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  • Rating:9.5
    Fans of RPGs or turn based strategy games will be equally enthralled. Fans of both will be amazed.

    Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones

    Fans of RPGs or turn based strategy games will be equally enthralled. Fans of both will be amazed.

    Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones is a strategy game at heart but one built on a well-designed and fully fleshed out RPG-like leveling system. The storyline is linear but those who enjoy experimentation will find plenty of ... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:7
    One of the most original games on PSP.

    LocoRoco

    One of the most original games on PSP.

    LocoRoco has style in spades. It is a relentlessly cute game starring a singing blob in a happy little world. It is played primarily by using the L and R buttons to tilt the world causing said blob to roll through hills ... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:4
    Lunar: Dragon Song's extensive flaws far outweigh its charm.

    Lunar Genesis

    Lunar: Dragon Song's extensive flaws far outweigh its charm.

    On the surface, Lunar: Dragon Song is a pretty down-the-middle console RPG in the style of its sixteen bit predecessors w/ a few interesting twists thrown in. The execution of all these elements, however, seems hastily d... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:7
    A worthwhile challenge for puzzle fans but the eStore offers better games in this vein now.

    Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again!

    A worthwhile challenge for puzzle fans but the eStore offers better games in this vein now.

    Mario Vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again is not a Mario game and neither is it a Donkey Kong game. It is a puzzle game featuring Mario-shaped action figures. It is a well-designed game and those who appreciate a good puz... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:8
    Patapon isn't perfect but it's creative and enchanting nonetheless.

    Patapon

    Patapon isn't perfect but it's creative and enchanting nonetheless.

    I am late to the game on Patapon as I didn't own a PSP for far, far too long. When I first became aware of it, I was completely enamored w/ the idea of a hybrid strategy rhythm game and when I first played a demo, I was ... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:7
    Great games but ones that don't make much sense on a handheld.

    Alt-Play: Jason Rohrer Anthology

    Great games but ones that don't make much sense on a handheld.

    I for one get a small amount of satisfaction by giving Jason Rohrer and whoever else involved w/ this a few bucks to split between themselves but that's about all I really got by buying this anthology. These are truly ... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:7.5
    The Metroid-style exploration is an interesting idea for a Kirby game but it doesn't quite click here.

    Kirby & The Amazing Mirror

    The Metroid-style exploration is an interesting idea for a Kirby game but it doesn't quite click here.

    This review is for the 3DS version given to Nintendo ambassadors. It may vary slightly from the original GBA version. Those who are familiar w/ the beloved pink action marshmallow, Kirby, are in for a surprise w/ Kirb... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:6.5
    A quick, fun platforming fix but one that ultimately lacks content.

    Hoshi no Kirby

    A quick, fun platforming fix but one that ultimately lacks content.

    Kirby has always been cute and fun and his first game, on Nintendo's Game Boy, is no exception. While Kirby's Dream Land might not provide the greatest challenge for platform lovers, it is definitely worth a look either ... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:8.5
    Passage isn't much of a game but as a work of art it stands tall.

    Passage (2007)

    Passage isn't much of a game but as a work of art it stands tall.

    Passage is a curious game. You don't do much of anything and you always die in the end. What makes it great is how Jason Rohrer uses such simple gameplay to create a more compelling analog to real life than most huge bud... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:9
    Despite being billed as Super Mario World 2, Yoshi's Island really stands as its own unique kind of platformer.

    Super Mario Advance 3: Yoshi Island + Mario Brothers

    Despite being billed as Super Mario World 2, Yoshi's Island really stands as its own unique kind of platformer.

    This review is for the 3DS version of this game given to Nintendo 3DS ambassadors. It may vary slightly from the original GBA game. Yoshi's Island is a platformer set in the general Mario universe. Despite being bille... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:7.5
    Think of it as an interactive soundtrack.

    Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP

    Think of it as an interactive soundtrack.

    Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP is not a normal game. It bears much in common w/ old school point-and-click adventure games but the emphasis here is so far off gameplay here that you might as well think of it as an in... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:7.5
    A short main quest does not quite do justice to the wonderful world in which Fable is set.

    Fable

    A short main quest does not quite do justice to the wonderful world in which Fable is set.

    Fable is set in an impressively rich world which holds up rather well even today. For a sixth generation console release, it is pretty much amazing. Ultimately though, unless you love the world so much you want to spend ... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:9
    This puzzle platformer is as addictive as it is challenging. One of the best Mario games on any system.

    Mario vs. Donkey Kong

    This puzzle platformer is as addictive as it is challenging. One of the best Mario games on any system.

    This is a review of the 3DS version given away as one of the free games of Nintendo's Ambassador Program. It may vary slightly from the original GBA game. Mario vs. Donkey Kong is neither a standard Mario game nor Don... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:6.5
    What Heroes of Ruin does right only partially makes up for what it does wrong.

    Heroes of Ruin

    What Heroes of Ruin does right only partially makes up for what it does wrong.

    When Heroes of Ruin was announced, it seemed like a dream come true for handheld gamers. A Diablo-style dungeon crawler w/ full online capabilities? Sign me up. Ultimately though, while Heroes does deliver on this basic ... Read Full Review

    0 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:6
    Star Fox Adventures is a game that is presented well but ultimately just isn't any fun.

    Star Fox Adventures

    Star Fox Adventures is a game that is presented well but ultimately just isn't any fun.

