Super Mario 3D World (WiiU)
Arcade 22 November 2013
The fifteenth installment in the Super Mario arcade game series created by Nintendo, and the first one designed for Wii U. In terms of gameplay mechanics the game is a light-hearted 3D platformer, in some moments resembling a classic side-scrolling arcade game. You run through colorful, linear locations filled with obstacles and opponents to beat, as well as simple logic puzzles to solve. At the beginning of each level, you get to pick one of four characters: Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, and Toad – each of them has some unique skills. In accordance with the series' tradition, Super Mario 3D World is full of all sorts of collectibles, including the brand new bell, which transforms your character into a cat. This form allows you to move faster, be a more effective fighter, and climb to otherwise inaccessible areas.
Mario Kart 8 (WiiU)
Arcade 29 May 2014
Mario Kart 8 is – despite its name – the eleventh part of the famous arcade racing series from Nintendo, as well as the first installment created for the Wii U console. Once again we can take control of the Nintendo's most famous characters, driving their wacky vehicles. In terms of mechanics, the game borrows several solutions from the previous titles, such as underwater races or performing airborne stunts to gain points, and offers vehicles like motorcycles and gliders. Aside from well known boxes with various power-ups, racing tracks are filled with coins known from Super Mario Kart. One of the most important innovations are anti-gravity races, during which we can drive on walls and even ceilings. This is completed by traditional multiplayer modes, which allow for online or split-screen competition with other players.
Super Mario Maker (WiiU)
Arcade 11 September 2015
A new version of the extensive editor that lets players create and share levels for the Super Mario Bros. series, developed for the Wii U console. We create two-dimensional platform stages using well-known elements from 8-bit Super Mario Bros. or its HD successor, Super Mario Bros U. We choose both environmental parts (pipes, brick etc.) and enemies. All of it is very simple and requires only the touchpad to operate. Our creations can be instantly tested, at any moment we can refine them and eventually share with players from the entire world, or try to complete levels prepared by others. Additionally, Super Mario Makers supports amiibo figures, which unlock new skins for our hero.
Rayman Legends (WiiU)
Arcade 30 August 2013
An action 2D platform game starring a sympathetic creature of a protagonist. The game was developed by Ubisoft Montpellier and is the fifth full-fledged installment in the series created by Michel Ancel. This time the titular protagonist and his friend Globox must face nightmares which have created amazing worlds during the 100 years they have spent in the Crossroads of Dreams. Rayman must also free the Teensies captured by the clone of the deceptive Magician. Gameplay mechanics and the visual style of Rayman Legends are similar to the mechanics and style of the previous Rayman game (Rayman Origins). The new features in the game include musical levels and a system that allows other players to freely join the game in split-screen cooperation mode.
Arcade 28 June 2016
A sandbox platform game by indie studio Re-Logic, sometimes called the 2D version of the popular Minecraft. There is no set goal; your task is basically to shape the randomly-generated world around you. At first you only have a few basic tools, which allow you to dig and find resources, chop wood, and create simple structures. As the game progresses, due to the extensive crafting system, you discover better tools, allowing you to create advanced materials and to fight monsters. There are many possibilities in the game, and the only restriction is your own imagination. Terraria features a single player mode, but you can join forces with other players, thus gaining precious allies, who can help you with the more challenging tasks.
