Wii U Reviews

Devil's Third (Wii U)

Devil's Third (Wii U)

What devilry is this?

Devil's Third has had a protracted and curious road to the Wii U, with notable gaps between regional releases and the peculiarity of an upcoming free-to-play online version for PC. With its arrival in Japan and Europe we get to see whether it's seductive and alluring or, alternatively, a devilish disappointment. With much...

Legend of Kay Anniversary (Wii U)

Legend of Kay Anniversary (Wii U)

Legendary or just o-Kay?

Having never actually owned a Sony console besides a PSP that has rarely seen the light of day, this writer had never heard of Legend of Kay before this new HD re-release, so this review is coming with absolutely no expectations. Can it still hold the attention of a complete stranger a decade after its release? If you tried...

Land it Rocket (Wii U / Wii U eShop)

Land it Rocket (Wii U / Wii U eShop)

A crash landing

With the gaming world becoming more and more in love with storylines, deeper monologues and character building, simpler experiences are sometimes needed. These can come in any shape or size, on any system, and that is what Land it Rocket sets out to provide. Land it Rocket is a simple single-button game that pushes you into a world...

LEGO Jurassic World (Wii U)

LEGO Jurassic World (Wii U)

Fun but lacking InGen-uity

A whole lot of chaos has ensued on the islands of Isla Sorna and Isla Nublar. Since 1993 we've seen two state-of-the-art theme parks abruptly go defunct and two rescue missions disastrously unfold on these isolated chunks of land. The crazy thing is, we relish in the spectacle that results from these unfortunate events...

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,...

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...

Splatoon (Wii U)

Splatoon (Wii U)

Prepare to dye

Nintendo is generally relatively circumspect and cautious when introducing new IPs, but considering the pedigree the company has to uphold it's understandable that it doesn't wish to dilute its iconic brand with a torrent of forgettable franchises. Splatoon is unusual in that sense, then, and it's a game that brings a huge amount of...

Mario Party 10 (Wii U)

Mario Party 10 (Wii U)

Let's get this party started!

It's commonly accepted that partying too hard can be a bad thing. However, that doesn't appear to be a concern for Mario and friends, who since 1998 have appeared in 10 home console Mario Party games and even a few portable outings, too. While Mario's virtual board game gatherings are now a far less common occurrence...

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse (Wii U)

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse (Wii U)

Clay achin'

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse is a sequel of sorts to 2005's Canvas Curse, which is considered to be among the top titles the pink puff has ever starred in. That's pretty high praise and a tough act to follow — but 10 years on, Nintendo and developer HAL Laboratory are giving it another whirl. The result is a video game equivalent to a...

NES Remix Pack (Wii U)

NES Remix Pack (Wii U)

Two for the price of two?

Nintendo's NES Remix Pack, a retail compilation of eShop titles NES Remix and NES Remix 2, contains two great games but feels like a bit of a missed opportunity. While both games are quite good, Nintendo has opted to simply package the two together and not made an attempt to make them feel like a cohesive whole. We didn't...

The Voice: I Want You (Wii U)

The Voice: I Want You (Wii U)

Desafinado

Since American Idol first graced the airwaves back in 2002, a number of similar shows have stepped up to deliver the singing superstar search process season after season, including - since 2011 - NBC's The Voice. In this Wii U title based on the show, The Voice translates into a karaoke game with a tournament structure, a soundtrack split...

Penguins of Madagascar (Wii U)

Penguins of Madagascar (Wii U)

Un-tactical Espionage Action

The Penguins from the smash CG hit Madagascar were so popular they received their own film in the form of Penguins of Madagascar, so it was inevitable that the four feathered friends would also receive their own video game adaption. Publisher Little Orbit - which is certainly no stranger to adaptations of movies -was...

LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham (Wii U)

LEGO  Batman 3: Beyond Gotham (Wii U)

Bricks, Bats and Beyond

With a steady schedule of semi-annual releases, dependably decent (and sometimes downright excellent) gameplay, and an ever-expanding stable of licenses, LEGO games are fast becoming the comfort food of family-friendly gaming. The Wii U alone has seen a half a dozen of the titles in the two years since its launch, and the...

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Wii U)

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Wii U)

Another treasure to track down

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker has been Nintendo's greatest 2014 surprise, announced at E3 and rapidly turned around for a Holiday release — in North America, at least. In theory it's a new IP, too, taking the cute but minor Captain Toad character and providing him with his own game; the whole concept is a spin-off...

Disney Planes: Fire & Rescue (Wii U)

Disney Planes: Fire & Rescue (Wii U)

Take Off Aborted

Movie inspired video games have often taken the liberty of deviating from the plot, throwing in events and scenarios that may be considered out of "canon" with the film's storyline and universe; a lack of faithfulness to the source material has been a frequent criticism throughout gaming history. Little Orbit's Disney Planes: Fire...

Watch Dogs (Wii U)

Watch Dogs (Wii U)

Hack job

The Wii U has had a chequered history with third-party support, particularly from Ubisoft, and the belated arrival of Watch Dogs feels a little like a final hurrah — whether we'll see many more big-budget multiplatform mature titles on Nintendo's system is certainly a cause of doubt. This title is here, however, and a viable option for...

Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric (Wii U)

Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric (Wii U)

Sonic Doomed

Sega's once-venerable Sonic the Hedgehog series has become a bit of a punchline in the gaming industry in recent years. With entries ranging from decent to mediocre to horrible, each new release is met with trepidation and well-earned cynicism. Sonic just hasn't been fully on top since his 16-bit heyday, and while his original 3D...

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (Wii U)

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (Wii U)

The gloves are off

There is a laundry list of things to love about Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, one of two prongs that make up the fourth generation of Smash Bros. games, and top of the list is the game’s confidence that allows it to cater to anyone who might be interested in its brand of mascot mayhem. This new Smash Bros. is perfect for those...

Skylanders Trap Team (Wii U)

Skylanders Trap Team (Wii U)

Knaves in Toyland

As the original ’toys-to-life’ video game concept — inspiring both Disney’s Infinity and Nintendo’s upcoming amiibo line — Skylanders has an impressive legacy to live up to. The series’ first release, Spyro’s Adventure, took the world and characters from the classic Spyro the Dragon games and crafted an enjoyable...

Just Dance 2015 (Wii U)

Just Dance 2015 (Wii U)

Just the ticket

Despite its name suggesting otherwise, Just Dance 2015 is in fact only the sixth entry in the main series of Just Dance games, and the aim is as simple as it gets; you have to replicate the dance moves that the on-screen dancers perform in time with the music and as accurately as you can. The ethos is simple, but can it provide...