September2019

  • Review F-Zero - The Game That Sold Us Mode 7

    What a way to launch a console

    Now that SNES games are available on Nintendo Switch Online, we've decided to revisit each of them in a fresh review. Expect to see updated reviews for all of the titles currently available over the next few weeks. At their very core, futuristic racing games should have visual flair, and there was already an early...

March2017

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    Wii U

    Review The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

    Link's latest adventure in its natural home

    We've been playing a lot of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, mostly on Nintendo Switch. Yet not everyone is buying into Nintendo's latest hardware yet, and there have been plenty of fair questions around how this game shapes up on its original home - the Wii U. After all, this title was announced...

November2016

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    Wii U / N64

    Review F-Zero X

    Classic game, now with added flaw

    There was some F-Zero-related DLC for Mario Kart 8 and a mini-game in Nintendo Land, but disappointingly the Wii U has not proven to be the console where the series made its return with a brand spanking new game. Whilst hopes for a new entry in the series must now switch to future hardware, Wii U-owning fans of...

September2016

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    N64

    Review Pokémon Stadium 2

    Second gen magic

    After all the groundbreaking success that Pokémon's first generation had, it would've only been wise for the powers that be to capitalise on the franchise's journey to the top. How was this done? Pokémon launched a new set of games – Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal – in the years of 1999-2001 (depending on the region...

August2016

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    N64

    Review Pokémon Stadium

    Your stadium tour awaits

    With the Pokémon franchise being as super effective as it was during the late '90s due to its handheld games, trading cards, television anime and manga, it was only a matter of time before fans saw the groundbreaking series grace the home console territory - and that it did. Pokémon Stadium was released on the Nintendo 64...

July2016

April2016

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    New 3DS / SNES

    Review Pilotwings

    Enjoyable flying fun

    Just as Pilotwings Resort was a good demonstration of the glasses-free 3D visuals offered by the 3DS, the original Pilotwings showcased the impressive (for the time) Mode 7 capabilities of the SNES. This first game in the series is now available as a Virtual Console release for New Nintendo 3DS owners, offering a number of fun...

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    Wii U eShop / N64

    Review Yoshi's Story

    A pretty but short story

    There's a lot to love about Yoshi's Story. The presentation is gorgeous, the mechanics are solid, and seeing a bunch of Yoshis wandering about remains adorable throughout the campaign. Unfortunately the game is held back by oversimplified platforming, design that's clearly oriented towards young and inexperienced gamers, and...

March2016

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    Wii U eShop / N64

    Review Star Fox 64

    A renewing of hostilities in the Lylat Wars

    It remains to seen whether Star Fox Zero will be worth the wait, but before then Nintendo are giving Wii U owners more Arwing action to enjoy. It's a blast from the past (where the GamePad is used for Off-TV Play) - a Virtual Console release of Star Fox 64. Despite being only the second (released) game in...

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    New 3DS / SNES

    Review F-Zero

    Retro future racing fun.

    A launch title for the SNES, F-Zero is a game that showed off the system's Mode 7 visuals, provided great racing action and is now available for New Nintendo 3DS; now you can enjoy the high-speed thrills at home, in the park or in the bathroom. There's a lot of love for the futuristic racing series, but not from Nintendo;...

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    New 3DS / SNES

    Review Super Mario Kart

    Classic karting on the small screen

    Many Mario Karts later it can be a little disorientating to go back to where it all began. Each cup has five races. Laps are short, but there are five of them. Item boxes are squares laid flat on the ground and put out of use after you've run over them. The CPU characters don't collect items at all, but have a...

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    New 3DS / SNES

    Review The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

    A gem from the past

    With A Link Between Worlds, 3D versions of the Nintendo 64 games and a number of other titles available via the Virtual Console and backwards compatibility, 3DS owners are not exactly short of main series Zelda games to play on their machine. For those with one of the New Nintendo 3DS models The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the...

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    New 3DS / SNES

    Review Super Mario World

    Same great adventure, smaller screen

    As everyone knows, the best use of your latest piece of gaming machinery is to play games from yesteryear. Should a Nintendo Direct mention a 'new old' system is joining the Virtual Console line-up there is much excitement, and so it was when it was revealed that SNES titles were going portable. Though limited to...

