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Toribash (WiiWare)

Toribash (WiiWare)

Worth a bash

Already freely available for PC, Toribash has landed on WiiWare with a 1,000 point price tag and a lot to live up to. A turn-based fighting game, this title is seemingly impenetrable at first despite a series of tutorials that teach you your first basic moves: how to jump, to kick and to decapitate your opponent and throw their head out of the ring. You select a joint or muscle with..

Pearl Harbor Trilogy - 1941: Red Sun Rising (WiiWare)

Pearl Harbor Trilogy - 1941: Red Sun Rising (WiiWare)

The dawn of a promising new WiiWare franchise

Pearl Harbor Trilogy - 1941: Red Sun Rising, one of the most anticipated WiiWare games of the year, wowed observers with screenshots that seemed far too impressive to be possible in a downloadable Wii title. In a field mostly populated by mini-game collections with simplistic graphics, Pearl Harbor...

Cruise Party (WiiWare)

Cruise Party (WiiWare)

Party pooper

Enjoy Gaming’s Cruise Party is a collection of four gambling games: video poker, blackjack, roulette and slots. In Video Poker, each player’s five-card hand is visible to all, with the exception of the Bank’s hand, of which you are only privy to one card. Your one and only goal is to wager whether your hand will be better than the Bank’s. The game is nice enough to tell you..

Jett Rocket (WiiWare)

Jett Rocket (WiiWare)

WiiWare gets pushed to the limit in this fun 3D platformer

It’s clear that Shin’en Multimedia knows their way around WiiWare. After delivering the lovely Art of Balance, the German studio’s follow-up is a platformer with unparallelled looks on the service. Jett Rocket looks excellent, yes, and we’re happy to say that it plays well too and...

Pong Toss Pro - Frat Party Games (WiiWare)

Pong Toss Pro - Frat Party Games (WiiWare)

The drunker you are, the better.

Nothing compliments a good buzz like tossing tiny ping pong balls into a group of plastic cups. In fact, Beer Pong has become quite the popular party game over the years, so much so that JV Games released their own version of the game for the WiiWare service back in 2008. Despite receiving extremely low review scores...

The Tales of Bearsworth Manor: Puzzling Pages (WiiWare)

The Tales of Bearsworth Manor: Puzzling Pages (WiiWare)

A beary good game

We've already seen the first Tales of Bearsworth Mansion release make use of a tower defence-style gameplay mechanic, but now Square-Enix is mixing things up a bit with Tales of Bearsworth Manor: Puzzling Pages, the second game in the series and a game that uses the same bear-tossing element of the first release but takes things into a more puzzle-oriented direction. The main goal..

The Tales of Bearsworth Manor: Chaotic Conflicts (WiiWare)

The Tales of Bearsworth Manor: Chaotic Conflicts (WiiWare)

A bear-knuckle ball

For anyone that's played video games for an extended span of time, the name Square-Enix has long been synonymous with epic role-playing adventures and in-depth strategy battles. So when you see the company release a rather offbeat spooky-themed storybook adventure on WiiWare, your first reaction is likely one of bewilderment. But with the release of Tales of Bearsworth Mansion:..

Bejeweled 2 (WiiWare)

Bejeweled 2 (WiiWare)

Swap 'til you drop

If you've gone anywhere near an electronic device capable of playing games in the past decade, odds are you've heard of PopCap's addictive puzzle series Bejeweled. This WiiWare release of the sequel marks the developer's first foray onto a Nintendo home console and is a worthy version, but it doesn't bring a lot new to the table...

Yard Sale Hidden Treasures: Sunnyville (WiiWare)

Yard Sale Hidden Treasures: Sunnyville (WiiWare)

A good find

Hidden object puzzles are big money these days, drawing in unsuspecting players with tales of relaxing but addictive gameplay. WiiWare has already seen the disappointing "Aha! I Found It!" Hidden Object Game but now Konami is here with a new challenger, Yard Sale Hidden Treasures: Sunnyville, and it's got a few tricks up its sleeve. Set in a fictional US town populated by..

Arcade Sports (WiiWare)

Arcade Sports (WiiWare)

Jack-of-all-trades, master of none

Perhaps better named, “Bowling Alley Sports”, Arcade Sports is a collection featuring pool, air hockey, and of course bowling. All of these games are available elsewhere on your Wii, but here you can get all three for one download. We’ve seen plenty of minigame collections on the Wii before, but is this latest bargain-buy just too good to be true? The game..

