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Wii Sports Club: Bowling (Wii U eShop)

Wii Sports Club: Bowling (Wii U eShop)

No splits here

When it comes to the games in the original Wii Sports that felt the most realistic and compelling, Bowling would have to be a candidate as the best of the lot. Golf and Baseball may have a say, too, while Tennis and Boxing — most definitely the latter — perhaps had the greatest degree of waggle. The fact Bowling reappeared in...

Wii Sports Club: Tennis (Wii U eShop)

Wii Sports Club: Tennis (Wii U eShop)

What the deuce?

Way back at E3 2011, in that Wii U reveal that rather bizarrely confused half of those watching, Nintendo showed remixes of Wii Sports events that showed the GamePad being utilised in creative ways. It's perhaps surprising that over two years after that visual demo, we're just now seeing the iconic Wii pack-in make its way to...

Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi (3DS)

Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi (3DS)

Ronin with the homies

Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi combines standard dating-sim tropes with a captivating setting and fantastic writing to provide an experience that is surprisingly greater than the sum of its parts — even if it may fall far out of the comfort zone of most players. When meek protagonist Chizuru ventures to Kyoto in search...

Crazy Chicken: Director's Cut 3D (3DS eShop)

Crazy Chicken: Director's Cut 3D (3DS eShop)

Straight to DVD

Crazy Chicken: Director's Cut 3D is an odd title, in that it's unashamedly simplistic yet reliant on gamers that perhaps have a hint of obsessive compulsive behaviour or, alternatively, those that cherish retro games that do little more than give you the same task repeatedly and stick your name on a leaderboard. What this does do is...

Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag (Wii U)

Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag (Wii U)

A pirate's life for Wii (U)

Unless this is the first time you’re being exposed to Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, you won’t need a telescope to notice that the landscape has changed drastically from past entries in the series. Residing in the Caribbean, you take on the role of Edward Kenway, an 18th-century pirate who dreams of obtaining...

Wii Fit U (Wii U)

Wii Fit U (Wii U)

Fit for purpose

It’s astonishing just how successful the Wii Fit franchise has been for Nintendo since it first graced our living rooms in 2008. In fact, both Wii Fit and its expanded sequel Wii Fit Plus have each sold more than 20 million copies, which is staggering when you take into account that a good number of those purchases would have...

Beyblade: Evolution (3DS)

Beyblade: Evolution (3DS)

Worth taking for a spin?

Despite the original anime TV series coming to an end almost a decade ago, it seems that Beyblade is still very much a thing. It’s curious to think that the concept of pitting spinning top toys against one another would prove so exciting for so many in this technologically enhanced day and age, but then the world...

Baseball (Wii U eShop / NES)

Baseball (Wii U eShop / NES)

Not quite a grand slam

Originally released alongside the launch of the Nintendo Entertainment System in the 1980s, Nintendo's Baseball is one of several simple, lean titles that, while primitive and slow by today's standards, still show a special Nintendo pedigree. Ideally these games would be released as a compilation; the content in Baseball,...

Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut (Wii U)

Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut (Wii U)

Myths of the near future

Square-Enix's idea to bring Eidos Montreal’s swell Deus Ex: Human Revolution to the Wii U over two full years after the game first saw light of day on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC is a curious resurrection, perhaps, but given the quality of protagonist Adam Jensen’s cyberpunk caper the title deserves as big of an audience as it...

Arcade Classics 3D (3DS eShop)

Arcade Classics 3D (3DS eShop)

Six terrible games for the price of one terrible game

Mini-game collections have always run the quality gamut, but it's fair to say that the numbers are weighted much more heavily towards the negative end of the spectrum. For every Game & Watch Gallery there's a seemingly infinite number of Chuck E. Cheese's Arcade Rooms. So if we really wanted...

Angry Bunnies (3DS eShop)

Angry Bunnies (3DS eShop)

Rotten egg

Whenever a new game, franchise or genre becomes mega-successful, countless similar titles and rip-offs are bound to emerge. Rovio's now-iconic Angry Birds series is one of the most successful mobile franchises of all time, and for good reason — the simple, physics-based gameplay is quick and addictive, the birds and pigs have...

Donkey Kong 3 (Wii U eShop / NES)

Donkey Kong 3 (Wii U eShop / NES)

Bugging you?

When the original Donkey Kong proved immensely popular, Nintendo decided to ride off its success and create a sequel changing the roles, making Mario the villain and Donkey Kong Jr. the hero. What is surprisingly not well known, however, is that there was a third game after that. While the next logical next might have been to allow you...

Just Dance Kids 2014 (Wii U)

Just Dance Kids 2014 (Wii U)

Get ready to wiggle

If you want to juice up a party then you can’t do much better than getting everyone on the dance floor, and the Just Dance series has been responsible for untold cut rugs for years now. But sometimes, when the age-appropriate drink for party-goers is juice, the grown-up songs and elaborate choreography of the mainline games...

Goof Troop (Super Nintendo)

Goof Troop (Super Nintendo)

Gawrsh!

In the late '80s and early '90s Capcom created a range of games, based on Disney franchises, for the NES and SNES. The likes of Darkwing Duck, Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers and DuckTales all made appearances, the latter of which has even been given the HD treatment for modern systems, including Wii U. One of the more interesting titles was...

Wario's Woods (3DS eShop / NES)

Wario's Woods (3DS eShop / NES)

It's back like you wooden believe

Originally released in 1994, Wario's Woods holds the prestigious honour of being the last officially licensed game to release for the NES in North America; that's a remarkably long time after the console itself launched in the mid-eighties. Yet while it's impressive that the legendary system received a first-party...

Pinball (Wii U eShop / NES)

Pinball (Wii U eShop / NES)

Ball out?

Back in 1985, when Nintendo launched the NES in North America, there were a slew of games released with to-the-point titles like Baseball, Golf, and the game of the hour, Pinball. At the time, inviting these simple, accessible games into your home was almost life changing, and we have great memories bouncing around our heads of how they...

Skylanders SWAP Force (3DS)

Skylanders SWAP Force (3DS)

Swap-n-go

There is a common and unfortunate trend in video game development in which a great game is released on a home console, and then a vastly inferior version — or spin-off — is released as a portable title. Recent victims of this phenomenon include LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins and Sonic Lost World. While these shouldn’t be...

Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy (3DS)

Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy (3DS)

A final puzzle to savour

The arrival of Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy is an occasion both exciting and tinged with sadness. For dedicated fans of the franchise across DS and 3DS there's the promise of hundreds of puzzles and a generous dosage of gentlemanly charm, offset by the knowledge that — for now at least — this is the last...