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The Very Hungry Caterpillar's ABCs (WiiWare)

The Very Hungry Caterpillar's ABCs (WiiWare)

Often imitated but never duplicated

Everyone knows that caterpillars are excellent at education by munching, mostly because of the work of Eric Carle. 30 million copies of his book The Very Hungry Caterpillar have been sold worldwide since its release in 1969. Now, the distinct artwork and simple teaching style of the classic come to WiiWare in the...

Adventure on Lost Island: Hidden Object Game (WiiWare)

Adventure on Lost Island: Hidden Object Game (WiiWare)

Short and sugary sweet

Playing Adventure on Lost Island: Hidden Object Game is a lot like eating a doughnut – it looks good, is very sweet and the experience feels nice. Before you know it, though, it's gone. ATeam definitely had a young audience in mind when making this game, with its winsome tone, brightly coloured graphics and simple gameplay, but while some players may be turned off by all..

PHYSIO FUN Balance Training (WiiWare)

PHYSIO FUN Balance Training (WiiWare)

A good step in the right direction

Though most of the focus on the Wii's motion-based controls has been on their impact in gaming, what is more radical about Nintendo's approach with both the Wii and DS has been its success at positioning game systems as more than simply entertainment devices. Wii Fit stands as the biggest success story in this regard, with the Wii being successfully marketed as a..

Racers' Islands: Crazy Racers (WiiWare)

Racers' Islands: Crazy Racers (WiiWare)

Crazy? More like lazy

It’s relatively easy to guess what a game titled Racers’ Islands: Crazy Racers might be about. If you said "a crazy racing game in which you race across some islands," you’d be correct – assuming that by "crazy" you meant "rubbish." The aim was obviously to capture the hearts of the...

Fenimore Fillmore "The Westerner" (WiiWare)

Fenimore Fillmore "The Westerner" (WiiWare)

A cowpoke past his prime

Fenimore Fillmore lives by the gun, namely Chekhov's Gun – the assertion that if in the first act you have hung a pistol on the wall, then in the following one it should be fired. In Fenimore Fillmore "The Westerner", this trope surely rings true, as most of the seemingly insignificant items you encounter...

Tales of Elastic Boy: Mission 1 (WiiWare)

Tales of Elastic Boy: Mission 1 (WiiWare)

Elastic fantastic?

While still creating a line of educational games on WiiWare, Lexis Numerique decided to work on a platforming series alongside it. Sticking with a similar graphical style clearly geared towards younger gamers, does this fare well against other games in the genre currently available? You play as Mooky, just one member of an entire tribe of strange elastic creatures. Their primary..

And Yet It Moves (WiiWare)

And Yet It Moves (WiiWare)

Vertigo has never felt so fun

It seems that the Wii’s unconventional controller and competitively underpowered specifications have made the console quite attractive to smaller PC developers looking to break into the console space. Cave Story jumped from freeware to WiiWare with a fresh coat of paint and new modes and jams, Pearl Harbor benefitted...

A Monsteca Corral: Monsters vs. Robots (WiiWare)

A Monsteca Corral: Monsters vs. Robots (WiiWare)

Pikmin-like play that packs a punch

A Monsteca Corral: Monsters vs. Robots is refreshing, both in its quirky tone and its strategic demands. What starts off as a seemingly simplistic mechanic – guide a herd of creatures around to collect bubbles – eventually evolves into a surprisingly deep and thoroughly challenging affair. This is achieved by the game's non-combative nature, as the somewhat..

Space Trek (WiiWare)

Space Trek (WiiWare)

Space dreck

Calaris's last WiiWare game, WarMen Tactics, was allegedly “created to reflect the realities of urban warfare." Not only did it completely and utterly fail to accomplish its goal, it completely and utterly failed to function as a working and playable videogame. The operations guide of its latest outing, Space Trek, describes...

Enjoy Your Massage! (WiiWare)

Enjoy Your Massage! (WiiWare)

Rubbed the wrong way

Most of the time when you talk about hand-drawn 2D graphics in a game, it's a good thing. In the case of Enjoy Your Massage!, however, it's a hideous thing. The stock girl who you'll be rubbing down over and over again looks like she was whipped up in a minute with a Wacom drawing tablet, complete with a wobbly outline and one...

