Tagged "3DS"

Jan 12
By Matt Gander In This Week's Games No Comments

In January the gaming industry is too bloated from high-calorie Christmas treats to be able to push any new games out of the proverbial door. All part from a few publishers, that is.

Step forward Sega and Easy Interactive, who are this week releasing CRUSH3D on 3DS and Heroes of Hellas 2: Olympia on DS.

CRUSH3D is a new-fangled version of the cult-classic PSP puzzler CRUSH. There’s a new hero and the fact that it involves flattening and expanding landscapes to change them from 2D to 3D works very well on the 3DS. Nintendo Gamer awarded it 83% in their review.

Heroes of Hellas 2: Olympia is yet another gem matching puzzler. Easy Interactive has already released a few of these – we wouldn’t be surprised if it recycled an old game engine. It’s £13.99 on Play if you don’t mind paying out for something that probably doesn’t have an ounce of originality. Or you could wait for the next one – something called Jewel Match 2 is out early February.

Next week: Reel Fishing Paradise 3D (3DS), Winter Sports 2012: Feel The Spirit (Wii, 3DS) and Ski-Doo: Snowmobile Challenge (PS3).

Dec 16
By Matt Gander In Blog No Comments

The ten free Game Boy Advance games promised to early 3DS adopters are now available to download. For the uninformed, these are intended as a means to say sorry to those who splashed out full price for the handheld, only for it to fall in price a few months later.

Nintendo hasn’t scrimped on quality: all ten games on offer are pretty good, and a few of them – like Metroid Fusion and Fire Emblem – can sell for a handsome amount on eBay. In physical form, of course.

How to download? Enter the 3DS eShop, scroll to ‘Settings/Other’ on the left, scroll down to ‘Your Downloads’ and at the bottom of the list should be your GBA games along with the option to redownload. They’re then saved onto your SD card.

Also take a look at Pullblox (aka Pushmo) on the eShop while you’re on there – our Twitter followers won’t stop tweeting about how brilliant it is.

Dec 05
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

Mario Kart 7’s arrival means that there are two 3DS games in the top 10 this week – Mario Kart 7 at #8 and Super Mario 3D Land at #10.

After the photo above was taken, Reggie was told to stop messing around and go back to work.

Professor Layton and the Spectre’s Call – which Asda have been amusingly advertising as Professor Layton and the Spectre’s Flute – remains at #7 while there has been a slight shuffle at the top of the chart. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 remains at #1, followed by FIFA 12, Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, Just Dance 3 and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

There isn’t a great deal going on in the rest of the top 40. WWE ’12 has had bad week, down from #6 to #14 while Abba: You Can Dance makes an appearance on its second week of release in at #30.

Super Pokemon Rumble hasn’t made the top 40 but it makes the 3DS chart at #4.

Just to show how messed up this industry is regarding games dropping in price, RAGE this week sits on top of the Xbox 360 budget chart.

Nov 24
By Matt Gander In This Week's Games No Comments

The home consoles did very well for themselves last week, with dozens of new renditions of big name franchises making an appearance. This week it’s the DS and 3DS that get to shine.

Professor Layton and the Spectre’s Call is this winter’s big DS offering from Nintendo. Us Europeans however aren’t quite getting the full package – Nintendo has removed a reportedly 100+ hour RPG mode that was present in the US version. Nintendo explained that if they were to translate it into the half-a-dozen European languages that there are then they wouldn’t have been able to release it this year. Even without it though reviews have been strong. NGamer gave it 83% although they did suggest playing the other ones first if you haven’t as Spectre’s Call explains Professor Layton’s beginnings.

Doctor Lautrec and The Forgotten Knights is a very similar offering from Konami, out on 3DS this week. NGamer said it does an awful lot, but it fails to do any of it well. It walked away with a 56% review score.

NGamer also reviewed Sonic Generations on 3DS. Not quite as good as the console version, it would seem, but still very good. They dished out 79% calling it “good-looking and fan-pleasing”. The 3DS also sees the releases of Frogger 3D, Imagine Fashion Designer, Horrid Henry: The Good, The Bad and The Bugly, Happy Feet Two, F1 2011, Cooking Mama 4, James Noir’s Hollywood Crimes, Mahjong 3DS: Warriors of the Emperor and Namco’s RPG Tales of the Abyss. We’d wager that out of those F1 2011, Cooking Mama 4 and Tales of the Abyss are worth a look.

