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WarioWare Twisted! (GBA)

WarioWare Twisted! (GBA)

A turn for the best

Mario's diabolical, greedy and slightly-overweight rival Wario is a genius of sorts. After all, why bother with long games when you can make many quick-paced, five-second challenges? The third game in the WarioWare series, entitled WarioWare Twisted!, never made its way to Europe - which is a crying shame, as it's one of the most...

Comic Workshop 2 (3DS eShop)

Comic Workshop 2 (3DS eShop)

Back to the drawing board

With its built-in touchscreen and dual display, it's no surprise that the Nintendo 3DS is host to a plethora of applications and games based around drawing and creating. Comic Workshop, an application focused on the premise of creating pages for manga comics, is just one example from the selection of well-received products...

Never Alone (Wii U eShop)

Never Alone (Wii U eShop)

A beautiful mess

One of the best things about indie games is the freedom available to the developers; with all the money involved in publishing triple-A titles, there's little incentive to take risks. There's no way you'd ever see a title like Never Alone coming from a major publisher, and that's what makes it so refreshing. Developed with the input...

Cube Blitz (Wii U eShop)

Cube Blitz (Wii U eShop)

More like a square than a cube

Every once in a while, you play one of those games where it just makes one wonder how exactly it got published in the first place. Usually, this is due to a woeful lack of polish or because some part of it could be argued as being fundamentally broken, be it due to core game mechanics or unforgivable performance...

Yoshi's Woolly World (Wii U)

Yoshi's Woolly World (Wii U)

Knitting ideas together

Nintendo has long been the leading light in the platforming genre, a part of that legacy being the focus of Super Mario Anniversary celebrations this year. It's a genre with plenty of scope for variety, however, which is something Nintendo pushed forward with the superb Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island on Super NES,...

Funk of Titans (Wii U eShop)

Funk of Titans (Wii U eShop)

Funk off, Titans

On the surface, it seems like Funk of Titans might be crazy enough to work. Take a jive-talkin', funk-lovin' interpretation of Perseus, toss him in a Mount Olympus setting occupied by an Aretha Franklin-inspired goddess, add a dash of hop-and-bop auto-running and stir vigorously. This project had the recipe for cheesy goodness, but...

Journey of a Special Average Balloon (Wii U eShop)

Journey of a Special Average Balloon (Wii U eShop)

Balloon Fight this ain't

TreeFall Studios has had a rocky experience on the Wii U. The Letter, which is one of our worst-rated titles, was followed up by Maze, which was poorly received but at least contained some semblance of functional gameplay. Its latest title, Journey of a Special Average Balloon, continues to show TreeFall's growth and...

Big Brain Academy (Wii U eShop / DS)

Big Brain Academy (Wii U eShop / DS)

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...

Cube Life: Island Survival (Wii U eShop)

Cube Life: Island Survival (Wii U eShop)

A summer blockbuster?

For the past few months, multiple developers have been releasing their own clones of Minecraft in an effort to provide Nintendo gamers with the closest approximation to that source material as possible. Though the concept may seem simple initially, most developers have failed to recreate it in any meaningful way, with...

Dr. Mario: Miracle Cure (3DS eShop)

Dr. Mario: Miracle Cure (3DS eShop)

The cure for boredom

Nintendo seems to have been following a pattern with Dr. Mario in recent years. First, it releases a new title in the series for its current console which adds a new gameplay mechanic. Then, sometime later, it releases a new handheld entry, which plays it a bit more safe and doesn't really do anything new. The latest game, Dr...

Don't Starve: Giant Edition (Wii U eShop)

Don't Starve: Giant Edition (Wii U eShop)

Tim Burton meets Minecraft

The general approach of playing Don't Starve: Giant Edition is set rather early. Once you reach your first rank up - no doubt through a few feeble run-throughs where you are easily offed by the environment, whimpering and confused - you're awarded with a pyromaniacal character with which you can prattle about and convert...

Vector Assault (Wii U eShop)

Vector Assault (Wii U eShop)

Identity theft

Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but in the case of WizByte Games' Vector Assault, it isn't flattering. Heavily inspired by Geometry Wars - a game that in many ways helped usher in the era of downloadable console games - Vector Assault is not nearly as polished, addictive, or fun. While it's playable and functional on...

FullBlast (Wii U eShop)

FullBlast (Wii U eShop)

A blast from the past

Fullblast is the latest indie title to make the transition from mobile platforms onto Wii U, having been available on iOS and Android since the end of last year. Harking back to the days when arcades were king, Fullblast is an old school vertically scrolling shoot-em-up presented with modern 3D graphics. The gameplay remains...

Art Academy: Atelier (Wii U)

Art Academy: Atelier (Wii U)

Magnum opus

By its very nature, inspiration often strikes when we least expect it to. A random walk through city streets might spark the idea that forms an entire novel, just as the sound of rain lashing against a bedroom window could help to shape the mood of a composition. The Art Academy series has always respected and encouraged the creative...

Samurai Defender (3DS eShop)

Samurai Defender (3DS eShop)

Five Samurai

CIRCLE Entertainment and the Nintendo 3DS eShop go hand in hand. Boasting nearly 50 titles with its name attached as either a publisher or developer, seeing a CIRCLE game pop up on the eShop update list has become the norm. With so many to its name, it's no surprise that CIRCLE's games run the gamut from top-notch to downright terrible...

Mega Man Battle Network 4 Red Sun & Blue Moon (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Mega Man Battle Network 4 Red Sun & Blue Moon (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Nothin' but net

In every long running game series, there's always "that" one game which greatly splits the fanbase. Usually due to a major overhaul of an aspect that flies in the face of series tradition, these black sheep games typically are wrongfully seen as a bad or disappointing release simply because they did something different. Mega Man...

Rival Turf! (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Rival Turf! (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Pulls too many punches

Double Dragon may have kicked off the beat 'em up craze, but Capcom's Final Fight was the game that came out of nowhere and quickly became the measuring stick for the genre. So when Capcom had to cut the beloved cooperative play mode from the Super NES home version of the game, Japanese developer Jaleco decided that it would...

Adventures of Pip (Wii U eShop)

Adventures of Pip (Wii U eShop)

It's Pip to be square

Pixel art has certainly not disappeared into the mists of gaming history. If anything, in our nostalgia-heavy age of reboot-a-thoning, the pixelated style holds its place firmly as a manageable form that can evoke those classic retro feels, whether by intention or not. While it's a sound gimmick, it's not as often that we see...

Flying Warriors (Wii U eShop / NES)

Flying Warriors (Wii U eShop / NES)

"I won’t stop at this"

Culture Brain USA's NES title, Flying Warriors, draws its inspiration from the previous North American release in the Hiryū no Ken series which debuted in 1988, Flying Dragon: The Secret Scroll. Starring a Shorinji Kempo warrior named Rick Stalker, the story basically mirrors the tale of the original NES entry, with the...