Feature: Kickstarter's Wii U and 3DS Campaigns - 13th April
Posted by Thomas Whitehead
Successes and failures
Last week we ran our first weekly Kickstarter summary, which aims to keep us all up to date on the progress — and otherwise — of projects currently seeking funding that are targeting Wii U and/or 3DS. We're relatively selective in terms of focusing on projects that seem to have either a certain level of quality, a likelihood to succeed or a mix of both. This'll also be a place to celebrate the good news of funded projects.
This week we have a successfully funded game to look forward to, while we'll see how some anticipated projects are performing as their time slowly disappears.
Let's get to it, and you can click on the project names to visit their campaign pages.
Earthlock: Festival of Magic — Wii U included in core target [$178,193 of $150,000 target raised]
Snowcastle Games originally ran a Kickstarter campaign in 2013, but the timing wasn't considered right and it was put on hold. Relaunched in March, it's now hit its target, with the first part of this RPG due in Spring 2015; stretch goals reached (adding Paypal) include an "Epic Boss" and an orchestrated soundtrack. The campaign has funded volume 1, with subsequent volumes to be funded by sales of the first entry.
Chances of Wii U release — Confirmed.
Cult County — Wii U included in core target [approx $34,500 of $580,000 target reached, 19 days to go]
The project initially confirmed for the 3DS has moved to Unity-supported systems, which means Wii U, PC, PS3, PS Vita, PS4 and Xbox One; the 3DS has been cited as a potential stretch goal, yet this seems unlikely. As before when announced in 2013, this will be an episodic survival-horror FPS, with Renegade Kid aiming to use its experience from Dementium: The Ward and Dementium II on the DS. Despite the studio's experience and fanbase, this campaign is struggling to gain momentum and look in jeopardy.
Chances of Wii U release — With a tough target this is now looking rather unlikely without a substantial boost in momentum.
Hex Heroes — Wii U included in core target [approx $33,200 of $80,000 target reached, 10 days to go]
This is a "Party RTS" (real time strategy) with some serious pedigree, being led by artist and co-developer of popular PC title The Bridge, Mario Castañeda, with music from the much-loved Grant Kirkhope. Initially planned as a Wii U exclusive due to its core idea of local multiplayer for up to five players, with the GamePad player leading four others on the TV, it's since added a PC version to broaden the potential audience. Has added additional cameos from popular YouTube channel Game Grumps, along with varied game characters.
Chances of Wii U release — This one's looking like a long-shot, having hit less than half of its goal with 10 days remaining; it needs a strong momentum boost.
APEXICON - Fantasy Puzzle Combat — Wii U included in core target [approx $4,350 of $5,000 target reached, 10 days to go]
This is the second attempt of developer Actos Games to get this project funded, having closed the initial attempt late last year. The campaign returns with an updated alpha build free to try on PC, a lower target and with the Wii U eShop included in the core goal. This will attempt to blend wordplay with RPG elements, with touch controls on the GamePad seeming like an ideal option. A recent promotion gives an extra copy and future games in the "mini-collector" tier, while the developer is discussing publication opportunities with DoubleFine.
Chances of Wii U release — Could be close based on current momentum, but the odds undoubtedly look positive at this stage.
JetGetters — Wii U included as $80,000 stretch goal [approx $40,250 of $50,000 target reached, 5 days to go]
This title from tinyBuild certainly stands as a game that simply aims to provide ludicrous fun. A dogfighting aerial combat game, it also encourages you to leap from your plane and skydive; you can either land on a team-mates' plane and shoot with your handgun or land on an enemy plane to hijack it. Its description of "Just Cause 2 meets Battlefield 4" seems apt.
Chances of Wii U release — It's looking unlikely based on current momentum, with core platforms looking like a good bet but the Wii U stretch goal looking too far away.
Twisted Fusion — Wii U exclusive [approx £1,950 of £3,000 target reached, 17 days to go]
This début Nintendo game from Lewis Pugh, who's previously released a number of smartphone games, will utilise the Nintendo Web Framework on the home console. Described as an "open platformer", the gameplay in the pitch video brings to mind Renegade Kid's Mutant Mudds, while there'll also be an adjustable difficulty scale on the Wii U GamePad screen.
Chances of Wii U release — It's still looking positive, with solid momentum towards its modest target.
Flying Hamster II — Wii U and 3DS as unspecified stretch goals [approx $27,250 of $150,000 target reached, 20 days to go]
The original Flying Hamster was released on PSP, Vita and iOS, but this sequel aims to expand the original idea with a large "hub-based open world", with action platformer gameplay and rather cute visuals. This will apparently be a 2D adventure RPG in practice, with particular inspiration from Wonder Boy / Monster World.
Chances of Wii U / 3DS release — Based on current momentum, very slim. Neither Nintendo system has a firm goal yet, and the campaign is struggling to gain momentum towards its core goal.
Nintendo Underdogs Reorchestrated (NUREO) — Approx $1,730 of $6,000 target reached, 14 days to go
This is a fan-driven project — headed up by Colin McIsaac — that aims to produce an album of 20 tracks for "underappreciated" Nintendo themes. Examples cited are WarioWare's "Ashley's Theme," Super Mario RPG's "Beware the Forest Mushrooms," and Mario Kart's "Rainbow Road"; stretch goals include live instrument soloists and guest arrangements.
Odds of success — Poor momentum so far, with just a few hundred dollars accumulated in the past week; a big boost is needed.
Tom Sparks and the Quakes of Ruin — Wii U included as $210,000 stretch goal [approx $1,400 of $50,000 target reached, 18 days to go]
Described as a "3D diesel-punk action-adventure game full of crazy weapons", it takes an isometric top-down viewpoint and promises an action adventure of exploring, upgrading weapons and challenging enemy fights.
Chances of Wii U release — It looks almost impossible. Despite looking like a rather slick title in the pitch video below, this campaign has somewhat stalled; $210,000 is a huge number with such poor momentum.
Cosmochoria — Wii U included as $150,000 stretch goal [approx $15,000 of $10,000 target reached, 17 days to go]
This title is already funded for its main release on PC, so is already successful. It looks like a colourful, charming take on Asteroids style gameplay as you explore and plant seeds on planetoids when fighting off aliens.
Chances of Wii U release — Despite its success, the Wii U stretch goal looks far too big to be realistic at present.
So those are some crowdfunding efforts currently doing the rounds on Kickstarter. Let us know which ones interest you, and likewise point us to any we've missed in the comments below.