We did though play the demo of Happy Feet Two on Xbox 360 and it wasn’t quite as terrible as we feared. But should you buy it over the glorious looking Rayman Origins? No, of course not. It’s out on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii this week with reviews mostly 8s and 9s. Try the demo if you’re curious – it has a generous amount of levels to explore.

WWE ’12 and The Lord of the Rings: War in the North are this week’s other big console releases. WWE ’12 was given a lot of love from IGN: “What THQ has done here serves its audience spectacularly. WWE ’12 retains and improves upon the already-great presentation of its predecessors, capturing a likeness of wrestling that is uncanny. And it plays just as well as it looks. This should be considered a milestone for the wrestling simulation genre. It’s certainly a much-needed breath of fresh air.” They handed it a 9.0. Games Radar was also positive about it smacking an 8 down.

The Official Xbox Magazine US awarded The Lord of the Rings: War in the North a 7.5: “War in the North is hardly the most memorable adventure through Middle-earth, but you won’t regret any of the time you spend fighting across its grim battlegrounds.”

Just like the two above, King of Fighters XIII – out on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 – is an acquired taste. 360 Gamer magazine reviewed it this month and gave it an 8. The Official Xbox Magazine said it may be a overwhelming for new fans and gave it 8.5.

Last week the world received Dreamworks Super Star Kartz; this week we get Ben 10 Galactic Racing. The DS version scored 51% in NGamer. “Galactic Racing is alright” they said. It’s probably safe to assume that quote goes for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii versions too.

Winter Stars, out on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii, has been designed for use with the PS Move, Kinect and Balance Board respectively. The Official Xbox Magazine US liked the fact it has a story mode linking all the events together, and said that the career mode is lengthy. They gave the pretty snowscapes a thumbs up too.

Then there’s Puma After Hours Athletes for PS Move. It’s not about what two people do when they love each other very much, but rather a collection of ‘late night’ sporting events. Darts, bowling and pool, to be precise. Like most PS Move games, it’s available online for a purse pleasing price.

Next week: Mario Kart 7 (3DS), Puss in Boots (PS3, 360, Wii, DS), Ace Combat: Assault Horizon – Legacy (3DS), Super Pokémon Rumble (3DS), Order Up!! (3DS), Just Dance 3 (PS3) , Power Rangers Samurai (Wii, DS) and a load of Square-Enix’s PSP RPGs being released on the PSP Essentials range.

Nov 08
By Matt Gander In This Week's Games 11 Comments

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 has been hyped in such as way that anybody would think it’s the second coming of Jesus. So big is the game that three developers have pooled their resources together, resulting in other projects being put on hold.

Review scores so far include 9.5 from Destructoid, 9 from EDGE, 9.0 from IGN and an 8 from Eurogamer. Sounds like it shows up Battlefield 3’s single player mode for the farce that it is, but the multi-player hasn’t changed a great deal.

If you missed the news last week, it has already been reported that there’s a controversial level to rival Modern Warfare 2’s ‘No Russian’ mission. This time round we see a truck full of explosives blow up in London, killing a little girl. Sledgehammer have already said that it’s not there to cause controversy – it’s to show that in war even innocent people suffer.

There are few deals about – Best Buy are offering it for £29.99 for today only, Sainsbury’s will let you have it for £28.99 when you spend £30 in-store while Tesco are doing it for £25 when you buy either a £16.99 MSP card or a £25 PSN card. If you’re going to GAME you can get it for half-price when trading certain new releases including Gears of War 3, Dead Island, FIFA 12 and Resistance 3. Or X-Men Destiny, oddly.

Skip forward to this coming Friday and there’s another game out that many stores are opening at midnight for – Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, the sequel to Oblivion. If you’re amongst the first 250 people queuing for Skyrim at either GAME in London (Oxford Street) or Gamestation in Birmingham (New Street) you’ll get yourself a goody bag. The best cosplay outfit will also get a free upgrade to the collector’s edition, an Xbox 360 and some other swag.

Oblivion was so big that you could spend 100 hours playing it and still not see everything, and with a longer development time behind it you can bet that this is bigger still. But while Oblivion was daunting for some, this time Skyrim is being given a more casual feel. Bethesda has even said that’s more like Fallout 3 than Oblivion. Bethesda have also said that there may be a few glitches, and to expect a patch on launch day. In other words: they’re shipping it in an unfinished state. Tut tut.

This week also sees a slew of new 3DS games. They’re a mixed bunch but still more than welcome – we’re sick of going into a game shop and seeing the likes of Asphalt GT, Rabbids and that dinosaur thing making up most of the 3DS section. Cave Story 3D and Shinobi should be worth a look, Cars 2 and Michael Jackson: The Experience 3D might be alright, while we wouldn’t be surprised if the press aren’t given copies of Puzzler Mind Gym 3D, Zoo Resort 3D and the budget-priced Puppies World 3D to review.

On the DS meanwhile there’s Moshi Monsters: Moshlings Zoo, Monster High: Ghoul Spirit (also on Wii), SpongeBob’s Surf and Skate Roadtrip (also on 360), Top Model Academy and Youda Legend 2: Golden Bird.

A few ‘non-games’ (for want of a better word) are out too – Jillian Michael’s Fitness Experience, My Self Defence Coach and Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2012 on Xbox 360 and the trippy looking meditation tool Deepak Chopra’s Leela on Xbox 360 and Wii. There’s a demo of that last one on Xbox Live. Why it’s a full price release we’ll never know.

Lastly, there’s Jungle Kartz on Wii. We were a little curious about this one – it’s by Brain In a Jar, who were once working on a reasonably impressive looking Ferrari game. The video they’ve uploaded on YouTube has calmed our curiousness – it looks mediocre at best. It could still be better than next week’s DreamWorks Super Star Kartz though.

Next week: Assassin’s Creed: Revelations (PS3, 360), Halo Anniversary (360), Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games (Wii), Saints Row: The Third (PS3, 360, PC), Super Mario 3D Land (3DS), The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Wii), Need for Speed: The Run (360, PS3, Wii, 3DS, PC), Cabela’s Camp Adventure (PS3, 360, Wii), Cabela’s Survival: Shadows of Katmai (PS3, 360, Wii), Carnival Island (PS3), DreamWorks Super Star Kartz (PS3, 360, Wii, DS, 3DS), Dynasty Warriors 7: Xtreme Legends (360), Family Trainer: Magical Carnival (Wii), Lalaloopsy (DS), LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 (PS3, 360, Wii, DS, 3DS, PSP, PC), Marvel Super Hero Squad Comic Combat (PS3, 360, Wii), Medieval Moves (PS3), uDraw Instant Artist (PS3, 360, Wii) and Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 (PS3, 360).

Oct 24
By Matt Gander In UK Charts 1 Comment

Pow! Batman: Arkham City goes straight to number one in this week’s UK chart, shoving Forza Motorsport 4 down to #4.

At #2 there’s FIFA 12 and at #3 there’s a new entry – Football Manager 2012. Just Dance 3 at #5 finishes off the top 5.

The Sims 3: Pets is the next highest new entry at #6. Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One doesn’t do too brilliantly arriving at #24, but that’s still way better than Dance Central 2 which has to make to do with #40.

There are quite a few big dippers this week – Dark Souls drops from #7 to #18, Ace Combat: Assault Horizon goes from #12 to #21 and Resistance 3 can’t resist falling from #17 to #37.

The little purple dragon has done well though – Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure is up from #16 to #11.

In the single formats, Tropico 4 makes #32 in the Xbox 360 chart while Tetris on 3DS slots into #9 in the 3DS chart.

Oct 05
By Matt Gander In Blog No Comments

It would appear that plans are afoot to change the packaging of 3DS games, presumably to help them stand out from regular DS titles.

Both GAME and Asda have placed red stickers on their 3DS ranges, covering up the usual white 3DS logo on the right hand side and adding an extra 3DS logo on the bottom of the packaging. We wouldn’t be surprised if these red borders became standard for upcoming releases.

We haven’t heard stories of people buying 3DS games thinking they’ll play on a DS but we wouldn’t put it past some. Heck, we still recall the stories of clueless gamers trying to take PSP UMDs out of their plastic casing.

Sep 12
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

With so many new releases out last week, there was no way that this week’s UK chart was going to be a dull one. And it isn’t.

Even with mixed reviews – everything from a 3/10 in EDGE to 8.0 from IGN – Dead Island manages to take the top spot. Below that at #2 there’s the TV-advertised Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine, which has managed to do better than the PS3-exclusive Resistance 3 in at #4, with Driver: San Francisco at #3.

Star Fox 64 3D barrel rolls in at a respectable #9, disproving the fact that the system hasn’t got a hope in hell.

NHL 12 slides in at a surprisingly high #12, but the last new entry in the chart hasn’t done so well – it’s Sega’s Rise of Nightmares at #37. That has still sold better than El Shaddai has though, which makes #27 in the PlayStation 3 chart and #37 in the Xbox 360 chart. Perhaps releasing it against a swarm of anticipated shooters wasn’t the best idea.

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