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Abyss (Wii U eShop)

Abyss (Wii U eShop)

We all live in a cyclops submarine

Abyss is perhaps exactly the sort of game the Wii U eShop needs in greater numbers: adventurous little indie titles with strong artistic vision and a focus on core game mechanics. With a budget price tag, you can't afford not to try out Barcelona studio EnjoyUp Games' HD re-release of its attractive 2012 DSiWare...

Ava and Avior Save the Earth (Wii U eShop)

Ava and Avior Save the Earth (Wii U eShop)

Toxic waste

A good educational video game needs to be both enriching and fun for the player. While 2020 Venture's Ava and Avior Save the Earth may sound like a good idea — it attempts to teach children about recycling, composting and getting rid of waste in a "green" way — it fails in almost every regard. With amateurish presentation and...

Super Mario Advance 3: Yoshi's Island (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Super Mario Advance 3: Yoshi's Island (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Egg-ceptional platforming

When you take into account just how much of a landmark title Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island was when it released back in 1995, it’s absurd to think that it’s only just being re-released on one of Nintendo’s Virtual Console services – well, that is if you exclude the exclusive 3DS release under the guise of the...

Child of Light (Wii U eShop)

Child of Light (Wii U eShop)

The brush is as mighty as the sword

Listen, dear readers, and we shall recall our journeys with Child of Light. The darling of Ubisoft Montreal, it has become known as a beautiful sight. Screenshots and videos released to the world have proven its visuals most stunning. Yet when the tale is told and story unfurled, will all its design be as...

Golden Sun (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Golden Sun (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Magic Hands Make Light Work

The more formulaic counterpart to RPG oddball Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, Golden Sun expands on proven genre archetypes to deliver an experience that both pays tribute to and refines the classic role-playing adventure. It also gives some Wii U owners, potentially, their first experience of a franchise that has a...

NES Remix 2 (Wii U eShop)

NES Remix 2 (Wii U eShop)

Electric boogaloo

Shortly before the end of 2013 Nintendo suddenly surprised us — during a Nintendo Direct, it announced and then immediately released NES Remix, a very unusual but, we thought, very fun collection of small challenges based on various games from Nintendo's NES catalogue. A few months later and, in a different Nintendo Direct,...

My First Songs (Wii U eShop)

My First Songs (Wii U eShop)

Hickory Dickory Don't!

We all had high hopes for My First Songs, with fifteen of the most legendary nursery rhymes of all time finally together in one package. Bangkok-based developer RingZero Game Studio brings us this hotly-anticipated karaoke title just in time for your tax refund shopping spree — alas, My First Songs is not quite a Yankee...

Flowerworks HD: Follie's Adventure (Wii U eShop)

Flowerworks HD: Follie's Adventure (Wii U eShop)

A few carnations short of a full bouquet

You're a pint-sized explorer that's crash landed your spaceship on an alien planet dominated by vegetation, where flowers are your greatest ally. No, it's not Pikmin, it's Flowerworks HD: Follie's Adventure. A high-def remake of the well-received 2009 WiiWare title, Flowerworks HD is a floral-themed action...

Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate - Deluxe Edition (Wii U eShop)

Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate - Deluxe Edition (Wii U eShop)

The broken Bat

For as long as portable games have existed, the trend of developing handheld versions of popular console titles has been present and correct. These games tend to be inferior versions of the originals, taking a substantial hit graphically and often limiting gameplay, depending on what the portable console is capable of. In some cases,...

My Exotic Farm (Wii U eShop)

My Exotic Farm (Wii U eShop)

Not a roaring success

Farm management sims are hard to get right; farming is work, after all. Successful farming games either add substantial non-farming elements like Harvest Moon's social elements, or they take the work so seriously that it becomes comically overbearing, à la Farming Simulator. French studio BiP Media's My Exotic Farm ultimately...

WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Fun incorporated

Ever since its first foray into the video game market, Nintendo has been known for the incredible amount of creativity it brings to the medium. Innovative ideas – whether they add a pleasing minor touch or groundbreaking gameplay feature – have to some degree been the company’s bread and butter for decades. It’s these...

Kirby & The Amazing Mirror (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Kirby & The Amazing Mirror (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Kirbytroid

For the most part, not much has changed about the Kirby series — many of its titles are fairly straightforward platformers in which your main ability is to suck up enemies and acquire their powers. It's not until somewhat recently that the development teams started trying different things, and one can certainly make a case saying that...

Super Dodge Ball (Wii U eShop / NES)

Super Dodge Ball (Wii U eShop / NES)

Utterly ridiculous and sublime

When firing up an NES game in the modern day, no less a silly spin-off sports title from the era, a certain mindset is required. If you're intolerant of sticky animation, that flickering effect that NES games have when there's too much on screen and wonky frame performance, there are plenty of games that are immediate...

Metroid Fusion (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Metroid Fusion (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

SA-Xcellent

Released a full eight years after its phenomenal Super Nintendo predecessor, Super Metroid, Metroid Fusion is a well-paced, tense, atmospheric game and an oft-overlooked GBA classic. Players assume the role of Samus Aran, the legendary bounty hunter responsible for overturning the sinister designs of the Space Pirates and obliterating...

Advance Wars (Wii U eShop)

Advance Wars (Wii U eShop)

War has never been so much fun

Mention Advance Wars to a seasoned gamer and they're almost guaranteed to have heard of it. One of the earliest major Game Boy Advance titles, it's now also one of the earliest titles from the handheld on the Wii U Virtual Console, giving veterans another chance to pick it up and newcomers an ideal opportunity to see...

Super Mario Kart (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Super Mario Kart (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

A timely boost for a classic

With a PAL release a mere nine months after the April 1992 launch of the UK SNES, during a 16-bit era where show-boating superior technology and exceptional console power was at the forefront of Nintendo’s objectives, Super Mario Kart remained humble in exhibiting its technical prowess. European gamers had been...

Pure Chess (Wii U eShop)

Pure Chess (Wii U eShop)

This is a review you should check, mate

When Pure Chess was first announced for the Wii U and 3DS, it created a considerable buzz for a game that's based on a relatively niche, high-brow hobby. However, there was good reason for this; developer VooFoo Studios and its publisher Ripstone were not only determined to deliver a graphically rich...

Volleyball (Wii U eShop / NES)

Volleyball (Wii U eShop / NES)

Flat ball

What’s your favourite major sport? If you answered “volleyball,” there’s a good chance that you’re among a minority of sports fans. That’s not to say that volleyball is a lesser game than the titanic football – European or American, your choice – or any other major sport, but it does make one wonder why Nintendo would...