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Review: Mighty Switch Force! 2 (Wii U eShop)

Mighty Switch Force! 2 (Wii U eShop)

Watered down or a sequel on fire?

WayForward’s puzzle-platforming series first debuted on the Wii U eShop back in November of 2012, when the developer gave the original Mighty Switch Force! an HD facelift and deemed it the Hyper Drive Edition. This time, the sequel — which released for download back in June on the 3DS — has been ported to...

Review: Wii Party U (Wii U)

Wii Party U (Wii U)

Don't be tardy for this party

It's no secret that Nintendo has struggled with getting the word out about the Wii U. Unclear branding and messaging — not to mention a lack of consumer awareness and hard-hitting software in the first half of 2013 — have resulted in a lot of confusion and missed opportunities. More importantly, the company itself...

Review: Escape From Zombie City (3DS eShop)

Escape From Zombie City (3DS eShop)

Braaains over beauty

There's certainly no shortage of zombie-themed titles on the 3DS eShop, and it would be easy to lump Escape from Zombie City in with the seasonal shovelware shuffling onto the scene just in time for Halloween — but there's a little more to the story than that. The brainchild of developer Tom Create — responsible for the GO...

Review: 101 Penguin Pets 3D (3DS eShop)

101 Penguin Pets 3D (3DS eShop)

These penguins might leave you cold

When was the last time you met someone who distinctly disliked nature’s own best-dressed Antarctic fowl, the penguin? The answer is probably “never”, and Teyon is here to capitalize on that fact with its newest virtual pet product — 101 Penguin Pets 3D. Aimed directly at unsuspecting children and designed...

Review: Just Dance 2014 (Wii U)

Just Dance 2014 (Wii U)

Boogie wonderland

Ubisoft's party bus has pulled in right on time yet again, with another autumn bringing another main entry for the effortlessly silly Just Dance series of all-around good times. The franchise has had an annual numbered release since it first boogied in 2009, and this year eschews the numeric uptick in favor of a far more honest...

Review: Rune Factory 4 (3DS)

Rune Factory 4 (3DS)

A Rune of one's own

The Harvest Moon series has become something of a standby over the last decade or so, so it's easy to forget just how revolutionary it was when it first hit the Super Nintendo back in 1996. An RPG where players progressed not by fighting battles or banishing evil, but by tending gently to the land, caring for animals, and finding...

Review: Sonic Lost World (Wii U)

Sonic Lost World (Wii U)

Sonic gets lost in his own world

It's tough being Sonic. Every new release starring the mascot comes with a significant weight of expectancy, and the evolution from his 16-bit 2D heights to a current-day franchise hasn't always been straight-forward or successful. His home console exploits have been showing positive trends, however, with Sonic...

Review: Sonic Lost World (3DS)

Sonic Lost World (3DS)

Smaller screens, bigger problems

Due to the disparity between technical capabilities, it's tough for a dual Wii U / 3DS release to hold up on the portable device that's captivated tens of millions of gamers. So let's just toss that comparison aside and acknowledge that much of the 3DS iteration of Sonic Lost World is following the same principles...

Review: GOLF (Wii U eShop)

GOLF (Wii U eShop)

Sub-par

Before the hyper-realistic, face-deforming technology of modern Tiger Woods games was conceived in the deepest dreams of Electronic Arts (a company busy with Marble Madness at the time), there was Golf for the Nintendo Entertainment System. The game wears its no-nonsense attitude on its sleeve, focusing on simulating the time-honoured sport...

Review: Tennis (Wii U eShop / NES)

Tennis (Wii U eShop / NES)

Net-net, a loss

Tennis — the NES game, not the actual sport — hails from an age when the most rudimentary of virtual simulations could be entertaining and notable simply by existing, perhaps causing a passing family member to comment on how it looks just like the real thing. Although a genuine novelty in the 80s, this dull-as-toast recreation of...

Review: Final Fight 3 (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Final Fight 3 (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Third time lucky?

Following the enjoyable-but-flawed SNES conversion of the original Final Fight and its disappointing sequel, Final Fight 3 can be viewed as Capcom's attempt to atone for its previous sins and give fans a domestic exclusive worthy of the name. Released relatively late in the lifespan of Nintendo 16-bit's console, this third entry is...

Review: Halloween: Trick or Treat 2 (3DS eShop)

Halloween: Trick or Treat 2 (3DS eShop)

Another hidden-object game? Now that's scary!

Halloween: Trick or Treat 2 (the sequel to the abysmal Halloween: Trick or Treat on DSiware) is a collection of games that mostly revolve around hidden-object searches, with a continuous focus on spooky settings and creepy themes; it features pre-rendered, quasi-blurry images loaded with junk, where you...

Review: Zombie Blaster (DSiWare)

Zombie Blaster (DSiWare)

A grave disappointment

Throughout DSiWare's long and not always distinguished history, we've seen a lot of games come and go. From puzzlers to RPGs to interactive storybooks, we've spent the past several years wading through every single release, doing our best to separate the rare diamonds from the dirt. Zombie Blaster interested us simply because,...

Review: Tales to Enjoy! The Ugly Duckling (DSiWare)

Tales to Enjoy! The Ugly Duckling (DSiWare)

A load of quack

Another Tales to Enjoy game? Yep, we regret to inform you that it’s true. But this time it’s the most repulsive of all…The Ugly Duckling. If you haven’t been following along as of late, Tales to Enjoy is a series of games that uses the same exact interface and activities, but swaps out one fairly tale or fable for another...

Review: Densha de Go! 64 (Nintendo 64)

Densha de Go! 64 (Nintendo 64)

Lost in "trainslation"

The massive surge in the number of simulation games over the past few years has been nothing short of baffling. Years ago, Microsoft Flight Simulator was essentially the sole attraction in this specialist genre, but now it seems virtually anything can and should be turned into a simulation. Road Works Simulator, Farming...

Review: Final Fight (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Final Fight (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Because the world needs more wrestling mayors

Back in the late '80s and early '90s — when arcades were still the biggest draw for dedicated gamers — Capcom was the company to beat when it came to coin-op success. It produced a string of classics around this time, most of which saw conversions on the popular home consoles of the period. While...

Review: Astro (DSiWare)

Astro (DSiWare)

Lost in space

Just when you thought that the DSiWare service had nothing left to offer except some word puzzles and interactive children’s books, along comes Astro. It's quite clear that this is intended to pay homage to the Atari classic Asteroids in its design and gameplay, but it falls short of recapturing what continues to make the original a...

Review: Family Bowling 3D (3DS eShop)

Family Bowling 3D (3DS eShop)

Pins with kin

If you were fortunate enough to grow up near a bowling alley, you might have fond memories of family outings full of comically unappealing shoes, embarrassing bowling stances from certain members of your clan, and slipping spectacularly on finely polished floors at least once. You probably didn't get to throw a twelve-pound ball at a...