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Review: StarTropics (Wii U eShop / NES)

StarTropics (Wii U eShop / NES)

Sun, sea, sand, and aliens

Winter is slowly creeping up on us, so it's as good a time as ever to explore warmer climates and take your mind off of the bad weather. For some NES-filtered beams of sunshine, why not step into the shoes of young Mike Jones, an American kid who's headed for an alphabetic island on the tropical adventure of a lifetime?...

Review: Mario vs. Donkey Kong (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Mario vs. Donkey Kong (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Prophesizing the amiiboom

Mario vs. Donkey Kong is interesting in that it's the only game in the Mario vs DK franchise (to date) that actually allows the player to control Mario; indeed this was originally planned to be a sequel to 1994's Donkey Kong on Game Boy, so arguably those two have more in common than the other games in the series. Mario vs...

Review: Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer (3DS)

Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer (3DS)

Home is where the art is

Animal Crossing, while being one of Nintendo's most beloved franchises of the past decade, has taken on a new level of fame thanks to its first 3DS outing, New Leaf. A massive seller all over the world, this quirky and charming life simulation has been instrumental in selling its host hardware to an entirely fresh sector of...

Review: Extreme Exorcism (Wii U eShop)

Extreme Exorcism (Wii U eShop)

A hauntingly good time

Extreme Exorcism is a simple, fun indie title that embraces one of Nintendo's core values: getting people together to play. From its aesthetics to its modes, this game is dripping with retro charm. If you haven't seen or heard of it before, it's a 2D pixel-art shooter that focuses on platforming and run-and-gun mechanics. It...

Review: Explody Bomb (Wii U eShop)

Explody Bomb (Wii U eShop)

This bomb's a dud

Oftentimes when playing on the Wii U, it can be easy to forget that one of the major selling points of the console is that it features a second screen on the controller. Sure, a game here or there may attempt use it in an "innovative" way, but it seems that most of the time the second screen is simply used as a screen mirror or as...

Nintendo Life Weekly: Star Fox Zero Delayed Until 2016

Star Fox Zero Delayed Until 2016

"Oh man, I'm gonna have to back off"

Is it a struggle to keep up with all the news racing around the Nintendosphere lately? Well fret not, we've once again done our utmost to cobble together the cream of the Nintendo crop and present it to you in mouth-watering video format. The sad news of Star Fox Zero's delay is bound to have disappointed many...

Review: Tecmo Bowl (Wii U eShop / NES)

Tecmo Bowl (Wii U eShop / NES)

​Move over Madden 16, Tecmo Bowl is back and stealing the NFL spotlight

1989 wasn't just an amazing year because that's when this writer was born. It's an also amazing year because that's when Tecmo Bowl received its home console release on the Nintendo Entertainment System. Boasting an impressive roster from the 1988 NFL season, players could now...

Review: Year Walk (Wii U eShop)

Year Walk (Wii U eShop)

Into the woods

A year walk -- or "Årsgång" -- is an archaic form of divination in Swedish folklore, in which a person would deprive themselves of sleep and food in a dark room for 24 hours to then venture through the woods towards the local parish. Certain nights, such as New Year's Eve, were said to be better suited than others for a successful...

Review: Star Sky (Wii U eShop)

Star Sky (Wii U eShop)

The sky, the stars and the B button

Star Sky is not a video game. Well, not in the usual sense at least. It is described as being "similar to an interactive poem", something to experience rather than something to play - and that's a perfect description. There aren't many games that make you feel like lying down, grabbing a box of chocolates and...

Review: Funky Physics (Wii U eShop)

Funky Physics (Wii U eShop)

Taking the Fun Out of Funky

There's a lot of physics in Funky Physics. There are also some minor annoyances, like hitting blocks and timing them just right to bounce off platforms for them to function properly. It takes the funky out of the title. Or maybe it adds to it depending on which perspective you're looking at the game from and your...

