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Review: Barbie and her Sisters Puppy Rescue (Wii U)

Barbie and her Sisters Puppy Rescue (Wii U)

Pawfully Repetitive

If there's one thing truly great thing about rescuing puppies in Barbie and Her Sisters Puppy Rescue, it's not the satisfaction of doing a good deed, or the subsequent obedience training you can do to ensure well-behaved canine friends. No, it's the sweet bicycle ride Barbie has on her journey to puppy saving. Barbie and Her...

Review: Totem Topple (Wii U eShop)

Totem Topple (Wii U eShop)

No strategy, depth or appeal

In Totem Topple you have to drop heads down on top of a totem pole while weird spiny things idly float into it as they try to knock it down. It's hard to know what these spiny things' problems are, but they will never give up, only giving way to more persistent, different coloured spiny things until they eventually take...

Review: Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash (Wii U)

Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash (Wii U)

Into the net

Mario's spin-off titles have been integral to Nintendo systems for multiple generations, typically designed to bring families and friends together for light-hearted fun. The tennis spin-off has often found a fascinating middle-ground between depth and accessibility, though the home console entries have often been focused on simple...

Review: Lucentek - Activate (Wii U eShop)

Lucentek - Activate (Wii U eShop)

Time to Deactivate

There are games that need some work, and then there are games that need a complete overhaul. Then, there are games that feel so unfinished that they never should have been released in their current state. Lucentek - Activate falls in the last category. You can tell this is a budget game as soon as you see the first title screen...

Nintendo Life Weekly: Huge Pokémon Reveal Next Month, Arguably the Rarest Nintendo Game, and More

Huge Pokémon Reveal Next Month, Arguably the Rarest Nintendo Game, and More

Skip, fly, straight to the sky!

With all the hustle and bustle of the recent Nintendo Direct the past week has seemed quiet in comparison, but that doesn't mean we're going to avoid our duties! Once again we've collated the best news of the week as well as all of the releases and reviews you've come to expect of Nintendo Life Weekly. This week we...

Review: The Peanuts Movie: Snoopy's Grand Adventure (Wii U)

The Peanuts Movie: Snoopy's Grand Adventure (Wii U)

Going for peanuts

Celebrating its 65th Anniversary, Charles Schulz's Peanuts comic remains iconic and influential. The comic has spurned television movies which are staples to American culture, such as It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and, this year, The Peanuts Movie hit theaters. Its characters are beloved, recognizable and icons in of...

Review: Typoman (Wii U eShop)

Typoman (Wii U eShop)

Man of letters

Many writers daydream of their words having a powerful impact on the world; effecting change against evil and oppression. Developer Brainseed Factory has sought to adopt this concept quite literally in the form of Typoman. The bleak yet somehow achingly beautiful world of Typoman is one where letters take form and serve functions...

Review: Test Your Mind (Wii U eShop)

Test Your Mind (Wii U eShop)

Better stick to Brain Age

Brain teasers and Nintendo consoles have long enjoyed a fruitful partnership; the Brain Age series proved that games could give a great mental workout while still being fun. Unfortunately, Test Your Mind doesn't fare as well. Test Your Mind is a simple title with three single-player modes and one multiplayer mode. The...

Review: Girls Like Robots (Wii U eShop)

Girls Like Robots (Wii U eShop)

Happy happy, joy joy!

Girls Like Robots. They also like pie. They don't like nerds, but nerds like girls. And nerds also like corners. They don't like other nerds. But cows like being near people who are beside things they don't like. And sometimes, everyone is just being attacked by the bug king and no one really likes it. Girls Like Robots'...

Review: Rodea the Sky Soldier (3DS)

Rodea the Sky Soldier (3DS)

Fasten your seatbelts

Rodea the Sky Soldier has had a pretty turbulent launch. The original concept for the game was conceived way back in 2010 by Yuji Naka, lead programmer and eventually producer on many Sonic the Hedgehog titles. The next year it was reported that the game was finished and ready to be published for the Wii, yet it never came...

Review: Bike Rider UltraDX - WORLD TOUR (Wii U eShop)

Bike Rider UltraDX - WORLD TOUR (Wii U eShop)

Not so ultra

Part racing game, part platform game: Bike Rider UltraDX - WORLD TOUR is the latest title to enter the eShop, this time moving from 3DS to Wii U. At first glance it's easy to mistake Bike Rider as a side-scrolling racing game, but take a further look and it becomes apparent that it has more in common with a traditional 2D platformer...

Review: Stella Glow (3DS)

Stella Glow (3DS)


Though they've had a hand in games as diverse as Yoshi's New Island and Time and Eternity, the name 'imageepoch' will forever be linked with Luminous Arc, the studio's successful strategy RPG series that debuted on the DS back in 2007. As a spiritual successor to those titles, as well as imageepoch's last release following their bankruptcy...

Review: Yo-Kai Watch (3DS)

Yo-Kai Watch (3DS)

Gotta friend 'em all

There's no point beating around the bush: Yo-Kai Watch is a lot like Pokémon. But instead of straight up emulating one of Nintendo's biggest franchises, developer Level-5 has aspired to create something a bit stranger and fresher than Pokémon has done in years. The result is a welcoming RPG that has some highs and some lows,...

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: Rodea the Sky Soldier (Wii U)

Rodea the Sky Soldier (Wii U)

Turbulence ahead

Yuji Naka is a legend in the world of game design. He has worked on notable series such as Sonic the Hedgehog, NiGHTS into Dreams and Phantasy Online for nearly 30 years. His newest creation, Rodea the Sky Soldier, has been stuck in development limbo for over five years, but the time has finally come for it to see the light of day...

Review: Just Dance 2016 (Wii U)

Just Dance 2016 (Wii U)

Keeeeeeeeep dancing!

Every year as the leaves begin to fall from the trees, as we start to moan about the weather even more than usual and as we start to hopelessly search the entire house for our gloves which we've lost for the fifth year running, you can be certain of one thing… Another entry to Ubisoft's Just Dance series will be fox-trotting...

Review: Stinger (Wii U eShop / NES)

Stinger (Wii U eShop / NES)

Cute, creative and cruel

Most shmups ask you to shoot your way through hordes of enemy ships while dodging gunfire. Stinger asks you to do this while juggling. The cute, goofy exterior of the game hides just how challenging it can be, as while it may be hard to take smiling shoes, flying phones and whirling donuts seriously, they're all highly...

Review: Wild Gunman (Wii U eShop / NES)

Wild Gunman (Wii U eShop / NES)

You mean you have to use your hands?

Just like Duck Hunt and Hogan's Alley, Wild Gunman was one of the first games released to take full advantage of the NES Zapper, and can now be played on the Wii U by using the Wii Remote's pointer instead. Based on Nintendo's light gun arcade machine, you might even remember seeing it in the Cafe 80's in Back to...