DK: King of Swing - VC review

This is part of a NintendoLife review for DK: King of Swing...

Although it probably borrows a few lines of inspiration from Clu Clu Land, DK: King of Swing maintains a refreshingly unique feel even today. Its areas of repetition and difficult spikes might not keep everyone's attention to the end, but it's worth checking out for those looking for something new who missed it the first time around. Just keep your fingers on the shoulders and don't go in expecting your everyday Donkey Kong.


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Nintendo eShop (Wii U)

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Activision) - €59.99/£49.99
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 takes place outside the events of the second film in a unique story where Spider-Man discovers a larger threat to NYC that has turned the underworld upside down. Villains from the film as well as fan-favourite, classic Marvel characters are woven together in a twisted web of adrenaline-fueled, free-roaming, web-slinging action that puts players on a collision course with an evil far beyond Spider-Man's reckoning.

TRANSFORMERS: Rise of the Dark Spark (Activision) - €59.99/£49.99
Explore two unique worlds as your favourite TRANSFORMERS characters from TRANSFORMERS: Age of Extinction and Cybertron universes! Weave your way through Earth and Cybertron universes in an unforgettable battle to secure the Dark Spark.

Spy Chameleon (EnjoyUp Games) - €4.99/£4.49 (€3.99/£3.59 if you own 99Seconds, Abyss, Darts Up, Rock Zombie or Unepic on Wii U)
Don't let the comic look fool you. Being a good RGB agent requires a lot of talent. Spy Chameleon is an arcade-puzzle game where the player must avoid being seen thanks to the chameleon's ability to change colours and camouflage. Through 5 missions and 75 levels, the player will discover different enemies and abilities to complete these super-secret missions: taking photos of a celebrity with her lover and stealing the secret formula of a successful soft drink are just two examples. Watch your enemies, choose the best path and run to the next safe point. The duration of each level can mean finishing a game in just minutes or spending hours trying to complete the missions and all the challenges, getting the best time among your friends or completing all the achievements.

Duck Hunt (Nintendo, NES VC) - €4.99/£3.49
Originally released as a launch title for the NES, Duck Hunt is a true classic that will really test your reflexes. Ready, aim...pow! If the ducks go down, you win. If the shots go wide, you'll suffer your hunting dog's sniggering! Now played with the Wii Remote instead of the Zapper light gun, it's otherwise exactly as you might remember it. Game A and Game B modes offer different difficulty levels (and a second player can even control the duck!) while Game C ups the challenge further with fast, small clay pigeons. Wii Remote required to play. This is the US version of the game.

Kuru Kuru Kururin (Nintendo, GBA VC) - €6.99/£6.29
Steady your hands and steel your nerves for one of the most challenging puzzle-action games ever created. Kuru Kuru Kururin puts you in control of a rotating helicopter that must be carefully manoeuvred through increasingly tight and tricky labyrinthine levels. Avoid the walls and obstacles, or you'll lose precious time and lives, as you try to reach the goal. It starts simple but soon you'll be facing moving pistons, floating spikes and all manner of dangers. Kuru Kuru Kururin is easy to pick up but impossible to put down!

Mega Man Zero (CAPCOM, GBA VC) - €6.99/£6.29
Awakened after a century of sleep, in a strange war torn world, Zero becomes the hero in the first of his own series of adventures. Mega Man Zero sees the cybernetic warrior join forces with a resistance group battling a strangely familiar foe. This new spin-off series introduced new gameplay elements like mission-based levels, and weapons that level-up as you gain more experience; and also Cyber Elves: small but powerful creatures that grant a wide range of useful abilities.

Mario Party Advance (Nintendo, GBA VC) - €6.99/£6.29
Mario and friends bring the party to Game Boy Advance with a dizzying range of activities for single players plus their pals. Mario Party Advance also introduces Professor E. Gadd's Gaddgets: wacky toys and tricks that bring the fun outside of the game. Bowser has crashed the party and scattered all the minigames around Shroom City. Collect them all by completing the single-player game boards. Once unlocked, minigames can be played as often as you like. Earn coins to unlock Gaddgets such as the Compatibility Meter which lets you see how strong your friendships really are!