February2016

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    Wii U eShop / N64

    Review 1080° Snowboarding

    Shreddin’ the gnar

    Originally released for the Nintendo 64 in 1998, 1080° Snowboarding was Nintendo's attempt to bring the snowboarding experience to its home console. It did a good job: six courses provide a variety of thrills as you hop on a board and tackle the snowy slopes. Five riders of varying abilities and several boards are available and...

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    Wii U eShop / DS

    Review Super Mario 64 DS

    D-Pad D-Bate

    Super Mario 64 is undeniably one of the most influential games in the industry's history, so it's only natural that Nintendo would attempt to capitalise on its success with a re-release. What nobody expected at the time was for it to not only arrive on a portable console, but also feature Yoshi as the initial protagonist. Super Mario 64...

January2016

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    Wii U eShop / GBA

    Review Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3

    It's a'me, Mario 3! (again)

    We all know about Super Mario Bros. 3 for the NES. It was a fantastic game worthy of all the praise that it received, and that remains true to this day. So, this review won't discuss all the merits of the original game. Instead, it will focus on the unique features of Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3, released...

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    Wii U eShop / N64

    Review Mario Kart 64

    More karting fun for U

    Taking a bunch of Mario characters and having them speed around race circuits using a range of special items to rush or smash past each other is something that has worked very well since the Mario Kart series began in 1992. The games are amongst the most enjoyable on whatever platform they turn up on, and many people buying...

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    Wii U eShop / DS

    Review The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks

    Choo-choo-choose the original format

    No doubt partly driven by necessity as much as strategy, Nintendo's Virtual Console efforts on Wii U have been notable for including not only Game Boy Advance titles, but also various releases from the DS library. With the latter only possible courtesy of the Wii U GamePad questions of practicality are fairly...

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    Wii U eShop / N64

    Review Wave Race 64

    Wonderful water racer

    Wave Race was not a well known series prior to its arrival on the Nintendo 64. Actually it wasn't a series at all, but rather a single release: a top-down racer on the Game Boy. With its 64-bit machine offering the opportunity for new 3D gaming experiences, Nintendo decided to have another crack at a Jet Ski racer and came up...

December2015

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    Wii U eShop / DS

    Review Animal Crossing: Wild World

    Why this world?

    The very idea of a portable version of Animal Crossing filled this reviewer with glee when he first read about it back in the days of magazines and routers without wi-fi as standard. Animal Crossing: Wild World has always been a very special game to fans as it expanded upon the original GameCube title (for this region at least) but...

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    Wii U eShop / DS

    Review The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass

    An epic sail

    When thinking about the best games from the Legend of Zelda series, many automatically jump straight in at the deep end with the big, home console releases; games such as Ocarina of Time and The Wind Waker always seem to make it to the top of peoples' lists. Games often overlooked are those that have appeared on Nintendo's portable...

September2015

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    3DS

    Review Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer

    Home is where the art is

    Animal Crossing, while being one of Nintendo's most beloved franchises of the past decade, has taken on a new level of fame thanks to its first 3DS outing, New Leaf. A massive seller all over the world, this quirky and charming life simulation has been instrumental in selling its host hardware to an entirely fresh sector of...

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    Wii U

    Review Super Mario Maker

    Pixel perfect

    In the year of Super Mario's 25th Anniversary Nintendo released Super Mario Galaxy 2, a terrific sequel, and the rather uninspired Super Mario All-Stars 25th Anniversary Edition. Not bad, but a continuation of the norm - an accomplished (almost perfect) slice of platforming heaven and another release designed for little more than...

July2015

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    Wii U eShop / N64

    Review The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

    A classic for any time

    There's little remaining to say that hasn't already been said about The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. A true masterpiece and a genuine game-changer; what was once revolutionary is today simply one of the greatest action/adventure games ever created. Now available to download from the Wii U eShop, this latest release...

June2015

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    Wii U eShop / DS

    Review Big Brain Academy

    So keep on playing those mind games

    The advent of the Nintendo DS into the handheld arena back in 2004 ushered in a fresh experience for many gamers, made possible by the system's many new features and abilities. This brand of entertainment was often referred to as "Touch! Generations" by Nintendo, and ran throughout the Nintendo DS and Wii era...