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Check Out These Space-Themed Kickstarter Updates For Wii U

Posted by Conor McMahon

Narwhals....In Spaaaaaceeee!

Anyone who's grown a tad disinterested in military shooters and sports licenses can usually look to Kickstarter for some titles with genuine creativity and unabashed weirdness. The latest multiplayer title looking for funding on Wii U, PS4 and PC can be summed up as 'a war between narwhals fought among the stars', so...yeah. This is definitely something different.

Starwhal has been touring a slew of gaming events this year, leaving an impact on the hundreds of thousands that have already gotten the chance to play it. It's a little hard to put into words, something that the creators themselves admit, so it might be best to watch the video below or try out the 2-4 player demo for yourself to get the best effect.

It's a multiplayer experience that's made for the couch, aiming to confuse and amaze up to four people all at the same time. You'll compete to stab the heart of your rivals in a sort of neon ballet that's a little bit like if the 80's featured more marine mammals. It's been highly praised, and needs a final push to make it onto home consoles as well as the PC. The Wii U has been confirmed as one of these platforms, so don't hesitate to donate if it's something you'd like to get your hands on.

Paradise Lost: First Contact

We've been keeping track of another Kickstarter project with a space theme for a while now, and can happily report that Paradise Lost: First Contact has closed funding on a big total. Various stretch goals have been met, and a recent update details a secret prequel chapter as well as an additional gameplay video to show off some stealth options.

Though the project has been funded, you can still donate through its Paypal site if you missed your chance and would like to purchase a humble pack. Until December 31st all proceeds will go towards development.

And while we're at it, Dino Run 2 is another Kickstarter currently in the final days of its campaign. It's a worthy project that has intentions to come to Wii U as soon as possible after release on PC, so give it a look if you'd like some more multiplayer mayhem with a prehistoric twist.

Be sure to show your interest in any of these titles with a comment below!

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User Comments (14)

JustinH

#1

JustinH said:

Some good projects here — I definitely would like to see Dino Run 2 make it!

For anyone who saw the last NintendoLife Kickstarter three-fer, Tadpole Treble has just four days left and is less than $3,000 away from funding. If you were holding out because it hadn't made the Wii U stretch goal, please give it a look because it can get there if it has a strong finish!

SquidzillaStaff

#3

Squidzilla said:

@Warruz That might be an idea, though sometimes major updates do happen mid-week and are worth posting as a singular article of their own. A Kickstarter roundup at the start or end of each week could be a possibility though.

Tractavus

#4

Tractavus said:

I loved Dino Run! And I love playing starwhals with my bro! This is fantastic, definitely backing both!

Kaze_Memaryu

#5

Kaze_Memaryu said:

I gotta say, Paradise Lost look really interesting, and the gameplay reminds me of Mark of the Ninja (which I still think is the absolutely best stealth game ever!).
Starwhals looks entertaining, but doesn't really get me. And I have absolutely no idea what to think of Dino Run 2...

Benjerocks

#6

Benjerocks said:

Oh my gosh!!! We play Starwhals in English class online! Our teacher is so cool once when we had finished our work we had a Starwhals tournament, and the winner played her! :D

MadAdam81

#7

MadAdam81 said:

I'm going to have to have a close look at Starwhals and Dino Run 2. The screen shot for Dino Run 2 is a work of art in itself.

unrandomsam

#8

unrandomsam said:

Kickstarter has the same sort of problems only the stuff that says I am influenced by x y z gets funded not the most interesting stuff.

Warruz

#11

Warruz said:

@Squidzilla Would love one, just a quick keeping track/dont forget about article. Already tons of Kickstarter posts on the forums that keep getting funneled into that one post and usually get ignored so having them on the front page and get a bit more exposure might = more games on the Wii U!

ThomasBW84Admin

#12

ThomasBW84 said:

@Warruz I think Kickstarter's a little too irregular for pinning down a weekly article, especially when some projects are time-sensitive. I think these summaries are a nice way to tackle things ad-hoc, too, but unlike stuff like Smash Bros. screens it's not a consistent thing to commit to a fixed weekly article.

ricklongo

#13

ricklongo said:

Lots of Kickstarted goodies for the Wii U, that's for sure. I'm just kind of bummed out that my current favorite (Lobodestroyo) doesn't seem like it'll make it. :/

Kirk

#14

Kirk said:

Dino Run 2 looks cool but some of these guys are just asking for far too much money at this point imo.

Sure, that may actually what they've budgeted their costs to be but I personally think they'd be better off asking for less and just hoping they actually end up getting a little bit more in the end.

Starwhal looks kind of interesting and people certainly seemed to be enjoying it in that video, also they haven't exactly asked for a lot of money, so it's a bit unfortunate they aren't seeing much backing.

I think Kickstarter is getting to a point now where all but the few very lucky devs are likely to actually benefit from it imo.

Paradise lost looks potentially awesome and I'd say this is an example of one of those very lucky devs, although also very deserving it would seem based on what I've seen of the game thus far.

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