As the curtain draws on another week, the Pure Nintendo team takes a moment to reflect on the games that helped us through those long days. As avid Nintendo fans, we squeeze in as many gaming hours as possible – and there’s no prizes for guessing our game of the week this week!

Check out all our favorites from this week below, and let us know what’s on your playlist right now in the comments section.



  • Pokemon Red (GBA): This week I finished up Pokemon Red. Got through the Elite four and beat the game without even using a revive, it was pretty awesome. Soon I will go back and visit Cerulean city to have my epic battle with Red.
  • A Link to the Past (GBA): Since my game save battery is dead in Pokemon Gold, I decided to play this until I can get my hands on Happy Home Designer. I’ve just escaped the castle with Princess Zelda and made my way to Kakariko Village. Hopefully next week I’ll have more to tell you.
  • Sonic The Hedgehog 2 (3DS Virtual Console): I just downloaded this last night but playing it has been a blast from the past. I also love the new 3D effects, gives the game a little extra pizazz.


  • TrevorAscent of Kings (Wii U eShop): A budget game I’m playing for a review, which should post early next week.
  • Super Bonk (SNES Wii VC):  Quite a bit crazier than the TG-16 Bonk games!
  • Yoshi’s Woolly World (Wii U) Still enjoying this great game in Co-op, as my wife & I try for 100%.


  • Yoshi’s Woolly World (Wii U): I’m currently playing Yoshi’s Woolly World, which hands down, deserves the GOTY award. Not only does it scratch that nostalgic itch, it’s visually gorgeous, and simplistic. A must play and certainly a must buy as well :)


  • Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow (GBA/Wii U Virtual Console): When I last left off, I had mentioned my hatred of vampires inspired me to take on the noble profession of vampire hunting by playing a Castlevania game for the first time. As I progressed, the game had begun to drop hints that my character was the reincarnation of the dreaded Dracula, and despite my fears I pressed onward and have finally beaten the game. For a GBA title, Aria of Sorrow has a lot going on for it, and collecting the demon souls to gain their powers is a lot of fun and adds plenty of customization. If you’re in the mood for some exploration and monster slaying, I’d say this title is worth picking up on the eShop. As for whether or not my character was Dracula? Well, you’ll have to play the game yourself to find out!
  • Chibi Robo Zip Lash (3DS): I had eagerly been awaiting for this game’s release, and now that it is here, I’m having some fun with this title. While I was aware that the items you collect in the game are based off of real food products, when you feed them to a certain character, the game blurs the line between game and commercial as you “learn” more about the snack you just handed over. It’s pretty bizarre, and I’m not sure what to think about it. It’s a decent game though, so I’m gonna enjoy it regardless. Be sure to check out our review of it!
  • Yoshi’s Woolly World (Wii U): Every time I boot up this game, it’s a treat for the eyes, and I love the different ways they managed to use fabric and crafting materials to make different-looking environments. I’m only on the second world, but already I can tell this game will be difficult to %100 because the secrets are well hidden. Not that I mind replaying the levels, mind you. I’ve tapped in my Ness amiibo so I can play as Ness Yoshi, and he looks awesome! We also have a review of the game so go check that one out too!

Justin S

  • Justin Sharp
    Yoshi’s Woolly World (Wii U): Just an absolute joy to play.  The co-op has been a lot of fun and the graphics/style are fantastic.  I really enjoyed Kirby’s Epic Yarn, but I have to admit the yarn style looks a lot better in HD and with the added 3D depth.


  • Yoshi’s Wooly World (Wii U): This game is so cute that it should be illegal! Not only is this game beautiful to look at, but the familiar feeling of Yoshi’s Island gives the perfect blast of nostalgia, while still holding an identity of its own. I can’t help myself but to collect every bit of wonder wool, as I plan on saving the entire Yoshi clan from their adorable wool prison! If you haven’t already, this is something that deserves to be in your Wii U library!



  • Super Mario Maker (Wii U): Finally finished off a Bob-omb level that I’d started last week. My four-year-old also seems to enjoy this game, though his crazy levels aren’t exactly playable. Sometimes he buries Mario in bricks, just ‘cos. Here’s one of his more creative levels:mario-maker-harrison
    And here’s my Bob-omb level:

    • Bombing Good Time
  • Pokémon Shuffle (3DS): I made a little more progress this week, defeating Avalugg, Braviary and Excadrill to reach level 206. I only caught Avalugg though!

What do you think of our list this week? Are you into anything retro at the moment, or busy playing something brand new? Let us know your own playlists in the comments section.