Review: Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon (Wii U eShop / DS)

Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon (Wii U eShop / DS)

Emerging from the shadows

Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon is a Nintendo DS remake of the first Fire Emblem game (originally released in 1990 for Famicom in Japan) that's now available to download in Virtual Console form for Wii U. The series staple of strategic turn-based gameplay along with the perma-death possibility for characters would form the...

Review: Brave Tank Hero (Wii U eShop)

Brave Tank Hero (Wii U eShop)

War, war never changes

Oh Brave Tank Hero, you were not a great game on the 3DS. For those of you who missed the review, ultimately Brave Tank Hero was a mediocre affair on the portable system - the flawed game design and an array of oversights ruined what could have been a good title. Now, Natsume has released the game for the Wii U eShop; will a...

Review: The Swindle (Wii U eShop)

The Swindle (Wii U eShop)

An old-fashioned cyber thief

The Swindle represents the first foray onto Nintendo hardware for Dan Marshall and his studio Size Five Games - via Curve Digital - having built up a strong reputation with PC releases. Bringing its own unique brand of quirky cyberpunk thievery, it's a slice of procedurally generated silliness likely to amuse as well as...

Review: Mario Golf (Wii U eShop / N64)

Mario Golf (Wii U eShop / N64)

Serious Golf for Serious Plumbers

You could argue that the best part of many of the Mario sports titles is that they bring goofy, lighthearted aspects to those pastimes. Games like Super Mario Strikers and Mario Hoops: 3 on 3 all make dramatic changes to the sports they're portraying, capturing the attention of players who might not be interested in...

Nintendo Life Weekly: Smaller New 3DS Launching in North America this Year

Smaller New 3DS Launching in North America this Year

Week at the knees

Nintendo's smaller New 3DS is coming to North America at last, but that's not all the news that's happened this week. Once again we've tirelessly condensed the cream of this week's news as well as all the reviews and releases into one handy little video for your viewing pleasure. This week we look at Club Nintendo's European and...

Review: Zombie Defense (Wii U eShop)

Zombie Defense (Wii U eShop)

Here a zombie, there a zombie, everywhere a zombie zombie!

The game title Zombie Defense couldn't be more accurate and straight to the point. Developer Teyon's Wii U début is exactly that: a tower defence/RTS (real-time strategy) game where you fight off waves of zombies in an attempt to save the planet from total zombie supremacy. As with all...

Review: Gotcha Racing (3DS eShop)

Gotcha Racing (3DS eShop)

A delight at every turn

Gotcha Racing is about as simple as racing games come, but it's far more addictive than most. The concept is derived from Japan's Gachapon capsule toys — small, highly collectible toys that usually go for about 100 yen apiece. It's this concept that drives the heart of the game. When you first start Gotcha Racing you'll be...

Review: Hatsune Miku: Project MIRAI DX (3DS)

Hatsune Miku: Project MIRAI DX (3DS)


To those who know her, she needs no introduction: Hatsune Miku is a star. To those who don't, she definitely requires some explanation: Hatsune Miku is a 'virtual idol' and the world's most popular Vocaloid, a personification of a software synthesizer given background, personality, and a constant stream of songs to sing by composers and...

Review: Crab Cakes Rescue (Wii U eShop)

Crab Cakes Rescue (Wii U eShop)

This cake is a lie

The Wii U's library is bursting with quirky, innovative, fun games. Crab Cakes Rescue is not one of them. From the moment you start up Crab Cakes Rescue, its lack of polish is readily apparent. For starters, it runs in a 4:3 aspect ratio, leaving unsightly black bars on either side of the screen. The title is lifted directly from...

Review: VS. Excitebike (Wii U eShop / NES)

VS. Excitebike (Wii U eShop / NES)

Enjoyable interlude

It's undoubtedly a good thing when Nintendo starts releasing older titles on the eShop that are otherwise fairly difficult to find or play. But does VS. Excitebike, originally only released on the Famicom Disk System in Japan in 1988, offer enough extra content compared to the original to justify a purchase? As the core of the...