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Nintendo presents: New Style Boutique
It's a real shame that you won't read this
by Peter Willington 27/11/2012
Product: Nintendo presents: New Style Boutique
Developer: syn Sophia
Publisher: Nintendo
Format: 3DS
Genre: Adventure, Simulation, Strategy
Players: 1
Version: Europe
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I know what some of the people reading this are thinking: "Ugh, this looks like such a 'girly game'".

And it does indeed have all of the trappings of that – admittedly rather sexist – categorisation of game: the fashion premise, the pastel shades, the overly positive language you'll read in the screenshots above.

But if you write it off as another pink-hued bit of shovelware, you'll be missing out on a decent (heck, even great at times) game with a lot of strategy and some real hardcore elements.

I know - I was surprised too.

The apprentice

This is first and foremost a management game. Strip away the cutesy stylings and the flowery "you can do it!" language, and you're left with organising and running a shop, customising its appearance, collecting items, getting to know characters, and progressing through a light story. ...
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It's pouty, it's pink, it's pretty darn good - Nintendo presents: New Style Boutique is the game to get your non-gamer sister / daughter / niece this Christmas, and they'll never know you've snuck them a shockingly hardcore management game with excellent production values
Audio/visual: 8
Gameplay: 7
Value: 7
Innovation: 7
Overall: 7
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