1001 Spikes — formerly known as Aban Hawkins & the 1,001 Spikes — has been a long time coming for the Wii U and 3DS eShop stores, and Nintendo gamers may have been disappointed when it was announced earlier this week for a 3rd June arrival on Sony systems in North America, with no mention of the Nintendo platforms. Nicalis has now issued a press release confirming the title for both Nintendo systems in the region on that same date, though there is a positive and equally a negative with that news.
To start with the positive, 3DS owners that own another Nicalis game on the system — VVVVVV, NightSky, Cave Story, Ikachan or Grinsia — will receive a $5 discount on 1001 Spikes. That means it'll cost $9.99 instead of $14.99 for those gamers on 3DS.
The downside is that Nicalis has found " a few issues" at the 11th hour, and the initial releases will have those issues — on the flipside it says "Nintendo has assured us that an update could be issued within a couple of days of release to knock out those bugs". As a result the studio has decided to release the games alongside the other platforms and will, presumably, get that fix applied promptly.
1001 Spikes should be tempting to platformer fans, particularly those up for a challenge, as it cites its difficulty level as a key factor — you have 1001 lives to get through the game, obtaining a key and getting to the exit in every level. As well as single player action there will be competitive and co-operative multiplayer modes, too.
At the time of writing there's been no mention of a European release for the title — on 3DS or Wii U. If you're in North America, however, are you planning to pick this up next week?