WiiWare Reviews

Deer Drive Legends (WiiWare)

Deer Drive Legends (WiiWare)

Legends of the Fail

There’s a new WiiWare game available in North America. Let that sink in for a moment. After nearly nine months of silence, a new title emerges from the depths of Maximum Games's back pocket and lands squarely on the WiiWare service as Deer Drive Legends, the light gun shooter that you probably haven’t been waiting for...

Retro City Rampage (WiiWare)

Retro City Rampage (WiiWare)

Rack up those combos, Player!

Retro City Rampage is a lot of things, but subtle isn't one of them. One of the first screens — with the title "Common Sense Warning!" — informs you that the game is packed with parodies, and it continues to bludgeon you over the head as you play. You may be a pixellated character given some freedom to romp around a...

Babel Rising (WiiWare)

Babel Rising (WiiWare)

Bad religion

God games are usually about protecting people, not condemning them. Babel Rising, however, tears a page or two out of the Book of Genesis and sees you, as the heavenly overseer himself, casting down any subjects that dare to defy. Hundreds of heretics are constructing a gigantic tower to reach the skies, but by smiting them and their...

Vampire Crystals (WiiWare)

Vampire Crystals (WiiWare)

Vampires, they don’t always suck

One fact that we all need to face is that fast-paced and frantic video games will never go out of style. Whether they’re classics being played on an arcade cabinet or new entries on a home console, intense action coupled with multiplayer mayhem can be downright addictive. Another fact that we all need to face is...

Back To Nature (WiiWare)

Back To Nature (WiiWare)

Back to basics

It’s a well-known fact that Nintendo’s WiiWare service has its limitations. Developers must reportedly cram their games into a paltry 40MB, and the system’s lack of horsepower can no doubt play a considerable role in curbing some game design ideas. Nevertheless, many independent studios have risen to the challenge and we’ve...

Reel Fishing Ocean Challenge (WiiWare)

Reel Fishing Ocean Challenge (WiiWare)

Pain in the bass

It’s been about two years since the last Reel Fishing game was released for WiiWare, and you’d think that that was enough time to figure out how to improve on the formula. Unfortunately, that isn't at all what has happened. Instead, a series of games based on an activity as simple as fishing has somehow managed to sink deeper...

Successfully Learning English: Year 5 (WiiWare)

Successfully Learning English: Year 5 (WiiWare)

One more class, Freddy

Successfully Learning English: Year 5 represents, probably, the end of an edutainment era. Across DSiWare and WiiWare, Freddy the Vampire has appeared in over 20 titles covering a few different subjects in relentless detail for young pupils, all with the same style, structure and bland presentation. The final part of the Wii's...

Drop Zone: Under Fire (WiiWare)

Drop Zone: Under Fire (WiiWare)

Falling with style

One of the coolest things video games can do is let us perform daring, stylish feats we might never attempt in the real world. Drifting around corners at 100mph, snowboarding off the edge of a mountain with reckless bravado, even plucking vegetables from the ground and hurling them at a pink dinosaur — all things we can...

La-Mulana (WiiWare)

La-Mulana (WiiWare)

WiiWare's last big game?

La Mulana's WiiWare release has been a rocky road. It was first announced by developer Nigoro in 2009 and suffered several delays before finally hitting the service in Japan in 2011. Of course, most were expecting it to be released elsewhere soon after, but that didn't happen. It was eventually cancelled by its old publisher...

Successfully Learning English: Year 4 (WiiWare)

Successfully Learning English: Year 4 (WiiWare)

A bit tougher than A, B, C

So, the Successfully Learning series continues its relentless march onto WiiWare, with Successfully Learning English: Year 4 being the third entry in this particular run. As we've come to expect it's much of the same thing, but with a notable step up in challenge for its young pupils. Freddy the Vampire is starting to get...