My Aquarium 2 (WiiWare)

My Aquarium 2 (WiiWare)

Go fish

When Hudson released the original My Aquarium on WiiWare two years ago, it not only quickly made it to the highest reaches of the WiiWare charts but managed to hang around the top three for well over a year. Now, Hudson is trying to capture lightning in a bottle again with the release of My Aquarium 2. While there are a few new additions to the game, however, they ultimately don't seem to..

Deer Captor (WiiWare)

Deer Captor (WiiWare)

Oh deer

Deer Captor is a blast from the past, a lazy rehash of a genre over two decades old that lets you blast stuff. The game doesn't look or feel particularly bad upfront - it has decent graphics, clean presentation and well functioning motion controls - but playing it is simply a bore, like you've been sold some watered-down version of those Cabela's Big Buck Hunter arcade games. Deer Captor..

Fantasy Slots: Adventure Slots and Games (WiiWare)

Fantasy Slots: Adventure Slots and Games (WiiWare)

Eye roller

The Wii has sold brilliantly, more than even Mr. Iwata dreamt, due partly to its let's-get-up-and-have-fun image. Here comes Fantasy Slots: Adventure Slots and Games to prove that sitting down and pressing one button just isn't as much fun as it used to be. With eight variations of the slot machine on offer, each with a theme ranging from...

Girlfriends Forever: Magic Skate (WiiWare)

Girlfriends Forever: Magic Skate (WiiWare)

Thin ice

Let's get right to the point: Girlfriends Forever: Magic Skate is bad. Really, really bad. What seems like a perfect combination of ice skating and dressing-up on the surface reveals itself to be so cripplingly simplistic that not even children would want to play it. At the beginning you choose one of the bug-eyed girls to play throughout your adventure, the main differences being the..

Dive: The Medes Islands Secret (WiiWare)

Dive: The Medes Islands Secret (WiiWare)

As much relaxing as it is fun

Dive: The Medes Island Secret marks the second WiiWare release from developer Cosmonaut and a far more ambitious project than its first release 5 Spots Party was. This time around, players will get the opportunity to explore vast underwater depths in search of hidden treasures using the unique motion controls of the Wii...

Heavy Fire: Special Operations (WiiWare)

Heavy Fire: Special Operations (WiiWare)

Rat-tat-tat-tat-tat-tat-tat-tat-tat-buyer's remorse

There’s certainly no lack of lightgun games on Wii; in fact, one of the more vocal complaints about Wii shooters is that too many of them are on-rails. It’s a silly thing to complain about given the dearth of them in previous console generations and the relatively high quality of the Wii’s catalogue, and a great one can be an awesome source..

Hoopworld (WiiWare)

Hoopworld (WiiWare)

Fouled by the W-word

Streamline Studios' HoopWorld has been a long time coming. Originally announced as an Xbox Live Arcade title back in 2005 and looking like an odd Power Stone/sports hybrid, it's finally seen release on WiiWare in slightly scaled-back form as a 3-on-3 arcade basketball game. There's a hokey backstory to do with primal energy or...

Furry Legends (WiiWare)

Furry Legends (WiiWare)

More floaty than furry

We've seen the rolling platformer idea explored several times over the years to varying degrees of success, but with the release of Furry Legends, Gamelion is attempting to inject a whole new level of playability into the standard formula and make things more interesting through the use of creatively-designed levels and a host of puzzle-solving elements. Episode One marks the..

Balloon Pop Festival (WiiWare)

Balloon Pop Festival (WiiWare)

Good enough to pop open your wallet?

With the increasing number of puzzle games furiously leaping to Nintendo’s online stores, it makes for a pretty fascinating battle for supremacy. The latest to make the jump is Balloon Pop Festival, an interesting combination of Bejewled and Puyo Puyo with a family friendly presentation and enjoyable gameplay...

Zenquaria: Virtual Aquarium (WiiWare)

Zenquaria: Virtual Aquarium (WiiWare)

Not too deep

With a rather good and successful aquarium simulator already available and a sequel underway, it seems rather futile of Nintendo to release a version themselves at a slightly higher price. Created by Paon of DK King of Swing, Jungle Climber and Barrel Blast fame, Zenquaria's primarily toted feature is the ability to swim around an aqu