July 2011

Using spatial relations to literally twist a simple puzzle game upside-down, Puzzle Dimension is the newest head-scratcher available for download on PSN. Playing as a golden ball, you are required to navigate floating platforms to collect flowers needed to open an exit portal. Limited to only rolling or jumping one square at a time, you learn quickly that a single misstep will mean a dive into the void, necessitating starting over from the beginning. READ MORE

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic stands tall as possibly the greatest game for what many consider the greatest license in media: Star Wars. Ever since 2004, though, Star Wars fans have had little to play that lives up to its standard. BioWare hopes to change all that when Star Wars: The Old Republic finally releases.


Nintendo’s announcement yesterday of a 3DS price drop was accompanied by an offer of free games for early adopters. Called the Nintendo 3DS Ambassador Program, it provides ten NES games and ten GBA games to people who buy the system before August 12. Here’s the thing: only five of each are announced yet. Here’s what we want from the remaining ten, keeping in mind the company’s previous announcements.

Already announced: Yoshi’s IslandMario Kart: Super Circuit, Metroid FusionWarioWare Inc: Mega Microgame$ and Mario vs. Donkey Kong. We’re assuming we won’t get games with special cartridge features, and we definitely won’t get third-party titles.

The RPG: Golden Sun. The GBA is a treasure trove for good role-playing games, and if we had it our way, we’d get ten of ’em. We’re hoping just one will make it in this group, and if we had to choose, we’d love to get a shot at Golden Sun again. Last year’s revival, Dark Dawn, was great, and we’re hoping another one’s in the works. The visuals, impressive at the time, are a bit dated now, but the underlying systems remain. Also good: Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. READ MORE

Yspahan is a great example of a solid game with a completely uninteresting theme — unless you happen to be into merchant expansion of the Persian empire at the turn of the 17th century. Sébastien Pauchon’s 2006 design (published in the US by Rio Grande/Ystari) uses dice rolling and a wide variety of choices to ensure that skill overcomes simple luck. READ MORE

Nintendo dropped quite the bombshell on us early this morning, with a few accompanying announcements under the surface. The big news? Starting August 12, the 3DS’ price drops from $249.99 to $169.99. That’s not all, though, as they announced free games for early adopters, the fall lineup and some underlying plans.