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Thomas Was Alone (Wii U eShop)

Thomas Was Alone (Wii U eShop)

Simple brilliance

We're in the middle of one of the most diverse, intriguing periods in video game history. The rise of download games, small 'indie' developers and stores like the Wii U eShop have shifted how we think about content; we're a long way from the retail-only culture of the '90s or even early 2000s. One modern trend is for low-fi...

Sportsball (Wii U eShop)

Sportsball (Wii U eShop)

No harm, no fowl

Nintendo has been highlighting TOO DX's Sportsball at various shows and conferences as one of several particularly strong "indie games" available on the Wii U eShop, promoting it as a quality party game. Though at first it looks like a primitive, simplistic Joust clone, its charms quickly become apparent with fast-paced gameplay and...

Xavier (Wii U eShop)

Xavier (Wii U eShop)

X-cruciating

In the world of platformers, the name of the game is control. That is to say, nothing speaks to a platform game's quality quite like the level of control the player feels they have over their character. Of course, control alone does not guarantee a successful product — creative level design that makes intuitive use of the mechanics is...

Mario Kart Super Circuit (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Mario Kart Super Circuit (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Good for another lap

When the Nintendo 64 hit the market and suggested that 2D games had gone the way of the dodo, many of us that were fond of fancy sprite-work were forced to dust off elderly hardware to scratch our itch for the classic genres we held dear — until the Game Boy Advance came along, that is. Often reflected upon as the second...

Golden Sun: The Lost Age (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Golden Sun: The Lost Age (Wii U eShop / GBA)

The Return of the Prodigal Sun

Back in 2001 (2002 in Europe) some players were left feeling short-changed when Golden Sun reached its abrupt ending. Developer Camelot – perhaps better known for the Shining Force series – had to split the game into two parts due to the Game Boy Advance’s hardware limitations. Those who’d already invested in...

Super Mario Advance (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Super Mario Advance (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Old Super Mario Bros.

While some video games don't age well, playing through Nintendo's back catalogue is like drinking a fine, aged wine. Super Mario Advance is rather unique in that it's a re-release of a collection of remade NES games. Super Mario Advance's brightly coloured remakes of Super Mario Bros. 2 and Mario Bros. shine on the Wii U...

Shuttle Rush (Wii U eShop)

Shuttle Rush (Wii U eShop)

Breath and taxes

Sometimes a game comes at you and everything seems fully as you expect… almost. It looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck. It’s definitely a duck. But then it moos a little and you’re forced to take a step back. That’s Shuttle Rush. General gameplay here is very straightforward: this is a...

PING 1.5+ (Wii U eShop)

PING 1.5+ (Wii U eShop)

All over the place

Ping 1.5+ is a puzzle game that’s all about aiming and shooting a tiny white cube at a circular orange target. Of course that’s easier said than done, as you’ll need to judge the right angle, bank the cube off walls, and avoid colliding with obstacles to reach the target within the indicated number of bounces and/or moves...

Tengami (Wii U eShop)

Tengami (Wii U eShop)

Above the fold

Development studio Nyamyam prides itself on being founded with the primary purpose of making games that are fun and meaningful. This is a company that openly states that through great love and attention, it strives to create beautifully crafted games that bring a little magic into people’s lives. This is a small band of Rare alumni...

Angry Bunnies: Colossal Carrot Crusade (Wii U eShop)

Angry Bunnies: Colossal Carrot Crusade (Wii U eShop)

Colossal Clone Catastrophe

More and more cheap titles on the Wii U eShop are being released with amateurish production and design, and Cypronia's Angry Bunnies: Colossal Carrot Crusade is only a half-step up. A port of a 3DS Angry Birds clone, Colossal Carrot Crusade contains the exact content of its 3DS counterpart, but with added online...

The Swapper (Wii U eShop)

The Swapper (Wii U eShop)

A clone in the dark?

With the Wii U eShop’s recent flurry of sci-fi titles such as Master Reboot and The Fall finding a home on the digital service, what does it take for yet another game set in space to stand out from the crowd? Puzzles. Yep, but not just any old puzzles — spatial physics-based conundrums that’ll give your brain a thorough...

SDK Paint (Wii U eShop)

SDK Paint (Wii U eShop)

Just OK Paint

SDK Paint has an interesting history. Its developer, Hullbreach Studios, began making JavaScript applications for Wii, Nintendo DSi, and Nintendo 3DS using their respective Internet browsers. These include both the initial versions of SDK Paint — DSi Paint and 3DS Paint — as well as a full-fledged browser-based MMORPG called...

Chests O' Booty (Wii U eShop)

Chests O' Booty (Wii U eShop)

Pieces of 2048

You can hardly swing a stylus without hitting a match-three game on the 3DS eShop these days, but so far the relentless tide of phoned-in puzzlers has mostly sidestepped the Wii U’s digital storefront. And while Chests O’ Booty might at first look like a pirate-themed take on more of the same, it’s actually a surprisingly unique...

Costume Quest 2 (Wii U eShop)

Costume Quest 2 (Wii U eShop)

Fine, but not double fine

As RPGs go, the original Costume Quest was never a particularly complex affair. The same thing can be said about its sequel, Costume Quest 2, which takes the two trouble-seeking children into another Halloween adventure, but this time in different periods of recent history. You control Wren and Reynold, two marginally...

Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow (Wii U eShop / GBA)

The best for last?

Konami's Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow is the third and final Castlevania title for the GBA, and arguably the strongest. A departure from the typical period drama involving the extended and ever-complicated Belmont clan, Aria of Sorrow introduces new characters and mythology into the series while also building on what has made...

Flapp & Zegeta (Wii U eShop)

Flapp & Zegeta (Wii U eShop)

What the Flapp?

On Denysoft's official website, Flapp & Zegeta comes with a disclaimer reproduced here verbatim: "Warning: this may be one of the most challenging games of all times it may require a high level of intelligence and reflexes to get through." Rest assured, Flapp & Zegeta is challenging. In fact, it probably does meet its lofty...

Rock Zombie (Wii U eShop)

Rock Zombie (Wii U eShop)

B movie beat 'em up

It's always a pleasant surprise when a game surpasses your expectations. Suffice it to say, this reviewer's expectations were modest going into Rock Zombie — the goofy synthesized guitars, expressionless character models and mangled English dialogue all seemed to lead in one direction: pain. But you can't go into every game...

Falling Skies: The Game (Wii U eShop)

Falling Skies: The Game (Wii U eShop)

Falling to pieces

Video games have relied on the standard 'alien invasion' plot since the very beginning. It takes a unique twist to make it work in this day and age, whether it's a new gameplay style or a refreshingly original storyline, and that isn't an easy task. Falling Skies: The Game takes fun, tactical gameplay and blends it with the...

Pixel Paint (Wii U eShop)

Pixel Paint (Wii U eShop)

Almost pixel-perfect

Let’s face it: at some point, every gamer has been caught off guard by the alluring retro beauty of pixel art. Say what you will about its overuse in today’s onslaught of independent games — chances are you still love it. There’s something majestic about the way tens, hundreds, or thousands of tiny dots come together to...