    Sometimes developers pay attention to the wrong details and Star Fox Adventures is a great example of that. It is a beautiful game, stunningly presented with wonderful music and reasonably tight controls that falls compl... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:8
    Unique, exciting and technically impressive.

    Astro Boy: Tetsuwan Atom - Atom Heart no Himitsu

    Unique, exciting and technically impressive.

    Astro Boy: Omega Factor is sort of a combination of an action game and a side scrolling shooter. It actually manages to be both of these things at the same time. Overall, it is a very unique and impressive game. It i... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:7
    It will be an uphill battle for most games to get into Metroid. Play in long sessions for full appreciation.

    Metroid

    It will be an uphill battle for most games to get into Metroid. Play in long sessions for full appreciation.

    When I was a kid, Metroid was pretty highly thought of but I could never get into it. It's slow paced, the controls are difficult and it is really, really hard to figure out just what in the hell you are supposed to be d... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:7.5
    Essentially, this is just additional levels for the original Pop Island--but you don't need the original to play.

    Pop Island: Paperfield

    Essentially, this is just additional levels for the original Pop Island--but you don't need the original to play.

    This game looks, plays, sounds and feels exactly like it's predecessor. It sort of functions as something of an expansion pack--new levels, new characters, same gameplay--but is playable on its own w/o buying the first. ... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:9
    A classic 2D Zelda adventure.

    The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap

    A classic 2D Zelda adventure.

    The GBA provided a home for classic 2D gaming when home consoles had mostly moved into the flashier realm of 3D. Its one original Zelda game is a reflection of this and has proven to be as good and enduring as any entry ... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:8.5
    It is hard to complain about the lack of an original Mario game on GBA when it has ports this good.

    Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2

    It is hard to complain about the lack of an original Mario game on GBA when it has ports this good.

    All Mario platformers are the same at the core--and that's a good thing. There are really not enough games where such attention to detail in terms of control and level design is evident. W/ the original SNES release of ... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:7
    An excellent idea marred by what feels like a rushed execution.

    Sigma Star Saga

    An excellent idea marred by what feels like a rushed execution.

    To boil it down, Sigma Star Saga is a random encounter based RPG where side scrolling shoot-em-up levels replace a turn based battle system. This system works reasonably well for fans of either RPGs or shooters but doesn... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:8
    Squarely aimed at those nostalgic for the 8-bit past of RPGs, this delivers some quick but limited fun on the cheap.

    Breath of Death VII: The Beginning

    Squarely aimed at those nostalgic for the 8-bit past of RPGs, this delivers some quick but limited fun on the cheap.

    Breath of Death VII: The Beginning is a comedy game but one that is lovingly done w/ some serious gameplay elements as well. The plot--as much as there is one--revolves around a skeleton named Dem and his three companion... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:7
    Shenmue has bad controls and features elements as exciting as waiting for the bus and getting a job. It is still good.

    Shenmue: Isshou Yokosuka

    Shenmue has bad controls and features elements as exciting as waiting for the bus and getting a job. It is still good.

    Shenmue is Yu Suzuki's "Good Vibrations," a game where he attempted to shove everything he knew about game design into one game. Unlike Brian Wilson's magnum opus though, this will probably not prove to be a timeless cla... Read Full Review

    1 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:7
    Innovative and fun gameplay that walks a fine line between satisfying and frustrating.

    Hirari: Sakura Samurai

    Innovative and fun gameplay that walks a fine line between satisfying and frustrating.

    Despite it's Samurai theme and sword wielding protagonist, Sakura Samurai: The Art of The Sword is not your everyday slash-em-up. In fact, I would argue it's not a slash-em-up at all. Its combat is based on pattern recog... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:8.5
    The second half of the GBA Golden Sun saga improves on the original while still maintaining its 16-bit era flair.

    Ougon no Taiyou: Ushinawareshi Toki

    The second half of the GBA Golden Sun saga improves on the original while still maintaining its 16-bit era flair.

    The first episode of Golden Sun on GBA was an excellent 16-bit throwback style RPG w/ an interesting story that ended on a major cliffhanger. Indeed, it was so much the cliffhanger that it almost seemed like you only got... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:8
    This 16-bit era throwback is sure to charm RPG fans.

    Golden Sun

    This 16-bit era throwback is sure to charm RPG fans.

    Golden Sun is a JRPG fan's JRPG, that is for sure. Those who are afraid of a few random encounters or a turn based battle system need not apply. Anyone who enjoys (or even just tolerates) said game mechanics is sure to f... Read Full Review

    3 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:9.5
    There are no two ways about it: this version of Tetris is special.

    Tetris

    There are no two ways about it: this version of Tetris is special.

    Most people have played Tetris. There are better or worse versions on pretty much every console, PC, phone and programmable calculator in existence. It is hard to have avoided and, once you've failed to avoid it, it is... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:7.5
    This little action RPG is a great addition to NGPCs mostly arcade-based library.

    Dark Arms

    This little action RPG is a great addition to NGPCs mostly arcade-based library.

    Dark Arm is sort of an oddball game on an oddball system. It's an action RPG on a handheld known primarily for arcade-style games. And it's really a lot of fun despite (and sometimes because of) its little quirks and fla... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:9
    An experience equal to any home console game.

    Resident Evil: Revelations

    An experience equal to any home console game.

    Some handheld games feel like they've been limited by their creators because they are "only" handheld games. While Capcom's first entry in the Resident Evil series on 3DS may be guilty of this, a year later it's successo... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful