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A Shadow's Tale (Wii)

A Shadow's Tale (Wii)

See the light

Even a cursory look at Hudson’s A Shadow’s Tale (known as Lost in Shadow in North America) should be enough to convince you it’s not just another 2D platformer. Whilst New Super Mario Bros. Wii and Donkey Kong Country Returns hark back to those series' 2D glory days, A Shadow’s Tale is more forward-thinking, combining...

Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit (Wii)

Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit (Wii)

Crash and burn

Until last year, the Need For Speed series on Wii was synonymous with crap from day one. And while Need For Speed: Nitro had its issues, it at least showed that EA’s heart was in the right place: instead of trying to shoehorn a game developed for HD platforms onto the Wii’s lesser hardware to the benefit of no one, it went out and...

Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii)

Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii)

Retro Studios resurrects a classic

When Rare created the original Donkey Kong Country titles for the Super Nintendo console, the games basically took the system's visuals capabilities to new heights and also offered up one of the best platforming experiences the console had to offer. Now, having spent the past few years resurrecting the Metroid...

Sonic Colours (Wii)

Sonic Colours (Wii)

All things wise and wonderful

One lament accompanied 2008’s lacklustre Sonic Unleashed more loudly than others – "why can’t Sega ditch the werehog and make the daytime stages into a complete game?" A few years later and in rushes Sonic Colours with all the usual fanfare and expectation around a new 3D Sonic game, except this time –...

Call of Duty: Black Ops (Wii)

Call of Duty: Black Ops (Wii)

Back in black

The Call of Duty series has come a long way from its humble origins as a Medal of Honor competitor, now standing as a world-conquering video game superpower able to clear release calendars with the mere threat of its presence in a month. On HD platforms, that is, with Nintendo's little white box relegated to answering the call in a...

Oops! Prank Party (Wii)

Oops! Prank Party (Wii)

Is the joke on us?

We should all cherish the moments we have with our families. Life is short, and it can get so hectic that we can neglect spending time with the ones we love in favour of work or sleep. Not to mention that some of the greatest Nintendo games are only single player! Thank goodness for the party game craze, right? Problem solved...

Monopoly Streets (Wii)

Monopoly Streets (Wii)

Does it pass Go or should it go directly to jail?

Ah, Monopoly, the classic board game we all know and love, where you attempt to become the dominant force across the market and can become a rich tycoon living the high life in Mayfair or end up in the dumps of Old Kent Road. Starting back in 1903, it has since become one of the most successful board...

Disney Guilty Party (Wii)

Disney Guilty Party (Wii)

Crime and funishment

The ideal Wii experience, as advertised, is that of friends and family members gathering around their sets and swinging their Remotes, no matter how old or young, and doing so together. It's unfortunate then that some developers seem content to target the desirable non-traditional players not as a legitimate, equally deserving audience but as gullible gaming rubes more likely..

DJ Hero 2 (Wii)

DJ Hero 2 (Wii)

Online modes headline the evening's event

Activision might be an easy target for gamers who feel certain franchises have been milked beyond recognition (Tony Hawk: SHRED, we're looking at you) and with DJ Hero's first annual sequel out now, you'd be forgiven in wondering if this will be another franchise we'll get sick of seeing. Thankfully, the...

GoldenEye 007 (Wii)

GoldenEye 007 (Wii)

The N64 is not enough

Ah, GoldenEye 007. A remarkable game on the ol’ Nintendo 64, no doubt about it. Countless hours of planting proximity mines in Basement and Facility for your friends to run into, scream and punch you on the arm is enough to earn a hall of fame spot in any player’s heart. So when Activision and Eurocom — who first became...

Family Party: Fitness Fun (Wii)

Family Party: Fitness Fun (Wii)

Witness fun, but not much fitness

Hang around any Nintendo-themed internet forum, and you're bound to find similar posts over and over, all declaring the same thing: The Wii needs more party games! Alright, obviously that's not the case. The poor little Wii has more party games than it knows what to do with, making it difficult for new entries in the genre to get a gamer's attention. After all,..

Just Dance 2 (Wii)

Just Dance 2 (Wii)

You can't stop the beat

Ubisoft's Just Dance came out of nowhere last year and was promptly the target of filth and excrement flung by the core gamer contingent, decrying it as yet another casual suck-fest as they put their controllers down between rounds of the Call of Duty. And that crowd wasn't entirely off base; to them, Just Dance seemed to offer virtually nothing of interest. But Just Dance..

Sengoku BASARA Samurai Heroes (Wii)

Sengoku BASARA Samurai Heroes (Wii)

So many bad guys, so little fun

It's easy to think all hack & slash games are mindless and repetative in nature, but it doesn't have to be that way, as fans of the genre will know. Unfortunately, "mindless" and "repetitive" are the very words that spring to mind when writing this review, not because it's a hack & slash...

Kidz Bop Dance Party! The Video Game (Wii)

Kidz Bop Dance Party! The Video Game (Wii)

Your children would prefer a spanking

As a franchise, Kidz Bop is a strange one. While compilations of popular dance songs are nothing new, Kidz Bop releases are actually compilations of covers of dance songs, all performed by a troupe of prepubescent moppets whose voices are auto-tuned and otherwise processed until they arrive, indistinguishable...

TrackMania (Wii)

TrackMania (Wii)

Spectrackular

Mention the name TrackMania to any console gamer and barely anyone will know what you're talking about. Mention it to hardcore PC gamers, however, and there's a good chance they'll regale you with stories of what is perhaps the best racing series out there. For those unfamiliar with the series, it's not really a pure "racing"...

Kirby's Epic Yarn (Wii)

Kirby's Epic Yarn (Wii)

A game that truly lives up to its name

Kirby has enjoyed success on Nintendo's various portable systems in recent years, but he hasn't shown up in a game of his own on a home console since his Nintendo 64 adventure Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards back in 2000. Nintendo obviously took notice of this when it put Good Feel Games on the task of creating a...

NBA Jam (Wii)

NBA Jam (Wii)

Come on and slam, and welcome to the Jam

You’d be forgiven for looking at this fall’s Wii release calendar and thinking you had stumbled out of a time machine set for 1997. Between all of the new 2D revivals starring some of gaming’s all-time classics and a new, old Bond movie adaptation, there's almost no time to see whether the Fresh Prince will ever move out of that pool house. Possibly..

FIFA 11 (Wii)

FIFA 11 (Wii)

Finishes mid-table

Gamers that like playing video game adaptations of football (or soccer) will likely fall under one of two categories: the ones that prefer Pro Evolution and the ones that think FIFA games are better. The former has always strived to be as realistic as possible whilst the latter offers more arcade-style action as opposed to ultra realism. So when it comes to deciding which one to..

Wii Party (Wii)

Wii Party (Wii)

Wii like to party

If there's anything that the Wii's software catalogue arguably doesn't really need more of, it's minigame compilations and party games. From Wii Sports to Rabbids to numerous others, "drought" is not the word. But lo and behold, along comes Nintendo and their Mii army with Wii Party, including 80+ minis presented in...

Goosebumps HorrorLand (Wii)

Goosebumps HorrorLand (Wii)

Horribleland

In 1996, Dreamworks released a computer game called Goosebumps: Escape from Horrorland, a fun point-and-click adventure that revolved around story elements and puzzle solving. Perhaps you can excuse us then for hoping that Goosebumps HorrorLand would be something similar, or anything more intriguing than the collection of carnival-style minigames that it so easily could be..