Nintendo 3DS

Luigi's Mansion (3DS) Review

The core story and gameplay haven’t changed much from the original GameCube title. The plot follows Luigi, who wins a mansion from a contest that he never entered. If that isn’t suspicious enough, Mario has gone missing, so it’s up to Luigi to investigate this mysterious mansion, a home to a gaggle of ghosts.

Luigi's Mansion (3DS) Review

Dillon's Dead-Heat Breakers Review

With Dillon's Dead-Heat Breakers, the sequel to 2013's Dillon's Rolling Western: The Last Ranger and third game in the franchise, Dillon finally gets his moment in the limelight. The 3DS is on its last legs, and developer Vanpool has pulled out all the stops to make Dead-Heat Breakers a high-profile experience.

Dillon's Dead-Heat Breakers Review

Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux Review

In a refreshing twist on the usual teen protagonist and drama angst, Strange Journey focuses on a militaristic science fiction story. A massive solid black quantum singularity appears in Antarctica and begins to slowly spread across the globe.

Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux Review

Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology Review

The original Radiant Historia for the Nintendo DS was a hard-to-find game released near the end of the portable system’s life. The title has found a new home on the Nintendo 3DS as Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology, adding a new what-if timeline, dungeon, and quality of life improvements. As a “definitive edition,” the game is well-suited for new players, but my big question was whether this upgrade was enough to warrant a replay.

Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology Review

Detective Pikachu Review

Detective Pikachu is a strangely refreshing departure from the Pokémon formula that I cannot help but recommend to those looking for a change of pace, even if it is remarkably easy. This isn't a regular Pokémon game, but the franchise is strong enough for experimentation.

Detective Pikachu Review

The Alliance Alive Review

Playing The Alliance Alive is a lot like getting into a time machine and returning to 1997, as it feels a lot like an RPG from that era. For those younger than myself, I'm specifically referring to an era where JRPGs such as Final Fantasy 7, The Legend of Dragoon and Xenogears reigned supreme. If the graphics of The Alliance Alive were downgraded to polygons and shaders, then it would fit right in there. However, it also falls prey to many of the faults the games of the era had as well.

The Alliance Alive Review

Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth Review

In an age when role-playing games continue to expand in size and scope, it’s a delight to see Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth hold on to its old-school, dungeon-crawling roots. As a first-person dungeon exploration RPG that asks players to draw their own maps, the game has a specific appeal. But for devoted fans and interested newcomers, this is one of the most refined sequels to date.

Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth Review

Urban Trial Freestyle 2 Review

Urban Trial Freestyle 2's great mistake is putting the scoring system where the challenge is at its weakest. You can get through a gauntlet of obstacles unscathed, but you won't be rewarded at all. And while a track creation system does allow you to create amusing challenges for yourself, don't expect to find anyone else's. The effort put into the presentation is commendable, but Urban Trial Freestyle 2 is best described as fleeting, faltering fun. 

Urban Trial Freestyle 2 Review

Bye-Bye BoxBoy! Review

If you haven’t experienced the BoxBoy! series and can only pick one, Bye-Bye BoxBoy! has the most variety, providing the most value. Otherwise, picking up the whole trilogy is a great solution for anyone seeking ingenious portable puzzles in bulk. Bye-Bye, BoxBoy! We’ll miss you!

Bye-Bye BoxBoy! Review

Punch Club Review

Punch Club is only for the most hardcore micromanagers who don’t mind the long, grueling road to fighter stardom. It’s challenging, but it manages to replicate the hardships of real fighters, who constantly toil against vicious diminished growths, but then achieve amazing feats in the ring.

Punch Club Review

Shift DX Review

Shift DX takes one premise and remarkably makes it last for 200+ levels. Its healthy mix of spatial reasoning and platforming obstacles effectively tests your mind and reflexes. I’m convinced that this game stimulates a part of your brain that you rarely use, and it feels great. If you are even a casual fan of puzzle platformers, Shift DX will turn your world upside-down.

Shift DX Review

Pokemon Sun and Moon Review

A much more upbeat entry chock full of streamlining that lets its new ideas really shine, Pokemon Sun and Moon are the most friendly and modern-feeling games the series has put forth in a long time. Though it shifts away from the exploratory aspects I've loved in past games to focus more on a main quest, S&M have some of the most memorable parts I've seen in the series in a while. It feels like Game Freak finally took cruise control off and are willing to try something new, and I just hope they expand on some of the more offbeat ideas in the future. 

Pokemon Sun and Moon Review

Steamworld Heist

Steamworld Heist is a ton of fun, and developer Image and Form are doing a great job of trying new things following the surprise success of Steamworld Dig. Perhaps a little on the easier side, it makes up for it by being a great playing and superbly produced tactics game with a lot of character, and loads or replayability. It's going to be ported over to other systems soon, but the 3DS version is fantastic, and you owe it to yourself to pick it up for some on-the-go bot blasting.

Steamworld Heist

Shin Megami Tensei Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker

Devil Survivor game at first glance, it has some new features that make it a must for avid RPG players. And the new features are enough to experience the game again if you already have. And with a solid gameplay, an engaging cast of characters and lots of hours of adventures, Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker is a more than worthy entry in the long running series.

Shin Megami Tensei Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker