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Art Style: light trax (WiiWare)

Art Style: light trax (WiiWare)

Racing takes a puzzling turn

After a year-long DSiWare detour, the Art Style series has returned to WiiWare with one of the series' most action-oriented entries so far. It may look like a simple racer, but as the Art Style series has proven time and time again that looks can be deceiving. light trax is an updated version of the Japan-only bit Generations game dotstream. On the surface it seems like..

Blood Beach (WiiWare)

Blood Beach (WiiWare)

Total misfire

Usually when a game is released with so little marketing it's enough to raise suspicions about its quality, but enough excellent WiiWare titles have emerged seemingly from nowhere over the years to make us reconsider those age-old presumptions. Then along comes a title like Blood Beach to remind us exactly why they existed in the first place. Placing you on one of the Solomon Islands..

BIT.TRIP RUNNER (WiiWare)

BIT.TRIP RUNNER (WiiWare)

Running down a dream

The BIT.TRIP series is one of the shining stars of Nintendo's WiiWare service. The simplicity of the game mechanics would work well on the 30-year-old 8-bit consoles to which they pay homage, but it's the intelligence of design and music-rhythm aspect that makes them so addictive. BIT.TRIP RUNNER is the latest entry in the franchise and we think it's the best one yet, offering..

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Trials & Tribulations (WiiWare)

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Trials & Tribulations (WiiWare)

Phoenix Wrong

Capcom's Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney series on DS has become a popular staple of the system over the past few years, combining a novel-style courtroom presentation with many of the unique gameplay functions of the DS system itself. The end product has been a very engaging gaming experience that allows players to feel like a part of an actual criminal trial process from start to..

Chess Challenge! (WiiWare)

Chess Challenge! (WiiWare)

The “challenge” must lie in making a good chess game

From the makers of Sudoku Challenge comes Chess Challenge in all of its public domain glory. In our earlier review of Silver Star Chess, the first chess game on Wiiware, we advised to wait “until a better version of the game comes along later.” Is Chess Challenge that gold star chess game we’ve been waiting for? At Nintendo Life towers,..

Kung Fu Funk (WiiWare)

Kung Fu Funk (WiiWare)

Kung Fu Fail

No wonder people hate the Wii. It's been four years since the world's first real stab at a motion-based console launched, bringing the excellent Wii Sports along to define the grammar of the innovative controller. It didn't take long for me-too developers to begin pumping out cheap minigame compilations that totally ignored why Wii Sports worked as well as it did and instead figured..

Brain Drain (WiiWare)

Brain Drain (WiiWare)

A drain on your brain... or on your lifespan?

Brain Drain asks you to look at a pattern of objects, then scrambles those objects and tasks you with the job of unscrambling them. It's rather like having your Mom throw all of your stuff on the floor and then tell you to pick it up. Some people enjoy this sort of treatment, masochists and puzzle fans mostly, but one has to wonder why anyone would want..

5 Arcade Gems (WiiWare)

5 Arcade Gems (WiiWare)

Gems? More like paste.

The term "arcade" has seemingly come to be synonymous with a game that has a "pick-up-and-play" feel to it, just as arcade games of old. Of course the motivation of manufacturers of these arcade machines was to encourage players to drop coins on games they hadn't seen before, in the hopes they would enjoy the experience enough for repeat play. In the..

The Will of Dr. Frankenstein (WiiWare)

The Will of Dr. Frankenstein (WiiWare)

You don't want to inherit anything from this!

Enjoy Gaming seems to enjoy bringing us smaller versions of games they've released at retail. System Flaw Recruit was their first time doing this, and now they've done it again. The Will of Dr. Frankenstein is a prequel to The Island of Dr. Frankenstein, a Wii game that has, curiously enough, been...

Zombie Panic in Wonderland (WiiWare)

Zombie Panic in Wonderland (WiiWare)

Beware the zombies of luuurve

Love and zombies aren't normally associated with each other — except possibly a love of eating brains — but in Akaoni Studio's Zombie Panic in Wonderland the titular enemies are all about hugging people to death in the fairy-tale setting of Wonderland. In the main Story mode you'll find yourself in the role of...

