Reviews & hands-on

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    Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze review

    By 21 February 2014

    Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is proof positive that 2D platformers still have a place in modern gaming. It is, quite simply, a superb platform title and a much needed one for the Wii U. The return of Donkey Kong might not necessarily reinvigorate...

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    Zelda: A Link Between Worlds review

    By 17 December 2013

    To the avid - and aged - gamer, slotting Zelda: A Link Between Worlds into a 3DS is a bit like getting into a time machine and spinning the clock back 20 years. Because, on the face of it, the latest Zelda feels exactly like the early 90s Zelda title...

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    Super Mario 3D World review

    By 3 December 2013

    Super Mario 3D World was released on the same day as the PlayStation 4 made its bow in the UK - but the famous Italian plumber is no less significant to the arena of gaming because of it. Indeed the release marks the day the Wii U became more than "that...

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    Nintendo 2DS review

    By 14 October 2013

    Nintendo is making moves to remain relevant in the shifting landscape of handheld gaming. That is, to some degree, what the Nintendo 2DS handheld console is all about. Because this handheld is something of an oddity. Why? The clue's in the number of the...

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    Hands-on: Nintendo 2DS review

    By 30 August 2013

    Just like that, Nintendo announced the Nintendo 2DS, a 2D version of its 3D hand-held console that it launched in March 2011. Pocket-lint played with the new console ahead of the official release in the UK on 12 October to see what all the fuss is about....

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    New Super Luigi U preview: First play

    By 17 June 2013

    There's something fundamentally familiar about New Super Luigi U. And that's no accident: the side-scrolling platform game ultimately is - to give it its music biz terminology - a remix of New Super Mario Bros U. Pocket-lint got to play Luigi U at the...

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    Bayonetta 2 preview: First play of Wii U exclusive

    By 17 June 2013

    Bayonetta 2 is one of those fast-paced arcade games that's borderline bonkers. The now Nintendo-only sequel to the original arcade smasher is set for launch on Wii U in 2014. Good job, as Ninty needs some of those grittier titles to grace its flagging...

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    Hands on: Pikmin 3 review

    By 16 June 2013

    For whatever reason we've got the 90s advert for Penguin chocolate bars running through our heads. "P-p-p-pick up a Pikmin," we think to ourselves - mental Freudian slip in full effect - as we pluck flower-topped, carrot-like characters out of the ground...

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    Super Mario 3D World preview: First play of Mario in 3D on Wii U

    By 14 June 2013

    Mario in 3D has been missing from the Wii U since the console's launch and fans have been pining for his return. Back when Mario 64 launched alongside the N64 all those years ago, our Italian plumber friend acquired a new status - busting out of the restrictive...

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    Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze preview: First play on Wii U

    By 13 June 2013

    Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is another of a slew of titles that Nintendo has announced at this year's E3 convention in a bid to get the fans on board with the Wii U console. You'd be forgiven for mistaking Tropical Freeze as "Returns 2" as the...

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    Mario Kart 8 preview: First play of Wii U racer, due 2014

    By 13 June 2013

    There's something charming about Mario Kart. It's one of those games that always puts a smile on people's faces. And Mario Kart 8 for Wii U is no different. Mario Kart 8 had to be shown off at this year's E3 expo in Los Angeles California. Nintendo is...

  • Gaming 4 out of 5

    Sonic and Sega All Stars Racing Transformed (Wii U) review

    By 21 December 2012

    Sonic has had a real return to form recently. Once a great childhood hero, the blue hedgehog lost nearly all of his credibility after a series of poor titles. We still approach anything that features the hedgehog with a degree of hesitation, but following...

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    ZombiU review

    By 13 December 2012

    At launch, there were only really two Wii U exclusive titles worth getting excited about: New Super Mario Bros U and ZombiU. The latter we have been playing for a good while now, with Mario now safely completed and put to bed. ZombiU has left us torn....

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    Nintendo Wii U review

    By 30 November 2012

    Console launches don't happen very often. So when Nintendo announced the Wii U - its sixth generation gaming machine - back in 2011 it should have been cause for the usual ruckus of pant-wetting over-excitement. Only in the lead up to launch the Wii U...

  • Gaming 4.5 out of 5

    New Super Mario Bros U (for Wii U) review

    By 28 November 2012

    That loveable plumber is back, this time in high definition. New Super Mario Bros. U - to give its title the whole mouth-full-of-cake, full stop an' all dues - is a Nintendo Wii U launch title with a lot resting on it. Mario has history; he's the symbol...