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Klonoa: Empire of Dreams (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Klonoa: Empire of Dreams (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Wahoo!

Starting life on the PlayStation in 1997, at a time when Super Mario 64 had just brought the gaming world triple-jumping headlong into the era of 3D platforming, Namco's Klonoa series has always done things differently. Klonoa's first outing, Klonoa: Door to Phantomile, was a pioneering foray into 2.5D, mixing polygonal backgrounds with...

Turtle Tale (3DS eShop)

Turtle Tale (3DS eShop)

Turtle Recall

Do you love retro platformers but wish they featured more squirt guns? Not to be confused with the children's animated film A Turtle's Tale from a few years ago, Saturnine Games' Turtle Tale brings Super Soakin' platforming action to the eShop at a budget price, but don't let its colourful graphics fool you: Turtle Tale is a strict...

Swords & Soldiers (Wii U eShop)

Swords & Soldiers (Wii U eShop)

The battle returns

Originally released exclusively on WiiWare in 2009, Swords & Soldiers has had its fair share of ports in the five years since its initial release; it's made an appearance on almost every platform under the sun. The last of these to grace a Nintendo platform, the 3DS version, was not exactly a shining example of what one would...

SQUIDS Odyssey (Wii U eShop)

SQUIDS Odyssey (Wii U eShop)

Calamari meets kamikaze

Squids Odyssey plays like a mix between Angry Birds, billiards, and a strategy RPG. If that sounds like fun to you, that’s because it is. A cast of cephalopodic heroes embarks on a quest to save their underwater world from a corrupting black ooze the best way they know how: by launching their soft, squishy little bodies...

Deep Sea Creatures (DSiWare)

Deep Sea Creatures (DSiWare)

Shallow waters

Collavier's Deep Sea Creatures, a slow-paced sim about deep sea fish and tank management, is not for everyone. While there is nothing particularly wrong with the game, its leisurely pace, lack of immediate challenge and poor instruction will likely turn off players looking for a more satisfying experience. For players genuinely...

Adventures of Lolo (Wii U eShop / NES)

Adventures of Lolo (Wii U eShop / NES)

YOLO, Lolo

HAL Laboratory's 1989 puzzler Adventures of Lolo falls into the same category as titles like Mach Rider and Clu Clu Land: C-list NES classics that are often overlooked today but provide an arcade-like fun experience for those searching out Nintendo's "deep cuts" from the '80s. Adventures of Lolo is probably best remembered these days as...

Cut the Rope: Triple Treat (3DS)

Cut the Rope: Triple Treat (3DS)

Triple the fun and no strings attached

The Cut the Rope franchise may have risen to fame through its release on the Apple App Store, but it has also had a pretty prominent history on Nintendo’s most recent handheld systems, too. The first game in the series was originally ported to DSiWare back in 2011, before returning again on the 3DS eShop last...

LEGO The Hobbit (3DS)

LEGO The Hobbit (3DS)

Barrel full of mediocrity

It doesn’t take an analyst to know that the entertainment industry loves a good trend, and one current example is to find a hugely popular work of fiction, turn it into a big-budget film, then let Warner Bros. make a LEGO video game out of it. The works of beloved fantasy author J. R. R. Tolkien, of Lord of the Rings and...

Mega Man IV (3DS eShop / Game Boy)

Mega Man IV (3DS eShop / Game Boy)

Great things in small packages

With one exception, which is also making its way to the 3DS Virtual Console, all of the Game Boy Mega Man games take two of the NES titles and rework them a bit. Some old faces in new places, so to speak. A sprinkling of unique bosses and weapons help to carve out identities for these portable experiences but, by and...

Color Zen (Wii U eShop)

Color Zen (Wii U eShop)

Passes with flying colours

If you enjoyed Abyss earlier this month and you're thirsting for another relaxing, atmospheric Wii U eShop title with a smooth electronic soundtrack, Color Zen is exactly what you're looking for. It's a puzzle game with no time limit or scoring system: you simply match colours and unwind. The iOS/Android success-story has...

Sokomania 2: Cool Job (DSiWare)

Sokomania 2: Cool Job (DSiWare)

Overheated

Cinemax's 2010 DSiWare puzzler Sokomania received a disappointing 3/10 in our review, due to its cheap presentation, lack of content and absence of variety. Unfortunately, Sokomania 2: Cool Job, while sporting a little more personality and improved visuals than its predecessor, doesn't improve upon the one-note gameplay and feels just as...

Jewel Match (DSiWare)

Jewel Match (DSiWare)

A traditional match-three lacking in splendour

Anyone familiar with the world of match-three games will know almost exactly what to expect from a title such as Jewel Match. Released, oddly enough, after Jewel Match 3 on the 3DS, this DSiWare version strips out the story, hidden object finding, and other extra mini-games of the past sequel and...

Mario Kart 8 (Wii U)

Mario Kart 8 (Wii U)

8th Wonder of the World

Since the Super NES every Nintendo system — apart from the Game Boy Color and the doomed Virtual Boy — has been boosted by an entry in the iconic Mario Kart series. Despite its drastic evolution throughout the generations of hardware it nevertheless feels familiar each time around, while other entries in the kart racing...

Parking Star 3D (3DS eShop)

Parking Star 3D (3DS eShop)

Back it up and dump it!

There are so many driving games on the market today, we've been oversaturated with choice; whether you want a hardcore racing sim, a lighthearted arcade game, a futuristic hovercraft racer, or all your favourite corporate characters go-karting together, there's something out there for you. But you know what the driving game...

Mega Man III (3DS eShop / Game Boy)

Mega Man III (3DS eShop / Game Boy)

Third time's the charm

After the fun but flawed Dr. Wily's Revenge and the almost thoroughly disappointing Mega Man II on Game Boy, Capcom made a serious and substantial course correction. The result is Mega Man III, and we couldn't be happier about that. Retaining the template from Dr. Wily's Revenge (two sets of Robot Masters, a new Mega Man...

Wario Land 4 (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Wario Land 4 (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Someone should write a 600-page book about this game!

Wario Land 4 has seen a revival of sorts lately. Although Wario's core platforming series has been overshadowed for years by the surrealist microgames of WarioWare, last December journalist Daniel Johnson published Game Design Companion: A Critical Analysis of Wario Land 4, a staggering 600-page...

Mega Man II (3DS eShop / Game Boy)

Mega Man II (3DS eShop / Game Boy)

Get equipped with tarnished legacy

Ask any fan of the Blue Bomber to name their favourite game in the series and the odds are good that they will say either Mega Man 2 or Mega Man 3. That's to be expected, though; both of those games are among the best on the NES, a system that had no shortage of great platformers and action games. What's less...

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Wii U)

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Wii U)

This reboot of a reboot could use another reboot

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is exactly the video game that the film deserves. Sony and Activision couldn’t have planned it better if they tried. Nowadays, Spider-Man’s existence outside of comic books isn’t for creative purposes, and the accepted level of quality is appalling on all fronts...

Moon Chronicles: Episode 1 (3DS eShop)

Moon Chronicles: Episode 1 (3DS eShop)

Down the hatch...

Renegade Kid originally released first-person shooter Moon on the DS with publisher Mastiff in 2009, though sales were relatively modest — this episodic digital re-release, retitled Moon Chronicles, will be the first time many players experience the game. The 3DS isn't always considered ideal for first-person shooters, but Moon...