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Review

Review: Zen Pinball 2

Zen Studios has already delivered pinball joy to the Nintendo 3DS with Zen Pinball 3D and now they grace the Nintendo Wii U with fine-tuned pinball goodness. The first thing to mention about Zen Pinball 2 is it breaks the mould, at least for console in terms of content distribution. The game is essentially a pinball platform where after a free download you can trial various tables. If you don’t wa...

Review: Theatrhythm Final Fantasy strikes a sweet chord

Part parody and part shrine, Theatrhythm Final Fantasy is a must-buy for FF fans and a solid rhythm game for everyone else. Its gameplay is simple but challenging, unlockable content pours down in buckets, and — most importantly — it boasts the best soundtrack since Super Smash Brothers Brawl.

Review: Mario Tennis Open serves up fast, addictive court action

Mario Tennis Open is a truly fun, hard-to-put-down game full of the charm and excellence you’d expect from Nintendo and Camelot. Its pick-up-and-play nature and smooth, fast online modes make it a perfect anywhere-anytime title. There’s a rhythm to single player progression that takes a little while to grab hold, but — once it does — Mario Tennis Open blossoms into a very f...

Review: Ketzal’s Corridors might be the most thrilling puzzler you’ve ever played

The 3DS eShop keeps serving up amazing Nintendo originals, and Ketzal’s Corridors is a gem. Pushmo now has serious competition for best original puzzle game on 3DS, though the only things the two have in common are quality and charm. Where Pushmo is sedate and serene, Ketzal’s Corridors provides an adrenaline-pumped thrill ride with no patience for dilly-dallying. Sharp reflexes and qu...

Review: Why Xenoblade Chronicles deserves a trip into GameStop

There’s no doubt, playing Xenoblade Chronicles is like having a second job. I put over 90 hours into the game and still could have gotten more out of it. If you’re worried about not getting your money’s worth for the game, I paid $70+ just to have an import copy, and the game was worth every dollar. Fear not RPG fans, Xenoblade Chronicles is one of the most refreshing experiences...

Review: Colors! 3D is absolutely brilliant

Rock solid, friendly and intelligently designed, Colors! 3D arrived on eShop today, coupling a wonderful art studio with a fun online gallery for sharing your creations with the world. From its clear, helpful tutorial to the smart use of the 3DS interface, painting with Colors! 3D is a joy. All the basic tools you’d expect in a mobile paint program are in place, and very easy to access and m...

Kid Icarus: Uprising review: Is it bad if the boxart is my favorite part of the game?

Kid Icarus: Uprising has had many Infendo contributors, myself included, wondering if the game was going to have some serious problems when it finally released. Since then, it has, and let’s just it has never been more fantastic to be proven wrong. Project Sora has with their first project already proven that they are a top tier developer, making the wait for Super Smash Bros. Wii U/3DS all ...

Review: Fun! Fun! Minigolf Touch! Isn’t! Isn’t!

I love Minigolf, and I love my 3DS, so I had some cautious hope that Shin’en’s Fun! Fun! Minigolf Touch! might be a decent way to spend $4.99. Unfortunately, this game breaks the months-long streak of outstanding original 3DS eShop games. Fun! Fun! Minigolf Touch! isn’t a disaster, it’s just…meh. Meh. It’s got a sharp presentation, with clean 3D graphics, pleasa...

Review: Mario and Sonic win the gold…for bizarre gameplay

The 3DS edition of Mario and Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games hit store shelves last month. Mediocre initial review scores made me wary, but I did enjoy the eShop demo, so I finally caved and bought the cartridge. To be blunt: If you want great gameplay from a recent release, buy Resident Evil: Revelations or spend a few bucks to download Pushmo or Sakura Samurai. There’s truly only one reas...

Review: Dillon’s Rolling Western wrangles a diverse herd of gameplay into good grub

Imagine a game with a Windwaker art style that takes place on a Wild West version of Hyrule field, in which you roll around like Sonic the Hedgehog, aiming for objects as in Super Monkeyball, using a control system that feels like a combo of the forthcoming Kid Icarus and Angry Birds, while building RTS gun towers and fighting arena battles that’ll remind you of good Mario Party minigames. Now ima...

Sakura Samurai review: All the fun of a great action RPG without any of the dawdling around

Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword is a brilliant game. In this polished and challenging adventure, there is not one bit of wasted space or a moment of B.S. time-killing. Every encounter, decision and action serves the central swordfighting gameplay–and that’s a very good thing, because the fighting system is fun beyond belief. Easy to learn, tricky to master and full of fast, on-the-fly...

An Infendo movie review: Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva

A recent arrival for North American home video, Professor Layton’s movie debut is that rarest of creations: a genuinely good game-based movie that completely captures the charm and appeal of its source material. If you’ve ever played a Layton game and wondered how the story would hold up without the hands-on puzzle gameplay, the answer is: extremely well. These sharply-written characters, take...