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PUZZLEBOX setup Review

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Release Date: December 25, 2014 | Price: $2.99
Genre: Puzzle/Casual | Platform: Nintendo 3DS eShop
Publisher and Developer: Bplus Games

Developed by Bplus Games, of Bit Boy!! Arcade fame, PUZZLEBOX setup utilizes the Nintendo 3DS hardware in a unique way. Defined as an “upside-down puzzle in a bottle,” PUZZLEBOX setup gets 3DS players to flip their hardware upside-down to complete images by dropping blocks from the touchscreen to the 3D screen.

puzzlebox-setup-ss1PUZZLEBOX setup offers players two ways to play. First, there’s what many may consider the game’s main mode, classic mode. In classic mode, the main objective is to drop blocks in the correct order to complete images as the screen continuously scrolls to the right. The gameplay is simple to learn and works quite well with the game’s unique setup. There are also two difficulties – or speeds as the game implies – to overcome: slow and fast. Slow doesn’t generally offer much of a challenge, unless you count the times where certain coloured blocks are only a shade away from one another, making it difficult to tell which one the game wants you to place. However, if it’s a challenge that you want, you will certainly find it by choosing to complete the puzzles using the fast speed option.

The game is described as being a puzzle game, but I have to disagree. Essentially, your only objective is to fill in the blocks by tapping the corresponding colour on the touchscreen. There is nothing puzzling, or strategic about the moves you have to make, so I’d classify this as an action game.


puzzlebox-setup-ss2The second game mode that you will find in PUZZLEBOX setup is copycat mode. This mode gives you a static image to complete, which makes the game much easier, or more casual than the game’s initial mode. However, one thing that I prefer about copycat mode is that you can see the full image you’re trying to complete, such as a cool Christmas setting, whereas in classic mode, the images sometimes don’t look like anything in particular. Again, there is nothing puzzling about this type of gameplay, and in fact, this mode offers less action than classic mode, though it’s just as enjoyable in its own way.

As for the game’s presentation, PUZZLEBOX setup uses simple colours and shapes to create an easy-to-use, attractive interface. In-game graphics can be compared to pixel-like images and are also quite easy on the eyes. However, perhaps the games biggest downfall is its music. I found it to be quite grating on the ears at times, however, there were a few moments when I found myself enjoying a couple of the game’s music tracks.

Final Thoughts:

For those looking for a unique experience on their Nintendo 3DS, PUZZLEBOX setup delivers with plenty of puzzles – I use the term lightly – and two different ways to play. Also, it’s an inexpensive option at $2.99 for those that want to get more value for their buck. PUZZLEBOX setup does suffer from being monotonous in the gameplay department, and sometimes not even feeling like a proper puzzle game. Also, I wasn’t a big fan of the game’s soundtrack. That being said, if you want to turn your 3DS upside-down and enjoy some casual fill-in-the-blocks type puzzles, PUZZLEBOX setup is the game for you.

7/10 – Good
Review copy provided by Bplus Games

Nintendo 3DS System Update: Version 9.0.0-20U Now Available – Home Menu Themes!

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Nintendo released an update for the Nintendo 3DS family of handhelds last night. This new update brings HOME menu themes to the handheld. The update gives gamers some basic color themes, though more can be purchased from the new Theme Shop. Most of those themes include custom wallpapers, icons, and sounds. These themes start at $0.99 for the more basic themes, and $1.99 for the character-based themes.

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Tappingo 2 Review

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Sequels are to be expected in the world of video games, well, it’s to be expected for anything that is successful. So, shortly after Tappingo (a well-received puzzle game developed by Goodbye Galaxy Games) was released, a sequel was announced. Tappingo 2 promised to fix the issues found in the first game, and of course, more puzzle gaming for 3DS owners. With that being said, is Tappingo 2 worth a look? Absolutely.

Tappingo 2 has identical gameplay to the original, though there are some nice tweaks that enhance the gameplay in the sequel. Here’s a quick recap: the Tappingo games have the player extending lines from numbered blocks to create an image. Lines will overextend until they reach a dead end, so creating the image with the desired length is essential to solving each puzzle. Of course, some lines must be extended before the player can properly extend another line. Extending lines is easily done by tapping a block and sliding the stylus in the direction you want to extend. Players can also undo their actions by tapping the block the line originally extends from. The gameplay is extremely easy to learn, and most puzzles are fairly easy to solve, both of which make the game quite addictive. So, that’s the game in a nutshell, but there are still some important additions to talk about.

