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Review: Axelay (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Axelay (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Restoring some Life Force to the 2D shooter

When you run through the list of prolific Japanese software houses during the 8 and 16-bit eras, Konami's name is usually pretty close to the top. Like rivals Capcom and Namco, it benefited from the incredible global success of the Nintendo's NES and many of its classic franchises gained astonishing...

Review: 3D After Burner II (3DS eShop)

3D After Burner II (3DS eShop)

The need for speed

Classic ports always fare better when handled by a team that approaches the source game's legacy with the utmost respect, and without a hint of hyperbole 3D After Burner II is a truly exceptional retread. Developer M2 has worked wonders with this re-release of Sega's 1987 arcade cabinet, presenting a faithful port that captures...

Review: Cake Ninja 3: The Legend Continues (Wii U eShop)

Cake Ninja 3: The Legend Continues (Wii U eShop)

Legendarily mundane

Apparently, ninjas hate cakes, and developer Cypronia has been struggling to produce a decent game based off this assumption since its first attempt on DSiWare back in 2011. With years of experience under its belt and a baked goods massacre to show for it, has the move to Wii U made for a more substantial title? Let's begin by...

Review: Best of Solitaire (3DS eShop)

Best of Solitaire (3DS eShop)

All by myself

Who doesn't love a good old card game? They're enjoyable, relaxing and you can even play them by yourself if you're socially lacking at the time. Best of Solitaire may seem like a tempting purchase if you're a fan of the solo four-suit adventure, but is it worth spending your money on? Best of Solitaire loads up almost instantly after...

Review: PUZZLEBOX setup (3DS eShop)

PUZZLEBOX setup (3DS eShop)

Flip the script

It's always refreshing when a game comes along that challenges norms and makes its players rethink the standards of a genre. The modern gaming market is so abundant that even the least common genres are saturated with new titles, making it even more appreciated when something that feels new makes its way onto consoles. As Nintendo...

Review: Mes Comptines (3DS eShop)

Mes Comptines (3DS eShop)

Straight Outta Comptines

If you know My First Songs or its sequel on the 3DS, then Mes Comptines (French for “My Rhymes" or “My Nursery Rhymes") will be very familiar territory, even with a language shift. This is the same simplistic rhythm game for small children as its predecessors, and that's really not such a bad thing. Mes Comptines comes...

Review: League of Heroes (3DS eShop)

League of Heroes (3DS eShop)

Leaving out the legends

Ports of mobile games making their way onto Nintendo platforms was once considered disgraceful, but as time passed and the phenomenon became more commonplace the discussion seems to have died off a bit. We like to think that the quality of mobile games has increased over the years, essentially eliminating the idea that cell...

Review: Chariot (Wii U eShop)

Chariot (Wii U eShop)

Not too much dead-weight

The Wii U is certainly not short of platformer games, from first party titles such as New Super Mario Bros. U to indie epics like Shovel Knight, so an addition to the system's growing list needs a special something to stand out from the crowd. Canadian developer Frima Studio may feel it has the answer with Chariot; it's a...

Review: Maze (Wii U eShop)

Maze (Wii U eShop)

Get lost

Sometimes the simplest concept can make for an utterly addictive and engaging virtual experience. From Wii Sports to Angry Birds, the original Mario Bros. to the Mario Party series, there have been plenty of games that have bridged the gap from casual to advanced players, and it all starts at how accessible and universal the concept at the...

Review: Toon Tanks (Wii U eShop)

Toon Tanks (Wii U eShop)

That's all, folks

Petite Games' Toon Tanks is a good example of a current issue present in the Wii U eShop in North America. There have been many games released that are finished and functional, but don't contain the degree of polish that we have come to expect. While Toon Tanks works just fine in what it sets out to do, the lack of scope or variety...

Review: Fire Emblem (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Fire Emblem (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

So much to love Lyndis game

Before Fire Emblem: Awakening started the Year of Luigi off with a bang, there was a great deal of concern at Nintendo regarding its future viability as a franchise. Sales were at an all-time low, and series producer Hitoshi Yamagami was given an ultimatum: at least 250,000 copies of the latest entry needed to be sold in...

Review: Dig Dug (Wii U eShop / NES)

Dig Dug (Wii U eShop / NES)

A competent but unneeded version of a fun 80's classic

Originally hitting arcades in 1982, this NES conversion of Dig Dug followed a few years later (albeit only in Japan until arriving on the Wii's Virtual Console service in 2008). It's a classic Namco title that sees you digging your way around a single screen defeating (and sometimes fleeing)...

Review: F-Zero: GP Legend (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

F-Zero: GP Legend (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Dare you to blink

The F-Zero series has often dished out a steep challenge to players, and in GP Legend the uninitiated will be given no quarter unless they dig in their heels and learn the ropes. Players will be expected to tame every brutal hairpin, memorize each risky shortcut and etch sweet boosting spots into their brain if they are to succeed...

Review: Toys vs. Monsters (3DS eShop)

Toys vs. Monsters (3DS eShop)

Manufacturer refurbished

If you've ever been disappointed that you can't play a recent and improved version of the hugely successful Plants vs. Zombies on your 3DS - aside from the DS release - you may be intrigued by the shamelessly similarly-named Toys vs. Monsters on the eShop. All of the information about it points to a fun little experience...

Review: Underground (Wii U eShop)

Underground (Wii U eShop)

Overground, Wombling free

It's not often that games have a professional, legitimate use outside of entertainment, but in the case of Underground that's exactly what you get. Not only is it a puzzle game, but it is also designed to teach the skills required for laparoscopic surgery, more commonly known as keyhole surgery. Educational tools are all...

Review: Super Mario Advance 2: Super Mario World (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Super Mario Advance 2: Super Mario World (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

A world in no need of change

Having Super Mario Advance 2: Super Mario World exist on the same Virtual Console as the original Super Mario World is like having two legit copies of the Mona Lisa hanging in the Louvre: each is fundamentally a masterpiece, and any attempt to compare the two is mostly going to come down to nitpicking about the way each...

Review: Spy Chameleon (Wii U eShop)

Spy Chameleon (Wii U eShop)

Incog-neato

Spanish developer EnjoyUp games has had a steady stream of titles arrive on Nintendo's digital platforms in recent times, including Darts Up, 99Moves and Rock Zombie, although arguably these games have yet to set the eShop alight. However, this port of Unfinished Pixel's PC game, Spy Chameleon

Review: My First Songs 2 (3DS eShop)

My First Songs 2 (3DS eShop)

More of the same

For those who haven't read our review of the original My First Songs on 3DS, you may want to read that before going any further in this one. My First Songs 2 is the sequel to My First Songs and generally follows the same formula as the original. You have a variety of nursery rhymes which you can tap along to using the touch screen...

Review: BLOK DROP X TWISTED FUSION (Wii U eShop)

BLOK DROP X TWISTED FUSION (Wii U eShop)

A twist to a solid formula

Crossovers can sometimes make for odd bedfellows. In the case of BLOK DROP X TWISTED FUSION (BDXTF), the minimalist-styled puzzle formula of BLOK DROP U has received a few tinkerings and a fresh coat of paint from Twisted Fusion, a title that has not yet been released at the time of this review. It's hard to say many were...