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Nintendo of America Outlines Upcoming Q1 eShop Releases

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

There are even dated Wii U eShop titles

Nintendo of America has issued details on a number of upcoming games on the way to North America in the next few months. While there aren't necessarily any real surprises, we have a few solid dates.

The headline news for the Wii U eShop is the confirmed release date of Ron Gilbert's The Cave, a platform adventure title led by one of PC gaming's most revered development figures of the 1990s. Rather than arrive with the rest of the downloads on a Thursday, it'll arrive on 22nd January. Most other releases have vague Q1 dates, but you can't win them all.

Wii U eShop download software

BIT.TRIP Presents... Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien - Q1
Puddle - Q1
The Cave - 22nd January
Toki Tori 2 - Q1
Zen Pinball 2 - Q1

Wii U retail download

Fist of the North Star®: Ken’s Rage 2 - 7th February


The 3DS list isn't packed with surprises, but does include Q1 window releases for a number of games that are full of promise. Capcom and Ubisoft are also releasing older retail titles for download.

3DS eShop download software

Bloody Vampire - 31st January
Witch’s Cat - 31st January
Coaster Creator 3D - Q1
Ikachan - Q1
Guxt - Q1
Tokyo Crash Mobs - 17th January
Fire Emblem Awakening DEMO - 17th January
Brain Age: Concentration Training DEMO - 24th January
ATV Wild Ride 3D - Q1
Jewel Master: Cradle of Egypt 2 - 19th March
Nano Assault EX - Q1

3DS retail downloads

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon® Shadow Wars - 24th January
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell 3D - Q1
Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D - Q1
Disney/Pixar Finding Nemo: Escape to the Big Blue - Jan. 17
Deer Drive Legends - 17th January


Let us know which of these stand-out for you in the comments below, and what you think of the overall line-ups.

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User Comments (56)

EaZy_T

#3

EaZy_T said:

Zen Pinball, the Cave and maybe RE: Mercenaries (if it is at a discount, doesn't seem like a full game to me).

fluggy

#4

fluggy said:

Meh. Mildly intrigued by Cave. Problem is - NOTHING else on Wii U horizon excites me at all. Hope 3rd parties surprise us. Would be great to see a Dead Space trilogy or a BioShock Infinite released. Would be awful if we finally have an HD console that has no 3rd party support. The promise of a Zelda or Metroid might just keep me hanging on to my Wii U. Only 3DS one I'm looking forward to is Luigo's Mansion.

Marakuto

#7

Marakuto said:

It looks like more launch titles are appearing in the eShop as downloads, that sounds great.

True_Hero

#9

True_Hero said:

Well shoot. I was hoping for the new Shantae (or the original one) to be released soon.

Svengoolie

#10

Svengoolie said:

Looks like I'll be buying every Wii U eShop game...

The Cave should be amazing for sure. DoubleFine is pure quality.

shingi_70

#11

shingi_70 said:

I thought Mutant Mudds Delxie and Two Brothers was this quarter.

Also Fire Emblem Demo today. :-)

Nareva

#12

Nareva said:

I'm not a huge pinball fan, but I'll be grabbing all those other Wii U eShop titles. Nice lineup.

On another note, I read an article the other day that mentioned the "EU Wii U eShop". Try saying that out loud a few times.

ThomasBW84Admin

#14

ThomasBW84 said:

@ueI I've added hyperlinks now, and that Nemo game is from last year, but the publisher's giving it a go as a download.

Lalivero

#15

Lalivero said:

Wii U eshop: The Cave, Toki Tori 2, ZP2
3DS eshop: Coaster Creator 3D, ATV Wild Ride 3D, Harmoknight(?)

@uel That's been out for a while now, haha.

TrueWiiMaster

#16

TrueWiiMaster said:

I'm still curious to see what prices those first three 3rd party retail games will have on the eshop, since they're all currently easy to find for about half their original retail price.

Sean_Aaron

#17

Sean_Aaron said:

Shame Pinball Arcade isn't in that list; I was hoping it would beat Zen 2 to the eShop.

gojiguy

#19

gojiguy said:

Yatagarasu and Space Harrier 3D are suspiciously absent... Not a good sign...

DarkCoolEdge

#21

DarkCoolEdge said:

I'm curius about Ghost Recon's price. If it is good I'll download it instead of getting the retail copy.

WaveBoy

#22

WaveBoy said:

is RE: Mercanaries worth getting for $15 retail? Kind of held off since i wanted RE: Revelations to be my first true RE 3DS experience.

ThomasBW84Admin

#23

ThomasBW84 said:

@DarkCoolEdge - In my view Ghost Recon is fantastic, often and unfortunately overlooked. It'll be interesting to see prices on these older games, and I'm hoping the publisher will go for budget rates.

