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PN Review: Pushmo World

June 5, 2014 | 1

Pushmo World is the first title from this fairly new Nintendo franchise to land on their home console, Wii U.  The first two games, Pushmo and Crashmo, both released on 3DS and I did not have the pleasure of playing … Read More

PN Review: I’ve Got to Run

June 4, 2014 |

Roy the Marshmallow Boy is on the move in this new Wii U eShop game, I’ve Got to Run!  There’s no story – Roy is running for running’s own sake. It’s a simple game (Nintendo Web Framework developed) and selling … Read More

PN Review: Chubbins

June 3, 2014 |

Chubbins is a new Wii U action platformer previously released on iOS.  Truthfully its origins show in many ways.  There’s just 5 worlds with no themes to speak of, there isn’t any story whatsoever, and even Chubbins himself (a pudgy … Read More

PN Review: Ittle Dew

June 3, 2014 | 2

Ittle Dew is an action-adventure title in the mold of a 2D Zelda game – so much so that some elements are directly lifted from Link’s adventures!  This is both a good thing and a bad one.  Good in that … Read More

PN Review: Scram Kitty and his Buddy on Rails

May 28, 2014 |

Scram Kitty and his Buddy on Rails is a shoot ‘em up game that adds a twist on the genre.  Scram Kitty is ‘on rails’ but in a different sense than what gamers are typically used to.  Scram Kitty is … Read More

PN Review: Stick It To The Man! (Wii U)

May 26, 2014 |

Stick It To The Man! is quite a quirky, humorous little eShop game that started life on the PlayStation 3 and then began to trickle onto other platforms.  After the PS3 release, Zoink Games released the title on Vita and … Read More

PN Review: Alien on the Run

May 26, 2014 |

Alien on the Run is a comical little game that has you taking control of an extra terrestrial critter trying to return to his home planet.  In a UFO filled with traps, can you help the little fella get back … Read More

PN Review: Turtle Tale

May 22, 2014 |

When a band of pirate monkeys invade Turtle Island, Shelldon sets out to save the day.  He will engage in some retro inspired platforming, taking on the invaders with a water gun.  The cartoony plot and decidedly less violent approach … Read More

PN Review: Color Zen

May 20, 2014 | 2

I was intrigued by Color Zen since first reporting on it back in October.  Part of my curiosity stemmed from not knowing what this puzzle game would be about – the launch trailer simply added fuel to my inquiring mind. … Read More

PN Review: Parking Star 3D

May 17, 2014 |

A parking simulator doesn’t sound like the most exciting premise for a game, and unsurprisingly it isn’t.  Nevertheless, despite the dull theme, I was hopeful this game might pleasantly surprise me.  Sad to say, it didn’t.  Parking Star originated as … Read More

PN Review: Jewel Match (DSiWare)

May 16, 2014 |

Who doesn’t know the match-three game? I’ve reviewed several of these titles for Pure Nintendo and played even more.  Despite their simplicity, repetitiveness, and overabundance I enjoy them.  They make for nice stretches of entertainment between more robust offerings.  The … Read More

PN Review: Mario Kart 8

May 15, 2014 | 5

I wrote about 8 different lead-ins before deciding to cut the fluff and get straight to the point. Does Mario Kart 8 live up to the hype? Yes!

Mario Kart 8 was exactly what I expected. It’s very rare to … Read More

Review: The Amazing Spider-Man 2

May 14, 2014 |

There’s a lot that can go into being the Amazing Spider-Man. One must be dedicated, determined, have good morals, self-control and a strong motivation to choose and do what is right. The same level of complexity can go into making … Read More

PN Review: Moon Chronicles

May 13, 2014 | 6

Is This Going To Be Our Next Giant Leap? If So, Just What Are We Jumping Into?

Despite its acclaim, I never experienced Moon on the Nintendo DS.  So when I learned that a remastered version was headed to the … Read More

PN Review: Sokomania 2: Cool Job (DSiWare)

May 9, 2014 |

This new DSiWare release is a sokoban game, which (courtesy of Wikipedia) “is a type of transport puzzle, in which the player pushes boxes or crates around in a warehouse, trying to get them to storage locations.”  I’ve played titles … Read More

PN Retro Review: Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 (GB)

May 8, 2014 | 4

Technically the third entry in the Super Mario Land series, Wario Land is very much its own unique game. Its different style gameplay resonated strongly with players, and Wario would continue on with a series of very popular Game Boy … Read More

Retro Review: Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link

May 6, 2014 | 8

If you haven’t read my profile for Pure Nintendo, The Legend of Zelda is my favorite franchise in gaming. It’s a series that makes me feel accomplished when solving its puzzles, traversing its dungeons and saving the land of Hyrule. … Read More

PN Review: Abyss (Wii U eShop)

May 6, 2014 |

As one of my favorite DSiWare games, I was excited to learn of Abyss arriving on the Wii U eShop.  With all new missions, a two-player mode, HD visuals, etc.,  I anticipated a great sequel.  The low $1.99 price tag … Read More