Nintendo’s E3 2014: a line-up unlikely to ‘save’ Wii U, but who cares when it’s this much fun?

nintendo e3

And now for something completely different. It doesn’t matter whether you believe Nintendo’s determination to do things its own way is its greatest asset or its greatest flaw, few will have watched Nintendo’s version of an E3 press conference without cracking a smile. The tone was set from the very beginning with an extraordinary, GIF-friendly… Continue reading

Mario Kart 8 review

Mario Kart 8 review

First things first: it’s going to be difficult to return to previous Mario Karts after this. Even 2011’s effervescent 3DS outing, Mario Kart 7, feels somewhat lifeless by comparison. The new HD visuals are gorgeous, but Nintendo has also built on 7’s neatly interlaced mechanics and introduced a nuanced handling model to create the greatest… Continue reading

Scram Kitty And His Buddy On Rails review

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Dakko Dakko’s third game doesn’t take long to bare its claws. Scram Kitty is a ferociously difficult game, not because it has a complex control scheme, or because its enemies are particularly challenging; rather, because acclimatising to the unusual locomotion of Buddy, its protagonist, will take some time, and mastery of it several hours more…. Continue reading

The Making Of: Super Mario 3D World – bridging the gap between Mario’s past and present

Making of SM3DW

No tea tables were upended – as a Nintendo euphemism for radical changes towards the end of a game’s development goes – during the making of Super Mario 3D World. Since 2005’s Donkey Kong Jungle Beat, Nintendo EAD Tokyo has blossomed into one of the publisher’s finest assets, and it says much for the regard… Continue reading

Child Of Light review

Child of light review

Child Of Light may have been pitched as an indie experiment – a project made with an almost rebellious small-team attitude within the walls of a big publisher – but this is a Ubisoft game through and through. And we don’t just mean the obligatory main menu nag to log into Uplay, Ubisoft’s social-network-cum-game-store, which… Continue reading

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze review

Donkey Kong Country- Tropical Freeze 2

Assuming that Mario is the gear that makes his worlds tick with clockwork precision, Donkey Kong is the proverbial spanner in the works. His arrival is the catalyst for a level to start crumbling apart, his thumping entrance enough to dislodge everything that holds these environments together. And on the rare occasions that objects don’t dismantle themselves… Continue reading

Still Playing: Rayman Legends – why Ubisoft’s platformer has the replay value of a great mixtape

Rayman Legends

A common complaint from fellow fathers is one regarding a lack of time. Home from work, kids in bed, dinner detritus cleared away – there’s barely enough left of the day to slump before the telly and promptly fall asleep on the sofa. So playing games becomes something enjoyed during breaks in established routine –… Continue reading