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  • 15

    Switch eShop

    Review Lichtspeer: Double Speer Edition

    Grab your speer and get to Kraftwerk

    Chasing high scores and facing off against waves of enemies is usually the kind of instant, twitchy action reserved for the neon of arcades and a classic gaming mentality. We're so used to engaging stories and cinematic experiences that sometimes we just need a moment to sit back, relax, and hurl some bright pink...

  • Watch The European Nintendo Direct Broadcast - Live!

    Super Mario Odyssey with Switch and 3DS goodness

    It is time for a whopper of a Nintendo Direct, with the promise of 45 minutes of gaming goodness. Super Mario Odyssey will feature along with other Switch and 3DS titles; here's hoping for great footage and a surprise or two. <liveblog id="the_european_nintendo_direct_broadcast_-_live"...

  • News Light Fingers Takes Turn-Based Board Gaming To Switch In Early 2018

    Play deviously in a procedurally generated world

    Given the console's portability and the versatile Joy-Cons, it's always great to see local multiplayer titles announced for the Switch; today's Nindies Showcase was no exception. Played by thieves and outcasts by candlelight in shady taverns, Light Fingers is a competitive board game for any budding...

  • News Yono and the Celestial Elephants Shines Onto Switch as a Console Exclusive This October

    Make sure to pack your trunks!

    Just when you were beginning to think that today's Nindies Showcase should have featured way more giant mammals, Yono And The Celestial Elephants trumpeted onto the scene with an adventure to really sink your tusks into. The work of Swedish developer Neckbolt Games, this top-down adventure title will have...

  • News Kentucky Route Zero: TV Edition is Coming to Switch in Early 2018

    Complete with all five mysterious acts

    Slinking out of the shadows of Nintendo's Nindies presentation, it was announced that the acclaimed point-and-click title Kentucky Route Zero: TV Edition would be coming to Switch in early 2018. The entire episodic story will release for the first time on consoles, including the debut of the...

  • Feature A Long Journey Through Metroid Prime: Federation Force

    "Charge!"

    Right now Nintendo is building the hype for Metroid: Samus Returns, but it's not been that long since our last game from the IP graced the 3DS. Metroid Prime: Federation Force was divisive (to put it mildly), and is now one year old. Amusingly, our editor Tom Whitehead and reviewer extraordinaire Conor McMahon only recently finished a...

  • 42

    Switch eShop

    Review Slime-san

    It's not easy being green

    If there's a lesson to be learned from Slime-San, it's that looks can be deceiving. Glancing at screenshots reveals a grungy, pixellated style, some weirdly gooey environments and what would appear to be a fairly straightforward 2D platformer, but scratch just beneath the slightly viscous surface and you'll find...

  • 74

    Wii U

    Review Darksiders: Warmastered Edition

    War is upon us, at long last

    Just when you thought it was safe to bid farewell to your Wii U, a lone figure appears on the shadowed horizon. Unhindered by multiple delays, primed for war and ready to impress; the horseman cometh. Darksiders originally released back in 2010, and was hailed as a hidden gem of the last generation. While it...

  • Live Blog Watch the ARMS Direct and New Splatoon 2 Trailer - Live!

    No 'arm in giving it a watch

    In what is very likely the last Nintendo Direct before E3, Nintendo is shining the spotlight on upcoming Switch title ARMS, promising a 'deep dive' into the fighting game. It's also going to feature a new trailer for Splatoon 2 at the end, so it's worth staying tuned for the duration. <time>11pm 17th May...

  • 22

    Wii U eShop

    Review Sky Force Anniversary

    Clear skies and minimal turbulence

    Shoot-em-ups are at the very core of what video games are all about. From Space Invaders to Galaga, Raiden and beyond, their simplistic design and addictive gameplay have an enduring appeal that keeps players coming back for more. Polish developer Infinite Dreams stepped into the fray way back in 2004 with its...

  • 104

    3DS

    Review Mario Sports Superstars

    ​Jack of all trades, master of none

    Ahh sport, the great equalizer of the Mushroom Kingdom. Whether you're a red Toad, a blue Toad, or made entirely out of metal, athletes of all kind are welcome to set aside their differences and gather together in the name of friendly competition. From kart racing to hurdle hopping, Mario and company have had...

  • 11

    Wii U eShop

    Review Toby: The Secret Mine

    Shady stuff

    The Wii U eShop has played host to some wonderful indie titles over the years, and despite the console's impending retirement there's still room for another sleeper hit to offer a charming send off. With its distinctive art-style, intriguing level design and enigmatic story, Toby: The Secret Mine seemed set to impress when first...

