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Resident Evil Revelations

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I picked this up on 3DS last week because it was on sale for $10, and I’m sure glad I did. I have a hit-and-miss relationship with the series: I have fond memories of playing the first one, and maybe a bit of the second one, the last one I really enjoyed playing was Code Veronica on the Dreamcast, I tried Resident Evil 4, but just didn’t really get into it, and although I had fun playing 1 level of Resident Evil 5 in co-op with a friend, I never got the chance to play more of it (tried solo, and wasn’t really enjoying it much) – and I skipped Resident Evil 6 altogether. This one though, I had heard that it was pretty good – back to the ol’ confined horror of the original – and so far I’m really digging it. It really does look fantastic on the 3DS – with the 3D effect being fun in this context – and I also like the Metroid Prime-like scanning that you do in the world. And who says tank controls can’t work? You sort of get a version of it with this, in that you can’t move when you’re shooting, because you suddenly go in a first person view. I really like it, and I’d recommend picking it up, as it’s pretty cheap now. UPDATE: I was informed by my Resident Evil sempai, Alex Aniel, that you can in fact move while shooting, by holding down both L and R.

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Pushmo World

I am completely new to the Pushmo series, having never played the two 3DS games (Pushmo and Crashmo), but after seeing some really positive reviews for Pushmo World, out for the Wii U, I decided to give it a try. I’m sure glad I did. I don’t play a whole lot of puzzle games, but when the right one comes along, I can get sucked in, and I think it’s happening here (which already has me thinking that I need to get the two 3DS titles too). I really love the way it’s all presented – a colorful world with cute plump characters to interact with the puzzle pieces – and the puzzles themselves are surprisingly fun to try and figure out, because of the physicality (pushing and pulling various pieces of a puzzle). I’ve only played 1-2 hours so far, but I think I’m going to like this a lot.

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Tomodachi Life

Boy am I having fun with this game. I still remember teasing a lot of my friends here who were excited for the Japanese edition when it came out last year, and this is what happened. So after seeing the super silly (and funny) trailer that Nintendo released when they announced that it would come out in English, and then seeing some of the screenshots of friends who had early copies, I jumped on it as soon as it was released (this past Friday), and I’m sure glad I did. This really is the kind of game that you want to get as soon as it comes out, because part of the fun is sharing what is happening in your game – a sort of doll house playpen of Miis, that you generally want to import from your friends – and to see what others are seeing as well. When I’m playing, it feels like every 5 minutes there’s something that puts a big stupid grin on my face, and that I really want to share – either publicly, or directly to friends, to show them what their Miis are doing in my game. If you have a 3DS and you like smiling and laughing, then you’d be pretty silly to not pick this up. If you want to add me, here’s my QR code – and here’s the QR code for that “pretender,” jeansnowmii.

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Rusty’s Real Deal Baseball

I got this when it first came out a couple of months ago, but just realized I never ended up mentioning it here. It’s an interesting little game for the 3DS – it’s a free download, and you buy baseball-themed mini-games inside, 10 in all. The really interesting part is that when it comes to buying those in-app games, you can negotiate with “Rusty Slugger” to bring the price down – so although the asking price is always $4, you can bring all of them down to about $1.50-1.80. And don’t worry, a character pops up to tell you when you’ve gone as low as you can go, so you won’t feel like maybe you’re overpaying for one of them. Negotiating is done by chatting with Rusty, and giving items and discount tickets that you receive from playing the mini-games. I’ve bought 6 of the games, and do plan on getting the remaining 4. I’ve had a lot of fun with the mini-games, and this is from someone who doesn’t even like baseball. They’re all score based, and it’s just plain fun to pick up your 3DS and go through a bunch of them, to not only better your score (and there are challenge modes), but also to unlock items and tickets to be able to get discounts on the other mini-games. And hey, Rusty is a pretty fun character, and I like that there’s a bit of a narrative going on as you go about buying more of the mini-games. I hope they turn this into a franchise and start adding more sports – would love a hockey one!

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Theatrhythm Final Fantasy

I played a bunch of this game when it came out on iOS, and bought a few (pricey) packs for it, but when I saw the original 3DS version on sale on Play-Asia, I decided to pick it up, and I’m sure glad I did. The joy here is of course in playing a rhythm game that involves all of the classic music from the series, and I’m pleasantly surprised to see that there’s much more to do in the 3DS version than in the iOS one (although I do miss the crisp graphics of the latter). 

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Nano Assault EX

I bought this game on the 3DS eShop last week – it was on sale for half price, and probably still is – and haven’t played much because of Dream Team monopolizing my 3DS time these days, but it’s a really rad shooter. This game really shows off the 3D effects of the system well, and so it’s a joy to move around the 3D space, shooting the hell out of incoming viruses and the like. Definitely worth picking up, especially at the current sale price (something like $6-7).

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Mario & Luigi: Dream Team

As you may have noticed, I’ve really been enjoying playing games on the 3DS of late, and so it’s no big surprise that I was fairly excited at the idea of playing Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, to the point that I got the game pretty much as it was released (midnight release on August 11). I’m not that familiar with the Mario RPG series, having only played one (Partners in Time), and not to completion, but man, I’m really enjoying this game. I’ve always been one to enjoy JRPGs, and so turn-based battles are something I like, but it’s really fun how these games build on that, adding so much “action” as part of the battles, to keep you on your toes. The story is fun but silly – as you’d expect – but the real fun is in exploring the world by way of Luigi’s dreams, activating various gimmicks to advance further. I can definitely see myself getting to the end of this.