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Flying Dragon: The Secret Scroll (Wii U eShop / NES)

Flying Dragon: The Secret Scroll (Wii U eShop / NES)

There’s not much fight in this one

Culture Brain's Hiryū no Ken fighting series dates back to the 1985 arcade release, Shanghai Kid. The 1987 NES title, Flying Dragon: The Secret Scroll – exclusive to Japan and the US (1989) – took the original concept and expanded on it, as well as paving the way for future entries in the franchise. This...

OlliOlli (Wii U eShop)

OlliOlli (Wii U eShop)

We're stoked

OlliOlli isn't really a skateboarding game. The skateboard aesthetic provides a lovely minimalist visual style to navigate the tiny pixel skateboarder through, but there's no open world to explore and experiment in, nor is it filled with free-form choices. Mechanically rock-solid, OlliOlli is a 2D on-rails experience with meticulously...

GravBlocks+ (Wii U eShop)

GravBlocks+ (Wii U eShop)

Try to keep up (and down, left, and right)

Falling block puzzlers aren't necessarily a rare experience these days. What isn't commonplace, however, is such a puzzler that throws a twist on the formula that enhances and refreshes the experience. GravBlocks+ (itself an enhanced version of the Android game GravBlocks) tries its hand at mixing up the...

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars (Wii U eShop)

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars (Wii U eShop)

We tip our hats to you

Despite Mario and Donkey Kong largely getting along with one another these days, there's still the ancestral drive to kidnap women in red dresses burning in DK's DNA, and so we get the Mario vs. Donkey Kong series. The latest entry, Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars has ditched the different 3D perspective of the previous...

Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Worth fighting for

While Fire Emblem is a franchise with a long history in Japan, its track record in the West is far more condensed; in fact Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones on Game Boy Advance was only the second series entry to arrive in the West. The first Western arrival is also available on the Wii U eShop, meaning that there's a useful...

Pac-Attack (Wii U eShop / SNES)

Pac-Attack (Wii U eShop / SNES)

When worlds collide

Originally a multi-platform release in 1993, Pac-Attack – otherwise known as Pac-Panic – was derived from Namco's arcade game released in the previous year, Cosmo Gang the Puzzle. On first glance, Pac-Attack may appear to be an average run-of-the-mill puzzle game with one of the prominent videogame characters of the time...

Mappy-Land (Wii U eShop / NES)

Mappy-Land (Wii U eShop / NES)

Cats vs. Mouse

Mappy, a plucky mouse detective, is one of many arcade game mascots lost to time, having only starred in a few games over the years. While the character has guest-starred in various Namco games over the years (and makes a clever cameo in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS), the biggest role Mappy's had is in a web series from the...

Paparazzi (Wii U eShop)

Paparazzi (Wii U eShop)

Snap judgement

Indie developers seem to be doing a great job of delivering games with local multiplayer to the Wii U eShop as of late. From Chariot to GetClose: A Game for RIVALS, Sportsball to Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition, affordable — and quality — entertainment with the intention of livening up a living room is readily...

Blek (Wii U eShop)

Blek (Wii U eShop)

Pure and Simple

Every so often a video game will emerge which further dissembles the division between games and art; it's fair to say that Blek is one of those titles. Its miminimalistic, unsophisticated presentation and engaging puzzles garnered it resoundingly high praise following its release on iOS and Android, and resulted in developer Kunabi...

Rock 'N Racing Off Road (Wii U eShop)

Rock 'N Racing Off Road (Wii U eShop)

Not-So-Super Off Road

EnjoyUp was clearly inspired by the classic arcade racer Ivan "Ironman" Stewart's Super Off Road when developing Rock 'N Racing Off Road, an old-school, top-down racer. But while the game looks like a modern update to Super Off Road, it's not nearly as fun or memorable. Unfortunately, Rock 'N Racing Off Road is a disappointing...

Puzzle Monkeys (Wii U eShop)

Puzzle Monkeys (Wii U eShop)

Fun as a barrel thereof

Ever since Tetris introduced gamers to the joys of skydiving shapes, block-dropping puzzlers have fallen into place on nearly every console and handheld under the sun, and for good reason: they're simple to learn, endlessly replayable, and - when done right - utterly addicting. Seeking to fill a simian-sized gap in the Wii...

Mega Man Battle Network 2 (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Mega Man Battle Network 2 (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Casting a wider net

The world as portrayed in the Mega Man Battle Network series is so ridiculous and yet so outlandishly awesome that it's hard not to adore. In our boring reality, if your toaster doesn't work it means you're pretty much out of luck. In the Battle Network world, it more likely means you need to upload your virtual companion into...

Dolphin Up (Wii U eShop)

Dolphin Up (Wii U eShop)

Tony Hawk's Pro Porpoise

Every once in a while, a game comes along that you didn't know you wanted. Rawkins Games' Dolphin Up is one such title, providing a surprising amount of entertainment with an extremely simple concept. Being a port of a mobile title from a few years ago, its simplicity comes as no surprise — and, with a few more additions,...

Blaster Master (Wii U eShop / NES)

Blaster Master (Wii U eShop / NES)

Master your blast!

The latest eShop release of Sunsoft's 1988 NES classic, Blaster Master, marks the title's third Virtual Console appearance. With the game previously sighted on the Wii and more recently the 3DS, now it's the Wii U's turn to host this side-scrolling and top-down platform shooter that has since spawned an entire series. The western...

Tri-Strip (Wii U eShop)

Tri-Strip (Wii U eShop)

Geometry Bores

Tri-Strip is a puzzle game about placing strips of triangles into a grid to make squares, which clears up space and nets you points; using the stylus, touchscreen and a single button, you can strategically drag, drop and rotate pieces into open spots. It's a style of play that requires a little bit more hesitation and thought when...

Mega Man Zero 2 (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Mega Man Zero 2 (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Zero times two

Just one year after Mega Man Zero, Inti Creates released a sequel for the Game Boy Advance spin-off. That might sound a bit quick, but Mega Man Zero 2 is no mindless cash-in. It took the sturdy foundation set by its predecessor and built upon it in impressive ways, while also smoothing out the rough edges. On top of that it wove an...

Frenchy Bird (Wii U eShop)

Frenchy Bird (Wii U eShop)

Avian aggravation

From the title alone, it's pretty easy to tell that Frenchy Bird is yet another in the line of Flappy Bird imitators released on the Wii U eShop. Yet whereas some of its competitors have been content to merely replicate the feel of the original, Frenchy Bird makes the bold move of replicating it with personality. Goofy music,...

Citizens of Earth (Wii U eShop)

Citizens of Earth (Wii U eShop)

Citizens, Unite Up!!

ATTENTION ALL RESIDENTS OF THIS FINE, BLUE PLANET WE CALL EARTH! Permit me a moment and I'll show you that role playing games don't all have to be about swinging swords and finding mystical artifacts. They don't have to use that tired old fantasy setting we've grown so used to, or even star a typical protagonist! Here, your...

Breezeblox (Wii U eShop)

Breezeblox (Wii U eShop)

Breezy

One of a growing number of indie titles appearing on the Wii U eShop, Breezeblox is a block-rolling puzzle game from début developer Brennan Maddox that, on first glance, seems to owe more than a little to mobigame's cube-based classic EDGE. Beyond the minimalist aesthetic and Cartesian conceit, however, they're very different games, and...