LEGO Dimensions (WiiU)
Arcade 27 September 2015
Next installment in a bestselling game series devoted to LEGO bricks and developed, as usual, by Traveller’s Tales studio. This title is Warner Bros'. response to the growing popularity of franchises like Skylanders or Disney Infinity. This is the first game in the series that uses real LEGO minifigures, which are transferred into virtual word through a special port. When it comes to gameplay mechanics, the game is not much different from other titles in the series, still being a third-person action-adventure game. You play as various LEGO characters who have to stop evil Lord Vortech from annihilating humanity. The game is available for purchase in several editions devoted to different franchises. Starter pack includes figurines of Gandalf, Wyldstyle, Batman, and Batmobile. However, you can buy individual packs of characters featured in the Return to the Future franchise, LEGO Ninjago sets, DC Comics, or The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Trine 2: Director's Cut (WiiU)
Arcade 22 November 2012
A sequel to a platform/puzzle action game developed by Frozenbyte. The story of the original game was set in a colorful, magical fantasy world. Trine 2 once again presents the adventures of the three characters bound together by the power of an artifact known as Trine. Amadeus, Zoya and, Pontius are brought to a fairytale land inhabited by goblins. Their task is to discover the truth behind the actions of the malicious creatures and to prevent them from achieving their goals. Similar to the original game, Trine 2 is a two-dimensional platformer. The gameplay features arcade elements (jumping, fighting, etc.) and puzzle solving. The main characters have gained new abilities and can also search for hidden treasures and bottles containing experience points. The sequel features also a new game mode, implementing cooperative online multiplayer.
Never Alone (WiiU)
Arcade 25 June 2015
A platformer with puzzle game features, developed by Upper One Game studio. The story of Never Alone is based on Inuit beliefs, with players taking control of a young girl from the Inupiaq tribe who sets on a dangerous journey with her white fox to save her people and stop the arrival of the eternal blizzard. During her adventure, she will meet many creatures from Inuit legends, such as Sky People, Rolling Heads or Blizzard Man. Never Alone presents its world from the side perspective, as we traverse vast levels, avoid traps, fight enemies and solve puzzles. The single player campaign lets us switch between the girl and the fox, both of which have unique abilities that are necessary to progress; however, control is split between two players in the cooperation mode. Never Alone features good-looking three-dimensional visuals accompanied by a soundtrack based on traditional Inuit music. Interestingly, the narrator speaks in Inuit language and the dialogue is translated into English through subtitles.
Cars 3: Driven to Win (WiiU)
Arcade 13 June 2017
Another installment in a series of racing games based on Pixar animated movies. The game was developed by Avalanche Software, creators of titles like Pure and Split/Second: Velocity. The title enables the player to control more than twenty customizable vehicles-characters (animated cars are the main protagonists of Cars). Among them there are Lightning McQueen and Cruz Ramirez, who prepares for an encounter with his rival Jackson Storm. The action takes place on twenty unique tracks. As player wins races, he gains access to various upgrades for his vehicles. Car development system is connected to the ability to unlock new characters, tracks and gameplay features like new game modes. Cars 3: Driven to Win features high quality three-dimensional graphics that faithfully recreate the movie.
Yoshi's Wooly World (WiiU)
Arcade 26 June 2015
Three-dimensional platformer for the whole family developed by Nintendo. Yoshi’s Wooly World is set in a world made of yarn. We play as the titular green dinosaur Yoshi, one of the main mascots of the Japanese company; the game expands on concept of Kirby’s Epic Yarn. We received a classic platformer in 2.5D, in which our hero is followed by running eggs, which can be shot at various targets or parts of scenery. Thanks to the world being made of yarn, many objects can be unraveled to unlock new paths and secrets. Yoshi’s Wooly World offers a cooperation mode for two players. Each three-dimensional location is made of virtual yarn, and every character resembles a handcrafted puppet filled with cotton.
Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric (WiiU)
Arcade 18 November 2014
A spin-off of the Sonic the Hedgehog arcade game series by SEGA, starring the eponymous super-fast blue animal. Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal for Nintendo portable consoles is a prequel to the animated TV series based on the franchise. The game was developed by Sanzaru Games. Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal is a classic platformer, in which you quickly traverse the 2D maps, overcome obstacles, fight enemies, gather collectibles, solve logic puzzles, etc. Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal is even more exploration-oriented than the previous installments. The game features four playable characters: Sonic, Tails, Knuckles and Sticks, and each of them has unique abilities. Although you can play Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal on your own, the main focus of the game is the co-op mode for up to four players.
