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SteamWorld Dig (Wii U eShop)

SteamWorld Dig (Wii U eShop)

Groundbreaking!

The two hottest properties in indie gaming right now are Sweden and spelunking. From Amnesia to Hotline Miami to Goat Simulator to that DotA song, a hugely disproportionate number of big independent releases the last few years have come from Swedes; whether it's Cave Story, Shovel Knight,

Mega Man Battle Chip Challenge (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Mega Man Battle Chip Challenge (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

The chips are bringing us down

Adding RPG elements to a beloved side-scrolling franchise may seem like a stroke of insanity, but Mega Man has enjoyed more than a few titles that play off this idea while still retaining the atmosphere and challenge of the core series. Even a certain red plumber has proved that the transition can pay off, fleshing out...

Double Dragon II: The Revenge (Wii U eShop / NES)

Double Dragon II: The Revenge (Wii U eShop / NES)

Double draggin'

There was a period from the late-'80s to the early-'90s when side-scrolling beat 'em up games were all the (streets of?) rage – from Double Dragon to Final Fight to Streets of Rage, we just couldn't get enough of punching hooligans in the face down long straight paths. Perhaps the most fun aspect of these titles was the multiplayer...

Cybernator (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Cybernator (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Run-n-gun in space

Konami's Cybernator isn't as well-known as run-and-gun titles such as Contra, but this SNES game is a quality offering with plenty of challenge, personality and replay value. The Virtual Console exists to let gamers relive (and experience for the first time) classic games, and Cybernator will be a breath of fresh air for anyone...

SHUT THE BOX (Wii U eShop)

SHUT THE BOX (Wii U eShop)

What's in the box?!

It's strange how little a concept matters as long as the execution is done well; just recently we criticised Dahku Creations' Soon Shine for playing too much like a mobile game rather than a home console title. Yet here we are with SHUT THE BOX (which seems like it's yelling at you), created by one-man studio RCMADIAX of BLOK...

Soon Shine (Wii U eShop)

Soon Shine (Wii U eShop)

Here Comes the Soon

It's wonderful to see indie developers on Wii U find enough commercial success to produce more than one title for the platform, and two-man studio Dahku Creations has followed up June's Chubbins with a new family-friendly offering: Soon Shine. Our biggest criticisms of Chubbins were its torturous difficulty and lack of visual...

Midtown Crazy Race (Wii U eShop)

Midtown Crazy Race (Wii U eShop)

Will drive you crazy

You know when you’re playing a game and it’s all going well when, suddenly, it introduces some arbitrary racing section just to add a little variety? Until now you’ve been jumping around, exploring, but for the next half an hour you’re stuck trying to complete this side mission just to continue. The driving controls are...

Frederic: Resurrection of Music (Wii U eShop)

Frederic: Resurrection of Music (Wii U eShop)

A decomposing composer, recomposed

Public domain is often seen as the place cheap music games go to die, but it does not have to be this way. There is a lot of great music from the past that remains untapped; a multitude of virtuosos from previous centuries whose works can appeal within the context of a game. All that’s needed is the right...

Pop'n TwinBee: Rainbow Bell Adventures (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Pop'n TwinBee: Rainbow Bell Adventures (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Jump'n TwinBee

Although the TwinBee series is mostly remembered as a shoot 'em up franchise, it might come as a surprise that there were actually a few games which took on different genres. Rainbow Bell Adventures — which is coincidentally also the last game released outside Japan — tries its hand at platforming, bringing its own unique little...

Master Reboot (Wii U eShop)

Master Reboot (Wii U eShop)

Or Enaid Coll, if you prefer

With its continual growth the Wii U eShop library is bringing us a diverse range of games across various genres, yet Master Reboot from Wales Interactive nevertheless succeeds in delivering something unique to the platform. Previously released on PC and PSN, it's an ambitious effort that has moments of brilliance and a...

XType Plus (Wii U eShop)

XType Plus (Wii U eShop)

The Citizen Kane of Web Framework games on the Wii U

Note: XType Plus was meant to be released on 31st July along with online leaderboards, but due to a bug in the ranking functionality the game was delayed. It was reinstated on the European eShop on 6th August, and is awaiting a North American release. Nintendo has opened up the floodgates to...

IQ Test (Wii U eShop)

IQ Test (Wii U eShop)

Prepare to put on your dunce cap

The Wii U eShop is filled to the brim with low-budget kids' games these days, and Ninja Pig Studios' IQ Test seems like just another to heap on the pile... but looks can be deceiving. Beneath the simplistic exterior, IQ Test is a real mind-bender: a series of trick questions designed to get you to think outside

Ufouria: The Saga (Wii U eShop / NES)

Ufouria: The Saga (Wii U eShop / NES)

A Ufouric experience

Retro-style indie platformers are all the rage these days, so you'd be forgiven for thinking Sunsoft's Ufouria: The Saga is simply another in the long line of 2D NES-inspired modern titles on the eShop like Shovel Knight, 1001 Spikes, and Insanity's Blade. Released in 19

Ice Cream Surfer (Wii U eShop)

Ice Cream Surfer (Wii U eShop)

Ice Cream Snorer

Shoot 'em ups aren't really a popular genre these days, but there seems to be a bit of a resurgence on the downloadable front. Not long ago we received Gaiabreaker, and now here we have Ice Cream Surfer, a game which had an unsuccessful crowdfunding campaign, but nonetheless ended up being developed anyway. Upon launching the game...

Wooden Sen'SeY (Wii U eShop)

Wooden Sen'SeY (Wii U eShop)

More training required

The Wii U eShop, unsurprisingly, isn't short of options when it comes to platformers, especially as it's a genre typically associated with Nintendo systems and their gamers. Wooden Sen'Sey, published by Neko Entertainment, aims to capitalise on that popularity and remind gamers of old-fashioned difficulty; these are noble yet...

Super Toy Cars (Wii U eShop)

Super Toy Cars (Wii U eShop)

Straight out the toy box

This summer, it could be argued that the demand for a non-realistic racing game on Wii U has well and truly been met, and another kart-style title is perhaps at the bottom of our wish list as a result. However, standing tall in the face of its moustachioed overlords, Eclipse Games has treated the eShop to an extra slice of...

Mega Man 6 (Wii U eShop / NES)

Mega Man 6 (Wii U eShop / NES)

Let battle commence. Awooga!

Arriving on the same day as Mega Man 5 on the Wii U Virtual Console, Capcom has decided to grace us with the final NES entry to wrap up that era of the franchise. Released in 1993, when the SNES was already out and Mega Man X was on the verge of release, Capcom just couldn't let itself say goodbye to the NES and made one...

Mega Man 5 (Wii U eShop / NES)

Mega Man 5 (Wii U eShop / NES)

Proto Man problems

Over a year ago, the first four Mega Man games were released on Wii U Virtual Console in quick succession. We don't know exactly what took so long for the remainder, but the fifth entry is finally here. As you might expect, Mega Man 5 is quite similar to the four games before it; eight new Robot Masters have appeared, and it's up...