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PEG SOLITAIRE (Wii U eShop)

PEG SOLITAIRE (Wii U eShop)

Solo Noble, anyone?

Ever been to a restaurant or doctor's office and found one of those wooden Peg Solitaire boards just lying around? The little triangular board where you hop pegs over each other? The degree to which you compulsively feel a need to pick it up and play it rather than fiddle with your phone is indicative of the interest you'll have...

Level 22 (Wii U eShop)

Level 22 (Wii U eShop)

Avoiding the boss

Some of the best games involve relatable experiences. Level 22 tells the story of Gary, a frequently tardy employee who just overslept yet again after a night of drinking; even if due to other factors, most of us can relate to being late for work and wanting to sneak in unnoticed. We can't necessarily relate to the need to use...

Super Mario 64 DS (Wii U eShop / DS)

Super Mario 64 DS (Wii U eShop / DS)

D-Pad D-Bate

Super Mario 64 is undeniably one of the most influential games in the industry's history, so it's only natural that Nintendo would attempt to capitalise on its success with a re-release. What nobody expected at the time was for it to not only arrive on a portable console, but also feature Yoshi as the initial protagonist. Super Mario 64...

Shadow Puppeteer (Wii U eShop)

Shadow Puppeteer (Wii U eShop)

Missing the light touch

The Wii U eShop, courtesy of its support for Unity and web framework technology, has become home to a broad range of titles. There are some exclusives that put the hardware's unique capabilities to work, while there's also a significant percentage of titles that are multi-platform, helping Nintendo gamers get a sense of the...

Minecraft: Story Mode - Episode 1: The Order of the Stone (Wii U eShop)

Minecraft: Story Mode - Episode 1: The Order of the Stone (Wii U eShop)

Gather around

While it's a fairly common trend for Nintendo games to be focused around the gameplay first and foremost, there are other games that go in a completely different direction. Some aren't so much about the gameplay as they are about the story or the experience, and while this is certainly different from a conventional video game, it's not...

Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 (Wii U eShop / GBA)

It's a'me, Mario 3! (again)

We all know about Super Mario Bros. 3 for the NES. It was a fantastic game worthy of all the praise that it received, and that remains true to this day. So, this review won't discuss all the merits of the original game. Instead, it will focus on the unique features of Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3, released...

SKEASY (Wii U eShop)

SKEASY (Wii U eShop)

White noise

This is not meant to be taken as an insult, but SKEASY could be a good game for winding down before bed. As with many titles from RCMADIAX, the design of SKEASY is very simple: guide your little skiing icon left and right down a never-ending slope, avoiding trees to last as long and attain as high a score as possible. There are no...

Mario Kart 64 (Wii U eShop / N64)

Mario Kart 64 (Wii U eShop / N64)

More karting fun for U

Taking a bunch of Mario characters and having them speed around race circuits using a range of special items to rush or smash past each other is something that has worked very well since the Mario Kart series began in 1992. The games are amongst the most enjoyable on whatever platform they turn up on, and many people buying...

Bigley's Revenge (Wii U eShop)

Bigley's Revenge (Wii U eShop)

Best not served at all

Ninja Pig Studios, known for its infamous release Meme Run and some of its accompanying controversy, is back with another title for the Wii U eShop. Bigley's Revenge is - dare we say it - slightly more competent and tempered than its headache-inducing predecessor, but that's not saying a great deal. While this game - also...

Island Flight Simulator (Wii U eShop)

Island Flight Simulator (Wii U eShop)

Plane boring

Occasionally you can get a feel for how good (or bad) a game is going to be from the very moment you begin. This is one of those games. After selecting a profile (which you can't rename) Island Flight Simulator begins with a wonderfully impersonal piece of text: 'Welcome Profile 01!' If at this point you've also decided to utilise...

Near Earth Objects (Wii U eShop)

Near Earth Objects (Wii U eShop)

Light and destruction in the stars

Near Earth Objects is the type of game that gets under your skin - the kind where you tell yourself you'll only play for five minutes and then you suddenly find it's been an hour. Solid music, pulsing colours, various enemies and screen-shaking explosions add a lot of appeal to this variation on Asteroids, creating...

The Perplexing Orb (Wii U eShop)

The Perplexing Orb (Wii U eShop)

Perplexing, indeed

The Perplexing Orb is a short, not particularly pretty game. Like many downloads we've reviewed it values gameplay over narrative or presentation; that's not a bad thing, but it isn't without flaws. The concept of The Perplexing Orb is simple: take control of the titular orb and guide it through a series of puzzles to a goal, in...

Drill Dozer (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Drill Dozer (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Not likely to make you doze off

Game Freak is a developer known for its work on titles such as Pokémon Red and Blue, Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire and Pokémon Black and White. It does occasionally put out games that don't feature the pocket monsters, however, and one of those is Drill Dozer, a Game Boy Advance action platformer set across six...

AVOIDER (Wii U eShop)

AVOIDER (Wii U eShop)

​Easily avoided

RCMADIAX is a studio that has become well known for the relatively high volume of inexpensive titles that it's put out over the past couple of years. Their quality wavers from being barely worth their dollar price tag to being at least average games. AVOIDER is the latest entry in this line of titles, and while its rather barebones...

Discovery (Wii U eShop)

Discovery (Wii U eShop)

Let's get creative

Now that Minecraft: Wii U Edition has been released for the Wii U, one would think that the tide of block based sandbox games on the eShop would be stemmed. Evidently that's not the case quite yet, as Discovery is the next arrival on the Wii U eShop. So, how does the game stack up? While Discovery may feel a bit half-baked in...

Molly Maggot (Wii U eShop)

Molly Maggot (Wii U eShop)

Play your own better game

"Play your own music", Molly Maggot says as it boots up, which doesn't create high hopes for its quality. The clunky jumping controls, stilted animations and lifeless goals soon solidify that sense that you're sifting through trash. Save for a few sound effects that are almost funny, Molly Maggot doesn't have a single...

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (Wii U eShop / SNES)

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (Wii U eShop / SNES)

The Mario RPG that started it all

There are very few areas of life the Mario franchise hasn't at some point explored. Mario himself has been a doctor, an amateur kart racer and later on in his career was recognised as a professional athlete when he competed at the Olympic Games in the 100 metre dash against Sonic. Quite simply – he's a jack of all...

Wave Race 64 (Wii U eShop / N64)

Wave Race 64 (Wii U eShop / N64)

Wonderful water racer

Wave Race was not a well known series prior to its arrival on the Nintendo 64. Actually it wasn't a series at all, but rather a single release: a top-down racer on the Game Boy. With its 64-bit machine offering the opportunity for new 3D gaming experiences, Nintendo decided to have another crack at a Jet Ski racer and came up...