Tag Archives: Nintendo 3DS

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

Video Games Review: Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia (3DS, 2017): Stuck in the Past

I will admit to have very little prior experience with the Fire Emblem franchise, having deliberately avoided the series due to its deep lore and extensive history. Despite this, I largely enjoyed my time with its newest entry, Shadows of Valentia, which presents a simple, but surprisingly accessible story for new fans and long-time players alike. Following childhood friends Alm and Celica as they lead separate armies to war, Shadows of Valentia features a story that feels overwhelming at first, but soon unfolds itself over the course of Alm and Celica’s journeys. The initial prologue created an intriguing, if somewhat well trodden hook, weaving a story about the intertwining destinies of the aforementioned pair as Celica goes into hiding from the Rigelian Empire, and Alm trains to become a soldier under his uncle, Mycen. Continue reading Video Games Review: Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia (3DS, 2017): Stuck in the Past

Video Games Review: Pokemon Sun and Moon (3DS, 2016) stands as one of the finest in the entire series

Niantic’s Pokemon Go quite obviously paved the way for the next installment in traditional handheld Pokemon games to make a big impact on the video game market. We are now in the seventh generation of the irresistible RPG series and, as expected, dual titles Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon have been breaking sales records since release.... Continue Reading

Video Games Review: Sega 3D Classics Collection (3DS, 2016)

Nostalgia never dies, and is almost always a completely viable way to market something. That notion has been proven by Nintendo time and time again, and while riffing on past triumphs may have worked to the brand’s detriment at times, no one can deny the joy of being able to revisit your childhood through gaming. Sega understand this, and their love of releasing compilations over the past decade has mirrored, and at times trumped, Nintendo’s retroactive shtick. Hence this year we’ve received yet another Sega compilation, this time in the form of Sega 3D Classics Collection, developed for the Nintendo 3DS by the ever-reliable emulation experts over at M2. Continue reading Video Games Review: Sega 3D Classics Collection (3DS, 2016)

Video Games Review: Yo-Kai Watch 2, Fleshy Souls (3DS, 2016) is a better version of the first

Instead of pushing back against the inevitable Pokemon comparisons that have been buzzing about ever since the first entry, Yo-kai Watch 2 seems to be welcoming the parallels, particularly by splitting up the sequel into two “same but slightly different” games: Fleshy Souls and Bony Spirits. Like the constant Pokemon RPGs, developers Level-5 Watch maintain that the only real differences between the two titles are some exclusive Yo-kai to collect in each one. Already the preconceptions are starting to form, right?... Continue Reading

Nintendo release heartbreaking theme song for Pokemon Sun & Moon‘s Pikachu impersonator

Earlier this year, Nintendo revealed the model for a peculiar looking sack Pokemon named Mimikyu  and, in so doing, introduced the world to one of the most bizarre and tragic backstories ever written for a video game character. The reason for its appearance as a badly drawn and malnourished version of superstar Pikachu: it’s just lonely and wants to be loved like everyone’s favourite rosy-cheeked electric mouse. Now if that wasn’t enough to make you feel all the feels, Nintendo have pushed us deeper into heartbreak by releasing an official theme song (inexplicably described as a rap) for Mimikyu, sung from its own perspective, telling the sad tale of how the Pokemon gets lonely very, very easily and just wants to be loved like Pikachu. Continue reading Nintendo release heartbreaking theme song for Pokemon Sun & Moon‘s Pikachu impersonator

Video Games Review: Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past (3DS, 2016)

It took a few years for gamers outside of Japan to finally see the modern remake of Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past, a reverent update of one of the longest, most in-depth, and sadly underrated JRPGs of the 21st century. It was originally released for PlayStation in the year 2000, a huge success in the land of the rising sun but a relative (commercial) disappointment everywhere else, despite great reviews. Noted for the length and depth it brought to a series already famous for its simply beautiful and inventive stories, Fragments reiterated the Dragon Quest series as one of the greatest RPG franchises ever made (often it’d completely trump Final Fantasy, both in terms of quality and popularity) and with this particular installment being a series highlight it’s a no-brainer that Nintendo would want to reintroduce it into the world, at a time when traditional RPGs are making a huge comeback. Continue reading Video Games Review: Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past (3DS, 2016)

Phoenix Wright takes on a new case with the release of Turnabout Time Traveler 3DS DLC

Capcom has announced the release of a Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice DLC. The new episode, entitled Turnabout Time Traveler, brings fans back into the world of Phoenix Wright for their latest case, which deals with a time-traveling bride. ... Continue Reading

Video Games Review: Monster Hunter Generations (3DS, 2016)

Monster Hunter, Capcom’s hunter-gatherer action RPG series, has stuck around for quite a few years, first appearing on PlayStation systems with inventive, straight-forward gameplay and a winning formula: prep for quests, head out on quests, and complete those quests, usually by bagging and tagging magnificent Jurassic-inspired beasts. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right? Continue reading Video Games Review: Monster Hunter Generations (3DS, 2016)

Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past hits the Nintendo 3DS this weekend

Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past is set to make its debut in Australia and New Zealand on the Nintendo 3DS handheld console on September 17th. The newest game in Square Enix’s long-running Dragon Quest RPG series has been completely rebuilt and re-imagined for the Nintendo 3DS.... Continue Reading