Latest Nintendo game reviews

Pokémon: Let's Go review: An epic Nintendo Switch adventure
4.0 stars Pokémon: Let's Go review: An epic Nintendo Switch adventure By Lucy Orr

Available in Pikachu and Eevee forms, the Nintendo Switch's epic Pokemon RPG is compatible with the Poke Ball Plus controller and can be co-op played.... Read more

Super Mario Party review: Proving the Switch is the best party console
4.0 stars Super Mario Party review: Proving the Switch is the best party console By Steve Boxer

The perfect family game? Super Mario Party revamps the board game-based formula with mini-games and fun antics to keep the formula feeling fresh.... Read more

Atari VCS initial review: Imagine the SNES Classic Mini and Nvidia Shield TV combined
Atari VCS initial review: Imagine the SNES Classic Mini and Nvidia Shield TV combined By Rik Henderson

The Atari VCS - formerly Ataribox - has had a relatively rocky ride since it was announced last year. A delay to its crowd funding phase, let alone launch,... Read more

Nintendo Labo review: Crazy cardboard fun for the Switch
4.5 stars Nintendo Labo review: Crazy cardboard fun for the Switch By Stuart Miles

Zany, wacky, crazy, mind-boggling, pointless, bizarre, very Japanese. I don't get it.These are just some of the words and phrases that we've heard from... Read more

Nintendo Switch review: Redefining the games console
4.0 stars Nintendo Switch review: Redefining the games console By Rik Henderson

After the relative failure of the Wii U, and in the era of Ultra-HD gaming from PS4 Pro and Xbox One X, some were beginning to think that the days of a... Read more

Super Mario Odyssey review: Nintendo nails it
5.0 stars Super Mario Odyssey review: Nintendo nails it By Rik Henderson

The Nintendo Switch couldn't have had a better start, with a game as scintillating as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and sales figures the Wii... Read more

SNES Classic Mini review: Super Nintendo does it again
4.0 stars SNES Classic Mini review: Super Nintendo does it again By Rik Henderson

As soon as the NES Classic Mini was released last year we set our hearts on a follow-up, after all, the Super Nintendo was a better console and the first... Read more

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle review: Another addictive Nintendo Switch exclusive
4.0 stars Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle review: Another addictive Nintendo Switch exclusive By Steve Boxer

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle created a stir when it was unveiled at the E3 Show in June. After all, any original Mario-related game is bound to be big... Read more

Nintendo 2DS XL review: A fitting finale to over a decade of fun
4.5 stars Nintendo 2DS XL review: A fitting finale to over a decade of fun By Rik Henderson

There’s no doubt that the future of Nintendo looks rosy or, at least, rosier than it did a couple of years ago.The Switch has proven a tremendous success,... Read more

Splatoon 2 review: More glorious sploshy platform-shooter cleverness
4.5 stars Splatoon 2 review: More glorious sploshy platform-shooter cleverness By Steve Boxer

The Wii U may have been an unmitigated flop, but at least one good game came out of it: Splatoon. The clever, third-person ink-shooting platformer seemed... Read more

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle gameplay preview: Cute and compelling turn-based action
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle gameplay preview: Cute and compelling turn-based action By Mike Lowe

In 2017 Mario seems to be on something of a departure from his norm. Maybe it's a midlife crisis. First, there's Mario Odyssey on Switch, a game in which... Read more

Arms review: Nintendo's new fighting game is well worth reaching for
4.0 stars Arms review: Nintendo's new fighting game is well worth reaching for By Steve Boxer

When Nintendo finally unveiled the Switch at a showcase just prior to its launch, Arms was one of the games that left everyone convinced that the Japanese... Read more

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe review: The best ever version hits Nintendo Switch
5.0 stars Mario Kart 8 Deluxe review: The best ever version hits Nintendo Switch By Steve Boxer

If you seek evidence that Nintendo learned some major lessons from the Wii U's humiliating failure, you need look no further than Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.Its... Read more

Super Mario Run review: Is Mario on your phone worth £10?
4.5 stars Super Mario Run review: Is Mario on your phone worth £10? By Rik Henderson

