Wii U eShop Reviews

uWordsmith (Wii U eShop)

uWordsmith (Wii U eShop)

Limited lexicon

Word games are rather less common these days than in their most prolific period, but if you're going to build one the Wii U seems like prime real estate for doing so. uWordsmith takes advantage of the GamePad to create a simple yet snappy style of wordplay, but some setbacks make it less than letter perfect. Three modes exist in the...

Electronic Super Joy: Groove City (Wii U eShop)

Electronic Super Joy: Groove City (Wii U eShop)

Groove it or lose it

Electronic Super Joy: Groove City is a weird game. The plot involves a giant robot stripper that loses her laser nipples, and you're trying to get them back so she stops destroying Groove City in a resulting fit of rage. The story matters very little beyond setup purposes, as the majority of the dialogue is delivered through...

Family Tennis SP (Wii U eShop)

Family Tennis SP (Wii U eShop)

Not without its faults

It's fair to say that the Wii wasn't short of tennis games during its lifespan, which can safely be attributed to the console's revolutionary motion controls at the time. The Wii U, however, is a slightly different story; with focus reverting back to more conventional controls, there are only a handful of tennis games...

Lucadian Chronicles (Wii U eShop)

Lucadian Chronicles (Wii U eShop)

A killer hand

Card games certainly have their place in Nintendo's history; any fan of Pokémon will know just how important the trading cards were to the series' success, especially upon its début in the '90s. While it may seem strange to turn a card game into a video game — after all, much of the appeal comes from the physical act of using cards...

Cake Ninja 3: The Legend Continues (Wii U eShop)

Cake Ninja 3: The Legend Continues (Wii U eShop)

Legendarily mundane

Apparently, ninjas hate cakes, and developer Cypronia has been struggling to produce a decent game based off this assumption since its first attempt on DSiWare back in 2011. With years of experience under its belt and a baked goods massacre to show for it, has the move to Wii U made for a more substantial title? Let's begin by...

Chariot (Wii U eShop)

Chariot (Wii U eShop)

Not too much dead-weight

The Wii U is certainly not short of platformer games, from first party titles such as New Super Mario Bros. U to indie epics like Shovel Knight, so an addition to the system's growing list needs a special something to stand out from the crowd. Canadian developer Frima Studio may feel it has the answer with Chariot; it's a...

Maze (Wii U eShop)

Maze (Wii U eShop)

Get lost

Sometimes the simplest concept can make for an utterly addictive and engaging virtual experience. From Wii Sports to Angry Birds, the original Mario Bros. to the Mario Party series, there have been plenty of games that have bridged the gap from casual to advanced players, and it all starts at how accessible and universal the concept at the...

Toon Tanks (Wii U eShop)

Toon Tanks (Wii U eShop)

That's all, folks

Petite Games' Toon Tanks is a good example of a current issue present in the Wii U eShop in North America. There have been many games released that are finished and functional, but don't contain the degree of polish that we have come to expect. While Toon Tanks works just fine in what it sets out to do, the lack of scope or variety...

Underground (Wii U eShop)

Underground (Wii U eShop)

Overground, Wombling free

It's not often that games have a professional, legitimate use outside of entertainment, but in the case of Underground that's exactly what you get. Not only is it a puzzle game, but it is also designed to teach the skills required for laparoscopic surgery, more commonly known as keyhole surgery. Educational tools are all...

Spy Chameleon (Wii U eShop)

Spy Chameleon (Wii U eShop)

Incog-neato

Spanish developer EnjoyUp games has had a steady stream of titles arrive on Nintendo's digital platforms in recent times, including Darts Up, 99Moves and Rock Zombie, although arguably these games have yet to set the eShop alight. However, this port of Unfinished Pixel's PC game, Spy Chameleon

BLOK DROP X TWISTED FUSION (Wii U eShop)

BLOK DROP X TWISTED FUSION (Wii U eShop)

A twist to a solid formula

Crossovers can sometimes make for odd bedfellows. In the case of BLOK DROP X TWISTED FUSION (BDXTF), the minimalist-styled puzzle formula of BLOK DROP U has received a few tinkerings and a fresh coat of paint from Twisted Fusion, a title that has not yet been released at the time of this review. It's hard to say many were...

99Moves (Wii U eShop)

99Moves (Wii U eShop)

Show me your 99Moves

Hot on the heels of October's 99Seconds comes a Wii U eShop version of 99Moves, which like its predecessor had origins as an EnjoyUp Games DSiWare title. For the most part, this is a simple port, but what changes there are offer mixed results — some of them are definitively positive, such as the improved resolution and frame...

Shantae And The Pirate's Curse (Wii U eShop)

Shantae And The Pirate's Curse (Wii U eShop)

More like a blessing

While WayForward has been working away on the crowd-funded Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, which will be released on every platform under the sun, it hasn't forgotten its Nintendo roots. Shantae and the Pirate's Curse, the final game of the "original" series, wraps up the storyline started in the original Game Boy Color title and...

TOSS N GO (Wii U eShop)

TOSS N GO (Wii U eShop)

Use as directed

Simplicity is never a bad thing in itself. An experience can be extremely easy in execution, yet still provide plenty of rewarding elements. Sometimes, however, something can be boiled down into such simple elements that it loses some of those satisfying quirks, and that's where RCMADIAX's TOSS N GO suffers. TOSS N GO is another in...

A World of Keflings (Wii U eShop)

A World of Keflings (Wii U eShop)

What a wonderful world

Originally finding a home on Xbox Live Arcade, NinjaBee's A Kingdom for Keflings charmed players with its colourful worlds, fun simulation gameplay and creative use of Microsoft's then-new Live Avatars. Six years after that début, the gnome-like beings make their first appearance on a Nintendo platform with this re-release of...

Plenty of Fishies (Wii U eShop)

Plenty of Fishies (Wii U eShop)

Plenty of fishies, not enough frames

There's a curious debate about resolution and framerate currently detonating across communities of "serious" gamers right now, one that this reviewer finds frankly ridiculous. There's no denying the higher aesthetic quality of games running at 1080p resolution and 60 frames per second — they look amazing —...

Meme Run (Wii U eShop)

Meme Run (Wii U eShop)

Epic fail

Every so often, a small indie gem comes along that blows gamers out of the water with its surprising polish, addictive gameplay, wonderful sense of presentation and intelligent design. Ninja Pig Studios' Meme Run is not one of those games. In fact, Meme Run may be one of the worst releases on any gaming platform this year. A cynical and...

GetClose: A Game for RIVALS (Wii U eShop)

GetClose: A Game for RIVALS (Wii U eShop)

Cheek to cheek

If you're wondering how Wombat Source came up with the title for GetClose: A Game for RIVALS, just imagine the proximity of two people who must hold opposite sides of a Wii U GamePad in order to control their respective characters on the TV screen. Not clear enough? What about two people on either side of a Wii U Pro Controller? Now...

Shiny The Firefly (Wii U eShop)

Shiny The Firefly (Wii U eShop)

Glow or no?

In this reviewer’s opinion, any game that claims ‘funny faces’ as being a unique selling point in its advertising should be handled with caution, so without further ado let’s plunge into the realms of Shiny the Firefly. You control Shiny, the titular firefly in an effort to save its tiny firefly children that were scared by a...

Tested With Robots! (Wii U eShop)

Tested With Robots! (Wii U eShop)

Let it rust

It's no secret that Nintendo has relaxed its criteria for independent publishers to release their games on their eShop, and for better or for worse it looks like that policy is here for the foreseeable future. It's this relaxed attitude that is responsible for one of the latest releases on the eShop. Tested With Robots! is themed in a...