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Brave Tank Hero (Wii U eShop)

Brave Tank Hero (Wii U eShop)

War, war never changes

Oh Brave Tank Hero, you were not a great game on the 3DS. For those of you who missed the review, ultimately Brave Tank Hero was a mediocre affair on the portable system - the flawed game design and an array of oversights ruined what could have been a good title. Now, Natsume has released the game for the Wii U eShop; will a...

The Swindle (Wii U eShop)

The Swindle (Wii U eShop)

An old-fashioned cyber thief

The Swindle represents the first foray onto Nintendo hardware for Dan Marshall and his studio Size Five Games - via Curve Digital - having built up a strong reputation with PC releases. Bringing its own unique brand of quirky cyberpunk thievery, it's a slice of procedurally generated silliness likely to amuse as well as...

Mario Golf (Wii U eShop / N64)

Mario Golf (Wii U eShop / N64)

Serious Golf for Serious Plumbers

You could argue that the best part of many of the Mario sports titles is that they bring goofy, lighthearted aspects to those pastimes. Games like Super Mario Strikers and Mario Hoops: 3 on 3 all make dramatic changes to the sports they're portraying, capturing the attention of players who might not be interested in...

Zombie Defense (Wii U eShop)

Zombie Defense (Wii U eShop)

Here a zombie, there a zombie, everywhere a zombie zombie!

The game title Zombie Defense couldn't be more accurate and straight to the point. Developer Teyon's Wii U début is exactly that: a tower defence/RTS (real-time strategy) game where you fight off waves of zombies in an attempt to save the planet from total zombie supremacy. As with all...

Crab Cakes Rescue (Wii U eShop)

Crab Cakes Rescue (Wii U eShop)

This cake is a lie

The Wii U's library is bursting with quirky, innovative, fun games. Crab Cakes Rescue is not one of them. From the moment you start up Crab Cakes Rescue, its lack of polish is readily apparent. For starters, it runs in a 4:3 aspect ratio, leaving unsightly black bars on either side of the screen. The title is lifted directly from...

VS. Excitebike (Wii U eShop / NES)

VS. Excitebike (Wii U eShop / NES)

Enjoyable interlude

It's undoubtedly a good thing when Nintendo starts releasing older titles on the eShop that are otherwise fairly difficult to find or play. But does VS. Excitebike, originally only released on the Famicom Disk System in Japan in 1988, offer enough extra content compared to the original to justify a purchase? As the core of the...

Q.U.B.E: Director's Cut (Wii U eShop)

Q.U.B.E: Director's Cut (Wii U eShop)

Meet your new companion Q.U.B.E

A gigantic alien cube is hurtling through space on a collision course with Earth - and you've just woken up within it. As your body shakes off the fatigue, distant memories fail to solidify, leaving you in a state of total confusion and amnesia. Alone, save for a crackling voice over the radio, you're tasked with...

Gunman Clive HD Collection (Wii U eShop)

Gunman Clive HD Collection (Wii U eShop)

​An excellent tribute to retro gaming

Early in 2013, the world was graced with Gunman Clive, a short and sweet action platformer that was praised for its simplistic art style and solid mechanics. Almost exactly two years later we received Gunman Clive 2, a sequel that built upon and expanded the original in nearly every way possible. Now, both...

Genghis Khan II: Clan of the Gray Wolf (Wii U eShop / SNES)

Genghis Khan II: Clan of the Gray Wolf (Wii U eShop / SNES)

Who knew that Genghis Khan was so cool, calculating, and complex?

Genghis Khan II: Clan of the Gray Wolf was originally developed by Koei and released for the PC-8801, PC9801, and the MSX in 1992. The following year, Genghis Khan II saw releases for MS-DOS, Sega Genesis, Sega CD, PC Engine CD, NES, and SNES. Five more years later, and the game would...

Sin and Punishment (Wii U eShop / N64)

Sin and Punishment (Wii U eShop / N64)

On the rails and off the hip

It's no secret that many Japanese titles never see the light of day overseas. Countless games have been unreleased for fear of lack of public interest and fear of bad. This was the initial reason Sin and Punishment, released in 2000, never surfaced on the Nintendo 64 outside of Japan. The hectic shoot'em up only made...

