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Kart Krashers Review (DSiWare)

December 19, 2012 Leave a comment

kart krashers review Even with the new, shiny 3DS and Wii U, there are still DSiWare games coming out.  Oddly, I have to play these games on my 3DS as I never bought a DSi.  DSiWare games are pretty small and I honestly can’t name three off the top of my head.  This doesn’t mean there isn’t anything good on the service; I’m just weird.  So several weeks ago, I took on the review for Kart Krashers.  This has been a long time coming but I am finally writing this review.

What You Need To Know

As you might have guessed, Kart Krashers is a driving game.  As you might not have guessed, it is not a kart racer ala Mario Kart.  Instead you need to think back to a game called Smuggler’s Run.  For those of you not familiar with Smuggler’s Run, and those too lazy to look up the Wikipedia page, Kart Krashers is a game where you drive a kart in an open environment, gathering items and power-ups.  The point is to gather stars and rings to increase your score.  With each item gathered, your score multiplier increases for a time.  The faster you collect, the higher your score.  To help you are power-ups such as star magnets, rocket boosters and shields.  Trying to stop you are a few random enemies that don’t seem too bothered by your quest for points.  For each arena, of which there are eleven, you need to attain a certain rank across three events to advance to the next arena.  This is all loosely tied together by some story about exposing an evil conglomerate to the public.  However, as this was told through text bubbles that barely seemed to be related, I can’t say that the story does too much.  Read more…

Escape the Virus: Shoot ‘em Up! Review (DSiWare)

I’ve played some “shmups” in my time, one of my favorites is Geometry Wars on XBLA. Recently, Teyon released a new game in this genre called Escape the Virus: Shoot ‘em Up! for DSiWare and the 3DS via the eShop. Just by looking at the title, you can clearly see where this game is supposed to fit in and I’ve had the lovely privilege of reviewing it just for you… lucky reader…

What You Need To Know

Escape the Virus: Shoot ‘em Up! is a top-down game that’s a lot like a twin-stick shooter without the use of any sticks. You play as a small piece of bacteria in a micro-sized world that is being over run by viruses. There are two game modes, Shooter and Territory. In Shooter you will spend your time playing an arcade-style, shooting experience with no real goal but to get a high score. In Territory you play something similar to king of the hill where you travel to certain zones on the screen and try to keep them clear of viruses for a set amount of time. Read more…

Crazy Hunter Review (DSiWare)

September 22, 2012 Leave a comment

For a while I only had a first generation DS so I didn’t have access to DSiWare.  I’ve missed out on a few games but now I have a 3DS and can make up for lost time.  This also means I can review DSiWare games.  Which brings me to Crazy Hunter, a game developed by EnjoyUp Games; the people what brought you Chronos Twins and Zombie BBQ.  One could say EnjoyUp has a different way of looking at things and Crazy Hunter proudly carries that torch.

What You Need To Know
This may be an overload but try to stay with me.  In Crazy Hunter you play as a crocodile, named Dundee, as he drives his boat into candy buoys.  Dundee needs to smash these buoys so the goats standing on top of them fall into the water.  Once Dundee clears an area, he uses a crane to pull the goats out of the river.  If Dundee gets enough goats, he can stack them into a tower and reach a cloud where sits a chicken laying golden eggs.  Whew.  Trying to stop Dundee are elephants, monkeys, hippos, plants and water geysers.  Dundee must be mindful of his fuel because once he’s out of gas the game is over.  When ramming goats, all the action happens on the top screen.  The goat dredging takes place on the bottom screen.  During gameplay on one screen the opposite screen doesn’t really do anything.  Read more…

Escape The Virus Coming to DSiWare

August 29, 2012 Leave a comment

Polish Studio, Teyon, is working on several games that are going to be hitting Nintendo’s portable platforms soon.  The first is a DSiWare game called Escape the Virus: Shoot’Em Up! which will be hitting the DSiWare on August 28th for 200 points or $1.99 through the 3DS eShop.  The game looks like a top-down shooter where you control the action using the touch screen to aim.  Check out this trailer game and head past the break for the full press release and more screen shots.

