First Impressions: New Nintendo 3DS XL

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There comes a time in almost every 3DS owner’s life where they push the 3D slider down, removing the glassless 3D image, and never adjust it back. The vast majority of games for the system don’t utilize the 3D in a meaningful way, and articles about the 3DS and its games are plagued with comments from users about the gimmicky nature of the system. The 3D has become useless enough that Nintendo even released an entirely new 3DS with the 3D component completely removed, cleverly titled the 2DS.

With 2015 came another revision for the Nintendo 3DS family, but with this system, it finally feels like Nintendo made the system they wanted to release in 2011. Continue reading

Review: Titan Attacks! (3DS eShop)

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If Titan Attacks! launched forty years earlier, this very review may well have been published on a site called Nintendo Titan. Almost every aspect of Puppy Games’ modern arcade-style shooter is built upon Atari’s Space Invaders – but a plethora of additions and modernisations keep Titan Attacks! relevant on 3DS, even though it wasn’t designed for Nintendo’s hardware.

Developer: Puppy Games
Publisher: Curve Studios
Review Platform: 3DS eShop
Also Available on: PC, PS3, PS4 & PS Vita
Price: £7.99 | €9.99
3DS Release Date: 26/02/15
Genre: Arcade shooter
File Size: 241 blocks

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Review: Rune Factory 4 (3DS eShop)

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Rune Factory 4 is an open ended RPG/simulator, the ‘open’ and ‘ended’ parts being a product of its Harvest Moon origins. You’ll spend in-game time crafting and cooking, farming and fishing, all while advancing a central plot from which its RPG elements lie.

Developer: Neverland
Publisher: XSEED Games
Review Platform: 3DS eShop
Also Available on: N/A
EU Release Date: 11/12/14
NA Release Date: 01/11/13
Players: 1
Price: £24.99

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Review: Watch_Dogs (Wii U)

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When I’m playing a game that involves stealth mechanics, I can usually measure my enjoyment of the title with two simple questions. The first is an obvious one: are the stealth mechanics implemented in a meaningful way, and not tacked on? It’s a good start if the answer is yes, but the most important aspect, for me, is how well the game handles itself if you play badly and get caught.

Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Publisher: Ubisoft
Review Platform: Wii U
Also Available on: PlayStation 3/4, Xbox 360/One, PC
EU Release Date: 21/11/14
NA Release Date: 18/11/14
Players:
RRP: £49.99 | $59.99
PEGI: 18

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Review: Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones (Wii U eShop)

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When I first heard that Stealth Inc. 2 was a Wii U exclusive, I was puzzled. As somebody that thoroughly enjoyed its predecessor, I was excited to hear that a sequel was on the way – but why Wii U? Having now played this sequel, it becomes clear that Curve Studios still had a lot more ideas to play with – in terms of both gameplay, and with regards to how the Wii U’s GamePad controller could be used to expand on the original’s mechanics.

Developer: Curve Studios
Publisher: Curve Studios
Review Platform: Wii U eShop
Also Available on: N/A
Price: £12.99
Release Date (EU & NA): 30/10/14
Genre: Puzzle/platformer
Players: 1-2 (local co-op)
File Size: 304MB
PEGI: 12

While the core game remains largely unchanged, new elements have been built around what made the original Stealth Inc. so enjoyable, resulting in a much more complete – and challenging – experience. Continue reading

Review: Lone Survivor: The Director’s Cut (Wii U eShop)

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Does your favourite video game genre fall under one of the following categories: platformer, survival horror, or a good old point-and-click? If so, then you should enjoy Lone Survivor. I say ‘should’ because it takes a lot of cues from titles in these genres – but often not in the way you’d expect.

Developer: Jasper Byrne
Publisher: Curve Studios
Review Platform: Wii U eShop
Also Available on: PC, PS3, PS4, PS Vita
Price: £9.99 | €11.99
Wii U Release Date (EU & NA): 16/10/14
Genre: Survival horror
Players: 1
PEGI: 3
File-Size: 208MB

As a 2D side-scroller, there’s no platform-based action; as an adventure with a keen focus on your decisions, the choices you can make are often insignificant to how the game plays out. And as a survival horror game, it dishes out supplies whenever you need, while combat is slow and often clunky. Continue reading

Review: Angry Bunnies: Colossal Carrot Crusade (Wii U eShop)

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With the success of the mobile giant Angry Birds series, it’s no surprise that countless developers have since tried to replicate the popularity of Rovio’s flagship series. Originally released on the 3DS over a year ago, Cypronia has ported the game over to Wii U as the newly-subtitled ‘Colossal Carrot Crusade’. But is it really worth flinging your money at, or just another shameless cash-grab?

Developer: Cypronia
Publisher: Cypronia
Review Platform: Wii U eShop
Also Available on: 3DS eShop
Price: £5.99, $8.99 €6.99
EU/NA Release Date: 25/09/14
Genre: Action, Puzzle
Players: 1 Player
File-Size: 183.1MB
PEGI: 3

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Review: Tappingo 2 (3DS eShop)

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Tappingo 2 isn’t very deep. There aren’t any unlockables, no stats to raise or levels to gain. It’s just a simple puzzle game that gets more difficult, bit by bit, as you progress. And it’s unnaturally fun.

Developer: Goodbye Galaxy Games
Publisher: Goodbye Galaxy Games
Review Platform: 3DS eShop
Also Available on: N/A
Price: $2.99
NA Release Date: 04/09/14
Genre: Puzzle
Players: 1
PEGI: 3

Your objective in Tappingo 2, exactly like its predecessor, is to fill in various pixel art with your stylus. Imagine Picross, except that when you drag your stylus, your line doesn’t stop until it hits something. At a basic level, that may seem… boring. But for some reason, Tappingo 2 has its own way of keeping you playing. Maybe it’s the minimal amount of time you can spend playing. Maybe it’s catering to the “completionist” lifestyle. In any case, finishing puzzles just feels good, and that’s the best thing Tappingo 2 has going for itself.

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Review: Cubemen 2 (Wii U eShop)

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Cubemen 2 is a fast-paced, action-packed 3D real-time strategy game. Originally released on PC, it later made its way onto Mac and iOS devices. Now, it’s only the second ever cross-platform title to grace the Wii U, and developer 3 Sprockets’ first effort on the eShop. Players can also access all of the user-generated content which has built up since the game’s debut over a year ago in this definitive version.

Developer: 3 Sprockets
Publisher: Nnooo
Review Platform: Wii U eShop
Also Available on: Steam, iOS
Price: £6.99, $7.99 €7.99
EU/NA Release Date: 04/09/14
Genre: Real-time strategy
Players: 6 players online
File-Size: 253.7MB
PEGI: 7

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Review: Soon Shine (Wii U eShop)

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Dahku Creations is back on the Wii U again after their most recent release Chubbins, and it seems that they’re improving their eShop influence pretty rapidly. Soon Shine may only be their second game on the eShop, but the improvements between releases are significant and exciting.

Developer: Dahku Creations
Publisher: Dahku Creations
Review Platform:
 Wii U eShop
Also Available on: N/A
Price: $1.99
NA Release Date: 14/08/14
EU Release Date: TBC
Genre: Puzzle
Players: 1

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