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Arrow Time U (Wii U eShop)

Arrow Time U (Wii U eShop)

Let us point you in the direction of something more fun

Back in 1994, a company called Clickteam debuted Klik n Play, an amateur development program that allowed anyone to participate in the process of creating and sharing their own video games. One of the best parts of the software was its simplicity, which forewent complex coding in favor of a...

Ballpoint Universe: Infinite (Wii U eShop)

Ballpoint Universe: Infinite (Wii U eShop)

Scribbles and bits

Creatively, the world of Ballpoint Universe: Infinite possesses an enchantingly bizarre kind of beauty that sets it apart. It truly feels like a tribute to the underappreciated act of doodling, where both mind and pen wander to create wide, rolling swaths of who knows what. This is only the visual part of Ballpoint’s design,...

Turtle Tale (Wii U eShop)

Turtle Tale (Wii U eShop)

Half-shelled

Retro-styled platformers have become very common in the current generation of games, thanks to download platforms and readily available, inexpensive development tools. Some titles, such as the insanely difficult, finely crafted 1001 Spikes, show an immediate artistry and sense of game design. Others, unfortunately, are bare experiences...

99Seconds (Wii U eShop)

99Seconds (Wii U eShop)

A twitch in time saves 99

Time is a very valuable commodity. At least that’s what people say, but there always seems to be time for sneaking a quick little game of something between tasks. 99Seconds seeks to fill those blips in your life, and perhaps a few more, with a classic dodge ‘em style of gameplay. The Wii U version of 99seconds is...

Paper Monsters Recut (Wii U eShop)

Paper Monsters Recut (Wii U eShop)

The power of papercraft

In an increasingly busy eShop with titles that are wildly inconsistent in quality, download games have to make an immediate impression to get noticed. With a lovely visual style, Mobot Studios' Paper Monsters Recut instantly stands out among the crowd — an enhanced port of a mobile game, Paper Monsters Recut is a fun,...

Mon Premier Karaoké (Wii U eShop)

Mon Premier Karaoké (Wii U eShop)

Should you take a chanson this?

Rarely is it possible to describe a game in a single word, yet after mere minutes of playing Mon Premier Karaoké you can aptly sum it up as “niche”. After all, this is a game that’s aimed squarely at young, French-speaking children, and so to be able to use a word of French origin to describe it is...

Red Riding Hood (Wii U eShop)

Red Riding Hood (Wii U eShop)

All the better to bore you with, my dear

Clearly aimed at children, Brave Rock Games' Red Riding Hood is a vaguely interactive storybook that, while certainly not a scam at the inexpensive asking price of $1 USD, will take users no more than 15 minutes to play through. With bare-bones presentation, narration that moves at a snail's pace and nearly...

Art of Balance (Wii U eShop)

Art of Balance (Wii U eShop)

The perfect balance

Art of Balance is a game that was first released on WiiWare, and was easily one of the best titles to grace the platform. Soon after a portable version was released on the 3DS, and now we get the biggest iteration yet on the Wii U eShop; as it's the third title you’d expect it to pull out all the stops, and Shin’en Multimedia...

Cubemen 2 (Wii U eShop)

Cubemen 2 (Wii U eShop)

Multi-sided gameplay

While Pure Chess became the first cross-platform multiplayer title on Nintendo eShop stores, Cubemen 2 arrives with a far more complex and potentially rewarding setup. Developer 3 Sprockets and publisher Nnooo have done an admirable job on a technical level, but importantly have also served up an entertaining real-time strategy...

KickBeat: Special Edition (Wii U eShop)

KickBeat: Special Edition (Wii U eShop)

The first Wii U title to feature Papa Roach!

