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Angry Birds Trilogy (Wii U)

Angry Birds Trilogy (Wii U)

An angry trio

What can possibly be said about Angry Birds that hasn’t been said a million times already? A game that started out as a humble iPhone app just four years ago has now permeated our culture in a huge way. There are multiple sequels to the original game, toys, books, an animated television series, and it’s nearly impossible to walk...

Disney Infinity (Wii U)

Disney Infinity (Wii U)

Infinite possibilities, infinite potential

The first impression that some on the periphery have of Disney Infinity is that it can easily be written off as a direct copy of the Skylanders blueprint. In truth, what we have here is an action-adventure game that uses real-world figures and implements them in the video game as playable characters, which...

Rayman Legends (Wii U)

Rayman Legends (Wii U)

Worth waiting for

The original release of Rayman Legends was supposed to be in rather different circumstances. What was once a launch window exclusive at the top of various wishlists is now a multi-platform arrival in a busy game season. While that's a pity, this is still the same project that was so eagerly anticipated in 2012, and it delivers on...

The Wonderful 101 (Wii U)

The Wonderful 101 (Wii U)

Chaos and colour multiplied by 101

Playing The Wonderful 101 for the first time on "normal" difficulty is a stressful, headache-inducing experience that, nevertheless, delivers a genuine thrill. This isn't a game that feels as if it's gone through hundreds of concept and development meetings, nor through a corporate machine of focus testing, but...

Turbo: Super Stunt Squad (Wii U)

Turbo: Super Stunt Squad (Wii U)

Slow and steadier

D3Publisher's Turbo: Super Stunt Squad for Wii U is the HD cousin of the poorly received 3DS racer of the same name. Expectations were kept low for the title, due to the handheld edition's lacklustre visuals, infuriatingly imprecise controls and lack of any actual "stunts." But Turbo: Super Stunt Squad for Wii U is a pleasant...

Disney's Planes (Wii U)

Disney's Planes (Wii U)

Plane sailing or just plane bad?

Disney's Planes — the movie, not the game — was originally intended to be a straight-to-DVD spin-off of the popular Cars franchise helmed by DisneyToon Studios instead of Pixar. Presumably Disney's executives looked at the release schedule for 2013 and decided it was looking a bit barren, because the movie was...

The Smurfs 2 (Wii U)

The Smurfs 2 (Wii U)

La la la-la-la lame

With Papa Smurf and the rest of the Smurf clan making their way back to theaters this summer in The Smurfs 2, it’s no surprise that a video game of the same name is arriving alongside its movie counterpart. Generally, expectations are low for such licensed fare, but when we heard that the good people at WayForward were behind...

Pikmin 3 (Wii U)

Pikmin 3 (Wii U)

Should you Pik(min) this up?

Nine years. That's how long it has been since a new Pikmin game has graced a Nintendo system. With the exception of two motion control-enhanced re-releases which proved how suited the franchise was to the Wii, a new entry in the series was conspicuously absent from the system's line-up. Nevertheless, Pikmin 3 is finally...

New Super Luigi U (Wii U)

New Super Luigi U (Wii U)

New Super DLC for U

So, what is New Super Luigi U? It's not straight-up DLC, nor is it sizable enough to justify a full price retail game, so Nintendo has opted for a best of both worlds approach; it's available as either pricey DLC for New Super Mario Bros. U or as an inexpensive standalone retail game to be released at a later date. What does it...

Game & Wario (Wii U)

Game & Wario (Wii U)

Wario party

Going back a few years, it was something of a tradition for Nintendo to launch a new platform with a WarioWare title in hot pursuit. Charming bundles of micro-games that packed as much personality and gameplay as possible into seconds-long chunks, and perfect for demonstrating the unique capabilities of new hardware, the WarioWare games...

Sniper Elite V2 (Wii U)

Sniper Elite V2 (Wii U)

Reach out and touch someone

Let’s just get this out of the way: Sniper Elite V2 on Wii U seems built for the bargain bin. Were it a movie then this edition would be one of those bare-bones, dithery full-screen DVDs that advertises its interactive menu and scene selection as "features". So says the cynic in us, and our realist chimes in with a...

Fast & Furious: Showdown (Wii U)

Fast & Furious: Showdown (Wii U)

Oh, we're furious alright

It's easy to look at the name, Fast and Furious: Showdown, and leap to conclusions that it'll be a lazy, phoned-in movie tie-in that represents the lowest common denominator of gaming. Of course we shouldn't make such assumptions, as a game based around a series of over-the-top car action movies surely has the potential to...

LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (Wii U)

LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (Wii U)

Holy year-old port, Batman!

LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes on Wii U finds itself in an unenviable position. Released last year to critical acclaim and heralded as a new beginning to an increasingly stale series of games, it is only now releasing on Wii U, a system that has recently played host to what some consider the new pinnacle of LEGO games,...

Resident Evil Revelations (Wii U)

Resident Evil Revelations (Wii U)

Not quite as revelatory

Resident Evil Revelations on 3DS was, and still is, one of the most impressive and well-crafted demonstrations of the handheld's capabilities. With accomplished visuals — combined with outstanding stereoscopic 3D — it delivered a return to form for the franchise, with large sections reverting back to older, and better,...

Injustice: Gods Among Us (Wii U)

Injustice: Gods Among Us (Wii U)

Immortal kombat

We’ve all had this same discussion. Who would win in a fight between Batman and Superman? NetherRealm Studios — the development team behind the successful 2011 reboot of the Mortal Kombat franchise — was kind enough to create Injustice: Gods Among Us, a fighting game almost specifically designed to answer that one burning...

The Croods: Prehistoric Party! (Wii U)

The Croods: Prehistoric Party! (Wii U)

Croodités

As a video game adaptation of Dreamworks' cave-dweller caper, The Croods: Prehistoric Party casts the film's characters in a Mario Party-style experience for up to four players. It borrows heavily from Nintendo's series, linking disparate mini-games together with a simple board game conceit. Like the movie's titular Neanderthal family...

The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct (Wii U)

The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct (Wii U)

Walking Dud

Zombies are impossible to avoid. Not that the living dead are walking among us and causing havoc, but the media has been absolutely permeated by them. As evidence, we have The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct; the Wii U’s second game about zombies – known in-game as “walkers” – works as the prequel to a television show about...

Need for Speed: Most Wanted U (Wii U)

Need for Speed: Most Wanted U (Wii U)

Just what U wanted

Criterion is best known for developing the smash hit Burnout games — which last appeared on a Nintendo console over ten years ago — but since then the studio's gone on to helm the long-running Need for Speed series of racing games. Its latest effort is Need for Speed: Most Wanted U, an enhanced port of last year's PS3/360...

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (Wii U)

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (Wii U)

Don't forget your potions

While the arrival of a new Monster Hunter title, particularly of the handheld variety, in Japan can probably cause retailer's systems to crash, it's a franchise that's been unable to capture that same fevered audience in the West. Capcom's latest attempt is Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, an expanded and enhanced re-release of...

LEGO City: Undercover (Wii U)

LEGO City: Undercover (Wii U)

On the block rockin' beat

Between the lucrative high profile movie tie-ins and people begging for Zelda and Mega Man editions, it's sometimes easy to overlook the fact that The LEGO Group cut its teeth on its non-licensed playsets. From fantasy wonderlands to more ordinary examples, the building bricks were an ever-popular force with children and...