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Interview: Learning More About FreezeME, a Surprising 3D Platformer for Wii U

Learning More About FreezeME, a Surprising 3D Platformer for Wii U

"I think FreezeME is a perfect fit for the Wii U"

The coming week is already confirmed to include some highly promising download content, and one that's certainly caught our eye is FreezeME. Heading to North America on 4th February at a launch price of $9.99 - then $13.99 after its first week - it looks a cut above the usual 3D platformers that are...

Feature: A Year in Development - Shin'en Multimedia

A Year in Development - Shin'en Multimedia

"All in all we did the best we can, and this has already made us happy"

In the first of this 2015 'Year in Development' series, Shin'en Multimedia's Manfred Linzner talks about a big year for the studio that culminated in the December release of FAST Racing NEO on the Wii U eShop. As a studio you were relatively quiet early in the year, though...

News: ​505 Games On Bringing Terraria To Nintendo Consoles And Facing Off Against Minecraft

​505 Games On Bringing Terraria To Nintendo Consoles And Facing Off Against Minecraft

"There's a bit of rivalry between the Minecraft and Terraria communities"

With Terraria on the 3DS, Minecraft on Wii U and Terraria coming to Wii U soon, there's arguably never been a better time to be a Nintendo block-builder. Looking at the first direct capture from the Wii U game alongside some 3DS footage, Dean Scott - Producer on Terraria at...

Poll: Are You Excited About Minecraft: Wii U Edition, Or Is It Too Late?

Are You Excited About Minecraft: Wii U Edition, Or Is It Too Late?

Building the hype train

One of the great will-they-won't-they sagas of the Wii U generation has come to an end; Microsoft Studios is bringing Minecraft: Wii U Edition to the eShop on 17th December. The concept and the platform have long seemed suited for each other, yet such has been the wait for it to happen that smaller developers have attempted...

Feature: A Glimpse Behind the Scenes of FAST Racing NEO - Part Three

A Glimpse Behind the Scenes of FAST Racing NEO - Part Three

Martin Sauter talks about creating landscapes for racing

FAST Racing NEO is certainly set to be one of the year's biggest Wii U eShop releases, with its arrival due on 10th December. Shin'en Multimedia has established itself as a leading 'Nindie' developer capable of producing wonderful visuals and strong gameplay, while sci-fi racing is a genre...

Feature: A Glimpse Behind the Scenes of FAST Racing NEO - Part Two

A Glimpse Behind the Scenes of FAST Racing NEO - Part Two

Bernhard Wodok on its technology and a surprise DS cameo

FAST Racing NEO is certainly set to be one of the year's biggest Wii U eShop releases. Shin'en Multimedia has established itself as a leading 'Nindie' developer capable of producing wonderful visuals and strong gameplay, while sci-fi racing is a genre that's been long-neglected on Nintendo...

Feature: Assessing Affordable Space Adventures and Its Ongoing Journey

Assessing Affordable Space Adventures and Its Ongoing Journey

KnapNok's Anchel Labena talks it over

The Wii U eShop has an expansive and - we'd suggest - fantastic range of download titles, covering a significant number of genres and styles. Many are cross-platform titles, naturally, as Indie developers seek to make a living and grab as wide an audience as possible, though plenty go to the effort to utilise...

Feature: Our Top Wii U Games - Third Anniversary Edition

Our Top Wii U Games - Third Anniversary Edition

Retail and eShop go head-to-head

The Wii U is now over three years old having arrived in North America on 18th November 2012. In recent times we've celebrated some of the best games the system has to offer, with our staff voting (and readers through embedded polls) on their favourite Wii U retail and top eShop games. Now, as a little bonus, are the...

Feature: A Glimpse Behind the Scenes of FAST Racing NEO - Part One

A Glimpse Behind the Scenes of FAST Racing NEO - Part One

Manfred Linzner talks us through an early car and track

FAST Racing NEO is certainly set to be one of the year's biggest Wii U eShop releases. Shin'en Multimedia has established itself as a leading 'Nindie' developer capable of producing wonderful visuals and strong gameplay, while sci-fi racing is a genre that's been long-neglected on Nintendo...

Parent Trap: Oft-Forgotten Wii U Features That Matter To Families

Oft-Forgotten Wii U Features That Matter To Families

Family Gamer TV looks at the eShop, backward compatibility and more

Weighing up which console to invest in for a family is a matter of identifying which features are most important to you. I've had a repeated conversation over the last few months where I introduce friends and parents to some of the lesser known features of the Wii U. Some of these...

