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Chronos Twins DX (WiiWare)

Chronos Twins DX (WiiWare)

Double the fun

Quick history lesson: Chronos Twins DX began life as a Game Boy Advance title that was later ported over to the DS. While the game saw release in the UK, it was unable to land a North American publisher – poor UK sales didn't help much. Thankfully, the game is now enjoying a well-deserved second chance on WiiWare and turns out to be quite a nice surprise and uniquely engaging..

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (WiiWare)

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (WiiWare)

“Objection!”

Renowned primarily for its storytelling and unique style, it’s hard to say for sure whether the Phoenix Wright series are games at all or rather interactive short stories, but the medium in which they exist lumps them into the game category, and so as a game we must review it. There’s nothing we can say about the Phoenix Wright series on the DS that will change the minds of..

Fast Draw Showdown (WiiWare)

Fast Draw Showdown (WiiWare)

“Keep it in your holster!”

Fast Draw Showdown is a game set in the distant past…the year 1994, to be precise. In those days, arcades were lit up with light gun games; even as other genres drifted into console-only territory, there was still a ready supply of them. But where most of these games were frantic on-rails, shoot-everything-that-moves twitch-fests, Fast Draw Showdown was stationary..

Pub Darts (WiiWare)

Pub Darts (WiiWare)

Downloadable darts — just as pointless as it sounds

Pub Darts is puzzling. Not that it’s a truly horrid game, but it’s just so basic that you have to wonder why you’d want to spend a lot of time with it. People like to play darts in bars and pubs because it’s a great excuse to get tipsy with your friends and throw sharp objects really fast at the wall. Occasionally there is yelling..

Happy Hammerin' (WiiWare)

Happy Hammerin' (WiiWare)

Now you can whack moles... in space!

Gamebridge seems to love bringing quirky, Japan-exclusive WiiWare games over to the west. Overturn, a fun mech fighting game, was their first, and although for some reason it's not out in Europe yet, we reviewed the North American version and thought it was surprisingly good. Happy Hammerin' is their second WiiWare localisation effort. Based on the simple..

Tomena Sanner (WiiWare)

Tomena Sanner (WiiWare)

We don't know why...he's the greatest dancer...that we've ever seen!

Tomena Sanner is the kind of WiiWare title that gamers expect to come from Japan. You control the destiny of a faceless salaryman named Mr. Susumu (Japanese for "forward" or "continue") using only a single button press to help him navigate obstacles as he runs...

The Magic Obelisk (WiiWare)

The Magic Obelisk (WiiWare)

Running in the shadows

Whilst most of us would imagine that plants like being in sunlight so they can thrive, the tree spirit Lukus in The Magic Obelisk needs to stay in shadows. That's because he's on a big journey trying to find the right spot to lay down roots. Helping him stay in the shadows until he finds that special place is Popo, the light...

Castlevania The Adventure ReBirth (WiiWare)

Castlevania The Adventure ReBirth (WiiWare)

Vampire killing with a nostalgic twist!

We've already seen Konami resurrect two of their most popular gaming franchises with WiiWare’s Gradius and Contra ReBirth, so it comes as no real surprise to see them giving the same treatment to yet another much-loved classic series: Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth. Despite its title, this actually has...

The Mystery of Whiterock Castle (WiiWare)

The Mystery of Whiterock Castle (WiiWare)

Can you solve the mystery?

With a solid sim offering on the Wii behind them, Keen Games have decided to use a similar setting to Anno: Create a New World for their first self-published WiiWare title, The Mystery of Whiterock Castle: a good-looking "find the hidden object" game that should provide entertainment for the whole family. The game's story is that of a little boy trying to find..

TV Show King 2 (WiiWare)

TV Show King 2 (WiiWare)

A significant improvement over a trivial predecessor.

One of the very first Wiiware titles at launch gets a much-needed sequel in TV Show King 2. The original was a decent trivia vehicle that we thought was okay, if somewhat overpriced for what it offered. There was so much room for improvement that we were glad this got a second chance. But is...

