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20150227

Doesn't Make Much of a Racquet



Sports games are a dime a dozen on video game consoles, and Tennis was one of the first activities to be developed within the gaming world. The gameplay of Tennis is fairly straightforward, which has led to new releases either expanding on the world of Tennis in new ways, or by games providing the most realistic experience yet. Family Tennis SP doesn't have...
 
by Professor Clayton - Comments: 1 - Views: 869
20150225

Fans of 52 Pick Up Need Not Apply


Solitaire can be found almost anywhere, on computers, smartphones, tablets, gaming devices, even a full deck of cards. Best of Solitaire from Cosmigo attempts to be the best option to choose from on Nintendo's 3DS eShop, competing with solitare games like Touch Solitare(DSiWare) and 3D Solitare(3DS eShop, Zen Studios). While Best of Solitaire might be a dollar...
 
by Knuckles - Comments: 1 - Views: 725
20150224

Soaring High


Dolphin Up may appear as a cute game where you take control of a lovable dolphin to perform aerial tricks, but it's actually rather deceiving. Contrary to what the game's title would have you believe, there are actually no dolphins present in the game. No, instead you can choose between three playable porpoises. Looking past this trickery however, you'll find a very addicting...
 
by Cap'n Pancakes - Comments: 0 - Views: 812
20150224

Shifting Smoothly



           Starting on Kickstarter last year, the Adventures of Pip blasted through its goal of $40,000. Since then, TicToc games has put a massive amount...
 
by Dash - Comments: 1 - Views: 1140
20150223

A Look Into Petite Games and Their Future on the eShop


Over the past year, Nintendo's eShop has become home to some new and truly exciting studios due to the increased interest they've shown in indie titles. One such studio to rise is Petite Games, who recently published two titles on the Wii U eShop, and has plans to keep going. We recently...
 
by Professor Clayton - Comments: 2 - Views: 909
20150222

Adventures Fit for a King


Despite the best efforts of Nintendo, online multiplayer is slowly behinning to overshadow the local variety on its systems. The Japenese company continues to release titles which promote two or four players sitting on a couch and having a good time, but not many other developers step up to this level of commitment to local multiplayer. Chariot by Firma Studios is a...
 
by Professor Clayton - Comments: 4 - Views: 1295
20150216

Taking Mind Games to a Whole New Level


Every so often a new game comes along which forces you to change the way you view and tackle obstacles in an unprecedented way. This essentially summarizes Blek, a mobile game which made the leap to the Wii U eShop after gathering critical acclaim for its innovative ideas on the mobile platforms. The major question regarding Blek is whether it is a justifiable...
 
by Professor Clayton - Comments: 0 - Views: 1240
20150213

Out With A Flash




            After a long day, sometimes the best game to play is a relaxing one that is calming in one manner or another. Petite Games set off to create Midnight to be a relaxing and fun 2D physics game of sorts, but does this atmosphere and light gameplay work well together, or is it below par?

 
by Dash - Comments: 2 - Views: 1166
20150213

Bland as Fruitcake


Lately developers have been undergoing the process of bringing games heavily inspired by mobile top sellers to the Wii U eShop, but Cypronia has been creating Cake Ninja games for years now. The major problem with the logic of bringing mobile games to a grounded console is exactly that, the games lose their mobility, putting games like Cake Ninja 3: The Legend Continues in a...
 
by Professor Clayton - Comments: 0 - Views: 751
20150210

Platforming is best in the Old West


Gunman Clive 2 is a run-n-gun platformer developed by Bertil Hörberg. As you can probably figure out by the "2" at the end of the title, this game is a follow up to the 2013 hit Gunman Clive. For those unfamiliar with the first game, it was a rather simple platformer...
 
by Cap'n Pancakes - Comments: 3 - Views: 640
20150205

Bullets, Bullets Everywhere


Toon Tanks is the first project of Petite Studios, a small studio (as its name implies) which is new to the eShop scene. In it you control a tank, and aim to destroy all of the other tanks without getting hit in each level. For such a simple concept, Toon Tanks manages to simplify things a bit too much, which leads to a few major issues.

Presented in a comic...
 
by Professor Clayton - Comments: 3 - Views: 1012
20150203

Chat-A-Not


Ever since Swapnote was shut down on 3DS, there has been a noticeable absence of a messaging system on Nintendo's current handheld. Teyon's Chat-A-Lot attempts to fill this void on 3DS by offering a app that provides voice chat and text messaging with friends from your friends list. Since this isn't a free app however like Swapnote was, the chance of having friends who also have Chat-A-Lot...
 
by Knuckles - Comments: 1 - Views: 1335
20150202

A Colorful New Approach to Stealth


Stealth games are something of a rarer genre of titles when compared to ones like platformers and fighters, which is why it is a treat to see a smaller development team try their hand at a new interpretation. Unfinished Pixel and EnjoyUp Games inject the series with a new idea, the idea of controlling a chameleon and using color to assist in your concealment...
 
by Professor Clayton - Comments: 2 - Views: 962
20150202

Happy Hedgehog's Day



To many people today, it will be February 2nd, to others, it will be Groundhog's Day. To a select few, it will be the Hedgehog's Day, the 21st Anniversary of Sonic's 3rd masterpiece on the Genesis, and birth of Knuckles the Echidna. While Sonic 3's sales dwarfed in comparison to Sonic 2's, 2 million to 6 million, many fans claim Sonic 3 is the better game, this editor...
 
by Knuckles - Comments: 1 - Views: 615
20150202

Fall back, fall back!


