Are you a seasoned Jungle Beater? Then New Play Control Jungle Beat is like having your dog’s legs amputated: it no longer runs and bounds as it should, but you’re still left with a recognisable lump of pooch to love and pat. Jungle Beat was designed to show off the GameCube bongo peripheral, a simple input respected with intelligent, simple design; design that was never intended to be sprinted through with an analog stick.
Hot on the heels of a remastered Pikmin comes another big in-house Nintendo title pitching for wider recognition on the world’s mainstream console of choice. Mario Tennis was an office favourite on back in the day, and we’d have to say it’s a perfect fit for a conversion to Wii.
Games quite often trigger bouts of déjà vu. We get it every time we’re invited to see the latest instalment of Need For Speed and quite often when Square Enix announces a new game that just happens to be a remake of an old PS1 game. But Nintendo is being more shameless than most with its latest New Play Control! series.
Startling fact: this is the first traditional Mario game to appear on a console since 1991’s Super Mario World. That’s a huge burden to bear, as this is the exact type of game that transformed Nintendo into the worldwide juggernaut it is today.
We lost a little piece of ourselves last season when 2K Sports announced that their long-running NHL 2K series was going on hiatus. Things are tough all around for sports-minded gamers, after all, with franchises dying (March Madness, College Hoops, and NASCAR) or being put on indefinite leave (The BIGS, All Pro Football). When it turned out that NHL 2K11 would actually exist this year as a Wii exclusive, it kept our hopes alive that maybe, just maybe, the once-proud 2K pucks name will be restored to glory...
We love it when developers take risks, especially calculated ones. NHL Slapshot is the perfect example; a new franchise on with a gimmicky controller (risk!) built on a rock-solid engine that guarantees a smooth experience (calculated!). What’s more, Slapshot embraces its existence on the Wii with a playful attitude that’s a welcome change from your traditional sports sim. Who knows – it may even get the kids into hockey. Stranger things have happened...
Dec 18, 2007
Consider this Sonic Team's official pinch: You're not dreaming. After over a decade of fevered anticipation, a new NiGHTS is finally here. Few they may be, fans of the original Sega Saturn game have always held the franchise in the highest regard, and to that proud brood we can happily say that everything you loved about Into Dreams is here to behold on the Wii's NiGHTs: Journey of Dreams. Majestically soaring through hallucinatory landscapes with the power of (slightly)
Ninja Reflex is basically the ninja equivalent of Wii Sports: six minigames in which you and your friends energetically wave and point Wii remotes in order to swing swords, hurl throwing stars, and do whatever else it is that ninjas do. The katana challenge transforms the Wii remote into a sword. You yank the controller sideways or lift it above your head to parry attacks, and then you give it a quick shake to finish off the warrior
Nov 8, 2007
Great name! If only somebody with a bigger budget had thought of it first. While we love the concept of a ginger ninja terrorizing the cake shop, the only thing this game has really got going for it is the lead character.
It's a bog-standard 3D platformer with incredibly horrid controls. Simply getting the sugary hero to land on a platform is no mean feat, as he'll often slide right off the other side or fail to jump high enough because he hit a sticky wall. It's an opportunity
Nitrobike is the sort of outrageous racing game that you desperately want to like. In every race, you're mashing the turbo button, performing death-defying tricks, and literally destroying the track as you try to beat the other riders to the finish line. Unfortunately, you're also fighting the Wii remote every step of the way just to stay pointed in the right direction, which quickly transforms what ought to be a lovey-dovey relationship into a trip to