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    Review Hunting Simulator

    A taste of its own venison

    The words ‘shooter’ and ‘simulation’ don’t often populate the same sentence, especially when using them in relation to Nintendo Switch. You’re more likely to empty a magazine into an alt-history Nazi in Wolfenstein II or riddle knees with arrows across the unforgiving tundra of Skyrim. But now Nintendo’s...

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    Review Adventure Time: Pirates of the Enchiridion

    A faithful comedy RPG that’s lacking depth

    Adventure Time is one of the best modern cartoons currently on the air. It’s nearing the end of its long run with its ninth and final season, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a show that’s so consistently funny for viewers of all ages while mixing in emotionally mature themes and content in one...

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    Review Octopath Traveler

    A direct path to RPG bliss

    The Bravely Default games on the 3DS did a fantastic job of resurrecting the gameplay and feel of some of Square’s oldest games, employing a style that stayed true to genre roots while making modern changes wherever needed. When it was announced that the Bravely team would be tackling a new RPG on the Switch, fans were...

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    Review Sonic Mania Plus

    Faster than ever

    Editor's note: This review is based on our original Sonic Mania review, as penned by our erstwhile editor Tom "Please no, not another terrible 3D Sonic game" Whitehead. It has been adapted and added to by Damien "Sonic 2 was the clearly the best" McFerran.In certain circles of chatty online gamers, Sonic the Hedgehog is often a hot...

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    Review Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

    Hidden gem

    Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker was a real hidden gem of the Wii U era, which is amazing when you consider that it was almost created by accident. The original concept for Captain Toad existed inside Super Mario 3D World, which featured a few minigame-like levels in which you had to help Captain Toad navigate a bunch of tiny cube-shaped...

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    Review All-Star Fruit Racing

    Mixed fruit

    When a kart racer comes to a Nintendo platform it’s almost impossible to avoid any comparisons with Mario Kart; the moustachioed plumber’s racing franchise is widely recognised to be the best that the genre has to offer, and naturally sets a benchmark for others to aspire to. All-Star Fruit Racing does, unsurprisingly, bear a...

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    Review Touhou Genso Wanderer Reloaded

    Time to shrine

    Ah, The Touhou series. Well, depending on your experience and exposure, the ‘project’ is either a long-standing production line of ‘Danmaku’ (curtain fire) bullet hell shmups, a vast array of parody and homages ranging from Castlevania clones to 3D fighters (in the form of Touhou Kobuto V: Burst Battle), or a vast,...

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    Review MotoGP 18

    Hang-On to the virtual asphalt, or your money?

    Motorbike enthusiasts have had it rough on Switch, which is why the news that Milestone is bringing its officially-licensed motorcycle racing series to Nintendo’s hybrid console has been greeted with such enthusiasm by faithful followers of two-wheel racing. But does this version finish on the podium,...

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    Review Shining Resonance Refrain

    A hit single

    In 2014, Sega released Shining Resonance on the PS3 exclusively on Eastern shores, much to the chagrin of many overseas fans of the company’s long-running RPG franchise. Given the long history of Japan-only releases in the series, Shining Resonance seemed unlikely to receive a localisation, which made it all the more surprising when...

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    Review Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy

    Crash Gordon

    3D platformers have come a long way since their inception, but back in the mid-'90s, the genre was a wild west of ideas and applications. It’s weird to think of something as straightforward as moving around in a 3D space being a technical challenge, but that was absolutely the case, as the flood of mediocre attempts to cash-in attest...

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    Review Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

    The price is Reich

    Just over eight months since its release elsewhere, Panic Button’s next ‘how did they manage to get that running on Switch’ port descends on Nintendo’s hybrid console. Having already given the likes of Rocket League and DOOM the same treatment, it falls to the Austin-based studio to bring something as graphically...

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    Review de Blob

    Painting the town red… and blue… and yellow

    Originally launching way back when on the Wii, this super-colourful puzzle-platformer is now on the brink of turning a decade old. At the time, de Blob stood out from the crowd thanks to its ever-present charm – despite some frustrating control niggles – and we definitely enjoyed our time with the...

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    Review The Lost Child

    Pokémon meets Ghostbusters meets Etrian Odyssey?

    If you find the setting for most modern JRPGs to be rather too much like the old JRPGs, The Lost Child might be of some interest. Set in present-day Tokyo, it casts you as Hayato, a junior reporter for an occult magazine who soon falls into the old journalistic trap of becoming part of the story...

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    Review MUSYNX

    'N Synx

    When it comes to music games, Switch owners are already a bit spoilt for choice, with VOEZ, Deemo, Lanota and Superbeat: Xonic all pumping out plenty of rhythm action across multiple genres, playstyles, and aesthetics. The latest debut hoping to ascend the system’s charts is Musynx, from Superbeat publisher PM Studios. Originally a mobile

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    Review R.B.I. Baseball 18

    Swing and a miss

    R.B.I. Baseball 18 is the second title in the series to be released on the Nintendo Switch. Last year's title was lambasted with negative reviews across the board, and if you’re hoping for better this time around then, unfortunately, we are going to have to let you down gently. There was so much chatter around R.B.I. 18 prior to...

