Tomodachi Life review

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Part soap opera, part sitcom, Tomodachi Life is an ostensibly odd and subversive life sim underneath which beats a quietly conformist heart. It asks you to cater to the whims and needs of the Mii characters inhabiting a steadily growing island community; you’ll earn money by making them happy, which is invested in new items… Continue reading

Kirby: Triple Deluxe review

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HAL hasn’t made a 3DS game since AR freebie Face Raiders, but Kirby: Triple Deluxe shows it’s lost none of its infatuation with the handheld’s featureset. It’s the first platformer since Super Mario 3D Land to make you want to nudge that 3D slider up and leave it there, with intricate layered worlds that long… Continue reading

Tomodachi Life is a system seller in Japan – can it do the same in the west?

Tomodachi Life

The success in Japan of Tomodachi Collection: New Life hardly came as a surprise. The first game in the series, Tomodachi Collection, had already run away with the sales chart, shifting nearly four million copies on DS following its 2009 launch. If anything, the 3DS sequel, released in Japan in April 2013 and due a… Continue reading

Mario Golf: World Tour review

Mario Golf World Tour

The first Mario Golf game in a decade has no idea what it wants to be. The good walk spoiled has always been Mario’s safest sporting home, a place for Nintendo and its trusted caddy Camelot to play with the boundaries of both reality and its own fictions. NES Open Tournament stripped golf back to… Continue reading

Nintendo Pocket Football Club review

Nintendo Pocket Football Club

So, a football management sim from Nintendo, from which we might reasonably expect joy, irreverence, and a stripped-down list of activities which retain and enhance the core joys of telling men how best to kick a ball at a goal. Initially things seem promising. Specifically, they look promising. The tappable map of visitable locations is a… Continue reading

Yoshi’s New Island review

Yoshi's New Island review

So this is what wiped out the dinosaurs. Oh, we’re sure Nintendo won’t be sending Mario’s helium-voiced steeds to the glue factory just yet, but Yoshi’s New Island represents an extinction-level event for the spirit of a classic. It’s pitched as a sequel to 1995’s Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island, a platformer with the… Continue reading

Weapon Shop De Omasse review

Weapon Shop De Omasse review

The belated fourth release from Level-5’s Guild01 compendium posits the idea that the real heroes of role-playing games are not those who explore dungeons and slay monsters, but who carefully craft the weapons these adventurers wield. Weapon Shop De Omasse casts you as an enthusiastic blacksmith’s apprentice tasked with forging blades, spears and axes according… Continue reading

Why Kirby: Triple Deluxe has Japan tickled pink

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The pioneers of 3D cinema revelled in the form’s novelty, keenly demonstrating its possibilities by bombarding audiences with objects that appeared to fly out of the screen. HAL Laboratory’s mascot is a late arrival to 3DS, and it shows: the developer uses similar tricks with unrestrained glee, as if it has only just discovered autostereoscopy…. Continue reading

Amazon UK on the next-gen race, Nintendo’s plight, microconsole rumours and ‘accidental’ leaks

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If you’re looking to check the pulse of the videogame market, ask the world’s largest online storefront. Amazon’s power in the retail world isn’t matched by its presence in the media, though, and for years it has been quite deliberate in keeping a low profile in the press. That’s changing. At Amazon’s Summer Wish List… Continue reading

State of Play 2013: Embattled Nintendo endures a difficult year, despite critical acclaim

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On the face of it, 2013 would appear to have been something of an annus horribilis for Nintendo – at least in terms of its home console business. Its forecast for 9 million Wii U sales for the fiscal year now looks hopelessly optimistic: with less than four months to go it has currently sold… Continue reading