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The Voice: I Want You (Wii U)

The Voice: I Want You (Wii U)

Desafinado

Since American Idol first graced the airwaves back in 2002, a number of similar shows have stepped up to deliver the singing superstar search process season after season, including - since 2011 - NBC's The Voice. In this Wii U title based on the show, The Voice translates into a karaoke game with a tournament structure, a soundtrack split...

Penguins of Madagascar (Wii U)

Penguins of Madagascar (Wii U)

Un-tactical Espionage Action

The Penguins from the smash CG hit Madagascar were so popular they received their own film in the form of Penguins of Madagascar, so it was inevitable that the four feathered friends would also receive their own video game adaption. Publisher Little Orbit - which is certainly no stranger to adaptations of movies -was...

Mega Man Zero (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Mega Man Zero (Wii U eShop / GBA)

A side character gets a great spotlight

The Classic Mega Man Series was popular enough to warrant its own spin-off series, Mega Man X. That, in turn, proved strong enough for a spin-off series of its own, and in 2002 it arrived in the form of Mega Man Zero The Zero series spans four titles — all released exclusively for the Game Boy Advance —...

Fairune (3DS eShop)

Fairune (3DS eShop)

An Ys-y purchase

The RPG genre is still rather popular, with several big-name releases arriving every year. While these are usually grand spectacles, Fairune keeps things quite simple. As with many "retro-esque" games these days, it attempts to emulate the look and feel of a classic '80s game, and that comes with matching game mechanics. Combat is...

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy (3DS eShop)

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy (3DS eShop)

No appeal needed

The Ace Attorney franchise is well known but, when considered in isolation, it's a bit of an oddity. With its exaggerated characters, stilted animations and a tendency to be as wordy as a Tolstoy novel — not really, but there's a lot of reading — we'd have perhaps expected it to be a one off release in the West before being...

DK: King of Swing (Wii U eShop / GBA)

DK: King of Swing (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Shouldering the effort

Between 1999's Donkey Kong 64 and 2010's Donkey Kong Country Returns, Nintendo's great ape served a cool-off period of sorts when it came to straight-up platforming adventures. He had no huge releases to his name, but that didn't mean he was on the backburner entirely. The 2000s were a time to utilise Donkey Kong as a...

Meme Run (Wii U eShop)

Meme Run (Wii U eShop)

Epic fail

Every so often, a small indie gem comes along that blows gamers out of the water with its surprising polish, addictive gameplay, wonderful sense of presentation and intelligent design. Ninja Pig Studios' Meme Run is not one of those games. In fact, Meme Run may be one of the worst releases on any gaming platform this year. A cynical and...

Pokémon Puzzle Challenge (3DS eShop / GBC)

Pokémon Puzzle Challenge (3DS eShop / GBC)

Pokémon! Blocks! What more do you need?

The eShop is rife with puzzle games, and it’s understandable as to why; they’re fairly simple in design and can provide a huge amount of entertainment to an incredibly broad audience. Some of them can be a little bit monotonous or shameless clones of another game, but you’ll sometimes find something...

Hazumi (3DS eShop)

Hazumi (3DS eShop)

It's a breakout hit

The 3DS eShop has amassed quite the catalogue of affordable downloadable releases, but while a healthy number of the games available are of high quality, there are also many duds that deserve to be ignored completely. Fortunately, Hazumi is not one of those lesser-desired games. If you’re on the market for a challenging...

Lode Runner (Wii U eShop / NES)

Lode Runner (Wii U eShop / NES)

Not quite endless runner

Broderbund's Lode Runner is a challenging puzzler that, unfortunately, hasn't aged particularly gracefully. Originally released in 1983 on computers like the Apple II and the Commodore 64, Lode Runner feels dated, even for an NES game. It's easy to see the reason Lode Runner was released on so many different platforms over...

S.C.A.T.: Special Cybernetic Attack Team (3DS eShop / NES)

S.C.A.T.: Special Cybernetic Attack Team (3DS eShop / NES)

Invading aliens, a fight for survival and all that jazz

It is the year 2029 and aliens are attacking the earth. Have they observed mankind’s violent nature and opted for a pre-emptive strike to protect themselves? Or do they just dislike the way the people of S.C.A.T.: Special Cybernetic Attack Team have taken to painting their buildings a shade...

LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham (Wii U)

LEGO  Batman 3: Beyond Gotham (Wii U)

Bricks, Bats and Beyond

With a steady schedule of semi-annual releases, dependably decent (and sometimes downright excellent) gameplay, and an ever-expanding stable of licenses, LEGO games are fast becoming the comfort food of family-friendly gaming. The Wii U alone has seen a half a dozen of the titles in the two years since its launch, and the...

Big Hero 6 Battle in the Bay (3DS)

Big Hero 6 Battle in the Bay (3DS)

From hero to zero

Let’s not talk about video games that are tied-in to major motion picture releases. Let’s not talk about the stigma that comes attached to video game tie-ins that implies they’re all terrible. Let’s not talk about the assumptions we make about video game tie-ins before we play them or before they’re even released...

My Life on a Farm 3D (3DS eShop)

My Life on a Farm 3D (3DS eShop)

E - I - E - I - NO

My Life on a Farm 3D is standing proof that you can take a poor game concept and, with the proper lack of care and ingenuity, rework it into something that is just as poor as — if not potentially worse than — its source. Life on the farm feels a lot like life in a previous TREVA title, Me & My Pets 3D. This is because the...

Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom (3DS)

Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom (3DS)

"I love you everything burrito"

Despite the universal praise for the main cartoon, Adventure Time hasn’t been able to truly gain the love of the public in the gaming vein. Its first stab on a Nintendo system was the snappily-titled Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d You Steal Our Garbage?! and played very similarly to Zelda 2: The Adventure of...

Mighty Final Fight (Wii U eShop / NES)

Mighty Final Fight (Wii U eShop / NES)

Looks can be deceiving

At first glance, it would be easy to mistake Capcom's Mighty Final Fight as a cheap cash-in of a superior arcade beat 'em up, with its chibi-styled characters and its seemingly limited 8-bit presentation. But while Mighty Final Fight may appear simpler than other entries in the series — game history buffs would be interested...

Disney Planes: Fire & Rescue (3DS)

Disney Planes: Fire & Rescue (3DS)

Flying on Empty

When a video game title receives both a console and handheld iteration, it's fairly common for them to feature unique gameplay, different art styles, and generally offer a fresh experience across the platforms. Instead, Disney Planes: Fire & Rescue for the 3DS is almost identical in every aspect to its Wii U counterpart...

GetClose: A Game for RIVALS (Wii U eShop)

GetClose: A Game for RIVALS (Wii U eShop)

Cheek to cheek

If you're wondering how Wombat Source came up with the title for GetClose: A Game for RIVALS, just imagine the proximity of two people who must hold opposite sides of a Wii U GamePad in order to control their respective characters on the TV screen. Not clear enough? What about two people on either side of a Wii U Pro Controller? Now...

Shiny The Firefly (Wii U eShop)

Shiny The Firefly (Wii U eShop)

Glow or no?

In this reviewer’s opinion, any game that claims ‘funny faces’ as being a unique selling point in its advertising should be handled with caution, so without further ado let’s plunge into the realms of Shiny the Firefly. You control Shiny, the titular firefly in an effort to save its tiny firefly children that were scared by a...