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Review: Pac-Attack (Wii U eShop / SNES)

Pac-Attack (Wii U eShop / SNES)

When worlds collide

Originally a multi-platform release in 1993, Pac-Attack – otherwise known as Pac-Panic – was derived from Namco's arcade game released in the previous year, Cosmo Gang the Puzzle. On first glance, Pac-Attack may appear to be an average run-of-the-mill puzzle game with one of the prominent videogame characters of the time...

Review: Adventure Bar Story (3DS eShop)

Adventure Bar Story (3DS eShop)

Will battle for food

Adventure Bar Story sees players taking on two seemingly disparate roles: a chef/restaurant manager and a monster-slaying adventurer. Though these two sound like they would make a questionable mix, the result is actually quite charming and addicting; the ultimate challenge for this quirky RPG is to satisfy the appetite of...

Review: Pokémon Shuffle (3DS eShop)

Pokémon Shuffle (3DS eShop)

Hoenn Hustle

Pokémon have been puzzling ever since the Johto days, when Pokémon Puzzle Challenge married the block-flipping gameplay of Panel de Pon with Game Freak's charming, collectable characters. It's a formula that's stuck, with Denpa Men developer Genius Sonority heading up the most recent series of Poké-puzzle combinations, including...

Review: Mappy-Land (Wii U eShop / NES)

Mappy-Land (Wii U eShop / NES)

Cats vs. Mouse

Mappy, a plucky mouse detective, is one of many arcade game mascots lost to time, having only starred in a few games over the years. While the character has guest-starred in various Namco games over the years (and makes a clever cameo in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS), the biggest role Mappy's had is in a web series from the...

Review: Titan Attacks (3DS eShop)

Titan Attacks (3DS eShop)

Space Invaders Neo

On its official website, British developer Puppy Games declares Titan Attacks as 'the best Space Invaders tribute ever'. Whether you choose to agree with it or not, this simple statement aptly describes what to expect from this homage to Taito's 1978 classic arcade hit. Yes, it's time to jump into a somewhat impractical tank in...

Review: Paparazzi (Wii U eShop)

Paparazzi (Wii U eShop)

Snap judgement

Indie developers seem to be doing a great job of delivering games with local multiplayer to the Wii U eShop as of late. From Chariot to GetClose: A Game for RIVALS, Sportsball to Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition, affordable — and quality — entertainment with the intention of livening up a living room is readily...

Review: Jewel Quest: The Sapphire Dragon (3DS)

Jewel Quest: The Sapphire Dragon (3DS)

Mountainside match-making

The simplicity of the Match-3 genre is both its blessing and its curse. Its easy learning curve and ability to pick up and play can open it up to a wide fanbase, but only a certain few clever or lucky titles are able to stand out amongst a sea of copies. Jewel Quest: The Sapphire Dragon is the sixth installment in the...

Review: Flap Flap (3DS eShop)

Flap Flap (3DS eShop)

Flap off

The success of the free mobile hit, Flappy Bird, was arguably one of the darkest periods in the history of video games. It was a title with questionable assets, a tedious concept and flawed mechanics that was made in just a handful of days. Despite this, it was clearly addictive, going viral with unprecedented downloads and media coverage...

Review: Blek (Wii U eShop)

Blek (Wii U eShop)

Pure and Simple

Every so often a video game will emerge which further dissembles the division between games and art; it's fair to say that Blek is one of those titles. Its miminimalistic, unsophisticated presentation and engaging puzzles garnered it resoundingly high praise following its release on iOS and Android, and resulted in developer Kunabi...

Review: Flipnote Studio 3D (3DS eShop)

Flipnote Studio 3D (3DS eShop)

Striking a nearly perfect note

From its launch in late 2008 until its eventual discontinuation five years later, Flipnote Studio was a smash hit among both the casual and professional creative types. As an application that assisted in creating flip-book style animations on the DSi, the concept was simple, but the amount of creativity that users put...

