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Review: KEYTARI: 8-bit Music Maker (Wii U eShop)

KEYTARI: 8-bit Music Maker (Wii U eShop)

Weak Beats

Keytari: 8-Bit Music Maker seems to be an interesting entry in the eShop for anyone who's ever grooved along to the chiptunes that played during NES games. After hearing music from Super Mario Bros. and Mega Man for decades, Keytari tries to put the tools in your hand to make your own. Unfortunately, its limited capabilities turn it into...

Review: Santa Factory (Wii U eShop)

Santa Factory (Wii U eShop)

Ho ho ho? More like no no no

XINESS Games' Santa Factory isn't likely to inspire much confidence in players over the age of five. It's clearly aimed at very small children, featuring extremely simple platforming mechanics and some light edutainment elements after each level. That being said, it's not fair to write it off for its target demographic...

News: Xeodrifter Cross-Buy Will Include 3DS eShop Early Adopters When Wii U Version Lands

Xeodrifter Cross-Buy Will Include 3DS eShop Early Adopters When Wii U Version Lands

Great news all around

Xeodrifter is a gem on the 3DS eShop, a rapid Metroidvania-style project from Renegade Kid that's rightly earned plenty of praise. With its imminent arrival on the Wii U eShop in North America there had been doubts that early adopters would be able to enjoy the offer - this was the result of eShop limitations and the existing...

Nintendo Download: 23rd July (North America)

23rd July (North America)

Binding of Isaac Rebirth! 3D Streets of Rage 2! Legend of Kay! Much more!

It's Nintendo Download Update time once again, and we have a fairly packed week in North America. We have a relatively controversial and long-awaited arrival on Wii U and New Nintendo 3DS, cross platform RPG goodness and some quirky efforts on the home console, while a budget...

News: Assault Android Cactus Brings Mega Weapons and Neat Camera Angles Into the Battle

Assault Android Cactus Brings Mega Weapons and Neat Camera Angles Into the Battle

Boom

We're rather looking forward to Assault Android Cactus - the frantic bullet-hell shoot'em up is due this Summer on PS4 and 'later' on Wii U; it's been a long time coming. The Early Access PC build has been progressing nicely, so its arrival on Wii U is certainly something to look forward to. The latest information and footage of the title...

Review: Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Tending to the roots

If you're a fan of the Harvest Moon series, you know that a faithful instalment will leave only two questions: who do I get to marry and just how much free time can I afford to sacrifice over the next month or two? Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town sticks closer to this original formula than some of its more modern cousins,...

News: BADLAND: Game Of The Year Edition Hits Wii U eShop On 30th July

BADLAND: Game Of The Year Edition Hits Wii U eShop On 30th July

Save the clones

The Wii U eShop is doing a good job of attracting quality multiplatform indie titles lately, and the next in line is BADLAND: Game of the Year Edition, which lands on 30th July in North America and Europe. The North American price is $9.99, with Euro pricing still to be confirmed. The Wii U version builds on the original tablet game...

Review: Final Fight One (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Final Fight One (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Still the One?

It's fair to say Capcom was on a roll in the late '80s and early '90s. During this period it pushed out some bona-fide classic pieces of software, including 1989's seminal coin-op brawler, Final Fight. Indisputably one of the finest side-scrolling beat-'em-ups ever created, it joined a rush of similar coin-guzzling titles including...

Review: Asteroid Quarry (Wii U eShop)

Asteroid Quarry (Wii U eShop)

Lost and Bored in Space

The life of a space miner is a lonely, but simple one. With Earth's resources exhausted, a single miner is dispatched to cut ore from nearby asteroids and bring it back to a space station. It's not the most complex work, but it is complicated by the abundance of space pirates out there who want to capitalize on the player's...

News: Nova-111 Is A Unique Strategy Puzzle Title From Two Former PixelJunk Developers

Nova-111 Is A Unique Strategy Puzzle Title From Two Former PixelJunk Developers

Curve Digital is publishing on Wii U eShop

Curve Digital has confirmed that it will be bringing Funktronic Labs' Nova-111 to the Wii U eShop. Founded by two former Q-Games (the studio behind the PixelJunk series, Star Fox Command, Star Fox 64 3D) staffers - Eddie Lee and Kalin - Nova-111 is a unique fusion of real time strategy and turn-based...

Review: Neon Battle (Wii U eShop)

Neon Battle (Wii U eShop)

Ping

Every Indie developer has to start somewhere. However, it seems that in this day and age where just about anybody with a laptop can make a game, many fail to remember an absolutely critical fact: you've got to walk before you can run. Nowhere is this more evident than in Helix Games' sophomore outing, Neon Battle. While this simple arcade game...

Nintendo Download: 23rd July (Europe)

23rd July (Europe)

Yoshi! Streets of Rage 2 3D! Exciting discounts! More!

It's Monday, once again, and we have the Nintendo Download Update details for Europe to get the week started. This batch brings a promising mix of old and new on the Wii U, while a classic SEGA beat 'em up arrives in 3D form on Nintendo's portable along with a few other tempting options. Let's...

Review: Land it Rocket (Wii U / Wii U eShop)

Land it Rocket (Wii U / Wii U eShop)

A crash landing

With the gaming world becoming more and more in love with storylines, deeper monologues and character building, simpler experiences are sometimes needed. These can come in any shape or size, on any system, and that is what Land it Rocket sets out to provide. Land it Rocket is a simple single-button game that pushes you into a world...

News: Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures 2 is Confirmed, and Looks Set for Nintendo Systems

Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures 2 is Confirmed, and Looks Set for Nintendo Systems

More poop jokes inbound

The Angry Video Game Nerd (AVGN) is still one of the biggest YouTube names out there in the minds of plenty of gamers, which was proven with the release of Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures across various platforms. That included Wii U and 3DS versions, and now that a sequel has been announced it looks like Nintendo fans will...

News: Atlus Leads the Way With eShop Discounts in North American Nintendo Download Update

Atlus Leads the Way With eShop Discounts in North American Nintendo Download Update

A few 3DS HOME Themes and demos, too

Our standard North American Nintendo Download Update this week was shorter than normal, as a result of Nintendo of America postponing the issuing of its formal press release. We were advised of the delay, and it was clearly to accommodate Satoru Iwata's funeral. The region has now issued the full details, and...