Read more…

Gameplay Challenge – Go Series: 10 Second Run

August 27, 2012 6 comments

You guys know I like to occasionally do these gameplay challenges were I give you a task and see who can complete it the fastest or get the best score on something.  This week I’m doing it to highlight a DSiWare game that I really enjoy and think everyone should play.  It’s called Go Series: 10 Second Run and it was published by Gamebridge.  The game hit the DSiWare store back in 2010 and I played it not long after the 3DS hit stores.

There are a couple different game modes available in the game.  One is a mode where you play through each level at your own pace, with the only rule being the level must be completed in 10 seconds.  The other, and the one we’re going to focus on, is called Marathon.  This is where you have to finish all of the levels as fast as you possibly can.  I’m not going to ask you to do that, as I’ve never finished Marathon mode.

Here’s your challenge for this week.  I want you to play the first ten levels of Marathon.  Post your time in the comments, post a video to Youtube or show us a screenshot of your fastest time.  I’ve posted the video of my run through and I finished in a time of 57:37.  Not the fastest time possible, but still fairly respectable.  As with all of our gameplay challenges this is just for fun, but I seriously think you should check out 10 Second Run.  It’s available in the DSiWare store and the 3DS eShop for $1.99.  That’s pretty cheap for a really solid platformer that’s going to definitely test your skills.  If you want to know my thoughts on it you can check out our review.

Euro News Round-Up: Week Ending 23/06

June 24, 2012 Leave a comment

Euro News Round-Up

After a lacklustre E3, we’ve been waiting for a big news reveal, and here it is! This week’s Nintendo Direct had individual presentations across all 3 of Nintendo’s major territories, and Europe got its fair share of big news, with some exclusives thrown in! It’s a big Round-Up at last!

Nintendo Direct Europe Round-Up

Taking place at the rather unfortunate time of 5AM BST, this week’s Nintendo Direct saw NoE President Satoru Shibata take to the stage, or in this case, Nintendo’s German Manufacturing Plant, to unveil the latest news from the company.

The big news was of course the 3DS XL, the giant brother of the current 3DS model, which like the other reasons does not come packed in with a charger or dock. Like the 3DS, the XL has no price point, which has begun a bidding war online, with £180 currently being the leading bid. The new system will be out on July 28th in Silver, Blue and Red.

Nintendo also revealed a handful of new release dates, while reaffirming New Super Mario Bros 2‘s release on August 17th. Also confirmed during the video were FreakyForms Deluxe and New Art Academy on July 28th, Pokemon Typing Adventure with free keyboard in September and surprisingly, Inazuma Eleven Strikers on Wii on September 28th.

Also confirmed were Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask coming to 3DS this Christmas, along with Animal Crossing 3DS and Fire Emblem Awakening arriving in early 2013.

On the eShop, Nintendo are currently running a 20% sale on the top 10 games to celebrate it’s anniversary, so be sure to check that out this week before they go back up in price. And finally, a Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games card book will soon be available to download as the Olympics nears.

Nintendo UK Boss Leaves

Nintendo UK’s David Yerton has stepped down as the company’s General Manager after 20 years in charge, with NoE President Satoru Shibata taking temporary control while the UK arm of Nintendo look for a replacement. I’d like to join Nintendo in wishing him the best in the future after helming the company for almost as long as I’ve been alive!

This Week’s Downloads

Mutant Mudds – 3DS eShop – £8.10
Mutant Mudds gets the infamy of being the second most expensive game on the eShop, but thankfully happens to be a worthwhile download for the rather expensive (and random) price point of £8.10.

