The Denpa Men 2: Beyond the Waves Review
The Denpa Men 2: Beyond the Waves Box Art
System: 3DS
Dev: Nintendo
Pub: Nintendo
Release: May 9, 2013
Players: 1
Screen Resolution: N/A Mild Violence

Which brings us to new additions to the series. A Relatively minor inclusion is the ability to grow flowers and foods, which let people lure out rare animals to challenge them or change a Denpa's suit color. There is also a fishing mini-game, which can be used to earn extra money for items and equipment. Both of these act as helpful supplements for people who want to do extra leveling or customize characters.

The Denpa Men 2: Beyond the Waves Screenshot

It's also quite simple to find new puzzles. There are no friend code shenanigans involved; players can browse all the puzzles that have been shared online or sort for puzzles by existing friends. This is one example of Nintendo getting online features completely right.

This impressive amount of gaming value for the price rests on a solid foundation in the graphic and sound departments. Graphics are crisp, clear, and cheery. Individual puzzle elements are immediately identifiable, allowing the player to concentrate on strategy rather than figuring out which pieces are supposed to do what. Puzzles are accompanied by pleasant remixes of classic Mario music. Sound effects are satisfyingly springy, as appropriate for a game that is basically a giant toy box for wind-up miniatures.

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By
Jenni Lada
Contributing Writer
Date: June 4, 2013

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.3
Graphics
The Denpa's world is bright, colorful, and filled with personality. 3D effects don't impress, however.
4.8
Control
Streamlined buttons make battles easier, though I'd have liked for the right trigger to release a net when catching Denpa.
4.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The soundtrack is amazing, but Denpa should be seen and not heard.
Play Value
It's a delightfully challenging JRPG, and the Colosseum and StreetPass dungeons will offer entertainment after the main quest is complete.
4.5
Overall Rating - Must Buy<
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Race against the clock to create paths and get the mini-Marios to the goal.
  • Master multiple puzzle modes as well as unlockable mini-games.
  • Use the robust system for creating and sharing your own puzzle content.


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