puzzle titles on the eShop, PouncingKitten's Boxzle doesn't do nearly enough to set itself apart from the rest of the litter. With three variations on the "sliding box" mechanic the potential for clever and satisfying puzzles is there, but poor visuals and sound, generic presentation and...

Review: Atlantic Quest (3DS eShop)

Atlantic Quest (3DS eShop)

Aquatic amusements

All prefaces about there being too many match-three puzzle games available on the 3DS eShop have been exhausted. While it still rings true that there is an overabundance of them on the digital marketplace, there's no use beating the dead horse that this genre and joke have become. The fact is that people love tile matching games,...

Review: My First Songs (Wii U eShop)

My First Songs (Wii U eShop)

Hickory Dickory Don't!

We all had high hopes for My First Songs, with fifteen of the most legendary nursery rhymes of all time finally together in one package. Bangkok-based developer RingZero Game Studio brings us this hotly-anticipated karaoke title just in time for your tax refund shopping spree — alas, My First Songs is not quite a Yankee...

Review: Bit Boy!! ARCADE (3DS eShop)

Bit Boy!! ARCADE (3DS eShop)

Kubi, you blockhead...

It's been almost five years since Bit Boy!! graced the WiiWare service, providing a generation-spanning adventure through the history of video games. Unfortunately the execution of that game was middling at best, leaving a great concept — the guiding of a single hero on a nostalgia-tinged journey through the past — sorely...

Review: Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars (3DS)

Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars (3DS)

Birth of the cool

Brought into the world by Spike Chunsoft — of both Danganronpa and StreetPass Battle/Warrior's Way fame — Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars is a delightfully different affair. The generational suffix refers to its pedigree — a single, Japan-only PSP predecessor — but all you need to know about this standalone...

Review: Governor of Poker (3DS eShop)

Governor of Poker (3DS eShop)

Deep in the debt of Texas

Imagine that Donald Trump stole the DeLorean from Back to the Future. He warps to the Wild West, but instead of saving the Doc like in Part III, he creates a form of government in which you rule by simply owning every building in sight. It’s a monopolocracy, if you will, and everyone crams the saloons to play poker for...

Review: Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate - Deluxe Edition (Wii U eShop)

Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate - Deluxe Edition (Wii U eShop)

The broken Bat

For as long as portable games have existed, the trend of developing handheld versions of popular console titles has been present and correct. These games tend to be inferior versions of the originals, taking a substantial hit graphically and often limiting gameplay, depending on what the portable console is capable of. In some cases,...

Review: Pure Chess (3DS eShop)

Pure Chess (3DS eShop)

En Passable

VooFoo Studios took on a tough challenge in not only producing cross-platform online chess multiplayer, but achieving it on both the Wii U and the 3DS. Pure Chess immediately earns credit right away, in that case, as a technical example of what can be achieved on what is relatively old tech with the 3DS. Bonus points are due, then, but...

Review: My Exotic Farm (Wii U eShop)

My Exotic Farm (Wii U eShop)

Not a roaring success

Farm management sims are hard to get right; farming is work, after all. Successful farming games either add substantial non-farming elements like Harvest Moon's social elements, or they take the work so seriously that it becomes comically overbearing, à la Farming Simulator. French studio BiP Media's My Exotic Farm ultimately...

Review: Mach Rider (3DS eShop / NES)

Mach Rider (3DS eShop / NES)

A forgotten gem from the NES launch library

Mach Rider is an impressive feat for an NES title — a faux-3D motorcycle combat game with dozens of courses, an endurance mode, and a track editor. Not only was Mach Rider an NES title, but it was an October 1985 NES launch title. Namco's Pole Position had only hit arcades three years earlier, and...

Review: WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Fun incorporated

Ever since its first foray into the video game market, Nintendo has been known for the incredible amount of creativity it brings to the medium. Innovative ideas – whether they add a pleasing minor touch or groundbreaking gameplay feature – have to some degree been the company’s bread and butter for decades. It’s these...

Review: Kirby & The Amazing Mirror (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Kirby & The Amazing Mirror (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Kirbytroid

For the most part, not much has changed about the Kirby series — many of its titles are fairly straightforward platformers in which your main ability is to suck up enemies and acquire their powers. It's not until somewhat recently that the development teams started trying different things, and one can certainly make a case saying that...