Wii U Reviews

Kung Fu Panda: Showdown of Legendary Legends (Wii U)

Kung Fu Panda: Showdown of Legendary Legends (Wii U)

Super Kung Fu Smash Panda Bros.

Kung Fu Panda: Showdown of Legendary Legends takes the movie franchise's core themes of kung fu, lovable characters and comedy, throws it into a 2.5D brawler and leaves you with a feeling of being satisfied but ultimately wanting something else. With the game being crafted by those at Vicious Cycle, the team behind...

Just Dance: Disney Party 2 (Wii U)

Just Dance: Disney Party 2 (Wii U)

A Dance Party for some

You never know how poorly coordinated you are until you play a round of Just Dance: Disney Party 2 - this is a rhythm game that's almost true to its name. While it does involve just dancing, it could also be named Just Dance: Disney Party 2 for The Skilled. Rhythm games like Rock Band, Guitar Hero, and Dance Dance Revolution...

Monster High: New Ghoul in School (Wii U)

Monster High: New Ghoul in School (Wii U)

A Strange Beast

The catchy refrain in a song at the beginning of Monster High: New Ghoul in School declares - "We are Monsters. We are Proud.". Its words sum up the game's positive message of "who you are is more important than what you are". Soon thereafter, players are led into a character creation mode to decide the kind of pretty monster you...

Xenoblade Chronicles X (Wii U)

Xenoblade Chronicles X (Wii U)

A Mira-culous discovery

Monolith Soft has made plenty of bold claims about Xenoblade Chronicles X. It's talked up the size of the planet as being five times that of Xenoblade Chronicles, stated that any landscape you see is there to be explored, and promised that there are not only dozens of hours of legitimate gameplay, but hundreds. Often that...

Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival (Wii U)

Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival (Wii U)

The sigh heard 'round the wild world

Animal Crossing made its name as a quaint, cutesy, somewhat bizarre life simulator where something new to do, collect or modify is always around the corner. This year, two spin-off games hone in on separate areas of that Nintendo life: Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer on 3DS explores "work," and Animal...

Barbie and her Sisters Puppy Rescue (Wii U)

Barbie and her Sisters Puppy Rescue (Wii U)

Pawfully Repetitive

If there's one thing truly great thing about rescuing puppies in Barbie and Her Sisters Puppy Rescue, it's not the satisfaction of doing a good deed, or the subsequent obedience training you can do to ensure well-behaved canine friends. No, it's the sweet bicycle ride Barbie has on her journey to puppy saving. Barbie and Her...

Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash (Wii U)

Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash (Wii U)

Into the net

Mario's spin-off titles have been integral to Nintendo systems for multiple generations, typically designed to bring families and friends together for light-hearted fun. The tennis spin-off has often found a fascinating middle-ground between depth and accessibility, though the home console entries have often been focused on simple...

The Peanuts Movie: Snoopy's Grand Adventure (Wii U)

The Peanuts Movie: Snoopy's Grand Adventure (Wii U)

Going for peanuts

Celebrating its 65th Anniversary, Charles Schulz's Peanuts comic remains iconic and influential. The comic has spurned television movies which are staples to American culture, such as It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and, this year, The Peanuts Movie hit theaters. Its characters are beloved, recognizable and icons in of...

Rodea the Sky Soldier (Wii U)

Rodea the Sky Soldier (Wii U)

Turbulence ahead

Yuji Naka is a legend in the world of game design. He has worked on notable series such as Sonic the Hedgehog, NiGHTS into Dreams and Phantasy Online for nearly 30 years. His newest creation, Rodea the Sky Soldier, has been stuck in development limbo for over five years, but the time has finally come for it to see the light of day...

Just Dance 2016 (Wii U)

Just Dance 2016 (Wii U)

Keeeeeeeeep dancing!

Every year as the leaves begin to fall from the trees, as we start to moan about the weather even more than usual and as we start to hopelessly search the entire house for our gloves which we've lost for the fifth year running, you can be certain of one thing… Another entry to Ubisoft's Just Dance series will be fox-trotting...

Guitar Hero Live (Wii U)

Guitar Hero Live (Wii U)

Put another dime in the jukebox, baby

In 2005 Guitar Hero sparked a gaming revolution, filling our heads with wicked riffs and our closets with plastic instruments. The series grew from a single act into a full fledged ensemble in a matter of years, invoking various imitators and spin-offs. Eventually players' excitement for rockin' around the clock...

Adventure Time: Finn and Jake Investigations (Wii U)

Adventure Time: Finn and Jake Investigations (Wii U)

Ooo's clues

Perhaps someone finally saw the potential in exploring a creatively quirky land to solve mysteries of fantastical and goofy natures. Perhaps they just looked at the title of the series and saw it had "Adventure" in it. Either way, Adventure Time: Finn & Jake Investigations seeks to marry the "point-and-clickish" style adventure genre...

Project Zero: Maiden of Black Water (Wii U)

Project Zero: Maiden of Black Water (Wii U)

Focusing on fear

Like the lashing of rain against a bedroom window, or the sound of a damp footstep outside your door - Project Zero: Maiden of Black Water is coming for you. Also known in North America as Fatal Frame, this latest entry in the cult horror franchise has set its sights on Western shores just in time for Halloween, and while some might...

LEGO Dimensions (Wii U)

LEGO Dimensions (Wii U)

LEGO loans required

If ever there was a time for parents to put their collective foot down and tell their young ones to choose one favourite toy to buy, this may be it. The toys-to-life market has never been busier as three huge brands go head to head, and LEGO Dimensions arguably - or factually, in terms of the toy market - has the biggest brand of...

Skylanders SuperChargers (Wii U)

Skylanders SuperChargers (Wii U)

Articulation, That’s What You Need

While other toy-game hybrid makers are moving on from older Nintendo hardware this year, Activision has doubled down on Wii, 3DS and Wii U Skylanders with bespoke versions and cross-over dual action Skylander-amiibo. This year's Skylanders Superchargers novelty is a good one. The articulated vehicles not only...

Disney Infinity 3.0 (Wii U)

Disney Infinity 3.0 (Wii U)

The Force is with it

This year's Disney Infinity game has a trump card in play, Star Wars. This, along with some triple-A development assistance from the likes of Studio Gobo, Ninja Theory and Sumo Digital adds up to an impressive overall pedigree. The game itself comes in the now-standard Starter Pack, although this year if you already have a...

Super Mario Maker (Wii U)

Super Mario Maker (Wii U)

Pixel perfect

In the year of Super Mario's 25th Anniversary Nintendo released Super Mario Galaxy 2, a terrific sequel, and the rather uninspired Super Mario All-Stars 25th Anniversary Edition. Not bad, but a continuation of the norm - an accomplished (almost perfect) slice of platforming heaven and another release designed for little more than...

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...