Top 5 3DS Classic eShop Games

I have nothing to play. One of the most common quotes about the typical gamer. I’ve used it myself on multiple occasions. Luckily if you own a 3DS/2DS you have a tremendous amount of games at your disposal.

So to make life that little bit easier I have created a list of must-own, classic games from the Nintendo 3DS eShop. These are perfect for the hand-held device if you have never experienced them before and should certainly try out. Alternatively, if your looking for a nostalgia tour, you should invest in these 5 first.

Note: I have discounted all games specifically designed for the E-Shop. This list primarily is dedicated to titles previously released that are now available on the Nintendo 3DS eShop. Enjoy:

Super Mario Bros Deluxe

Expecting the original? Yes I could have easily picked Super Mario Bros, however, for the same price you get the privilege of not only sprinting your way through the original 32 iconic levels, but you get a heap of challenges and extra content to keep you occupied for weeks. Revisit every level whilst hunting for 5 red coins and a hidden Yoshi egg and trying to beat the set score. There is also 32 advanced levels that you gain upon completion of the original 32. Oh, and I haven’t even mentioned Boo races…

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Sonic the Hedgehog 2

You’re too slow. He may have fallen on hard times more recently, but the blue blur has some superb titles waiting on the eShop. What better way to revisit his glory days then to go with the best of the bunch; Sonic the Hedgehog 2. The game improved upon every feature from the first, making it vastly superior. It also introduced Sonic’s sidekick, the ever lovable Miles ‘Tails’ Prower. Here the duo sprint through the best 2D Sonic levels still available all these 23 years later. You have the Chemical Plant, the Aquatic Ruins and the unforgettable Casino Nights stage. Running through these vibrant, colorful levels with some of the best music to date. Flawless.

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Megaman 2

Sequels are popular. Again the blue blur, ahem, I mean the blue bomber came storming out of the gates in 1988 with debatably his greatest ever outing. Oh, how we would love a new entry like this. Anyway, in the mean time we have the stunning audio and gameplay of Megaman 2 that was cutting edge for the time. Take on Dr Wily and his army of robots in this difficult platformer. Warning: this is not for beginners that are new to the platforming genre. Megaman 2, like any of his titles, is unforgiving and require lots of practice, but if you are willing to sacrifice the time you will be well rewarded.

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Super Mario Bros 3

It’s impossible to leave off either of Mario’s greatest platformers. Super Mario Bros 3 introduced the Frog Suit, Hammer Suit and the unforgettable Tanooki Suit. There are exceptional levels still seen as gaming at its peek. Ice, sand and even a giant land (including giant Koopa Troopas!), whats not to like? Oh, right, that frustrating sun that constantly stalks you throughout the duration of the stage. Curse you!

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Tetris

For never-ending puzzling fun, you just can’t go wrong with the timeless Tetris. It’s been more than thirty years since the original release, yet it still remains one of the most popular puzzlers around. On top of this, it was announced that Tetris is the best-selling paid downloaded game of all time. I think you’ll agree that, for the money, you could do a lot worse, especially considering the game is endless. Nostalgic heaven.

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So, there you have it. The top 5 eShop games available on the Nintendo 3DS. Do you agree with my list? Leave us a comment below to tell us your top 5.

 

5 Super Mario Maker Tips

Where do I begin? It can be quite daunting being released into the wild with a vast palette of Mario Maker contraptions. Do I use Koopa Troopas or Chain Chomps? Where do I place Bowser? Should I include a fire flower? All first world problems. There have already been more than 2.7 million levels uploaded. Some are superb, some not so much. One thing that proves challenging is standing out from the crowd. Here I am going to give you some simple tips that will hopefully help you start raking in the stars.

Note: This is only from my experience using the game combined with a general feel for what thrives in the online community.

Simplify  

Like many others, I like to think I can be clever by trying to fool players in a stage. Spending hours upon hours developing a perfect scenario all revolving around one gimmick. Trolling is another example of this. What I have come to learn is, these plans hardly ever pan out as expected and nobody really enjoys these. When you think about it most Super Mario levels are reasonably simple therefore take a step back. Think! Does this stage need to be as complicated as it is?

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Be Minimal  

With so many tools at your disposal, it can be so easy to get carried away. All of a sudden you then end up throwing every single enemy, obstacle and power up at your disposal. Instead try focusing on one particular asset. Build around this key element and expand. I for instance chose Spinies, stacking dozens on top of one another before making them supersized. The aim here was to Base a level surrounding the task of finding a Super Star in a small time limit in preparation for the oncoming storm of Giant Spinies. Compared to my earlier stages, I used 50% items. So because of this, I felt my designs were progressing better at a much faster pace.

