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Life Force (Wii U eShop / NES)

Life Force (Wii U eShop / NES)

Forcefully fun

Konami's 1985 hit Gradius is one of the most influential scrolling shooters of all time, so it was pretty tough to follow up. Rather than make Gradius II right away, the company decided to create a spin-off; Life Force — originally known in Japan as Salamander — hit arcades in 1986 and the NES two years later. Space shooters were...

Amida's Path (DSiWare)

Amida's Path (DSiWare)

The road less traveled

DSiWare releases are becoming fewer and far between, but there are still some interesting titles to be found for the service, and they're all accessible thanks to the 3DS eShop. Collavier Corporation's Amida's Path is a creative, fun game that combines strategy, action and light role-playing to create an experience that feels...

Thorium Wars: Attack of the Skyfighter (3DS eShop)

Thorium Wars: Attack of the Skyfighter (3DS eShop)

Thor' real

It’s not that space shooters don’t exist on Nintendo systems, but there’s certainly not enough of them to keep cockpit-hopping fans from feeling parched. 3PM Games took advantage of this vacuum by releasing Thorium Wars on DSiWare and now, just like the alien antagonists of the series, it's back with Thorium Wars: Attack of the...

SteamWorld Dig (Wii U eShop)

SteamWorld Dig (Wii U eShop)

Groundbreaking!

The two hottest properties in indie gaming right now are Sweden and spelunking. From Amnesia to Hotline Miami to Goat Simulator to that DotA song, a hugely disproportionate number of big independent releases the last few years have come from Swedes; whether it's Cave Story, Shovel Knight,

Mega Man Battle Chip Challenge (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Mega Man Battle Chip Challenge (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

The chips are bringing us down

Adding RPG elements to a beloved side-scrolling franchise may seem like a stroke of insanity, but Mega Man has enjoyed more than a few titles that play off this idea while still retaining the atmosphere and challenge of the core series. Even a certain red plumber has proved that the transition can pay off, fleshing out...

Double Dragon II: The Revenge (Wii U eShop / NES)

Double Dragon II: The Revenge (Wii U eShop / NES)

Double draggin'

There was a period from the late-'80s to the early-'90s when side-scrolling beat 'em up games were all the (streets of?) rage – from Double Dragon to Final Fight to Streets of Rage, we just couldn't get enough of punching hooligans in the face down long straight paths. Perhaps the most fun aspect of these titles was the multiplayer...

Mysterious Stars: The Samurai (DSiWare)

Mysterious Stars: The Samurai (DSiWare)

Bushi-no.

The DSi’s touchscreen-and-stylus setup has inspired an impressive array of pen-and-paper puzzle conversions over the years, and this trend seems set to continue right into DSiWare’s twilight days. Collavier’s Mysterious Stars trilogy, as the most recent example, pairs classic connect-the-dots puzzles with children’s stories. It’s...

Cybernator (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Cybernator (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Run-n-gun in space

Konami's Cybernator isn't as well-known as run-and-gun titles such as Contra, but this SNES game is a quality offering with plenty of challenge, personality and replay value. The Virtual Console exists to let gamers relive (and experience for the first time) classic games, and Cybernator will be a breath of fresh air for anyone...

Xtreme Sports (3DS eShop / Game Boy Color)

Xtreme Sports (3DS eShop / Game Boy Color)

Like, totally awesome

While WayForward is busy cooking up the latest instalment in the wonderful Shantae franchise, fans are sure to get a little bit impatient for more of that half-genie action. Although the original is available now on the 3DS Virtual Console, we’ve also recently been treated to something completely different in the form of the...

LEGO Ninjago: Nindroids (3DS)

LEGO Ninjago: Nindroids (3DS)

Cyberpunk ninja bricks

It's a new month, which means that the team behind the ever-popular LEGO games has a new release to share with the world. Rather than building a game based off of a popular book or film series, the latest addition to the LEGO pantheon is based on the company's own Ninjago universe. Acting somewhat as a sequel to 2011's LEGO...

Mysterious Stars: A Fairy Tale (DSiWare)

Mysterious Stars: A Fairy Tale (DSiWare)

Missed connections

From sudoku and crosswords to mazes and more, pen-and-paper puzzle games have found a happy home on Nintendo’s recent dual-screened systems, especially as part of smaller, downloadable offerings. One of the latest examples of this trend is the Mysterious Stars trilogy, a set of DSiWare games that couple classic connect-the-dots...

Tangram Attack (3DS eShop)

Tangram Attack (3DS eShop)

Making the cut or on the chopping block?

Instead of piecing together various shapes to construct a square, like you would in a traditional tangram game, Tangram Attack is about slicing and dicing seven shapes from already-assembled asymmetrical designs. Since the outlines of these shapes are often masked by a single colour and a uniform pattern, the...

SHUT THE BOX (Wii U eShop)

SHUT THE BOX (Wii U eShop)

What's in the box?!

It's strange how little a concept matters as long as the execution is done well; just recently we criticised Dahku Creations' Soon Shine for playing too much like a mobile game rather than a home console title. Yet here we are with SHUT THE BOX (which seems like it's yelling at you), created by one-man studio RCMADIAX of BLOK...

Soon Shine (Wii U eShop)

Soon Shine (Wii U eShop)

Here Comes the Soon

It's wonderful to see indie developers on Wii U find enough commercial success to produce more than one title for the platform, and two-man studio Dahku Creations has followed up June's Chubbins with a new family-friendly offering: Soon Shine. Our biggest criticisms of Chubbins were its torturous difficulty and lack of visual...

Anne's Doll Studio: Antique Collection (DSiWare)

Anne's Doll Studio: Antique Collection (DSiWare)

Antique? Try "aged"

Gamebridge's Anne's Doll Studio: Antique Collection is one of several titles in the Anne's Doll Studio "series," and like the other entries is a complete waste of time and money. A simple application in which you can dress up a doll and save it as an image file, users will find all there is to discover in Anne's Doll Studio as...

Midtown Crazy Race (Wii U eShop)

Midtown Crazy Race (Wii U eShop)

Will drive you crazy

You know when you’re playing a game and it’s all going well when, suddenly, it introduces some arbitrary racing section just to add a little variety? Until now you’ve been jumping around, exploring, but for the next half an hour you’re stuck trying to complete this side mission just to continue. The driving controls are...

Anne's Doll Studio: Lolita Collection (DSiWare)

Anne's Doll Studio: Lolita Collection (DSiWare)

Don't touch Lolita

Gamebridge's Anne's Doll Studio: Lolita Collection is one of several titles in the Anne's Doll Studio "series," and like the other entries, is a complete waste of time and money. A simple application in which you can dress up a doll and save it as an image file, users will find all there is to discover in Anne's Doll Studio as...

Frederic: Resurrection of Music (Wii U eShop)

Frederic: Resurrection of Music (Wii U eShop)

A decomposing composer, recomposed

Public domain is often seen as the place cheap music games go to die, but it does not have to be this way. There is a lot of great music from the past that remains untapped; a multitude of virtuosos from previous centuries whose works can appeal within the context of a game. All that’s needed is the right...

Pop'n TwinBee: Rainbow Bell Adventures (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Pop'n TwinBee: Rainbow Bell Adventures (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Jump'n TwinBee

Although the TwinBee series is mostly remembered as a shoot 'em up franchise, it might come as a surprise that there were actually a few games which took on different genres. Rainbow Bell Adventures — which is coincidentally also the last game released outside Japan — tries its hand at platforming, bringing its own unique little...