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Jewel Quest 5 - The Sleepless Star (DSiWare)

Jewel Quest 5 - The Sleepless Star (DSiWare)

Jewel Identity

We often complain about the lack of innovation in today's games industry. Publishers and developers tend to take the safe and easy route, making games that stick closely to a tried-and-tested template with the odd tweak here and there. While there's nothing wrong with making a sequel to a popular game, it's not unreasonable for us...

Project X Zone (3DS)

Project X Zone (3DS)

The best of 200+ worlds

It's unlikely that this review is the first you're hearing of Project X Zone; with a sprawling, time-traveling, world-hopping, dimension-skipping plot that draws together more than 200 characters from about 30 different franchises, there's been a lot of excited talk about this one. Now that we've been able to spend our time...

Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader (GameCube)

Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader (GameCube)

A force to be reckoned with

In many ways, Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader is the definitive Star Wars game. That's not to say that it's the best game that's ever been based on the franchise, but rather, it's the best at capturing the pure essence and magic of it. Developed by Factor 5 in collaboration with LucasArts, it's a technical...

Wrecking Crew (Wii U eShop / NES)

Wrecking Crew (Wii U eShop / NES)

It's wrecking time!

Mario's claim to fame has often been jumping; a simple skill, but unfailingly entertaining. It can be tough to remember a time when he traded high-flying acrobatics for a hammer and an insatiable appetite for destruction, but that's exactly the case in Wrecking Crew. Smashing things to bits is the straightforward goal, but...

Mario Bros. (Wii U eShop / NES)

Mario Bros. (Wii U eShop / NES)

Definitely not super

If you've ever been curious about Mario and Luigi's actual credibility as plumbers, you'll want to look all the way back to 1983's Mario Bros., the game which established pipe-cleaning as their true vocation and served as something of a bridge between arcade sensation Donkey Kong and early platforming masterpiece Super Mario...

New Super Luigi U (Wii U)

New Super Luigi U (Wii U)

New Super DLC for U

So, what is New Super Luigi U? It's not straight-up DLC, nor is it sizable enough to justify a full price retail game, so Nintendo has opted for a best of both worlds approach; it's available as either pricey DLC for New Super Mario Bros. U or as an inexpensive standalone retail game to be released at a later date. What does it...

Game & Wario (Wii U)

Game & Wario (Wii U)

Wario party

Going back a few years, it was something of a tradition for Nintendo to launch a new platform with a WarioWare title in hot pursuit. Charming bundles of micro-games that packed as much personality and gameplay as possible into seconds-long chunks, and perfect for demonstrating the unique capabilities of new hardware, the WarioWare games...

Shining Force: The Sword of Hajya (3DS eShop / Game Gear)

Shining Force: The Sword of Hajya (3DS eShop / Game Gear)

Shine on, you crazy portable diamond

The Shining Force series may have retreated from the west of late, but back in the early 1990s it was incredibly popular in both the US and Europe, managing to attract a large audience while Nintendo’s rival Fire Emblem franchise remained Japan-exclusive. As well as scoring critically-acclaimed entries on the...

Mega Man 6 (3DS eShop / NES)

Mega Man 6 (3DS eShop / NES)

Mega Man's NES swan song

In 1993, the SNES was already out and Capcom was about to release Mega Man X, but they just couldn't let themselves to say goodbye to the NES and made one last 8-bit Mega Man game for the beloved system. Mega Man 6 was released so late into the system's life that Capcom decided to not even publish the game in Europe — this...

Sniper Elite V2 (Wii U)

Sniper Elite V2 (Wii U)

Reach out and touch someone

Let’s just get this out of the way: Sniper Elite V2 on Wii U seems built for the bargain bin. Were it a movie then this edition would be one of those bare-bones, dithery full-screen DVDs that advertises its interactive menu and scene selection as "features". So says the cynic in us, and our realist chimes in with a...

Dr Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine (3DS eShop / Game Gear)

Dr Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine (3DS eShop / Game Gear)

Emphasis on the “mean”

Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine is somewhat of an anomaly. It's a Puyo Puyo puzzle game that takes place in the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog - a short lived but wildly popular television series from the mid-90s - universe, but the blue blur is completely absent. Instead, the only hero here is you, a presumably...

Columns (3DS eShop / Game Gear)

Columns (3DS eShop / Game Gear)

Supporting a good time

Way back in the days when video games in general were often referred to as 'Nintendo' games, a little gem called Tetris was packaged-in with the Game Boy, and it helped catapult the handheld to dominating heights. A couple of years later SEGA released the Game Gear, and in what can only be seen as an attempt to capitalize on...

Bakuretsu Muteki Bangaioh (Nintendo 64)

Bakuretsu Muteki Bangaioh (Nintendo 64)

Insanity redefined

Bakuretsu Muteki Bangaioh (which translates as Explosive, Invincible Bangaioh — you might know it as Bangai-O) is a relatively obscure Japanese exclusive for Nintendo 64 that holds a rather interesting history. Released in 1999 and developed by Treasure — the same team that produced the Sin & Punishment games — it is...

Mega Man Zero 2 (Game Boy Advance)

Mega Man Zero 2 (Game Boy Advance)

Zero times two

Just one year after Mega Man Zero, Inti Creates released a sequel. That might sound a bit quick, but Mega Man Zero 2 is no mindless cash-in. It took the sturdy foundation set by its predecessor and built upon it in impressive ways, while also smoothing out the rough edges. On top of that it wove an excellent narrative of its own and...

Sengoku 3 (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Sengoku 3 (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Third time's the charm

While SNK was far more well known for its one-on-one fighting games, it did toss out a few beat 'em ups along the way. Some of the attempts were better than others: Sengoku 3 is one such example. It basically takes many of the solid gameplay perks of the first two games and amps things up considerably. Toss in a fresh coat of...

Sonic the Hedgehog (3DS eShop / Game Gear)

Sonic the Hedgehog (3DS eShop / Game Gear)

Put a ring on it

As one of gaming's most iconic mammals, Sonic the Hedgehog needs no introduction; he's graced consoles, comic books, crossovers and clothing lines in his double-decade career, and this is where it all began. Well, nearly — Sonic the Hedgehog on the Game Gear isn't a port of the Mega Drive / Genesis classic, but rather of the 8-bit...

Jewel Quest 4 Heritage (DSiWare)

Jewel Quest 4 Heritage (DSiWare)

Losing its shine

It seems like the Match-3 genre never stops growing, with some new form of the popular puzzle games appearing what feels like every other week. It's a genre that has seen hundreds upon hundreds of releases, and there's little sign of it slowing down. If anything, it's baffling that so many of these games are still being made. Very...

Mutant Mudds Deluxe (Wii U eShop)

Mutant Mudds Deluxe (Wii U eShop)

A muddled experience

In early 2012, Mutant Mudds hit the 3DS eShop, and we loved it. Its faux-retro sprite design and satisfying difficulty made for a great gaming experience, as did the fact that it actually used the 3D effect in an interesting way; our hero Max could leap forward and backward through the background layers in order progress through...

Spelunker (Wii U eShop / NES)

Spelunker (Wii U eShop / NES)

Deeper underground

Ask a few western gamers about Spelunker and it's likely that barely any of them will have heard of the game, despite it being originally developed by an American company. Ask Japanese gamers, though, and it's a completely different story — the game is very well known to them and is joked about online all the time, though not...