Special offers
Super Mario 3D World - €39.99/£34.99 (Ends January 1, regular price €59.99/£49.99)
Assassin's Creed III (Ubisoft) - €9.99/£7.99 (Ends January 1, regular price €19.99/£15.99)
Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag (Ubisoft) - €14.99/£9.99 (Ends January 1, regular price €29.99/£19.99)
Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth (Ubisoft) - €4.99/£3.99 (Ends January 1, regular price €19.99/£15.99)
Rabbids Land (Ubisoft) - €4.99/£3.99 (Ends January 1, regular price €19.99/£15.99)
Rayman Legends (Ubisoft) - €14.99/£9.99 (Ends January 1, regular price €29.99/£19.99)
Sports Connection (Ubisoft) - €4.99/£3.99 (Ends January 1, regular price €19.99/£15.99)
ZombiU (Ubisoft) - €9.99/£7.99 (Ends January 1, regular price €19.99/£15.99)
Just Dance 2015 (Ubisoft) - €29.99/£22.49 (Ends January 1, regular price €39.99/£39.99)
Watch_Dogs (Ubisoft) - €39.99/£33.49 (Ends January 1, regular price €59.99/£49.99)
Cloudberry Kingdom (Ubisoft) - €4.89/£3.89 (Ends January 1, regular price €9.99/£7.99)
Child of Light (Ubisoft) - €4.89/£3.89 (Ends January 1, regular price €14.99/£11.99)
Knytt Underground (Ripstone Publishing) - €4.45/£3.99 (Ends January 1, regular price €8.99/£7.99)
Pure Chess (Ripstone Publishing) - €4.45/£3.99 (Ends January 1, regular price €2.99/£2.49)
Rock Zombie (EnjoyUp Games) - €4.89/£4.29 (Ends January 15, regular price €6.99/£6.29)
Scram Kitty and his Buddy on Rails (Dakko Dakko) - €4.99/£4.49 (Ends January 1, regular price €9.99/£8.99)
Stick It To The Man (Ripstone Publishing) - €3.99/£3.49 (Ends January 1, regular price €7.99/£6.99)
TNT Racers - Nitro Machines Edition (Keen Games) - €4.99/£4.49 (Ends January 8, regular price €7.99/£6.99)
Toki Tori 2 + (Two Tribes Publishing) - €2.99/£2.49 (Ends January 7, regular price €14.99/£12.99)


Nintendo eShop (3DS)

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Activision) - €39.99/£29.99
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 takes place outside the events of the second film in a unique story where Spider-Man discovers a larger threat to NYC that has turned the underworld upside down. Villains from the film as well as fan-favourite, classic Marvel characters are woven together in a twisted web of adrenaline-fueled, free-roaming, web-slinging action that puts players on a collision course with an evil far beyond Spider-Man's reckoning.

TRANSFORMERS: Rise of the Dark Spark (Activision) - €39.99/£29.99
Explore two unique worlds as your favourite TRANSFORMERS characters from TRANSFORMERS: Age of Extinction and Cybertron universes! Weave your way through Earth and Cybertron universes in an unforgettable battle to secure the Dark Spark.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Activision) - €39.99/£29.99
Shredder and the Kraang intend to unleash a devastating mutagen bomb that will transform the citizens of New York City into mindless mutants! Join Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo in the fight for NYC in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles the videogame! Play as your favourite Turtle Anytime! Booyakasha! Join the Turtle Power and battle through 15 action-packed levels!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Danger of the Ooze (Activision) - €39.99/£29.99
The Turtles are back in action against the evils of the world! Stop Shredder and his army of mutants as he threatens to unleash the power of a new Super Mutagen that could destroy their beloved NYC.

Brutus & Futée (Microids) - €6.99/£6.29
Brutus & Futée is an adventure puzzle game in which the player takes on the role of the author of an animated series. Help Brutus and Futée find their way and overcome the obstacles they meet. Draw objects and paint or erase the setting to assist the two heroes. Their journey will take them through a variety of different environments and present them with a host of dangerous situations, from an ancient Inca temple full of mysteries and secrets, to the maze in a production studio governed by a rather jittery Boss. With your help, the two heroes will try to rediscover their former glory as famous cartoon stars.

PUZZLEBOX setup (Bplus) - €2.99/£2.69
In PUZZLEBOX setup you hold the Nintendo 3DS system upside-down. Use the stylus to select a coloured tile on the Touch Screen which is then on the upper side. If you release the colour the tile falls down in the selected column. Let the matching tiles fall down into the glass bottle on the 3D Screen to copy a painting or to complete a setup. Share High Scores in Miiverse.

Best of Mahjong (GameOn) - €1.99/£1.49
Relax your mind with the ancient game of tiles. "Best of Mahjong" features 404 layouts of the traditional tile-matching game in 3D, each with millions of different shuffles to play. The game's style and interface has been designed for easy and intuitive operation with the Nintendo 3DS stylus or +Control Pad. The graphics can be customised with fabulous tile-sets and backgrounds. Sit back, relax and enjoy the endless challenge with this Mahjong game collection.

Best of Solitaire (GameOn) - €2.99/£2.49
"Best of Solitaire" features 101 variations of the most well-known and best-loved single-player card game including Klondike, Freecell, Spider, Pyramid, Yukon. Most games have custom gameplay options so you can enjoy the game with your favourite rules. On-screen instructions allow learning of new Solitaire variations. Statistics are available for players who love to track their wins. Save the game status any time for later. The game's style and interface has been designed for easy intuitive operation with the Nintendo 3DS stylus or the +Control Pad. Sit back and relax as you enjoy the endless challenge and fun with this Solitaire game collection.

