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Opoona (Wii)

Opoona (Wii)

Stranger in a strange land...

Would you like to hear a story? Good! This is a story about Opoona and his family: his daddy is a famous Cosmo Guard -- that's right, Opoona and his family are from the planet Tizia. In fact, Opoona's daddy is one of the most famous Cosmo Guards ever! He was recently awarded the title of Startizian -- a rank only a few in thousands of years have achieved -- so he..

Muramasa: The Demon Blade (Wii)

Muramasa: The Demon Blade (Wii)

Gorgeous, engrossing, flawed.

A lot of Muramasa: The Demon Blade's pre-release hype hinged on its art; while you could get a good impression of the beauty of the game, it isn’t until you have it in motion on your own screen that it hits you. Vanillaware has delivered a visual and aural feast in its portrayal of feudal Japan; Muramasa is truly a...

Cursed Mountain (Wii)

Cursed Mountain (Wii)

Have your prayers been answered?

Cursed Mountain, like its ghostly enemies, came out of nowhere to surprise us: a bona fide adult game, where the phrase doesn't equate to gratuitous swearing, gore and nudity, designed exclusively for Wii. With a story heavy on Buddhist philosophies, a combat system that requires prayer gestures and plenty of other oddities, it's certainly unlike anything on this or..

Ashes Cricket 2009 (Wii)

Ashes Cricket 2009 (Wii)

We don't like cricket... but we don't love it that much, either!

With the recent Ashes series over, the sport of cricket is buzzing with popularity, so it’s no real surprise to see the Wii get its first ‘proper’ cricket game. Codemasters have taken it upon themselves to create Ashes Cricket, but have they done enough to faithfully recreate the...

Madden NFL 10 (Wii)

Madden NFL 10 (Wii)

Far from the Madden crowd...

Taking its graphical cues from the recent Grand Slam Tennis, Madden NFL 10 on Wii eschews the hi-def emphasis on recreating every detail of the game, favouring a more stylised - though hardly cartoony - approach to the presentation. Defensive backs are bulky chunks of muscle, wide receivers are gangly running machines and everything’s slightly more caricatured than in..

Metroid Prime Trilogy (Wii)

Metroid Prime Trilogy (Wii)

A must-play anthology

It took eight years, a group of Texans and a whole new perspective for Samus Aran, space bounty hunter extraordinaire, to return to consoles after Super Metroid. Seven years and three acclaimed games later, Metroid Prime Trilogy puts Samus’ Phazon encounters in one slick anthology that newcomers shouldn’t miss, but does it...

Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings (Wii)

Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings (Wii)

You call this archaeology?

Filled with cut scenes and swashbuckling action sequences, The Staff of Kings has the feel of an actual Indiana Jones movie. There are a lot of concepts included here that, if fully realized, could have made for a spectacular movie-style game. Sadly, as it turns out the imagination of the game’s developers exceeded their grasp. Indiana Jones, the world’s foremost..

Horrible Histories: Ruthless Romans (Wii)

Horrible Histories: Ruthless Romans (Wii)

History? Sort of. Horrible? YES!

If you live in the UK you're probably familiar with the Horrible History series of books from author Terry Deary; featuring illustrations by Martin Brown. They're books aimed at children (mainly boys) between the ages of 8-12 which try to make history fun by discussing the nastier bits of it; using humourous illustrations and a light-hearted style to increase..

Tenchu: Shadow Assassins (Wii)

Tenchu: Shadow Assassins (Wii)

"Are you finished? Save your speeches for Hell!"

This is the fourth in a series of stealth-based action games which have often met with mixed reviews due to control and camera issues. After watching the atmospheric sepia-toned montage of game cut-scenes scored with Japanese opera and playing the game, fans and those new to the series will find that...

Mahjong Taikai Wii (Wii)

Mahjong Taikai Wii (Wii)

A solid straight-up Mahjong game for fans of the real deal.

This is the latest in a series of Mahjong Tournament games which have appeared on previous consoles and handhelds. These are single player games (as with card games Mahjong player have hidden hands, so multiplayer with one screen wouldn't work too well) with virtual opponents; online play would have been welcome, but isn't included in..

