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Review: SPIKEY WALLS (Wii U eShop)

SPIKEY WALLS (Wii U eShop)

Feeling a bit Flappy

It's difficult to review RCMADIAX's new title SPIKEY WALLS in a rational fashion – without any context, one could easily write, "This is a Flappy Bird clone," and it would be exactly correct. SPIKEY WALLS accomplishes everything it sets out to do. You control a flappy bug by pressing the A button to navigate a never-ending...

Review: Bayonetta (Wii U eShop)

Bayonetta (Wii U eShop)

Back to the start

With Bayonetta 2 around the corner as a Wii U exclusive, a reality that caused quite a stir when announced in 2012, it may be important for Nintendo-focused gamers to consider diving into the fresh port of the original Bayonetta, a title that skipped Wii when released in the last generation. Whether it's a worthwhile double-dip...

Review: Outback Pet Rescue 3D (3DS eShop)

Outback Pet Rescue 3D (3DS eShop)

Lost in the bush

Treva Entertainment's Outback Pet Rescue 3D is an attempt at an "edutainment" title that doesn't succeed at being a quality learning experience or a fun game. While there's nothing wrong with the idea — see animals found in Australia while learning about animal care and responsibility — the execution is atrocious, with horrible...

Review: Mega Man 7 (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Mega Man 7 (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Bigger sprites, bigger fun?

Mega Man 7 is in an awkward place; while most big NES franchises made huge leaps to the Super Nintendo, the mainline Mega Man series' 16-bit thunder was stolen by its Serious Business spin-off, Mega Man X. Released after X and its sequel Mega Man X2, Mega Man 7 is Capcom's attempt to bring its classic platforming roots to...

Review: Hyrule Warriors (Wii U)

Hyrule Warriors (Wii U)

Warriors, come out to play

There's a very good reason why Hyrule Warriors is the first major Zelda release not to have the "Z" word in its title. As we've suspected since that surprising reveal in December of last year, this is much more a Warriors (or Musou, if you prefer) outing than it is a Zelda one, and that news will trigger mixed feelings for...

Review: Fantasy Life (3DS)

Fantasy Life (3DS)

It’s a wonderful Life

Fantasy Life, Level-5 and Brownie Brown’s life sim and action RPG, is a game with a long and storied history. Originally announced in Japan for the Nintendo DS/DSi generation of consoles back in 2009, it spent three years in development, seeing a platform upgrade to the Nintendo 3DS, finally releasing in Japan-only on 27th...

Review: Super Mario Ball (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Super Mario Ball (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Balls to the wall

It's no secret that Nintendo's iconic red-wearing plumber has had a number of vocations. From referee to painter to kart racer to hotelier, Mario's been through a lot and shows no sign of actually doing some plumbing. Keeping that in mind, let's take a look at a game where he becomes a pinball. Super Mario Ball's plot revolves...

Review: One Piece Unlimited World Red (3DS)

One Piece Unlimited World Red (3DS)

A pirate's life

Even if you don’t follow anime or manga, chances are you’ve heard of Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece - having gotten its start in 1997 and still going strong today, this long-running tale of the Straw Hat crew’s far-reaching, seafaring adventures in piracy has blossomed into one of Japan’s most popular exports. With such wide...

Review: Phonics Fun with Biff, Chip & Kipper: Vol. 2 (3DS)

Phonics Fun with Biff, Chip & Kipper: Vol. 2 (3DS)

The next step

While your little one may be performing well in school, when learning to read there are those tricky hurdles that manage to trip up countless a child. It is those troublesome times that are covered in Phonics Fun with Biff, Chip & Kipper : Volume 2. Featuring the characters from the Oxford Reading Tree curriculum books your child...

Review: Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call (3DS)

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call (3DS)

A rousing encore

When Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy arrived in the Summer of 2012 it was an entertaining, brilliantly constructed celebration of the venerated Square Enix franchise. It combined a charming aesthetic, plenty of content through its music pieces and a simple, functional control scheme. A little over two years later we have Theatrhythm...

Review: Teslagrad (Wii U eShop)

Teslagrad (Wii U eShop)

Alternating current, direct fun

We seem to love Scandinavian games here at Nintendo Life. We began our glowing SteamWorld Dig review last month by espousing the virtues of the Swedish indie gaming scene, but Sweden's neighbour to the west is not to be forgotten: hot on the heels of SteamWorld comes Teslagrad, an equally impressive Metroidvania-style...

Review: Gothic Masquerade (3DS eShop)

Gothic Masquerade (3DS eShop)

Hide it away

Surprise! There is yet another hidden object game now available on the Nintendo 3DS eShop! It's become clear to us that the developers behind all of these games are going for a world record regarding quantity, because the quality here does nothing to impress. If Gothic Masquerade — the latest addition to the flooded genre — is an...

Review: Kirby Fighters Deluxe (3DS eShop)

Kirby Fighters Deluxe (3DS eShop)

Popstar wars

Ever since Kirby’s Adventure introduced the pink puffball’s trademark copy abilities in 1993, they’ve been at the heart of his every hobby, from Dream Course’s mini-golf to Air Ride’s racing. With Kirby Triple Deluxe, players were given the chance to use those powers in Kirby’s newest pastime — all-o

Review: Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight (3DS eShop / NES)

Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight (3DS eShop / NES)

Back to the future

Capcom's Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight is not a typical Street Fighter game. If you go into this relatively obscure NES action title knowing you won't hear "Hadouken!" shouted once, you may be able to enjoy the experience. However, Street Fighter 2010's depth and surprisingly intricate gameplay will likely be lost on all...

Review: The Fall (Wii U eShop)

The Fall (Wii U eShop)

"I get knocked down, but I get up again..."

The Wii U has had a diverse range of artistically-driven download games ported to its eShop lately, from Another World to Master Reboot to the news that the critically-acclaimed Gone Home will be arriving later this year, and Vancouver-based

Review: Phonics Fun with Biff, Chip & Kipper: Vol. 1 (3DS)

Phonics Fun with Biff, Chip & Kipper: Vol. 1 (3DS)

Learning with friends

Every parent wants the best for their child, but sadly trying to coax them away from their toys and towards something educational can be a feat of itself, especially with young children. Phonics Fun with Biff, Chip & Kipper: Volume 1 features characters from the Oxford Reading Tree curriculum books in a title that they will...

Review: Tappingo 2 (3DS eShop)

Tappingo 2 (3DS eShop)

Extended play

When the first Tappingo hit the scene in early 2014, it brought a puzzle style that was simultaneously fresh and familiar. Combine that with an amiable price point and it was a pick to easily consider diving into. Now creator Hugo Smits is back with Tappingo 2, a new edition of puzzles for those who have thoroughly tapped all previous...

Review: Mega Man X3 (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Mega Man X3 (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

A less than fitting farewell

In 1996, the Mega Man X series parted ways with Nintendo hardware. Mega Man X3 is how it ends. Not with a bang, but a whimper. The first Mega Man X game got things off to such a solid start that it was almost inevitable that a letdown would come sooner rather than later. After all, with so little room for improvement,...