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Bayonetta 2 (Wii U)

Bayonetta 2 (Wii U)

Spellbinding and brutal

The Wii U library is small, but also diverse and exciting; Bayonetta 2 from Platinum Games arrives as a system exclusive to forge its own brilliantly destructive path. Its arrival with a port of the original Bayonetta gives Nintendo gamers an opportunity to dive into this developing franchise in full, and also illustrates the...

Tenkai Knights: Brave Battle (3DS)

Tenkai Knights: Brave Battle (3DS)

Tenkai toy, fivekai game

Games aimed at children are an interesting beast – often you’ll find them less challenging than other games, and if it contains a plot it’s a simple, easy-to-follow romp through a colourful and engaging journey. Unfortunately, Tenkai Knights: Brave Battle doesn’t quite measure up to these expectations. The game...

Mon Premier Karaoké (Wii U eShop)

Mon Premier Karaoké (Wii U eShop)

Should you take a chanson this?

Rarely is it possible to describe a game in a single word, yet after mere minutes of playing Mon Premier Karaoké you can aptly sum it up as “niche”. After all, this is a game that’s aimed squarely at young, French-speaking children, and so to be able to use a word of French origin to describe it is...

Castlevania: Dracula X (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Castlevania: Dracula X (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Tainted blood

When you think of the definitive side-scrolling Castlevania experience, we imagine for most people it’s imagery of Symphony of the Night or Super Castlevania IV that first creeps into the ol’ noggin. But while those might be the most popular of responses, there’s a slightly more obscure game in the franchise that many die-hards...

Red Riding Hood (Wii U eShop)

Red Riding Hood (Wii U eShop)

All the better to bore you with, my dear

Clearly aimed at children, Brave Rock Games' Red Riding Hood is a vaguely interactive storybook that, while certainly not a scam at the inexpensive asking price of $1 USD, will take users no more than 15 minutes to play through. With bare-bones presentation, narration that moves at a snail's pace and nearly...

KORG DSN-12 (3DS eShop)

KORG DSN-12 (3DS eShop)

Electric Feel

Teaming up with Japanese developer Detune once again, KORG has proven itself to be quite enamoured with the 3DS eShop by releasing another piece of music creation software, in the form of KORG DSN-12. Emulating the popular MS-10 analogue synthesizer, this title brings us back to a time of smoke-filled clubs and angst-ridden youths all...

Cooking Mama 5: Bon Appétit (3DS)

Cooking Mama 5: Bon Appétit (3DS)

M-I-X the flour into the bowl

Majesco’s Mama is nothing if not prolific; with nearly a dozen main titles and spin-offs on DS, 3DS, Wii, and iOS, spanning genres as diverse as gardening, babysitting, and crafting, it’s easy to forget that it all started with a whisk in 2006’s Cooking Mama for the DS. Mama may have branched out since then, but...

Donkey Kong: Original Edition (3DS eShop / NES)

Donkey Kong: Original Edition (3DS eShop / NES)

Whole once again

The legendary arcade title Donkey Kong is slightly infamous for receiving a rather botched NES conversion. Lacking several screens, animations and even an entire stage, it wasn't exactly one of Nintendo's finer porting jobs, especially when other home versions by different companies did manage to include all of the original content...

Art of Balance (Wii U eShop)

Art of Balance (Wii U eShop)

The perfect balance

Art of Balance is a game that was first released on WiiWare, and was easily one of the best titles to grace the platform. Soon after a portable version was released on the 3DS, and now we get the biggest iteration yet on the Wii U eShop; as it's the third title you’d expect it to pull out all the stops, and Shin’en Multimedia...

Cubemen 2 (Wii U eShop)

Cubemen 2 (Wii U eShop)

Multi-sided gameplay

While Pure Chess became the first cross-platform multiplayer title on Nintendo eShop stores, Cubemen 2 arrives with a far more complex and potentially rewarding setup. Developer 3 Sprockets and publisher Nnooo have done an admirable job on a technical level, but importantly have also served up an entertaining real-time strategy...

The Keep (3DS eShop)

The Keep (3DS eShop)

Old dungeon, new tricks

Many dungeon crawlers tend to come pre-packaged with a dose of nostalgia through the nature of the genre alone, their exploration and equipment elements resonating as familiar conventions. Stick with a medieval fantasy theme like The Keep and it feels even more from Yon Olde School. The story of The Keep is kept rather...

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (3DS)

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (3DS)

The smash-hit 3DS owners have been waiting for?

Ever since being announced alongside its Wii U counterpart, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS has been scrutinised by fans around the world to an almost excessive degree. Being the first game in the popular crossover fighting series to be released on a handheld system, there were understandably some...

Hideaways: Foggy Valley (3DS eShop)

Hideaways: Foggy Valley (3DS eShop)

Low visibility

It’s hard to believe that the 3DS eShop houses so many hidden object games within its figurative walls. We haven’t tallied an exact count of these games on offer, but we do know that there are very few that we’ve scored higher than average; in most cases we’ve found them to be unsatisfactory. It’s a pity that we've seen a...

Top Model 3D (3DS eShop)

Top Model 3D (3DS eShop)

Not so style savvy

There are going to be many unhappy customers in the eShop thanks to Treva's Top Model 3D. The misleading title would suggest an affiliation with any number of popular reality television series, such as America's Next Top Model, but there is no branding to be found. The atrocious presentation is going to turn off anyone expecting a...

KickBeat: Special Edition (Wii U eShop)

KickBeat: Special Edition (Wii U eShop)

The first Wii U title to feature Papa Roach!

After reviewing the newest tables for its meticulously-detailed Zen Pinball 2, we were in for a totally different experience from Budapest-based Zen Studios when KickBeat: Special Edition hit the eShop. Rather than a realistic recreation of a real-life activity, KickBeat is a zany martial arts rhythm

Darts Up (Wii U eShop)

Darts Up (Wii U eShop)

Bully for you

Many reading this may be aware that this title was previously released on the 3DS as Darts Up 3D, and you might be expecting a more fleshed-out experience on the Wii U’s considerably more powerful hardware. As it stands, this version of the pub-game simulator is largely the same as the portable instalment. You aim with the...

Wild Guns (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Wild Guns (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

True Bit

The Wild West is a fantastic setting for a video game. Rugged gunslingers, drunken shootouts, limited presence of the law and a surplus of criminals lend to a volatile and rowdy backdrop for a tense, controller-gripping time. In the case of Wild Guns it takes the Steampunk route, injecting hostile machinery and advanced weaponry into the...

Gargoyle's Quest II: The Demon Darkness (Wii U eShop / NES)

Gargoyle's Quest II: The Demon Darkness (Wii U eShop / NES)

It's good to be bad

Although many people are familiar with the Red Arremers, the notoriously persistent enemies from the Ghosts 'n Goblins games, not many seem to be aware that one particular Arremer also starred in several games of his own. The first Gargoyle's Quest was released on the 3DS Virtual Console a while back, and now we've finally...