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Little Ninja Brothers (Wii U eShop / NES)

Little Ninja Brothers (Wii U eShop / NES)

Big trouble in little China

With origin characters Jacky and Lee a distant memory, Culture Brain's successor to Kung-Fu Heroes follows the adventure of two new upbeat ninjas named Jack and Ryu as they attempt to put a stop to the evil Blu Boltar and the Yoma Clan who have invaded Chinaland. Little Ninja Brothers – known as Super Chinese 2 in...

Mega Man Zero 4 (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Mega Man Zero 4 (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

The battle for Neo Arcadia

After three enjoyable Mega Man Zero entries, Capcom just had to sneak in one more. Released extremely late into the Game Boy Advance's life - after the Nintendo DS had already been released, in fact - Mega Man Zero 4 is the final game in the series and mostly follows along with the previous three titles. Once again...

Blocky Bot (Wii U eShop)

Blocky Bot (Wii U eShop)

Simplicity at its best

There's something to be said about the power of simplicity. Some of the best experiences to be had in gaming are compelling not because of their depth or complexity, but because of how they offer a distilled example of an excellent gameplay concept. Nintendo has seemingly adapted this approach in many of its current generation...

Stone Shire (Wii U eShop)

Stone Shire (Wii U eShop)

As plain as a stone

In the absence of Minecraft on Nintendo platforms, many developers have opted to try to recapture the legendary game's magical gameplay in their own knockoff attempts. These have, by and large, fallen short of the high standard that's been set and failed to present any meaningful contributions to the popular formula. Stone Shire...

Metal Marines (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Metal Marines (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Modern(ish) warfare

Strategy is a somewhat niche genre among gamers. While there have been excellent strategy games released on consoles - turn-based RPGs like Fire Emblem to the RTS-style Swords and Soldiers series come to mind - the gameplay has always lent itself more to the PC, where players can be more methodical and control units with relative...

Splatoon (Wii U)

Splatoon (Wii U)

Prepare to dye

Nintendo is generally relatively circumspect and cautious when introducing new IPs, but considering the pedigree the company has to uphold it's understandable that it doesn't wish to dilute its iconic brand with a torrent of forgettable franchises. Splatoon is unusual in that sense, then, and it's a game that brings a huge amount of...

Nihilumbra (Wii U eShop)

Nihilumbra (Wii U eShop)

Nothing and everything

Nihilumbra is an existentialist platforming-fan's dream, with plenty of puzzles and unsettling presentation to make players feel isolated and challenged by their environment. Though the title's arrival is a tad late on Wii U, it is nonetheless admirable how much life developer Beautifun Games has breathed into this adventure...

Shapes of Gray (Wii U eShop)

Shapes of Gray (Wii U eShop)

Murky depths

You see two objects in a circular gray field, as if looking in through an electron microscope. Move the left stick and you'll find out which object is you. Hit buttons until you reach the shoulders or triggers and find out you're not just a little blob, but a little blob with a sword. Strike the other geometric creature in sight and...

Swords & Soldiers II (Wii U eShop)

Swords & Soldiers II (Wii U eShop)

A tasty treat

In the Swords & Soldiers universe Vikings are obsessed with barbecue and spicy food, which is a curious spin on history if ever we've seen it. Such is the nature of this cartoonish and lighthearted franchise, which now receives its second entry as a Wii U eShop exclusive. Swords & Soldiers II is as complex a proposition as the...

New Super Mario Bros. (Wii U eShop / DS)

New Super Mario Bros. (Wii U eShop / DS)

LittleBigKingdom

When New Super Mario Bros. released for the Nintendo DS back in 2006, it had been roughly 15 years since the portly plumber starred in a proper 2D platformer. Not only that, but side-scrollers in general had been largely ignored since 1996, when the Nintendo 64 hit the market and assured us that 3D gaming was the way of the future...

Ultratron (Wii U eShop)

Ultratron (Wii U eShop)

Ultratraumatic

Ultratron thinks it's Dark Souls. 'Prepare to Die', it warns the player's battledroid before it takes to the battlefield in an almost impossible attempt to survive against a constant barrage of evil killer robots. Ultratron also loves Pac-Man. As well as having to collect 'pellets' as a form of currency in order to purchase weapons...

Fullblox (3DS eShop)

Fullblox (3DS eShop)

Pulling the blocks into place

It's arguably one of the key gaming experiences to indulge in some light puzzling on a handheld system. Whether it's Tetris or Picross, nothing makes a morning commute or quiet evening more relaxing than letting grey matter and opposable thumbs work together to solve a problem. Pullblox / Pushmo is one Nintendo 3DS...

3D Thunder Blade (3DS eShop)

3D Thunder Blade (3DS eShop)

Get to the chopper!

There was a time in the late '80s when Thunder Blade machines were a fairly common sight in amusement arcades. Yet even with a decent amount of distribution it was never in the same league as its close cousins; the instant visual assault from Sega's flashier and more exciting looking games such as Out Run, After Burner and Space...

Paper Mario (Wii U eShop / N64)

Paper Mario (Wii U eShop / N64)

Historical document

Can we take a moment to appreciate just how gloriously wacky it is that a game like Paper Mario exists in the first place? This is an idea that followed in the footsteps of Super Mario RPG, the Square/Nintendo collaboration which in itself marked a big departure in genre for the Mario universe. Nintendo would continue down this...

Johnny Dynamite (3DS eShop)

Johnny Dynamite (3DS eShop)

Defused

Imagine a 2D game with a simple premise: collect all pieces of dynamite in each stage without taking any damage. Instead of running and jumping around like you would in a traditional platformer, you thrust freely throughout the bite-sized stages with a trusty jetpack. With unlimited use of this ability, along with an endless supply of...

High Strangeness (Wii U eShop)

High Strangeness (Wii U eShop)

The best bits of both worlds

High Strangeness borrows its name from the real-life term used by those who study UFO sightings to describe an inability to explain one's experience with an extraterrestrial. Fittingly, this bizarre title offers gameplay and visuals in both 16-bit and 8-bit styles, which the developers attempt to explain as a "12-bit...

Mega Man & Bass (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Mega Man & Bass (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Here comes the bass

A brief bit of history on Mega Man & Bass. A few years after Mega Man 8 notoriously became a Playstation and Sega Saturn game, Keiji Inafune - the series' creator - felt that he still owed one more game to children that had not yet upgraded to next gen hardware and still owned only the Super Famicom. Technically a spin-off...

Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains (3DS)

Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains (3DS)

Sie Sind Das Spiel, Und Wir Sind Die Spieler!

When Attack on Titan hit the anime airwaves in 2013, it became an instant phenomenon. Originally a manga by Hajime Isayama, its popularity spawned several spin-off series, light novels, an upcoming live-action film, and even a rather creative photography trend. With intense action and a dystopian,...