Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush is an exciting idea. You'll use the Wii U Gamepad to create tracks for Kirby to roll along, using the hardware to advantate, while enjoying the utterly sensational claymation visuals.
Unfortunately, when it came to review, I discovered that it's also flawed in a number of respects. You can't appreciate the visuals since you have to squint at the touchscreen at all times, while the action lacks the versatile joy of previous Kirby games. Heck, he can't even consume and transform! You can read all about it here.
I wouldn't suggest paying more than £18.95... which is a good thing too, because you still grab it at The Game Collection!
Yoshi's Woolly World is one of the best platformers we've seen in a while and we're surprised to see it on sale for as little as for just £27.66 when it's going for over £3o at many other sites.
Sometimes you just want to chill out with a game and you'll struggle to find a more comforting-looking game than Yoshi's Woolly World on the Wii U. Want to know more? Take a look at Jon's full review. "Yoshi's Woolly World is Nintendo at their inventive best. Delightful and deceptively devious, this sensational platformer encourages you to explore, experiment and genuinely play with it at every turn."
Thanks to Lomi.
We're now halfway through 2015 and it's time to take stock of the year so far. No matter what systems you own and genres you're into, we've already had plenty of great games to get stuck into between January and June.
Yesterday we covered the best PS4 games of 2015. Today we're moving onto Nintendo, both in terms of the Wii U and 3DS, and looking back at six months of quality over quantity. We'll link to our reviews and the cheapest prices around when possible too.
Let's start with the big one. Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is probably the best game in the series and nothing less than an essential killer app.
Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is utterly magnificent. Newfound vertical freedom, extraordinary new monsters and native 3DS multiplayer makes for the best game in the series to date, coupled with a much more compelling storyline and some killer new features. - 10/10 review
Oh, and let's not forget the boatloads of awesome and completely free DLC delivered every month, from new quests to weapons and fan-favourite costumes!Click here to read more...
The Wonderful 101 is magnificent, as you'd rightly expect from Platinum Games. The veteran studio created one of their most colourful and outrageous brawlers to date as you control an entire team of heroes simultaneously, calling on ridiculous attacks to pummel enormous bosses. If you own a Wii U, it's a cult classic and an essential for genre fans, yet so few people eventually bought it.
Shame! A heartbreaking lapse in judgement, but now you can get involved for just £21.97. That is, if you've already clocked Bayonetta 2. Many thanks to gty1970 @ HUKD!
"Platinum unleashed their full creative force on The Wonderful 101, holding nothing back, and the lunatic density of its layered gameplay systems sometimes threatens to overwhelm. Thankfully raucous fun factor and Kamiya's trademark tight design conspire to create a modern classic on Wii U, so long as you're willing to master it." - 8/10 The Wonderful 101 Review.
We have a few Super Mario Maker deals for you below to save you a few quid on the main competition clutch. Don't forget to use the voucher code to get the £28.49 offer.
Alternatively, if Zavvi decide to pull the code, try out this GC deal for just £29.95.
Super Mario Maker is looking like an excellent game for Mario fans, especially those of you who really want to push your skills to the limits. Download user-created stages or build your own on this intuitive Wii U title that looks set to make some great use of the Gamepad's screen.
Super Mario Maker looks like a fantastic tribute to 30 years of platforming greatness: an incredibly robust and exciting tool that lets you create your own levels, experiment in crazy ways and comes with 100 stages into the bargain. You can currently pre-order a physical copy with a reference design book for less than £30 at Zavvi, which is one of the best prices we've seen.
You can watch nearly half an hour of footage in the video above. Many thanks to Evans94 @ HUKD!
A Premium Wii U bundle with Mario Kart 8 is now available for £188.10. This a hell of a steal. Be sure to use the discount code to get a rather helpful £20.90 discount. You're also getting x5 Super Points. Mario Kart 8 walked away with our accolade for best racing game of 2014 and even as a staunch PS4, gamer, I struggle to disagree. The Premium Wii U is the only version you want too as it comes with 32GB of memory.
The Wii U's current lineup is very strong. Bayonetta 2, Smash Bros, Splatoon and the promise of Xenoblade Chronicles X and Super Mario Maker prove that there's a healthy selection of exclusives on the once-ailing console.
Though some of our regulars disagree, Bayonetta 2 is superb and that's our final word on the matter. It's a technically perfect brawler with gorgeous art design, compelling challenge curve and masterful mechanics that deserves to be a part of any discerning Wii U owner's collection.
Which means that you should definitely check out Amazon's latest price drop. You can now buy Bayonetta 2 for just £16.99 -- plus an extra £2.03 postage if you're not a Prime member -- which is an absolute steal.
Thanks to scottishgamer @ HUKD!
