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Knytt Underground Arrives on the Wii U eShop on 19th December

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

A chance to explore during the Holidays

Knytt Underground, previously released on multiple platforms, has been one of the most intriguing upcoming Wii U eShop games since it was confirmed by publisher Ripstone. The work of Nicklas Nygren (best-known as Nifflas), it's an atmospheric and potentially lengthy experience that encourages exploration, experimentation and curious players.

We won't have long to wait before we can try it out on the Wii U eShop, as Ripstone has confirmed a release date of 19th December in both Europe and North America, though no pricing has been provided as yet. It'll include additional content previously only available on PC, as well as some platform-specific benefits; below is an excerpt from the press release:

  • Over 1,800 intricately designed rooms to explore
  • Even more secrets to discover, quests to embark on and rooms to uncover!
  • Exclusively to Wii U on consoles, the Infinity Hype update brings improvements and changes based on fan feedback from Reddit
  • With new graphical effects and flourishes, the Wii U version is the best looking console version of the game
  • Thanks to the Nintendo GamePad, you can view the map easily, seeing where you've explored & where you have yet to venture.

If you want to learn more you can check out our two detailed interviews with Nifflas and Ripstone; part one explores the creative vision of the game, while part two includes details on why the title has a mature age rating, along with an argument that it's not necessarily a fair reflection of the content.

You can also see the launch trailer below — are you interested in picking this up?

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User Comments (26)

rjejr

#1

rjejr said:

Well that's good, an eShop game in Dec. I thought everything had been pushed back to next year.

I still prefer Toki Tori 2+ but I can see where having the map on the Gamepad could help improve this game.

onlyaman

#2

onlyaman said:

Fair warning... if you are going for 100%, there are some portions of this game that may endanger your gamepad.

daveh30

#3

daveh30 said:

nice to see SOMETHING coming for Wii U this month, but I couldn't get into this one at all on PS3. It's definitely got its fanbase, and I hope it find an audience on the U, but it was way too weird/ slow/ boring for me.

hiptanaka

#4

hiptanaka said:

Looks fun. I really, really liked Nifflas' "Within a Deep Forest", but after that I felt most of the games were a bit empty. This seems to have a bit more of what I like, including the bouncing ball.

ikki5

#7

ikki5 said:

@ricklongo

lol, ok. I watched the trailer and was interested and then I read that comment and thought, "I don't want to damage my gamepad..."

:)

XCWarrior

#8

XCWarrior said:

Morphing mechanic looks kind of cool. Art Style not so much.

We'll see what reviews say.

Nareva

#9

Nareva said:

I was confused for a second when I thought the Johnnie Walker Blue Label ad was part of the press release.

The game looks intriguing enough. I'll wait for the review.

ikki5

#10

ikki5 said:

Why.... is there an Xbox ad on here on the side under "More Latest Reviews"? If I see it there by Monday, I am getting an adblock so I don't have to look at that.

ThomasBW84Admin

#11

ThomasBW84 said:

@ikki5 Those little adverts cycle, so for example right now I'm seeing a broadband ad in that particular spot. I know that the aim is to keep ads unobtrusive, and the content is watched in terms of being appropriate. By that I don't mean "it's Xbox so inappropriate", though.

Adverts are vital for funding the site, and the example you've cited is a small box on the side. Naturally whether you apply adblock is entirely up to you, but that's a negative for us that produce the site. We do have a page that outlines advertising policy, and naturally hope you don't feel the need to apply adblock - http://www.nintendolife.com/advertising-policy

MrWalkieTalkie

#12

MrWalkieTalkie said:

Any idea as to how much this will cost? Also, do you know when Paper Monsters Recut will release on the eShop? It's supposedly coming out sometime this month. I really wanna play it.

WiiLovePeace

#16

WiiLovePeace said:

Wowzers! The game looks AWESOME in the trailer :D I greatly await 20th of December :D I just hope it's not too expensive...

gage_wolf

#20

gage_wolf said:

Sexual themes & strong language? Characters that look fresh out of MS paint? Sorry but Samus's morph ball ain't saving this one for me... Think I'm gonna pass.

Specters

#23

Specters said:

Sadly just got this on PC. Maybe after playing it, if it's really good I'll pick it up again for Wii U.

Pod

#24

Pod said:

I've been looking forward to playing this game for a while. I hope it's got off-screen play too.

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