Hands-On with Nintendo’s E3 Line Ups
Part 1

By Seán O'Sullivan - August 17th, 2014


This past E3 saw each of the “big three” firing on all six cylinders to impress upon gamers that the best is yet to come; but Nintendo’s showing was particularly successful at changing the Wii U’s prognosis from more cynical gamers (enough that a poll of IGN’s readers showed the majority rated Nintendo as “winning E3″).

Nintendo recently invited Toronto Thumbs and other Canadian outlets to a post-E3 demo session, where multiple kiosks were available to showcase the big hitters coming this holiday season and beyond for Wii U and 3DS.

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One Piece: Unlimited World Red

By Jorge Figueiredo - August 15th, 2014


I have never really been a fan of the One Piece anime series. Odd as this may sound from a Naruto nut: I have always found One Piece to be somewhat zany and over the top – and while I have found it amusing, I have not really. Ever committed to follow the series. So, it was with great trepidation that I approached Ganbarion’s action/adventure One Piece: Unlimited World Red for the Nintendo 3DS; of course, this caution was misplaced, as the title is definitely more fun than I expected. More brawler than RPG, One Piece: Unlimited World is a fairly standard adventure game that does a good job of entertaining existing fans while being accessible enough to conscript new blood, provided they have the patience for the formula.

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Second Glance
Tomodachi Life
Smallest Thumbs’ Point of View

By Jorge Figueiredo - August 10th, 2014


Back in June, Thumber Seán O’Sullivan spoke very highly of Nintendo’s Tomodachi Life for the Nintendo 3DS. Since then, Smallest Thumbs has taken the game for a spin and really enjoys it, hinting that this game might be a great choice for kids with a 3DS that are looking for an experience that steps out of the usual formula that seems to make up many games for children.

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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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