Wii U eShop Reviews

Bubble Gum Popper (Wii U eShop)

Bubble Gum Popper (Wii U eShop)

Pop goes the bubble

Bubble Gum Popper is about as basic as a match-three puzzler can get, and unfortunately this doesn't work in the its favour. Puzzle games don't necessarily have to be groundbreaking to be worthwhile, but it certainly helps if they're at least engaging; this lacklustre effort is barely even worth the low price thanks to its...

Guac' a Mole (Wii U eShop)

Guac' a Mole (Wii U eShop)

Worth dipping into

When the Wii U was unveiled back at E3 2011 much was shown off in the way of its special abilities and functions, especially when regarding the system's controller. Unfortunately, the GamePad's many perks (such as its impressive use of motion controls) have been relatively untapped in the years since, and use of its built in...

Word Search by POWGI (Wii U eShop)

Word Search by POWGI (Wii U eShop)

Finding words, one letter at a time

Sometimes, a game's title tells you very little about its content. What do titles like "Bayonetta" scream to you when read? Meanwhile, a game with a title such as Word Search by POWGI pretty much tells you everything you need to know about this download. Within each of the 300+ levels you're given a grid filled...

Tilelicious: Delicious Tiles (Wii U eShop)

Tilelicious: Delicious Tiles (Wii U eShop)

A bittersweet treat

There has been much debate over Nintendo opening up the eShop to a wider array of developers and allowing what some would consider to be lesser experiences to be featured. The main argument being that consoles justify better, higher quality games than the relatively shallow offerings that can be found on smartphone markets, and...

psyscrolr (Wii U eShop)

psyscrolr (Wii U eShop)

Scroll right past this one

Critics are sometimes given a reputation for their occasional harshness. You might hear a critic accused of "wanting to hate something" or "looking for things to nitpick." While there are exceptions to every rule, it should be understood that most highly enjoy the medium they've chosen to review; as such, these complaints...

Affordable Space Adventures (Wii U eShop)

Affordable Space Adventures (Wii U eShop)

Three players for the price of one

Affordable Space Adventures is one of relatively few Wii U eShop exclusives, and is unsurprisingly a particularly unique arrival on the store. A collaboration between KnapNok Games and Nifflas, it brings a fusion of the former's expertise in user interfaces and control mechanics, and the latter's surrealist visual...

Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures (Wii U eShop)

Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures (Wii U eShop)

Better than a buffalo diarrhoea dump in your ear

Making a game that is in itself a callout to awful games has to be like preparing fugu: you definitely want to retain the essence people are paying for, but leaving the wrong parts in is going to be lethal. You have to be crappy without being crappy, and if anyone can pull this off with zen-like...

Dot Arcade (Wii U eShop)

Dot Arcade (Wii U eShop)

Tripping the light fantastic

Judging games for review brings some challenges. How can a tiny indie game compare with a Nintendo-developed blockbuster? We thought about this a lot when playing James Montagna and Andrew Lim's Dot Arcade, a small, highly focused experience that keeps things simple in the name of fun and longevity. While there's not...

Super Destronaut (Wii U eShop)

Super Destronaut (Wii U eShop)

Nice space ya got there…

Copies of other games are nothing new on the eShop - in more ways than one. If there is classic retro style or a suddenly popular gamefad, you can expect someone to throw their own version of it into the ring as well. Whether it comes off as a respected homage or a cheap cash-in is left to the developer, but Super...

PENTAPUZZLE (Wii U eShop)

PENTAPUZZLE (Wii U eShop)

PENT-UP PUZZLE

There's nothing inherently wrong with simplicity. When used well, a minimalist approach can be a refreshing way to get back to gaming basics; the recent 50 Pinch Barrage!!, which charmed us with its intuitive and straightforward approach to Pitfall-style platforming, stands as an excellent example of this. However, with the popularity...

Elliot Quest (Wii U eShop)

Elliot Quest (Wii U eShop)

Quest for glory?

The Nintendo Web Framework has opened the floodgates for indie developers on the Wii U, and while the HTML5-based system is flexible and user-friendly, the games that have been released so far have been mediocre at best and atrocious at worst - until now. Ansimuz Games and PlayEveryWare's Elliot Quest, created with the Impact...

Trine Enchanted Edition (Wii U eShop)

Trine Enchanted Edition (Wii U eShop)

First time Trine

The Trine series is a bit of an anachronism on the Wii U. The first game we received, Trine 2: Director's Cut, was not only the sequel, but an expanded version of it. Over two years later we now receive an enhanced edition of the original in Trine Enchanted Edition. Chalk it all up to magical dimensional tiddlywinks if you wish, but...

Don't Touch Anything Red (Wii U eShop)

Don't Touch Anything Red (Wii U eShop)

Really though, don't touch 'em

Games are not often as straightforward in their titles as Don't Touch Anything Red. This simple infinite-runner style puzzle game is a test of cunning, reflexes, and one's ability to avoid touching red things. Though the premise and presentation are simple, and there's not a lot here, this self-explanatory title is...

OlliOlli (Wii U eShop)

OlliOlli (Wii U eShop)

We're stoked

OlliOlli isn't really a skateboarding game. The skateboard aesthetic provides a lovely minimalist visual style to navigate the tiny pixel skateboarder through, but there's no open world to explore and experiment in, nor is it filled with free-form choices. Mechanically rock-solid, OlliOlli is a 2D on-rails experience with meticulously...

GravBlocks+ (Wii U eShop)

GravBlocks+ (Wii U eShop)

Try to keep up (and down, left, and right)

Falling block puzzlers aren't necessarily a rare experience these days. What isn't commonplace, however, is such a puzzler that throws a twist on the formula that enhances and refreshes the experience. GravBlocks+ (itself an enhanced version of the Android game GravBlocks) tries its hand at mixing up the...

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars (Wii U eShop)

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars (Wii U eShop)

We tip our hats to you

Despite Mario and Donkey Kong largely getting along with one another these days, there's still the ancestral drive to kidnap women in red dresses burning in DK's DNA, and so we get the Mario vs. Donkey Kong series. The latest entry, Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars has ditched the different 3D perspective of the previous...

Paparazzi (Wii U eShop)

Paparazzi (Wii U eShop)

Snap judgement

Indie developers seem to be doing a great job of delivering games with local multiplayer to the Wii U eShop as of late. From Chariot to GetClose: A Game for RIVALS, Sportsball to Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition, affordable — and quality — entertainment with the intention of livening up a living room is readily...

Blek (Wii U eShop)

Blek (Wii U eShop)

Pure and Simple

Every so often a video game will emerge which further dissembles the division between games and art; it's fair to say that Blek is one of those titles. Its miminimalistic, unsophisticated presentation and engaging puzzles garnered it resoundingly high praise following its release on iOS and Android, and resulted in developer Kunabi...

Rock 'N Racing Off Road (Wii U eShop)

Rock 'N Racing Off Road (Wii U eShop)

Not-So-Super Off Road

EnjoyUp was clearly inspired by the classic arcade racer Ivan "Ironman" Stewart's Super Off Road when developing Rock 'N Racing Off Road, an old-school, top-down racer. But while the game looks like a modern update to Super Off Road, it's not nearly as fun or memorable. Unfortunately, Rock 'N Racing Off Road is a disappointing...