Average User Score: 8.8Feb 2, 2014I loved this game and could not lay my 3DS aside. I just wanted to know more, solve more puzzles, and feel the thrill of this absolutelyI loved this game and could not lay my 3DS aside. I just wanted to know more, solve more puzzles, and feel the thrill of this absolutely awesome story. Every NPC feels lie a real intelligent human being with his/her own emotions and opinions. I would say it is the best 3DS game I have played so far,
IF this game had no bugs. I was playing the game for approximately 15 hours when I had the known savegame crushing bug, which I was not aware of. Since the game is quite old, I expected it to be free of bugs, especially of game-breaking ones like this one.
I read some news considering this bug, after It occured and there are even messages telling, that this bug has been fixes in the eShop version of the game. This is NOT the case. They say that they couldn't trace the bug down, but they could at least insert some pop-up warning like "Don't save in escape mode!" or something similar. Also there was no warning in the Nintendo eShop description. I cannot tell how disappointed I am.
Before the bug occurred I would judge a 10/10 without hesitation. Now I am just sad and lost the whole fun I had with this game. It is a shame that after market services for Nintendo products are almost nonexistend. .… Expand
Average User Score: 8.3Feb 2, 2014This game is ok, but nothing special. It is a 3D jump 'n' run title with nice levels. Still it is way too easy and way too short. I got it forThis game is ok, but nothing special. It is a 3D jump 'n' run title with nice levels. Still it is way too easy and way too short. I got it for free during some promotion thing, but I would never buy it.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.9Feb 2, 2014Well it is exactly the original NES game, with relatively good 3D effects. If you like the original you will like this one, too. I stillWell it is exactly the original NES game, with relatively good 3D effects. If you like the original you will like this one, too. I still think, people, who not know the original game may be somehow disappointed.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.3Feb 2, 2014Mario Kart 7 feels no different than its Wii predecessor. In singleplayer, you can choose out of 4 classes and out of 8 cups. Each cupMario Kart 7 feels no different than its Wii predecessor. In singleplayer, you can choose out of 4 classes and out of 8 cups. Each cup consists of 4 Tracks. 4 cups consist of totally new tracks, the other 4 contain classic tracks. You can earn new kart parts by collecting coins, unlock some additional characters and get yourself some stars behind your nickname in multiplayer by completing every cup with a certain number of stars. Like in the Wii game, it is not exactly clear, what requirements have to be met to get the maximum of three stars.
There is also a Time Trial mode, where you can beat the records of people you met via StreetPass or SpotPass. (I actually never played it). You can also practice multiplayer games against the AI.
After I got the three Stars in every cup, the singleplayer offers no replay value for me, because I'm not interested in Time Trials.
As always, Mario Kart's strength is its multiplayer. You can play this game via download play, which I totally love. Players without a copy are forced to play as Shy Guy and cannot customize their karts, but who cares? You can race every single track, participate in cups, etc.
Internet play also works smoothly. Matchmaking doesn't take long and is mostly balanced. You get points for wins and loose points for losses. It is exactly the fun I expected. Sadly, you can only race single tracks against another. No cups are available in open matchmaking. Every player votes for a map and then one of them gets picked randomly. This sounds nice and fair but I found myself playing the same track a couple of times in a row.
Of course there is also the well known balloon battle mode and some other competitive minigames.
Mario Kart offers enough unlockables to make for a satisfying singleplayer. Its multiplayer works well and offers a lot of fun. You can also switch in to cockpit perspective and steer by using the gyrosensor. I would turn off the 3D effects for this one, though.
Still, it suffers the same problem of the Wii title: If you are a crappy driver it doesn't matter a bit, because the worst players get the best items, and the best player the worst items. You can race a perfect track and still get hit by a blue shell and then get placed last. You need no skill at all to hit with a red shell, and you normally can't evade them. I think that the game is just unfair, and that gameplay Is somehow broken because of this. Still, multiplayer offers lot of fun, especially when playing with friends. Drifting works like in the Wii, not the DS game.
Overall, graphics and sound are awesome. I like the new tracks and the selection of the old ones. I dislike gameplay balancing. Still it makes very much fun.
I do not understand that games like this, that are predestined for DLC doesn't get them, instead games like Super Mario Bros. gets some more levels...… Expand
Average User Score: 6.8Feb 2, 2014I adored the GBC-Version of Mario Tennis and gave this one a try. The game looks really good and the actual gameplay feels like the N64I adored the GBC-Version of Mario Tennis and gave this one a try. The game looks really good and the actual gameplay feels like the N64 Version. You can unlock some additional Nintendo characters and you can buy new gear for your Mii, who is a playable character, too.
Since there is no story-mode like in the GBC-Version (which was so perfect and made it one of my favourite GBC games), you will quickly find the singleplayer boring. You can play Single or Double with an AI-controlled partner. Additionally, there are some minigames in which you can earn coins. These coins are needed to buy some equipment for your Mii. I found myself relatively early having unlocked all cool unlockables and quickly loosing the fun of completing each tournament with each character.
So far it sounds quite disappointing, but the game's true strength is its multiplayer. First, it features Download play, which I totally love. Second, online multiplayer is quite ok, too (as long as you don't try to play with your friends). Sadly you can only play Tiebreaks, there.