Mario Party 10 (WiiU)
Arcade 12 March 2015
Mario Party 10 is another installment of the popular arcade game series from Nintendo and the first to be released on Wii U. As usual, Mario Party 10 comprises various minigames. The game focuses on multiplayer matches for up to five players. One of them plays as the game's antagonist, the evil Bowser. The remaining players stand against him and their goal is to avoid traps and various surprises prepared by the leader of Koopas who tries his best to get rid of the unwelcome guests. If he fails to do so, those players who reach the finish line with some of their health points remaining, win. We can play as characters known from the previous games of the series like Mario, Luigi, Peach, Yoshi, or Wario. The game has cartoonish visuals, a trademark of Mario games.
Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (WiiU)
Arcade 24 June 2016
Another entry in popular series of sport games, in which we meet characters from the most famous franchises of Nintendo and SEGA companies. The cycle first launched in 2007, since then accompanying each subsequent summer and winter Olympic Games, meaning that the 2016 edition takes us to the arenas of XXXI Olympic Games at Rio de Janeiro, where, once again, two teams of characters will compete with each other. The first team comprises of heroes like Mario, Princess Peach, Yoshi, Bowser, and Donkey Kong. The other one included e.g. Sonic, Shadow, Miles ‘Tails’ Prower, Dr. Eggman or Knuckles. Mario & Sonic at Rio 2016 Olympic Games allows us to participate both in single and multiplayer disciplines, such as football, ping pong, volleyball, gymnastics, cross-country running, golf, and rugby. Similar to its predecessors, the title has the official license of International Olympic Committee.
Guitar Hero Live (WiiU)
Arcade 20 October 2015
The next major installment in a bestselling music game series launched in 2005 by Harmonix studio, who are currently developing a similar series, Rock Band. Returning after a several-year long hiatus, this new installment was developed by FreeStyle Games, who previously created two DJ Hero games. Overall, the gameplay mechanics did not change much, however, this time the game features the view from the guitarist’s eyes, whereas cartoonish characters gave way to authentic musicians and crowds resembling real audience. Guitar Hero Live supports a new version of guitar controller with 6 buttons in two rows, imitating the real instrument even better. As always, the game lets you adjust difficulty level to your skills. Unfortunately, unlike rivaling Rock Band 4, Guitar Hero Live is not compatible with tracks purchased for previous games.
Shovel Knight (WiiU)
Arcade 26 June 2014
Shovel Knight is a classical 2D platform game with elements of adventure and RPG, set in fantasy world. The title is a debut of the independent studio Yacht Club Games, hiring, among others, former employees of the experienced Way Forward studio. In the production, we impersonate a titular knight who, with the help of a legendary shovel-like weapon, fights the mysterious members of The Order of No Quarter. Traversing subsequent locations, our hero faces scores of enemies, including difficult bosses. Interacting with certain elements of the environment, he solves series of puzzles, facilitating the completion of a given level. Gameplay is modeled after classic platform games like Mega Man and Castlevania. Its old-school character is emphasized by pixel-art graphic design. The game lets you play alone or in a local multiplayer mode for up to 4 players.
Guns, Gore & Cannoli (WiiU)
A two-dimensional shooter which takes place in the gangster underworld during the 20s. The game was developed by a small Belgium studio Crazy Monkey. In the title the player assumes the role of a gangster whose family terrorizes the streets. However, trouble begins when a rival mafia appears in the city. What’s worse, hordes of zombies are conquering the streets. The protagonist of the game hits the streets equipped with various weapons – from Molotov Cocktails, through machetes, pistols and rifles, to flamethrowers – in order to face the increasing threat. The gameplay of the game focuses on eliminating waves of enemies in various locations placed in open and closed areas. Bonuses hidden on the map provide additional motivation – they allow us to upgrade our weapons and unlock new game modes. The graphics of the game consists of comic book-like, hand drawn graphics and cartoonish cutscenes.