Category Archives: 3DS

Games Review: Pokemon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon (3DS, 2017) are sweet swan songs for the handheld franchise

Fans of the long-running Pokemon RPG series should already know what to expect when the franchise rolls into out a new generation. It all starts with an initial pair of handheld titles – in this case Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon – which is then followed up a year-or-so later with what is essentially a remix, either amalgamated into one additional title or two brand new titles. For Generation VII, Pokemon Ultra Sun and Pokemon Ultra Moon are those remixes, carrying on the established tradition of this unstoppable RPG series and refined, reassessed and finessed in a way that, on any other console, would be offered as DLC. Continue reading Games Review: Pokemon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon (3DS, 2017) are sweet swan songs for the handheld franchise

Games Review: Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions (Nintendo 3DS) is well worth the remaster

Often to their detriment, Nintendo are big fans of the remaster, pulling games from the past and updating them for a new generation seemingly to fill a release schedule plagued by a lack of strong, ongoing third-party relationships. I don’t buy into it half the time, but things are a bit different with Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions, a clever 2-in-1 game that works to change dynamics for the original 2003 title, which was just Superstar Saga – the game that kicked off the award-winning (and very deserving) Mario & Luigi RPG series. Continue reading Games Review: Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions (Nintendo 3DS) is well worth the remaster

Video Games Review: Metroid: Samus Returns (3DS, 2017) is so much more than just a remake

Who the hell was asking for a remake of Metroid II? Nobody, that’s who, and Nintendo made it anyway. Metroid: Samus Returns takes the general thrust of series’ largely-forgotten 1992 Game Boy adventure and updates it with fresh, modern mechanics and the kind of visuals I wasn’t aware the 3DS could pull off. It takes a game consigned to history as “the safe but kind of boring one between Metroid and Super Metroid” and makes it a must-play. Continue reading Video Games Review: Metroid: Samus Returns (3DS, 2017) is so much more than just a remake

Video Games Review: Monster Hunter Stories (3DS, 2017) is a Tale Beautifully Told

It’s been a long time since I’ve been genuinely surprised by a video game but Monster Hunter Stories achieved just that, and then more. From the distinct, beautifully designed world to the fun combat and exploratory gameplay, the Monster Hunter spin-off left me genuinely floored. For those new to the franchise, Stories marks a perfect entry point, with easily accessible lore, a wide, open world to explore, and characters that are relatable, and somewhat miraculously, avoid cliché. Continue reading Video Games Review: Monster Hunter Stories (3DS, 2017) is a Tale Beautifully Told

Video Games Review: Hey! Pikmin makes a good first impression but has no staying power

Crash-landing on alien terrain, long-time Pikmin hero Captain Olimar seeks to repair his talking spaceship and get home. Without Sparklium, the fuel that powers his ship, he’s a bit of a sitting duck. From this simple (and familiar) premise, Hey! Pikmin begins. Continue reading Video Games Review: Hey! Pikmin makes a good first impression but has no staying power

Video Games Review: Ever Oasis (3DS, 2017) is an adventure filled with whimsy and charm

Going into Ever Oasis, I expected something akin to the delightfully cute Animal Crossing series, but what I experienced was surprisingly different. Mixing the town-building and cutesy characters of Animal Crossing with action-based RPG gameplay, Ever Oasis is a hybrid of styles, but one that works brilliantly as a whole package.... Continue Reading