The main addition to Tappingo 2 is the zoom feature. The zoom feature is only enabled on the game’s larger puzzles and it makes solving those puzzles a more enjoyable experience. In the first game, players could accidentally extend lines they didn’t want to, which made larger puzzles a pain to solve. The zoom feature is such a simple addition, though it’s one that makes Tappingo 2 the better game. Another addition – or enhancement – is the sound effect that plays after extending a line. Not having that sort of feedback in the original made the game feel slightly off. It is a nice addition to Tappingo 2, and it can be turned off, though there’s still a certain delay that occurs when extending lines that feels odd. It’s actually an extreme nitpick, though I had trouble finding anything else to criticize about this game.

As for the game’s presentation, Tappingo 2 certainly delivers. The user interface has received a nice bump in quality, and the game’s visuals in general are simply great. Tappingo had a calm, relaxing, yet catchy soundtrack, which Tappingo 2 also delivers. It’s hard to say if one soundtrack is better than the other because they are so similar in style. I’ll give the edge to Tappingo 2 because there are two tracks in particular – the urban and tropical sounding ones – that I love to listen to over and over.

Final Thoughts:

If you liked Tappingo, then Tappingo 2 is a must purchase. If you’ve never played the original, but you love puzzle games, Tappingo 2 is worthy of a look at its low price of $2.99. The game is packed with puzzles – 104 to be exact – and includes cameos from Two Tribes and Renegade Kid games. Puzzles can take anywhere from 10 seconds to 10 minutes to complete, so there is plenty of playtime here for the price. The gameplay is excellent, the control is close to perfect, the soundtrack is stellar, and the visuals are stylish and pleasing. Tappingo 2 is a gem on the Nintendo 3DS eShop and a must purchase for puzzle game fans.

9.5/10 – Excellent

Review copy provided by Goodbye Galaxy Games

Nintendo Digest: Day 2 of E3 2014 – The Nintendo Digital Event

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Nintendo Digest: Day 1 of E3 2014 – Indie Games Galore

Nintendo’s big day has come and with it they have brought plenty of stuff for me to write about. Actually, the amount of content is kind of overwhelming. Today, I’m going to highlight the biggest announcements, tomorrow I will do a trailer roundup.

Nintendo Announces Amiibo Figurines

One of Nintendo’s biggest announcements today comes in the form of Amiibo figurines. Amiibo figures are part of Nintendo’s Nintendo Figure Platform (NFP) initiative that was mentioned earlier this year. Amiibo figurines will be compatible with multiple games across the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, starting with Super Smash Bros. U this year.

Nintendo is planning to launch 10 figurines later this year, though no price has been as of yet. Other games that Nintendo plans to add Amiibo support to include Mario Kart 8, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (mentioned below), Mario Party 10 and Yoshi’s Woolly World.

Super Smash Bros. Welcomes Mii Fighters, Palutena, GameCube Controllers, and Amiibo Support

For the first time ever, players will be able to fight as their Mii characters using one of three fighting styles: Mii Brawler, Mii Swordfighter, and Mii Gunner. Each style has a set of 12 special moves that can be customized to your liking, giving you plenty of choices for making the ultimate Mii Fighter. In addition to Mii Fighters, Palutena was also announced for both Super Smash Bros. games. Palutena will make use of her powers to overcome the battle.

Also, a special edition of Super Smash Bros. U will be available for those wanting a GameCube-like experience. The game will come bundled with a Wii U GameCube Adapter that lets players use GameCube controllers, and a special Super Smash Bros. GameCube controller. This bundle will be available for $99, though the adapter and controller can be purchased separately for $19.99 and $39.99 respectively.

Lastly, Super Smash Bros. U will be the first game to feature support for Nintendo’s Amiibo figurines. These figurines can be summoned to fight for you or alongside you and can be leveled up with repeated use. It’s a unique feature, though not one I’m particularly sold on. However, the figurines will probably be worth the price alone.

