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Mario Kart 7 [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

Mario Kart 7 is a lot more Mario Kart Wii and a whole lot less Mario Kart DS then I was hoping. The game has been watered down again to ensure that there is almost no challenge what-so-ever in winning ever single race in the game. The worst (best?) example of which is the fact that the game now plays 'clean-up,' removing banana peels left on the track after a single lap, removing the the age-old 'problem' of hitting your own traps. 

The Pros: 

+The addition of kart building means having a truly unique kart

The Cons: 

-The game is incredibly dumbed-down

-There is virtually no challenge to Mario Kart

-Tons of shoehorned features like 'The Lucky 7' and 'motion controlled first-person mode'

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
4

 

Nintendo has been on a roll with their Holiday line-up. Mario 3D Land was an awesome iteration of the series on the Nintendo 3DS that brought together all the best parts of the series into one game. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is the first true successor to the lofty throne of Ocarina of Time, and one of the best of the series long and tenured history. That’s why when Mario Kart 7 came across my desk I, as a major competitive fan of the series, got incredibly excited. It’s unfortunate however, that the game is as lazy as its title.

Super Mario 3D Land [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

The overall feel of Super Mario 3D Land is that of a "best of title." It combines the best elements of games from the franchise's history including Super Mario 64, Super Mario Bros. 3, The New Super Mario Bros. and others, and then focuses them all in a completely new adventure to take advantage of Nintendo's new hardware in the 3DS.

The Pros: 

+Classic Mario platforming action refined and polished to near perfection.

+The addition of the Tanooki suit, and Tanooki tails to characters throughout the game, give the game a ridiculous amount of adorable.

+The 3D features of the 3DS are utilized intelligently and don't feel shoe-horned in.

+Quite possibly the best example of a reason to own a 3DS this holiday season.

The Cons: 

-There should have been some multiplayer options, co-operative or competitive. 

-There are segements in the game that require the use of 3D, so those that want to play the game but don't like 3D are out of luck.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
9

With each new piece of Hardware offered by Nintendo, there are a few titles that you can be guaranteed will be making an appearance. Chief among those would be Mario. It's been a while since we watched the launch of the Nintendo 3DS come and go, but we finally have our 'staple series' making its debut on the system.

Tetris Axis [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

Quite easily the worst port of the classic puzzle epic ever made. The 3D features of the game make no sense for a 2D puzzle game, and can hinder the over-all experience. The ARG features seem like they are nothing more than a technical demonstration of the 3DS hardware, and are pretty much unplayable. 

The Pros: 

+It's Tetris

The Cons: 

-The ARG implimentation is annoying at best and destructive at worst.

-3D doesn't really add anything.

-The game ignores the analog stick

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
3

In the grand debate on which is the greatest video game of all time, I've always put forward Tetris. It is gaming in its purist form, and better than that it's become modular. Tetris has adapted and evolved over the years to reinvent itself for each new generation, taking advantage of the hardware provided and supplying the same addictive qualities that it had since the start. It is puzzle-gaming at its finest and most pure... That's why Tetris Axis is potentially the most disappointing game that I've played this year.

Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D is kind of the definition of "short and sweet." While there isn't much in terms of gameplay or story, there's enough to keep you entertained for short-term gaming sessions of a few minutes or an hour. Improving on your score, trying new characters and buffs will give you the option of replay... but if you're someone that doesn't dig on beating their own scores over and over, you'll lose interest rather quick.

The Pros: 

+Quick challenges for fun short-term gaming.

+Controls translate well to the 3DS new button/stick layout.

+Plenty of unlocks to bring interest into replay

+Addictive short-form gaming that leads to self-competion in the long-run.

The Cons: 

-3D is easily lost (more so than other titles on the 3DS).

-The game is SUPER short. 

-No option to delete save file so sharing/reselling the game isn't likely.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
7

Whenever a new platform is released, from Nintendo in particular, the first response from the majority of publishers is always to post out smaller, bite-sized, mini-game-esque test games to get an idea of how their tech can integrate with the new platform. Most ‘hard-core’ gamers will immediately dismiss these titles, and wait on something for a little more substance.

Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D is a re-make that sticks to its roots. Instead of trying to perform a complete overhaul, Nintendo brought the classic back to life with minor tweaks and a whole lot of love. It truly felt like one of the best gaming experiences I have ever had and with one minor issue a gamer can’t complain.

The Pros: 

+ Provides the same classic story for fans new and old.
+ The 3D graphics really stand-out.
+ Added difficulty in the Master Quest.
+ Gyroscope utilization is spot on.
+ Graphical upgrade makes the game flourish.

The Cons: 

- Found myself turning off the 3D effect every so often.
- Navi’s constant bickering and reminders to take a break became overly annoying.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
9

It’s considered by many to be one of the greatest games ever made and more often than not re-makes go horribly wrong. This of course is not the case for The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D. Nintendo made sure not to clutter their upgrade with unnecessary additions, but rather minor tweaks that allows this piece of art to shine.

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