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Feature: Kickstarter's Wii U and 3DS Campaigns - 26th May

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

More crowdfunding to consider

Last week was a rather busy update, with quite a few promising titles hitting their targets and being confirmed for Wii U. This week we've added a few projects requested in the past week, while there's one success and a couple of updates to get through.

Without further ado let's get to it.

Funded Projects

Red Goddess: Inner World — Wii U included in core goal [approx $32,250 of $30,000 target reached, 11 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: Confirmed.

New Projects

Luna's Tale: Curse of the Forgotten Doll — Wii U included in core goal [approx $3,800 of $35,000 target reached, 12 days to go]

A project from Maestro Interactive Games, founded by former Retro Studios employee Monty Goulet and developer of recent Wii U eShop release Percy's Predicament. This is a 'hand-painted' platformer that aims to deliver "a mixture of adventure, storytelling, and platforming".

Chances of Wii U release: Looking unlikely without a major boost in momentum.

The Way — Wii U stretch goal at $100,000 [approx $19,750 of $15,000 target reached, 9 days to go]

An puzzle platforming adventure title with a '90s aesthetic and a style reminiscent of retro classics such as Another World and Flashback, this promises a sci-fi storyline, clever puzzles and an alien world to explore; it's already achieved success on its core PC/Mac/Linux platforms.

Chances of Wii U release: Looking a little unlikely without a major increase in momentum.

Möira — Wii U and 3DS included with core goal [approx $1,800 of $8,000 target reached, 6 days to go]

This is an old-school platform that borrows the Game Boy aesthetic, utilising the Construct 2 dev engine. It aims to be challenging, with the description stating that you'll be able to learn the abilities for all enemies, which can then be used for puzzle solving.

Chances of Wii U release: Looking unlikely, but with such a small target still has a chance.

A Wizard's Day — Wii U stretch goal at $25,000 [approx $3,000 of $15,000 target reached, 16 days to go]

An adventure platformer that adopts an isometric view, this is currently targeting PC and Mac, though the Wii U is given as the only home console, with development for the system considered aspirational by developer Michael S. Tonder.

Chances of Wii U release: Looking unlikely without a major boost in momentum.

Project Updates

OMORI — 3DS stretch goal at $180,000 [approx $87,800 of $22,000 target reached, 10 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: Odds are longer after a week of slower momentum; a serious boost is needed.

Adventures of Pip — Wii U included in core goal [approx $31,100 of $90,000 target reached, 9 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: Looking unlikely due to stalled momentum, less than $2000 raised in the past week.

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.

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User Comments (29)



MAB said:

Yeah, the 3DS just isn't popular or powerful enough to achieve what 3rd party & indie devs want out of their games



Tops said:

Is OMORI headed to the WiiU eShop? That and Pip are the only games I'd be interested in



MixMasterMudkip said:

OMORI is definitely the most promising. I'll probably get it either way, but I'd love it to the 3DS. Seems the most likely to reach that goal as well.



GloverMist said:

You might want to fix the "$3,00" that this article says A Wizard's Day has raised! I know it's supposed to be $3,000, but it looks like either $300 or $3.00 right now! Just pointing it out!



PanurgeJr said:

Make sure you add Möira, which has less than a week left, so they won't be around for next week's update. They confirmed both Wii U and 3DS a few days ago, so we can get some handheld love, and while they don't have a high percentage of their target so far, they're only asking 8000 CAD, so just a bit of momentum from sites like this could help.



BertoFlyingFox said:

Sucks that Adventures of Pip is having a hard time despite all the promotion they've been doing. That's the only game I'm really interested in though, all the others arent to my liking. The Way has iOS/Android as stretch goals which usually leads to handicapping the entire game just for those platforms, no thanks.



ACK said:

Omori is made with RPG Maker, how it could be seen as the most promising is beyond me. Granted, I'm really only concerned with gameplay fundamentals... (Story and art are nice, but they won't make a game fun, period.). I just don't see extraordinarily compelling gameplay being born out of RPG Maker.