Learning with the PooYoos - Episode 2 (WiiWare)

Learning with the PooYoos - Episode 2 (WiiWare)

Another little game for your littlest ones

Game consoles are perhaps too grown-up for your pre-kindergarteners to fully understand, and it doesn't help that there aren't many games geared toward very young children in the Wii Shop, but Lexis Numérique is slowly working to change that. Learning with the PooYoos: Episode 2 is a continuation of the first game, which was reviewed favorably here at..

Fishie Fishie (WiiWare)

Fishie Fishie (WiiWare)

All-you-can-eat fish feeding frenzy

Fish have been a staple of games ever since Herman Melville adapted Moby Dick for Babbage's legendary Difference Engine and the posthumous sequel, Moby Dick 2: Queequeg's Revenge, was published for the PDP-11 . Certainly on WiiWare we've seen some real blockbusters centred around our finny cousins, prompting many forumites to declare that merely the presence of..

Grill-Off with Ultra Hand! (WiiWare)

Grill-Off with Ultra Hand! (WiiWare)

You get what you pay for

For a video game rewards programme, Club Nintendo is dishearteningly light on actual video games. Apart from arguably overpriced Game & Watch DS collections and a year-end bonus for Elite members in the form of Doc Louis' Punch-Out!!, rewards have mostly been items such as posters and playing cards. But now, for a mere...

WarioWare: D.I.Y. Showcase (WiiWare)

WarioWare: D.I.Y. Showcase (WiiWare)

A nice little added bonus.

We've just recently seen the release of WarioWare D.I.Y. for the DS system which lets players design, play, and share their own unique microgame creations. But for those who feel like enjoying even more of the same, not to mention the ability to play and share their creations on their television screens, Nintendo has just...

Diner Dash (WiiWare)

Diner Dash (WiiWare)

Warmed-up leftovers

From the description you might think Diner Dash is a throwaway mini-game: guide office block refugee Flo through her dream job of running her own chain of restaurants with gameplay centred around seating customers, keeping them happy and getting big tips. It's best not to write it off as it's actually quite a fun game (think...

Cave Story (WiiWare)

Cave Story (WiiWare)

Now this is more like it!

The independent gaming scene has always been a flourishing part of PC gaming over the years, but very few people were ready for the splash one indie game designer's title would make on the industry when he released it in 2004. It took Daisuke Amaya, aka Pixel, five long years to complete Cave Story, but its unique...

Triple Shot Sports (WiiWare)

Triple Shot Sports (WiiWare)

Shooting pain? Get relief fast - don't play!

In the promotional literature, developer Code Monkeys claim that Triple Shot Sports is "the most advanced recreational shooting game available for WiiWare." Well, with its presentation of Olympic shooting events it's certainly unique, but the only thing we found to be really "advanced" was the state of the pointer bounding box issues..

Rage of the Gladiator (WiiWare)

Rage of the Gladiator (WiiWare)

Rage, rage against the dying of the light

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and Ghostfire Games' Rage of the Gladiator makes no bones about paying homage to Nintendo's classic arcade boxer Punch Out!!, using similar mechanics based around recognising enemy attack patterns to battle through a bevy of foes. Whilst its shoes are planted firmly in the Nintendo title's footsteps, this..

Military Madness: Nectaris (WiiWare)

Military Madness: Nectaris (WiiWare)

Tactical Mutually Assured Destruction

They say the moon is a harsh mistress — especially when it's home to prisoners building a super weapon to destroy Earth! This is the setting of Military Madness: Nectaris, a tactical strategy game which originally appeared on the Turbo-Graphx-16 as Military Madness (and in its native Japan as Nectaris). This...

Dart Rage (WiiWare)

Dart Rage (WiiWare)

These darts be angry

Dart games have traditionally been pretty plain affairs. Pub Darts on WiiWare was as basic as it could get and left us with a bland and forgettable taste in our mouths. Developer JV Games may not have left the best taste among WiiWare connoisseurs after some beginning duds in Frat Party Games: Pong Toss and Incoming!, but their latest, Dart Rage, is a pretty tasty morsel. Where..