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Review: Shadow of the Ninja (Wii U eShop / NES)

Shadow of the Ninja (Wii U eShop / NES)

Go ninja, go ninja GO!

Ninjas really were a hot ticket back in the '90s. The Turtles were making TV and toy executives money hand over fist, and children became so caught up in the craze they had the sheer gall to drag their parents into the cinema to watch dreck like Surf Ninjas. Yep, it was a great time to be a kid. The trend bled into gaming and...

Review: Castle Conqueror Defender (3DS eShop)

Castle Conqueror Defender (3DS eShop)

Just another castle to conquer

CIRCLE Entertainment's Castle Conqueror series has seen a healthy number of instalments in its release history, so it's no surprise when a new game hits the Nintendo eShop. The series has stuck to a simplistic RTS (real-time strategy) style of gameplay for the majority of its entries, but the developers decided to...

Review: S.C.A.T.: Special Cybernetic Attack Team (Wii U eShop / NES)

S.C.A.T.: Special Cybernetic Attack Team (Wii U eShop / NES)

I'm a scatman

Right, let's get this dealt with from the start; S.C.A.T is an awful name for a game — we won't go into why here, but it actually stands for Special Cybernetic Attack Team. Interestingly, the cart shipped in Europe as Action in New York. That's a much better title, although the game has as much to do with the Big Apple as mushy peas...

Review: My First Songs (3DS eShop)

My First Songs (3DS eShop)

Just watch the world learn

Not content with its current offerings on Wii U, Ringzero Game Studio decided that, despite system limitations, a 3DS outing of the My First Songs franchise should be made. To the developer's credit it holds up well despite the 3DS’ lower power, but it’s not quite the same game as it is on Wii U. For starters, the...

Review: Fishdom (DSiWare)

Fishdom (DSiWare)

All very fin-miliar

Let's face it; you can't simply release a match-three puzzle game on Nintendo's range of handhelds today and expect to come across as unique. Developers are entering into an eShop saturated by shiny things just waiting to be lined up, so there needs to be some kind of hook to get players interested. Fishdom wears an intriguing...

Review: Crash 'n the Boys: Street Challenge (Wii U eShop / NES)

Crash 'n the Boys: Street Challenge (Wii U eShop / NES)

Crashing with the boys

After another success at the track-meet Crash and the Boys from Southside High are issued a street challenge by a jealous rival; now they and teams from four other schools compete in a series of no-holds barred sporting events to find who really is the greatest. Crash ‘n the Boys: Street Challenge differs from other sporting...

Review: Mighty Gunvolt (3DS eShop)

Mighty Gunvolt (3DS eShop)

Mighty good mini

First appearing as a free download to those who purchased the exceptional Azure Striker Gunvolt on the 3DS eShop, Mighty Gunvolt is a run-and-gun platformer from the mind of Keiji Inafune and produced by Inti Creates. Aiming for an old-school vibe, it’s no surprise that this new title from one of gaming’s pioneers feels a lot...

Review: Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal (3DS)

Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal (3DS)

Not as Sonic doomed

Unlike its Wii U counterpart, Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal on 3DS is an experience that is much more reminiscent of a traditional Sonic game. It takes place with a 2D perspective and your goal is to get to the finish in typical Sonic style — unlike traditional Sonic games however, it's not quite as simple as that. Sonic Boom:...

Review: Alphadia Genesis (Wii U eShop)

Alphadia Genesis (Wii U eShop)

Alphadia Generic

Like every other game genre, there's no one set of generally agreed-upon rules for what makes a Japanese RPG good. Some people simply can't stand turn-based gameplay, feeling it's an obsolete relic of an era gone past; others get misty-eyed with nostalgia and/or prefer its more deliberate pacing. Then there are gamers who debate...

Review: Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Wii U)

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Wii U)

Another treasure to track down

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker has been Nintendo's greatest 2014 surprise, announced at E3 and rapidly turned around for a Holiday release — in North America, at least. In theory it's a new IP, too, taking the cute but minor Captain Toad character and providing him with his own game; the whole concept is a spin-off...

Review: Disney Planes: Fire & Rescue (Wii U)

Disney Planes: Fire & Rescue (Wii U)

Take Off Aborted

Movie inspired video games have often taken the liberty of deviating from the plot, throwing in events and scenarios that may be considered out of "canon" with the film's storyline and universe; a lack of faithfulness to the source material has been a frequent criticism throughout gaming history. Little Orbit's Disney Planes: Fire...

Review: Snake Den (Wii U eShop)

Snake Den (Wii U eShop)


When revisiting a well-worn concept, it's important to bring something new to the table. After all, we've reached a point in the gaming industry where certain genres — first-person shooter, platformer and adventure, just to name a few — have been pioneered and perfected over the years by generations of developers...

Review: Watch Dogs (Wii U)

Watch Dogs (Wii U)

Hack job

The Wii U has had a chequered history with third-party support, particularly from Ubisoft, and the belated arrival of Watch Dogs feels a little like a final hurrah — whether we'll see many more big-budget multiplatform mature titles on Nintendo's system is certainly a cause of doubt. This title is here, however, and a viable option for...

Review: Talking Phrasebook (3DS eShop)

Talking Phrasebook (3DS eShop)

It's translation time

Call us pessimistic, but we think it's fair to say that travelling abroad can be a pretty stressful experience. Sure, the exotic locales and sunny weather is always worth it in the end, but making the trip often takes no shortage of patience and more than a few embarrassing attempts to drag up half-remembered phrases in the...

Review: Chat-A-Lot (3DS eShop)

Chat-A-Lot (3DS eShop)

Textual healing or vocal underperformity?

Want to turn your 3DS into a social device that allows you and your friends to exchange text messages and partake in voice chat while collaborating on doodles? That’s the experience that Chat-A-Lot advertises, and while it delivers in some regards, overall this simple application falls very flat. Part of...

Review: Picross e5 (3DS eShop)

Picross e5 (3DS eShop)

Another pack of Picross

While the first few Picross e games mixed things up a little with slightly different modes each time, the previous game in the series — Picross e4 — didn't do anything unique; it simply brought back all of those previous special modes. Picross e5 also plays it safe and is essentially an expansion of the previous game,...

Review: Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! (Wii U eShop / SNES)

Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! (Wii U eShop / SNES)

Donkey wish your girlfriend was Kong like me?

Having stunned audiences with Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest, Rare had an awful lot to live up to on the final entry of the original Donkey Kong Country trilogy. Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong’s Double Trouble! sees the titular hero take centre stage after being second to the delightful...

Review: Thomas Was Alone (Wii U eShop)

Thomas Was Alone (Wii U eShop)

Simple brilliance

We're in the middle of one of the most diverse, intriguing periods in video game history. The rise of download games, small 'indie' developers and stores like the Wii U eShop have shifted how we think about content; we're a long way from the retail-only culture of the '90s or even early 2000s. One modern trend is for low-fi...