Tomodachi Life
Community Service

By Seán O'Sullivan - June 30th, 2014


My 3DS currently enjoys an unusual place in my daily routine, in that I will turn it on regardless of whether I intend on playing games or not. StreetPassing is the silver lining to my two hours of commuting each day, so even when I’m not in the mood to game, the 3DS functions as a sort-of toy, which guarantees that I’ll keep it charged up and on my person as often as possible. Tomodachi Life is the perfect complement to this kind of use-case, as it’s not a game in the conventional sense, but rather a kind of ant-farm for Miis.

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Mario Golf: World Tour

By Jorge Figueiredo - June 7th, 2014

All pictures are 2D versions of 3D images.

Nintendo is really, really good at taking practically any entertainment genre and miniaturizing it – without diminishing the fun. Camelot Software Planning’s Mario Golf: World Tour is no exception to this fact, and whether you are a golfer in real life or not, it is a game that is worthy of your time. With lots of different modes, unlockables and customization options (for characters’ appearances, gear, and even ball-hitting mechanics), Mario Golf: World Tour is definitely a whole course of hole-in-one’s!

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Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars

By Jorge Figueiredo - May 15th, 2014


What do you get when you combine a role-playing game and a dating simulator? You get Spike Chunsoft’s Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars. This game is ambitious, and has an interesting concept presented via a semi-interesting story and an odd turn-based battle system. Sadly, each of these elements is weak, and juggling so many of them does not really do the overall product any service. What’s left is something of a weak game that doesn’t really have any redeeming qualities – which is sad, as there are some potentially interesting mechanics.

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Tag-Team Reviews
Kirby: Triple Deluxe

By Jorge Figueiredo - May 14th, 2014

All images are 2D representations of the 3D version.

Kirby is like the Swiss Army Knife of heroes – probably more so than any other videogame character that comes to mind (including Mario). This flexibility is great for solving problems in HAL Laboratory’s Kirby: Triple Deluxe – maybe too great, as it makes it easy To overcome any obstacle without too much difficulty. Even with the game’s awesome production value, unless you are a huge Kirby fan, a completionist, or a young kid, boredom may settle in faster than you might expect. That being said, Smallest Thumbs and I are having a ball playing this title.

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Disney Magical World

By Jorge Figueiredo - April 16th, 2014


When we receieved Disney’s latest 3DS title, Disney Magical World (developed by Bandai Namco Inc.), we didn’t know what to expect, as it was not something that we had actually kept tabs on. It’s hard to put a finger on what it is. It is a life simulator – but it’s also so much more. When Smallest Thumbs and I first started playing it, we both agreed that Magical World was a little like Animal Crossing: New Leaf. However, while there are similar elements between the two titles, there is enough of a difference between them that we find ourselves making time for both. Similar to visiting the Magic Kingdom in Florida, as soon as you step over the threshold, the game will have you in a constant state of activity, tugging at you like the eddies near the shore of a powerful river. And as you wade in deeper, you’ll find yourself swept away by the magic – especially if you are a fan of anything Disney.

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Yoshi’s New Island

By Jorge Figueiredo - April 13th, 2014


Up until this year, I have not really dedicated a lot of time to the Yoshi games. I have certainly dabbled with the character on a number of occasions, but never enough to call myself a Yoshi enthusiast. Take Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island (Super Nintendo Entertainment System) for instance. I certainly wet my whistle with it – but I was at a friend’s place and didn’t own my own console at the time (so my ability to engage with the little green egg-chomper was limited). Well, those university days are long gone, and the fact that I have a 3DSXL and spend plenty of time on public transit allows me to spend more than enough time with Yoshi in Yoshi’s New Island. It’s not necessarily my cup of tea, to be honest, but it is a well-made game that will present plenty of challenges and fun to both newcomers and experienced Yoshi handlers.

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Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy

By Jorge Figueiredo - March 30th, 2014


One of my all-time favourite game franchises is a surprising one, considering my love of Assassin’s Creed and Naruto. Ever since Shaun Hatton introduced me to the awesomeness of Professor Layton, I have not been able to put it down. In fact, Professor Layton tends to trump practically every game that I’m reviewing, and I obsessively play for hours trying to solve every puzzle and find every hint coin. On top of the puzzle goodness, every game in the series has a compelling story and great voice acting. Level 5′s Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy is the last of the Layton games, from what I am told, and it is the perfect way to cap off the series.

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