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Review: Wii Sports Club: Golf (Wii U eShop)

Wii Sports Club: Golf (Wii U eShop)

Definitely under par (that's a good thing)

It seems slightly odd that, nearly two-and-a-half years after it made an appearance in the big reveal of Wii U at E3 2011, we now finally get to play Wii Sports Club: Golf. Perhaps unlike its contemporaries to date — Bowling and Tennis — this is the first of the new download-only series that feels like...

Review: Castlevania (Wii U eShop / NES)

Castlevania (Wii U eShop / NES)

Just like Dracula, it keeps coming back to life...

Konami, admittedly following the lead of others such as Nintendo and Capcom, sure likes to remind us it was making awesome games way back in the 1980s. "Hey", it says, "remember how great Castlevania was on the NES?" We sure do, Konami and, oh look, now we can buy it again on the Wii U! It's one of...

Review: Orion's Odyssey (DSiWare)

Orion's Odyssey (DSiWare)

A little Odyssey

Island Officials' Kickstarter-funded puzzler Orion's Odyssey is the spiritual successor to Hands On! Tangrams, a fun but one-note title that had solid gameplay but little variety and was severely lacking in presentation. Island Officials has crafted a more polished experience with a charming presentation and story, but with...

Review: Crash 'n the Boys: Street Challenge (3DS eShop / NES)

Crash 'n the Boys: Street Challenge (3DS eShop / NES)

Challenge accepted

What do you get when you combine the River City Ransom theme with Track and Field-style gameplay? You get Crash 'n the Boys: Street Challenge. The game takes the street gang theme and creates some fitting Olympic-style events to go along with it. It sounds like a mouth-watering proposition, but sadly while the unique urban...

Review: My Style Studio: Hair Salon (3DS eShop)

My Style Studio: Hair Salon (3DS eShop)

Crimped style

Remember that toy where you used a magnetic wand to move iron filings over a drawing of a guy’s head, creating hair, moustaches, and eyebrows? My Style Studio: Hair Salon feels a bit like that, except with less personality and sense of joy. The Hair Salon does offer you more options, in certain ways. There are five “customers”...

Review: Jump Trials Supreme (3DS eShop)

Jump Trials Supreme (3DS eShop)

Might as well jump!

On DSiWare, G-Style's Jump Trials games followed in the fleet footsteps of 10 Second Run, providing short bursts of one-track, one-button gameplay with no fuss and few frills; if Super Mario Bros. is an epic platforming poem, Jump Trials is a list of words that rhyme with "cat". There's certainly a place for the simpler things in...

Review: Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate (3DS)

Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate (3DS)

Throw away the key

Being ambitious is no easy task. Playing a full, big-budget console game on a portable system is likely in every gamer’s wildest fantasies, but due to hardware limitations, we’re often left disappointed by half-hearted ports. Armature Studio, in its infinite wisdom, recognized this concern and chose to take this one in a...

Review: Double Dragon (Wii U eShop / NES)

Double Dragon (Wii U eShop / NES)

Solo komodo

Double Dragon is notable for a whole host of reasons, among them that the NES version bears one of history's most misleading game titles by being a solo adventure with nary a dragon in sight. It also opens with an iconic, if anachronistic, bang — or, more specifically, a pow. A gangster brute socks a woman in the gut and carries her...

Review: 3D Ecco The Dolphin (3DS eShop)

3D Ecco The Dolphin (3DS eShop)

A bit grim beneath the surface

Ecco the Dolphin has always been something of an oddity. At the time of release, the Mega Drive / Genesis platform was defined by its solid arcade ports and action-packed titles such as Golden Axe and Ghouls 'n' Ghosts, so when a dolphin-based adventure came along it was a totally original concept for players to take...

Review: 3D Streets of Rage (3DS eShop)

3D Streets of Rage (3DS eShop)

Street smart

When Nintendo secured the domestic conversion of Capcom's Final Fight for its newly-launched SNES console way back at the dawn of the '90s, it left many Sega fans utterly distraught. Cody, Haggar and Guy's coin-op escapade was the hottest ticket in arcades at a time when the side-scrolling fighter was very much the genre of choice...

Review: RUSH (Wii U eShop)

RUSH (Wii U eShop)

No need to block this one

The Wii U eShop is gradually building its library, but for the large part has been populated by relatively substantial games that cost a decent amount of change; while that's absolutely fine, this is a platform also suitable for inexpensive experiences either quick-fire or simple in nature. RUSH, like its Two Tribes...

Review: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

A link to perfection

It's no accident that when Nintendo decided to do a direct sequel to a Zelda title — well, as close to a direct sequel as the series is ever going to get — it chose The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past as its reference point. A Link Between Worlds is set some years after the events of the 1991 SNES classic, but it uses a...

Review: Hooked on Bass Fishing (DSiWare)

Hooked on Bass Fishing (DSiWare)

Clear and shallow waters

Fishing has never promised to be a thrill-a-minute sport; there is no LeBron James of fishing, as well there shouldn’t be. There are those who take fishing as a very serious and technical endeavour, certainly, but others take a more laid-back approach: just get out there, fiddle with things and see what you can nab! Hooked...

Review: 3D Galaxy Force II (3DS eShop)

3D Galaxy Force II (3DS eShop)

A sense of Super Scale

Galaxy Force II has something of a bad reputation with many players, purely because the domestic ports of the game which followed the arcade release way back in 1988 were, by and large, abysmal. Many fans base their opinion of this on-rails space shooter on the Mega Drive / Genesis version, which was downright unplayable...

Review: Donkey Kong 3 (3DS eShop / NES)

Donkey Kong 3 (3DS eShop / NES)

Third time's the swarm

Nintendo has a bit of a tradition of mixing things up for game number three. Super Mario Bros. 3 added a world map and the famous Tanooki Suit, Super Mario Land 3 nonchalantly swapped Mario for his arch-rival Wario, and Starfy's third adventure saw him graciously sharing the spotlight with his little sister. It should come as...

Review: Ben 10 Omniverse 2 (Wii U)

Ben 10 Omniverse 2 (Wii U)

Big bad Ben

With a plucky, wise-cracking kid hero, a host of supporting characters with funny and unique personalities and abilities, a surprisingly deep mythos and aliens to beat up, the Ben 10 franchise is rife with potential for great video games. Unfortunately, D3Publisher and developer High Voltage Software completely miss the mark with Ben 10...

Review: 3D Sonic The Hedgehog (3DS eShop)

3D Sonic The Hedgehog (3DS eShop)

Sonic with a dash extra

The modern gaming scene may still be regularly broken down to battles of hardware technology and game exclusives, but back in the early '90s it was also a battle of mascots. The original Sonic the Hedgehog was the catalyst for the famous Tokyo-based company in the early days of the 16-bit battle for supremacy, as it delivered...