The New The Legend of Zelda is Revealed

Unfortunately, not a lot was showcased concerning the new The Legend of Zelda game for Wii U. However, we are being assured that the conventions of Zelda are being tinkered with, and that the game will feature a large, open-world that lets players tackle situations and puzzles in a variety of ways.

The Legend of Zelda Wii U is currently scheduled for a 2015 release.

Miyamoto is Bringing Four Wii U GamePad Focused Games to Wii U, Including Star Fox

Shigeru Miyamoto is working on four games that focus on using the Wii U GamePad to present gamers with unique ways to play. All four games are currently scheduled for 2015.

  • Mario Maker: Gamers will now be able to use the Wii U GamePad to build their own Super Mario Bros. levels with Mario Make. Players will be able to place a variety of enemies, power-ups, and more using the Wii U GamePad. Sharing features weren’t mentioned, though it seems like an inevitable announcement, but gamers do have the ability to switch between classic Super Mario Bros. and the New Super Mario Bros. aesthetics. Mario Maker is scheduled for a 2015 release.

  • Star Fox Wii U: Finally, Star Fox will be making a big comeback in 2015 by utilizing the Wii U GamePad to change the way Star Fox is played. Players will be able to hop inside the cockpit of Fox’s Arwing using the Wii U GamePad and target enemies using an intuitive gyro sensor control scheme. While this is happening, players will receive the classic Star Fox presentation on the TV screen. Also, players can switch between the Arwing and Landmaster with the press of a button, and control a new helicopter-type.
  • Project Giant Robot: Project Giant Robot (which I assume is a tentative title) lets players build a fighter robot on the Wii U GamePad then puts them inside the robot’s cockpit to battle other robots. Players will look through the Wii U GamePad as if they’re really inside their robot.
  • Project Guard: Gamers must place and use 12 cameras to stop a robot invasion. This unique game combines the TV screen with the Wii U GamePad for an experience that can only be had on the Wii U.

New IP Splatoon Splashes onto the Scene

Perhaps the most original title showcased on today’s Nintendo Digital Event was Splatoon. Splatoon is a unique third-person shooter that combines ink shooting and graceful squid movements to create a new kind of experience.

Players are divided into two teams of four and must battle to cover the arena in as much ink as possible. The winning team is the team that covers most of the arena in their ink, however, to do this, players must master diving into the ink and becoming a squid to travel around the map.

It’s an interesting concept and it’s great to see Nintendo branching off and bringing a one of a kind online experience to the Wii U.

Captain Toad Embarks on a Full-fledged Adventure

Captain Toad is getting his own game for Wii U called Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker. This game expands on the concept first seen in Super Mario 3D World. Captain Toad must navigate his way through a maze-like structure in order to reach the star goal. The level design looks great and there seems to be plenty of new concepts that could make this a sleeper hit.

Yoshi’s Woolly World Spins a Gorgeous World

Finally, Yarn Yoshi has been given some time to shine and boy does it shine. Yoshi’s Woolly World takes the yarn aesthetic first seen in Kirby’s Epic Yarn and knits a brand new experience.

Yoshi will be able to unwrap secrets and use yarn eggs in unique ways to traverse the environment. Also, the two-player co-op looks particularly interesting as player’s can inhale their Yoshi partner and fling him around like a yarn egg.

Yoshi’s Woolly World is scheduled for a 2015 release.

Hyrule Warriors to Release in Sepetember

Hyrule Warriors will be coming to the Wii U on September 26 and with it comes a multitude of playable characters. Of course, Link will be playable, but gamers will also be able to play as Zelda, Impa, and Midna. The game looks to be shaping up nicely and we’re sure to learn more before its release date.

Bayonetta 2 Comes Packaged with Bayonetta in October

As you can see above, a new Bayonetta 2 trailer has been released, however, the biggest news is that Bayonetta 2 comes packaged with the original Bayonetta. Bayonetta will also include Nintendo cosplay, allowing gamers to dress Bayonetta up as Samus, Link, and more.

Bayonetta 2 is coming to Wii U during October 2014.

A Curse Returns in Kirby and the Rainbow Curse

The unique touchscreen gameplay from Kirby’s Canvas Curse is returning in Kirby and the Rainbow Curse. This time, the world Kirby inhabits is made of clay, including environments sculpted to look gorgeous in HD. Overall, the game looks similar to Kirby’s Canvas Curse, albeit with a fantastic visual upgrade.

