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Review: Skylanders SuperChargers (Wii U)

Skylanders SuperChargers (Wii U)

Articulation, That’s What You Need

While other toy-game hybrid makers are moving on from older Nintendo hardware this year, Activision has doubled down on Wii, 3DS and Wii U Skylanders with bespoke versions and cross-over dual action Skylander-amiibo. This year's Skylanders Superchargers novelty is a good one. The articulated vehicles not only...

Review: Hold Your Fire: A Game About Responsibility (Wii U eShop)

Hold Your Fire: A Game About Responsibility (Wii U eShop)

Star Chores

It's time we put a stop to the romanticism of life in space. Too long have we had to endure the thrills of blast-filled chases through asteroid belts and hyperspeed flings among the stars. Who do these games think we are? Interesting? No, we want the truth! We demand the 9-5 trudgery and certain, unforgiving death that comes with being a...

Review: Freedom Planet (Wii U eShop)

Freedom Planet (Wii U eShop)

Purple is the new blue

Yes, Freedom Planet feels like an old-school 2D Sonic game, but thankfully it manages to overcome some of the hurdles that bog down the blue hedgehog's classic Sega games. Freedom Planet boasts colourful characters whose story extends past a bland cliché of catch phrases. The art style consists of a gorgeous colour palette...

Nintendo Life Weekly: The Smash Bros. Fighter Ballot Ends, a Naughty Splatoon Octoling and More

The Smash Bros. Fighter Ballot Ends, a Naughty Splatoon Octoling and More

Who'll Sakurai produce next

It's been another busy week in the world of Nintendo, with the usual blend of the good, bad and ugly. If you've been unable to keep track, or just want a nice bite-sized video to remind you of some highlights, Alex is here as always with his lovely weekly video. The headline this week revolves around the end of the Super...

Review: Car Battler Joe (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Car Battler Joe (Wii U eShop / GBA)

One cup of Speed Racer lore. One cup of Mad Max universe...

Car Battler Joe tells the cliched story of how Joe Todoroki went out of the comfort of his bedroom to drive through the wasteland of Galacia in pursuit of his estranged father. Rumour has it that he joined a band of misfits in order to destroy the same sport that made him the most famous...

Review: Defense Dome (Wii U eShop)

Defense Dome (Wii U eShop)

It seems that the rocket has missed its mark

Defense Dome is a classic-style arcade action game developed by the aptly named HullBreach Studios for the Wii U eShop. Designed to be played in short bursts, this game offers quick access to three separate level designs, with promise for more content to be made available as add-on content. It is...

Review: Nova-111 (Wii U eShop)

Nova-111 (Wii U eShop)

Exploring Space, One Turn at a Time

Oh to be lost in space, exploring strange new worlds with a plethora of rocks. Lots and lots of space rocks. Enjoying the thrill of combat from dangerous, colourful and stinky creatures at your fuel tanks. Rescuing your fellow scientists, some unwillingly and others affected by the loneliness that is space...

Review: Job the Leprechaun (Wii U eShop)

Job the Leprechaun (Wii U eShop)

"What do I look like, me lad?"

Job the Leprechaun is having a hard time. A witch has kidnapped his best friend, Eri, and has taken her far away, past lands filled with knights, zombies, and goblins. So Job's going to save her…eventually. First, he'll grab all the four-leaf clovers he can find, slowly moving through the poorly-defended countryside...

Review: STARWHAL (Wii U eShop)

STARWHAL (Wii U eShop)

Out of this world

There is something to be said about the power of some good ol' fashioned couch multiplayer in this age of online gaming. There's a certain degree of delightful chaos in the experience of competing head to head with friends that are physically present that can't be replicated by voice chat or matchmaking. Nowhere is this more...

Review: Disney Infinity 3.0 (Wii U)

Disney Infinity 3.0 (Wii U)

The Force is with it

This year's Disney Infinity game has a trump card in play, Star Wars. This, along with some triple-A development assistance from the likes of Studio Gobo, Ninja Theory and Sumo Digital adds up to an impressive overall pedigree. The game itself comes in the now-standard Starter Pack, although this year if you already have a...

Review: StarTropics (Wii U eShop / NES)

StarTropics (Wii U eShop / NES)

Sun, sea, sand, and aliens

Winter is slowly creeping up on us, so it's as good a time as ever to explore warmer climates and take your mind off of the bad weather. For some NES-filtered beams of sunshine, why not step into the shoes of young Mike Jones, an American kid who's headed for an alphabetic island on the tropical adventure of a lifetime?...

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: Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer (3DS)

Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer (3DS)

Home is where the art is

Animal Crossing, while being one of Nintendo's most beloved franchises of the past decade, has taken on a new level of fame thanks to its first 3DS outing, New Leaf. A massive seller all over the world, this quirky and charming life simulation has been instrumental in selling its host hardware to an entirely fresh sector of...

Review: Extreme Exorcism (Wii U eShop)

Extreme Exorcism (Wii U eShop)

A hauntingly good time

Extreme Exorcism is a simple, fun indie title that embraces one of Nintendo's core values: getting people together to play. From its aesthetics to its modes, this game is dripping with retro charm. If you haven't seen or heard of it before, it's a 2D pixel-art shooter that focuses on platforming and run-and-gun mechanics. It...

Review: Explody Bomb (Wii U eShop)

Explody Bomb (Wii U eShop)

This bomb's a dud

Oftentimes when playing on the Wii U, it can be easy to forget that one of the major selling points of the console is that it features a second screen on the controller. Sure, a game here or there may attempt use it in an "innovative" way, but it seems that most of the time the second screen is simply used as a screen mirror or as...

Nintendo Life Weekly: Star Fox Zero Delayed Until 2016

Star Fox Zero Delayed Until 2016

"Oh man, I'm gonna have to back off"

Is it a struggle to keep up with all the news racing around the Nintendosphere lately? Well fret not, we've once again done our utmost to cobble together the cream of the Nintendo crop and present it to you in mouth-watering video format. The sad news of Star Fox Zero's delay is bound to have disappointed many...

Review: Tecmo Bowl (Wii U eShop / NES)

Tecmo Bowl (Wii U eShop / NES)

​Move over Madden 16, Tecmo Bowl is back and stealing the NFL spotlight

1989 wasn't just an amazing year because that's when this writer was born. It's an also amazing year because that's when Tecmo Bowl received its home console release on the Nintendo Entertainment System. Boasting an impressive roster from the 1988 NFL season, players could now...

Review: Year Walk (Wii U eShop)

Year Walk (Wii U eShop)

Into the woods

A year walk -- or "Årsgång" -- is an archaic form of divination in Swedish folklore, in which a person would deprive themselves of sleep and food in a dark room for 24 hours to then venture through the woods towards the local parish. Certain nights, such as New Year's Eve, were said to be better suited than others for a successful...