Barely a day passes at the moment without more download-only games being confirmed as in the works for the Wii U eShop, as Nintendo's indie-friendly policy continues to bear fruit. The store seems to be a destination for newcomers, too, with Adventure Thru 8-Bit Land currently in development by R & P Studios; it's planned as a Wii U eShop exclusive.
With off-TV GamePad play set to be included, as well as support for the Wii U Pro Controller, this is shaping up as a retro-inspired side-scroller. Below is what the studio has said to us so far.
The game starts off in 16-Bit World, with an 8-Bit ambassador wanting the Bit War to end. Paul, the guardian of Princess Hannah, notices that the ambassador looks familiar, and he's revealed to be the evil wizard. The wizard proceeds to kidnap the Princess and also takes Paul back with him. Paul has to Adventure Thru 8-Bit Land to find and save Princess Hannah, vanquish the evil Wizard and end the war on graphics, before all games are gone for good. There's more to the story line on the website I made for the game.
The gameplay is really simple: It's a side-scroller. Not much more needs to be said, but there will be many homages to the various Nintendo Franchises, Kingdom Hearts and other famous 8-Bit genres, in terms to the story and some gameplay elements. All I have to show of the game as of this e-mail is the logo and a website, which will hold all future updates for the game.
That website linked above also explains that the studio is entirely new and "learning how to make video games, but we understand how it takes to make a good game or anything good: time, effort and patience." This is an early announcement, too, with 2014 as the vague release target and no screens or assets to show as yet.
It's another download-only title on the way, nevertheless, and an exclusive to boot; we'll see how it progresses in the coming months.