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Hori Officially Licensed Protective Screen Filter (Nintendo 3DS)
Hori Officially Licensed Protective Screen Filter (Nintendo 3DS)
Price: £5.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Durable and easily replaceable., 20 Mar 2012
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
I bought these in summer last year for my new 3DS and I'm happy to say they have lasted very well. Both the upper and lower protectors are well designed and fit nicely. The touch screen protector leaves a gap small enough to avoid catching your stylus in, but big enough that the protector won't catch on the border of the screen, meaning it can be removed easily. Dust and bits can get caught in this gap; just brush them away with a fine brush (NOT your nail!!) and it'll be fine - this will happen with any screen protector. Some people report reduced sensitivity on the touch screen, but I have had no such problem.

If you need to remove or replace them, they come off easily and leave no residue at all. Just stick a bit of selotape to one edge of the screen protector and lift up slowly.

To install the protectors READ THE INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY! Excuse the overcapitalisation (is that even a word?) and obvious nature of the statement, but the protectors are made in a way that makes the process very easy - if you follow the instructions to the letter, you'll have no problems.

If you find annoying little dust particles making bubbles under the protector, try installing them in the most humid part of your house. This should help to keep dust out of the air.


Pokémon Ranger (Nintendo DS)
Pokémon Ranger (Nintendo DS)
Offered by Bonkers4Bargains!
Price: £39.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Depends on the player, 20 Mar 2012
= Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars 
As far as games go for the DS, it's mediocre. The only game mechanic at play is to make loops around your target critter(s) and although the game does a fairly good job at putting a degree of variety into this, gameplay is straightforward and shallow. That said, it can be challenging at times. BE WARNED that screen protectors are a must for your DS system when playing this game, as the rapid looping of the stylus WILL turn your DS touch screen into a badly maintained inner city ice skating rink! Badly scratched, basically.

***HOWEVER!***

For fans of the main series of the Pokemon Games (i.e Diamond and Pearl, etc), there is an important bonus hidden in the game. Once you complete Ranger you can unlock a mission to rescue a Manaphy egg. Once this is done, you can use another DS system to transfer this weird little egg to your Diamond/Pearl game, giving you a very tough little addition to your team. Manaphy cannot be caught in the main series without cheat devices/hacking, so this is one of very few ways to get it legitimately.

Be careful buying used copies of the game though, as you only get ONE PER CARTRIDGE. Resetting the game or making a new save file will not get you another egg :( so if you're buying a used copy, check with the seller to find out whether or not the egg has already been sent to someone else's game.

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To get the egg: Complete the game, then go into 'Ranger Net'. Hold the 'R' and 'X' buttons and left on the D-pad to unlock the passcode screen. Here are the passcodes:

UK version: Mg35-Cpb8-4FW8

Rest of the world: P8M2-9D6F-43H7

This will unlock a mission to rescue the egg. Complete it and you will unlock an option to send the egg to your Pokemon Diamond or Pearl Version.


Hori Officially Licensed Silicone Protector - Black (Nintendo 3DS)
Hori Officially Licensed Silicone Protector - Black (Nintendo 3DS)
Offered by Gameseek
Price: £13.79

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comortable, stylish and effective., 21 Oct 2011
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
Strange that I have to rate how fun this 'game' is! Can't you tell this isn't a game, Amazon? Oh well, never mind. On with the review...

Functionality:

This protector fits snugly and unobtrusively around the 3DS, and is tough and sturdy. It is also very resilient to little scrapes as they seem to just rub away! It does collect little bits of dust, but that can just be swept off. It doesn't block any of the 3DS functions such as cameras, ports and lights. The triggers get covered, which was a bit difficult for me to adjust to at first. That might be the only possible downside to this product. You won't be able to use the 3DS charge station with the bottom half of the protector still on so take off the bottom half (leaving the top half still attached to the 3DS) and flip it up over the top. When you're done charging you can just flip the bottom half back over to the bottom of the 3DS and off you go.

Ergonomics:

It is very comfortable, and doesn't feel like it's about to slip out of my hands and smash on the floor! It did take a little getting used to at first, but don't they all? I don't find them at all troublesome, however, and the added protection has already come in handy with one or two clumsy people I know (name no names XD).

Appearance:

I don't think it detracts from the look of the 3DS at all - in fact I'd go so far as to say the protector looks good on it. Definately get black, as it will go well with any 3DS colour - especially metallic red!

Verdict:

Overall this is a great buy. Keeps th 3DS safe, feels nice works well. It also means that if, one day in the far future, you decide to pass it on or sell it, the outer shell won't look like an ice skating rink! I would definately recommend it.


Star Fox 64 3D (Nintendo 3DS)
Star Fox 64 3D (Nintendo 3DS)
Offered by UKGameSource
Price: £29.99

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A faithful remake of a classic game, 21 Oct 2011
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
The original N64 version was fantastic, and this remake really does it justice.

Good points:

- A very accessible game that is friendly to new players.
- Controls are VERY easy to master, and the training option is very thourough and well paced.
- Can also provide even veteran gamers with a good challenge.
- Lots to shoot at and blow up, and you can practically feel the impacts of your shots as the enemy craft shudder and break up on impact. So satisfying!
- Lots of hidden routes to take, and two main endings with a load of minor differences depending on how you played.
- The most challenging part of the game is getting the gold medals in every level on score attack - some levels took me a long time to smash.
- Submarine and tank missions are easy to master and don't break up the gameplay.
- The visuals are a beautiful improvement on the old old game, while still being true to the original.
- While all the voice casting has been redone, it again remains faithful to the original's wonderfully corny voicing.
- Great soundtrack with memorable tunes, yet again very loyal to the original.
- The 3D effect really does work very well!
- The gyro controls are surprisingly well done, though it isn't my thing. You may want to switch off 3D with gyro, though, as you'll be moving around and will often lose the 3D effect and smash up your arwing (that's the ship you fly).

Bad points
- Veterans may just love the nostalgia of this, but those wingmen of yours will still whine at you and still don't know how to just do a somersault!
- They've given the training guy a voice. But he creeps me out!!! Volume off... lol.
- The score attack for Katina on expert mode will have you tearing your hair out as ships crash into you, breaking off your wings and losing you your all-important twin lasers. Even your wingmen can smack into you and say "Get out of MY way!" Cheek.

Overall:

A fantasticly ation packed, yet lighthearted, game. Very well balanced and in my opinion one of the best games I've played.
It doesn't try to do to much, and what it does it does very well. The bad points are mere niggles compared to the overall greatness of this game.
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