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Donkey Kong Country (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Donkey Kong Country (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Hasn't aged a day

Back in 1994, before 3D games had taken off, a little UK-based games developer called Rare decided that if it couldn’t have good looking 3D models in a game, it'd have to get creative. Donkey Kong Country used a pioneering new technique for the time that took images of pre-rendered three dimensional models and turned these...

Turtle Tale (Wii U eShop)

Turtle Tale (Wii U eShop)

Half-shelled

Retro-styled platformers have become very common in the current generation of games, thanks to download platforms and readily available, inexpensive development tools. Some titles, such as the insanely difficult, finely crafted 1001 Spikes, show an immediate artistry and sense of game design. Others, unfortunately, are bare experiences...

99Seconds (Wii U eShop)

99Seconds (Wii U eShop)

A twitch in time saves 99

Time is a very valuable commodity. At least that’s what people say, but there always seems to be time for sneaking a quick little game of something between tasks. 99Seconds seeks to fill those blips in your life, and perhaps a few more, with a classic dodge ‘em style of gameplay. The Wii U version of 99seconds is...

Paper Monsters Recut (Wii U eShop)

Paper Monsters Recut (Wii U eShop)

The power of papercraft

In an increasingly busy eShop with titles that are wildly inconsistent in quality, download games have to make an immediate impression to get noticed. With a lovely visual style, Mobot Studios' Paper Monsters Recut instantly stands out among the crowd — an enhanced port of a mobile game, Paper Monsters Recut is a fun,...

Nobunaga's Ambition (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Nobunaga's Ambition (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Feud of dreams

Nobunaga’s Ambition, long one of publisher Koei’s flagship series, deserves its rightful place in the history of strategy titles. This SNES iteration, like many of its brethren, has an engaging setup that rewards careful planning and execution once the learning curve is cleared. Actually, “curve” might be too gentle a term...

Mon Premier Karaoké (Wii U eShop)

Mon Premier Karaoké (Wii U eShop)

Should you take a chanson this?

Rarely is it possible to describe a game in a single word, yet after mere minutes of playing Mon Premier Karaoké you can aptly sum it up as “niche”. After all, this is a game that’s aimed squarely at young, French-speaking children, and so to be able to use a word of French origin to describe it is...

Castlevania: Dracula X (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Castlevania: Dracula X (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Tainted blood

When you think of the definitive side-scrolling Castlevania experience, we imagine for most people it’s imagery of Symphony of the Night or Super Castlevania IV that first creeps into the ol’ noggin. But while those might be the most popular of responses, there’s a slightly more obscure game in the franchise that many die-hards...

Red Riding Hood (Wii U eShop)

Red Riding Hood (Wii U eShop)

All the better to bore you with, my dear

Clearly aimed at children, Brave Rock Games' Red Riding Hood is a vaguely interactive storybook that, while certainly not a scam at the inexpensive asking price of $1 USD, will take users no more than 15 minutes to play through. With bare-bones presentation, narration that moves at a snail's pace and nearly...

Art of Balance (Wii U eShop)

Art of Balance (Wii U eShop)

The perfect balance

Art of Balance is a game that was first released on WiiWare, and was easily one of the best titles to grace the platform. Soon after a portable version was released on the 3DS, and now we get the biggest iteration yet on the Wii U eShop; as it's the third title you’d expect it to pull out all the stops, and Shin’en Multimedia...

Cubemen 2 (Wii U eShop)

Cubemen 2 (Wii U eShop)

Multi-sided gameplay

While Pure Chess became the first cross-platform multiplayer title on Nintendo eShop stores, Cubemen 2 arrives with a far more complex and potentially rewarding setup. Developer 3 Sprockets and publisher Nnooo have done an admirable job on a technical level, but importantly have also served up an entertaining real-time strategy...

KickBeat: Special Edition (Wii U eShop)

KickBeat: Special Edition (Wii U eShop)

The first Wii U title to feature Papa Roach!

After reviewing the newest tables for its meticulously-detailed Zen Pinball 2, we were in for a totally different experience from Budapest-based Zen Studios when KickBeat: Special Edition hit the eShop. Rather than a realistic recreation of a real-life activity, KickBeat is a zany martial arts rhythm

Darts Up (Wii U eShop)

Darts Up (Wii U eShop)

Bully for you

Many reading this may be aware that this title was previously released on the 3DS as Darts Up 3D, and you might be expecting a more fleshed-out experience on the Wii U’s considerably more powerful hardware. As it stands, this version of the pub-game simulator is largely the same as the portable instalment. You aim with the...

Wild Guns (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Wild Guns (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

True Bit

The Wild West is a fantastic setting for a video game. Rugged gunslingers, drunken shootouts, limited presence of the law and a surplus of criminals lend to a volatile and rowdy backdrop for a tense, controller-gripping time. In the case of Wild Guns it takes the Steampunk route, injecting hostile machinery and advanced weaponry into the...

Gargoyle's Quest II: The Demon Darkness (Wii U eShop / NES)

Gargoyle's Quest II: The Demon Darkness (Wii U eShop / NES)

It's good to be bad

Although many people are familiar with the Red Arremers, the notoriously persistent enemies from the Ghosts 'n Goblins games, not many seem to be aware that one particular Arremer also starred in several games of his own. The first Gargoyle's Quest was released on the 3DS Virtual Console a while back, and now we've finally...

SPIKEY WALLS (Wii U eShop)

SPIKEY WALLS (Wii U eShop)

Feeling a bit Flappy

It's difficult to review RCMADIAX's new title SPIKEY WALLS in a rational fashion – without any context, one could easily write, "This is a Flappy Bird clone," and it would be exactly correct. SPIKEY WALLS accomplishes everything it sets out to do. You control a flappy bug by pressing the A button to navigate a never-ending...

Bayonetta (Wii U eShop)

Bayonetta (Wii U eShop)

Back to the start

With Bayonetta 2 around the corner as a Wii U exclusive, a reality that caused quite a stir when announced in 2012, it may be important for Nintendo-focused gamers to consider diving into the fresh port of the original Bayonetta, a title that skipped Wii when released in the last generation. Whether it's a worthwhile double-dip...

Chimpuzzle Pro (Wii U eShop)

Chimpuzzle Pro (Wii U eShop)

Monkeying around

Chimpuzzle Pro is CW-Games’ first offering on the Nintendo Wii U eShop, building on the company’s previous Chimpuzzle (for PC/Mac/Linux) by adding five new levels. In Chimpuzzle Pro, the object is to save the auto-walking monkey Bobo from hazards by building up a partially completed obstacle course using Tetris-style block...

Mega Man 7 (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Mega Man 7 (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Bigger sprites, bigger fun?

Mega Man 7 is in an awkward place; while most big NES franchises made huge leaps to the Super Nintendo, the mainline Mega Man series' 16-bit thunder was stolen by its Serious Business spin-off, Mega Man X. Released after X and its sequel Mega Man X2, Mega Man 7 is Capcom's attempt to bring its classic platforming roots to...

Teslagrad (Wii U eShop)

Teslagrad (Wii U eShop)

Alternating current, direct fun

We seem to love Scandinavian games here at Nintendo Life. We began our glowing SteamWorld Dig review last month by espousing the virtues of the Swedish indie gaming scene, but Sweden's neighbour to the west is not to be forgotten: hot on the heels of SteamWorld comes Teslagrad, an equally impressive Metroidvania-style...