Mister Bumblebee Racing Champion (WiiWare)

Mister Bumblebee Racing Champion (WiiWare)

Buzz kill

With a few exceptions – Excitebike: World Rally and Heracles: Chariot Racing chief among them – WiiWare is pretty thin on family-friendly, well-received racing titles, so the thinking behind Mister Bumblebee Racing Champion is clear. Sadly, the best thing about this game is likely to be its title. The key twist here is that all the...

Reel Fishing Challenge II (WiiWare)

Reel Fishing Challenge II (WiiWare)

Hook, line and stinker

Reel Fishing Challenge II is, by definition, the follow-up to Reel Fishing Challenge that hit WiiWare last year and as such is basically just more of the same. Fans of staring at full-motion video backgrounds and boring, lame fishing mechanics, rejoice! Everything about it just feels lazy, and the fact that it's essentially a rehash of a PlayStation One game doesn't help..

Zoo Disc Golf (WiiWare)

Zoo Disc Golf (WiiWare)

A discgrace

Let's get this out of the way immediately: Zoo Disc Golf is a game that should not be played by anyone under any circumstances. Zoo animals playing disc golf may sound like a pretty awesome idea, but Zoo Disc Golf is a mess from top to bottom. It takes your ten dollars, chews it up, regurgitates it and spits back at you one of the worst WiiWare games to date. Disc golf is essentially..

Ben 10 Alien Force: The Rise of Hex (WiiWare)

Ben 10 Alien Force: The Rise of Hex (WiiWare)

Even Steven

The idea of a boy capable of transforming into wildly different forms, each with special abilities, is ideal fodder for game design: Kid Chameleon did it nearly twenty years ago, but Ben 10 Alien Force: Rise of Hex revives the template with a few welcome tweaks. In case you’re unfamiliar with the titular hero, Ben Tennyson possesses a magical device known as the Omnitrix that allows..

Robocalypse: Beaver Defense (WiiWare)

Robocalypse: Beaver Defense (WiiWare)

Dam good

Robocalypse: Beaver Defense has all the red flags of a stinker: a "crude humour" warning right when you boot up, a cartoony theme possibly chosen to draw in unsuspecting youths and a genre in which it's easy to cut corners. You might want to think twice before passing this one up, however, as this dam's actually quite sturdy. The genre is tower defence – in other words, you..

Art Style: Penta Tentacles (WiiWare)

Art Style: Penta Tentacles (WiiWare)

Tentacular spectacular

The Art Style series certainly stands out as one of the safer bets in Nintendo's stable of downloadable software. These are puzzle games with a minimalist aesthetic and focus on simple gameplay; it's like the Tate Modern of gaming only with content and a price point that's accessible by everyone. Though given an unfortunate...

Voodoo Dice (WiiWare)

Voodoo Dice (WiiWare)

Bad mojo

Developed by Exkee, the guys behind the rather average ColorZ, Voodoo Dice is a puzzle game in which you control a large yellow die, attempting to reach the end of every stage in order to earn gemstones used to proceed further into the game. Of course, it's not a matter of simply rolling over to the exit: each level has various dice-related puzzles to solve before a way out is opened. Each..

Viral Survival (WiiWare)

Viral Survival (WiiWare)

Fun with viruses that doesn't involve Mario or vomiting

Viral Survival is a compilation of five single-player arcade games with a loose petri dish theme tying them together. In each game you control a little chunk of DNA (that looks an awful lot like a magnifying glass) as you zip, wind, shoot and jump your way to a top score, which is then automatically uploaded to online leaderboards. Movement is..

Lead the Meerkats (WiiWare)

Lead the Meerkats (WiiWare)

The meerkat sim you've been waiting for?

Meerkats have long suffered the reputation of being lazy sods who just lay around in the jungles of Africa eating bugs all day thanks to a certain film from a certain company with a certain round-eared mascot. Of course people who actually have an interest in wildlife (and form their impressions of the world from something other than dubious animated..

Robin Hood: The Return of Richard (WiiWare)

Robin Hood: The Return of Richard (WiiWare)

Another porting disaster

WiiWare has already seen a few ports of iPhone games, but this one in particular has to take the cake as the laziest of all. A shooting gallery game based around the legend of Robin Hood, you must protect the people of Nottingham from the seemingly endless hordes of knights running around. As this is a Wii game we're talking about, this is obviously done by aiming using the..