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    Wii U eShop

    Review Infinity Runner

    Keep on running...

    Wales Interactive has become a new name to Nintendo gamers in the Wii U generation, with Gravity Badgers being a fun but 'casual' game and Master Reboot being a rather intriguing, story-driven experience. Next up is another typically diverse approach with Infinity Runner - as the name makes clear it's a runner title, utilising a...

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    Wii U eShop

    Review Shantae: Risky's Revenge - Director's Cut

    Risky business

    Late in the life of the Game Boy Color, the world received Shantae, the first in WayForward's flagship series. A love letter to fans of 16-bit action platformers, the game was highly praised and developed a cult following, but it didn't do terribly well due to being released after the launch of the Game Boy Advance. Eight years later,...

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    Wii U eShop / NES

    Review City Connection

    Missed Connection

    If you don't remember City Connection, we wouldn't blame you. In 1985, arcades in the U.S. and elsewhere were booming in popularity, and as a result that particular industry was rather strong. This title came to NES owners a little later, however, releasing in the middle of 1988. It looks and feels like a relic of a bygone era, and...

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    Wii U eShop

    Review REPLAY: VHS is Not Dead

    Taking it to the Betamax

    'Going retro' is all the rage in modern download gaming. Pixels and chiptunes aren't hard to find in any download store, from the eShop to PSN to Steam and beyond, as gamers of all ages embrace titles that offer an enhanced twist on gaming's past. REPLAY: VHS is Not Dead aims to distinguish itself with retro-styled visuals...

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    Wii U eShop

    Review Jewel Quest

    Once a Jewel Quest addict, always a Jewel Quest addict.

    iWin, Inc. is joining the puzzle fray with Jewel Quest for the Wii U eShop, this time with PlayEveryWare behind the developer's wheel, releasing the classic puzzle game on a console that's been surprisingly devoid of Match-3 games for a while now. Originally developed for PC by iWin in 2004,...

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    Wii U eShop

    Review Volcanic Field 2

    All fizzle, no boom

    Playing Volcanic Field 2 is a lot like throwing lasagna against the wall. It can be fun and even primally satisfying for a short while, but you'll soon take a closer look and realize how much of a mess it is. The game can be described as a 2D, sidescrolling, twin-stick shooter. The left stick, d-pad, or even shoulder buttons on...

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    Wii U eShop

    Review Mutant Mudds Super Challenge

    Git gud or get rekt

    Way back in 2012 when the eShop was still in its earliest stages, Mutant Mudds was released to general critical acclaim. Indeed, it was one of the earlier original titles released for the eShop, and paved the way - in a sense - for what would go on to become a very prolific service. Now, four years later, does the follow-up live...

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    Wii U eShop / DS

    Review Advance Wars: Dual Strike

    War has twice before been this much fun

    Intelligent Systems' long-running Famicom Wars series didn't arrive in the west until the release of Advance Wars on the Game Boy Advance, but the colourful turn-based tactical gameplay quickly acquired many fans. A GBA sequel arrived, followed by this DS entry. Like the two proceeding GBA instalments Advance...

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    Wii U eShop

    Review Inside My Radio

    Inside my '90s accessory

    Inside My Radio is yet another heavily stylised 2D Indie platformer with a little twist of rhythm added into the mix. The player is tasked with journeying through the insides of a dying Boombox in order to resurrect it back to life through tuning dials, jumping gaps and defeating the occasional boss. There's a basic slice of...

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    Wii U eShop

    Review Steel Rivals

    Steel your nerves

    The fighting genre has been around since the glory days of the arcade, and while it may not be quite as popular today as it's always been, there's still quite a following for this rather technical type of game. Though fighting games may initially seem to be quite simple, they usually have a fairly deep combo system that requires...

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    Wii U eShop

    Review Star Ghost

    Spirited away

    Star Ghost's arrival on the Wii U eShop might appear to be fairly sudden - the game was announced mere weeks ago - but its inception and gestation have actually taken quite some time. Based on the 2015 iOS release Star Drift, this unique take on the old-school arcade shooter concept is notable for the fact that its developer -

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    Wii U eShop

    Review Joe's Diner

    Scary bad

    Joe's Diner sounds compelling on paper: you're a new employee at a lonely diner on an abandoned stretch of highway. The diner is set atop an Indian burial ground and is rife with other-worldly activity; your goal is to survive through the night and by keeping the spirits at rest. Unfortunately, ideas don't always come out the way one might...

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    Wii U eShop / DS

    Review Pokémon Ranger

    Gotta circle ‘em all!

    Welcome to the Fiore region, a relaxed place where Pokémon are free from Poké Balls, able to roam around in the wild or stay as someone's pet if they've taken a liking to a particularly snug blanket. You are the newest recruit to the Rangers, a group of dedicated (but often dull) individuals who provide help to citizens or...

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    Wii U eShop

    Review SMART Adventures Mission Math: Sabotage at the Space Station

    Space Case

    There's a distinctive feel to many educational games that makes their genre immediately identifiable. If you grew up with the likes of Spy Fox and Pajama Sam, you likely know what kind of style we're referring to. SMART Adventures Mission Math: Sabotage at the Space Station fits this bill rather well, which has both positive and negative...

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    Wii U eShop

    Review 6180 the moon

    You are my sunshine, my only sunshine

    Many games are based around a quest to restore the light. Normally it's a kind of metaphorical light used to symbolize peace and hope; an attempt to fight back against the darkness and restore balance. 6180 the moon does away with pretense and sets up the most universally pivotal journey of all - bringing the...

