Nintendo Wii U

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Review

It has been a long time since exploring, fighting, and adventuring has so consistently brought a smile to my face.  Breath of the Wild is such a wonderful experience that once you play it, you will likely never look at open world games the same again. 

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Review

Xenoblade Chronicles X

But, like so many ambitious products, there are flaws: cliche characters, too many systems to manage, a diffuse main story, a grating and disjunct score, and most seriously a player character that essentially has no emotional impact.  It is impossible not to admire and be impressed by Xenoblade Chronicles X, to not have many hours of fun with it, but it’s a hard game to love.

Xenoblade Chronicles X

Fast Racing Neo

Marred only by a relative lack of content, Fast Racing Neo more than ably fills a void left by other futuristic racers and just looks and sounds incredible as well. The immediate rush of firing it up, being pounded by the soundtrack and thrown into a race never really dies down in the time you're playing it. The levels are well designed and insane, and whether you're rushing down a desert with mechs smashing around and giant sand worms, or dodging meteors on the outside of a spaceship, Fast Racing Neo is just a great experience.

Fast Racing Neo

Year Walk

Now that I've finally had a chance to play Year Walk I know exactly why everyone was so fascinated by it when it came out. Hauntingly atmospheric, clever and interestingly presented, it surprises at many turns and rewards players for being smart and attentive. It's a bit of a short run, but it ends right when it needs to, leaving itself in the player's mind for long afterwards.

Year Walk

Don't Starve: Giant Edition

Don't Starve's art style, animation, even sense of bizarre, gallows humor are definitely the best things about the game. Unfortunately, that grimness doesn't really come together to add much in the end beyond the aesthetic.

Don't Starve: Giant Edition

Bayonetta 2

Bayonetta 2 is a relentlessly entertaining ride from start to finish, with pacing meticulously designed to wring every last drop of adrenaline out of you before reigning things in with a quiet, humorous aside. Alternate costumes, weapons, challenge rooms, co-op modes and more await you after you’ve seen through the lengthy campaign, and a copy of the original - excellent in its own right - is included gratis. Action fans would have to be insane to pass this one up.

Bayonetta 2

Steamworld Dig

If you already own it, I wouldn't recommend picking this up even if you are fancying a second playthrough and own it elsewhere (why waste the money on a game you already have?) but for first timers, go for it. It's fun, well made, and hopefully if it does well, we'll see some sequels set in their weird post-human no-electricity world.

Steamworld Dig

Scram Kitty and his Buddy on Rails

It may have come out of nowhere, but Scram Kitty and his Buddy on Rails is great, a surprisingly fun and unique game. The presentation may be a little no frills, but the game is a good mix of platforming, shooting, and puzzle solving, fast paced and challenging. It's smartly designed, and while I wish there were more modes, what's there is definitely worth experiencing.

Scram Kitty and his Buddy on Rails

Squids Odyssey

Squids Odyssey may have the cartoon style and simple story, but it is anything but shallow. Classes, upgrades, strategy and RPG elements all lead this game in a more hardcore direction despite the art and character design. The levels are easy to jump in and out of during short sittings, but long play sessions will lead to frustration and headaches. Squids Odyssey is very lengthy and may get repetitive, but for the times in between games or while watching TV it is the perfect fit.

Squids Odyssey

Super Mario 3D World

Super Mario 3D World is both gorgeous and about as enjoyable as a video game can be. There is an immense amount of depth that kept me coming back for more, time and time again. This is the rare type of game that I believe ten years down the road we will be coming back and playing again and again. It’s that good. For all those worried that the Wii U was going to fall into some dark oblivion, fret not, your savior is here and its Super Mario 3D World one of the best platformers ever made.

Super Mario 3D World

The Legend of Zelda Wind Waker HD

With the lack of killer software on the Wii U, The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD is one of the only great games currently available to date.

The Legend of Zelda Wind Waker HD

Star Wars Pinball

They're certainly not the worst tables Zen has ever put out, but they're also not the best, and $10 gets you a pretty varied collection of tables. At the same time, you can probably ignore this whole review if you're just a really big Star Wars fan, because this is the kind of fanservice you want, right? There are better tables to spend your money on, but the Empire and Clone Wars tables are fine enough to satisfy you if you do buy it.

Star Wars Pinball

New Super Luigi U

For a third of the price of the main game, you essentially double the length. You get a whole new slew of 80 levels that takes about as long as the main game to get through, and has even more to do because it's just so amazingly difficult. While some of the visual elements feel a little pasted-in, New Super Luigi U adds enough fresh things to an already excellent base game to be more than worth your time.

New Super Luigi U