Feature: Kickstarter's Wii U and 3DS Campaigns - 3rd September

Lots of close calls

In the past few weeks we've produced some Kickstarter summary articles highlighting intriguing projects that are recent successes and currently seeking funding. The Wii U in particular is still, it seems, a relatively popular target for developers on the crowdfunding platform.

As before we are showing projects with attainable goals and those that generally look promising. Community feedback also brings more games to our attention, some of which are below; overall this week brings us the usual mix of close calls, success stories and projects pushing for more momentum.

Let's get to it.

New Projects

Adventures of Pip — Wii U included in core goal [approx $24,850 of $40,000 target reached, 31 days to go]

The original campaign for this game was aborted, so this is the second attempt from Tic Toc Games. The key selling point is that this platformer incorporates three different core forms for the hero, who can also absorb the pixels of enemies as weapons. The different move-sets and capabilities of the three forms — tiny, gangly and strong — could make this a unique experience.

Chances of success: This campaign is off to an excellent start, so has good odds at this stage.

Aegis Defenders — Wii U included as $150,000 stretch goal [approx $143,000 of $65,000 target reached, hours to go]

Already a significant success in its campaign, this looks like a stylish tactical platformer in which two players co-operate and use various items for self-defence and navigating the environment. The pitch trailer shows promising use of these mechanics with some attractive visuals.

Chances of success: It'll be a close run thing to hit the Wii U goal, and it'll be interesting to see whether the developer ultimately opts to port to the system in the event of a near miss.

Ray's the Dead — Wii U included as $65,000 stretch goal [approx $35,000 of $30,000 target reached, 18 days to go]

Another success story, this game has eye-catching visuals and a neat hook as you raise the dead — hence the wordplay in the title — to accompany you on an adventure; it seems to be part exploration, part strategy as you lead and hurl an undead army into action. It's all with the goal of exploring Ray LaMorte's backstory.

Chances of success: Decent at this stage, with the project performing well.

Ongoing Campaigns

Nefarious — Wii U included in core goal [approx $22,250 of $50,000 target reached, 15 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: A boost in momentum is clearly needed in the next week to push it towards its goal.

Super World Karts — Wii U included as $32,000 stretch goal [approx $9,635 of $16,000 target reached, 9 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: The Wii U version is looking very unlikely at this stage.

A Rite from the Stars — Wii U included in core goal [approx $35,850 of $40,000 target reached, 2 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: It'll be a very close call.

Hive Jump — Wii U included in core goal [approx $43,000 of $50,000 target reached, 2 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 big boost in its final two days.

The Power of Glove: A Power Glove Documentary — approx $11,650 of $15,000 target reached, 1 day 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: Needs a late surge in funding.

Cancelled Projects

Tiny Galaxy — Wii U included in core goal [approx $101 of $8,000 target reached]

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: Crowdfunding cancelled, though the developer still plans to bring the game to Wii U in 2015.

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.

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