Eco Shooter: Plant 530 (WiiWare)

Eco Shooter: Plant 530 (WiiWare)

A shooter with can-do attitude!

Without question, lightgun games have become a Wii staple. Between standalone disc releases, original WiiWare titles and mini-game compilations you've really got your pick when it comes to games you can play whilst pretending your remote is a gun. Now developer Intelligent Systems, of Fire Emblem and WarioWare fame,...

Eat! Fat! FIGHT! (WiiWare)

Eat! Fat! FIGHT! (WiiWare)

Sumo-riffic!

It has been more than 20 years since Tecmo released the first sumo video game on the Famicom, so whilst this goofily named WiiWare update (we guess the original Japanese "Tsuppari Big Sumo Wii Stable" didn't have enough pizzazz) seems a bit overdue, it has most certainly been worth the wait. Your life as a sumo starts when you select your wrestler: you choose the gender..

Pole's Big Adventure (WiiWare)

Pole's Big Adventure (WiiWare)

Big, crazy, amazing

This game has garnered some attention - partly because it's from Sega and it's an 8-bit retro platformer, but mostly because it's filled with the wacky humour the Japanese have come to be known for. Despite having a large amount of Japanese audio text, the humour is mostly in the form of visual video game gags that should be...

Moki Moki (WiiWare)

Moki Moki (WiiWare)

Murky Moki jokey

If there's a common complaint heard in these parts it's that there's too many puzzle games on the WiiWare service. Well, we take issue with that. Yes there are lots of puzzle games, but as long as a game has merit there cannot really be too many, can there? Moki Moki is a game that suggests maybe there can be too many puzzle games - at least puzzle games that are overly simplistic..

Diatomic (WiiWare)

Diatomic (WiiWare)

Diabolic.

The first time many saw images from Diatomic one word was in their head: Geometry Wars (okay, that's two). The similarities in appearance are definitely there: closed-border shooter (attention: new term coinage alert!) and old-school wire-frame graphics. This isn't a bad thing though, with imitation being the best form of flattery and all that. Certainly history is littered with..

Pallurikio (WiiWare)

Pallurikio (WiiWare)

Rolling, rolling, rolling, keep that ball rolling...

Nintendo's WiiWare service has had some good platforming games on it right from the start and Pallurikio is the latest entry in the genre. While it's certainly a well-constructed game featuring a round protagonist without legs, it lacks sufficient personality to stand out in an increasingly crowded WiiWare marketplace. When you first fire up the..

Stunt Cars (WiiWare)

Stunt Cars (WiiWare)

Crash and burn.

We've already seen a few racing titles released on the WiiWare service, although, to be fair, many of them have been fairly substandard. So any time a new racing title is released, it's generally met with not only a small degree of anticipation, but also a solid helping of caution and scepticism as well. Stunt Cars brings yet another...

Rubik's Puzzle Galaxy: RUSH (WiiWare)

Rubik's Puzzle Galaxy: RUSH (WiiWare)

You should all RUSH to buy this charming WiiWare puzzler.

After the excellent WiiWare launch title Toki Tori, everybody was hoping Two Tribes would create more games for the service. It took a while, but their second title is now finally available! Based on just one part of their retail Wii title Rubik's Puzzle World, the gameplay is not unlike that...

Stop Stress: A Day of Fury (WiiWare)

Stop Stress: A Day of Fury (WiiWare)

Stop Stress and cause stress at the same time!

If you've ever had a job interview, you know that one of the most popular questions employers like to ask is "how do you respond to stressful situations?" Odds are good if you answered "run amok with an axe until everything in the entire building was destroyed!" you probably...

My Dolphin (WiiWare)

My Dolphin (WiiWare)

Now you’re playing with power. Dolphin power.

My Dolphin is the dolphin training simulator for the Wii for which everyone's been clamouring for years. Using the Wii Remote, players guide their aquatic pal through a performance to carry out jumps, spins, back flips and other tricks in order to perform for your audience like…well, like a trained dolphin. So, is this simulation good enough to..