Ryno

#25

Ryno said:

The games I am looking forward to finding out more about are BIT.TRIP Presents... Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien and Toki Tori 2.

Shanksta

#26

Shanksta said:

@WaveBoy it was fun for me since I bought 2 copies to play with my younger brother, but if you're playing by yourself I wouldn't recommend it. It's basically just mercenaries maps and solo gets boring.

PinkSpider

#27

PinkSpider said:

Would love to.have mercenaries on the go but its gonna be a stupid price, the retail downloads that are nearly 2 years old should be no more than £15
Theres no way paying £40 for these games.

mozie

#28

mozie said:

Pretty dissapointing on the Wii U eshop front, particularly considering the lack of third party support and the number of titles that have been delayed.

Geonjaha

#29

Geonjaha said:

They forgot about the Virtual Console games that they'll end up releasing in Q1, all two of them.

pepsilover2008

#32

pepsilover2008 said:

Might get resident evil 3d if it is discounted and has the deleted save file that the japanese eshop release is getting.

kdognumba1

#33

kdognumba1 said:

I was hoping to see Two Brothers or Pier Solar there :(

Oh well, I'm interested in a few of those.

rayword45

#34

rayword45 said:

Capcom priced Mercenaries at less then half of the original in Japan. Hopefully it stays the same in the US.

Hokori

#37

Hokori said:

Also Feb 21 MH 3 Demo for WiiU and 3DS
Soul hackers April 4
Castlevaina LOS March 3rd

Aqueous

#39

Aqueous said:

Ikachan and Guxt are all that drive my curiosity up on the download only front. I'm kind of sad no Shantae but I can wait for it.

MagicEmperor

#40

MagicEmperor said:

For sure I'm getting The Cave, the biggest reason being Ron Gilbert. Plus, videos interested me. Interested in Puddle, but waiting for more info. I already have Zen Pinball on the 3DS, so I'm torn about that one.

Retro_on_theGo

#42

Retro_on_theGo said:

WHAT?!? :( Harmo Knight won't be quarter 1? Ugh, my day is friggin' ruined.

Bloody Vampire looks nice, but will probably disappoint.

Windy

#43

Windy said:

I think they might be slowing down the releases. So much so fast has been coming out. I love it but it's frustrating at the same time. It makes me a chain gamer which sometimes is not fun. I was also hoping for HarmoKnight and Plan to get Etrian Odyssey on Cartridge when that releases. But these holidays had me being a Downloading fool.....heh Speaking of which I ran out of room on my SDcard today and couldnt download the Fire Emblem Demo. I ran out and got a 16gb card today and im re-downloading all my previous stuff haha

2Sang

#45

2Sang said:

@Geonjaha lol sad thing is it probably won't be more than 3.

Ok I guess but not really anything good, but at least we have some good physical games I am still hoping for a game by UFO that's better than Johnny Kung Fu

brandonbwii

#48

brandonbwii said:

I'm guessing Harmoknight will still come out this quarter. They tend to release eshop titles with little fanfare.

Also glad Shadow Wars is getting a 2nd chance to shine. :-)

Shanksta

#50

Shanksta said:

@Pikachupwnage Wow, that is the first time that I completely forget a pretty big aspect of a videogame. I never really played it online so I didn't even think about it. I take that back then, its worth it.

PopeReal

#51

PopeReal said:

Bit Trip Runner and Zen Pinball 2 will be mine, girlfriend will probably get The Cave

Windy

#53

Windy said:

@KnightRider666 They should be bringing out 5 VC games a week and at least 2 3D classics a month. Gosh all it would do is make them more money Cripes! It cannot be hard to Localise VC games.

KnightRider666

#54

KnightRider666 said:

@Windy: I agree with you 100%. I believe the licensing is what makes bringing certain games to us from the past difficult. Look at Earthbound. B/c of the real world music references, Nintendo can't get a VC release to us. Luckily I grabbed a SNES cart off ebay for $120 almost a year ago. It amazes me to see how much it has gone up in value, and how it continues to hold its value.

GamerFromJump

#56

GamerFromJump said:

@Windy

You don't actually have to redownload everything. If you have a PC with a card reader (or can get a USB card reader; they're cheap) just do this:

  • Create a folder on your PC, so that it will be easy to find.
  • Insert old card. Copy the entire contents into the PC folder. Do not alter the directory structure or contents.
  • Eject old card, insert new card. It should be FAT32 format. If not, make it so. The 3DS can do it for you if you insert the new card into it, go into settings and choose to format the SD card.
  • Copy the contents of the PC folder (not the PC folder itself) onto the new card, again without touching the file structure.
  • Eject the new card and put it into your 3DS. Hey presto, your 3DS is none the wiser, but now enjoys expanded memory.

Source: Did this myself to make room for 3DS Retail downloads.

Now, if only they'd fix it so DSiWare could run off the card...

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