Save the Furries – WiiWare – 1000 Points

Goooooal Europa 2012 – DSiWare – 500 Points

3DS & Wii Charts

A good entry for Heroes of Ruin at #5

3DS Chart
1. Super Mario 3D Land
2. Mario Kart 7
3. Mario Tennis Open
4. Mario And Sonic At The London 2012 Olympic Games
5. Heroes Of Ruin
6. Kid Icarus: Uprising
7. Nintendogs + Cats: Golden Retriever
8. Sonic Generations
9. FIFA 12
10. Rayman 3D

Wii Chart
1. Mario And Sonic At The London 2012 Olympic Games
2. Mario Kart Wii
3. Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure
4. Mario Party 9
5. Zumba Fitness
6. Zumba Fitness 2
7. Wii Party
8. FIFA 12
9. The Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword
10. New Super Mario Bros Wii

And finally…

We come to the end. Regular visitors to the site no doubt saw on Friday that I will be leaving Nintendo-Okie next week, and with me will go the Euro News Round-Up. It’s been a privilege to provide you all with the latest news from Europe over the past 2 years, and except for some Christmas breaks, I’ve managed to get the Round-Up out to you every week. I hope you’ve found this little glimpse of gaming life in Europe educational if nothing else, but more than that, I hope you’ve enjoyed a weekly look at what’s happening across the Atlantic. And with that, the Euro News Round-Up comes to an end! Thank you to everyone who read it over the past 2 years.

Gaz

Euro News Round-Up: Week Ending 16/06

June 17, 2012 2 comments

Euro News Round-Up

We’re still recovering from E3, so as expected very little is happening right now. So in the meantime, why not amuse yourselves with a couple of download titles or check out a top ten game, both of which are provided below (minus the buying part, you have to do that).

This Week’s Downloads

Sonic Blast – 3DS VC (Game Gear) – £4.50

Art of Ink – DSiWare – 800 Points

3DS & Wii Charts

A good entry for Rayman Origins 3DS

3DS Chart
1. Mario Tennis Open
2. Super Mario 3D Land
3. Mario Kart 7
4. Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games
5. Kid Icarus: Uprising
6. Sonic Generations
7. Rayman Origins
8. Nintendogs + Cats: Golden Retriever
9. FIFA 12
10. Rayman 3D

Wii Chart
1. Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games
2. Mario Kart Wii
3. Mario Party 9
4. Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure
5. Zumba Fitness
6. Zumba Fitness 2
7. Wii Party
8. FIFA 12
9. New Super Mario Bros Wii
10. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

And finally…

Nintendo are attempting to find Britain’s Fastest Family by hosting a Mario Kart 7 tournament this August in certain HMV stores nationwide. If you think your family has what it takes, be sure to enter!

Euro News Round-Up: Week Ending 09/06

June 11, 2012 Leave a comment

Euro News Round-Up

Someone forgot to give Nintendo of Europe the memo that E3 was this week, so we have absolutely no Euro specific news. Which is probably for the best, as there was a lot of news to cover this past week. Nonetheless, they did remember to update the eShop, so be sure to check out the new Heroes of Ruin demo!

This Week’s Downloads

Heroes of Ruin Demo – 3DS eShop – Free

3D Solitaire – 3DS eShop – £2.70

Tumble Pop – 3DS VC (GB) – £2.70

Devil Band – Rock the Underworld – DSiWare – 500 Points

3DS & Wii Charts

Second week at the top for Mario Tennis Open

3DS Chart
1. Mario Tennis Open
2. Super Mario 3D Land
3. Mario Kart 7
4. Mario And Sonic At The London 2012 Olympic Games
5. Kid Icarus: Uprising
6. Sonic Generations
7. Nintendogs + Cats: Golden Retriever
8. Rayman 3D
9. Super Pokemon Rumble
10. FIFA 12

Wii Chart
1. Mario And Sonic At The London 2012 Olympic Games
2. Mario Party 9
3. Mario Kart Wii
4. Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure
5. Just Dance 3
6. The Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword
7. Zumba Fitness
8. Zumba Fitness 2
9. Wii Party
10. Pokepark 2: Wonders Beyond

And finally…

UK retailer ShopTo.net have speculatively priced Wii U at £279.85, with games retailing for £39.99, much like current Wii games. Whether or not they have inside knowledge remains to be seen, but the price is a clear £100 more than the Wii retailed at launch in 2006.

Euro News Round-Up: Week Ending 19/05

May 21, 2012 Leave a comment

Euro News Round-Up

If you’re anything like me then Yoshi is your favourite Nintendo character ever. What’s better than standard green Yoshi in Mario Tennis Open? How about a herd of different coloured Yoshis? Well that’s what will be available soon in a Nintendo UK promotion called Yoshi Chase! Read on for more.

