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Review: Super Mario 64 DS (Wii U eShop / DS)

Super Mario 64 DS (Wii U eShop / DS)

D-Pad D-Bate

Super Mario 64 is undeniably one of the most influential games in the industry's history, so it's only natural that Nintendo would attempt to capitalise on its success with a re-release. What nobody expected at the time was for it to not only arrive on a portable console, but also feature Yoshi as the initial protagonist. Super Mario 64...

News: ​'Brain Training' Games Aren't All They're Cracked Up to be

​'Brain Training' Games Aren't All They're Cracked Up to be

Brain training website pays $2 million to FTC for false advertising

No doubt many of you remember Nintendo's popular Brain Age series on the Nintendo DS, technically the first in its 'Touch! Generations' line of games. The title sold itself on the concept of doing simple cognitive tasks and games in order to slow mental decline and keep cognitive...

Review: Kirby: Power Paintbrush (Wii U eShop / DS)

Kirby: Power Paintbrush (Wii U eShop / DS)

Time has passed

Kirby: Power Paintbrush – also known as Canvas Curse in North America – was originally released on the Nintendo DS in 2005. Following the trend of many other franchises during this new generation of handheld gaming, the HAL Laboratory-developed title moved away from traditional platform game conventions by utilising the defining...

Review: The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (Wii U eShop / DS)

The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (Wii U eShop / DS)

An epic sail

When thinking about the best games from the Legend of Zelda series, many automatically jump straight in at the deep end with the big, home console releases; games such as Ocarina of Time and The Wind Waker always seem to make it to the top of peoples' lists. Games often overlooked are those that have appeared on Nintendo's portable...

News: The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks Are Available Now on the Wii U eShop in Europe

The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks Are Available Now on the Wii U eShop in Europe

They just appear, as if an apparition...

The Nintendo Direct broadcasts had a few surprises included, and in a segment dedicated to The Legend of Zelda Nintendo of Europe had an extra treat in store; this is in the form of a couple of DS releases for the Wii U Virtual Console. The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass and The Legend of Zelda: Spirit...

News: Mitsuru Hirata Expresses Interest in Pursuing a Radiant Historia Sequel

Mitsuru Hirata Expresses Interest in Pursuing a Radiant Historia Sequel

"Someday a new Radiant Historia!"

As some of you may remember, Atlus released a JRPG on the DS a few years back called Radiant Historia. The game took a page from the book of Chrono Trigger and was heavily centered around a time travel mechanic wherein the protagonist had to devise the best possible path to take in order to avoid the apocalypse...

Review: Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis (Wii U eShop / DS)

Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis (Wii U eShop / DS)

A toy story

Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis is the Nintendo DS sequel to the original GBA classic and a new recruit to the ever-growing Wii U Virtual Console library. Rather than being more of the same platforming puzzle action, Nintendo chose to focus this entire game around what is but a small percentage of the previous game - the...

News: Metroid Prime: Hunters Arrives on Wii U Virtual Console in Japan

Metroid Prime: Hunters Arrives on Wii U Virtual Console in Japan

Yes please, NoA and NoE

When Nintendo announced DS games for the Wii U Virtual Console quite some time ago, many reacted with variations of "huh", "erm" and "that's weird". Yet it has worked reasonably well in many cases, with the GamePad screen and TV having various configurations to get the most out of these previously portable titles. It also...

Review: Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon (Wii U eShop / DS)

Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon (Wii U eShop / DS)

Emerging from the shadows

Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon is a Nintendo DS remake of the first Fire Emblem game (originally released in 1990 for Famicom in Japan) that's now available to download in Virtual Console form for Wii U. The series staple of strategic turn-based gameplay along with the perma-death possibility for characters would form the...

Mario History: New Super Mario Bros. - 2006

New Super Mario Bros. - 2006

The 'New' new

In this series of articles we'll write about one or more Mario games per day, each representing a different year as part of our Super Mario 30th Anniversary celebrations. Assessing 2D Mario games in the 'New' series in 2015 naturally features arguments of repetition, frequency of releases and some calls for fresh ideas. Those...

Mario History: Super Mario 64 DS - 2004

Super Mario 64 DS - 2004

3D Mario on the go

In this series of articles we'll write about one or more Mario game per day, each representing a different year as part of our Super Mario 30th Anniversary celebrations. If you'd have said that one day it would be possible to play Super Mario 64 on a handheld console back in 1996, you'd likely have been laughed out of the room...

Review: Wario: Master of Disguise (Wii U eShop / DS)

Wario: Master of Disguise (Wii U eShop / DS)

Master of Mediocrity

After WarioWare took off, it seemed like that was all everybody's favourite antihero was up to, save for a Wii instalment of the Wario Land series. In truth, there was also an attempt at a Wario platformer on the DS, though it is quite easy to see why not many seem to remember this outing. Developed by Suzak, the company...

News: Sonic Classic Collection On Nintendo DS Cut Content Including A Crazy Taxi 4 Pitch

Sonic Classic Collection On Nintendo DS Cut Content Including A Crazy Taxi 4 Pitch

Plans for extra games

Remember the Sonic Classic Collection released on the DS in 2010? As neat as it was, it was also slightly underwhelming when there were far more extensive Sonic-themed collections already available on other platforms for much cheaper prices. Fansite The Sonic Stadium has now uncovered new information regarding this...

News: Nintendo Wraps Up Another Patent Win in Defence of the DS and 3DS

Nintendo Wraps Up Another Patent Win in Defence of the DS and 3DS

Secure Axcess loses out this time

Nintendo doesn't have a 100% record of winning patent cases, but it does win the majority. It often comfortably sees off particularly frivolous claims on broad technology patents, too - notable defeats have generally come against companies with which Nintendo has previously worked or liaised, not businesses that...

Review: DK: Jungle Climber (Wii U eShop / DS)

DK: Jungle Climber (Wii U eShop / DS)

Aping the King of Swing

What do you get when you throw away an established series' playbook and try for something new? You get DK: Jungle Climber. Unlike previous entries in the venerable Donkey Kong franchise, DK: Jungle Climber takes a fresh look at the series by focusing on swinging and timing more than precise platforming. The problem? It gets...