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    Wii U eShop / DS

    Review Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team

    Pokécrawler: Blue

    Many Pokémon are finding themselves in trouble and it's up to you and your rescue team to go and save them in this dungeon crawling spin-off from Chunsoft. Released for the DS in 2006, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team sees you fighting ill-tempered Pokémon as you search a randomly generated floor for the staircase that...

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    Wii U eShop / GBA

    Review Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team

    Pokécrawler: Red

    As well as the regular series of Pokémon RPGs, a number of spin-off games have appeared over the years. Developed by Chunsoft, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team arrived on the Game Boy Advance in 2006 and (like a number of the studio's titles) takes the form of a dungeon crawler that has you battling against numerous enemy...

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    Wii U eShop

    Review Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty

    Hello. Everybody.

    For gamers of a certain age that owned a PS1 (or just 'PlayStation'), Abe the Mudokon is a familiar character, famous for some of the cleverest puzzle-platforming gameplay of the age. With Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty we have a remake of Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee, though it's actually more a refresh than remake. Make no mistake, this...

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    Wii U eShop

    Review Word Puzzles by POWGI

    Pretty passable puzzles

    In an attempt to better suit the subject matter at hand, we briefly considered publishing this review with fiendish word jumbles sprinkled throughout. After more than a few sloppy attempts, we'd given in to frustration and decided it was best to leave that kind of thing in more capable hands. For the verbose and the...

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    Wii U eShop

    Review TAP TAP ARCADE

    2 Games, 1 Button

    Package deals are always worth considering to save a bit of coin or reduce the footprint of buying everything separately. Even small things can come in smaller packages when bundled, which is the case with RCMADIAX's TAP TAP ARCADE. Unfortunately, the combination here doesn't really feel any greater than the sum of its parts. TAP...

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    Wii U eShop

    Review Outside the Realm

    Affordable Space Puzzles

    There's plenty to do out in space, and the Wii U eShop likes to emphasize how you can do so for low, low prices. Outside the Realm from TreeFall Studios aims to provide puzzling action for a bargain, and players will more or less get what they pay for it. Players use the GamePad and its touch screen to guide an astronaut to...

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    Wii U eShop / N64

    Review 1080° Snowboarding

    Shreddin’ the gnar

    Originally released for the Nintendo 64 in 1998, 1080° Snowboarding was Nintendo's attempt to bring the snowboarding experience to its home console. It did a good job: six courses provide a variety of thrills as you hop on a board and tackle the snowy slopes. Five riders of varying abilities and several boards are available and...

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    Wii U eShop

    Review Space Hulk

    Table(top) for two

    Space Hulk is a relatively straightforward game. If you like more mature, dark themes in your titles, it may be for you. The same could be said if you're the type of gamer who wishes the Wii U had more thrillers. If you're a fan who mostly enjoys more colourful, first-party-style fare, this may not be for you. If you're the type...

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    Wii U eShop

    Review FreezeME

    A blast from the past

    FreezeMe is an outstanding blast from the past. It borrows so many ideas from Super Mario 64 that the resemblance is almost uncanny, but ultimately there's enough new content here to constitute its own quality experience. The game isn't as polished as it could be, but FreezeMe provides an enjoyable romp through the format of an...

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    Wii U eShop

    Review Shütshimi

    You'll be hooked

    Choice Provisions has established a reputation for putting out some high quality, but weird games such as the BIT.TRIP Saga and Woah Dave!. Shütshimi is the latest title to be published by the studio, and while there are some issues with shallow gameplay, the retro-inspired strangeness of the whole affair makes for an entertaining...

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    Wii U eShop / GBA

    Review Mega Man Battle Network 6: Cybeast Falzar / Gregar

    One last network battle

    Mega Man Battle Network 5 changed a few things around for this series, but was mostly quite similar to its predecessor. Deciding to go for one last hurrah on the Game Boy Advance, Capcom created a sixth Battle Network game. Don't expect any big surprises though; it's still quite similar to its peers. After spending the...

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    Wii U eShop / GBA

    Review Final Fantasy Tactics Advance

    Tactical Fantasy Action

    It wasn't that long ago that things were going so well. With just one member of the opposing clan left against the three on your team, wrapping up this mission seemed to be straightforward enough. Then he took out your mighty Bangaa warrior and is now causing your sword guy plenty of trouble on account of the fact he returns...

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    Wii U eShop

    Review PEG SOLITAIRE

    Solo Noble, anyone?

    Ever been to a restaurant or doctor's office and found one of those wooden Peg Solitaire boards just lying around? The little triangular board where you hop pegs over each other? The degree to which you compulsively feel a need to pick it up and play it rather than fiddle with your phone is indicative of the interest you'll have...

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    Wii U eShop

    Review Level 22

    Avoiding the boss

    Some of the best games involve relatable experiences. Level 22 tells the story of Gary, a frequently tardy employee who just overslept yet again after a night of drinking; even if due to other factors, most of us can relate to being late for work and wanting to sneak in unnoticed. We can't necessarily relate to the need to use...

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    Wii U eShop

    Review Mini-Games Madness Volume: #1 - Hello World!

    Uh... hi...

    The first time you start up Mini-Games Madness Volume: #1 - Hello World!, you might wonder if it's one of those "haunted" games that try to pass themselves off as normal but are actually scary. The loading screen is accompanied by an inexplicable clicking noise and the game selection screen is, for some reason, an intentionally(?)...