It's that time again when we provide updates on a batch of Kickstarter projects currently doing the rounds for Wii U and 3DS. It seems that there's some momentum around the Wii U eShop, in particular, as we're consistently being pointed to fresh projects that have included Nintendo's home console in their funding targets. As always this focuses on existing projects, so those already funded or otherwise aren't included.
Plenty of changes to consider this week, so let's get on with it.
Note: Kickstarter embedded videos appear to be broken at the time of publication, in that they're blocked from embedding on external sites and even social networks such as Twitter. We'll add them once the issue is resolved, but in the meantime click on the headings for each entry to visit the funding page and watch the pitch videos.
Red Goddess: Inner World — Wii U included in core goal [approx $20,300 of $30,000 target reached, 25 days to go]
A visually appealing "2.5D Metroidvania" title, this is the work of Spain-based Yanim Studio. There's already a free PC demo, and you can learn more in our interview with the developer.
Chances of Wii U release: Very likely based on strong momentum.
Adventures of Pip — Wii U included in core goal [approx $21,000 of $90,000 target reached, 23 days to go]
This one has an interesting concept — it's a 2D sidescrolling action title in which Pip starts out with a basic form and abilities; as he kills enemies he powers up and changes in terms of his move-set and appearance. The pixel-based visuals are sure to catch the eye of retro game fans.
Chances of Wii U release: Reasonable, as momentum is decent so far — there's still a fair way to go, however.
Clive and The Stones — Wii U included in core goal [approx £500 of £25,000 target reached, 13 days to go]
A 3D platforming adventure inspired by brands such as Spyro, Jak and Daxter and Banjo Kazooie, this involves a tale of good bunny Clive trying to save the world and embarking on some time travel. A two-man project based in the UK, this aims to kickstart the genre though has struggled for attention so far.
Chances of Wii U release: Difficult without a bump in momentum.
Salvaged — Wii U included in core goal [approx $19,200 of $125,000 target reached, 3 days to go]
From UK-based developer Opposable Games, this is a dual screen tactical action game in which you control a team of Marines using a touch screen device (it's no surprise Wii U support was added to join PC) while an action view is shown on the TV; its goal is to draw inspiration from iconic movie Aliens, among others. You can learn more in our interview with the developer
Chances of Wii U release: Unlikely, there's a lack of momentum in the campaign.
Heart Forth, Alicia — Wii U stretch goal at $200,000, 3DS at $245,000 [approx $189,350 of $60,000 target reached, 3 days to go]
This is already a particularly successful campaign, as it's approaching three times its original target. A '90s-inspired action RPG, it's had plenty of praise to date and has been given that old favourite description — Metroidvania. With plenty of depth promised through items, levelling and spells, and footage that shows fast-paced action, this is undoubtedly eye-catching.
Chances of Wii U and 3DS release: 3DS looks unlikely, the Wii U has a chance albeit with a late surge required.
Popup Dungeon — Wii U included as $100,000 stretch goal [approx $75,200 of $80,000 target reached, 6 days to go]
This is described as a "roguelike papercraft RPG that lets players create any weapon, ability, enemy, and hero they can imagine." Developer Triple.B.Titles has enjoyed Kickstarter success in the past, and has cited the second screen of the GamePad as an exciting potential feature for the dungeon play.
Chances of Wii U release — The project itself is likely to be funded, but the Wii U target is rather touch-and-go based on current momentum.
Hover: Revolt Of Gamers — Wii U included as $100,000 stretch goal [approx $92,000 of $38,000 target reached, 10 days to go]
This is an open-world freerunning/parkour game inspired by Jet Set Radio and Mirror's Edge, and looks impressive in its early demonstration footage. The developer has explained that the Wii U goal reflects the work to make the game run on the system, but also a desire to utilise the GamePad for asynchronous play.
Chances of Wii U release — Very positive, as momentum remains impressive.
Source — Wii U included as $75,000 stretch goal [Raised $19,274 of $50,000 target reached]
Originally targeting PC, PS4 and Xbox One, this is a "a metroidvania action adventure game" in which the player flies through the environments, with enemies, alternative realities and boss battles included. A project of the married duo Fenix Fire, the funding would have helped pay for additional development help.
Chances of Wii U release — Unclear; the developer still plans to make the game, though we'd speculate only for the core platforms at this point, in which the Wii U was not included.
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.