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Pop'n Twinbee (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Pop'n Twinbee (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

WinBee

It's not particularly well known outside Japan, but for a while TwinBee was one of Konami's main shoot 'em up series. A lot more cutesy than Gradius and the like, its colourful graphics and characters were its biggest appeal. A while back the original TwinBee was remade as a 3D Classic, but now here we have Pop'n Twinbee, one of the few...

My Arctic Farm (Wii U eShop)

My Arctic Farm (Wii U eShop)

Feeling frigid

If you read our recent review of BiP Media's pet management sim My Jurassic Farm, you'll know what to expect with its sister release, My Arctic Farm: the exact same experience, but instead of T-rexes and triceratops (triceratopses?) you'll be raising penguins and polar bears. The long-running "My ____ Farm" series began humbly enough...

The Letter (Wii U eShop)

The Letter (Wii U eShop)

Return to sender

In The Letter, players take on the role of Michael Kennedy as he investigates the mysterious disappearance of his father. Through a series of hidden letters left by his dad – these are actually labelled “Hidden Letter” despite their pronounced placements in the landscape – Michael receives clues which he follows in his...

Mario Power Tennis (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Mario Power Tennis (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Raising a racquet

Originally released on Game Boy Advance in 2005, Mario Power Tennis is unusual in that it takes the tennis simulation genre and embeds it into a role-playing game experience. It’s a combination that works surprisingly well, with the biggest success being a player progression system which allows you to level up your character and...

My Jurassic Farm (Wii U eShop)

My Jurassic Farm (Wii U eShop)

Different skin, exact same game

My Jurassic Farm is an exciting concept. Everyone loved Jurassic Park back in the day, right?! It would make a great video game! Sadly, the dino-management genre has been left relatively barren since the wondrous days of DinoPark Tycoon back in 1993. Is BiP Media's My Jurassic Farm the answer? No. No it's not. My...

Internal Invasion (Wii U eShop)

Internal Invasion (Wii U eShop)

Terminal

Imagine a future in which all disease is cured through the aid of tiny nano-bots flowing through your bloodstream. There would be no need for medicine or doctor visits, as all illness would be taken care of internally. It's an incredible proposition that makes for an interesting sci-fi storyline that can be taken in so many directions,...

Adventure Island (Wii U eShop / NES)

Adventure Island (Wii U eShop / NES)

Skate and die

Adventure Island started life as the SEGA-produced arcade title Wonder Boy, which itself was ported to several different home consoles and spawned a popular series of sequels with show-stealing box art. NES-owners missed out on the title, and would have to wait until Hudson Soft teamed up with original developer Escape to release a...

Bombing Bastards (Wii U eShop)

Bombing Bastards (Wii U eShop)

Da bomb or just a bomb?

Sanuk Games' Bombing Bastards isn't so much a Bomberman clone as it is an evil twin; it's an evil twin that is fun to be around and easy on the eyes, but it's evil nonetheless. Everything from its subversive premise to its ironically cheery visuals add to Bombing Bastards' slightly off-kilter feel, but it's the gameplay that...

Armillo (Wii U eShop)

Armillo (Wii U eShop)

Super Sonic Puzzle Galaxy

There's been a lot of great eShop content as of late, but not many examples have been in the works for as long as Armillo, which was first announced way back in 2011. Now that it's finally here, were those years in development well spent? In Armillo, you take the role of the titular character, a space armadillo, who is...

BrickBlast U! (Wii U eShop)

BrickBlast U! (Wii U eShop)

Bricked

The Wii U's compatibility with tool-sets such as Unity and the Nintendo Web Framework has made the platform accessible to small, independent developers whose games would otherwise not be available on consoles due to high costs and other barriers. While this has made for some wonderful eShop experiences — Ittle Dew and Stick it to the Man...

POKER DICE SOLITAIRE FUTURE (Wii U eShop)

POKER DICE SOLITAIRE FUTURE (Wii U eShop)

No poker face required

POKER DICE SOLITAIRE FUTURE (or PDSF for the remainder of this review) is essentially the digital equivalent to one of those electronic pocket poker games that your parents or grandparents were hooked on during the ‘90s. Designed to be played on the Wii U GamePad, this budget download offers a solitary take on poker to...

ZaciSa's Last Stand (Wii U eShop)

ZaciSa's Last Stand (Wii U eShop)

Can hardly stand it

Last year's reveal of the Nintendo Web Framework was a welcome announcement to independent game developers interested in releasing their work on Wii U. The new platform was quiet at first, but in recent months we've seen an increasing number of games releasing on the eShop that were born of this development environment. Opening a...

Monkey Pirates (Wii U eShop)

Monkey Pirates (Wii U eShop)

Banana boat

Despite all the doom and gloom that currently — and unfairly — surrounds the Wii U at the moment, it hasn't stopped indie developers from flocking to the system to release their games. Moreover, a good proportion of developers have even designed their games to specifically take advantage of the system; one only has to look at...

Shovel Knight (Wii U eShop)

Shovel Knight (Wii U eShop)

Digging for gold

Yacht Club Games' faux-retro platformer Shovel Knight has become one of the most anticipated titles to come out of the crowdfunding craze. It's frightening to think that Shovel Knight might not have come to fruition without Yacht Club Games' highly successful Kickstarter campaign — games like this don't come around often. Yacht...

Color Zen Kids (Wii U eShop)

Color Zen Kids (Wii U eShop)

Hopping into the kiddie pool

If you read our review of Color Zen last month, you'll know exactly what to expect from Color Zen Kids. The soothing, touch-based colour matching puzzler has gained a more kid-friendly coat of paint – the colours are all slightly brighter, the puzzles are a bit easier and shaped like cute animals, and the memorable...

GEOM (Wii U eShop)

GEOM (Wii U eShop)

GEOMdude used Rock Throw!

GEOM is another low-budget title on the Wii U eShop from a fresh studio — Andraconus — and brings to mind another relatively recent offering: RCMADIAX's Blok Drop U from earlier this year. Both are simple puzzle titles that don't really live up to expectations, but their price point being lower than the cost of a cup of...

How to Survive (Wii U eShop)

How to Survive (Wii U eShop)

Island-hopping and head-popping

Zombies used to be so underground, man. Years ago the very mention of these rotted ghouls would have people scratching their heads in blissful ignorance, but now they’re shuffling, walking and running around like they own the place. The genre has been utterly exhausted to the point where now their inclusion in media...

Pac-Land (Wii U eShop / NES)

Pac-Land (Wii U eShop / NES)

Pac your bags, man

Never before released for the NES in the west, Namco has dropped its Pac-Man platformer Pac-Land onto the eShop to celebrate the announcement of Pac-Man in the new Super Smash Bros. games. A departure from the simple, addictive gameplay the Pac-Man series is known for, Pac-Land attempts to expand the scope and appeal of its iconic...