Review: Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Slightly less than super Ghouls ‘N Ghosts

Once upon a time when arcades were vibrant and 2D platform games were all the rage, Capcom struck gold with the original Ghosts 'N Goblins. The legendary tale of Sir Arthur and his quest to save Princess Prin Prin from demons was a huge success, but also notoriously difficult. Super tough from the off, in...

Review: Best of Arcade Games - Air Hockey (3DS eShop)

Best of Arcade Games - Air Hockey (3DS eShop)

Error Hockey

Step into the dimly-lit, sticky-floored interior of any arcade, pizza place, or bowling alley you can find, and there's bound to be at least one air hockey table somewhere. They're an iconic fixture, always ready to lure you and a friend over for just one game, no matter how many hockey pucks you've sent flying across the room in the...

Review: Classic Card Games (3DS eShop)

Classic Card Games (3DS eShop)

Bust

You might think that you can't go far wrong with a good, old-fashioned card game, and you'd be right for the most part. Unfortunately there has never really been a successful transition of those card games that require multiple players into the download format, as much of the game resides in the psychological. Psyching out your opponents or...

Review: Rock 'N Racing Off Road (Wii U eShop)

Rock 'N Racing Off Road (Wii U eShop)

Not-So-Super Off Road

EnjoyUp was clearly inspired by the classic arcade racer Ivan "Ironman" Stewart's Super Off Road when developing Rock 'N Racing Off Road, an old-school, top-down racer. But while the game looks like a modern update to Super Off Road, it's not nearly as fun or memorable. Unfortunately, Rock 'N Racing Off Road is a disappointing...

Review: Kirby and the Rainbow Curse (Wii U)

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse (Wii U)

Clay achin'

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse is a sequel of sorts to 2005's Canvas Curse, which is considered to be among the top titles the pink puff has ever starred in. That's pretty high praise and a tough act to follow — but 10 years on, Nintendo and developer HAL Laboratory are giving it another whirl. The result is a video game equivalent to a...

Review: Best of Arcade Games - Brick Breaker (3DS eShop)

Best of Arcade Games - Brick Breaker (3DS eShop)

Just Another Brick in the Wall

It takes an extremely exceptional video game to defy the tests of time. Technological advancements coupled with ever shifting consumer attitudes and expectations have often seen classic gaming titles left by the proverbial wayside as the years roll on. The likes of Pac-Man, Tetris and Gradius are prime examples of...

Review: Puzzle Monkeys (Wii U eShop)

Puzzle Monkeys (Wii U eShop)

Fun as a barrel thereof

Ever since Tetris introduced gamers to the joys of skydiving shapes, block-dropping puzzlers have fallen into place on nearly every console and handheld under the sun, and for good reason: they're simple to learn, endlessly replayable, and - when done right - utterly addicting. Seeking to fill a simian-sized gap in the Wii...

Review: Mega Man Battle Network 2 (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Mega Man Battle Network 2 (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Casting a wider net

The world as portrayed in the Mega Man Battle Network series is so ridiculous and yet so outlandishly awesome that it's hard not to adore. In our boring reality, if your toaster doesn't work it means you're pretty much out of luck. In the Battle Network world, it more likely means you need to upload your virtual companion into...

Review: Dolphin Up (Wii U eShop)

Dolphin Up (Wii U eShop)

Tony Hawk's Pro Porpoise

Every once in a while, a game comes along that you didn't know you wanted. Rawkins Games' Dolphin Up is one such title, providing a surprising amount of entertainment with an extremely simple concept. Being a port of a mobile title from a few years ago, its simplicity comes as no surprise — and, with a few more additions,...

Review: Blaster Master (Wii U eShop / NES)

Blaster Master (Wii U eShop / NES)

Master your blast!

The latest eShop release of Sunsoft's 1988 NES classic, Blaster Master, marks the title's third Virtual Console appearance. With the game previously sighted on the Wii and more recently the 3DS, now it's the Wii U's turn to host this side-scrolling and top-down platform shooter that has since spawned an entire series. The western...