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Feature: Kickstarter's Wii U and 3DS Campaigns - 13th August

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Our weekly (maybe) summary is back

Earlier this year we kicked off a series of weekly Kickstarter summaries, with the intention of providing handy regular updates of what's happening in terms of crowdfunding projects on the platform that are targeting Wii U and 3DS. The last entry was on 2nd June, after which we took a hiatus for two reasons — E3 was rapidly approaching, and there was (it seemed to us) a stagnation in interesting projects.

We've had some recent requests to revive the summary, so that's what we'll do. This entry will list some recent success stories you may have missed before moving onto some other projects kicking around seeking funds. This will be in addition to occasional standard news posts, and will hopefully be useful for those of you still exploring the crowdfunding market.

So, let's get to it.

Recently Funded

Ninja Pizza Girl — Wii U included in core goal [approx $38,000AUD of $35,000AUD target reached, less than a day to go]

This intriguing campaign is about to close, having hit its target just recently; gameplay is shaping up to be a 2D runner with sources of inspiration such as Sonic The Hedgehog and Mirror's Edge. Rather than a health gauge, however, the theme judges your esteem as you dash through delivering pizza as stylishly as possible; mistakes and enemies bring on taunts from bullies, with this game seeking to raise awareness of these issues.

Chances of Wii U release: Confirmed, due Q1 / Q2 2015.

Timespinner — 3DS included as $115,000 stretch goal [$176,667 of $50,000 target reached]

This was actually funded in late July, but certainly deserves another mention. A 2D, pixel-based Metroidvania with titles such as the Castlevania games on GBA and DS cited as sources of inspiration, there's sure to be a lot of anticipation around this one.

Chances of 3DS release: Confirmed, due Q4 2015.

Midora — Wii U and 3DS included as $80,000 stretch goal [$73,470 of $60,000 target reached]

This is a pixel-based 2D adventure title that got plenty of attention in July. While you may be scratching your head at why this is in the "recently funded" category when it missed the stretch goal, it was confirmed that the game will still come to the Nintendo platforms, but less money means it'll come a little later than the PC iteration.

Chances of Wii U / 3DS release: Confirmed, due 2015.

The Deer God — Wii U included as $40,000 stretch goal [$51,953 of $26,000 target reached]

This looks like a cerebral, beautiful adventure game in which your aim is to explore and survive as a deer, with attractive environments and unlockable abilities helping you on your way. It's not hard to see why this proved to be a success in its campaign, and it'll be interesting to see how the final product turns out.

Chances of Wii U release: Confirmed, due Q4 2014 / Q1 2015.

Ongoing Campaigns

Super World Karts — Wii U included as $32,000 stretch goal [approx $6,650 of $16,000 target reached, 29 days to go]

This is a Mode-7 Super Mario Kart-inspired racer, with its own range of modes, racers, courses and items. It looks a little rough and ready — and has lifted a few sound effects from well-known retro games — but looks rather charming and chaotic.

Chances of success: Early days, it seems feasible right now.

A Rite from the Stars — Wii U included in core goal [approx $7,750 of $40,000 target reached, 23 days to go]

Inspired by point-and-click adventures of old, this incorporates a 3D graphics engine, featuring multiple paths and different endings depending on performance. The developers cites unique features while staying true to the genre as key goals.

Chances of success: Reasonable, though stronger momentum is still needed.

Hive Jump — Wii U included in core goal [approx $14,000 of $50,000 target reached, 23 days to go]

This one looks particularly attractive and was pointed out in the comments. With punchy retro-styled visuals and sound, this is a run and gun action game with some elements of strategy thrown in. Online and local co-op for up to four players looks fun, as do upgradable weapons and permadeath; the target Wii U release (Fall 2015) is later than on PC, while the developer aims to give the Nintendo system's version some unique features.

Chances of success: Decent, albeit with a momentum boost needed.

The Power of Glove: A Power Glove Documentary — approx $6,700 of $15,000 target reached, 22 days to go

As the title makes clear, this is a film project to produce a documentary all about the iconic but barely functional NES peripheral. It's production slowed down, with this campaign aiming to secure funds to get it over the finish line.

Chances of success: Reasonable odds at this stage

Those are some crowdfunding efforts currently doing the rounds on Kickstarter. As this is the first summary in a while we'd bet handsome money some are missing, so by all means point us to those we've left out in the comments; we'll endeavour to add them in if they seem worth including.

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User Comments (49)



ekreig said:

I'm glad you decided to continue these articles. Quite a bit of good news this week! I'll be keeping an eye on those funded games.



Mrclaycoat said:

There's another game not mentioned called "Hive Jump" which will launch on Wii U if funded. Looks really cool!



ueI said:

Next time you can mention Jenny LeClue. It would be great to have that game on WiiU, though hitting the goal is unlikely.