Successfully Learning English: Year 3 (WiiWare)

Successfully Learning English: Year 3 (WiiWare)

Freddy says relax

Certain things are inevitable, such as death, taxes and another Successfully Learning download. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, if you have a young child that could use some extra help with the subject at hand, and Successfully Learning English: Year 3 delivers reliably. It does exactly the same as predecessor Successfully...

Successfully Learning English: Year 2 (WiiWare)

Successfully Learning English: Year 2 (WiiWare)

Back to the classroom

If you combine DSiWare and WiiWare, Tivola’s Successfully Learning series has been one of the most prolific franchises available for download. Just when we thought it was all over, Successfully Learning English: Year 2 makes the transition from DSiWare to WiiWare, and young pupils can breathe a sigh of relief. The question is...

Frogger: Hyper Arcade Edition (WiiWare)

Frogger: Hyper Arcade Edition (WiiWare)

Hopping mad

Frogger reached its 30th anniversary last year so, as is tradition for gaming birthdays, Konami has marched out a new edition of the arcade classic. Frogger: Hyper Arcade Edition sets out to bring multiplayer and new play styles to the franchise, but it's not quite all it's croaked up to be. It's split up into eight modes – six game...

Let's Create! Pottery (WiiWare)

Let's Create! Pottery (WiiWare)

Different console, same game

Every now and again a game gets released that makes its players collectively ask “why? Why did this happen?” Then, inexplicably, the same exact game gets released on a completely different console after it has barely been changed at all. As you may have already guessed, this is exactly the case with Let’s Create!...

Save the Furries (WiiWare)

Save the Furries (WiiWare)

Furful

We've seen several WiiWare titles make the jump to other, probably more profitable, platforms, but it happens the other way around too. Save the Furries is one example; it started life as an iOS title, but now the alien-saving puzzler has scurried over to the Nintendo side. The goal is to get the titular helpless creatures from A (their...

Rush Rush Rally Racing (WiiWare)

Rush Rush Rally Racing (WiiWare)

Blast from the 'Cast

Undeserving of such a short lifespan, Dreamcast has continued to play home to the occasional independent development. One such game is Senile Team's Rush Rush Rally Racing (R4). Originally created as an entry for a Dreamcast programming contest back in 2009, the team adapted its work so that it was fit for release on WiiWare...

Carmen Sandiego Adventures in Math: The Island of Diamonds (WiiWare)

Carmen Sandiego Adventures in Math: The Island of Diamonds (WiiWare)

Less Diamond, more rough

Here it is, the thrilling conclusion to yet another series of episodic games that failed to impress from the get-go. That’s not to say that the Carmen Sandiego Adventures in Math series was a complete let-down, but a few crucial flaws detracted from the package as a whole and really held the entire series back. What...

2 Fast 4 Gnomz (WiiWare)

2 Fast 4 Gnomz (WiiWare)

Gnome mercy

WiiWare first met the Gnomz four months ago with the release of the appropriately named Gnomz. This time they're back with a mission to rescue a princess — and bring back lots of socks. The game opens with the king blisteringly commanding you to do these seemingly disparate things, and it's a riot. The visuals and the soundtrack come...

BurgerTime World Tour (WiiWare)

BurgerTime World Tour (WiiWare)

Severely undercooked

While never really regarded as a smash hit in arcades, the original BurgerTime has always been an entertaining little game. We recently got what is arguably the best older version, BurgerTime Deluxe, on the 3DS eShop, and now we finally have a completely new title that other platforms received a couple of months ago. But is it...

Carmen Sandiego Adventures in Math: The Great Gateway Grab (WiiWare)

Carmen Sandiego Adventures in Math: The Great Gateway Grab (WiiWare)

Not so great

Last time we checked in on her, Carmen Sandiego had sent her minions out to steal St. Basil’s cathedral in Russia. This week, Sandiego has made her way over to India in Carmen Sandiego Adventures in Math: The Great Gateway Grab. With her eyes set on the Gateway of India, it’s up to you as an agent of ACME to solve the mystery and stop Sandiego’s V.I.L.E. minions before it’s..