WRC FIA World Rally Championship The Official Game Demo (Bigben Interactive) - Free
Drive all the cars and compete against all the drivers of the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship. Experience all weather conditions on all types of road surfaces with realistic, real-time damage management.

? Block (Nintendo, Theme available on Dec. 26) - €1.99/£1.79
Celebrate this iconic item with a yellow and black colour scheme, ? Block background, and ? Block folders and icons.

Bountiful Boos (Nintendo, Theme available on Dec. 26) - €1.99/£1.79
This theme stars the bashful Boo and includes ghostly icons, folders, and SFX. Scroll the Touch Screen to animate the lower Boo.

Completely Goomba (Nintendo, Theme available on Dec. 26) - €1.99/£1.79
This theme's ALL about Goombas. It features custom SFX and earthy tones. If you love Goombas, this one's for you.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf Welcome to 2015 (Nintendo, Theme available on Dec. 26) - €1.99/£1.79
Isabelle and Pietro ring in 2015 in this festive theme. Scroll the Touch Screen to see fireworks and party poppers explode.

Special offers
AERO PORTER (LEVEL-5) - €2.99/£2.69 (Ends January 4, regular price €4.99/£4.49)
WEAPON SHOP de OMASSE (LEVEL-5) - €2.99/£2.69 (Ends January 4, regular price €7.99/£7.19)
LIBERATION MAIDEN (LEVEL-5) - €2.99/£2.69 (Ends January 4, regular price €7.99/£7.19)
CRIMSON SHROUD (LEVEL-5) - €2.99/£2.69 (Ends January 4, regular price €7.99/£7.19)
ATTACK OF THE FRIDAY MONSTERS! A TOKYO TALE (LEVEL-5) - €2.99/£2.69 (Ends January 4, regular price €7.99/£7.19)
BUGS vs. TANKS! (LEVEL-5) - €2.99/£2.69 (Ends January 4, regular price €7.99/£7.19)
THE STARSHIP DAMREY (LEVEL-5) - €2.99/£2.69 (Ends January 4, regular price €7.99/£7.19)
Bravely Default (Nintendo) - €29.99/£25.99 (Ends January 1, regular price €44.99/£39.99)
escapeVektor (Nnooo) - €3.49/£2.99 (Ends January 8, regular price €6.99/£5.99)
Mindfeud (Engine Software) - €1.99/£1.79 (Ends December 31, regular price €4.99/£4.49)
Pure Chess (Ripstone Publishing) - €2.99/£2.49 (Ends January 1, regular price €5.99/£4.99)

Use Wii U GamePad to play the Jackbox Party Pack

The Jackbox Party Pack may not be available on Wii U, but that doesn't mean you can't use your GamePad to play! All the games in the Jackbox Party Pack have the option to play on smartphones/tablets. You visit a specific web page, put in a room code/name and then play on your device. Turns out you can use the Wii U browser to play via GamePad, which makes certain games much easier to play!

For example, the Pictionary-like game Drawful is all about drawing with your finger on a cell phone/tablet. Obviously this works MUCH better when playing on the GamePad, as you have a stylus for your drawings!

Wii U as a controller for drawful on ps3 ps4 Xbox one and steam!

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Thanks to Kolma for the heads up!

Famitsu - Full Final Fantasy Explorers review translated

This game gives the impression of being “an easy to play MMORPG”. It is fun to fight and freely combine numerous abilities. RPG elements are strong, so people who aren’t so good at action can also play. Of course there is multiplayer, but single-player is also included. Many jobs and abilities (which broaden the gameplay) are unlocked around the middle of the game, so it is a pity that the way there feels a bit repetitive.

There is high order of customization as you can choose a set of abilities from plentiful selection without being too tied to a job. Battles remind of MMORPGs as players can take on different roles and show personality with individual abilities. It is smooth to switch to multiplayer as entering and leaving can be done easily. The system is great and it is easy to enjoy cooperative play because one quest can be finished in a short time. The sense of fighting for a common cause is also strong.

MMORPGs are common for home consoles and PCs, but it is nice to play one of those games lightheartedly with a handheld system. The degree of freedom is high and it is fun that players can practice various play styles depending on chosen abilities. It is also pleasant that with the exception of weapons, equipment isn’t tied to a job. In multiplayer, you can play a role or share the effects of a powerful move which makes playing more interesting. However, in order to reach that kind of gameplay, explanations should be a little bit simpler so they would be easier to understand.

As this game is built in the spirit of hunting action games, it is easy to mistake this as one, but instead of focusing on action it feels more like MMORPG similar to Final Fantasy XIV. It is important to make the best use of customizing job roles or abilities strategically and it is enjoyable to fight smartly. Since the game can be played in many various ways, there is also an abundance of elements which support personally-made challenges [like Nuzlocke for Pokemon games]. However, it is probably going to take some time to understand the interesting aspects of the game.

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