Wii U eShop Features

Feature: Humble Nindie Bundle - The Developer's Perspective

Humble Nindie Bundle - The Developer's Perspective

"I won't pretend I saw it coming, but it does make sense"

Humble Bundle is long established as a service that groups together games, eBooks and music into affordable packages, for which you pay what you want and determine how much money goes to the creators, Humble itself and a chosen charity. It's in gaming circles that it's best known, is hugely...

Feature: Explaining Humble Bundle and What it Could Mean for Nintendo and Nindies

Explaining Humble Bundle and What it Could Mean for Nintendo and Nindies

There are many winners

A rather surprising promotion went live this week - the Humble Nindie Bundle. It's only available in the Americas, though Nintendo of America's Damon Baker has stated that there were efforts to make it global and there's scope for future promotions. The frenzy of attention is naturally on the pay-what-you-want angle, which...

Editorial: The eShop's Pricing Dilemma is the Fault of Many, But Damages Creativity and Risk Taking

The eShop's Pricing Dilemma is the Fault of Many, But Damages Creativity and Risk Taking

More for less isn't sensible or fair

There's a worrying trend at present, in which ambitious and creative independent developers announce a sizeable Wii U exclusive, and then have to defend their pricing. That's happened twice in recent times with Affordable Space Adventures and - this week - Swords & Soldiers II. We've also had a reliable...

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...

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...

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

Tapping In With amiibo Tap: Nintendo's Greatest Bits

amii-boo

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...

Interview: Choice Provisions on the Nindie Scene, Future Plans and Why CommanderVideo Should Be in Smash Bros. 

Choice Provisions on the Nindie Scene, Future Plans and Why CommanderVideo Should Be in Smash Bros. 

"Shovel Knight, Meat Boy, and CommanderVideo would hold their own"

Choice Provisions remains one of the most admirably eclectic yet successful developers currently plying their trade in the download scene. After coming to prominence with the BIT.TRIP series on WiiWare and other platforms, the studio changed its name from Gaijin Games and has begun...

Community Interview: Affordable Space Adventures - The Developers Answer Your Questions

Affordable Space Adventures - The Developers Answer Your Questions

"All types of game making are risky"

Affordable Space Adventures arrives in the eShop today in both North America and Europe, a Wii U exclusive that makes impressive use of the GamePad and suits either solo play or co-op for three players. It's a unique arrival in various ways, and we were full of praise for it in our Affordable Space Adventures...

Community Interview: Give Us Your Affordable Space Adventures Questions for KnapNok Games and Nifflas  

Give Us Your Affordable Space Adventures Questions for KnapNok Games and Nifflas  

What do you want to know?

Affordable Space Adventures is one of our most eagerly anticipated Wii U exclusives of 2015, and the eShop title isn't far away - it arrives on 9th April in Europe and North America. It makes extensive use of the home console's GamePad for dual screen play, and can be tackled alone or in co-op for up to three players...

Interview: Dan Marshall on The Swindle, Cancellation and Its Rebirth

Dan Marshall on The Swindle, Cancellation and Its Rebirth

"Here we are thirteen months later and it's expanded"

The Swindle is planned for the Wii U eShop this Summer, and it brings an interesting blend of action, platforming, strategy and humour. With a steampunk aesthetic, procedurally generated levels, its combination of styles and design approaches left us impressed in our first impressions. When...

Feature: We Catch Up With Four Nindies at EGX Rezzed

We Catch Up With Four Nindies at EGX Rezzed

Say hi to Image & Form, aPriori Digital, Dreadlocks and Delve Interactive

Last week we headed down to a lovely gaming event by the name of EGX Rezzed, which was held in London's charming Tobacco Dock venue. The event, hosted by our friends at Gamer Network, is a PC and developer-focused show, unlike the more mainstream and larger EGX which takes...

