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Review: Tetrobot & Co (Wii U eShop)

Tetrobot & Co (Wii U eShop)

Acute brain-bending pleasure

Many puzzle games – particularly on mobile devices – can be argued as being insultingly easy or too mind-numbingly obtuse to even be comprehended by human minds. Luckily *Tetrobot & Co. doesn’t fit into either of these categories. The story of this game revolves around an intelligent young lady who spends her...

Review: Skylanders Trap Team (Wii U)

Skylanders Trap Team (Wii U)

Knaves in Toyland

As the original ’toys-to-life’ video game concept — inspiring both Disney’s Infinity and Nintendo’s upcoming amiibo line — Skylanders has an impressive legacy to live up to. The series’ first release, Spyro’s Adventure, took the world and characters from the classic Spyro the Dragon games and crafted an enjoyable...

Review: Pier Solar and the Great Architects (Wii U eShop)

Pier Solar and the Great Architects (Wii U eShop)

Build me up and tear me down

While playing Pier Solar and the Great Architects, it’s important to consider what a labour of love the title really is. With origins as a Sega CD homebrew project from the now-defunct Sega fansite Eidolon’s Inn, it was originally meant to star members of that website’s "Tavern" message board before evolving into a...

Review: Harvest Moon 2 (3DS eShop / Game Boy Color)

Harvest Moon 2 (3DS eShop / Game Boy Color)

Crop ‘til you drop

Clearly a testament to the popularity of the genre, the 3DS as a platform has been flooded with life simulation games. Ranging from the cutesy and calm world of Animal Crossing: New Leaf to the adventurous Fantasy Life, the surplus of games has spanned a plethora of sub genres, but they all come down to one thing: allowing their...

Review: Devil World (Wii U eShop / NES)

Devil World (Wii U eShop / NES)

Heaven a good time

As far as obscure releases within the NES library go, Devil World is certainly one of the most interesting. Originally released in Japan in 1984 and in Europe in 1987, this is a title that to this day has never been available to purchase in North America — not even through the wonders of Nintendo’s Virtual Console service...

Review: Power Rangers Super Megaforce (3DS)

Power Rangers Super Megaforce (3DS)

Dull as dishwater

Games that are tied in to TV shows are often little more than a quick cash-grab used to dupe unsuspecting parents into buying a sub-par game because their child will recognise the characters. No truer is this statement than when referring to Power Rangers Super Megaforce. Once you load up the game, you'd be forgiven for letting...

Review: My Style Studio: Hair Salon (Wii U eShop)

My Style Studio: Hair Salon (Wii U eShop)

Bad hair day

In the grand scheme of things, hairdressers can seem pretty insignificant, but deep down they hold the secret, terrible capacity to utterly ruin your entire week. You put your faith into them and trust that they know what they're doing, or else just one bad haircut will stick with you for a month. If a new generation of these stylistic...

Review: Ultimate NES Remix (3DS)

Ultimate NES Remix (3DS)

Not as ultimate as you'd think

Almost a year ago, the Wii U received some excellent download titles in the form of NES Remix and NES Remix 2, each taking a set of classic (and not so classic) NES games and making short challenges based on sections from each game, or in some cases creating entirely original scenarios. Curiously, the producer of the...

Review: Zombie Panic in Wonderland DX (3DS eShop)

Zombie Panic in Wonderland DX (3DS eShop)

More adult than necessary

Zombie Panic in Wonderland DX is a rare breed on the 3DS, as shooters are rapidly becoming less and less common on the handheld machine. It's not the first time that this has arrived on Nintendo hardware, either, as it initially appeared as a WiiWare title; as the DX in the name suggests, this aims to tempt us in for more...

Review: Donkey Kong Land III (3DS eShop / Game Boy)

Donkey Kong Land III (3DS eShop / Game Boy)

Marvellous Monkeys

In 1997 the fifth generation of video games was well underway (even Europe and Oceania had the N64 by then), but the trusty Game Boy was still the place to go for portable gaming joy. Having successfully brought monkey platforming action to the handheld twice already, Rare produced a third game — the imaginatively titled Donkey...

Review: Woah Dave! (3DS eShop)

Woah Dave! (3DS eShop)

Working for pennies

Woah Dave is all about classic arcade action. Taking control of a blocky little guy named Dave Lonuts (who happens to bear a striking resemblance to Bert from Sesame Street), players will do their best to exterminate aliens and collect the change left behind in their wake. There are two modes to choose from, and once you’ve...

Review: Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

A perfect harmony?

The Wii U eShop is becoming an embarrassment of riches, with a robust library of indie titles complemented by a growing lineup of strong Virtual Console games. Konami's Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance is the second of three Castlevania titles released on the Game Boy Advance, and while it controls and plays similarly to its...

Review: Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

The ape escape

Rare managed to do something incredible with Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong-Quest; it took the well refined gameplay and style of the first Donkey Kong Country game and made it even better. This second entry in the series features gameplay almost identical to its predecessor’s, but this time everything’s been streamlined...

Review: The Legend of Dark Witch (3DS eShop)

The Legend of Dark Witch (3DS eShop)

Just short of legendary

As both a developer and a publisher, CIRCLE Entertainment has been paramount to the rising indie games scene on Nintendo handhelds. Starting on the DSiWare digital service and eventually moving forward to 3DS eShop titles, CIRCLE has managed to have its hand in around 40 releases since 2010. With that many games in its...

Review: Just Dance 2015 (Wii U)

Just Dance 2015 (Wii U)

Just the ticket

Despite its name suggesting otherwise, Just Dance 2015 is in fact only the sixth entry in the main series of Just Dance games, and the aim is as simple as it gets; you have to replicate the dance moves that the on-screen dancers perform in time with the music and as accurately as you can. The ethos is simple, but can it provide...

Review: Cosmophony (Wii U eShop)

Cosmophony (Wii U eShop)

Off the beaten track

We can’t help but think that a parallel universe exists in which Cosmophony plays a central, cruel role in deciding a person’s fate. In this somewhat dystopian, yet oddly hip and cool universe where drum and bass is the norm, a technocratic regime (made up of original developer, Bento–Studio, and Wii U porting pros,...

Review: Mighty Final Fight (3DS eShop / NES)

Mighty Final Fight (3DS eShop / NES)

Haggard by time or as mighty as ever?

Originally released for the NES in 1993, Mighty Final Fight is a home console spin-off of the original arcade classic, Final Fight. Interestingly, it came out a year after the technically superior home console port that appeared on the SNES and, furthermore, is quite a departure from the other games in the...