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse is scheduled for 2015.

Bit Boy!! Arcade Review

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Bit Boy!! Arcade is a sequel to the 2009 WiiWare game, Bit Boy!!, and presents a similar premise. Players take control of Kubi to navigate mazes so he can rescue his friends. This time around, Bit Boy!! Arcade drops the “throughout the generation” gimmick found in Bit Boy!! in favour of a more focused approach.

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Rusty’s Real Deal Baseball Review

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One has to be curious about Nintendo’s entry into the world of free-to-play gaming. While that technically started with Steel Diver: Sub Wars, the game was so tedious and boring that I couldn’t even play enough of it to warrant a review. However, Nintendo definitely upped their game with the surprisingly glorious Rusty’s Real Deal Baseball, though I wouldn’t necessarily call it free-to-play.

Rusty’s Real Deal Baseball is a free-to-play game – though I use the term loosely – that was released on April 3rd, 2014. The game is free to download on the Nintendo 3DS eShop and gives gamers a small sample of what they can expect from the game. After downloading Rusty’s Real Deal Baseball, players can hop into the first game right away without making any purchase commitments. The game Nintendo gives you is actually a demo of the insanely addictive Bat and Switch. You get to sample a handful of levels for free, though you’ll need to purchase the full Bat and Switch game to experience everything. Technically, I don’t consider this free-to-play by any means, and truly believe Bat and Switch should have been completely free, though it was a fantastic enough experience to convince me to dive deeper into Rusty’s world.


So, when you’re ready to purchase Bat and Switch, head over to Rusty’s shop. You – and by you I mean your Mii character – will be greeted by Rusty Slugger, a former pro baseball player that now sells sporting equipment and Nontendo 4DS hardware and games. Yes, you read that right; the Nontendo 4DS is Nintendo’s clever way of selling you mini-games, or 4DS cartridges if you prefer. You’ll notice right away that Rusty is a glum fellow, which plays a part in the 6 episode length story. You’ll be constantly cheering up Rusty with donuts and a variety of miscellaneous items, which help him solve some of his problems. Rusty’s wife is missing, he isn’t properly caring for his kids, and his confidence is at an all-time low. He practically lays a guilt treatment on you to convince you to buy his mini-games, to help him better his life. This, of course, leads to the game’s haggle mechanic.

rustys-real-deal-baseball-ss2To see the whole story, you must purchase six specific mini-games (there’s a total of ten mini-games) from Rusty. These are the mini-games that you must haggle with Rusty to buy. You haggle with Rusty by giving him donuts to cheer him up, providing the best answers to his questions, and providing specific items when necessary. Making all the right moves will give you the lowest possible price on each game. The game will tell you that you’ve reached the lowest price and then ask you to continue to the Nintendo eShop to buy the game. Of course, you’ll be spending real money on these mini-games. There are four other mini-games available, though these aren’t necessary to complete the game’s story and can’t be haggled for; you must use discount coupons on these mini-games, which can be earned by playing through the game’s mini-games.

So, how are the mini-games from Rusty’s Real Deal Baseball? As I alluded to above, these mini-games are fantastic, specifically the hitting mini-games. Every mini-game has 50 levels that challenge you to top a set score without losing your hearts. The hitting mini-games – Bat and Switch and Cage Match – challenge you to read pitches and swing for the fences, complete with a satisfying hit sound effect. Missing a pitch means you’ll lose a heart and when all three hearts are gone, you’re out. The mini-games start off easy enough by giving you slow pitches, but will ramp up the difficulty by throwing fast and trick pitches at you. The first 25 levels you’ll face are considered basic challenges, and once you complete over half of these stages, 25 advanced levels will open up.

