Nintendo Wii U Reviews

Paper Mario: Color Splash Review (Wii U)

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After what many consider Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Old Door (GCN) to be the best of the franchise, other Paper Mario games are always unfairly compared. When the game was shown during a spring Nintendo Direct, everyone was ecstatic that a Paper Mario game was finally coming to the Nintendo Wii U. That moment was short lived when gameplay of the battle system looked similar to the poorly received Paper Mario: Sticker Star (3DS). After that, the game wasn’t shown again until E3 during the Treehouse presentation. It appeared to be Wii U’s swan song on the console until The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild release date was announced. Does Paper Mario: Color Splash make right where Sticker Star went wrong or should you wrap this game up in a paper ball and trash it?

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Mighty No. 9 Review (Wii U)

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When Keiji Inafune announced that he wanted to crowdfund a spiritual successor to the Mega Man franchise, the fans let it be known. It became one of the fastest crowdfunded game and backers waited in anticipation, as it seems Capcom has no plans to continue the Mega Man series. Sadly, the progress of the game was met with delays and controversy behind the scenes. The once most hyped game almost became forgotten.

The game was finally released and it was met with mediocre reactions, causing people to think twice about crowdfunding games. Is there something about this game people are overlooking or will this have you crying on prom night?

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Star Fox Guard Review (Wii U)

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During E3 2014, Shigeru Miyamoto showed off his project game known as “Project Guard,” in which you controlled a giant robot. It was during a Nintendo Direct that he announced the game was retooled and is now Star Fox Guard. The game would come bundled in the first print of Star Fox Zero and would be available on the Nintendo eShop for digital users. Should you give this side game a try or not care at all?

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Star Fox Zero Review (Wii U)

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Like F-Zero, Star Fox is another Nintendo franchise where the company has no idea where to go with it. After mixed reviews of Star Fox: Assault and Star FoxCommand, the series laid dormant (besides Star Fox 64 being released for the Virtual Console). There was hope for fans when Star Fox 64 3D was released, as some saw it as Nintendo seeing if there is still interest in the Fox team (maybe Krystal).

E3 2014 ended with Shigeru Miyamoto playing a blurred Star Fox game. He stated that he had new ideas for the game, but would need help from an outside source. Fans were hoping the help would be Platinum Games after the praise they got for the Star Fox easter egg in Bayonetta 2. Our wish was granted during the Nintendo E3 2015 Treehouse; it was confirmed that Platinum Games is working with Nintendo to make Star Fox Zero, but fans were worried after hearing how the controls rely heavily on the Gamepad. Will Star Fox Zero help bring back the adventures of Team Star Fox or should they’ve stay retired?

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Yoshi’s Woolly World Review (Wii U)

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After giving Kirby a makeover in Kirby’s Epic Yarn, Good-Feel in mid production decided to change the style of the next Yoshi game from a cute platform game to a cuter platform game. Whenever a new Yoshi game is announced, most are hoping it’ll have the same charm as Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island on the SNES. Will giving Yoshi a new look help reinvent the franchise, or should you sew this game back up?

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The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD Review (Wii U)

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The Legend of Zelda franchise is a very cherished franchise by gamers, young and old. A legacy spanning thirty years that captured the hearts, minds, and inspired a lot of creativity. Of course, over the years we’ve had very strong entries and some weaker titles. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess was originally released on the Nintendo GameCube and was also launched on the Wii with motion controls. Like The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, Nintendo has given Twilight Princess the HD treatment with improvements the original game needed.

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Freedom Planet Review (Wii U)

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What was supposed to be another Sonic the Hedgehog fan-made game, Galaxy Trail decided to take some elements of the franchise and create a new IP. While the game has been released on PC for a while, it made its long awaited debut on the Nintendo eShop in late last fall after a small delay. Has Galaxy Trail struck gold with this new idea, or should they risk making a game that Sega would shut down?

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Fast Racing Neo Review (Wii U)

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F-Zero has been one of those Nintendo franchises that lies dormant with the occasional easter eggs in other games since the company doesn’t know where to go with it. While fans were clamming for a new F-Zero, Shin’en released Fast Racing League for WiiWare and got praise through word of mouth. Now with Nintendo’s backing by showcasing the game during the E3 edition of the Nintendo Treehouse, buzz has never been higher for this small German company. Can Fast Racing Neo improve on its processor, or will you go back to your rock until Nintendo announces a new F-Zero?

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Super Mario Maker Review (Wii U)

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Back when I was young, I was given a sketchbook for my birthday. With that, I drew a lot of sketches back when I had a lot of free time on my hands. One of those sketches would be my own Super Mario level. I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who did this. For a long time fans wanted a game where they can create their own levels. While other games have tried, it didn’t have the same feel (unless you played those PC hacks).

To celebrate 30 years of the franchise, Nintendo decided to give the fans what they wanted and have you create Super Mario levels… officially. Will this game help future gamemakers on how to create fun levels, or will you just play the 25th anniversary Super Mario All Stars for Wii?

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Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker Review (Wii U)

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What first started as a minigame in Super Mario 3D World got good praise (from myself included) for being a highlight of the game. At E3 2014, Nintendo announced that it would become a full game. Some were wondering how the game would be in long spurts, as the game was fine in small spurts in Super Mario 3D World. As the game came close to release day it was announced that it would be budget priced, which had many people think twice about picking this game up. Will this treasure be worth looking for, or should it stayed buried?

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