Feature: Finding Top Speed in FAST Racing NEO

Finding Top Speed in FAST Racing NEO

"It's been the biggest production for us. We're sure it'll pay off"

FAST Racing NEO, still due this year, is almost certainly among the most highly anticipated Wii U eShop releases of the next two months. In fact, among the hardier and most dedicated band of Wii U devotees it may be one of the most exciting upcoming releases on the system full...

Hands On: Learning to Enjoy Death in RIVE

Learning to Enjoy Death in RIVE

Two Tribes isn't cute and cuddly any more

Two Tribes, prior to its closure and restructuring in early 2014, had a broad range of games and genres both developed in-house and as part of its publishing arm. Toki Tori was the best known of its titles, a cute - albeit tricky - puzzler that branched out across consoles and smart devices. The company's...

Hands On: Aperion Cyberstorm is Bringing a Welcome Slice of Twin-Stick Shooting Action to Wii U

Aperion Cyberstorm is Bringing a Welcome Slice of Twin-Stick Shooting Action to Wii U

We play, and play, and play, in the score chasing mode

Sometimes we get an interesting perspective - based on our readership at least - of what 'clicks' with the eShop audience and what doesn't. Some games get a lot of buzz right off the bat while other equally deserving games continue to be largely overlooked. At times reasons can be discerned...

First Impressions: Taking A Shot At Fatal Frame: Maiden Of Black Water

Taking A Shot At Fatal Frame: Maiden Of Black Water

"I like it here...She's calling me."

The Fatal Frame series, known as Project Zero in Europe, has had an inconsistent presence in the West for quite some time now. Though several installments made their way onto Nintendo consoles - most notably the Wii - fans outside of Japan have grown accustomed to importing in order to get the latest spooky...

Hands On: Digging Deeper With Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows

Digging Deeper With Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows

An explosive addition

The new Shovel Knight expansion has finally dropped, and while it may not be an entirely new game in the Shovel Knight franchise it still brings enough new content and ideas that it warrants a sort-of-review. Remember, this expansion is entirely free with the game, we're just going to share our thoughts on it and how it...

Hands On: Popping Wheelies In Pumped BMX+

Popping Wheelies In Pumped BMX+

Becoming the raddest & baddest

Curve Digital is a publisher and developer that rarely fails to impress, and when we were invited down to its HQ to play a new title it's bringing to the Wii U we couldn't refuse. Pumped BMX+ is a game not dissimilar to OlliOlli, a previous title from Curve, the difference being that this time not only are you riding...

First Impressions: Digging into Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows

Digging into Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows

Fiendishly good

When Shovel Knight was Kickstarted in March 2013 and subsequently met its funding goal, Yacht Club Games announced additional content to follow its release if stretch goals were met. The developer is now delivering on its promise with the release of a new downloadable campaign titled Plague of Shadows. We recently had the...

Interview: James Hoag on Aiming High With Wii U Platformer Mekazoo

James Hoag on Aiming High With Wii U Platformer Mekazoo

"Our goal is to make the best platformer ever. We want to aim for that."

Earlier this year we reported on the announcement of Mekazoo, a forthcoming title with gameplay that harkens back to the glory days of speed-based platformers. As exemplified by Nintendo's recent Nindie crusade, the Wii U eShop is no stranger to independent games, making it...

First Impressions: Getting Down with Shantae: Half-Genie Hero

Getting Down with Shantae: Half-Genie Hero

Don’t call it a reboot

Among the indie stars that have graced Nintendo platforms over the years, it's easy to say that WayForward's Shantae is one of the most recognizable. Despite playing the lead role in only three games over the past decade, the scantily clad genie has managed to dance her way into the hearts of so many gamers

Guide: 9 Tips for Playing Runbow

9 Tips for Playing Runbow

Get up and running

Runbow is finally out in both North America and Europe. But did you know that to Runbow properly you need to follow a series of steps? It is scientifically proven by a group of proven scientists that running is more difficult than walking. Write that down as a fact! Luckily for you we have come up with the perfect guide; no no,...

Interview: Brainseed Factory Discusses Typoman's Origins, Wordy Development and Making Use of the GamePad

Brainseed Factory Discusses Typoman's Origins, Wordy Development and Making Use of the GamePad

"We're very fortunate that Typoman's concept has been well received so far"

There are a number of promising games on the way to the Wii U eShop, though not many are exclusives. Typoman is an exception, then, and has a promising concept. Included in the Nindies@Home demo range earlier in the summer, we all had a chance to see how platforming and...