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Nintendo Unleashes an Awesome Sizzle Reel of Upcoming Wii U eShop Titles

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

There are a lot of them

Not too long ago Nintendo of America's Dan Adelman stated that 20-30 "new Indie games" could come to the Wii U eShop by the end of the year. Based on a sizzle reel released by Nintendo of Europe and broadcast as part of today's Nintendo Direct presentation, that number seems entirely feasible.

Below are all of the games that appear in the video, including quite a few that have been either low profile or unannounced up to this point.

  • Cubemen 2 by Nnooo
  • Festival of Magic by Snowcastle Games
  • Forced by BetaDwarf
  • Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams by Black Forest Games
  • Ittle Dew by Ludosity
  • Knytt Underground by Ripstone
  • Pure Chess by Ripstone
  • March of War by ISOTX
  • Monkey Pirates by Henchmen Studio
  • Nihilumbra by BeautiFun Games
  • Q.U.B.E. Director's Cut by Toxic Games
  • Scram Kitty and his Buddy on Rails by Dakko Dakko
  • So Hungry by Xiotex Studios
  • Squids Deluxe by The Game Bakers
  • Tengami by Nyamyam
  • Teslagrad by Rain AS
  • TNT Racers by Keen Games
  • Wooden Sen'SeY by Upper Byte

We'll update game pages and content for all of these games in the coming weeks, and will catch up with these developers to chat about bringing their games to Wii U. Although the video is focused on Australian and European developers and releases, we can be confident that most — maybe even all — of these games will come to both PAL regions and North America.

Check it out below and let us know which ones catch your eye.

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User Comments (65)

Samurairu

#6

Samurairu said:

@LzQuacker NA isn't even getting as many release dates the ones we get are later than everyone else. I'm in the piddly country of Canada, but treating your largest market in the World (US) like this is bizarre. It feels like Nintendo NA is disorganized.

FiveDigitLP

#10

FiveDigitLP said:

I wonder why we didn't get this video in NA? I'm really looking forward to Teslagrad and I'd seen Rain tweet earlier that we should pay attention to the ND for them. I was confused at first as to why I didn't see anything...
Pssh. I like it when we do the global directs! lol.

FiveDigitLP

#11

FiveDigitLP said:

March of War! I know nothing about this but what I saw in the video, yet all I can say is it's about time we got an RTS on the Wii U!

Joshers744

#12

Joshers744 said:

ya know, most of the eshop stuff never caught my eye... I guess I'm a sucker for first party characters, and since these don't have any (nintendo characters), I usually look right past them. :p

SpinelessOyster

#15

SpinelessOyster said:

Never heard of Wooden Sen'SeY before, but it looks interesting. May have to keep my eye on that one. Definitely getting Qube though.

TreonsRealm

#18

TreonsRealm said:

A Nintendo console with a focus on awesome first party games and creative indie titles, count me in! No offense to "traditional" third parties but personally, I have grown increasingly tired of the same old stale FPS and Open World formulas over the last 5-6 years. Almost every game on my "must have" list (that isn't Nintendo first party) is an indie game for either computer or Wii U (Off-TV play has become a major selling point with me and my family).

Adam

#20

Adam said:

OK, I've been ignoring the Eshop, and that was a lot of interesting stuff I didn't know about.

Cool to see Knytt on a home console!

Warbeard

#22

Warbeard said:

"Forced" is made by former students from my Uni - I didn't know it was hitting the eShop. Supposedly a co-op arena

Kirk

#24

Kirk said:

A lot of those games look a bit TOO "indie" for my liking.

I mean it's not hard to get hundreds of very average games on your system, mostly created in the likes of Unity and Game Maker for example, but I think getting a range of high quality indie titles is maybe the better approach for Nintendo here.

These games are fine for things like PC and mobiles but I'm not sure if they're the sort of titles that are going to get Wii Us moving off store shelves.

Having said that, I'm a one man indie developer myself and it's good that at least many of these clearly smaller teams are even able to get their games on Nintendo's consoles.

Emblem

#25

Emblem said:

This was a pleasant surprise, i'll be picking a few of these up as long as they are decent quality.

DefHalan

#26

DefHalan said:

Those are all this year? That is awesome. I am sad not to see one of the Oddworld games on the list, hopefully one of them will come early 2014

ikki5

#27

ikki5 said:

The Giana Sisters is the one of that list I am really looking forward to

DerpSandwich

#30

DerpSandwich said:

Which ones are exclusives? Because that's one thing the 3DS has over the Wii U at the moment--awesome eShop exclusives. I've kind of surprised it's taking this long to give us some, to be honest. They went crazy with them on 3DS.

Shambo

#31

Shambo said:

@FineLerv Every thursday, 15:00 hours. NL usually posts a European list on monday I believe. But it would help if Nintendo sent a spotpass message on wednesday or something.

On a different -edited- note: wasn't Armikrog confirmed? Or are they not yet allowed to sho footage if any is available yet? Superb list though! I want most of them, and some others too like Shovel Knight and Ballpoint Universe.

madness

#33

madness said:

Maybe its to kick start the poor sale in Euro.
To make us fill loved! and bring to NA at a later date..

Ittle Dew, March of War will be mine... rest i have to look into as i have no money and Nintendo keep raping my wallet...

