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Nintendo eShop Spotlight: A Year After Its Release, NightSky Continues To Impress On 3DS

Nintendo eShop Spotlight is a continuing Sunday series in which My Nintendo News takes a look at eShop titles new and old, for both Wii U and 3DS.

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It is a testament to the originality of NightSky by Nicalis that even a year after its initial release, there is still nothing else quite like it on Nintendo 3DS. The physics-based puzzle game has players controlling a silhouetted metallic ball, much like a marble, as makes its way across a variety of different types of terrain and obstacles. Players must use a limited number of gameplay mechanics, like speeding up or triggering objects to fall, in order to manipulate the ball’s surroundings and clear just the right path for the ball to proceed.

NightSky is a unique, challenging, and often relaxing experience set to a mellow ambient soundtrack that perfectly captures the game’s slow but intricate pace. Many of NightSky’s environments are set on beaches, forests, or other aesthetically appealing places, and the minimalist graphics, often featuring a perched silhouette of an owl or a muted sunset, are a pleasure to look at. The very slight 3D effects of soft snow falling or a barely-perceivable amount of depth in the terrain only add a subtle sense of wonder to the mood. In addition, the level design is just right, with three short stages, or screens, to every level, and several levels per world. A beautiful prologue introduces the game’s unique narrative, while new levels and a higher difficulty are available after the game’s completion.

With perhaps the exception of a lack of excitement in gameplay and a continuous lull in pacing, there is little to gripe about when it comes to NightSky. Gamers looking for a brisk action title would be advised to look elsewhere, as this game puts a large emphasis on subtlety, mood, and mental challenges. Everything about this game is minimal, right down to the controls, which are fluid and responsive, and perfectly suited to the simplistic nature of the gameplay. In the year that NightSky has existed on the 3DS eShop, it has already proved itself to be a go-to classic for the console. While perhaps not suited to all tastes, NightSky offers a peaceful, intellectual experience that is will worth delving into.

8.0/10

10 comments

  1. The reason why iceazema hates nintendo is because his favorite game nightsky never got its sequel and that makes him tightshy.

  2. I GET MYNINTY NEWS IS ALWAYS LATE IN NEWS BUT WHY ARE THEY REVIEWING A 100 YEARS OLF GAMES?
    DID THEY JUST GOT A WII U/3DS OR WHAT?

  3. Shovel ware – it’s whatt Nintendo is known for these days.
    *Whips his nut sack out and places it on top of this game and oils his balls up

  4. This is a great game. My only complaint is that later levels require as much luck as skill, but yeah, I would concurs with this review.

  5. Seems like a cool game, based on this review. Maybe something to play for 15 minutes every now and then when you’ve got time to kill. I’ll check it out at some point.

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