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Review: Wario Land 4 (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Wario Land 4 (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Someone should write a 600-page book about this game!

Wario Land 4 has seen a revival of sorts lately. Although Wario's core platforming series has been overshadowed for years by the surrealist microgames of WarioWare, last December journalist Daniel Johnson published Game Design Companion: A Critical Analysis of Wario Land 4, a staggering 600-page...

Review: Mega Man II (3DS eShop / Game Boy)

Mega Man II (3DS eShop / Game Boy)

Get equipped with tarnished legacy

Ask any fan of the Blue Bomber to name their favourite game in the series and the odds are good that they will say either Mega Man 2 or Mega Man 3. That's to be expected, though; both of those games are among the best on the NES, a system that had no shortage of great platformers and action games. What's less...

Review: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Wii U)

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Wii U)

This reboot of a reboot could use another reboot

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is exactly the video game that the film deserves. Sony and Activision couldn’t have planned it better if they tried. Nowadays, Spider-Man’s existence outside of comic books isn’t for creative purposes, and the accepted level of quality is appalling on all fronts...

Review: Mach Rider (Wii U eShop / NES)

Mach Rider (Wii U eShop / NES)

Groovy little motorbike

If you were lucky enough to pick up a shiny new NES way back in 1985, you would have had your pick of several future classics from a legendary launch-day lineup. If your idea of a digital good time happened to involve motorcycles, you were particularly spoilt for choice, with Excitebike and Mach Rider representing two-wheeled...

Review: Putty Squad (3DS)

Putty Squad (3DS)

Putty in your hands

Putty Squad is a platform game that was originally developed by British developer System 3 for the Amiga in the '90s, but the official release had to wait until 2013, when the Amiga version of the game was rolled out on System 3's website as a Christmas gift. However, the original was actually published in 1994 for the Super...

Review: Abyss (Wii U eShop)

Abyss (Wii U eShop)

We all live in a cyclops submarine

Abyss is perhaps exactly the sort of game the Wii U eShop needs in greater numbers: adventurous little indie titles with strong artistic vision and a focus on core game mechanics. With a budget price tag, you can't afford not to try out Barcelona studio EnjoyUp Games' HD re-release of its attractive 2012 DSiWare...

Review: Ava and Avior Save the Earth (Wii U eShop)

Ava and Avior Save the Earth (Wii U eShop)

Toxic waste

A good educational video game needs to be both enriching and fun for the player. While 2020 Venture's Ava and Avior Save the Earth may sound like a good idea — it attempts to teach children about recycling, composting and getting rid of waste in a "green" way — it fails in almost every regard. With amateurish presentation and...

Review: Super Mario Advance 3: Yoshi's Island (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Super Mario Advance 3: Yoshi's Island (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Egg-ceptional platforming

When you take into account just how much of a landmark title Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island was when it released back in 1995, it’s absurd to think that it’s only just being re-released on one of Nintendo’s Virtual Console services – well, that is if you exclude the exclusive 3DS release under the guise of the...

Review: Hometown Story (3DS)

Hometown Story (3DS)

Harvest Merchant

Released in North America and Japan last year, Hometown Story has now hit European shores at long last, thanks to the efforts of Rising Star Games. You play as a young boy — or girl, if you wish — who takes over a shop in a small town after his grandmother, who previously owned it, passes away. If this sounds in any way similar...

Review: Me & My Furry Patients 3D (3DS eShop)

Me & My Furry Patients 3D (3DS eShop)

Diagnosis: a little hairy

There's a certain nostalgic charm to Me & My Furry Patients 3D's early-1990s PC game aesthetic – the rudimentary isometric 2D graphics, crude character models, heavy reliance on walls of text and menus resembling Windows 95 pop-up boxes are a nice change of pace from the ubiquitous FarmVille-esque cartoony graphics we...

Review: Child of Light (Wii U eShop)

Child of Light (Wii U eShop)

The brush is as mighty as the sword

Listen, dear readers, and we shall recall our journeys with Child of Light. The darling of Ubisoft Montreal, it has become known as a beautiful sight. Screenshots and videos released to the world have proven its visuals most stunning. Yet when the tale is told and story unfurled, will all its design be as...

Review: Kirby: Triple Deluxe (3DS)

Kirby: Triple Deluxe (3DS)

The pink puff goes for the hat trick

Kirby, Nintendo’s pink puffball of concentrated cuteness, arrives on 3DS with a big bumper of a package, promising a trifecta of portable happiness. And it’s sure tough to not smile at the game’s chirpy demeanor and cheery world as the little guy floats and bops his way along his first 3DS adventure. But...

Review: Sea Battle (DSiWare)

Sea Battle (DSiWare)

Please sink this battleship

It's surprising there aren't more DS titles based on the classic board game Battleship. The DS, with its plastic exterior and flip-up dual screens, looks remarkably like a Milton Bradley Battleship board you probably have stuffed in the back of a closet. You don't need to dig through all your old board games to play...

Review: Smash Cat Heroes (3DS eShop)

Smash Cat Heroes (3DS eShop)

Tokugawa Mew Mew

Imagine, for a moment, that you are a cat. What would you do for a can of delicious cat food? What about a can of delicious, destiny-altering Super Cat Food? If you're anything like the feline cast of Smash Cat Heroes — the latest eShop title from Escape from Zombie City studio Tom Create — you'd grab a kitten-sized katana and...

Review: Golden Sun (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Golden Sun (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Magic Hands Make Light Work

The more formulaic counterpart to RPG oddball Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, Golden Sun expands on proven genre archetypes to deliver an experience that both pays tribute to and refines the classic role-playing adventure. It also gives some Wii U owners, potentially, their first experience of a franchise that has a...