Of course, there are other mini-games that put you in different roles. There are some catching and throwing mini-games, as well as an umpire mini-game. They all follow the 50 level format, though with a variety of new challenges to experience. Every game also has a pick-up-and-play control scheme that usually require only one button to play. I won’t detail them all, but these are also quite enjoyable and worth the low price of $2 or less that you’ll spend on them. In general, all of the mini-games have an addictive quality that is hard to explain.

rustys-real-deal-baseball-ss3Each mini-game offers a ton of replay value, not only in finishing its 50 levels, but also in the Hi-Score Derby modes A and B that each offers. These challenge you to go for the highest score possible in grueling endurance-like challenges. You have to unlock these Hi-Score Derby games by collecting stamps, which are given after completing levels. Collecting stamps will also unlock donuts and items that are needed to advance the story. Each level and Hi-Score Derby modes also have gold, silver, and bronze medals to be won for those that like to complete everything. Lastly, you can unlock new costumes for your Mii character by getting gold medals in the Hi-Score Derby games.

Besides being quite addictive, Rusty’s Real Deal Baseball is a visually and aurally pleasing game. It sports colorful graphics and some fine use of stereoscopic 3D. Not much else can be said about the game’s graphics as they are quite generic, in the sense that there’s not much flavour to be added to baseball. Frankly put, the game’s music and sound effects are awesome. The soundtrack is full of delightful, retro-inspired tracks that fit the game well. However, the awesome, satisfying bat cracking sound effects keep me coming back to Rusty’s Real Deal Baseball.

Final Thoughts:

Rusty’s Real Deal Baseball is an excellent free-to-play experience – if it can truly be called that – and proof that Nintendo is testing the Nintendo eShop waters in unique ways. The full game can be purchased for $16 after some tough haggling with Rusty, with a handful that are worth visiting over and over again, especially to hear the sweet sound of baseballs cracking off your aluminum bat. It’s hard to recommend the game to everyone, though Nintendo has made it easier by giving everyone a free sample, which you should ultimately use to influence your decision. If Bat and Switch doesn’t suck you in, then it’s likely that you won’t enjoy the rest of what the game has to offer. However, if you do enjoy the game, prepare to get lost in a strange, but satisfying world of baseball mini-games.

8/10 – Great

Downloaded from Nintendo eShop (All six story games and one additional mini-game were purchased)

Tappingo Review

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Release Date: February 27, 2014
Platform: Nintendo 3DS eShop
Price: $2.99
Publisher: CIRCLE Ent.
Developer: Goodbye Galaxy Games

Hugo Smits of Goodbye Galaxy Games has long been a supporter of Nintendo’s digital storefronts. He has released many titles on the DSiWare service, but has just released his first Nintendo eShop game, Tappingo, for the Nintendo 3DS.

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Sonic Boom – Behind the Scenes

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Retro City Rampage: DX Update to Add Jukebox

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The first update for Retro City Rampage: DX will add a music jukebox to the game. This jukebox will contain 148 tracks, which is over 3 hours of music.


Get Pokémon X or Y Free During March After Registering a Nintendo 3DS and One Select Game

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Want to get Pokémon X or Y for free? Well, during March, gamers that register a Nintendo 3DS, 3DS XL, or 2DS with one of six select games (Mario Kart 7, Super Mario 3D Land, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins, or Yoshi’s New Island) on Club Nintendo will receive a download code for their choice of Pokémon X or Y.

To receive your download code, you must register your system and game between March 1 and March 31, 2014. Your download code for Pokémon X or Y must be redeemed before May 31, 2014.

Press Release: Tappingo will be released in North America on February 27th and Europe on March 6th!

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“Tappingo”(3DS ware) will be released in North America on February 27th and Europe on March 6th!

Your goal is to solve each puzzle picture by making all the numbered blocks extend into lines of the correct length. The number on each block indicates exactly how long the line needs to be.

The game keeps track of the time taken to solve each puzzle. You can challenge your friends or yourself to set a better time! How fast can you solve it?

The game features:

- Over 100 puzzles based on different themes (Hobbies, sports, computers, animals, etc.)
- Time Attack mode (Finish each puzzle as quick as possible)
- Two gameplay modes
- Cool art style

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Nintendo Minute Hosts Chat with Shovel Knight Developer

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Old-school Dungeon Crawler The Keep Coming to Nintendo 3DS

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Cinemax Games has announced The Keep, an RPG crafted to feel like the dungeon crawlers of old, for the Nintendo 3DS eShop. We don’t know much about the game at the moment, though we do know it will have real-time combat.

The Keep is expected to launch during Summer 2014.


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