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Christmas Adventure of Rocket Penguin (Wii U eShop)

Christmas Adventure of Rocket Penguin (Wii U eShop)

Santa's not the only one flying through the skies

We love the holiday season here at Nintendo Life, so how could we pass up the chance to review Christmas Adventure of Rocket Penguin for the Wii U eShop? Released on the eve of the Christmas season as malls across the globe start pumping seasonal tunes to their shoppers, it's nice to see games get in...

The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (Wii U eShop / DS)

The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (Wii U eShop / DS)

An epic sail

When thinking about the best games from the Legend of Zelda series, many automatically jump straight in at the deep end with the big, home console releases; games such as Ocarina of Time and The Wind Waker always seem to make it to the top of peoples' lists. Games often overlooked are those that have appeared on Nintendo's portable...

Cutie Pets Jump Rope (Wii U eShop)

Cutie Pets Jump Rope (Wii U eShop)

Is this some sort of strange experiment?

We won't go so far as to accuse Cutie Pets series developer Yazar Media Group of a heinous plot to thumb its nose at the very laws of nature. It's certainly not a heinous plot, at the very least; we'd call it more stare-worthingly kooky. But if you believed the cryptozoological marvel known as Mandeer in...

The Adventures of Bayou Billy (Wii U eShop / NES)

The Adventures of Bayou Billy (Wii U eShop / NES)

Billy's swampland slog

In 2014 Nintendo suddenly realised that it could recreate the experience of a light gun game by using the pointer controls of the Wii Remote. Duck Hunt arrived on the Wii U eShop that Christmas and a few other NES Zapper games have followed since. Now we have Konami's The Adventures of Bayou Billy, although it should be noted...

Pac-Man 2: The New Adventures (Wii U eShop / SNES)

Pac-Man 2: The New Adventures (Wii U eShop / SNES)

Waka-waka, or just plain wak?

If you were to download recent Virtual Console release Pac-Man 2: The New Adventures to your Wii U with no prior knowledge of what to expect, you'd be forgiven for anticipating a spot of maze-based pill-munching entertainment. In reality, this 'sequel' to arcade classic Pac-Man is a bizarre take on the point-and-click...

Totem Topple (Wii U eShop)

Totem Topple (Wii U eShop)

No strategy, depth or appeal

In Totem Topple you have to drop heads down on top of a totem pole while weird spiny things idly float into it as they try to knock it down. It's hard to know what these spiny things' problems are, but they will never give up, only giving way to more persistent, different coloured spiny things until they eventually take...

Lucentek - Activate (Wii U eShop)

Lucentek - Activate (Wii U eShop)

Time to Deactivate

There are games that need some work, and then there are games that need a complete overhaul. Then, there are games that feel so unfinished that they never should have been released in their current state. Lucentek - Activate falls in the last category. You can tell this is a budget game as soon as you see the first title screen...

Typoman (Wii U eShop)

Typoman (Wii U eShop)

Man of letters

Many writers daydream of their words having a powerful impact on the world; effecting change against evil and oppression. Developer Brainseed Factory has sought to adopt this concept quite literally in the form of Typoman. The bleak yet somehow achingly beautiful world of Typoman is one where letters take form and serve functions...

Test Your Mind (Wii U eShop)

Test Your Mind (Wii U eShop)

Better stick to Brain Age

Brain teasers and Nintendo consoles have long enjoyed a fruitful partnership; the Brain Age series proved that games could give a great mental workout while still being fun. Unfortunately, Test Your Mind doesn't fare as well. Test Your Mind is a simple title with three single-player modes and one multiplayer mode. The...

Girls Like Robots (Wii U eShop)

Girls Like Robots (Wii U eShop)

Happy happy, joy joy!

Girls Like Robots. They also like pie. They don't like nerds, but nerds like girls. And nerds also like corners. They don't like other nerds. But cows like being near people who are beside things they don't like. And sometimes, everyone is just being attacked by the bug king and no one really likes it. Girls Like Robots'...

Bike Rider UltraDX - WORLD TOUR (Wii U eShop)

Bike Rider UltraDX - WORLD TOUR (Wii U eShop)

Not so ultra

Part racing game, part platform game: Bike Rider UltraDX - WORLD TOUR is the latest title to enter the eShop, this time moving from 3DS to Wii U. At first glance it's easy to mistake Bike Rider as a side-scrolling racing game, but take a further look and it becomes apparent that it has more in common with a traditional 2D platformer...

Stinger (Wii U eShop / NES)

Stinger (Wii U eShop / NES)

Cute, creative and cruel

Most shmups ask you to shoot your way through hordes of enemy ships while dodging gunfire. Stinger asks you to do this while juggling. The cute, goofy exterior of the game hides just how challenging it can be, as while it may be hard to take smiling shoes, flying phones and whirling donuts seriously, they're all highly...

Wild Gunman (Wii U eShop / NES)

Wild Gunman (Wii U eShop / NES)

You mean you have to use your hands?

Just like Duck Hunt and Hogan's Alley, Wild Gunman was one of the first games released to take full advantage of the NES Zapper, and can now be played on the Wii U by using the Wii Remote's pointer instead. Based on Nintendo's light gun arcade machine, you might even remember seeing it in the Cafe 80's in Back to...

Zoda's Revenge: StarTropics II (Wii U eShop / NES)

Zoda's Revenge: StarTropics II (Wii U eShop / NES)

Time for Mike to make his return

For banana fans and island hoppers alike, the original StarTropics stands to this day as an under-appreciated classic of the NES library. It's the kind of imperfect gem that sadly went a little under the radar at the time of its release, but has endured as a cult favourite thanks in large part to its distinctive...

Octodad: Dadliest Catch (Wii U eShop)

Octodad: Dadliest Catch (Wii U eShop)

Octo-Sad

Back in 2010 a little known freeware title by the name of Octodad was developed by a group of students. Built using the ever-evolving game development software Unity, Octodad was a fine example o­­f what small development teams could conjure up just by using their home computers. Since then a sequel was born, with its appearance on the...

Electronic Super Joy (Wii U eShop)

Electronic Super Joy (Wii U eShop)

Get out the glow sticks

A key question often lobbed at reviewers is "did you completely finish the game?" We'll answer that one straight away here - no. The reason? Because we can't, but the fact we'll keep trying says much about why we're happy to recommend Electronic Super Joy to Wii U owners. Originally developed by Michael Todd Games and ported...

Wicked Monsters Blast! HD PLUS (Wii U eShop)

Wicked Monsters Blast! HD PLUS (Wii U eShop)

MASH, MASH, MASH, MASH, MASH…

Party-style mini-game compilations can sometimes be a treat. Many of us will have spent countless hours on games such as Nintendo Land and Mario Party, laughing uncontrollably as the same person fails over and over, or screaming hateful abuse towards those we held closest to our hearts only seconds before. These games...

Konami Krazy Racers (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Konami Krazy Racers (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Super Konami Kart

Konami Krazy Racers (AKA Konami Wai Wai Racing Advance in Japan) is a largely forgotten Mario Kart clone that was also one of the original launch games for GBA. If you can imagine Mario Kart Super Circuit with Konami-themed characters and courses, you'll be on the right track with what to expect from this decent little kart racer...

PictoParty (Wii U eShop)

PictoParty (Wii U eShop)

Bad drawings are funny

Drawing with a time limit is a great recipe for laughter, especially among friends. PictoParty channels your inner terrible artist, letting you poorly draw cupcakes, skyscrapers and lamps as your friends desperately try to guess what it is you're trying to create. It's a simple party game that you may have seen before and is...