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Mega Man Zero 4 (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Mega Man Zero 4 (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

The battle for Neo Arcadia

After three enjoyable Mega Man Zero entries, Capcom just had to sneak in one more. Released extremely late into the Game Boy Advance's life - after the Nintendo DS had already been released, in fact - Mega Man Zero 4 is the final game in the series and mostly follows along with the previous three titles. Once again...

Blocky Bot (Wii U eShop)

Blocky Bot (Wii U eShop)

Simplicity at its best

There's something to be said about the power of simplicity. Some of the best experiences to be had in gaming are compelling not because of their depth or complexity, but because of how they offer a distilled example of an excellent gameplay concept. Nintendo has seemingly adapted this approach in many of its current generation...

Stone Shire (Wii U eShop)

Stone Shire (Wii U eShop)

As plain as a stone

In the absence of Minecraft on Nintendo platforms, many developers have opted to try to recapture the legendary game's magical gameplay in their own knockoff attempts. These have, by and large, fallen short of the high standard that's been set and failed to present any meaningful contributions to the popular formula. Stone Shire...

Metal Marines (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Metal Marines (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Modern(ish) warfare

Strategy is a somewhat niche genre among gamers. While there have been excellent strategy games released on consoles - turn-based RPGs like Fire Emblem to the RTS-style Swords and Soldiers series come to mind - the gameplay has always lent itself more to the PC, where players can be more methodical and control units with relative...

Nihilumbra (Wii U eShop)

Nihilumbra (Wii U eShop)

Nothing and everything

Nihilumbra is an existentialist platforming-fan's dream, with plenty of puzzles and unsettling presentation to make players feel isolated and challenged by their environment. Though the title's arrival is a tad late on Wii U, it is nonetheless admirable how much life developer Beautifun Games has breathed into this adventure...

Shapes of Gray (Wii U eShop)

Shapes of Gray (Wii U eShop)

Murky depths

You see two objects in a circular gray field, as if looking in through an electron microscope. Move the left stick and you'll find out which object is you. Hit buttons until you reach the shoulders or triggers and find out you're not just a little blob, but a little blob with a sword. Strike the other geometric creature in sight and...

Swords & Soldiers II (Wii U eShop)

Swords & Soldiers II (Wii U eShop)

A tasty treat

In the Swords & Soldiers universe Vikings are obsessed with barbecue and spicy food, which is a curious spin on history if ever we've seen it. Such is the nature of this cartoonish and lighthearted franchise, which now receives its second entry as a Wii U eShop exclusive. Swords & Soldiers II is as complex a proposition as the...

New Super Mario Bros. (Wii U eShop / DS)

New Super Mario Bros. (Wii U eShop / DS)

LittleBigKingdom

When New Super Mario Bros. released for the Nintendo DS back in 2006, it had been roughly 15 years since the portly plumber starred in a proper 2D platformer. Not only that, but side-scrollers in general had been largely ignored since 1996, when the Nintendo 64 hit the market and assured us that 3D gaming was the way of the future...

Ultratron (Wii U eShop)

Ultratron (Wii U eShop)

Ultratraumatic

Ultratron thinks it's Dark Souls. 'Prepare to Die', it warns the player's battledroid before it takes to the battlefield in an almost impossible attempt to survive against a constant barrage of evil killer robots. Ultratron also loves Pac-Man. As well as having to collect 'pellets' as a form of currency in order to purchase weapons...

Paper Mario (Wii U eShop / N64)

Paper Mario (Wii U eShop / N64)

Historical document

Can we take a moment to appreciate just how gloriously wacky it is that a game like Paper Mario exists in the first place? This is an idea that followed in the footsteps of Super Mario RPG, the Square/Nintendo collaboration which in itself marked a big departure in genre for the Mario universe. Nintendo would continue down this...

High Strangeness (Wii U eShop)

High Strangeness (Wii U eShop)

The best bits of both worlds

High Strangeness borrows its name from the real-life term used by those who study UFO sightings to describe an inability to explain one's experience with an extraterrestrial. Fittingly, this bizarre title offers gameplay and visuals in both 16-bit and 8-bit styles, which the developers attempt to explain as a "12-bit...

Mega Man & Bass (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Mega Man & Bass (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Here comes the bass

A brief bit of history on Mega Man & Bass. A few years after Mega Man 8 notoriously became a Playstation and Sega Saturn game, Keiji Inafune - the series' creator - felt that he still owed one more game to children that had not yet upgraded to next gen hardware and still owned only the Super Famicom. Technically a spin-off...

Street Gangs (Wii U eShop / NES)

Street Gangs (Wii U eShop / NES)

Holding your funds for ransom

Originally released in Japan for Nintendo Famicom, classic beat 'em up 'Downtown Nekketsu Monogatari' was then heavily localised for its eventual release in the US; background artwork was amended to look more 'western' (for example, rooftop tiling designs and mailboxes were changed) plus all location names were updated...

My Style Studio: Notebook (Wii U eShop)

My Style Studio: Notebook (Wii U eShop)

Out of style

Theoretically, the Wii U is a great platform for art applications and software. Art Academy: Sketchpad and its dedicated Miiverse community have created some wonderful works of art using the GamePad, with many wondering where the heavily delayed full Art Academy application is. Cypronia's My Style Studio: Notebook might be a tempting...

TABLETOP GALLERY (Wii U eShop)

TABLETOP GALLERY (Wii U eShop)

No Dice

TABLETOP GALLERY serves as a compilation as of three eShop titles previously only released in the US - TOSS N GO, SHUT THE BOX and POKER DICE SOLITAIRE FUTURE. Each of these dice-rolling titles never made their way to European shores, prompting developer/publisher RCMADIAX to eventually re

Bubble Gum Popper (Wii U eShop)

Bubble Gum Popper (Wii U eShop)

Pop goes the bubble

Bubble Gum Popper is about as basic as a match-three puzzler can get, and unfortunately this doesn't work in the its favour. Puzzle games don't necessarily have to be groundbreaking to be worthwhile, but it certainly helps if they're at least engaging; this lacklustre effort is barely even worth the low price thanks to its...

Klonoa 2: Dream Champ Tournament (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Klonoa 2: Dream Champ Tournament (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Sweet dreams

Klonoa's never really gotten the recognition he deserves, has he? The floppy-eared hero's original adventure, released for PlayStation in 1997 and given a superb Wii remake in 2008, was an extraordinary 2.5D platformer that forced players to take a different perspective on the action. Following this, Klonoa got multiple releases on...

Guac' a Mole (Wii U eShop)

Guac' a Mole (Wii U eShop)

Worth dipping into

When the Wii U was unveiled back at E3 2011 much was shown off in the way of its special abilities and functions, especially when regarding the system's controller. Unfortunately, the GamePad's many perks (such as its impressive use of motion controls) have been relatively untapped in the years since, and use of its built in...