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Top 5 Wii U Games

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We’ve all known it for a long time, but now it’s official: the Wii U is dead. As the eagerly-anticipated follow-up to Nintendo’s phenomenally successful Wii, it’s clear that the Wii U was an unmitigated failure. Whether that’s down to poor marketing, poor communication, poor third party support, or poor specs (or, indeed, a combination of the lot) – that’s beside the point. All that needs to be realised is that it was a flop, and Nintendo learned the hard way that they cannot cruise forward solely on the wave of previous achievements.

However, that’s not to say the Wii U was a bad console. Flawed and unloved, certainly. But bad? For all its faults, it had a pretty solid library of games. Arguably one of the strongest software line-ups for any console, in fact – certainly for first party Nintendo stuff. Basically, the Wii U wasn’t all terrible. There’s no doubt in my mind that it will – or at least ought to be – totally eclipsed by the imminent launch of the Switch, but before the death knell for the Wii U tolls its last, let’s have a quick look back on the top five games that made me feel my purchase was justified…

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Review: Paper Mario Color Splash (Wii U)

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It’s no secret that I, like many other gamers out there, am a huge fan of the Paper Mario series. Well, most of the Paper Mario series, anyway. The N64 original was an absolute classic, mixing Mario’s traditional world with brilliant RPG mechanics. Its Gamecube sequel, Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, refined the formula even further and stands tall as one of my favourite games of all time. And then, after two phenomenal outings, the series took a turn for the experimental. Super Paper Mario on Wii was a solid if less remarkable platformer with RPG elements, but the franchise hit rock bottom a few years ago in Paper Mario: Sticker Star for 3DS. While not completely devoid of enjoyment, the game stripped away what made Paper Mario so different and so beloved: soul. Gone was the fleshed-out story, the quirky characters, and the intuitive battle system. It all but ran the reputation into the ground and since then, the most we’ve seen of Paper Mario has been a playable-yet-supporting role in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam.

When Paper Mario: Color Splash was revealed for Wii U earlier this year, it was meant with instant disapproval (and yes, it completely irks me that they didn’t bother to spell “Colour” right for Europe). From its initial trailer alone, it was clear that this was a game very much built on the same foundations as Sticker Star – but did Nintendo manage to iron out the problems and prove that their bold new direction for the Paper Mario series is worth a second chance?

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Best of Entertainment 2015

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The end is nigh for 2015 – it’s been 365 days of thrills, spills, and just about everything in between. It’s the year we finally went Back to the Future, and in true time-travelling style we could delve into the biggest new stories gone by or make predictions for the year ahead… but let’s be honest, all we really want is to be entertained! 2015 has hardly been what I’d consider a vintage year for the entertainment world, somewhat lacking in substance compared to its predecessors in recent memory – however, that’s not to discredit some of the quality output we have received over the last 12 months, because when entertainment in 2015 was good, it was really good. Rather, it’s been a steady drip-feed of smaller, less groundbreaking media that’s mildly satisfying but left you craving just that little more, with the real big hitters fewer and further apart.

Just what was the cream of the crop though? Which stellar examples of entertainment really set my heart alight and left me with a ridiculously stupid grin right across my face? Well, you’re about to find out, as we crown the winners that will stand the test of time and make 2015 an exciting year to look back on…

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