Wii U eShop Features

Feature: Kickstarter's Wii U and 3DS Campaigns - 19th November

Kickstarter's Wii U and 3DS Campaigns - 19th November

Second chances and missed targets

Last week brought us a fairly busy Kickstarter update with a few success stories to celebrate, albeit with the flipside of other notable projects not hitting their targets. This week brings us more titles that have fallen short, while some new entries arrive with their second attempts on the crowdfunding platform...

Interview: Curve Studios on the Unique Charm of Thomas Was Alone

Curve Studios on the Unique Charm of Thomas Was Alone

"The more eShop titles there are, the better it is for everyone"

In recent weeks Curve Studios has been responsible for adding three high-quality titles to the Wii U eShop library — it ported and published both Lone Survivor: The Director's Cut and The Swapper, while bringing its own Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones to th

Interview: Still Games Discusses Kickstarting a Legendary Tale With Animal Gods

Still Games Discusses Kickstarting a Legendary Tale With Animal Gods

"You are called upon to save the Gods"

Over recent weeks our Kickstarter summaries (which will resume this weekend) have featured Animal Gods, an intriguing project from US developer Still Games. Though listed for PC, Mac and Linux, as is the norm on the crowdfunding platform, the developer has also included the Wii U in its core goal, placing...

Feature: Ari Pulkkinen's Quest to Turn the Volume Up on Game Music

Ari Pulkkinen's Quest to Turn the Volume Up on Game Music

Music is "the biggest emotional aspect in any game"

There's surely little debating that music is absolutely integral to a video game experience. Nintendo has successfully riffed on iconic themes for decades, while still producing terrific new soundtracks in its current-day efforts that can only add to the excitement of the gameplay. This is...

Feature: Bayonetta - Creating Gaming's Combative Heroine

Bayonetta - Creating Gaming's Combative Heroine

A unique part of the gaming scene

While it's a release that'll perhaps be battling the odds to make a major commercial impact, Bayonetta 2 will arrive as a Wii U exclusive on 24th October in the West, joined by an enhanced port of its predecessor. The new entry arrives as a relatively unique arrival, one of few dedicated action games of its type...

Interview: Mobot Studios Discusses Paper Monsters Recut and its Commitment to Wii U

Mobot Studios Discusses Paper Monsters Recut and its Commitment to Wii U

Not papering over the cracks

It's already clear that, for devoted and keen Wii U owners, the eShop is a sanctuary of regular releases. Indie gaming is all the rage, and the eShop eco-system is already taking on a fairly unique identity with a mix of major download releases, occasional exclusives and — for better or worse, depending on the game...

First Impressions: Blasting and Hacking in RIVE

Blasting and Hacking in RIVE

Two Tribes gets less cerebral

Earlier this year Two Tribes endured a restructuring process and re-formed its development company, in the process shrinking the team down to three, still including original founders Collin van Ginkel and Martijn Reuvers. Previously associated with the Toki Tori brand and its publishing business, the struggles of Toki...

Feature: We Go Hands On With SteamWorld Heist, The Next Image & Form Game

We Go Hands On With SteamWorld Heist, The Next Image & Form Game

“A game about space adventure and survival”

Image & Form, the Swedish development studio that shot to prominence with the success of SteamWorld Dig on the 3DS eShop, which was subsequently ported to Wii U and other platforms, has announced the next game in the SteamWorld franchise. This isn’t a straight-up sequel, however, but a spin-off...

Interview: Six Miles Under Developer Discusses Bringing Post-Apocalytic Brawling to Wii U

Six Miles Under Developer Discusses Bringing Post-Apocalytic Brawling to Wii U

"We believe there is great potential for Nintendo's Wii U"

Kickstarter remains a source of multiple titles — current and on the way — for Nintendo's eShop platforms. Another that's potentially coming to the system, having just launched its own crowdfunding campaign, is Six Miles Under, which is shaping up to be a rather moody action brawler...

Interview: Zen Studios Outlines Its Ongoing Support for Wii U

Zen Studios Outlines Its Ongoing Support for Wii U

"We are aiming for Wii U parity in the future with updates and new tables"

The Wii U eShop has seen a growing library of games from various publishers and developers since the console launched in November 2012, and among the most supportive studios — in terms of the number of titles released — has been Zen Studios. Zen Pinball 2 is one of very...

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

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

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...

Interview: Two Tribes Discusses RIVE, Starting Again and eShop Support

Two Tribes Discusses RIVE, Starting Again and eShop Support

Currently earning more from the eShop than "any other digital shop"

Just recently Two Tribes lifted the lid on its shooter, RIVE, which it had been teasing for a number of months. It was a welcome landmark for a company that's endured a difficult year, with co-founders Collin van Ginkel and Martijn Reuvers shutting down the development company and...

Talking Point: Deconstructing Nintendo's Retail Releases of Wii U eShop Titles

Deconstructing Nintendo's Retail Releases of Wii U eShop Titles

Sensible cash-in or lack of focus?

The recent announcement of a NES Remix physical disc compilation coming to North America was the latest in a minor trend for Nintendo, as it is showing an increased willingness to convert download titles into retail releases. It was also surprising, as NES Remix Pack will combine two $15 titles, so presumably...

Interview: Eclipse Games on Driving for the Podium With Super Toy Cars

Eclipse Games on Driving for the Podium With Super Toy Cars

Charging off the grid

Super Toy Cars is a recent arrival on the Wii U eShop, satisfying the appetite some will have for even more racing on the system; it's also on PC. It takes a fairly unique approach and includes a track editor, though at launch the experience is offline-only, with online leaderboards on the agenda; the emphasis is on local...

Feature: Ten Wii U and 3DS eShop Games That Are Perfect For Summer

Ten Wii U and 3DS eShop Games That Are Perfect For Summer

Summer gaming for a little less

Earlier this week we brought you a list of ten Wii U and 3DS games that are perfect for summer, as a starting point to also get community feedback on other favourites for the season. As promised, though, here's a follow-up that's all about eShop titles. These eShop games are all download-only titles, and no Virtual...

Talking Point: The Wii U eShop is Raising Tough Questions on Quality Control

The Wii U eShop is Raising Tough Questions on Quality Control

Accessibility is generally considered wonderful, but has its downsides

In the coming weeks we're going to tackle a tricky issue here at Nintendo Life, in which we look at the direction of the Wii U eShop and ask whether a change in structure is required. In general the store shows excellent support for all download games, providing each and every...

Feature: Ronimo Games Walks Us Through Swords & Soldiers II

Ronimo Games Walks Us Through Swords & Soldiers II

Sheep transformations, hurling meat to heal and more

Swords & Soldiers on WiiWare, and subsequently on the 3DS and Wii U eShop stores, earned fans through its combination of solid real time strategy and bright, colourful humour. Taking a 2D perspective and tasking you with simply researching and deploying units as the battle unfolds, it's an...