Wario: Master of Disguise (Wii U eShop / DS)

Wario: Master of Disguise (Wii U eShop / DS)

Master of Mediocrity

After WarioWare took off, it seemed like that was all everybody's favourite antihero was up to, save for a Wii instalment of the Wario Land series. In truth, there was also an attempt at a Wario platformer on the DS, though it is quite easy to see why not many seem to remember this outing. Developed by Suzak, the company...

ZaciSa: Defense of the Crayon Dimensions! (Wii U eShop)

ZaciSa: Defense of the Crayon Dimensions! (Wii U eShop)

In space, no-one can hear you strategically position laser cannons

Over 12 months after releasing in NA, developer ZeNfA Productions has re-named, re-tooled and rocket-boosted its tower defense title onto the European eShop. It's been a long flight - with an even longer list of promised improvements to go with it - but has it been enough to breathe...

Pixel Slime U (Wii U eShop)

Pixel Slime U (Wii U eShop)

Pixel imperfect

RCMADIAX's latest eShop title, Pixel Slime U, attempts to create a simple, addictive experience by distilling gameplay down to one button and playing around with level design. The good news is that its one-button gameplay is reasonable and can be quite fun at times. The bad news is that, like many of the indie developer's games,...

Mortar Melon (Wii U eShop)

Mortar Melon (Wii U eShop)

Smashing melons isn't nearly as fun as Smashing Pumpkins

The first time a watermelon smashed into a log-cutting industrial saw's menacing jagged edges, there were melon bits everywhere. For the next two hours or so, that carnage only got worse. Red melon juices like blood stuck to its blades, with wasted delicious looking melon slices flying in all...

Runbow (Wii U eShop)

Runbow (Wii U eShop)

Colourtastic! Colourrific! Colourawesome!

In the words of the late Satoru Iwata - "Above all, video games are meant to just be one thing: Fun for everyone". Runbow embraces this philosophy and runs away with it. The result is a game that is simple in concept and execution, yet it radiates personality from every shade of its palette. In short, Runbow...

Woah Dave! (Wii U eShop)

Woah Dave! (Wii U eShop)

Woah indeed

Many of the titles released today feel the need to tell a story or develop characters throughout an intricate campaign. Woah Dave! is not one of these games. It is a frantic, arcade-inspired platformer with a dizzying amount of obstacles and a focus on high scores. Players may start out confused, but once they get the hang of the...

Factotum (Wii U eShop)

Factotum (Wii U eShop)

Best Robo-Buddies

There's something very pleasing about hitting heavy buttons on a filthy old control panel in Factotum. The rusted controls and green screens give the game this sense that the technology fueling starships doesn't look much different from that which you'd find in your local auto shop. Luckily, repairing a space ship isn't as...

The Bridge (Wii U eShop)

The Bridge (Wii U eShop)

Turning the tables with M.C. Escher

The Bridge is a colourless, drab, bleak affair. It's also engaging, addictive and fantastic. If you haven't heard of The Bridge before, don't worry; it's a puzzle-platformer that was quietly released on Steam in 2013, then later ported to Xbox 360 that same year. The game opens on the nameless main character...

Wind-up Knight 2 (Wii U eShop)

Wind-up Knight 2 (Wii U eShop)

Finite Jogger

Endless runners are a dime a dozen, but few take the time to flesh out interesting gameplay. Wind-up Knight 2 adds an extra level of polish and platforming to elevate the game above its colleagues, but not without stumbling a little along the way. In WUK 2 you play as a knight who must complete a stage while continually running at...

Sanatory Hallways (Wii U eShop)

Sanatory Hallways (Wii U eShop)

*Insert creepy-door-closing sound effect

Let's go back to November 2012. The Wii U was finally gracing us with its gorgeous, HD presence and alongside it sat Nintendo Land, a collection of 12 great games that perfectly showed off what the GamePad could do. One of the most loved games from the collection was Luigi's Ghost Mansion, an asymmetric...