All 3DS Reviews (DS, DSi)

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An Open Letter to Nintendo: What You’re Getting Right

  04April2012 Dear Miyamoto, Iwata, Reggie, Mario, et al: As a lifelong player of Nintendo systems and games, I’ve been with your company through thick and thin.  Some of my earliest memories of gaming include the tabletop versions of Mario’s Cement Factory and Popeye.  I’ve been along for the crazy roller coaster of Nintendo’s ups … Continue reading

Mostly Yay (and a little Nay) regarding Kid Icarus Uprising’s controls

Please note:  This entry was written in response to IGN’s reader question-of-the-week for 26Mar12.  Readers were asked to discuss the recently released Kid Icarus Uprising for Nintendo DS.  My entry was the #1 winning submission and was featured on the front page of IGN’s 3DS column.  Needless to say, I was grateful for this honor.  … Continue reading

First Impressions of Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater 3D

Interesting item of note:  when I booted up the game, it asked me which Metal Gear Solid was my favorite.  Full disclosure—I am a TOTAL MGS newb, so all of my following comments should be taken accordingly.  I’m guessing that the “favorite” question might be designed to let the game know my level of my … Continue reading

31 Swapnotes in 31 Days.

Each year, there is a multi-city, international art project called “Fun A Day”. The goal (or challenge) is for an artist to create one piece of art every day during the month of January. See artclash.com for more information. For my first Fun A Day project, I chose to employ a piece of free software … Continue reading

Monster Tale (DS) (or, why spiritual sequels will always live in the shadow of their ancestors)

This game comes with an unusual caveat/recommendation:  If you haven’t already played/fallen in love with/obsessed over one of my all-time favorite DS titles (see my blog regarding Henry Hatsworth and the Puzzling Adventure), then there is almost no reason to bother with Monster Tale.  Really.  Seems like an odd way to start my review, but … Continue reading

Nintendo Games that DEMAND sequels (part 3)

UPDATED 03Jan11: Below is the third entry in my countdown of five epic games (native to Nintendo consoles) that really should get sequels.  As part of my series, I wrote to some of the designers and developers behind these deserving titles. Kyle Gray, the main brain (and Director) behind the DS-exclusive Henry Hatsworth and the … Continue reading

Cave Story 3D (3DS)

A Little Background . . . By now, most people have heard of (or played) Cave Story in one of it’s various forms.  Originally a freeware PC game, then ported to the WiiWare service, this humble little piece of heaven became something of a legend in the gaming community.  Combining the look of NES-era classics, … Continue reading

Rhythm Heaven (DS)

More than 2 years old, I’ve had almost no excuse for not playing Rhythm Heaven before now.  Well, no excuse, except for the fact that I’ve been buried under a pile of incredible, almost-as-awesome games.  I’m also an out-of-the-closet “saver”; this is to say I regularly “save” things.  For instance, if I hear of an especially good … Continue reading

NES Open Tournament Golf (3DS / NES)

NES Open Tournament Golf A throwback to simpler times I’m probably not the best possible reviewer for this title.  I’ve played mini-golf a few dozen times and pitch&putt exactly once (I was absolutely terrible).  I neither watch nor follow any professional sports, and I could probably count every legitimate video sport I’ve ever played on … Continue reading

Yoshi (3DS / NES)

Yoshi It’s a puzzler. Meh? I’d never played this one before, and I have to be honest, I don’t recall anyone ever mentioning it to me.  Looking back, I’m not surprised I missed it; the game debuted in 1992–more than a year after the launch of the SNES–and I don’t think I even had my … Continue reading

Donkey Kong Jr. (3DS / NES)

Donkey Kong Jr. Easier than the arcade version, and nearly as good. Some of my earliest gaming memories are of DK Jr., though I wasn’t playing it in the arcade or on an NES, but rather on the legendary ColecoVision console system.  One of my best friends had a fully loaded Coleco system, including a … Continue reading

Ice Climber (3DS / NES)

Ice Climber (Am I really chasing a condor that stole my eggplant?) As a devoted collector of classic NES carts, I’d been lusting after this one for a while.  It’s a great feeling to be a full-fledged adult (so they tell me, anyway) who still hasn’t played all of the original ‘black box’ NES games.  … Continue reading

Shantae: Risky’s Revenge (DSiWare)

Amazing. Incredible. Virtually perfect. Have I said enough?  Review complete? What–you want me to elaborate? Like everyone else, I’d heard a lot about the downloadable sequel to Shantae (Game Boy Color). Given that my trusty FAT DS endured 6 years of extremely heavy use without a single problem, I never made the leap to DS … Continue reading

Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D (3DS)

And we thought our 3DS problems were solved. I had high hopes for the release of RE: Mercenaries 3D.  The Mercenaries concept arrived as the bonus content of RE4 (one of the high-water moments in series history–if you haven’t played it, stop reading now, smack yourself in the face, and accept that you have failed … Continue reading

Steel Diver (3DS)

That “other” launch title If, like me, you’re an experienced gamer who doesn’t get the kick you once did from fighting games (i.e. Street Fighter), the number of serious choices available at 3DS launch was really, really small.  Plus Cats?  Another Lego game?  Seriously, don’t tempt me.   Really. In all honesty, I was pretty psyched … Continue reading

Pilotwings Resort (3DS)

The launch title for the discerning fan Picked this one up on launch day (27Mar11) along with Steel Diver. Nintendo clearly picked this franchise as a featured launch title due to the obvious possibilities for vivid, showy 3D experiences.  I suspect that the decision to recycle the Wii Sports Resort locale had something to do … Continue reading