When Nintendo announced that it was to move into the smartphone app arena, Mario was the star we wanted to see the most. We didn't expect Super Mario Run... Read more

The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild review: Game of the year already
5.0 stars The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild review: Game of the year already By Rik Henderson

It might be early to be thinking such things but there’s every chance there won’t be another game as good as the latest Zelda this year. Yes, we have... Read more

Super Bomberman R preview: A sparkling retro gem for the Nintendo Switch
Super Bomberman R preview: A sparkling retro gem for the Nintendo Switch By Mike Lowe

As classic multiplayer games go, few can match the might of Bomberman. Way back when it was the ultimate way to get your mates around and strategically... Read more

NES Classic Mini review: Comes up a little short
4.0 stars NES Classic Mini review: Comes up a little short By Rik Henderson

Nintendo has had its problems of late, especially when it comes to home consoles, but things are looking up.The forthcoming Switch is intriguing, full... Read more

Star Fox Zero review: Can't outfox its shortcomings
3.5 stars Star Fox Zero review: Can't outfox its shortcomings By Steve Boxer

The Wii U may have been a roaring flop, but the precious few who own one know that it isn't a bad console – just a misunderstood one. Its arcane design... Read more

Super Mario Maker review: Build it and they will come
4.5 stars Super Mario Maker review: Build it and they will come By Steve Boxer

The phenomenal success of Minecraft shows that, in this day and age, just playing games isn't necessarily enough: it's even better if you can build them... Read more

Yoshi's Woolly Word review: Sewing up the platform genre
4.5 stars Yoshi's Woolly Word review: Sewing up the platform genre By Steve Boxer

In the hierarchy of Nintendo characters, Yoshi – the green, egg-laying dinosaur with a lizard-like tongue – may lack the superstar status of Mario,... Read more

Star Fox Zero preview: Cunning, the Wii U just became an even foxier prospect
Star Fox Zero preview: Cunning, the Wii U just became an even foxier prospect By Mike Lowe

As much as the Wii U has received its fair share of abuse, it houses some of Nintendo’s finest titles that are scientifically proven to be impossible... Read more

Super Mario Maker preview: Building our own Mario levels, every Nintendo fan's dream
Super Mario Maker preview: Building our own Mario levels, every Nintendo fan's dream By Rik Henderson

One of the more quirky Wii U titles trailed during the E3 special edition of Nintendo Direct was Super Mario Maker. Not just a game, it allows you to build... Read more

Splatoon review: Ink-redible multiplayer for just a few squids
5.0 stars Splatoon review: Ink-redible multiplayer for just a few squids By Rik Henderson

It is with great pleasure that we no longer talk about the Wii U as Nintendo's big mistake. Instead, it is now firmly ensconced as everybody's favourite... Read more

Mario Party 10 review: For the kids, but not party of the year
3.5 stars Mario Party 10 review: For the kids, but not party of the year By Steve Boxer

Nintendo indisputably makes some of the world's favourite games franchises, but Mario Party has never really caught the public imagination in the manner... Read more

New Nintendo 3DS XL review: Handheld gaming has never been so good
5.0 stars New Nintendo 3DS XL review: Handheld gaming has never been so good By Rik Henderson

When Nintendo first announced its new versions of the 3DS and 3DS XL handhelds there were more than a few eyebrows raised. Yes, the 3D functionality of... Read more

Captain Toad Treasure Tracker review: Toadally awesome
4.0 stars Captain Toad Treasure Tracker review: Toadally awesome By Steve Boxer

It's tricky to characterise the story the Nintendo Wii U as anything but a sad one, at least if you're a Nintendo fan. There's nothing wrong with the console... Read more

Nintendo Wii U review: The underdog rises
4.0 stars Nintendo Wii U review: The underdog rises By Mike Lowe

The Nintendo Wii U has been called a lot of things since its launch at the tail-end of 2012. Most of them far from positive. But two years on, and in the... Read more

