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Midnight (Wii U eShop)

Midnight (Wii U eShop)

A decent par

Atmosphere holds a lot of weight to a game's appeal. Case in point: for all the popularity of gritty military shooters and edgy, hyper-realistic open world games today, there seems to be a sizeable demographic of players wearied by the very thought of jumping into these genres. Beyond disinterest in their gameplay, their lack of...

Breath of Fire (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Breath of Fire (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Dragon its heels behind the competition

The age of the 16-bit RPG is well-remembered, and many iconic titles from the time are still cherished by fans to this day. From Final Fantasy III to Chrono Trigger, the genre showed genuine growth through some shining examples of emotive storytelling mixed with addictive gameplay. Not one to miss out on all...

uWordsmith (Wii U eShop)

uWordsmith (Wii U eShop)

Limited lexicon

Word games are rather less common these days than in their most prolific period, but if you're going to build one the Wii U seems like prime real estate for doing so. uWordsmith takes advantage of the GamePad to create a simple yet snappy style of wordplay, but some setbacks make it less than letter perfect. Three modes exist in the...

Electronic Super Joy: Groove City (Wii U eShop)

Electronic Super Joy: Groove City (Wii U eShop)

Groove it or lose it

Electronic Super Joy: Groove City is a weird game. The plot involves a giant robot stripper that loses her laser nipples, and you're trying to get them back so she stops destroying Groove City in a resulting fit of rage. The story matters very little beyond setup purposes, as the majority of the dialogue is delivered through...

Lucadian Chronicles (Wii U eShop)

Lucadian Chronicles (Wii U eShop)

A killer hand

Card games certainly have their place in Nintendo's history; any fan of Pokémon will know just how important the trading cards were to the series' success, especially upon its début in the '90s. While it may seem strange to turn a card game into a video game — after all, much of the appeal comes from the physical act of using cards...

Axelay (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Axelay (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Restoring some Life Force to the 2D shooter

When you run through the list of prolific Japanese software houses during the 8 and 16-bit eras, Konami's name is usually pretty close to the top. Like rivals Capcom and Namco, it benefited from the incredible global success of the Nintendo's NES and many of its classic franchises gained astonishing...

Cake Ninja 3: The Legend Continues (Wii U eShop)

Cake Ninja 3: The Legend Continues (Wii U eShop)

Legendarily mundane

Apparently, ninjas hate cakes, and developer Cypronia has been struggling to produce a decent game based off this assumption since its first attempt on DSiWare back in 2011. With years of experience under its belt and a baked goods massacre to show for it, has the move to Wii U made for a more substantial title? Let's begin by...

Chariot (Wii U eShop)

Chariot (Wii U eShop)

Not too much dead-weight

The Wii U is certainly not short of platformer games, from first party titles such as New Super Mario Bros. U to indie epics like Shovel Knight, so an addition to the system's growing list needs a special something to stand out from the crowd. Canadian developer Frima Studio may feel it has the answer with Chariot; it's a...

Maze (Wii U eShop)

Maze (Wii U eShop)

Get lost

Sometimes the simplest concept can make for an utterly addictive and engaging virtual experience. From Wii Sports to Angry Birds, the original Mario Bros. to the Mario Party series, there have been plenty of games that have bridged the gap from casual to advanced players, and it all starts at how accessible and universal the concept at the...

Toon Tanks (Wii U eShop)

Toon Tanks (Wii U eShop)

That's all, folks

Petite Games' Toon Tanks is a good example of a current issue present in the Wii U eShop in North America. There have been many games released that are finished and functional, but don't contain the degree of polish that we have come to expect. While Toon Tanks works just fine in what it sets out to do, the lack of scope or variety...

Fire Emblem (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Fire Emblem (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

So much to love Lyndis game

Before Fire Emblem: Awakening started the Year of Luigi off with a bang, there was a great deal of concern at Nintendo regarding its future viability as a franchise. Sales were at an all-time low, and series producer Hitoshi Yamagami was given an ultimatum: at least 250,000 copies of the latest entry needed to be sold in...

Dig Dug (Wii U eShop / NES)

Dig Dug (Wii U eShop / NES)

A competent but unneeded version of a fun 80's classic

Originally hitting arcades in 1982, this NES conversion of Dig Dug followed a few years later (albeit only in Japan until arriving on the Wii's Virtual Console service in 2008). It's a classic Namco title that sees you digging your way around a single screen defeating (and sometimes fleeing)...

Mario Party Advance (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Mario Party Advance (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Party of One

Given the palm-rending popularity of the Mario Party series on Nintendo 64, it was only a matter of time before Nintendo brought the festivities to a handheld venue, and in 2005 Mario Party Advance arrived to fulfil the dreams of on-the-go party people everywhere. Developed by the busy bees at Hudson Soft - best known as the house of...

F-Zero: GP Legend (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

F-Zero: GP Legend (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Dare you to blink

The F-Zero series has often dished out a steep challenge to players, and in GP Legend the uninitiated will be given no quarter unless they dig in their heels and learn the ropes. Players will be expected to tame every brutal hairpin, memorize each risky shortcut and etch sweet boosting spots into their brain if they are to succeed...

Underground (Wii U eShop)

Underground (Wii U eShop)

Overground, Wombling free

It's not often that games have a professional, legitimate use outside of entertainment, but in the case of Underground that's exactly what you get. Not only is it a puzzle game, but it is also designed to teach the skills required for laparoscopic surgery, more commonly known as keyhole surgery. Educational tools are all...

Super Mario Advance 2: Super Mario World (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Super Mario Advance 2: Super Mario World (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

A world in no need of change

Having Super Mario Advance 2: Super Mario World exist on the same Virtual Console as the original Super Mario World is like having two legit copies of the Mona Lisa hanging in the Louvre: each is fundamentally a masterpiece, and any attempt to compare the two is mostly going to come down to nitpicking about the way each...

Spy Chameleon (Wii U eShop)

Spy Chameleon (Wii U eShop)

Incog-neato

Spanish developer EnjoyUp games has had a steady stream of titles arrive on Nintendo's digital platforms in recent times, including Darts Up, 99Moves and Rock Zombie, although arguably these games have yet to set the eShop alight. However, this port of Unfinished Pixel's PC game, Spy Chameleon

BLOK DROP X TWISTED FUSION (Wii U eShop)

BLOK DROP X TWISTED FUSION (Wii U eShop)

A twist to a solid formula

Crossovers can sometimes make for odd bedfellows. In the case of BLOK DROP X TWISTED FUSION (BDXTF), the minimalist-styled puzzle formula of BLOK DROP U has received a few tinkerings and a fresh coat of paint from Twisted Fusion, a title that has not yet been released at the time of this review. It's hard to say many were...

99Moves (Wii U eShop)

99Moves (Wii U eShop)

Show me your 99Moves

Hot on the heels of October's 99Seconds comes a Wii U eShop version of 99Moves, which like its predecessor had origins as an EnjoyUp Games DSiWare title. For the most part, this is a simple port, but what changes there are offer mixed results — some of them are definitively positive, such as the improved resolution and frame...