Wii U eShop Reviews

Mario Tennis (Wii U eShop / N64)

Mario Tennis (Wii U eShop / N64)

Love All

Some people would say Mario Tennis is worthy of praise solely for the fact it introduces the glorious specimen known as Waluigi into the Nintendo World. These people are right, but you can't write a full review out of that. In all seriousness, Mario Tennis marks a highlight in Nintendo's adaptation of the sport into a fun, casual style...

Dare Up Adrenaline (Wii U eShop)

Dare Up Adrenaline (Wii U eShop)

Don't you dare...

Dare Up Adrenaline is a game that doesn't have much going for it. The idea of a Pilotwings-style experience with high-flying stunts and tricks is certainly an appealing concept, but this title fails to deliver on every front. The main gameplay hook of Dare Up is controlling a wingsuit-wearing daredevil through the skies. The idea...

The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth (Wii U eShop)

The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth (Wii U eShop)

Gross. Gripping. Great.

The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth has been a long time coming on Wii U, but it was worth the wait. With excellent enemy and boss variety along with a seemingly endless supply of pickups and items to help Isaac escape his mom's horrifying basement, the game constantly surprises players with something new. The only thing you'll see...

Xeodrifter (Wii U eShop)

Xeodrifter (Wii U eShop)

Muddvania

Renegade Kid has shown Nintendo a lot of support in the form of nicely crafted downloadable titles for the 3DS, including its the retro-styled Mutant Mudds and Metroid-esque adventure Xeodrifter. Like Mutant Mudds, Xeodrifter has made its way to the Wii U eShop, and like Mutant Mudds, Xeodrifter is a very good game - if you don't mind...

Fat City (Wii U eShop)

Fat City (Wii U eShop)

Livin' large

"Fat City" is the colloquial name for a well-to-do section of New Orleans, and became the primary inspiration for the idiom "being in fat city," a phrase that unsurprisingly means to be doing well. Fat City is now also the name of an action-puzzler on the Wii U eShop by Heavy Iron Studios (which has a record for work-for-hire Disney...

The Quiet Collection (Wii U eShop)

The Quiet Collection (Wii U eShop)

Shh...

If you've ever gone digging through old diskettes (or, like some reviewers, are kind of old yourself), you might have come across some pixelated shareware adventures from the '90s. The Quiet Collection has four little games that feel like a love letter to these old-school distractions, in ways that are both fun and potentially frustrating...

KEYTARI: 8-bit Music Maker (Wii U eShop)

KEYTARI: 8-bit Music Maker (Wii U eShop)

Weak Beats

Keytari: 8-Bit Music Maker seems to be an interesting entry in the eShop for anyone who's ever grooved along to the chiptunes that played during NES games. After hearing music from Super Mario Bros. and Mega Man for decades, Keytari tries to put the tools in your hand to make your own. Unfortunately, its limited capabilities turn it into...

Santa Factory (Wii U eShop)

Santa Factory (Wii U eShop)

Ho ho ho? More like no no no

XINESS Games' Santa Factory isn't likely to inspire much confidence in players over the age of five. It's clearly aimed at very small children, featuring extremely simple platforming mechanics and some light edutainment elements after each level. That being said, it's not fair to write it off for its target demographic...

Final Fight One (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Final Fight One (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Still the One?

It's fair to say Capcom was on a roll in the late '80s and early '90s. During this period it pushed out some bona-fide classic pieces of software, including 1989's seminal coin-op brawler, Final Fight. Indisputably one of the finest side-scrolling beat-'em-ups ever created, it joined a rush of similar coin-guzzling titles including...

Asteroid Quarry (Wii U eShop)

Asteroid Quarry (Wii U eShop)

Lost and Bored in Space

The life of a space miner is a lonely, but simple one. With Earth's resources exhausted, a single miner is dispatched to cut ore from nearby asteroids and bring it back to a space station. It's not the most complex work, but it is complicated by the abundance of space pirates out there who want to capitalize on the player's...

Neon Battle (Wii U eShop)

Neon Battle (Wii U eShop)

Ping

Every Indie developer has to start somewhere. However, it seems that in this day and age where just about anybody with a laptop can make a game, many fail to remember an absolutely critical fact: you've got to walk before you can run. Nowhere is this more evident than in Helix Games' sophomore outing, Neon Battle. While this simple arcade game...

Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Just like a black hole, it'll suck up hours of your time

With the first Advance Wars being a hit on the GBA not long after the system launched, it was no wonder that a sequel would eventually follow. Released about two years later, Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising feels very much like an expansion pack, but one that is still more than worth the...

Baila Latino (Wii U eShop)

Baila Latino (Wii U eShop)

Lati-NO

The Wii was (and is) a wonderfully appealing console, enticing folk who'd never considered picking up a joypad into a quick round of Wii Sports or Mario Kart. The Wii was also the natural home (and origin) of the Just Dance series of games, which went on to sell in vast quantities. Waving a Wii-remote to a spot of Katy Perry on a Friday...

The Stonecutter (Wii U eShop)

The Stonecutter (Wii U eShop)

Cut the crap

Visual novels haven't historically made much of a splash outside of Japan. It's only been in relatively recent times that titles like Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney and Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward have shown Western gamers that reading can be fun - especially when mixed together with simple game elements like puzzles and branching...

Star Fox Command (Wii U eShop / DS)

Star Fox Command (Wii U eShop / DS)

Command and conquer

Fox McCloud and friends are coming back in a big way this Holiday season with Star Fox Zero for the Wii U, and while the jury's still out on whether the title will live up to expectations, Nintendo has given fans a refresher course in barrel rolls by releasing Star Fox Command on the system's Virtual Console in North America...

Quadcopter Pilot Challenge (Wii U eShop)

Quadcopter Pilot Challenge (Wii U eShop)

Controls failin', players wailin', quadcopter

A common complaint among Wii U critics is that the platform's primary controller, the GamePad, doesn't get utilized enough to justify its existence. Whether or not you agree with this assessment, one indie developer that's making an effort to assuage these concerns is TACS Games, whose Quadcopter Pilot...

Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards (Wii U eShop / N64)

Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards (Wii U eShop / N64)

Kirby Sixty-Phwoar

Like many of Nintendo's properties during the transition from the SNES to the N64, Kirby underwent a shift from a flat 2D sprite to a fully rendered polygon rendition of himself. Rather than taking Kirby down the route of Mario and Link, however, the pink mascot stuck closer to his origins - the mechanics of Kirby 64: The Crystal...

Mario & Luigi: Partners In Time (Wii U eShop / DS)

Mario & Luigi: Partners In Time (Wii U eShop / DS)

​Fun for all ages

It takes quite a lot of star power to be able to co-star with yourself in something. The upcoming Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam is set to show that our favourite plumbers are not lacking in this department, but it's not the first time developer AlphaDream has pulled a similar gimmick! For that we should look to Mario & Luigi:...