ACK said:

@Peek-a-boo Nah, DieselStormers being funded is tops for me. Looking incredible. Amplitude was OK on PS2, but I played that years ago and new music and graphics are not enough to draw me back in. DieselStormers is all new and out of this world awesome. (And there's a good chance it will come yo Wii U, as well.)

To me, Kickstarter is all about helping fund new IP that wouldn't make it to market otherwise. Helping companies produce the games they want when the typical prospects are questionable. Harmonix and their stockpiles can go suck an egg, for all I care.



SamirMalik said:

Try looking for "Pale Blue". Its a Metroidvania that kinda looks like Metroid but plays much like Castlevania. However unlike those two you are the evil do'er who instead of running away from your experimlental "monster" life with to fight back you instead decide to stay and be a pawn.
I got an email from Tinker games (the team) stating that they are waiting for Nintendo's approval to release it on the Wii U.

Another Kickstarter game is one that was already funde d by return for more cash is Anima: Gate of Memories which is still in development for both PC and Wii U. It's also an action RPG.



Melkac said:

@MAB Bro, you're the first unsuccessful troll I've seen in this website! You're so bad no one's even falling for it



Dizzard said:

A lot of quality looking additions this week, it's a shame they're not faring well.



JaxonH said:



I couldn't believe Amplitude actually hit it's goal! Last I checked, Insomniac was pledging like $7,500 (or something to that effect) and they were still in the 300k range with like 12 days to go.

2 weeks later, I wake up and read headlines that it passed $840k in its final hours.

I think Insomniac never ACTUALLY thought the game would hit its mark, and pledged that $7500 more or less as a gesture of support. I bet they never ACTUALLY thought that money would be leaving their bank account. Lol.



ledreppe said:

I've had enough of Kickstarter. Most of the ones I've backed have gone wrong in some way, and been delayed and delayed and then broken into several pieces (or acts), to raise more money to finish games that even met their stretch goals. NOT IMPRESSED Kickstarter.



Dreamz said:

Oh, for Farore's sake. There's exactly one game on that list that isn't a platformer. Can we PLEASE get some other genres?



AlexOlney said:

I'm always disappointed with the trend of having a Wii U/3DS stretch goal tens of thousands higher than the core goal. Target 22,000 with a 3DS stretch goal of 180,000?

Sometimes I think these stretch goals are just pipe dreams put in to silence everyone who clamours for them.



MAB said:

@Melkac It might have something to do with me not being a troll, just a realist posting the truth... Maybe you can explain why 3DS Kickstarters are practically non existant



SKTTR said:

The Way is my kinda game. Story, presentation, music, all on a mature level. Looks really good. My support on that one.

A Wizard's Day looks like Landstalker or those isometric ZX Spectrum puzzle adventures. Could be a neat throwback to that era.

Möira looks like a first gen Game Boy game. Has my interest, but more than anything it throws in the question, where is Two Brothers for Wii U?

Anima: Gate of Memories looks better and better each time they show it. I'm sold on it already because I got Anima: Ark of Sinners on WiiWare, and while it wasn't a particularly good game, it had a great dark story, beautiful art, and served me an addictive hardcore 2D openworld beat'em up/platformer challenge. This 3D-RPG "sequel" goes a totally different, more "casual" route, but hopefully maintains its focus on a deep story and gothic art again, which to me is most important in this series.



Melkac said:

@MAB Oh, you're not a troll? So you just have ridiculous opinions that incite the NL users to respond with messages "telling you" why you're wrong while you simply ignore them, then proceed to go to another article to do the exact same thing?
Yeah, you're not a troll alright
Seriously though, you're terrible at this.

Now you're going to respond to me saying I'm wrong and that you're just stating "the facts", while you put another winking emoticon at the end of your reply

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