Wii U Reviews

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...

Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2 (Wii U)

Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2 (Wii U)

Pac is back! .....again

There's a moment during the opening cutscene of Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2 where the series' villain Lord Betrayus delights over his giant robot being ready to ''unleash on Pacopolis. Again!'' It's just a throwaway joke that's fitting of the Saturday morning cartoon vibe, but while it may have raised a slight smile...

Disney Infinity 2.0 (Wii U)

Disney Infinity 2.0 (Wii U)

Marvel and the House of Mouse combine

Disney Infinity is back on Wii U with Marvel toys and adventures, expanded upgrades and harder difficulty levels. Less positively, Disney Infinity 2.0 drops Wii support and forces existing players to purchase another Starter Pack to access new Play Sets. The big ticket this year are the three headline Marvel...

Bayonetta 2 (Wii U)

Bayonetta 2 (Wii U)

Spellbinding and brutal

The Wii U library is small, but also diverse and exciting; Bayonetta 2 from Platinum Games arrives as a system exclusive to forge its own brilliantly destructive path. Its arrival with a port of the original Bayonetta gives Nintendo gamers an opportunity to dive into this developing franchise in full, and also illustrates the...

Hyrule Warriors (Wii U)

Hyrule Warriors (Wii U)

Warriors, come out to play

There's a very good reason why Hyrule Warriors is the first major Zelda release not to have the "Z" word in its title. As we've suspected since that surprising reveal in December of last year, this is much more a Warriors (or Musou, if you prefer) outing than it is a Zelda one, and that news will trigger mixed feelings for...

One Piece Unlimited World Red (Wii U)

One Piece Unlimited World Red (Wii U)

Not unlimited, but not bad

Eiichiro Oda’s anime juggernaut isn't short of games on multiple systems, and quality can be distinctly variable; the unimpressive One Piece: Romance Dawn on 3DS, with its repetitive gameplay and questionable production values, is one at the wrong end of the chain. In that sense it's tough to know what to expect from the...

Wii Sports Club (Wii U)

Wii Sports Club (Wii U)

Wii Sports Club Assemble!

Wii Sports Club began life as a rather interesting eShop initiative by Nintendo, as sports from the original Wii pack-in were gradually released with multiple purchase options — timed passes for a small amount or a permanent pass for fairly standard download price. With the set of five now complete it's hard to say how...

Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark (Wii U)

Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark (Wii U)

Less than meets the eye

Whether it's Batman, Gears of War or Zelda, it's always a gamble when a beloved series leaves the developer that created it in favour of a new one. In many of these cases it's because the publisher wants to churn out annual or semi-annual instalments in a profitable franchise, and one studio is not enough to carry this...

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (Wii U)

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (Wii U)

Needs a bit more training

How to Train Your Dragon 2, developed by Australian studio Torus Games and published by Little Orbit, is a throwback to movie tie-ins of yore. Most big action films these days opt for cheaper, often microtransaction-based game tie-ins on mobile devices, like Captain America: The Winter Soldier and

LEGO The Hobbit (Wii U)

LEGO The Hobbit (Wii U)

We hates it forever

The LEGO series of games is a sales phenomenon, now established to a degree that it seems no matter how many releases are churned out on a yearly basis the sales flow, and steady praise flows its way. That's to the credit of TT Games and Warner Bros., but it's always a franchise at risk of spreading itself too thinly — as Bilbo...

Mario Kart 8 (Wii U)

Mario Kart 8 (Wii U)

8th Wonder of the World

Since the Super NES every Nintendo system — apart from the Game Boy Color and the doomed Virtual Boy — has been boosted by an entry in the iconic Mario Kart series. Despite its drastic evolution throughout the generations of hardware it nevertheless feels familiar each time around, while other entries in the kart racing...

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Wii U)

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Wii U)

This reboot of a reboot could use another reboot

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is exactly the video game that the film deserves. Sony and Activision couldn’t have planned it better if they tried. Nowadays, Spider-Man’s existence outside of comic books isn’t for creative purposes, and the accepted level of quality is appalling on all fronts...

Hello Kitty Kruisers (Wii U)

Hello Kitty Kruisers (Wii U)

Cute doesn't always cut it

Hello Kitty and friends have cornered the market on cute for four decades, and it’s easy to see why: Sanrio’s simple yet charming style makes for easy application to almost anything. Racing games are certainly not out of the question, and Hello Kitty Kruisers takes the obvious whimsical route through the genre, as much...

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Wii U)

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Wii U)

Ain't no business like monkey business

It says much for the level of expectation placed upon Nintendo and Retro Studios that some questioned the decision to revisit the world of Donkey Kong for Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, yet that initial reaction should be pushed aside. Anyone that discounts this title due to the fact it’s not the exact...

The LEGO Movie Videogame (Wii U)

The LEGO Movie Videogame (Wii U)

Almost everything is awesome

Unless you’ve been living under a rock or have been otherwise indisposed from newspapers, radio, television, the Internet, or any of the other countless forms of communicative devices that the news media uses to infiltrate our lives in 2014, you’re probably well aware that a new movie based on your favourite...

Barbie Dreamhouse Party (Wii U)

Barbie Dreamhouse Party (Wii U)

Problems with plasticity

It's easy to dismiss licensed games like Barbie Dreamhouse Party as cheap cash-ins on popular franchises because, in all honesty, that's usually what they are. Creating a video game based on a classic line of dolls may seem like a step in the right direction towards our increasingly digital future, but it comes with the...

Cocoto Magic Circus 2 (Wii U eShop)

Cocoto Magic Circus 2 (Wii U eShop)

Look ma', I shot that lizard!

Nintendo, the pillar of family friendly gaming, once made a good amount of money by selling kids plastic guns. OK, it was a Zapper, but the point stands; we may bemoan some mature, modern shooters for the violence they promote, but more fantastical and cuddly violence has always been part of the gaming landscape. Cocoto...