The Castle Conqueror series has almost always had players conquering enemies castles, but the new installment now puts tacticians on the defense and have to protect their own castle. Castle Conqueror Defender also hosts a change in genre, instead of playing a real time strategy game, you are now playing a tower defense game. How does this series handle the transition for...
 
by Knuckles - Comments: 0 - Views: 441
20150201

One Game You Shan’t(ae) Miss



           Shantae has had an interesting history. The first one came out on the GameBoy Color in 2002 to have a generally good reception, and the second one in the series, Shantae: Risky’s Revenge, came out eight years later in 2010 (2011 in PAL regions) as DSiWare. The third game in the series, Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse, is a continuation of the previous...
 
by Dash - Comments: 3 - Views: 1246
20150126

Go Ninja Go Ninja Go


There is an old saying to never judge a book by its cover, and while Ninja Battle Heroes isn't a book, the saying still applies. Most gamers would judge this game upon its name and anthropomorphic cast of anime heroes alone, ignoring it altogether. Thats a real shame, as this game from Tom Create is one of the best action titles on the eShop.

Playing as Saizo Kirigakure,...
 
by Knuckles - Comments: 0 - Views: 291
20150124

Bedroom Warfare


Almost everyone has memories of when they were a small child and would spend countless hours simply enjoying playing with toys. EnjoyUp Games tries to capture this dreamlike time from our childhood and incorporate it into a tower defense game, most similar to Plants vs. Zombies. While ultimately providing the intended game, Toys vs. Monsters doesn't manage to do much else.

Starting off...
 
by Professor Clayton - Comments: 3 - Views: 914
20150123

Keep Your Friends Close But Your Rivals Closer


           Wombat Source really caught on to the rising trend of multiplayer games, especially with their new title, GetClose. However, will the aspect of only multiplayer drive people away from Wombat Sources fun, challenging new game?

           GetClose is an arcade style multiplayer game in which players control small icons...
 
by Poco Dip - Comments: 6 - Views: 1745
20150122

Stuck In The Past


Japanese RPGs are one of the most fondly remembered genres from the SNES era of gaming, when dozens of potential adventures crossed the ocean to hit American store shelves. While the games made many advancements in their time, some players will be all too quick to bring up the negatives involved in the genre as well. Pier Solar and the Great Architects fits the classic JRPG formula...
 
by Professor Clayton - Comments: 1 - Views: 848
20150120

The Possibilities Are Endless


Today Nintendo announced via Press Release the future of its Club Nintendo rewards program, one which surprisingly ends relatively soon, June 2015 to be exact. Though promising the best for players, and offering up a free Flipnote Studio 3D download for every member (minus online galleries however) as well as a future loyalty reward program, Nintendo fans everywhere...
 
by Professor Clayton - Comments: 0 - Views: 4075
20150118

The Game Bakers


Its been a little while since we've run an installment in this series of articles, with one spotlight this year and most coming from 2014 . We're happy to be bringing this back into 8 Bit Forward and hope that it can stay as a recurring series on the site for sometime. This particular Indie Developer is known for their expertise in game design across both Mobile and Nintendo platforms,...
 
by Professor Clayton - Comments: 6 - Views: 904
20150117

Almost Legendary


Lately the eShops have both been seeing an increase in the number of mobile titles ported over with new control schemes, some of which turn out better than the original and some that don't transition well. As such it makes sense for gamers and publishers to be wary of bringing titles over to Nintendo systems, but this hasn't stopped Gamelion Studios from delivering
 
by Professor Clayton - Comments: 1 - Views: 671
20150110

Perhaps these Pyramids aren't so Mysterious


Platformers have always been a big thing in the gaming buisiness. From Pitfall, to Super Mario Bros., platformers have always had a big impact on the industry. Puzzle games have also been a big thing, games like Tetris and Professor Layton leaving a big impact as well, mostly on the handheld market. What do you get when you mix these...
 
by NoUsernameHere - Comments: 3 - Views: 674
20150109

I Got 99 Problems But Moving Ain’t One



           It’s always fun to see a new title integrating a mechanic that can challenge the player to think about what they’re doing as they play. 99Moves tries to...
 
by Dash - Comments: 4 - Views: 1012
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