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Think Outside the ? Box

Looking at the what the online community has already created, It may seem as if everything in sight has already been created. A dampening notion yes, but instead take a break from viewing other creators levels and try thinking of something that has not been done before. Entrepreneur a new theme that you can be proud of. The best way to do this is simply to experiment. Yes your first few attempts may be shoddy but you will progress much quicker. In no time at all your levels will be featured on the Star Makers page.

 

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Name Is Everything

Sure it may seem daft as first but really this is what catches the players attention. A grabbing name will reel people in regardless of what is in the stage. After hours of designing and perfecting a course. I realise it can be tempting to give your masterpiece the first thing that jumps into your head, so it makes it way online as soon as possible. Stop for a second. Think is this really the best I can do? Take your time and pick something that makes you proud. You dont want to pick a name that you will regret.

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Make It Fun

Probably the single most important point when making a stage. The core reason we all play video games. Is this enjoyable? There are plenty of levels designed to frustrate due to their difficulty. Rarer are stages that are pure fun. When finishing up your latest entry think; Would I want to play this? If you dislike your own level then there is little chance anyone else will.

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So there you have it 5 Super Mario Maker tips to hopefully help you create some masterpieces. What tips do you think would help make a level better? Created a stage you want to share with the world? Leave us a comment below.

5 Great Super Mario Maker Levels

Everyone’s favorite plumber turned 30 this week. A huge achievement for a character that is as popular as when he made his debut.  To celebrate this event Super Mario Maker has been released worldwide meaning for the first time we can officially create our own Mario Levels. The game itself is a wonderful experience that is incomparable. Now that the online community have got their eager hands on the tools, modders globally have been working tirelessly trying to create the best levels. In it’s early game life there have already been some genius designs made. So to highlight some of these here are “5 Great Super Mario Maker Levels”  that are worth spending your time on.

Note: This is simply from my online experience. Credit to all of the makers below. The main two criteria I have picked from are originality and fun. I want you to experience these levels and enjoy them as much as I did. So in celebration of Mario “Here we go!”

 

Don’t press Anything (AA64-0000-000F-7D4C) By Niramou

I wont spoil anything here however I think the title is a little bit of a giveaway. What I love here is the uniqueness. The temptation to touch the controller and push buttons to try and save the helpless plumber is agonizing. Like a chaotic roller coaster all you can do is hang on and pray you get out alive. Not one for the faint hearted.

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Bob-omb Battlefield N64 (536C-0000-0026-0267) By Andre GX 

Big fan of GameXplain, so nice to see some well designed levels by one of their co-founders; Andre Segars. Straight from Super Mario 64, Here we have as close to as we’ll ever get Bob-omb Battlefield in a beautiful Super Mario World style. Everything from the opening cannons to the star behind the Chain Chomp is present. A great ending that culminates with King Bob-omb looking for a rematch. Can be quite difficult this one though, so keep at it.

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Sonic1 Memory (6BC6-0000-000F-86F4) By ツヱ-

Sonic in a Mario Game! Impossible. Well after 24 years the blue hedgehog  finally makes an appearance. This level is a bonafide nostalgia trip. For any lovers of the 2D Sonic era this is a must. I couldn’t help my self,  All I did throughout this level is smile continuously. From the minute the mushroom was picked up and the sound effects kicked in I was smitten. The stage itself is a great nod to pass Sonic games making it feel as authentic as you can get. Who would have thought this was possible all those years ago?

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The Great Escape (B2FA-0000-000F-82CE) By CB*Crazykg

“We’ll dig our way out”. Never in my life did I imagine I would see a Super Mario Level based on the The Great Escape, yet here we are. Not only is this stage based on one of my favorite films of all time but it is superbly made. Burying underground, running from Nazi’s in the form of Chain Chomps combined with eerie patches of darkness make a great tribute to one of the most iconic films. All that is missing is Steve McQueen on a Motorbike. You can’t have everything.

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Press right, run and enjoy. (7CA1-0000-0011-1B5D) By Pyro 

Again a title that you should take literally. This is one of those stages that you think “How has someone possibly created this?” The premise is you are Mario in his Kart racing against a spiny to the finish line. You don’t have to do much as you navigate through paths avoiding enemies and traps but its a joyous ride throughout. The saying “It’s not about the destination, its about the journey” never applied so much.

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There you have it 5 Great Super Mario Maker Levels for you try out; Enjoy! If you have a Wii U feel free to add me on fordy004. What Super Mario Maker levels would you recommend? Leave us a comment below to tell us why.