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Canvaleon (Wii U eShop)

Canvaleon (Wii U eShop)

Karma karma karma karma karma Canvaleon

Take a peek at some recent Wii U releases and you may see a painterly pattern forming. That's right; what with Art Academy: Atelier and Splatoon splashing some colour onto Nintendo's home console this year, it's almost like an artistic renaissance is upon us - just with more squids. On the surface, Canvaleon...

Astral Breakers (Wii U eShop)

Astral Breakers (Wii U eShop)

Puzzling Over the Stars

Ever since the stars aligned and humans discovered the fun of matching coloured objects, we've been trying to invent new ways to make puzzle games based on this simple premise. Puzzle Fighter and Bust-a-Move are just some of the diversions we've come up with. Astral Breakers joins the fray and brings with it a little bit of...

Mario Tennis (Wii U eShop / N64)

Mario Tennis (Wii U eShop / N64)

Love All

Some people would say Mario Tennis is worthy of praise solely for the fact it introduces the glorious specimen known as Waluigi into the Nintendo World. These people are right, but you can't write a full review out of that. In all seriousness, Mario Tennis marks a highlight in Nintendo's adaptation of the sport into a fun, casual style...

Dare Up Adrenaline (Wii U eShop)

Dare Up Adrenaline (Wii U eShop)

Don't you dare...

Dare Up Adrenaline is a game that doesn't have much going for it. The idea of a Pilotwings-style experience with high-flying stunts and tricks is certainly an appealing concept, but this title fails to deliver on every front. The main gameplay hook of Dare Up is controlling a wingsuit-wearing daredevil through the skies. The idea...

Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight (3DS)

Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight (3DS)

A Knight to Remember

Atlus' evergreen Etrian Odyssey series got its start on the DS with a trilogy of excellent map-making adventures, and it's found similar success on Nintendo's newest handheld, with Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan and spinoffs Etrian Mystery Dungeon and Persona Q all right at home on the 3DS. Thanks to 2013's

The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth (Wii U eShop)

The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth (Wii U eShop)

Gross. Gripping. Great.

The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth has been a long time coming on Wii U, but it was worth the wait. With excellent enemy and boss variety along with a seemingly endless supply of pickups and items to help Isaac escape his mom's horrifying basement, the game constantly surprises players with something new. The only thing you'll see...

Xeodrifter (Wii U eShop)

Xeodrifter (Wii U eShop)

Muddvania

Renegade Kid has shown Nintendo a lot of support in the form of nicely crafted downloadable titles for the 3DS, including its the retro-styled Mutant Mudds and Metroid-esque adventure Xeodrifter. Like Mutant Mudds, Xeodrifter has made its way to the Wii U eShop, and like Mutant Mudds, Xeodrifter is a very good game - if you don't mind...

Fat City (Wii U eShop)

Fat City (Wii U eShop)

Livin' large

"Fat City" is the colloquial name for a well-to-do section of New Orleans, and became the primary inspiration for the idiom "being in fat city," a phrase that unsurprisingly means to be doing well. Fat City is now also the name of an action-puzzler on the Wii U eShop by Heavy Iron Studios (which has a record for work-for-hire Disney...

I Love My Dogs (3DS eShop)

I Love My Dogs (3DS eShop)

A Man's Bog-Standard Friend

Pet simulators have certainly come a long way since the days of Tamagotchi. Where once we raised an LCD dinosaur on a screen the size of a digital watch, now we're treated to 3D renditions of cute, fluffy puppies and kittens, so realistically rendered you half expect them to leap from the screen and naively urinate on...

The Quiet Collection (Wii U eShop)

The Quiet Collection (Wii U eShop)

Shh...

If you've ever gone digging through old diskettes (or, like some reviewers, are kind of old yourself), you might have come across some pixelated shareware adventures from the '90s. The Quiet Collection has four little games that feel like a love letter to these old-school distractions, in ways that are both fun and potentially frustrating...

Epic Word Search Collection (3DS eShop)

Epic Word Search Collection (3DS eShop)

Searching for Simpsons, Sausages, Slayer and Skateboarding

The word "epic" sure gets thrown around a lot these days. The vast cosmos is epic, the unfathomable depths of the ocean are epic, but so is this sandwich I just ate, you guys! SO EPIC! Perhaps some of the meaning has been lost, but even the crankiest purists would have to admit that Epic...

Fantasy Pirates (3DS eShop)

Fantasy Pirates (3DS eShop)

Sail away, sail away, sail away

Let's welcome Fantasy Pirates to the Nintendo eShop – yet another pick-up-and-play, bite-sized title from EnjoyUp Games. Arguably best known for 99Seconds and 99Bullets, EnjoyUp Games is slowly gaining a reputation as a go-to company for budget titles on the Nintendo 3DS. Its latest title to appear on the shores of...

KEYTARI: 8-bit Music Maker (Wii U eShop)

KEYTARI: 8-bit Music Maker (Wii U eShop)

Weak Beats

Keytari: 8-Bit Music Maker seems to be an interesting entry in the eShop for anyone who's ever grooved along to the chiptunes that played during NES games. After hearing music from Super Mario Bros. and Mega Man for decades, Keytari tries to put the tools in your hand to make your own. Unfortunately, its limited capabilities turn it into...

Santa Factory (Wii U eShop)

Santa Factory (Wii U eShop)

Ho ho ho? More like no no no

XINESS Games' Santa Factory isn't likely to inspire much confidence in players over the age of five. It's clearly aimed at very small children, featuring extremely simple platforming mechanics and some light edutainment elements after each level. That being said, it's not fair to write it off for its target demographic...

3D Streets of Rage 2 (3DS eShop)

3D Streets of Rage 2 (3DS eShop)

Grand Upper

There was a time when playground arguments didn't revolve around resolutions, framerates or what PewDiePie's favourite toast topping is. In the early '90s it was simple; which is the best: Final Fight or Streets of Rage? Final Fight was, for a time, exclusive to Nintendo and jealous Mega Drive owners glared with envy at their smug...

G.G Series THROW OUT (DSiWare)

G.G Series THROW OUT (DSiWare)

​Throw this one out

We return to the G.G series with the sports genre, this time looking at a soccer game with combative elements reminiscent of the Mario Strikers series. It somewhat succeeds in this attempt, but matches are seldom challenging and consequently feel dull. While the game mechanics themselves are solid enough, one can't help but...

LEGO Jurassic World (3DS)

LEGO Jurassic World (3DS)

Don't go into the long grass

In case you've been living under a rock or have been crystallized in amber for millions of years, a new film in the Jurassic Park series has been unleashed into the world. As has been the case with so many film franchises before it, this release also brings along with it a LEGO video game adaptation. Welcome to the 3DS...

G.G Series THE LAST KNIGHT (DSiWare)

G.G Series THE LAST KNIGHT (DSiWare)

Hopefully this really is the last knight

The G.G series has grown a great deal in recent weeks, and another addition is an action adventure game that bears more than a passing resemblance to dungeons from The Legend of Zelda. Unfortunately, G.G Series THE LAST KNIGHT doesn't hold any of the same magic and fails to deliver entertainment that has much...