After reviewing the newest tables for its meticulously-detailed Zen Pinball 2, we were in for a totally different experience from Budapest-based Zen Studios when KickBeat: Special Edition hit the eShop. Rather than a realistic recreation of a real-life activity, KickBeat is a zany martial arts rhythm

Darts Up (Wii U eShop)

Darts Up (Wii U eShop)

Bully for you

Many reading this may be aware that this title was previously released on the 3DS as Darts Up 3D, and you might be expecting a more fleshed-out experience on the Wii U’s considerably more powerful hardware. As it stands, this version of the pub-game simulator is largely the same as the portable instalment. You aim with the...

SPIKEY WALLS (Wii U eShop)

SPIKEY WALLS (Wii U eShop)

Feeling a bit Flappy

It's difficult to review RCMADIAX's new title SPIKEY WALLS in a rational fashion – without any context, one could easily write, "This is a Flappy Bird clone," and it would be exactly correct. SPIKEY WALLS accomplishes everything it sets out to do. You control a flappy bug by pressing the A button to navigate a never-ending...

Bayonetta (Wii U eShop)

Bayonetta (Wii U eShop)

Back to the start

With Bayonetta 2 around the corner as a Wii U exclusive, a reality that caused quite a stir when announced in 2012, it may be important for Nintendo-focused gamers to consider diving into the fresh port of the original Bayonetta, a title that skipped Wii when released in the last generation. Whether it's a worthwhile double-dip...

Chimpuzzle Pro (Wii U eShop)

Chimpuzzle Pro (Wii U eShop)

Monkeying around

Chimpuzzle Pro is CW-Games’ first offering on the Nintendo Wii U eShop, building on the company’s previous Chimpuzzle (for PC/Mac/Linux) by adding five new levels. In Chimpuzzle Pro, the object is to save the auto-walking monkey Bobo from hazards by building up a partially completed obstacle course using Tetris-style block...

Teslagrad (Wii U eShop)

Teslagrad (Wii U eShop)

Alternating current, direct fun

We seem to love Scandinavian games here at Nintendo Life. We began our glowing SteamWorld Dig review last month by espousing the virtues of the Swedish indie gaming scene, but Sweden's neighbour to the west is not to be forgotten: hot on the heels of SteamWorld comes Teslagrad, an equally impressive Metroidvania-style...

The Fall (Wii U eShop)

The Fall (Wii U eShop)

"I get knocked down, but I get up again..."

The Wii U has had a diverse range of artistically-driven download games ported to its eShop lately, from Another World to Master Reboot to the news that the critically-acclaimed Gone Home will be arriving later this year, and Vancouver-based

Jett Tailfin (Wii U eShop)

Jett Tailfin (Wii U eShop)

The art of drowning

So far this year, the Wii U eShop has allowed us to submerge our imaginations in the ocean with titles like Squids Odyssey and Abyss, two games we found to be rather charming and worthy of your investment. Yet, as we all should know, the ocean and the eShop are also filled with predators ready to take a big juicy bite out of your...

SteamWorld Dig (Wii U eShop)

SteamWorld Dig (Wii U eShop)

Groundbreaking!

The two hottest properties in indie gaming right now are Sweden and spelunking. From Amnesia to Hotline Miami to Goat Simulator to that DotA song, a hugely disproportionate number of big independent releases the last few years have come from Swedes; whether it's Cave Story, Shovel Knight,

SHUT THE BOX (Wii U eShop)

SHUT THE BOX (Wii U eShop)

What's in the box?!

It's strange how little a concept matters as long as the execution is done well; just recently we criticised Dahku Creations' Soon Shine for playing too much like a mobile game rather than a home console title. Yet here we are with SHUT THE BOX (which seems like it's yelling at you), created by one-man studio RCMADIAX of BLOK...

Soon Shine (Wii U eShop)

Soon Shine (Wii U eShop)

Here Comes the Soon

It's wonderful to see indie developers on Wii U find enough commercial success to produce more than one title for the platform, and two-man studio Dahku Creations has followed up June's Chubbins with a new family-friendly offering: Soon Shine. Our biggest criticisms of Chubbins were its torturous difficulty and lack of visual...