It's been a busy week in the world of Kickstarter funding, with plenty of positive news for Nintendo gamers. There are three projects that have hit Wii U targets, a new entry that looks promising for the 3DS, and unfortunately some that have failed to make their mark.
Plenty to consider, then, so let's get to it.
OMORI — 3DS stretch goal at $180,000 [approx $78,000 of $22,000 target reached, 17 days to go]
This "surreal psychological horror RPGmaker game" has already comfortably passed its original goal, and certainly looks intriguing. With a distinctive art style and peculiar storyline this has evidently capture the imagination of a number of gamers, the following tagline sums up its approach nicely. "Your story is already over. You just have to remember it."
Chances of 3DS release: Certainly positive, as the campaign is progressing well.
Heart Forth, Alicia — Wii U stretch goal at $200,000, 3DS at $245,000 [$232,365 of $60,000 target reached]
A particularly successful campaign. This is a '90s-inspired action RPG, and it's had plenty of praise to date along with 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: Wii U funding target has been secured, 3DS misses out unless the developer opts to produce a portable version without the target.
Popup Dungeon — Wii U included as $100,000 stretch goal [$100,946 of $80,000 target reached]
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 — Confirmed for Wii U, having squeezed past the stretch goal at the close.
Hover: Revolt Of Gamers — Wii U included as $100,000 stretch goal [approx $103,500 of $38,000 target reached, 3 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 — Confirmed, along with local multiplayer.
Red Goddess: Inner World — Wii U included in core goal [approx $27,800 of $30,000 target reached, 18 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: Almost certain.
Adventures of Pip — Wii U included in core goal [approx $29,500 of $90,000 target reached, 16 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: It does need to step up its momentum to hit the target, but there's still time.
Clive and The Stones — Wii U included in core goal [raised £537 of £25,000 target]
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. The campaign was cancelled due to a lack of momentum, though the develop has suggested it may return to crowdfunding in future.
Chances of Wii U release: Cancelled for now.
Salvaged — Wii U included in core goal [$20,143 of $125,000 target reached]
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: Unclear. Development may continue but at a slower pace, with the developer to provide updates in the future.
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.