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Batman: The Brave and the Bold (Wii)

Batman: The Brave and the Bold (Wii)

Cartoon crime never sleeps in Gotham City. Good thing bats are nocturnal.

As far as pop culture is concerned, there are two types of Batman. Batmen, if you will. One is the gritty, serious Dark Knight that’s been Chris Nolan’s Hollywood blockbuster success of late and the star of Rocksteady’s excellent Batman: Arkham Asylum. Then there’s the...

Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions (Wii)

Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions (Wii)

Four dimensions, one disc

Making a superhero game suddenly became a lot more of a challenge last year, thanks to Rocksteady’s excellent Batman: Arkham Asylum. Activities tangential to what these characters are, like flying through rings and grabbing lost balloons for dumb kids, just doesn’t cut it anymore after roaming the terrifying asylum soaked with the lore, action and atmosphere that draws..

Despicable Me: The Game (Wii)

Despicable Me: The Game (Wii)

When you wish upon a moon

Ever since George Bailey promised Mary in It's A Wonderful Life that if she said the word, he'd throw a lasso around the moon, people have plotted to steal that thing. Despicable Me: The Game tells the tale of one such dreamer, Gru, as he heists parts to build a combination rocketship/shrink ray. It's up to you to guide him, with the help of his endless army of loyal,..

Gunblade NY and LA Machineguns Arcade Hits Pack (Wii)

Gunblade NY and LA Machineguns Arcade Hits Pack (Wii)

Blasts from the past

Once upon a time, on-rails shooters ruled the arcades, and arguably no company did the genre better than Sega. Whether blasting criminals in Virtua Cop, gunning down zombies in House of the Dead or taking down dinosaurs, aliens or whatever else strays in front of your barrel, Sega brought a rich collection of shooters to arcade cabinets everywhere. Now the company's ported the..

Metroid: Other M (Wii)

Metroid: Other M (Wii)

Samus speaks up in her most explosive adventure yet

Metroid: Other M is a lot of things. It’s the second translation of the series into 3D, one that ditches the first-person mould that the Metroid Prime trilogy used to cast such acclaimed titles in favour of a new hybrid of 2D and 3D gameplay. It’s a game whose co-developer, Team Ninja, both...

We Sing Encore (Wii)

We Sing Encore (Wii)

Encore? But we didn't hear anyone clapping...

We Sing Encore is a game about singing. It is not, however, a game about singing well. The game is a sequel to 2009's We Sing, and as the new title suggests, it is really just more of the same, meaning more competitive karaoke for up to four players with 40 new tracks. The game sees you singing along to songs of varying quality with the aim of filling..

Ivy the Kiwi? (Wii)

Ivy the Kiwi? (Wii)

Ivy the Ki-Wii

No matter how many video game titles Yuji Naka creates, he'll likely always be best remembered for his work during his days at Sega's Sonic Team. Even despite his new development company Prope's greater emphasis on creating video games with a much broader scope and appeal, there's obviously still a lot of desire among his fans to see...

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 (Wii)

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 (Wii)

The Order of the Fun-ix

Imagine that in just one day you found out that not only are you destined for greatness, but that magic is real, you can perform it, and that instead of ever having to go to regular school again, you get to live in a castle with John Cleese. These things – well, most of them, anyway – are what every child dreams of, and that's the appeal of Harry Potter. To be immersed..

Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law (Wii)

Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law (Wii)

Take the case! ...I think.

If you're a Hanna-Barbera cartoon, job security should be the least of your worries – just as long as you don't mind your occupation's title changing a bit. In 2000, winged warrior Birdman saw a resurrection in the suit and tie of a third-rate attorney. Other characters from the low-budget animation house came along for...

Arc Rise Fantasia (Wii)

Arc Rise Fantasia (Wii)

A bit too typical for its own good

To say that the Wii has been a bit lacking in the role-playing game department would be a gross understatement. Not only have there been very few releases for the genre, the few we have seen haven't exactly offered much to get excited about. With Arc Rise Fantasia, Ignition Entertainment are looking to change all...

PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure (Wii)

PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure (Wii)

A substandard spin-off appears!

Let's face it, Nintendo's churned out filler titles before while we waited for the next main instalment in the Pokémon series, and that's exactly what PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure is. A spin-off from the more traditional Pokémon games, its focus is primarily on meeting and befriending others via mini-games...

Tournament of Legends (Wii)

Tournament of Legends (Wii)

Decent, but not quite legendary

We've seen quite a resurgence within the fighting game genre over the past few years, in terms of both 2D and 3D varieties. While flashy over-the-top special moves and an almost limitless arsenal of moves have become the staple of these titles, we are beginning to see a bit more innovation within the games, especially those released for the Wii console with its..

Samurai Warriors 3 (Wii)

Samurai Warriors 3 (Wii)

Learn some history and have some fun with real-life Japanese super-heroes

Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Tokugawa Ieyasu: these are the names of some of the greatest figures of the Sengoku, or "Warring States," period in Japanese history, a time of civil war in which rival daimyo struggled for positions of dominance as they attempted to...

Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands (Wii)

Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands (Wii)

Sand trapped

Ignoring the free-running, rather mouthy Prince from 2008’s HD Prince of Persia, The Forgotten Sands is set between Sands of Time and Warrior Within, playing as the expected combination of platforming showpieces, close combat and simplistic lever and button puzzles. As the Prince’s first original adventure on Wii, it has to be...

The Beatles: Rock Band (Wii)

The Beatles: Rock Band (Wii)

Here comes the fun

We've seen the market quite saturated with numerous Rock Bands and Guitar Heroes, and at this point we’d need something extra special to pique our interest in the genre. The Beatles are happily just the right thing. They’re the perfect band for a music emulation game to take as its focus, their repertoire being one of the most...

Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii)

Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii)

Absolutely spectacular!

Where do you begin when talking about the Super Mario franchise and what it's brought to video gaming over the years? The series has single-handedly defined Nintendo and its consoles over the past 25 years and is showing no signs of slowing down at this point. The original Super Mario Galaxy introduced so many new gameplay...

Sin and Punishment: Star Successor (Wii)

Sin and Punishment: Star Successor (Wii)

Treasure's cult classic returns for a second helping of laser death

When the original Sin and Punishment was passed over for Western release back in 2000 it marked one of the cruellest injustices video gaming has ever experienced. Thankfully this crime has now been partially rectified by the release of Treasure’s gloriously chaotic cult classic on...

2010 FIFA World Cup (Wii)

2010 FIFA World Cup (Wii)

A semi-final runner-up

FIFA used to be the console equivalent of a 0-0 draw, but the past few years have seen it emerge again as the dominant football game on the market. Last year's FIFA 10 was an enjoyable arcade-style take on the sport, and 2010 FIFA World Cup is a very similar game but featuring all the teams, arenas and pageantry of the...

DJ Hero (Wii)

DJ Hero (Wii)

Definitely worthy of a rewind

Whether you like them or not, the Guitar Hero series has done a lot to popularise the rhythm genre in contemporary gaming, and although the premise of hitting buttons to the beat isn't exactly new, you have to give them credit for the success they have garnished. However, after years of seeing essentially the same game repeating itself, players want something more than..

Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love (Wii)

Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love (Wii)

Genre-mashing cinematic robot-girly goodness

It might seem surprising that one of Sega's longest-running and most successful franchises would never have seen the light of day outside of Japan, possibly a result of it being perceived as "too Japanese". namely due to a strong adventure game component which is commonly referred to as a "dating sim," because there's a lot of talking..