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Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward (3DS)

Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward (3DS)

I want to play a game

You wake up in a sealed metal bunker, surrounded by strangers, an odd bracelet secured around your wrist. You're told that there's only one way to escape: earn a certain number of points by participating in a deadly game with and against your fellow prisoners. But who can you rely on? Can you pick out allies from enemies? Would...

Tank! Tank! Tank! (Wii U)

Tank! Tank! Tank! (Wii U)

Meh! Meh! Meh!

Every so often a video game comes along with a concept so amazing that copies should come with a roll of duct tape to keep consumers from having their faces rocked off. Tanks with crazy weapons fighting giant robot monsters in expansive, destructible cities seems like a concept that you’d have to work pretty hard to screw up...

Invasion of the Alien Blobs! (DSiWare)

Invasion of the Alien Blobs! (DSiWare)

Houston, we have a bloblem

At this point it's unlikely that anybody with a DSi or 3DS is in need of an inexpensive time-waster, but Invasion of the Alien Blobs! is here to provide one more option. And while it's not exactly a great game, it certainly provides some mindless fun along the way. The best thing about Invasion of the Alien Blobs! is its...

FIFA 13 (Wii U)

FIFA 13 (Wii U)

Party like it's 2011

EA has a bit of history when it comes to releasing versions of FIFA on new consoles. No matter how many years the series runs for or how many formats the game is released on, the first edition on a new machine is always a bit hit and miss. You can track that all the way back to the days of the Sega Megadrive and EA’s first...

Game Party Champions (Wii U)

Game Party Champions (Wii U)

Mini lame

Whenever a new console is launched, there are always one or two decidedly awful titles released that have been thrown together in time for the big night. The publisher’s thinking here is that most early adopters will want to leave the store with a stack of games for their new console, and if they keep the retail price low, their atrocity...

Bloons TD 4 (DSiWare)

Bloons TD 4 (DSiWare)

Pop it and drop it

Last year the DSiWare service saw the release of Bloons TD. It was an unimpressive but acceptable entry into the overstuffed tower defence genre, and this year we're leaping ahead three sequels to Bloons TD 4. If Bloons TD 4 is at all representative of the course the series has taken, we can safely say we haven't missed much by...

We Sing 80s (Wii)

We Sing 80s (Wii)

Tonight we're going to party like it's 1989

Ah, the eighties: a time of dodgy haircuts, peculiar outfits and synthesizers dominating the airwaves. In truth, the Nintendo Life office is still a bit like that, but never mind. What we have here with We Sing 80s is a singing game dedicated to that decade, making oldies or retro-minded youngsters all the...

Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge (Wii U)

Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge (Wii U)

Bloody hell

It’s been a long time since master ninja Ryu Hayabusa infiltrated a Nintendo home console, with 1995’s Ninja Gaiden Trilogy for the SNES marking his last appearance. Tecmo Koei decided the time was finally right for Ryu to make his return with Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge, a souped-up, improved version of Ninja Gaiden 3, which...

Nintendo Land (Wii U)

Nintendo Land (Wii U)

This Land is your land

Nintendo Land has a lot to live up to. Not only does its name invoke a fantastic, imaginary kingdom many of us would happily sail to sight-unseen, it's also the game poised to provide proof of the Wii U's concept, as Wii Sports did for the Wii back in 2006. And like Wii Sports before it, if you've picked up a Deluxe Wii U it's...

New Super Mario Bros. U (Wii U)

New Super Mario Bros. U (Wii U)

High definition hijinks

New Super Mario Bros. U marks the first time that a brand new Mario game has accompanied a Nintendo hardware launch since the days of the N64, and consequently places an inordinate amount of pressure and expectation on its high-definition shoulders. It’s perhaps not what hardcore fans wanted; following so closely on the...

Scribblenauts Unlimited (Wii U)

Scribblenauts Unlimited (Wii U)

Scribble to your heart’s content

The Scribblenauts series has always been about pushing your imagination to its limits and solving puzzles in unique and often hilarious ways. With its various open worlds and the ability to seamlessly traverse between them, as well as the brand new object editor which lets you create almost anything and everything,...

ESPN Sports Connection (Wii U)

ESPN Sports Connection (Wii U)

Taking one for the team

Launching with Wii Sports was, in hindsight, one of Nintendo's best ideas: the pack-in's elegant simplicity helped skyrocket the fledgling Wii right up into the stratosphere. Families rallied around Tennis, grannies couldn't get enough Bowling, that annoying uncle hogged Golf, mass hysteria yadda yadda. So no surprise then...

PIX3D (3DS eShop)

PIX3D (3DS eShop)

Pix 'n' mix

Block puzzlers: the genre that keeps on giving. Just when you think all the possibilities of the humble square have been exhausted, along comes another game to prove just how wrong you are. PIX3D combines cuboids and pixel art in a retro love-in that's fun, despite a general lack of challenge in its main mode. PIX3D's concept is both...

Ninja Master's: Haō Ninpō Chō (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Ninja Master's: Haō Ninpō Chō (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Something old, something new

Not only were there a huge number of fighting games throughout the lifespan of the Neo Geo system, there was also a serious amount of variety in the styles and executions of those games. While most Neo Geo fans will associate developer ADK with its popular World Heroes series, it was its final release for the system,...

Pac-Man (3DS eShop / NES)

Pac-Man (3DS eShop / NES)

Ghost gobblin' on the go

If you were to ask one hundred people to make a list of the most classic video games of all time, you shouldn't be surprised to find Pac-Man on every one of those lists. It's an unrivaled masterpiece of gaming simplicity, an experience that involves nothing more than moving endlessly around a single maze, yet which somehow...

SiNG Party (Wii U)

SiNG Party (Wii U)

Pants party

When you're aiming for a wide audience with your new console, it's important to have all of your boxes ticked. New Mario? Check. Zombies? Check. Party game? Check, mate. That seems to be the driving force behind SiNG Party, a game so light and fluffy that it wafts through the air like the smell of cotton candy. It just kind of exists in...

Trine 2: Director's Cut (Wii U eShop)

Trine 2: Director's Cut (Wii U eShop)

Three’s company, two

It’s always a strange occurrence when the sequel to a hit game becomes available to a new community of gamers, especially when those gamers might have no prior knowledge of the series. Trine 2: Director’s Cut is not only one of the first games available on the Wii U eShop, but it's also the first iteration of the Trine...

Little Inferno (Wii U eShop)

Little Inferno (Wii U eShop)

Burn, baby, burn

"Your Little Inferno is not like other games. There are no points, there is no score, you are not being timed. Just make a nice fire, and stay warm in the glow of your high definition entertainment product." This opening letter from Tomorrow Corporation - the real-life developer and in-game mega-conglomerate from whom you've just...

Mighty Switch Force: Hyper Drive Edition (Wii U eShop)

Mighty Switch Force: Hyper Drive Edition (Wii U eShop)

Arresting development

When Mighty Switch Force was released for the 3DS eShop it was quickly heralded as not only one of the service’s best games but also one of the best games on the stereoscopic handheld period. Faultless controls, addictive puzzle platforming and a healthy dose of WayForward’s trademark charm made it shine, and now with the...

Rabbids Land (Wii U)

Rabbids Land (Wii U)

Worth your launch day carrots?

The inaugural Rabbids game was a launch title for the Wii back in 2006, so it seems only fitting that Wii U should have its own outing with the furry little hellions right from the get-go in Rabbids Land. This time around the action is presented in the context of a digital board game, like Mario Party, and while the...