Tag 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

Everything Nintendo talked about during this morning’s Nintendo Direct broadcast

Nintendo have debuted a new 45 minute Nintendo Direct broadcast this morning, covering a range of titles releasing for their 3DS and Nintendo Switch consoles over the next two quarters. You can watch the broadcast in full, and get a full list of everything Nintendo talked about, after the jump.

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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: Puyo Puyo Tetris (Switch, 2017)

Hoo boy. This review is gonna be all over the place. It’s going to be this way because this game, even as a concept, is all over the place.

You would think that, given that Tetris is already the most grueling activity a person can engage in, interrupting it with a quick round of the colour-matcher Puyo Puyo would be as if someone was doing you a huge favour. In practice, it feels like even more work.

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Individual Nintendo Switch Docks arrive in Australia on May 26

Those Switch owners wanting the ability to move their Switch unit from room-to-room or screen-to-screen with them won’t have much longer to wait. The Nintendo Switch Dock Set arrives next week. Continue reading Individual Nintendo Switch Docks arrive in Australia on May 26

Nintendo is releasing a refreshed 2DS console and we’re into it

The original version of Nintendo’s 2DS console was designed to be a viable and cheaper alternative to their pricier and, at the time, more headache-inducing 3DS console.  Through a combination of unattractive design  and percieved inferiority to the 3DS, it never set the world on fire in the way its cousin and numerous forebears had. It seems Nintendo wants to change that. Continue reading Nintendo is releasing a refreshed 2DS console and we’re into it

Video Game Review: Bye-Bye Box Boy (3DS, 2017) is a brilliant blend of puzzle mechanics new and old

For the third year in a row Hal Laboratory has developed a Box Boy title for the 3DS, each time adding fresh and fun ways to navigate each level. The current iteration, Bye-Bye Box Boy is as addictive as the former games and if it’s possible, even cuter. Continue reading Video Game Review: Bye-Bye Box Boy (3DS, 2017) is a brilliant blend of puzzle mechanics new and old