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Review: PEG SOLITAIRE (Wii U eShop)


Solo Noble, anyone?

Ever been to a restaurant or doctor's office and found one of those wooden Peg Solitaire boards just lying around? The little triangular board where you hop pegs over each other? The degree to which you compulsively feel a need to pick it up and play it rather than fiddle with your phone is indicative of the interest you'll have...

Review: Level 22 (Wii U eShop)

Level 22 (Wii U eShop)

Avoiding the boss

Some of the best games involve relatable experiences. Level 22 tells the story of Gary, a frequently tardy employee who just overslept yet again after a night of drinking; even if due to other factors, most of us can relate to being late for work and wanting to sneak in unnoticed. We can't necessarily relate to the need to use...

Review: Pet Hospital (3DS eShop)

Pet Hospital (3DS eShop)

Even healthy pets won't make you happy

No one wants to feel as though they're doing a terrible job of taking care of their pets. Sadly, there are times when you may drop an animal and it gets hurt, or your beloved pet may get old and need veterinary medical attention; that's the real world. In the virtual world, though, Pet Hospital has you covered...

Review: Mini-Games Madness Volume: #1 - Hello World! (Wii U eShop)

Mini-Games Madness Volume: #1 - Hello World! (Wii U eShop)

Uh... hi...

The first time you start up Mini-Games Madness Volume: #1 - Hello World!, you might wonder if it's one of those "haunted" games that try to pass themselves off as normal but are actually scary. The loading screen is accompanied by an inexplicable clicking noise and the game selection screen is, for some reason, an intentionally(?)...

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...

Review: Dark Half (SNES)

Dark Half (SNES)

​Heaven and Hell

There are hundreds of amazing games for the Super Famicom that remain a mystery to Western gamers. Dark Half is one such game, published by Enix in 1996. It is a late generation Super Famicom title that at first glance seems to be your typical JRPG, with the player taking control of Falco, the Paladin (not to be confused with the...

Nintendo Life Weekly: Super Smash Bros. Rumoured as NX Launch Title, Shovel Knight amiibo Embarrassment & More

Super Smash Bros. Rumoured as NX Launch Title, Shovel Knight amiibo Embarrassment & More

Where's that salt?

Another week, another boatload of news that every fan is expected to digest alongside all the other things that are apparently happening outside the world of video games. Once again Nintendo Life Weekly is here to save you from the fate of current event vacuousness. This week we look at the rumours surrounding a title in the...

Review: Shadow Puppeteer (Wii U eShop)

Shadow Puppeteer (Wii U eShop)

Missing the light touch

The Wii U eShop, courtesy of its support for Unity and web framework technology, has become home to a broad range of titles. There are some exclusives that put the hardware's unique capabilities to work, while there's also a significant percentage of titles that are multi-platform, helping Nintendo gamers get a sense of the...

Review: Minecraft: Story Mode - Episode 1: The Order of the Stone (Wii U eShop)

Minecraft: Story Mode - Episode 1: The Order of the Stone (Wii U eShop)

Gather around

While it's a fairly common trend for Nintendo games to be focused around the gameplay first and foremost, there are other games that go in a completely different direction. Some aren't so much about the gameplay as they are about the story or the experience, and while this is certainly different from a conventional video game, it's not...

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: Final Fantasy Explorers (3DS)

Final Fantasy Explorers (3DS)

The Imitation Game

Despite the gravitas which comes with the Final Fantasy name, it's impossible to approach Final Fantasy Explorers without comparing it to Capcom's phenomenally successful Monster Hunter series. The game is a blatant attempt to ape the same concept, offering team-based monster-slaying with plenty of crafting opportunities and many...

Review: SKEASY (Wii U eShop)

SKEASY (Wii U eShop)

White noise

This is not meant to be taken as an insult, but SKEASY could be a good game for winding down before bed. As with many titles from RCMADIAX, the design of SKEASY is very simple: guide your little skiing icon left and right down a never-ending slope, avoiding trees to last as long and attain as high a score as possible. There are no...

Review: Mario Kart 64 (Wii U eShop / N64)

Mario Kart 64 (Wii U eShop / N64)

More karting fun for U

Taking a bunch of Mario characters and having them speed around race circuits using a range of special items to rush or smash past each other is something that has worked very well since the Mario Kart series began in 1992. The games are amongst the most enjoyable on whatever platform they turn up on, and many people buying...

Review: RV-7 My Drone (3DS eShop)

RV-7 My Drone (3DS eShop)

An unmanned excursion

We live in an age where cars can drive themselves, robots are slowly preparing to overthrow their masters, and drones can be programmed to do anything from delivering vital supplies to filming botched attempts at BMX stunts. "Drone" in particular is the buzzword du jour, and for all you know this review could have been written...

Review: My Pets (3DS eShop)

My Pets (3DS eShop)

Your pets are better than mine

If you've ever considered owning a pet, the 3DS game My Pets is a great way to dissuade you. It's not due to the fact that spending time taking care of virtual animals can never truly replicate the warm, fuzzy feelings of a pet's unconditional love. It's that this game highlights a lot of the seedier, dirtier sides of...

Review: Slice It! (3DS eShop)

Slice It! (3DS eShop)

Clean cut

Do you consider yourself a samurai among slicers? Do you leave no pizza asymmetrically divided in your wake? Then Slice It! might have a challenge made for you. The goal of Slice It! is straightforward. Each puzzle provides a shape or design that the player must cut into a certain number of separate pieces using full cuts from one side to...

Review: The Legend of Dark Witch - Episode 2: The Price of Desire (3DS eShop)

The Legend of Dark Witch - Episode 2: The Price of Desire (3DS eShop)

Unbewitching sequel

Episodic gaming isn't a new or very interesting concept anymore. The idea of partitioning a game's release into episodes for the sake of providing better content at the sacrifice of instant gratification is good in theory, but that's just a theory. In practice, this only works when a developer stays true to its promise of...

Review: Lionel City Builder 3D: Rise of the Rails (3DS eShop)

Lionel City Builder 3D: Rise of the Rails (3DS eShop)

A smooth ride

Oddly enough, there's a small trend of train simulator games coming to the Nintendo 3DS. Why developers prefer to put these on the portable console is anyone's guess, but there's a surprisingly large selection in the 3DS library considering the niche appeal of the genre. Lionel City Builder 3D: Rise of the Rails is the latest arrival...

Review: Kung Fu Panda: Showdown of Legendary Legends (Wii U)

Kung Fu Panda: Showdown of Legendary Legends (Wii U)

Super Kung Fu Smash Panda Bros.

Kung Fu Panda: Showdown of Legendary Legends takes the movie franchise's core themes of kung fu, lovable characters and comedy, throws it into a 2.5D brawler and leaves you with a feeling of being satisfied but ultimately wanting something else. With the game being crafted by those at Vicious Cycle, the team behind...