"Yoshi's Woolly World is Nintendo at their inventive best. Delightful and deceptively devious, this sensational platformer encourages you to explore, experiment and genuinely play with it at every turn." - 9/10 Yoshi's Woolly World review
Yoshi's latest adventure really is superb and deserves your immediate attention if you own a Wii U. You can currently buy it for just £27.26, which is an absolute steal.
Super Mario Maker looks like a fantastic tribute to 30 years of platforming greatness: an incredibly robust and exciting tool that lets you create your own levels, experiment in crazy ways and comes with 100 stages into the bargain. You can currently pre-order a physical copy with a reference design book for £32.99 at 365 Games, which is the cheapest around.
You can watch nearly half an hour of footage in the video above. Thanks again, FantasyDeals!
Splatoon's first ever Splatfest was delayed here in Europe after some issues with the Japanese event. However, it has now been resceduled for July 4th, which will henceforth be known as Inkdependence Day.
Hooray! However, if the question on the tip of your tongue is "what the heck's a Splatfest when it's at home?" then read on.Click here to read more...
Call Of Duty: Black Ops 3 may not be coming to Wii U, but you can buy the second game in Treyarch's trilogy for less than £6. I personally feel that it's one of the best Call Of Duty games of the lot, with a great branching storyline and excellent multiplayer tweaks.
Our review is on hand if you need it.
Nintendo has released this week's list of digital Wii U and 3DS deals. Though not a patch on our transatlantic chums (thanks for nothing, region lock!) there are still a few discounts worth noting.
First up, Yoshi's Woolly World releases this week at a very reasonable £34.99. You'll even get a free copy of Yoshi Touch & Go if you buy it from the eShop! As you can read in our 9/10 Yoshi's Woolly World review, it's absolutely superb, though we have to point out that it costs just £26.66 at Gameseek.
More impressive, though, is that you'll be able to grab Shin Megami Tensei IV for just £8.99! That's a £9 discount for a great JRPG.
The eShop deals go live on Thursday/Friday at the stroke of twelve. As always, remember to buy cheap eShop credit for extra savings!Click here to read more...
Videogames have undoubtedly grown beyond toys into a bona fide art form and entertainment medium, but Yoshi's Woolly World reminds us that there's no shame in creating a wonderful toy. Beautifully crafted with love, innovation and attention to detail, it's a joy to play with - not just play.
Or in other words Yoshi's Woolly World is an absolute belter: one of the best platformers of recent years and the surprise hit of the summer. If you thought that Nintendo were going through the motions this year, think again.
Yoshi and his clan live a carefree existence in the titular Woolly World, a snuggly universe of cushions, yarn and soft furnishings that's a delight to behold. Unfortunately when a rogue Magikoopa unravels the knitted Yoshis into balls of yarn and scatters them across the land, it's up to our green hero to sally forth and save the day in an adventure that's as relaxing, challenging and hardcore as you want it to be.
Click here to read more...
Mighty Number 9 is out in September, promising to bring back The Blue Bomber's glory days. Keiji Inafune, the creator of Mega-Man, has nearly finished his spiritual successor that updates the graphics while keeping the spirit intact. Not to mention the awesome robot masters.
It's out in September and retailers are already squabbling over pre-order deals - saving you several Pounds versus the RRP! Here are the best of the bunch on all platforms.
Yoshi's Woolly World may not have the most fanfare, but it's one of the most exciting games of the summer if not the whole of 2015.
Indeed, if I might be so bold, it's also one of the best. Though you'll have to wait until next week for the full review, my last-minute hands on preview is now live and explains exactly what makes this superb platformer so unique.
Its level design is absolutely packed full of imaginative secrets and challenges that encourage you to explore, to play, to experiment and have fun, while checkpointing is vicious enough to provide a stern level of challenge if you want to collect everything. And trust me, you will, because everything you collect actually has a purpose, whether spending on powerups or unlocking new characters.
The art design is also exceptional. Nintendo have painstakingly designed Yoshi's Woolly World to resemble real physical materials, whether knitting, felt, cushions or even clothing brought into life in front of your eyes. It's a totally unique aesthetic, even compared to Kirby's Epic Yarn.
If that sounds good, you can pre-order a copy for just £26.66 at Gameseek. Stay tuned for the review next week. (Thanks and credit to mman2005 @ HUKD!)
Nintendo are taking a lot of stick from fans for their E3 Digital Event, many of whom are annoyed that Zelda didn't make an appearance. NoA boss Reggie "My Body Is Ready" Fils-Aime has spoken out to explain why it was missing in action.Click here to read more...
Nintendo's E3 2015 Digital Event may have been very controversial, but in fairness there were plenty of great games on show. Star Fox Zero was definitely the belle of the ball, and better yet, you can pre-order it for just £35.00.
You can see the announcement trailer and more screenshots right here.