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Adventure Island: The Beginning (WiiWare)

Adventure Island: The Beginning (WiiWare)

Higgins is back after a 15-year break. Is he still the master?

As you might know, Adventure Island is a bit of an odd series. The main character Master Higgins is actually a real person, although he's only well known in Japan. Ask anybody there about Takahashi Meijin (Master Takahashi) though and they'll know him for sure - he's a legend over there, down to his ability to press a button 16 times a..

Crystal Defenders R1 (WiiWare)

Crystal Defenders R1 (WiiWare)

Break out the safe box.

Trailing off the coattails of Final Fantasy Tactics comes Crystal Defenders, Square's take on the incredibly popular 'Tower Defense' genre. Instead of methodically leveling units, using items, and strategizing your way through battle, you’ll be tasked with defending a set of crystals by means of brute force. Some may be familiar with the name due to its counterpart on the..

Bubble Bobble Plus! (WiiWare)

Bubble Bobble Plus! (WiiWare)

Space Invaders Get Even proved that drastically changing a classic Taito franchise works very well. Bubble Bobble Plus, however, is more of a flat-out remake - is it a good one?

Bubble Bobble's one of the most well-known arcade games - If you so much as hum the theme song to someone it's very likely they'll recognize it. As such it's really a...

Equilibrio (WiiWare)

Equilibrio (WiiWare)

Equiibrio might not have the flash of a Kororinpa, but you're still getting an enjoyable game at a much cheaper price.

While we've already seen several 3D ball-rolling titles like Sega's Super Monkey Ball and Hudson's Kororinpa put the tilt function of the Wii Remote to good use, Equilibrio marks the first time this unique gameplay experience has been used in a 2D environment. But while Equilibrio..

Bonsai Barber (WiiWare)

Bonsai Barber (WiiWare)

Has Zoonami assembled the perfect hairstyle for all ages?

If you were randomly asked which developer had the most well-known franchises under its belt, you’d likely respond by saying Nintendo. With series such as Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, and Pokémon, it isn’t difficult to see why. It should also be noted that they’re the...

Texas Hold'em Tournament (WiiWare)

Texas Hold'em Tournament (WiiWare)

Does Digital Leisure’s latest WiiWare offering fold or make a clean sweep of the table?

It’s no lie that video game conversions of popular poker card games are few and far between nowadays as online poker has become increasingly more popular and widely regarded. WiiWare developer Digital Leisure has decided to try its luck with an adaption of...

BIT.TRIP BEAT (WiiWare)

BIT.TRIP BEAT (WiiWare)

Feel the beat!

It seems nowadays if you want to revive a classic videogame idea, you only need add in some pulsing musical beats and some flashy background visuals in order to do so. The creators of Lumines managed to revive the stale "falling blocks" puzzler of the 80's with this formula, so what's to stop someone from doing the same thing for a game that's widely considered to be the..

Gradius ReBirth (WiiWare)

Gradius ReBirth (WiiWare)

Does Konami's old-school Gradius formula still hold up all these years later?

The original Gradius arcade release was one of the first truly great side-scrolling shooters and, along with R-Type, spawned a legion of copycat video games back in the 80s and 90s. The Gradius titles have been copied and cloned more times than can be counted and, much...

Family & Friends Party (WiiWare)

Family & Friends Party (WiiWare)

Will WiiWare newcomer Gammick Entertainment get this party started?

The Wii is no stranger to party games or mini-game compilations; in fact, it would be no exaggeration to say that the machine’s success is largely due to the brilliance of multiplayer titles like Wii Sports and Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games. However, familiarity breeds contempt and Gammick Entertainment's first offering..

Evasive Space (WiiWare)

Evasive Space (WiiWare)

Will Akinai Games’ WiiWare debut live up to expectations, or is it better off being lost in space?

Let’s face it, when we first saw Evasive Space, we all thought it was going to be something quite special. Developed by High Voltage for Akinai Games, many gamers were expecting this WiiWare release to be nothing less than fantastic, and for good reason too. With some reasonable WiiWare titles..

