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Review: The Magic Hammer (3DS eShop)

The Magic Hammer (3DS eShop)

It sure isn't Mjölnir

Setting off on an adventure which transcends various realms beyond your own. Taking a magic, talking hammer in hand by which to slay the undead, and rebuild a broken mess of a world. Doing all of this with a grandiose soundtrack tracking every step on an epic journey sounds like the best experience any gamer can have...

Review: Adventure Time: Finn and Jake Investigations (3DS)

Adventure Time: Finn and Jake Investigations (3DS)

Ooo's clues too

If you want to play Adventure Time: Finn & Jake Investigations, the odds look really good for you. A version of the game is kicking around on just about all the current (and a few not-so-current) systems out there. If you ask nicely, they might even make a port for the N-Gage. The 3DS version of Finn & Jake Investigations is...

Review: Guitar Hero Live (Wii U)

Guitar Hero Live (Wii U)

Put another dime in the jukebox, baby

In 2005 Guitar Hero sparked a gaming revolution, filling our heads with wicked riffs and our closets with plastic instruments. The series grew from a single act into a full fledged ensemble in a matter of years, invoking various imitators and spin-offs. Eventually players' excitement for rockin' around the clock...

Review: Adventure Time: Finn and Jake Investigations (Wii U)

Adventure Time: Finn and Jake Investigations (Wii U)

Ooo's clues

Perhaps someone finally saw the potential in exploring a creatively quirky land to solve mysteries of fantastical and goofy natures. Perhaps they just looked at the title of the series and saw it had "Adventure" in it. Either way, Adventure Time: Finn & Jake Investigations seeks to marry the "point-and-clickish" style adventure genre...

Review: Gunslugs 2 (3DS eShop)

Gunslugs 2 (3DS eShop)

Get to the chopper!

Gunslugs 2 goes right for your sense of nostalgia for dumb '80s action movies; we mean dumb in the best possible sense, in terms of those movies with muscle-bound heroes shooting everything and causing enormous explosions. If you're too young to remember that era then, our sympathies, but you can watch The Expendables and imagine...

Review: Cutie Pets Pick Berries (Wii U eShop)

Cutie Pets Pick Berries (Wii U eShop)

Mandeer is Indifferent

Cutie Pets Pick Berries is a far more innocent game than its smouldering mandeer hunks might have you believe. Sure, they'll be up there posing on your tv screen the entire time you play the game, but this isn't anything like Bubble Bath Babes or Peek a Boo Poker - don't expect some sort of saucy, torrid forest affair. Just...

Review: VoxelMaker (Wii U eShop)

VoxelMaker (Wii U eShop)

For display purposes only

It's rather difficult to judge a game / app such as VoxelMaker. On one hand it features an extremely in-depth and detailed suite for making 3D models out of a large collection of blocks. On the other hand the overall experience feels limited due to its omissions of any sort of interactivity with the models that are created...

Review: The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes (3DS)

The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes (3DS)

Tri-al and error

The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes is a remarkably segmented and potentially divisive game from Nintendo. It attempts a similar trick to Four Swords Adventures but, with its totem mechanic and implementation, doesn't accommodate both solo and group players in canny ways; as a result this is a multiplayer game with single player...

Review: Ninja Strike: Dangerous Dash (Wii U eShop)

Ninja Strike: Dangerous Dash (Wii U eShop)

These ninjas should stay hidden

Ninja Strike: Dangerous Dash is a perfect example of what sounds like a great idea being held back by poor execution. Published by Natsume, Ninja Strike: Dangerous Dash is a formulaic endless runner; in it you initially take control of Blue Shadow, a blue-clad Ninja with a red scarf. The art style is simple but...

Review: Dig Dug II (Wii U eShop / NES)

Dig Dug II (Wii U eShop / NES)

Dig in

The original Dig Dug was fairly popular, so naturally a sequel had to follow eventually. Dig Dug II ended up being not nearly as widespread as its predecessor, only seeing release in arcades and on the NES, so you'd be forgiven for not even knowing it existed! Dig Dug II takes a massive departure from the first game. True to its title that...

Nintendo Life Weekly: Nintendo NX Rumours Suggest a Console/Handheld Hybrid, Future eShop Listing Leaks and More

Nintendo NX Rumours Suggest a Console/Handheld Hybrid, Future eShop Listing Leaks and More


At Nintendo Life we know how tricky it can be to keep up with all the happenings that go on in a week, so once again we've compiled the cream of the crop for your entertainment. This week we focus on the recent Nintendo NX rumours that suggest the system may be a fusion of a home console and a handheld, eShop listing leaks, The...

Review: Whispering Willows (Wii U eShop)

Whispering Willows (Wii U eShop)

​And oh yes, she sees ghosts

An adventure game needs a fitting atmosphere, and Whispering Willows sets its tone well. An undercurrent of desolation and vague unease runs through the grounds of the old mansion in which the game is set. It's a set piece worthy of exploration, but the act of doing so doesn't seem to share the same level of...

Review: Pocky & Rocky with Becky (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Pocky & Rocky with Becky (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Plain & Repetitive with Boredom

There's real promise behind Pocky & Rocky with Becky, far more than the unimaginative title might suggest. Bite-size levels quickly give way to intriguing boss battles, and speedy pacing helps hold your interest throughout the campaign. However, these positive aspects quickly fade in the face of bland enemies,...

Review: LEGO Dimensions (Wii U)

LEGO Dimensions (Wii U)

LEGO loans required

If ever there was a time for parents to put their collective foot down and tell their young ones to choose one favourite toy to buy, this may be it. The toys-to-life market has never been busier as three huge brands go head to head, and LEGO Dimensions arguably - or factually, in terms of the toy market - has the biggest brand of...

Review: Pumped BMX+ (Wii U eShop)

Pumped BMX+ (Wii U eShop)

Coming in hot with a 1080 backflip kickout… and it sticks the landing!

Released at the beginning of October on the Wii U eShop (and a slew of other consoles), we've spent lots of time mastering all sorts of BMX tricks and techniques in Pumped BMX+. Originally seeing success in the mobile market, developer Yeah Us! worked closely with publishing...

Review: Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden (3DS)

Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden (3DS)

Not so extreme

Outside of Super Smash Bros., it feels like there's something of a gap in the 3DS library when it comes to fighters, so the overseas arrival of Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden is a welcome one. A 2D, sprite based brawler that features characters and storylines from the perpetually popular manga and anime property, it's a solid if...

Review: Rakoo & Friends (Wii U eShop)

Rakoo & Friends (Wii U eShop)

Love is in the air

Rakoo & Friends is a strong case for the allure of beautiful presentation. From a gameplay standpoint there's nothing really special about this one, but the fact that it's a joy to watch adds greatly to the overall package. Rakoo & Friends tells the story of the eponymous critter and his quest to find true love. The game...