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Mario's Picross (Virtual Console) Reviewed by Cyril Lachel on . After months of waiting, the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console finally has a puzzle game. We've seen plenty of platformers and action games, but very little representation from a genre that defined the portable Game Boy experience. All that changes with the release of Mario's Picross, a slow-paced puzzler with a steep learning curve. Rating: 78%
Mario's Picross (Virtual Console)
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What Is It? After months of waiting, the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console finally has a puzzle game. We've seen plenty of platformers and action games, but very little representation from a genre that defined the portable Game Boy experience. All that changes with the release of Mario's Picross, a slow-paced puzzler with a steep learning curve. Thankfully the idea is simple enough. It's up to the player to carve out specific tiles in order to uncover a secret picture. You do this by properly reading the top and left side of the puzzle. Each number offers a clue to how many tiles you need to break, making this a puzzler for people with great patience. But don't take too much time, because you only have a half hour to complete each puzzle. With each wrong move you will lose valuable time, turning Mario's Picross into one of the most stressful games currently available on the eStore.

Does It Still Hold Up? The gameplay is nothing more than pushing a cursor around the screen and destroying bricks. It never gets deeper than that. The depth comes from the puzzles, which go from extremely easy to mind-numbingly hard. Thankfully the game eases you into the more challenging puzzles. There's even a handy tutorial, though it doesn't make it as clear as it could. Thankfully there are YouTube videos for anybody who still doesn't grasp what Mario is trying to explain.

Is It Worth The Money? If you already own Picross DS for the Nintendo DS, then don't bother with this 1995 puzzler. However, if you missed out on more advanced installments, this $3.99 Virtual Console release is a great way to test the waters. With solid gameplay and more than enough content, Mario's Picross is an easy game to recommend.
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