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Review: Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards (Wii U eShop / N64)

Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards (Wii U eShop / N64)

Kirby Sixty-Phwoar

Like many of Nintendo's properties during the transition from the SNES to the N64, Kirby underwent a shift from a flat 2D sprite to a fully rendered polygon rendition of himself. Rather than taking Kirby down the route of Mario and Link, however, the pink mascot stuck closer to his origins - the mechanics of Kirby 64: The Crystal...

Review: Mario & Luigi: Partners In Time (Wii U eShop / DS)

Mario & Luigi: Partners In Time (Wii U eShop / DS)

​Fun for all ages

It takes quite a lot of star power to be able to co-star with yourself in something. The upcoming Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam is set to show that our favourite plumbers are not lacking in this department, but it's not the first time developer AlphaDream has pulled a similar gimmick! For that we should look to Mario & Luigi:...

Review: Roving Rogue (Wii U eShop)

Roving Rogue (Wii U eShop)

Stark roving mad

So what exactly does an adventurer do after they beat the last boss? This is the question Padaone Games' Roving Rogue poses to its players, and it gives a pretty straightforward answer: they walk back to the first level, of course. Kurt the Righteous does just that in this light platforming adventure, which begins promisingly but...

Review: Shiftlings (Wii U eShop)

Shiftlings (Wii U eShop)

Stuck in second gear

Puzzle-platformers are all the rage in the world of indie games. Perhaps it's because they're so accessible for so many different kinds of gamers - or because they're a genre well suited to exploring unconventional narratives. Whatever the case, intuitive design is central to the success of these generally more minimalist games...

Nintendo Download: 9th July (North America)

9th July (North America)

Mario Tennis, Epic Indie Sale, loads of Wii U downloads and more

It's that time again, North American gamers, for the Nintendo Download Update line-up to tempt you ahead of the weekend. It's a busy line-up this week with a glut of varied releases on the Wii U eShop, the arrival of a classic Mario sports game and the rather impressive 'Epic Indie...

Review: Don't Crash (Wii U eShop)

Don't Crash (Wii U eShop)

Crash and burn

The Wii U eShop sometimes comes under fire for having a library of games that seem better suited to mobile platforms. Let's be fair, though: despite their reputation, mobile games aren't intrinsically bad - there are plenty of quality titles to play on smartphones and tablets if you're inclined to seek them out. That said, the eShop...

News: Shin'en Multimedia Has No Plans for FAST Racing NEO DLC, Would Like a Futuristic Racer on "A New Handheld"

Shin'en Multimedia Has No Plans for FAST Racing NEO DLC, Would Like a Futuristic Racer on "A New Handheld"

Soundtrack release is also planned

The Wii U eShop certainly has some promising games on the way this year, and one of these is Shin'en Multimedia's FAST Racing NEO, the pacy futuristic racer that impressed in its Nintendo Treehouse E3 showing. It's a title that's taken a while, yet seems all the better for it. Some key details are already known;...

News: Mario Tennis is Smashing Its Way to the Wii U Virtual Console This Week

Mario Tennis is Smashing Its Way to the Wii U Virtual Console This Week

The original classic

The Nintendo 64 was home to various classics and also kickstarted some key franchises, and though Mario Tennis may not be on many top 10 lists for the system it is - in the opinion of this writer - up there with the most fun games on the console. Yes, that's nostalgia speaking. One of a number of games on the N64 that had...

News: Limbo Looks Set to Finally Arrive on the Wii U eShop

Limbo Looks Set to Finally Arrive on the Wii U eShop

According to a German rating, in any case

Limbo was a title very much at the vanguard of popularising download 'indie' games on consoles - its arrival on Xbox Live Arcade was one of multiple breakthrough releases across Xbox 360, PS3 and, of course, the Wii and its WiiWare range. Developed by Danish studio Playdead, it was a timed exclusive on the...

News: The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth Launches on the New 3DS and Wii U on 23rd July in North America

The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth Launches on the New 3DS and Wii U on 23rd July in North America

The countdown begins...

The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth is a much anticipated release on multiple levels for Nintendo gamers. Not only will this be the definitive release of a cult classic Indie game, but it also marks the first time the game will be appearing in any form on Nintendo platforms. After the initial release of the game was famously...

News: ​Early Adopters of Xeodrifter Actually May Not Receive a Free Copy of the Wii U Port

​Early Adopters of Xeodrifter Actually May Not Receive a Free Copy of the Wii U Port

Both versions will still support cross buy, but only after the Wii U launch

Shortly after the announcement that Xeodrifter would be receiving a Wii U port, Renegade Kid's Jools Watsham confirmed that the game would feature cross-buy and that those who've bought the game already on their 3DS would be receiving a free download code for the Wii U...

Review: Kirby Squeak Squad (Wii U eShop / DS)

Kirby Squeak Squad (Wii U eShop / DS)

Squeaky Clean Fun

For a company so often associated as being at the forefront of innovative thinking in the video game industry, Nintendo can have a tendency to stick with a tried and tested formula. The Mario, Zelda and Pokémon franchises have all received their share of criticism for not drastically changing their instalments over the years, and...

News: FreezeME, Coming to Wii U, Looks Rather Similar to Super Mario Galaxy

FreezeME, Coming to Wii U, Looks Rather Similar to Super Mario Galaxy

From indie dev Rainy Night Creations

There are plenty of new development studios that have chosen the Wii U eShop for their début release, and Rainy Night Creations is another with FreezeME, a 3D platformer that's still planned for the system despite a failed Kickstarter campaign earlier in the year. A couple of years in the works (a mix of part-...

News: F-Zero 'Spiritual Successor' Kickstarter Makes Classic Crowdfunding Mistakes

F-Zero 'Spiritual Successor' Kickstarter Makes Classic Crowdfunding Mistakes

No video pitch, uses a Blue Falcon model that won't be in the game

F-Zero fans have had little to cheer them in recent times, thought the barnstorming - but brief - showing of FAST Racing NEO on the Nintendo Treehouse broadcast during E3 was a positive; it's not F-Zero and has its own style, but it is super fast futuristic racing that's looking...