ThomasBW84 said:

@Mrclaycoat That looks cool, added

@ueI That one looks like a really long shot, so I've left it out for now. I'm going to try and be picky and focus on realistic projects this time around, rather than the "whatever's on Kickstarter" approach of last time.



ricklongo said:

@uel @ThomasBW84 I recently sent a message to Jenny LeClue's creator congratulating him on the project, and expressing my wish to contribute if it gets close to the Wii U stretch goal. He answered that, if Nintendo approves their developer license before the campaign closes, they may just include the Wii U version as an addon, even if they don't make the stretch goal. So let's hope that happens! It certainly looks like it could be an awesome little game with its Professor Layton meets Veronica Mars vibe.



Stu13 said:

Timespinner and Midora both look amazing. This was the first I've heard of The Deer God but I could definitely get into that, too.



Kaze_Memaryu said:

Timespinner looks nice, but won't get me an inch away from Heart forth, Alicia. Midora still bothers me since the visuals are a bit too close to Minish Cap for my liking.
The Deer God is so weird, yet so beautiful, it's almost hypnotizing.

Ninja Pizza Girl still looks like a waste of potential to me, and none of the ongoing projects interest me at all.



Angelic_Lapras_King said:

Yup, I was right. The game that combined 3 things guys like (Ninjas, Pizza and girls) got funded for that reason alone. XD



jdarrell said:

It's a free-to-play turn-based MMORPG currently at 50% being made with Unity. They re-launched the campaign after looking at funding options from Ouya, Nintendo, and Sony. After they finish the PC version, they'll make an Ouya port (5 months exclusive), then they have the Wii U listed as a console to port to. Have no idea if they'll actually do the ports though since I can't think of any f2p MMORPG's on Ouya or Wii U...



PanurgeJr said:

I've made no decisions, but Hive Jump and A Rite to the Stars are on my radar.

One game you forgot is Aegis Defenders, which has hit the main goal and has plenty of time to hit the Wii U stretch goal. It also fits in perfectly with the Kickstarter/crossover theme of the new NF Magazine, as the newest and bluest of 8 bit characters will be unlockable.



Barbiegurl777 said:

Really wish the people who are making these games on kickstarter would make games that are actually interesting beside's RPG's, & dungeon crawler's, etc...

Can't Namco Bandai put Kuma Tomo - 3DS on kickstarter for a english release?? That's the only game I want to see right now if they put that on kickstarter for english translation. I'd support that game. These are almost all rpg games the exact genre I dislike...

Happy Gaming! (^_^)



aaronsullivan said:

I third it. Aegis Defenders deserves attention here.
At first I was offput by the obvious leaning on the imagery of Nausicaa and Lord Yupa (see my avatar) from one of my fave movies, but it's obvious how different the game is and it's more of an inspired by Miyazaki than a rip off.

Plus, it's the game itself that has me intrigued looks like a nice mash up of ideas and I want to play it.

Wii U goal is out there a bit, but the momentum on the game seems pretty strong.



TromaDogg said:

@Nintenjoe64 And whenever Nicalis do finally get it released in the US, it's likely that Europe will have to wait much, much longer anyway, if the likes of NightSky and Cave Story are any indication to go by.



Sanguinaire said:

Lack of ReVeN love is disappointing, especially since the beta for X-Bridge just came out.



ogo79 said:

i wish timespinner was coming to wii u, maybe later. or maybe ill end up getting a 3ds xl even though i really dont need it...the deer god looks promising...



Troggy said:

Wasn't Super World Karts a project that failed months ago? I'm sure that I remember the Lobodestroyo devs stating that it was unsuccessful. Still, it's great that they're trying again.



seng2kx said:

TimeSpinner and Midora!!! Def. getting both. Now the waiting games begin:(.



WinterWarm said:

TimeSpinner, The Rite From The Stars, and The Deer God all look really interesting. Thank you to NL for bringing this back!



risingoat said:

Hi there!

My name is David, member of Risin' Goat, the team behind A Rite from the Stars. I just found this article and read your comments and really wanted to thank you for your nice feedback and encourage you to support our game by backing it, or by simply talking about it in your social media.

Thanks in advance!!!

Risin' Goat



ACK said:

Thrilled to see this feature return. I'm not about to waste my time sleuthing for Kick starter campaigns to support, so this is invaluable for introducing me to new projects, keeping tabs on the ones that need help, and encouraging me to occasionally donate when I would be otherwise unaware.

Thanks, Thomas. Your service is duly noted.



brandonbwii said:

I'm very surprised at the lack of momentum Hive Jump is getting. It's a full fledged adventure game with the promise of online co-op in the Wii U version. How often does that happen?

A Rite From the Stars looks solid too, although I do understand hesitation to back it. It looks a little awkward ATM but who knows, it could be the next Zack & Wiki if funded.



risingoat said:


Hi, brandon. My name is David, member of Risin' Goat, creators of A Rite from the Stars. Just read your comment and was wondering if you would be so kind as to elaborate on why you find our project a bit awkward.

We are very interested in hearing from you, guys, so we can improve our game. Thanks so much in advance!!!

By the way, you can download a demo of the game and send us your feedback from inside the game at any moment. The demo is available for download on our Kickstarter page:

Risin' Goat

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