Nintendo 3DS Reviews

Monster Hunter Generations Review (3DS)

Monster Hunter Generations is an Action RPG where you hunt monsters of all shapes and sizes in order to craft awesome looking gear from their carcasses. You begin as a fresh faced upstart hunter and rise through the ranks until you’re taking on the biggest and baddest creatures there are or play the all new prowler mode. Monster Hunter Generations introduces four new signature monsters, as well as incorporating signature monsters and elements from previous titles.

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Super Mario 3D Land Review (3DS)

Mario has been a household name all the way since the 1980s, and still is going strong even to today. Mario does sports, parties, go-karting, but none have been as popular as the platformers. Super Mario Bros., Super Mario World, Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, Super Mario Galaxy; the list goes on from both 2D and 3D platformers. Super Mario 3D Land is yet another platforming Mario game in the ever-growing Nintendo franchise, yet it hopes to deliver an experience of a 3D Mario game, along with the format of the more traditional 2D Mario games. This is arguably the first time this was ever truly tried, as the New Super Mario Bros. focused more on a 2D experience with 3D models rather than the other way around. In a franchise filled with an ever-changing design model, will Super Mario 3D Land prove to be one of the more memorable experiences?

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Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX Review (3DS)

What started as software for creating vocaloid (sound generator) from Crypton Future Media, to becoming the company to create a cute blue-haired diva and help resurrect rhythm games (though the popularity in the US died with Guitar Hero and Rock Band), the Project Diva games have become a hit on PlayStation 3, Playstation Vita, and arcades. Only one platform is missing out on the fun; Nintendo. While the boom hit when the Nintendo Wii U was being released, its little brother, the Nintendo 3DS, has been selling well after the price drop. Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai was released, but only in Japan and thanks to region locking, importing the game was out of the question. Its sequel Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX (which is mostly an update) would be released the following year, but this time the game would get a worldwide release…two years later. Does Hatsune Miku and company still have what it takes on the 3DS, or does their new look have you go back to the PlayStation version?

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Kirby: Planet Robobot Review (3DS)

Kirby: Planet Robobot is a side-scrolling action-platformer about an adorable pink ball named Kirby. One seemingly normal day Kirby’s home planet is attacked by a mysterious robotic vessel which begins turning everything to metal. Kirby quickly jumps to action and right into another adventure, only this time, there are mech suits baby!

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Bravely Second: End Layer Review (3DS)

Bravely Second is about a boy named Yew Geneolgia, head of the Orthodoxy’s Crystal Guard and leader of The Three Cavaliers. After an attack on the seat of the Orthodoxy in Gathelatio, pope Agnes was captured by the evil Kaiser Oblivion just before signing a long fought for peace agreement with the Dutchy of Eternia. With old and new friends in tow, Yew must rescue pope Agnes and save the dream of peace that was almost fulfilled. But just like in Bravely Default, nothing is ever as it seems.

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Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright Review (3DS)

Who would you fight for when the chips are down? Those whom you have loved as family since childhood, or the family you were whisked away from as an infant who had never stopped hoping you would return? Fire Emblem Fates forces you to make that choice by choosing one of three paths and having an entirely different game long experience for each. Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright forces you to take the side of your blood family as you fight with the Japanese inspired Hoshido against the European inspired Nohr. While trying to find commonplace within the same type of plot the Fire Emblem series is known for, Birthright and Fire Emblem Fates in general attempts to change up the formula more than the previous title. Fire Emblem Awakening was known for innovating the series into a pop culture status regarding Nintendo franchises, but it also took many risks that paid off. With Birthright attempting to change around more, does it pass the point of no return and deviate too far from the series staple gameplay creating an alien experience? And the even bigger question is, do these changes even work?

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Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest Review (3DS)

Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest is a turn by turn, grid based, strategy game with RPG elements. Part of a set of three, along with Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright and Fire Emblem Fates: Revelations; Fire Emblem Fates tells the story of a prince raised in the kingdom of Nohr, who learns that his true parents are those of the royal family of a rival nation called Hoshido. Faced with a choice, the young prince must choose to either help his foster family conquer Hoshido or join his birth family to defend against the invading Nohrian forces. Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest shows the result of the young prince choosing to side with the family that raised him in Nohr, and is also considered the hardest of the three, and for a good reason. Will the young prince be victorious or will his conviction falter? That is something that only fate and a brilliant tactician can decide.

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Bravely Default Review (3DS)

Bravely Default is a turn based JRPG with a unique jobs system that allows players to mix and match different jobs to create any type of build they want. Bravely Default also boasts a dynamic battle system involving battle points which allow each character to take up to four actions at once. Bravely Default is a masterfully executed JRPG with intense boss fights, a huge cast of memorable characters, amazing music and art, and a twist or two that will leave your jaw on the floor. So be brave and dive in because Bravely Default could be one of the greatest.

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Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson Review (3DS)

After the success of Senran Kagura Burst (download only) in the US, XSEED Games decided to bring the sequel stateside. With Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson, there is now a limited edition physical copy you can buy, or you can still buy it via download. There is also an anime series if the game isn’t enough for you to watch these shinobi warriors in action. So does Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson improve on what was needed from Senran Kagura Burst, or will you be too brainwashed by the fan service to notice?

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The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D Review (3DS)

Originally on the Nintendo 64, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask was the sequel to the The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, and the second 3D Zelda game. When the enhanced 3DS version was announced I was ecstatic to see the overhaul they could do, since the Ocarina of Time 3D remake was gorgeous and revitalized the game. The thing I was skeptical of was the Ocarina of Time 3D remake had given too many handouts. The Sheikah stones originally used for short little talks were turned into in-game tutorial segments for different parts of the game. My main concern going into The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D was, will it be better than its original?

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