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Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (Wii U eShop / SNES)

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (Wii U eShop / SNES)

The Mario RPG that started it all

There are very few areas of life the Mario franchise hasn't at some point explored. Mario himself has been a doctor, an amateur kart racer and later on in his career was recognised as a professional athlete when he competed at the Olympic Games in the 100 metre dash against Sonic. Quite simply – he's a jack of all...

Wave Race 64 (Wii U eShop / N64)

Wave Race 64 (Wii U eShop / N64)

Wonderful water racer

Wave Race was not a well known series prior to its arrival on the Nintendo 64. Actually it wasn't a series at all, but rather a single release: a top-down racer on the Game Boy. With its 64-bit machine offering the opportunity for new 3D gaming experiences, Nintendo decided to have another crack at a Jet Ski racer and came up...

Game & Watch Gallery Advance (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Game & Watch Gallery Advance (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Nintendo's Portable Hits: The Early Years

In the 1980's (before the Game Boy was released), Nintendo's series of Game & Watch handhelds provided people with portable gaming excitement. As LCD games they provided a stripped down gaming experience that Cranky Kong would approve of - basic sounds, none of those pointless fancy graphics and only a...

Sketch Wars (Wii U eShop)

Sketch Wars (Wii U eShop)

Worse than a pen and paper

Sometimes, drawing with a time limit can be funny. Other times, it's pure frustration. Sketch Wars falls into the latter, giving the player a clumsy set of tools, a poor choice of words, and some awful presentation and sound just to round the whole unpleasant experience off. How does one even manage to mess up a game where...

Dinox (Wii U eShop)

Dinox (Wii U eShop)

Based on the animated BBC series, Walking with Dinosaurs

With such a name, you'd be forgiven for thinking Dinox wanted to recapture the magic of past dinosaur shooters such as Turok: Dinosaur Hunter. Sadly, this is not the case. Developed by Codix Games and published by Engine Software, Dinox is actually an educational quiz title for the Wii U eShop...

Polarium Advance (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Polarium Advance (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Black + white = fun exercise for the old grey matter

Draw a line. OK, you'll have to give it a bit more thought than that as you won't be passing through all the squares on screen, but Polarium Advance is a simple game to play. Each puzzle consists of white and black tiles and once you've picked a start point you must draw a single line, moving...

Temple of Yog (Wii U eShop)

Temple of Yog (Wii U eShop)

Yes, this is Yog

Human sacrifice usually comes across as a pretty big deal, but not so in Temple of Yog on the Wii U eShop. Here, the multitude of tributes you send to dungeon-crawly demises seems designed to be as disposable as a bag of crisps, and just as addictive to polish off one by one. Death is just part of the daily grind in the world of...

Trauma Team (Wii U eShop / Wii)

Trauma Team (Wii U eShop / Wii)

Trauma Drama

Back in the early days of the Nintendo DS, Trauma Center: Under the Knife was a standout example of how the then-new touch screen controls could provide a fresh experience on the go. Atlus would then take its anime-pumped surgery games to the Wii, translating touch controls to motion controls, and found a winning combination there as...

Minecraft: Wii U Edition (Wii U eShop)

Minecraft: Wii U Edition (Wii U eShop)

The best at its craft

It's difficult to describe the appeal of a game such as Minecraft: Wii U Edition. Though there is technically an 'end' to it, the whole experience isn't really about anything. You can explore caves. You can build houses. You can fight mobs in the night. You can farm crops and animals. On the surface, Minecraft seems like a...

Jones on Fire (Wii U eShop)

Jones on Fire (Wii U eShop)

Through the Fire and the Flames We Rescue Cats

If you have a cat anywhere nearby when you play Jones on Fire, it's going to start snooping around at what you're doing. As this is an endless runner about saving kitties from a raging inferno you're going to be hearing a lot of appreciative meows, and your cat's going to want to know what's up...

Animal Crossing: Wild World (Wii U eShop / DS)

Animal Crossing: Wild World (Wii U eShop / DS)

Why this world?

The very idea of a portable version of Animal Crossing filled this reviewer with glee when he first read about it back in the days of magazines and routers without wi-fi as standard. Animal Crossing: Wild World has always been a very special game to fans as it expanded upon the original GameCube title (for this region at least) but...

Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom (Wii U eShop / NES)

Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom (Wii U eShop / NES)

Nice videogame, shame about the plot

After dealing with that dark sword business Ryu Hayabusa might have hoped to put his feet up, but more evil schemes are in motion and so he must do his ninja thing once more. The powerup from the previous game that could provide duplicates to help in his quest has gone, but it turns out there is still another Ryu...

Medabots AX: Metabee & Rokusho (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Medabots AX: Metabee & Rokusho (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Medaboring

The previous Medabots game was an RPG which had some cool ideas and stayed quite true to the source material, but ultimately was undermined by a handful of major annoyances. Medabots AX, strangely enough, was actually originally released shortly before it, but this time around has seen the light of day second. Surprisingly, this game is...

Kirby Mass Attack (Wii U eShop / DS)

Kirby Mass Attack (Wii U eShop / DS)

Safety in numbers

Known in Japan as Atsumete! Kirby, Kirby Mass Attack is the final title in the long-running HAL Laboratory series for the Nintendo DS. Originally released in 2011, Mass Attack moves away from traditional platform game design in preference of a completely touch-driven experience. Thankfully, unlike the original 2005 entry for DS –...

Kirby: Power Paintbrush (Wii U eShop / DS)

Kirby: Power Paintbrush (Wii U eShop / DS)

Time has passed

Kirby: Power Paintbrush – also known as Canvas Curse in North America – was originally released on the Nintendo DS in 2005. Following the trend of many other franchises during this new generation of handheld gaming, the HAL Laboratory-developed title moved away from traditional platform game conventions by utilising the defining...

Word Party (Wii U eShop)

Word Party (Wii U eShop)

Where's the party at?

The Wii generation brought about countless games that ended with the word "party." Some were a blast, like Boom Blox Bash Party, while others were downright miserable minigame collections (we're never going to a Game Party again). Lightwood Games' latest word-inspired eShop title Word Party makes us think it's time to start...

FAST Racing NEO (Wii U eShop)

FAST Racing NEO (Wii U eShop)

Christmas comes early for race fans

FAST Racing NEO is a game that seeks to fill the F-Zero-sized hole in every Nintendo fan's heart. Shin'en's racer is quite different from Nintendo's classic franchise, but it still does a great job at giving that high speed racing fix that some Wii U owners are desiring the most. The first thing we should note...

Contra Advance: The Alien Wars EX (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Contra Advance: The Alien Wars EX (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Contra-ry to popular opinion...

The Contra series of games includes some of the run-and-gun genre's greatest titles; along with the Metal Slug series you won't find a finer bunch of ridiculously tough, immaculately designed platform action experiences. We've already been blessed with a Wii U Virtual Console port of Konami's 1992 SNES masterpiece...