FineLerv

#34

FineLerv said:

@Shambo "Every thursday, 15:00 hours. NL usually posts a European list on monday I believe. But it would help if Nintendo sent a spotpass message on wednesday or something."

I pretty much log on to this site on my phone about 5 or 6 times a day while I'm at work so I never personally miss a sale. But, as you said, Nintendo needs to send a spotpass. Actually the whole e-shop could use a bit of an overhaul (although I'm not sure if I imagine it but they seem to fiddle with their layout more than Facebook does).

FineLerv

#36

FineLerv said:

Ooh! Just saw Ducktales comes to the Au e-shop on the 15th! Nice looking icon, too!

nik1470

#37

nik1470 said:

These all look interesting Festival of Magic and Tengami are the ones to watch IMO

Mk_II

#40

Mk_II said:

Some amazing stuff there! Glad to see Nintendo's efforts to woo the indie devs are beginning to pay off.

aesupreme1

#41

aesupreme1 said:

Lots of good stuff in there, I am interested in several of those. I'm a sucker for old school 2D platforming games, thus Giana Sisters, and Wooden Sen' Sey look really good. Others that caught my eye include Festival of Magic, Lttle Dew, and Teslagrad. I hope most of those games get a U.S. release as well, or I am going to be a sad gamer. :(

JaxonH

#42

JaxonH said:

Wow, those look like actual worthy additions to the eShop! I'd be interested in several of these games. I'm curious as to why these weren't shown in the North American Nintendo Direct.

I'm actually glad Europe might be getting these games first. North America almost always gets releases before Europe, and it'd be nice to see my European gaming brethren get first dibs for a change.

Yasume

#43

Yasume said:

I was kind of hoping for a 3DS eShop sizzle reel as well. Would also like to hear release dates for Jett Rocket II, Shantae 3, Treasurenauts and Shovel Knight.

element187

#45

element187 said:

I'm going to get Festival of Magic, QUBE and Pure Chess right off the bat day one... the rest I may get purely as impulse buys.

I love indie games.

QuickSilver88

#46

QuickSilver88 said:

Why on earth wasn't this shown in the USA??? This months direct was fairly bland but this Indy Sizzle real was pretty exciting so why not finish the NOA prensentation with it. I just don't understand why Nintendo won't play to their strengths. I like that they are trying different things like the Animal Crossings cross over features, the Pikmin camera feature and the new Art tools for MiiVerse. So those are neat and worthwhile things. The rest was pretty drab and honestly why not give us something to be excited about like playable demos of the E3 games or new footage of Mario or DK.....news about Wiifit or WiiParty, Yarn Yoshi or SMTxFE. I like the concept of the directs but if they don't offer anything meaningful then they will lose their appeal and people will stop tuning in.

Melkaticox

#47

Melkaticox said:

@QuickSilver88 This month's direct was "bland" on purpose, it was confirmed hours ago that it would be focused on already confirmed games.
Be happy they at least announced Prof vs Ace.

I really like how a lot of these indies look! Hopefully they sell decently, the Wii U needs as much as possible and the indies may be its saving grace.

Shambo

#48

Shambo said:

@FineLerv It's relatively young, compared to Facebook, so it's only 'natural' it changes quite often. It does a good job of keeping good stuff easy to find too... Once you're looking in the eShop that is. It could use a PSN "what's new" kind of start up on the Mii plaza. Or a "news" line in the menu with passing text with interactive eShop links. Just brainstorming.

armoredghor

#49

armoredghor said:

March of war looks good. Haven't tried a new rts in a while. Tengami looks good just for novelty and tnt racers should hold me off til a real big racer comes out.

shuis

#51

shuis said:

A while back an article was done on "Two Brothers". It is suppose to release in October. That is the title I am currently most excited about.

Dpullam

#55

Dpullam said:

I am most looking forward to playing Knytt Underground. I loved playing the originals on my PC a while back. I had a blast exploring the innocent world and interesting locals with sublime music guiding me, so I hope that game and the others are announced for North America soon.

DrDingus

#57

DrDingus said:

I am excited about all of it frankly. I just want something to play on my dust gathering Wii U. For reals.

LavaTwilight

#58

LavaTwilight said:

Theres only a few games there I'll be interested in. I do enjoy my indie games but I'm very picky over them!

ljb88

#59

ljb88 said:

@FiveDigitLP couldn't agree with you more!! unfortunately I think March of War is a tbs. Not that it won't be good, but we really do need some rts action on wii u.

AJWolfTill

#60

AJWolfTill said:

OOooh quite a few of these are getting me excited! Already loved the look of festival of magic and Tengami, Nihilumbra and Q.u.b.e. look great too.
Also the fact that an overt RTS like March of War is on the way seems like it could be a gamechanger.

WiiLovePeace

#61

WiiLovePeace said:

I'm greatly looking forward to most of those releases + Shovel Knight :D Wayyyy too much to buy though :'(

HeatBombastic

#63

HeatBombastic said:

I might be going mostly e-shop this year. It's hard to keep buying $40-$60 games when $50 could be spent on a lot of good e-shop games!

Nictendo64

#64

Nictendo64 said:

I hope these come out in the US this year. Would love to own pretty much all of them.

Araknie

#65

Araknie said:

Q.U.B.E. was the best puzzle game that didn't have to copy Portal to come to PC to date so that's a hit for me.

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