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Review: Konami Krazy Racers (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Konami Krazy Racers (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Super Konami Kart

Konami Krazy Racers (AKA Konami Wai Wai Racing Advance in Japan) is a largely forgotten Mario Kart clone that was also one of the original launch games for GBA. If you can imagine Mario Kart Super Circuit with Konami-themed characters and courses, you'll be on the right track with what to expect from this decent little kart racer...

Review: PictoParty (Wii U eShop)

PictoParty (Wii U eShop)

Bad drawings are funny

Drawing with a time limit is a great recipe for laughter, especially among friends. PictoParty channels your inner terrible artist, letting you poorly draw cupcakes, skyscrapers and lamps as your friends desperately try to guess what it is you're trying to create. It's a simple party game that you may have seen before and is...

Review: Hogan's Alley (Wii U eShop / NES)

Hogan's Alley (Wii U eShop / NES)

Not exactly a bullseye

One of the earliest NES games released, Hogan's Alley is also possibly the most well-known Zapper game after the classic Duck Hunt. But does it hold up as well as its lightgun game partner? The premise of Hogan's Alley is fairly simple. You are (seemingly) some sort of police officer or soldier doing shooting practice, with...

Nintendo Life Weekly: Miitomo, Twilight Princess HD, Unannounced 3DS & Wii U Titles, and More

Miitomo, Twilight Princess HD, Unannounced 3DS & Wii U Titles, and More

Nice to Miit you

It's been a week and a half for Nintendo news so there's no shame in feeling like you may have missed something important. That's why we've once again brought all the biggest news together to form one substantial but bitesized video. This week we look at the announcement of Miitomo, the first official Nintendo-developed app for...

Review: Human Resource Machine (Wii U eShop)

Human Resource Machine (Wii U eShop)

Conundrums for coders

If you thought Human Resource Machine would be about a robot who hires and fires people, nobody would blame you, but you'd be wrong. Instead, you're put in the shoes of a drone at a mega corporation, helping to sort their mail using the unlikeliest of methods: computer programming. Human Resource Machine features a single...

Review: Gravity Falls: Legend of the Gnome Gemulets (3DS)

Gravity Falls: Legend of the Gnome Gemulets (3DS)

Why you ackin' so cray cray?

Gravity Falls seems like the kind of show that would translate well into the realm of video games. From Zelda to Mario to Donkey Kong, the Disney cult hit has trotted out references to many of gaming's greatest franchises. In fact one of the best episodes of the series, "Fight Fighters", is about main character Dipper...

Review: Ascent of Kings (Wii U eShop)

Ascent of Kings (Wii U eShop)

A quick burst of old-school adventure platforming

Although Ascent of Kings, developed by Nostatic Software, has been available for a few years on other platforms (Android, iOS, Windows Phone and Xbox Live), it has only recently graced the Nintendo Wii U. It's built as a side-scrolling adventure-platformer (in the vein of Metroid or Castlevania) and...

Review: COLOR BOMBS (Wii U eShop)


Bombs away

It can be disappointing to realize that you've just lost precious time that could've been spent in a better way. If you would like to avoid experiencing this feeling, we would recommend that you stay well away from COLOR BOMBS. This title is excessively simplistic in all ways, and while it may be available for dirt cheap you're getting...

Review: Wizdom (3DS eShop)

Wizdom (3DS eShop)

A magical concoction

What do you get when you cross Cooking Mama with a match-three puzzle game? Something arguably more fun than either of those, actually. Wizdom is the latest title from publisher Moving Player, and it benefits from a similar presentational charm its last title - Rakoo and Friends - is known for. The premise of Wizdom is simple:...

Review: Slender: The Arrival (Wii U eShop)

Slender: The Arrival (Wii U eShop)

Scared, lost, alone (and maybe annoyed)

Slender: The Arrival is either going to wind you up so tight with tension that you'll feel like you'll implode from fear, or make you so angry that you split your entire game room in two. There's really little middle ground between the two. Why? Because a teleporting monster that can appear anywhere around you...

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...