Wii U EShop News

News: High Strangeness is Out Now on Wii U in North America and is, Well, Strange

High Strangeness is Out Now on Wii U in North America and is, Well, Strange

Launch trailer sums it up nicely

Midnight City is a publisher with an eye for quirky experiences, and may be familiar to Wii U owners through its publishing of Double Fine's Costume Quest 2 on the system. It's now stepped up with High Strangeness, developed by Barnyard Intelligence Games. It's described as "a hybrid of 8 and 16 bit games - a 12 bit...

News: Yooka-Laylee Character Designer Spills on Creating Playtonic Games' Quirky Heroes

Yooka-Laylee Character Designer Spills on Creating Playtonic Games' Quirky Heroes

"Big eyes, big teeth, big belly. You can’t go wrong with these traits"

If the core appeal of your game is 3D platforming, there are key ingredients that simply must be included - slick controls, a smooth camera and solid mechanics are naturally part of the recipe. Immediately charming characters are also a must, though - unlike some genres where...

News: It's Hats Off to the Latest SteamWorld Heist Ambassador Challenge

It's Hats Off to the Latest SteamWorld Heist Ambassador Challenge

For all you doodlers out there

With SteamWorld Heist heading to Wii U, 3DS and a load of other systems later this year, Image & Form is keen to keep its fans busy in the build-up. Part of those efforts are bi-weekly competitions for someone to become a SteamWorld Ambassador; they'll get to play Heist before it comes out and get free copies on...

Review: Street Gangs (Wii U eShop / NES)

Street Gangs (Wii U eShop / NES)

Holding your funds for ransom

Originally released in Japan for Nintendo Famicom, classic beat 'em up 'Downtown Nekketsu Monogatari' was then heavily localised for its eventual release in the US; background artwork was amended to look more 'western' (for example, rooftop tiling designs and mailboxes were changed) plus all location names were updated...

News: Funk of Titans Aims to Teach "Jive-Turkey Pagan Titans" Some New Beats

Funk of Titans Aims to Teach "Jive-Turkey Pagan Titans" Some New Beats

Dig if you will the picture

While the Wii U eShop isn't short of download-only platformers, some can be criticised for being a little lacking in personality or creative flair. While the gameplay of Funk of Titans looks like fairly conventional fare, the concept gets prizes for its pure chutzpah. Developed by A Crowd of Monsters - not an actual...

News: Yooka-Laylee Sets a New Stretch Goal to Smash, This Time for a Fully Orchestrated Soundtrack

Yooka-Laylee Sets a New Stretch Goal to Smash, This Time for a Fully Orchestrated Soundtrack

A Rare treat

Yooka-Laylee is proof that combining industry veterans of an iconic development studio with a genre that brings to mind the late '90s is a tonic for success. From that laboured bit of wordplay we segway to Playtonic Games, which has quickly turned from a start-up of excellent developers into a significant Kickstarter success story...

News: Nihilumbra Begins Its Wii U Journey on 14th May

Nihilumbra Begins Its Wii U Journey on 14th May

Includes system-exclusive co-op, remember

It's been a little while coming, but BeautiFun Games' Nihilumbra finally has a confirmed release date on the Wii U. Having cleared Nintendo's testing it'll arrive on 14th May in Europe and North America. This puzzle adventure incorporates a painterly art style and a variety of mechanics, in which you use a...

Talking Point: Nintendo's Legacy Makes The Virtual Console Essential, But It Must Modernise

Nintendo's Legacy Makes The Virtual Console Essential, But It Must Modernise

Idealism should make way for realism

Technologically, the world is busier and noisier than it's ever been before. So many gadgets and screens demand our time and loyalty, from smart TVs with hundreds of channels and streaming apps, to smartphones and tablets and, of course, game systems. Those with a decent amount of spare cash that are anxious to...

Poll: Is It Time For a Fresh Alternative to the Virtual Console?

Is It Time For a Fresh Alternative to the Virtual Console?

Bundles, remixes, subscription services - what's next?

When the Wii launched it had plenty of exciting ideas that contributed to its extraordinary success. One service that appealed to older gamers and / or dedicated fans was the Virtual Console - while relatively niche services had offered older games for download in the past, this was a game...

News: Yooka-Laylee Double-Jumps Through Final Kickstarter Stretch Goal In Less Than 24 Hours

Yooka-Laylee Double-Jumps Through Final Kickstarter Stretch Goal In Less Than 24 Hours

£1 million in the bag, day one Wii U release assured

Update: Playtonic Games has now announced two new stretch goals on its campaign page. £1.1 million will bring an N64 'shader mode' plus a DK rap + video in the credits, while £1.2 million will add a developer walkthrough and commentary video. At current momentum these will likely be passed in...

News: Yooka-Laylee Kickstarter Campaign Smashes Its Funding Goal In Less Than An Hour

Yooka-Laylee Kickstarter Campaign Smashes Its Funding Goal In Less Than An Hour

Thousands of backers jump in for spiritual Banjo-Kazooie Successor

Playtonic Games, a new studio comprised of ex-Rare developers, has been generating a lot of hype for its first project. We know from speaking to the studio, however, that it'll be absolutely stunned by the reaction to the Kickstarter campaign for its first game - Yooka-Laylee. After...

News: Classic Arcade Shooter Ultratron Is Inserting Credits On May 14th

Classic Arcade Shooter Ultratron Is Inserting Credits On May 14th

Twin-stick Robotron homage launching on the Wii U eShop soon

Curve Digital has confirmed that Puppygames's Ultratron is launching on the Wii U eShop on May 14th. A loving tribute to arcade shooters like Robotron and Smash TV, Ultratron is a twin-stick blaster with a retro-futuristic soundtrack and "slick, stylised graphics." It even has a filter...

First Impressions: Hands On With Playtonic's Yooka-Laylee

Hands On With Playtonic's Yooka-Laylee

Damien and Thomas share their initial impressions

The cat - or should that be chameleon - is out of the bag. Fledgling UK studio Playtonic Games has lifted the lid on the stars of its début title - Yooka and Laylee - and has sent Rare-loving Nintendo fans into a frenzy of anticipation by confirming that the game will be coming to the Wii U eShop...

News: Elliot Quest Patch Fixes Bugs and Graveyard Glitch

Elliot Quest Patch Fixes Bugs and Graveyard Glitch

Version 1.2.2, for the record

Elliot Quest is an indie RPG on the Wii U that was heavily pushed by Nintendo ahead of release, which is hardly surprising due to its retro-style visuals and design. It's also a solid advertisement for the occasionally maligned Nintendo Web Framework, too. At launch it did have some shortcomings, though to the credit...

News: Less Than A Day Old And Yooka-Laylee Already Has Lots of Awesome Fan-Art

Less Than A Day Old And Yooka-Laylee Already Has Lots of Awesome Fan-Art

Now that's a Rare sight

It's been less than a day now since Playtonic Games lifted the lid on its upcoming game, Yooka-Laylee, and already the Internet has gone fan-art crazy. This is all before the Kickstarter campaign has even gone live, too, emphasizing the hype around this project. We've picked out some early winners in the fan-art stakes for...

First Impressions: Tapping In With amiibo Tap: Nintendo's Greatest Bits

Tapping In With amiibo Tap: Nintendo's Greatest Bits

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There's a decent indication that amiibo Tap: Nintendo's Greatest Bits (known as amiibo Touch & Play: Nintendo Classics Highlights in Europe) is considered a fairly valuable release - internally - by Nintendo. When highlighting the role of amiibo in an investor's briefing at the start of the year Satoru Iwata referenced the project by...