Super Smash Bros for Wii U preview: Want to fight as your Mii against Pac-Man? Now you can
Super Smash Bros for Wii U preview: Want to fight as your Mii against Pac-Man? Now you can By Rik Henderson

There's a line in The Who's Won't Get Fooled Again that could apply to Super Smash Bros for the Wii U: "Meet the new boss, same as the old boss." Fans... Read more

Splatoon preview: Going 4 v 4 in Nintendo's mad new multiplayer skirmish
Splatoon preview: Going 4 v 4 in Nintendo's mad new multiplayer skirmish By Rik Henderson

You can trust Nintendo to pull some mad cap games out of the bag during E3 each more, perhaps more so than its major rivals. However, once we saw Sunset... Read more

Yoshi's Woolly World preview: The Wii U surprise hit of E3
Yoshi's Woolly World preview: The Wii U surprise hit of E3 By Rik Henderson

Much has been said and written about the struggles of Nintendo's Wii U console to sell in significant numbers, some, ourselves included, have even mulled... Read more

Mario Kart 8 review
5.0 stars Mario Kart 8 review By Rik Henderson

There is something wonderfully familiar about Mario Kart 8. It's a game that will satisfy fans of any generation of the franchise, yet it still manages... Read more

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze review
5.0 stars Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze review By Rik Henderson

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... Read more

Zelda: A Link Between Worlds review
5.0 stars Zelda: A Link Between Worlds review By Mike Lowe

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... Read more

Super Mario 3D World review
5.0 stars Super Mario 3D World review By Rik Henderson

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... Read more

Nintendo 2DS review
3.5 stars Nintendo 2DS review By Mike Lowe

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... Read more

Hands-on: Nintendo 2DS review
Hands-on: Nintendo 2DS review By Stuart Miles

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... Read more

New Super Luigi U preview: First play
New Super Luigi U preview: First play By Mike Lowe

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... Read more

Bayonetta 2 preview: First play of Wii U exclusive
Bayonetta 2 preview: First play of Wii U exclusive By Mike Lowe

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... Read more

Hands on: Pikmin 3 review
Hands on: Pikmin 3 review By Mike Lowe

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... Read more

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

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... Read more

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

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... Read more

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

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... Read more

ZombiU
4.0 stars ZombiU By Hunter Skipworth

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... Read more

New Super Mario Bros U (for Wii U)
4.5 stars New Super Mario Bros U (for Wii U) By Mike Lowe

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... Read more

FIFA 13 Nintendo Wii U preview: What does the GamePad offer?
FIFA 13 Nintendo Wii U preview: What does the GamePad offer? By Chris Hall

Look carefully at the picture above. What do you see? Sure, it's FIFA 13 on the Nintendo Wii U, but look a little closer and you'll notice an aiming reticule... Read more

Nintendo 3DS XL
4.0 stars Nintendo 3DS XL By Mike Lowe

When we reviewed the original Nintendo 3DS in March 2011 we thought that the lack of decent launch titles and limited battery life were its two biggest... Read more

Nintendo 3DS XL pictures and hands-on
Nintendo 3DS XL pictures and hands-on By Rik Henderson

A super-sized version of the Nintendo 3DS was touted just before the start of E3 in June, but the Japanese videogames firm clearly decided to let the Wii... Read more

Nintendo Wii U pictures and hands-on (2012)
Nintendo Wii U pictures and hands-on (2012) By Rik Henderson

We managed to get our hands on the Wii U last E3, but a fair bit has changed for Nintendo's new console in a year. Not only has the controller, sorry,... Read more

Moshi Monsters: Moshling Zoo for Nintendo DS pictures and hands-on
Moshi Monsters: Moshling Zoo for Nintendo DS pictures and hands-on By Rik Henderson

Moshi Monsters has been a massive success story since Mind Candy unleashed the online social network for kids aged 7 -12. So much so, that it's almost... Read more

E3 Quick Play: Super Mario 3D
E3 Quick Play: Super Mario 3D By Stuart Miles

Mario is back, and back in 3D. That was the big Nintendo news for Mario fans at this year after everyone’s favourite plumber missing the launch of the... Read more

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