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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...

Review: Toto Temple Deluxe (Wii U eShop)

Toto Temple Deluxe (Wii U eShop)


You may be wondering, what is a Toto? No, we're not talking about the 1970s American rock band behind hit songs like 'Rockmaker' and 'Hold the Line'; Toto is amazing, but this isn't that Toto, even though this toto is also amazing. A toto is a small sentient tablet which has a strange obsession of having a goat sit on its head, and they...

Review: Medabots: Metabee & Rokusho (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Medabots: Metabee & Rokusho (Wii U eShop / GBA)


Medabots has always been a bit of an odd case. Clearly created to hitch a ride on the Pokémon hype train, it's a series about people who - instead of capturing and fighting with creatures - collect machine parts to build and fight with robots. Unlike Digimon, which was also similar in setup, Medabots never really seemed to catch on...

Review: Gemology (Wii U eShop)

Gemology (Wii U eShop)

Not so sparkly

Puzzle solving games with gems, jewels and shiny objects are a dime a dozen. Sometimes, it doesn't take a gemologist to determine which ones are valuable or worthless colourful bits of glass. Gemology joins this glamorous, risky world of puzzle games hoping to be discovered. But is it really worth it? How many gem puzzle games are...

Review: 3D Sonic The Hedgehog 2 (3DS eShop)

3D Sonic The Hedgehog 2 (3DS eShop)

Hogging the limelight

It's difficult to believe now, but there was a time when Sonic the Hedgehog games were good. Like, really good. Sega's recent efforts have been average at best, tragically bad at their worst (with a few exceptions here and there, mostly on handheld formats). Sonic the Hedgehog 2 falls into the series 'really good' period and so...

Nintendo Life Weekly: Skull Kid Confirmed as Playable on Wii U Hyrule Warriors, Pokémon Lawsuit Flip-Flop and More

Skull Kid Confirmed as Playable on Wii U Hyrule Warriors, Pokémon Lawsuit Flip-Flop and More

Prepare for a terrible fate

Although in terms of news it's been a little on the quiet side in the old Nintendosphere this week, what has happened has been fairly meaty. If you've not managed to keep up you needn't fear, as once again we've compressed all the good stuff into video for you. The big topic this week is the confirmation that Skull Kid...

Review: Perpetual Blast (Wii U eShop)

Perpetual Blast (Wii U eShop)

A shot in the dark

Perpetual Blast is an endless shooter. Similar to the concept of the popular endless runner genre on mobile devices, Perpetual Blast focuses on doing one thing and one thing only. Sadly, myriad execution errors keep it from being an enjoyable experience. The idea of Perpetual Blast is simple: find and destroy 100 boxes as fast as...

Review: Race the Sun (Wii U eShop)

Race the Sun (Wii U eShop)

A fine line between rapture and ruin

Race the Sun doesn't look like much from its screenshots. The minimalistic visuals and simple gameplay premise might not grab you at a glance. It's in hurtling down those gray fields, narrowly missing hulking monoliths as your plane's solar fuel gauge steadily drains, the sun slowly falling as the sky turns a...

Review: Chibi-Robo!: Zip Lash (3DS)

Chibi-Robo!: Zip Lash (3DS)

Robots in plain sight

If you want to be all reductive about it, you can say there are two types of Nintendo mascot games: Biggies and Smallies. Everyone knows the Biggies because they're the company pillars, the keystones keeping Nintendo in the money: your Marios, Pokemons, and so forth. They're polished, beautiful, and ultimately a little safe...

Review: Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis (Wii U eShop / DS)

Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis (Wii U eShop / DS)

A toy story

Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis is the Nintendo DS sequel to the original GBA classic and a new recruit to the ever-growing Wii U Virtual Console library. Rather than being more of the same platforming puzzle action, Nintendo chose to focus this entire game around what is but a small percentage of the previous game - the...

Review: Chronus Arc (3DS eShop)

Chronus Arc (3DS eShop)

Could have used more time

Chronus Arc hearkens back to the JRPGs of the Super Nintendo era, or at least it tries to. Kemco's 3DS port of its 2013 RPG has some interesting ideas but, sadly, they don't fit the overall experience particularly well. The story of Chronus Arc starts off interestingly enough: as the Time Rewinding approaches, a ritual...

Review: Skylanders SuperChargers (Wii U)

Skylanders SuperChargers (Wii U)

Articulation, That’s What You Need

While other toy-game hybrid makers are moving on from older Nintendo hardware this year, Activision has doubled down on Wii, 3DS and Wii U Skylanders with bespoke versions and cross-over dual action Skylander-amiibo. This year's Skylanders Superchargers novelty is a good one. The articulated vehicles not only...

Review: Hold Your Fire: A Game About Responsibility (Wii U eShop)

Hold Your Fire: A Game About Responsibility (Wii U eShop)

Star Chores

It's time we put a stop to the romanticism of life in space. Too long have we had to endure the thrills of blast-filled chases through asteroid belts and hyperspeed flings among the stars. Who do these games think we are? Interesting? No, we want the truth! We demand the 9-5 trudgery and certain, unforgiving death that comes with being a...

Review: Freedom Planet (Wii U eShop)

Freedom Planet (Wii U eShop)

Purple is the new blue

Yes, Freedom Planet feels like an old-school 2D Sonic game, but thankfully it manages to overcome some of the hurdles that bog down the blue hedgehog's classic Sega games. Freedom Planet boasts colourful characters whose story extends past a bland cliché of catch phrases. The art style consists of a gorgeous colour palette...

Nintendo Life Weekly: The Smash Bros. Fighter Ballot Ends, a Naughty Splatoon Octoling and More

The Smash Bros. Fighter Ballot Ends, a Naughty Splatoon Octoling and More

Who'll Sakurai produce next

It's been another busy week in the world of Nintendo, with the usual blend of the good, bad and ugly. If you've been unable to keep track, or just want a nice bite-sized video to remind you of some highlights, Alex is here as always with his lovely weekly video. The headline this week revolves around the end of the Super...

Review: Car Battler Joe (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Car Battler Joe (Wii U eShop / GBA)

One cup of Speed Racer lore. One cup of Mad Max universe...

Car Battler Joe tells the cliched story of how Joe Todoroki went out of the comfort of his bedroom to drive through the wasteland of Galacia in pursuit of his estranged father. Rumour has it that he joined a band of misfits in order to destroy the same sport that made him the most famous...

Review: Defense Dome (Wii U eShop)

Defense Dome (Wii U eShop)

It seems that the rocket has missed its mark

Defense Dome is a classic-style arcade action game developed by the aptly named HullBreach Studios for the Wii U eShop. Designed to be played in short bursts, this game offers quick access to three separate level designs, with promise for more content to be made available as add-on content. It is...

Review: Nova-111 (Wii U eShop)

Nova-111 (Wii U eShop)

Exploring Space, One Turn at a Time

Oh to be lost in space, exploring strange new worlds with a plethora of rocks. Lots and lots of space rocks. Enjoying the thrill of combat from dangerous, colourful and stinky creatures at your fuel tanks. Rescuing your fellow scientists, some unwillingly and others affected by the loneliness that is space...