Interview: Dan Marshall Discusses His Development History, The Expanding Indie Boundaries and His Route to Consoles

Dan Marshall Discusses His Development History, The Expanding Indie Boundaries and His Route to Consoles

"There's always something exciting about games on a console"

The Swindle is planned for release on the Wii U eShop this Summer, and it brings an interesting blend of action, platforming, strategy and humour. With a steampunk aesthetic, procedurally generated levels, its combination of styles and design approaches left us impressed in our first...

Interview: Yacht Club Games Talk Drawing in 8-bit and Aspirations for Shovel Knight 64

Yacht Club Games Talk Drawing in 8-bit and Aspirations for Shovel Knight 64

Game's "success is due to the brilliant designs of the 8-bit generation"

In this short interview Nintendo Life features contributor Alan Lopez caught up with David D'Angelo of Yacht Club Games, who spoke on behalf of the entire Shovel Knight creative team. Shovel Knight is a download-only 8-bit platformer. Alone, these qualifiers hardly separate...

Feature: Ten Upcoming Nindie eShop Games to Watch on Wii U and 3DS

Ten Upcoming Nindie eShop Games to Watch on Wii U and 3DS

And more besides...

The Wii U and 3DS eShop stores have become notable improvements on their Wii and DSi predecessors, and a range of familiar and new download developers have pitched up with their wares in recent times. The last couple of years in particular have brought some fantastic games, and as Nintendo's GDC announcement made clear there's...

Talking Point: Nintendo's Right to Take Its Time With 'Digitalization' in Gaming, But Should Revolutionise the eShop Now

Nintendo's Right to Take Its Time With 'Digitalization' in Gaming, But Should Revolutionise the eShop Now

Create a platform exciting enough to match its Indie games

In recent weeks Satoru Iwata addressed shareholders in an Investor Briefing Q & A, tackling a range of issues around Nintendo's business. An issue that came up was the "digitalization" that we're seeing, with more and more gamers opting to download their games, and also seeking new...

First Impressions: Contemplating the Long Con in The Swindle

Contemplating the Long Con in The Swindle

Steampunk hijinks

The Swindle is primarily the work of Dan Marshall and some close colleagues through Size Five Games, but due to the efforts of UK publisher Curve Digital has rapidly changed up from being another intriguing PC release to plotting a multi-platform arrival. The inclusion of the Wii U eShop is promising, as this is shaping up to be...

Preview: Puzzling Our Way through Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars

Puzzling Our Way through Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars

Tips go in the jar, mate

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars is just a few days away for North American fans, and those in Europe will only have to wait a little bit longer to get their hands on it. With the release date rapidly approaching, we've put together a short video to show you what you can expect to see in the game when it hits the 3DS and...

Interview: Nintendo's Damon Baker on the eShop Team, Reaching Out to Indies and Finding Games That Matter

Nintendo's Damon Baker on the eShop Team, Reaching Out to Indies and Finding Games That Matter

Talks self-publishing, New Nintendo 3DS XL and more at Indiecade East

Nintendo recently attended Indiecade East 2015 in New York, where Damon Baker - Senior Manager in Marketing and Licensing - met with fans and developers alike, and led a seminar called "Self-Publishing with Nintendo." Nintendo Life attended the informative seminar and then had a...

Talking Point: Nintendo's Flirtation With Microtransactions May Step Up in 2015

Nintendo's Flirtation With Microtransactions May Step Up in 2015

Free-to-play needs to make money somehow...

Nintendo is just hours away - at the time of writing - from announcing its Q3 financial results, which will teach us much about its Holiday season performance. The company's stable share prices approaching the publication of these accounts suggests that we're not looking at apocalyptic target misses, and...

Feature: 20 Wii Games We'd Love To Download From The Wii U eShop - Part Two

20 Wii Games We'd Love To Download From The Wii U eShop - Part Two

The second 10, plus your chance to vote

With Wii retail games now slowly making their way to the Wii U eShop for download, we kicked off a list of 20 games we hope to see make it to the store. In part one we listed our first 10, which included some likely releases and those that may have sketchier prospects. As the title suggests, however, they're...