Feature: Kickstarter's Wii U and 3DS Campaigns - 24th August
Posted by Thomas Whitehead
The list grows again
Just recently we revived our Kickstarter summary, as a means of sharing the progress on some current projects that may make it to Nintendo hardware through the crowdfunding platform. It's time for another go around, with some new projects and updates on those previously highlighted.
We are generally targeting those with attainable goals, too, with a couple of new entries this week yet to gain momentum but have modest targets. If a project wants $2 million for a Wii U version — as an example — and has barely raised enough for a nice holiday on the beach, it's unlikely to be featured. We will also sometimes highlight projects that have caught our eye yet are struggling, as occasionally some exciting projects fail to get the attention they perhaps deserve.
With that out of the way let's get to it.
Nefarious — Wii U included in core goal [approx $15,100 of $50,000 target reached, 25 days to go]
This is a 2D platformer that switches things up by placing you in the role of villain, as you're the one doing the princess kidnapping and outwitting heroes. This is boasting some eye-catching visuals that show an impressive attention to detail.
Chances of success: Positive, as this campaign has had a strong start.
Super World Karts — Wii U included as $32,000 stretch goal [approx $7,500 of $16,000 target reached, 19 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: Has made little progress in the last 10 days, so is now looking more doubtful for the Wii U stretch goal.
A Rite from the Stars — Wii U included in core goal [approx $12,650 of $40,000 target reached, 12 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: Limited progress in the last 10 days, with a boost needed.
Hive Jump — Wii U included in core goal [approx $24,000 of $50,000 target reached, 12 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: Needs a late boost, but has shown some decent momentum.
Tiny Galaxy — Wii U included in core goal [approx $100 of $8,000 target reached, 28 days to go]
This recently-launched campaign is yet to pick up steam, and is a 2D platformer exclusively for Wii U. The main mechanic seems to be utilising gravity to hop between multiple planets, and this project will utilise the Nintendo Web Framework.
Chances of success: Difficult to tell this early on, but the target total is modest.
The Power of Glove: A Power Glove Documentary — approx $9,000 of $15,000 target reached, 11 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.
Let us know what you think of this current crop and the newcomers, and by all means share other projects that have been left out in the comments below; we may add some that we've missed.