I wouldn't give much points for the singleplayer experience but the multiplayer kind of saves the game in my opinion. Still, there could be much more cool unlockables, modes, courts, and characters (the roster is quite big, but there are a lot of different coloured Yoshis, wow!). The music is mostly some reworked stuff from the GBC title, which is kind of boring. I would have liked something new.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.4Feb 2, 2014An overall OK game. It has nice graphics and a neat overall design. I really liked the boss fights and small riddles in the game. You willAn overall OK game. It has nice graphics and a neat overall design. I really liked the boss fights and small riddles in the game. You will play it quite long if you want to find everything. Sadly there is not a single element like character development or level-ups. You just get stronger by collecting better stickers which are used to attack or by finding some max health upgrades. I expected more RPGish gameplay but the game is still good. Just not what I expected it to be… Expand
Average User Score: 9.2Feb 2, 2014This is the first Fire Emblem game I have ever played and I am totally (positively) surprised by the game. Fire Emblem is a great tacticalThis is the first Fire Emblem game I have ever played and I am totally (positively) surprised by the game. Fire Emblem is a great tactical game and has impressive graphics and an epic story. You have many possibilities in how to train your army. Your Units gather friendship points, if you put them close to each other on the battlefield or if you melt two units into one bigger unit. If they like each other much enough, they might even have children, that can be recruited, too.
At some point you can even change a unit's class, so you are able to customize your army to your liking.
At first, you can select between three difficulties which influence the strength and mass of enemy units in each level. Additionally you can choose, if permadeath shall be activated. This means, that fallen Units are dead for good. I like this option so much, because you want to optimize your strategy in order to minimize casualties.
Still, I like to have quite a challenge but I got the feeling, that you need a lot of luck to beat the game on the highest difficulty and permadeath activated. I needed to retry some missions over and over until I got enough critical hits to kill an enemy in a certain number of turns in order to survive. I wished that this difficulty was less luck-based but skill-based.
There is also a StreetPass feature which let you play against other armies and rewards you with extra weaponry.
All in all the game is very very much fun. I love the story and its presentation. I love the gameplay, the graphics, animations and sound. I will give this game a 9, because I didn't like that luck or grinding seems to be a big factor on higher difficulties.
I would recommend everyone to at least try the demo, which was very fun and gives a good impression of the game.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.6Feb 2, 2014Etryan Odyssey IV is a RPG which features turn-based combat. At the start, you create a squad of 5 members. You have many possibilitiesEtryan Odyssey IV is a RPG which features turn-based combat. At the start, you create a squad of 5 members. You have many possibilities because you are free to choose, which classes they should have. You can also create more characters and switch them out as you like. Each level-up you can assign a Skill Point to some skills, similar to Diablo II.
Except for the small overworld part, you'll experience the game exclusively in a first person view. What I personally like about the game is, that you have to draw a map of the dungeons that you explore. This adds quite fun for me, and makes you feel like you are really exploring the place.
The game features nice graphics but still some dungeons just look the same (same skin for walls etc.)
I really like the Soundtrack and story so far. What I also like is, that this game is quite hard on the corresponding difficulty setting and doesn't take your hand to guide you every time. You are absolutely free to explore this dangerous looking dungeon or to fight this extremely dangerous looking foe if you want to, but you then have to fear the consequences.
Momentarily, I'm at a point where I feel that I have to grind a whole lot to be able to continue and this kind of interrupts the fun I'm having with it.
There is also some StreetPass feature, which I couldn't use yet, because I sadly met no one with this game activated. It seems that one can have quite fun with it, but I can't tell more.
So if you like much freedom, a challenging difficulty, drawing your own maps and grinding, I would totally recommend that game to you.
Since I'm not too fond of having to grind in order to progress with the main story (I like the possibility to grind to take on some optional superbosses like in FF7, though), I give this game still 8 points, because I believe that I will have much fun and an incredibly long playtime out of this game, once I force myself to grind a bit.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.4Feb 2, 2014I totally liked this game's graphics and 3D-effect. The game got many funny parts, which made me smile a lot.
Gameplay is quite funny, too:I totally liked this game's graphics and 3D-effect. The game got many funny parts, which made me smile a lot.
Gameplay is quite funny, too: You have to explore a bunch of mansions and to capture some boss ghost in each of one. Each mansion is splitted into some missions, which each take you closer to the boss ghost. This is something I don't like, because you cannot save the game while you are playing a mission, and at each mission's end, you'll see a mission complete screen, how much points you got etc. This ruins some of the game's normally great atmosphere.
When I started playing it, I learned that you can upgrade your vacuum cleaner buy collecting coins. I really liked this idea, but was disappointed after a few hours, when I saw that I have already unlocked all possible upgrades. Additionally, you are not able to choose the order in which those upgrades unlock.
So after I completed every mission, I put this game aside and not think of ever play it again. It has an extremely low replay value. I have to admit, that I didn't try the Multiplayer, though.
I will give this game a 6, because it was quite fun, beautiful and so on, but it just isn't worth the 45€ I spent for it, because I know I will never play it again.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.6Feb 2, 2014I liked the Mario's Picross game very much and expected this game to be the same. In essence this is exactly what I got. This game has someI liked the Mario's Picross game very much and expected this game to be the same. In essence this is exactly what I got. This game has some nice extra features like marking the lines in which you can deduce some marks directly. Like the GameBoy game, you are able to activate some help, which fills a horizontal and a vertical line of the riddle, before you can start solving it.
There is also a game mode, in which mistakes are not penalized and you must see by yourself, what has gone wrong.
I like those kind of riddles and I buy some magazines which them frequently, to solve them in the bus/train. Those magazines contain approximately 25 riddles and cost about 3,50€. This game contains much more riddles (I am too lazy to count them right now) and costs a cheap 5€ so it was a good deal for me. Still I would have liked some bigger riddles. The maximum size in this game is 15x15.
All in all, the game deserves a solid 7, because it is that cheap and - compared to a magazine - quite large.… Expand