Review: Pikmin 3 (Wii U)


Developer: Nintendo | Publisher: Nintendo | Review Platform: Wii U | Also Available on: N/A | EU Release Date: 26/07/13 | NA Release Date: 04/08/13 | Genre: Real-Time Strategy | Players: 2 | File-Size: 3.85GB | PEGI: 7


Pikmin 3 is rough. You’d think that a game so colorful and cute would be marked up to just another of “Nintendo’s Kiddy Franchises”, thrown into the “rehashed series” bin and forgotten about. “It’s the same game as the last two, isn’t it? Why bother with it?”

I’ll tell you why. It’s one of the most intense, stressful games I’ve ever played in my life. One that manages to carry a heavy weight, a looming deadline, but still keeps things manageable. It’s the perfect balance. Continue reading

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Review: Game & Wario (Wii U)


Developer: Nintendo | Publisher: Nintendo | Review Platform: Wii U | Also Available on: N/A | NA Release Date: 23/06/13 | EU Release Date: 28/06/13 | Genre: Mini-games | Players: 1-5 | eShop Price: £34.99 | File Size: 3.9GB | PEGI: 7


For a spin-off title in one of Nintendo’s quirkiest series, Game & Wario has a lot riding on its shoulders. It’s the first Nintendo-developed Wii U game since the console launched back in November, and frankly, Nintendo needs to start moving systems. Ocarina of Time 3D gave 3DS the boost it needed to kickstart its success story just two years earlier; the only difference here is that Ocarina was a remake of – in many gamers’ eyes – the best game ever, whereas Game & Wario is a humble mini-game collection. Continue reading

Review: BIT.TRIP Presents… Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien (Wii U Download)

runner2Developer: Gaijin Games
Publisher: Gaijin Games
Review Platform: Wii U
NA Release Date: 26/02/13
EU Release Date:
Also Available on: PC, PS3, 360 (coming to Vita, iOS)
Genre: Platformer
Players: 1
Price: £9.99
File Size: 827MB


BIT.TRIP RUNNER was arguably the best in a series of six WiiWare titles, offering a perfectly tuned mix of compelling gameplay, a mean difficulty curve, and pleasing retro aesthetics. As the first true sequel in the multi-genre series, BIT.TRIP Presents… Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien - better known as simply Runner2 - has a lot to live up to. Continue reading

Review: The Amazing Spider-Man: Ultimate Edition (Wii U)

the_amazing_spidermanDeveloper: Beenox
Publisher: Activision
Review Platform: Wii U
Also Available on: 3DS, DS, Wii, PC, PS3, 360
Release Date: 08/03/13
Genre: Action
Players: 1
PEGI: 16


As seems to be a common trend amongst third-party publishers at the moment, Activision’s The Amazing Spider-Man arrives on Wii U nine months after its appearance on other formats. Unlike with EA’s recent Need for Speed: Most Wanted U – which came with new updates and features aplenty – the Ultimate Edition of last year’s not-so-amazing Spider-Man game is far from being, well, the ultimate edition. Continue reading

Review: Need for Speed: Most Wanted U (Wii U)

PictureDeveloper: Criterion Games
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Review Platform: Wii U
Release Date: 22/03/13
Also Available on: PC, PlayStation 3, PS Vita, Xbox 360
Genre: Racing
Players: 1-6
Price: £44.99


Criterion’s reboot of Need for Speed: Most Wanted was a very different beast to its 2005 namesake. There were key similarities, of course – you race against progressively faster cars, evade the cops, and move up the city’s blacklist of Most Wanted racers – but that’s about as far as it went. With Most Wanted U, Criterion’s taken the time to understand Nintendo’s latest system, and rebuilt last year’s fantastic racer with Wii U in mind. Continue reading

Review: Retro City Rampage (WiiWare)

RetroCityRampage_boxart_fullresDeveloper: Vblank Entertainment
Publisher: Vblank Entertainment
Review Platform: WiiWare
Also Available on: PC, PS3, PSVita, 360
Genre: Action, adventure
Players: 1
Price: 1000 Wii Points
File Size: 58 blocks
PEGI: 12


As you’ve probably noticed at this point, Retro City Rampage is a  homage to the video games and culture of the ’80s and ’90s, that was originally intended to run on the classic NES hardware. This throwback goes deeper than its 8-bit visuals and chiptune soundtrack, though. Much deeper, in fact. Continue reading

Review: Scribblenauts Unlimited (PC)

scribblenauts_unlimitedDeveloper: 5th Cell
Publisher: Warner Bros.
Review Platform: PC (Steam)
Release Date: 15/02/13
Also Available on: Wii U, 3DS (one day)
Genre: Puzzle
Players: 1
Price: £22.99
File Size: 1748 MB
PEGI: 12


With the Wii U and 3DS versions of Scribblenauts Unlimited delayed indefinitely in Europe, reportedly due to a lack of a UK English localisation, we thought it’d be a good idea to play through the Warner-published PC game and deliver our verdict on 5th Cell’s latest and greatest puzzle platformer – albeit with a lack of Nintendo references and a pseudo-multiplayer mode, yet with a far more appealing price tag, and one-hundred percent more ‘humor’. Continue reading

Review: Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage 2 (Wii U Download)

fist_of_the_north_star_kens_rage_2Developer: Tecmo Koei
Publisher: Tecmo Koei
Review Platform: Wii U (eShop)
Also Available on: PS3, 360
Release Date: 07/02/13
Genre: Beat ‘em up
Players: 1-2
Price: £49.99
File Size: 15GB
PEGI: 18


Ken’s Rage 2 is Tecmo Koei’s celebration of Fist of the North Star’s thirtieth anniversary; a Japanese manga series which has seen various video game spin-offs dating back to the NES and Game Boy days. As far as anniversary celebrations go, however, it’s not really all that good. Continue reading

Review: Real Heroes: FireFighter 3D (3DS Download)

real_heroes_firefighter_3dDeveloper: Creative Distribution
Publisher: Zordix AB
Review Platform: Nintendo 3DS (eShop)
Release Date: 07/02/13
Also Available on:
 3DS (retail), Wii, PC
Genre: First-Person Shooter / Action
Players: 1
Price: £8.99
File Size: 6,278 blocks
PEGI: 7+


In retrospect, the Nintendo DS was a great system for first-person shooters – we had Metroid Prime Hunters from Nintendo, Renegade Kid’s Dementium and Moon IPs, as well as a plethora of handheld Call of Duty tie-ins from Activision. With 3DS, Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D and Resident Evil: Revelations prove that the handheld can churn out shooters that both look and play fantastic, although – until Real Heroes: FireFighter 3D – we’re yet to see a serious first-person title on 3DS. Continue reading

Review: PICROSS e2 (3DS Download)

picross_e2Developer: Jupiter
Publisher: Jupiter
Review Platform: Nintendo 3DS (eShop)
Also Available on: N/A
Release Date: 24/01/13
Genre: Puzzle
Players: 1
Price: £4.49
File Size: 165 Blocks


If you’d take a moment to think back to our PICROSS e review, you may remember the praise we lavished upon Jupiter’s pure-breed puzzler. With its sequel – creatively titled PICROSS e2 – what we have is a better game overall, yet one that’s seen only diminutive updates and enhancements since the release of its predecessor, which arrived only months beforehand. Continue reading