Through recent times there has been one handheld gaming device that has dominated the market. The Nintendo Gameboy and its successors have literally taken over the mobile gaming market even creating gamers out of people who would otherwise not be. The latest evolution, The Nintendo 3DS combines everything that Nintendo have learnt and combined it into one amazing piece of kit. A gaming hand-held device that packs in two screens, touch screen technology, online gaming and to top off the list, glasses free 3D technology.
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Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (Written by Gareth)
This title first appeared back in 2010 on the Nintendo Wii, offering players a return to the classic 90’s SNES platformers by RARE. Originally developed by Nintendo’s exclusive yet independent Retro Studios (one of their few developers based outside of Japan) the original game was praised for both its old school style and rock hard but totally satisfying gameplay. Monster Games (responsible for both Excite Truck and the mediocre Pilot Wings Resort), take charge of this port for their fourth outing under Nintendo, and to be fair, they’ve not done a bad job. The core game remains the same; the delightfully bouncy score returns, the vibrant visuals that nod back to the 1994 original and the ruthlessly tricky platforming that infuriated Wii owners is back too
Fire Emblem: Awakening (Written by Gareth)
Hard-core strategy RPGs are a niche market. To anyone looking in from the outside, they can be extremely daunting. The Fire Emblem series is one of the toughest, most brutal that you can find. Its dedicated fans make up a small number of the world’s gaming population and with this instalment Nintendo have truly opened the front door so that everybody else can come inside and take a look. Taking what the Fire Emblem faithful love, making this accessible to the rest of us and at the same time not losing any of the depth and nuance that those who have been there from the start crave, Intelligent Systems have created one of the best portable strategy games of all time.
In 2013. Yacht Club Games, a recently formed studio helmed by a fellow named Sean Velasco, had a hankering to make a game in a similar vein to Mega Man and Duck Tales, as one tends to do. Of course, making games is a serious expenditure, one that Yacht Club needed some help with. Taking to Kickstarter on March 17, 2013 to announce their very first game, Shovel Knight, Yacht Club were inundated with funding from a variety of sources and by the time the campaign ended, their $75,000 goal was smashed and the final total reached over $300,000. Fast forward through some unfortunate delays, an eventual PC release and the announcement of free DLC updates in the future, we arrive at today: Shovel Knight is finally here on Xbox One, PS4, PS3, Vita and now 3DS.
The Legend Of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D (Written by Gareth)
The oddball of the Zelda family, Majora’s Mask is the most intriguing game that Nintendo put out on the N64. It deals with many dark themes and has an overall sense of dread from start to finish. A complete step away from what we know as a Legend of Zelda game, it received mixed reviews at time of release and many fans, myself included, struggled to get into this truly obscure entry. Being a direct sequel to Ocarina of Time it’s probably best that you start there before jumping into Majora. After the events in OoT you are met by the Skull Kid and his two fairy accomplices in a woodland area. He steals your horse and turns you into a Deku Scrub. After fighting your way to Clock Town, the capital of the land you’re in know as Termina, you bump into the Mask Merchant who tells you an imp has stolen a very dangerous and powerful mask.