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Review: Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 (Wii U eShop / GBA)

It's a'me, Mario 3! (again)

We all know about Super Mario Bros. 3 for the NES. It was a fantastic game worthy of all the praise that it received, and that remains true to this day. So, this review won't discuss all the merits of the original game. Instead, it will focus on the unique features of Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3, released...

Review: Drill Dozer (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Drill Dozer (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Not likely to make you doze off

Game Freak is a developer known for its work on titles such as Pokémon Red and Blue, Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire and Pokémon Black and White. It does occasionally put out games that don't feature the pocket monsters, however, and one of those is Drill Dozer, a Game Boy Advance action platformer set across six...

Review: Polarium Advance (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Polarium Advance (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Black + white = fun exercise for the old grey matter

Draw a line. OK, you'll have to give it a bit more thought than that as you won't be passing through all the squares on screen, but Polarium Advance is a simple game to play. Each puzzle consists of white and black tiles and once you've picked a start point you must draw a single line, moving...

News: Final Fantasy VI Advance Arrives on the Wii U Virtual Console in Japan

Final Fantasy VI Advance Arrives on the Wii U Virtual Console in Japan

Will hopefully journey to the West

Nintendo hardware may not be benefitting from all of the main-series Final Fantasy releases, but the recent arrival of Cloud in Super Smash Bros. and the upcoming release of Final Fantasy Explorers in the West are both indications of the solid relationship between Nintendo and Square Enix. Another small piece of...

Review: Medabots AX: Metabee & Rokusho (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Medabots AX: Metabee & Rokusho (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Medaboring

The previous Medabots game was an RPG which had some cool ideas and stayed quite true to the source material, but ultimately was undermined by a handful of major annoyances. Medabots AX, strangely enough, was actually originally released shortly before it, but this time around has seen the light of day second. Surprisingly, this game is...

Review: Harvest Moon: More Friends of Mineral Town (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Harvest Moon: More Friends of Mineral Town (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Farm Fatale

If you're familiar with the original Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town, released on the Wii U Virtual console earlier in 2015, then you know just about all there is to expect out of its follow-up, Harvest Moon: More Friends of Mineral Town. In fact, you should probably skim the review of the first title if you want a rundown of the...

Review: Konami Krazy Racers (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Konami Krazy Racers (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Super Konami Kart

Konami Krazy Racers (AKA Konami Wai Wai Racing Advance in Japan) is a largely forgotten Mario Kart clone that was also one of the original launch games for GBA. If you can imagine Mario Kart Super Circuit with Konami-themed characters and courses, you'll be on the right track with what to expect from this decent little kart racer...

Video: Car Owners May Wince After Watching This Final Fight One Trailer

Car Owners May Wince After Watching This Final Fight One Trailer

"Oh my car!"

Final Fight One launches on the North American eShop today, and to mark this occasion Nintendo has released a trailer for the game. As you'll know if you read our review, the GBA port of Capcom's seminal coin-op isn't quite perfect but is still worth a spin if you're a fan. The only part that could cause some upset is the bonus stage,...

Review: Pocky & Rocky with Becky (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Pocky & Rocky with Becky (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Plain & Repetitive with Boredom

There's real promise behind Pocky & Rocky with Becky, far more than the unimaginative title might suggest. Bite-size levels quickly give way to intriguing boss battles, and speedy pacing helps hold your interest throughout the campaign. However, these positive aspects quickly fade in the face of bland enemies,...

Review: Medabots: Metabee & Rokusho (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Medabots: Metabee & Rokusho (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Meh-abots

Medabots has always been a bit of an odd case. Clearly created to hitch a ride on the Pokémon hype train, it's a series about people who - instead of capturing and fighting with creatures - collect machine parts to build and fight with robots. Unlike Digimon, which was also similar in setup, Medabots never really seemed to catch on...

Review: Mario vs. Donkey Kong (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Mario vs. Donkey Kong (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Prophesizing the amiiboom

Mario vs. Donkey Kong is interesting in that it's the only game in the Mario vs DK franchise (to date) that actually allows the player to control Mario; indeed this was originally planned to be a sequel to 1994's Donkey Kong on Game Boy, so arguably those two have more in common than the other games in the series. Mario vs...

Review: Onimusha Tactics (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Onimusha Tactics (Wii U eShop / GBA)

The Oni put the feud in feudal Japan

Onimusha Tactics was originally released 12 years ago, in 2003, for the Game Boy Advance. Developed and produced by Capcom, the same company that made the Onimusha series on the PS2, Tactics's gameplay and individual story deviates from the originals but retains a similar plot (involving the Onimusha and battling...

Review: Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Tending to the roots

If you're a fan of the Harvest Moon series, you know that a faithful instalment will leave only two questions: who do I get to marry and just how much free time can I afford to sacrifice over the next month or two? Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town sticks closer to this original formula than some of its more modern cousins,...

Review: Final Fight One (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Final Fight One (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Still the One?

It's fair to say Capcom was on a roll in the late '80s and early '90s. During this period it pushed out some bona-fide classic pieces of software, including 1989's seminal coin-op brawler, Final Fight. Indisputably one of the finest side-scrolling beat-'em-ups ever created, it joined a rush of similar coin-guzzling titles including...

Review: WarioWare Twisted! (GBA)

WarioWare Twisted! (GBA)

A turn for the best

Mario's diabolical, greedy and slightly-overweight rival Wario is a genius of sorts. After all, why bother with long games when you can make many quick-paced, five-second challenges? The third game in the WarioWare series, entitled WarioWare Twisted!, never made its way to Europe - which is a crying shame, as it's one of the most...