Chase Yoshi around the UK!

Ever wondered why Nintendo decided to add a QR code reader to the 3DS? Well now we have an answer – for augmented reality games! Starting this weekend, Nintendo UK will be releasing different coloured Yoshi QR codes in various places around the UK which when scanned add that colour Yoshi to the roster in Mario Tennis Open.

The event kicks off on Friday 25th May in 30 Asda stores across the country, where a successful scan of the code between 9:30 and 17:30 on either the Friday or the Saturday in store will yield a black Yoshi to use in Mario Tennis Open, a Yoshi which is not acquirable through conventional means. This will be followed up in the coming weeks by releases of white, red and blue Yoshis, but we’ll have more details on them as the release approaches.

Will you be getting your black Yoshi this weekend?

This Week’s Downloads

Rayman Origins DEMO – 3DS eShop - Free
Demo of the up-coming 3DS port of the HD Rayman Origins. It’s a fun experience but if the quality of the demo is indicative of the final product, I would go and buy the Wii version. Still worth a trial run though

Kirby’s Dreamland 2 – 3DS VC (GB) – £3.60

Bird Mania 3D – 3DS eShop – £1.80

3DS & Wii Charts

Pit is still in the top 3

3DS Chart
1. Super Mario 3D Land
2. Mario Kart 7
3. Kid Icarus: Uprising
4. Mario And Sonic At The London 2012 Olympic Games
5. Nintendogs + Cats: Golden Retriever
6. Sonic Generations
7. Super Pokemon Rumble
8. Rayman 3D
9. The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time 3D
10. Rabbids 3D

Wii Chart
1. Mario And Sonic At The London 2012 Olympic Games
2. Mario Party 9
3. Zumba Fitness
4. Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure
5. Mario Kart Wii
6. Zumba Fitness 2
7. Just Dance 3
8. Wii Party
9. FIFA 12
10. Pokepark 2: Wonders Beyond

And finally…

Check out Nintendo Video on your 3DS this week to see a special 3D Shaun the Sheep episode parodying Mario Bros.

Euro News Round-Up: Week Ending 12/05

May 13, 2012 Leave a comment

Euro News Round-Up

It’s a classic pre-E3 week this week, with nothing but rumours coming out from the gaming world. But this week does see the eventual arrival of VVVVV on the 3DS eShop, so it’s not all bad news!

This Week’s Downloads

VVVVV – 3DS eShop – £7.20

Sonic Labyrinth – 3DS VC (Game Gear) – £4.50

Wonder Boy in Super Land – Wii VC (Arcade) – 900 Points

Monster World IV – Wii VC (Mega Drive) – 900 Points

3DS, Wii & DS Sales Charts

Mario locks out the top three spots on 3DS

3DS Chart
1. Super Mario 3D Land
2. Mario Kart 7
3. Mario And Sonic At The London 2012 Olympic Games
4. Kid Icarus: Uprising
5. Nintendogs + Cats: Golden Retriever
6. Sonic Generations
7. Super Pokemon Rumble
8. Rayman 3D
9. The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time 3D
10. FIFA 12

Wii Chart
1. Mario And Sonic At The London 2012 Olympic Games
2. Mario Party 9
3. Zumba Fitness
4. Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure
5. Mario Kart Wii
6. Zumba Fitness 2
7. Just Dance 3
8. Wii Party
9. The Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword
10. Pokepark 2: Wonders Beyond

DS Chart
1. Moshi Monsters: Moshling Zoo
2. New Super Mario Bros
3. 1001 Touch Games
4. Mario Kart DS
5. Bejeweled 3
6. Secrets Of The Titanic
7. Pokemon White
8. Pokemon Black
9. Jewel Quest: The Sleepless Star
10. Professor Layton And The Spectre’s Call

And finally…

Seeing as the 3DS has been out for a year now and actually has regular software releases, and given that the DS is all but dead in terms of big new releases, this will be the last week we feature the DS chart on our weekly chart round-up. I hope you’ve enjoyed all the great DS games that have been released over the years, but now really is the time to upgrade to 3DS!

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