  • Book Review Super Mario Adventures

    A wonderfully bizarre tour of the Mushroom Kingdom

    He's undoubtedly one of the most recognisable faces ever to grace the box art of a video game, but aside from his blue-collar occupation and a dislike for turtles, fans in the early '90s didn't know a whole lot about Super Mario himself. Beyond the pixels onscreen and information found buried...

  • 9

    Wii U eShop

    Review Blasting Agent: Ultimate Edition

    Everything old is new again

    A recipe for a good old-fashioned shooter is actually quite straightforward. Take a vaguely sinister terrorist organisation with a remote base of operations (genetic experimentation is always a plus), stir in a brightly pixelated art style, sprinkle weapon upgrades, and always serve with a buff hero who shoots before he...

  • 15

    Wii U eShop

    Review Defend Your Crypt

    Tomb sweet tomb

    Curiosity is the folly of man. Those pesky humans tread where they do not belong, steal what isn't theirs, and dig into dark realms beyond their imagining. Their greed is a plague, and there's only one cure – giant smashy blocks! Tired of people raiding your elaborate tomb in search of treasure? Don't get mad; get even, with Defend...

  • 166

    Wii U

    Review Paper Mario: Color Splash

    Colour us impressed

    For any long-running series, innovation is key to keeping fans coming back for more without getting too bored. Gameplay tweaks and changes to the setting can work wonders in refreshing a stale format, but some might argue that if an idea ain't broke, then don't keep trying to fix it. The Paper Mario series has been no stranger to...

  • Preview Buckets Of Fun With Paper Mario: Color Splash

    Colour us impressed

    Paper Mario: Color Splash is one of the Wii U's last major releases of the year, and by all accounts it should be cause for some real excitement among fans. It's the latest entry in a series that's filled with humour, character, charm and amazing environments, with an interesting new paint mechanic to keep things fresh. Our...

  • 31

    3DS eShop

    Review Power Disc Slam

    Sluggish slams and dodgy discs

    First, there was Pong, and lo the people deemed it to be worthy. Since then it has been immortalised as a test of skill for two players, two gladiators going head to head and shooting for goals and glory. Next, the early nineties would reveal the natural evolution of this classic challenge - Windjammers. A competition...

  • 15

    3DS eShop

    Review Puzzle Labyrinth

    A-maze-ingly strange

    Without a plot, purpose, or any real explanation for what exactly is going on, Puzzle Labyrinth on 3DS lives up to its title by unceremoniously dumping the player into a complex maze filled with monsters, traps and strange riddles. Your only hope of escape lies squarely in your ability to complete each puzzle and unlock a...

  • 26

    3DS eShop

    Review BOXBOXBOY!

    It's still hip to be square

    Life may be good when you're a ninja block, but the original BOXBOY! possibly ended up doing a bit too much sneaking around when it released last year. The HAL Laboratory puzzle-platformer went completely under the radar for some people, never gaining widespread attention or shaking the eShop up with its monochromatic...

  • 90

    Wii U

    Review Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

    Taking home the bronze

    Although carnivale looms neon bright on the horizon, the party may already be winding down for Sonic and Mario. From snowy peaks to sandy shores, these former rivals are back for another collection of sporting mini-games in celebration of the Rio 2016 Olympics, and while they won't have to deal with the political turmoil or...

  • 221

    Wii U

    Review Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE

    Superstardom awaits!

    When you hit the main menu of Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE, there's no start button. Instead the bright, rainbow-coloured visuals invite the player to debut, a seemingly minor change of wording that nonetheless sets the tone for the entire game. In this candy-coated world heroes are showbiz sensations, dungeons are department...

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    Wii U eShop

    Review Run Run and Die

    As fun as running straight into a brick wall

    'Runner' games similar to the likes of Bit.Trip Runner have been a popular choice for quite some time now. Popularised by mobile titles and best enjoyed for their addictive "one more try" gameplay, the genre often strips the medium down to its very basics - just one button to press and a top score to aim...

  • 13

    3DS eShop

    Review Dan McFox: Head Hunter

    I choose you!

    When you think of suave secret agents and covert crime fighting, 'Guess Who?' might not be the first thing that comes to mind. The board game classic is the kind of entertainment usually reserved for the occasional power outage or after a boozy Christmas dinner, but for Dan McFox it's his modus operandi when chasing down suspects. The...