Onslaught (WiiWare)

Onslaught (WiiWare)

Can Hudson really pull off an FPS game on WiiWare?

Japanese developers are not known for creating first person shooters. After all it is far from being a popular genre in the land of the rising sun. The few Japanese FPS games that spring to mind failed to compete with their Western counterparts. Considering the limitations of the WiiWare service,...

Pop-Up Pirate! (WiiWare)

Pop-Up Pirate! (WiiWare)

Pop-Up Pirate! - a barrel of fun or a total wash-out?

Many of us will remember Tomy’s successful ‘board’ game, Pop-Up Pirate, from our childhoods. Cautiously inserting mini-daggers into the pirate’s unsuspecting torso in an attempt to avoid murdering the poor one-eyed soul – that’s what being a kid is all about! Well, perhaps not, but it sure was an entertaining activity during heavy..

LIT (WiiWare)

LIT (WiiWare)

Is LIT a light in the dark or just running up the electricity bill?

Turn off the lights and grab your controller because it’s up to you to - erm - turn them back on. That’s the basic premise behind WayForward’s spooky puzzle game LIT. LIT puts you in the shoes of Jake, your regular pale-faced emo teenager, whose girlfriend is missing in a school that has become overrun with a mysterious..

Snowboard Riot (WiiWare)

Snowboard Riot (WiiWare)

Is Hudson's Snowboard Riot a riot to play, or just a wipe-out?

There's no denying that Hudson is one of the more talented developers on WiiWare. All of their games to date have done much to impress and show other devs how it’s done. In Snowboard Riot they have turned their hand to creating a racing game with the added bonus that you can use items...

Pop Them, Drop Them SameGame (WiiWare)

Pop Them, Drop Them SameGame (WiiWare)

Is Hudson’s puzzler a worthy purchase or just more of the same?

SameGame is a bit of an unusual one. It was first created way back in 1985, but was never really all that popular. Nevertheless, it went on to spawn a large number of clones and remakes over the years, with Hudson’s effort being the latest. The basic concept of SameGame is quite simple. You are presented with a large grid filled..

High Voltage Hot Rod Show (WiiWare)

High Voltage Hot Rod Show (WiiWare)

Will this highly anticipated WiiWare racer take pole position, or will it merely drive us to distraction?

High Voltage Hot Rod Show is all about taking control of large trucks and racing them against each other, which is all well and good. However, because of certain game design choices, the trucks themselves handle more like a cross between an R/C car and a skateboard. In real life, not too many..

Family Glide Hockey (WiiWare)

Family Glide Hockey (WiiWare)

Does Family Glide Hockey capture the fun and excitement of a real air hockey game?

Let's face it, there are some recreational games that lend themselves perfectly to the Wii Remote's motion controls. We've already seen such games as billiards, miniature golf, and even a table tennis release make use of these motion sensing capabilities with varying degrees of success. So how is it possible to take..

Lonpos (WiiWare)

Lonpos (WiiWare)

Does this WiiWare puzzler have what it takes to stand out from the crowd?

Having been available since WiiWare launched in Japan, Lonpos' Western release has been a long time coming. The game itself has been adapted from a popular logic puzzle game of the same name. The question, of course, is how well does it fare against the many puzzle titles already on WiiWare? At its core, Lonpos is a pretty..

Jungle Speed (WiiWare)

Jungle Speed (WiiWare)

How does this unique card game of quick thinking and reflexes translate to WiiWare?

For those of you out there who aren't familiar with it, Jungle Speed is a unique card game that's recently become quite popular among card game fans. It’s essentially one of the "first one to get rid of all their cards" style and not only requires the...

Planet Pachinko (WiiWare)

Planet Pachinko (WiiWare)

Can you really ever have too much of a good thing?

You have to admit, a shooting/platforming game that takes place inside of a Japanese pachinko machine is indeed an original concept. Not only do you get all of the chaotic action of the pachinko balls dropping down through the various pegs in each level, but you find yourself smack dab in the middle of it all, armed to the teeth with just about..