Shanghai Wii (Wii)

Shanghai Wii (Wii)

Sunsoft brings the classic match-two game to Wii.

Shanghai is the name Activision gave to series of simple matching games featuring patterns of stacked mahjong tiles on the Apple Macintosh and later Wintel PCs (other companies have sold the same game with various other names; the game is generically known as "mahjong solitaire" or "mahjong" though it has nothing to do with..

Hysteria Hospital: Emergency Ward (Wii)

Hysteria Hospital: Emergency Ward (Wii)

It does indeed invoke hysteria, but not the good kind.

Hysteria Hospital: Emergency Ward is the latest treat from Oxygen Games for Wii and in a sense it truly does replicate how a hospital nurse must at times feel; overworked, frustrated and at times more than a little tired. The game begins with the player deciding upon the gender and name of their freshly graduated nurse. The action then shifts..

Wii Sports Resort (Wii)

Wii Sports Resort (Wii)

Is Wii Sports Resort the worthy sequel fans of the original have been waiting for?

When Nintendo needed a showpiece for the unique motion control system of their upcoming Wii console, their developers came up with the original Wii Sports title that was eventually packed in with the system. Needless to say, it's become one of the most beloved titles...

The Conduit (Wii)

The Conduit (Wii)

Does High Voltage's much touted FPS manage to live up to the hype?

The Conduit has been hyped for quite a while. Announced over a year ago, the game saw delay after delay, did not get a publisher until late last year and suffered a few other minor problems. After all this time you'd expect the game to be fantastic, but is it really? The Wii doesn't...

Monster Lab (Wii)

Monster Lab (Wii)

Something from Eidos that isn't Tomb Raider or Championship Manager and SURPRISE, it's actually good.

Gamers from the PlayStation era may recall Tecmo's answer to Pokémon, Monster Rancher. Creating a monster to send into gladiatorial combat and doing jobs with the chance of getting special items to use was good fun, so seeing a similar game which takes the same concept but provides a better..

Godzilla Unleashed (Wii)

Godzilla Unleashed (Wii)

Up from the depths thirty stories high, breathing fire his head in the sky -- Godzilla! Godzilla! Godzilla!

Godzilla Unleashed is the latest in a string of Godzilla games from developer Pipeworks, the same folks that brought us Rampage Total Destruction, another giant-monsters-smash-everything game that is squarely targeted at the Kaiju-loving crowd. The previous Godzilla on the Gamecube, Godzilla..

Rampage: Total Destruction (Wii)

Rampage: Total Destruction (Wii)

Still Rampaging after all these years...

This game is the latest in a series of Rampage games from Midway stretching back to the mid-80s when Rampage was released in the arcades as the first (and practically only) example of the Giant Monsters Wreaking Havoc genre of video games. To many who grew up watching Godzilla, Ultraman and any number of other Japanese giant robot/monster films and TV series..

Namco Museum Remix (Wii)

Namco Museum Remix (Wii)

Something classic, something new, Namco we love you!

In recent years purveyors old arcade games have seen fit to repackage them into "Greatest Hits" collections. Namco first had their Museum series on the original PlayStation in a series of six volumes (cleverly one for each letter of the name "Namco" and then a Japanese-only Museum R that came with a big album to put the other..

BlastWorks (Wii)

BlastWorks (Wii)

There's a whole lot of blasting going on, but how does it all work?

User-generated content in games goes all the way back to titles like Bill Budge's Pinball Construction set on 8-bit home computers and first-person shooters like Doom and Quake, but it's not something that's ever really been prominent in console games due to both system storage...

Marvel: Ultimate Alliance (Wii)

Marvel: Ultimate Alliance (Wii)

Marvel heroes trapped in a Wiirld they never made!

As the title suggests, this is the ultimate game featuring Marvel super heroes. The storyline resembles many classic Marvel title-spanning events: Doctor Doom has assembled The Masters of Evil to undertake an audacious gambit to assume ultimate power in the universe. Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., has assembled the greatest team of heroes the..