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Review: Wind-up Knight 2 (Wii U eShop)

Wind-up Knight 2 (Wii U eShop)

Finite Jogger

Endless runners are a dime a dozen, but few take the time to flesh out interesting gameplay. Wind-up Knight 2 adds an extra level of polish and platforming to elevate the game above its colleagues, but not without stumbling a little along the way. In WUK 2 you play as a knight who must complete a stage while continually running at...

Review: Sanatory Hallways (Wii U eShop)

Sanatory Hallways (Wii U eShop)

*Insert creepy-door-closing sound effect

Let's go back to November 2012. The Wii U was finally gracing us with its gorgeous, HD presence and alongside it sat Nintendo Land, a collection of 12 great games that perfectly showed off what the GamePad could do. One of the most loved games from the collection was Luigi's Ghost Mansion, an asymmetric...

Review: Onimusha Tactics (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Onimusha Tactics (Wii U eShop / GBA)

The Oni put the feud in feudal Japan

Onimusha Tactics was originally released 12 years ago, in 2003, for the Game Boy Advance. Developed and produced by Capcom, the same company that made the Onimusha series on the PS2, Tactics's gameplay and individual story deviates from the originals but retains a similar plot (involving the Onimusha and battling...

Review: BADLAND: Game of the Year Edition (Wii U eShop)

BADLAND: Game of the Year Edition (Wii U eShop)

They're watching you!

In a dark forest, scarred by alien machinery and steeped in an unnatural silence, a strange, hairy creature bobs awkwardly across the foreground. Without really knowing what to do the player tries out a few buttons, and quickly discovers a way to keep the little furball in the air. After a few tumbles and unfortunate accidents,...

Review: Picross e6 (3DS eShop)

Picross e6 (3DS eShop)

Continued conundrums

The Picross e series seems to have settled in its ways now, not choosing to add any more additional features and simply having new sets of puzzles with each release. Picross e6 is no exception, once again playing it very safe and just giving you more pictures to unveil. Again, the three available modes are Picross, Micross and...

Review: Swords & Darkness (3DS eShop)

Swords & Darkness (3DS eShop)

Alone in the darkness

Side-scrolling hack and slash games fall into a tricky genre. It's such a simple concept at its core, but it can easily be ruined by something as basic as poor controls or lack of originality. Swords & Darkness, the latest in the genre to make its way to the 3DS eShop, is an unfortunate example of what happens when little...

Review: Kung Fu FIGHT! (Wii U eShop)

Kung Fu FIGHT! (Wii U eShop)

Hop and Chop

The world has seen its fair share of endless runners in the last few years. The genre has grown in popularity and moved from phones to home consoles and dedicated gaming devices almost overnight. Run, jump, dodge, slide, attack - Kung Fu FIGHT! follows the formula of the many endless runners that came before it. One doesn't have to be...

Nintendo Life Weekly: Xenoblade Chronicles Arrives on Wii U eShop in Europe

Xenoblade Chronicles Arrives on Wii U eShop in Europe

Now it's Shulk time

Do you ever have one of those weeks where you seems to end up doing everything you don't want to do and end up missing out on all the latest Nintendo happenings? Well we at Nintendo Life have once again slavishly compiled all of the week's doings into one easy to handle video just for you. This week we take a look at a double...

Review: Beatbuddy: Tale of the Guardians (Wii U eShop)

Beatbuddy: Tale of the Guardians (Wii U eShop)

Boots ‘n cats ‘n boots ‘n bugs…

You are Beatbuddy: a cute little blue fella who is tasked with travelling through the six, beautifully hand drawn worlds of Symphonia to do… something. The basic idea is to save Symphonia from the evil Prince Maestro, ruler of this world, who is planning to steal the planet's music all for himself. You're...

Review: Legend of Kay Anniversary (Wii U)

Legend of Kay Anniversary (Wii U)

Legendary or just o-Kay?

Having never actually owned a Sony console besides a PSP that has rarely seen the light of day, this writer had never heard of Legend of Kay before this new HD re-release, so this review is coming with absolutely no expectations. Can it still hold the attention of a complete stranger a decade after its release? If you tried...

Review: Flick Golf 3D (3DS eShop)

Flick Golf 3D (3DS eShop)

Flicked from smartphones to the 3DS

Flick Golf 3D is yet another touch-based mobile game to receive a port onto Nintendo's handheld, having previously been launched in its original incarnation around five years ago on iOS. The title is both accurate and misleading at the same time; there's plenty of flicking to be had, but not too much golf. Flick...

Review: Endless Golf (Wii U eShop)

Endless Golf (Wii U eShop)

Golf a while. Golf... FOREVER!

The title Endless Golf pretty much explains the entire game. If you've ever found that eighteen holes just wasn't enough for you, then the constant rolling green hills of Endless Golf will call to you, promising a game that will never, ever end. By generating a new hole every time you sink a ball, the game's 2D golfing...

Review: Mercenaries Saga 2: Order Of The Silver Eagle (3DS eShop)

Mercenaries Saga 2: Order Of The Silver Eagle (3DS eShop)

It’s just like Final Fantasy Tactics, but with a cheaper hairstylist

In a time where titles such as Project X Zone, Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. and the upcoming Fire Emblem Fates are renowned for spicing up the turn-based strategy genre, Mercenaries Saga 2: Order of the Silver Eagle opts for keeping the original recipe intact. The result is a game that...

Review: Tiny Galaxy (Wii U eShop)

Tiny Galaxy (Wii U eShop)

A dizzying experience

Tiny Galaxy is an action platformer that takes the original concept of a platformer and turns it on its head. You play as a nondescript blue square, Orion, as you race through the "tiny galaxy", jumping from planet to planet to try and retrieve your stolen headphones. With a unique gameplay approach that blends the 2D...

Review: DK: Jungle Climber (Wii U eShop / DS)

DK: Jungle Climber (Wii U eShop / DS)

Aping the King of Swing

What do you get when you throw away an established series' playbook and try for something new? You get DK: Jungle Climber. Unlike previous entries in the venerable Donkey Kong franchise, DK: Jungle Climber takes a fresh look at the series by focusing on swinging and timing more than precise platforming. The problem? It gets...