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    Review Flashback

    Conrad returns

    It could happen to anyone. One day you’re having a lovely morning enjoying the mundane lifestyle of 2142, the next you discover an alien race has infiltrated the human race and you’re downloading your own mind to a holocube before being captured and memory wiped by the very same species you were about to expose. Conrad B. Hart’s...

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    Review Minecraft

    Block Party

    Note: This review is for the Nintendo Switch Edition of the game which has since been discontinued and replaced with the more recent version (simply called Minecraft). This update uses the Bedrock engine and supports crossplay and cross-purchases with other platforms. Please bear in mind that while the text below gives a good idea of the...

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    Review Mario Tennis Aces

    Super Grand Slam Brothers

    Bereft of feature content though it was, the Wii U’s Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash delivered addictively enjoyable core gameplay, for as long as its online servers remained populated. Its measly offline attractions and lack of court and character variety proved its critical undoing, but developer Camelot Software – makers...

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    Review LEGO The Incredibles

    Family values

    With LEGO Dimensions nothing but a brick-based memory, TT Games’ seemingly endless conveyor belt of licensed LEGO games has returned to regular full-game releases, and with its cinematic inspiration now playing in cinemas the world over it’s the turn of the super-powered family of The Incredibles to receive the Danish block...

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    Review Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana

    Ysy to love

    Though Nihon Falcom’s Ys (pronounced 'ease') has been sending gamers off on action-RPG adventures since 1987, you’d be forgiven for not being familiar with the series, with the last mainline release on a Nintendo console being the Japan-exclusive Ys V in 1995. Since then, Ys has seen something of a renaissance on PlayStation...

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    Review One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 Deluxe Edition

    A Pirate's Life For Mii

    In terms of sheer longevity, it’s hard to beat Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece. The long-running adventure started out as a manga in 1997 — still running today! — and along the way has picked up every form of cross-licensing known to humankind, with anime, video games, novels and even theme parks retelling the tale of Monkey...

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    Review Shaq-Fu: A Legend Reborn

    Big Trouble In Shaq’s China

    Back in 1994 Shaq-Fu made quite a splash when it landed on 16-bit home and 8-bit portable consoles. On paper it seemed like a great plan: use Shaquille O'Neal’s star power to get a slice of the booming one-on-one fighting market. When the game made it to market, the 16-bit version wasn't that bad, but it didn't stack...

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    Review Sushi Striker: The Way Of Sushido

    Tantalisingly tasty

    Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido is a bit of an odd one, both as a game and in terms of its plot. Taking on the role of lead character Musashi, you’ll be diving headfirst into a world where sushi has caused terrifying wars and devastation, dividing the morals and behaviours of its inhabitants. To progress through this setting,...

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    Review Fallen Legion: Rise To Glory

    The best form of defence is attack

    RPG developers have long struggled over how to make a turn-based battle system that excites on a visceral level. If nothing else, Fallen Legion: Rise to Glory suggests one possible solution to such a conundrum. This side-scrolling role-playing game features a competently written narrative as well as light...

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    Review Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles

    Yawnder

    Take The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Harvest Moon, and Animal Crossing, mix it all together in a big game stew, and what do you get? Something that would no doubt closely resemble Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles. The newest release from Prideful Sloth certainly isn’t shy about the franchises and games that led to its...

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    Review BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle

    Ragna the Bloodedge, Yu Narukami and Hyde Kido walk into a pub…

    It is hard to believe that Arc System Works’ Blazblue franchise is already turning a decade old. Even more baffling, it took those ten years for one of the series main entries to arrive on Nintendo hardware. Yet as you can probably gander from the title BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle is...

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    Review Happy Birthdays

    You've got the whole world in your hands

    It’s quite hard to categorise a game that tries its hardest to defy categorisation, but it’s often something that needs to be done, in order to inform the consumer what they will experience. Happy Birthdays is best surmised as a sandbox game which, while layered with wonderfully cute visuals of flora and...

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    Review Legend Of Kay Anniversary

    Some legends are best forgotton

    Every new(ish) console has its fair share of ports and remasters, and Nintendo Switch is no exception - especially when it comes to those that previously graced the perpetually sinking ship that was Wii U. And while we’ve been treated to Bayonetta/Bayonetta 2 and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, we’ve also...

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    Review Yesterday Origins

    Die another day

    Do you like inspecting the bottom of objects? Do you enjoy looking at things with your eyes? Do you revel in the idea of browsing a person’s body and finding out information about their knees? If you answered yes, then here’s a game for you. Admittedly, much more happens within Yesterday Origins than just wandering and poking...

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    Review Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection

    Handsome fighters never lose battles

    Street Fighter may have been surpassed by the likes of Resident Evil and Monster Hunter in Capcom's enviable stable of IP, but for gamers of a certain age, the merest mention of the name itself is enough to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand to attention. In the early '90s, Street Fighter was...