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News: CastleStorm Gets Closer to Storming the Wii U eShop

CastleStorm Gets Closer to Storming the Wii U eShop

"It should be ready to rock soon"

Zen Studios, to date, has been supportive of the Wii U eShop in bringing both Zen Pinball 2 and Star Wars Pinball to the platform, but we were starting to wonder whether the promised CastleStorm would ever make an appearance. The good news is that the title appears to be finally approaching release, with the studio...

News: Wales Interactive Bringing Gravity Badgers and Master Reboot to the Wii U eShop

Wales Interactive Bringing Gravity Badgers and Master Reboot to the Wii U eShop

Physics puzzling and first-person "psychological adventure horror"

While a number of titles are taking their time to come to the Wii U eShop, the list of those that are on the way continues to grow. It's emerged that Wales Interactive — which is based just outside Cardiff — is bringing two titles to the download platform, with the first due in...

News: Knytt Underground Arrives on the Wii U eShop on 19th December

Knytt Underground Arrives on the Wii U eShop on 19th December

A chance to explore during the Holidays

Knytt Underground, previously released on multiple platforms, has been one of the most intriguing upcoming Wii U eShop games since it was confirmed by publisher Ripstone. The work of Nicklas Nygren (best-known as Nifflas), it's an atmospheric and potentially lengthy experience that encourages exploration,...

News: Fit Meter Iwata Asks Outlines Panasonic Partnership and Moving Beyond Pedometers

Fit Meter Iwata Asks Outlines Panasonic Partnership and Moving Beyond Pedometers

Also highlights the game maker's lack of fitness

Wii Fit U's retail release is creeping closer — it hits stores in Europe and North America on 13th December — yet it's been available for over a month as a free trial. In a change from the Wii original that best reflects the stronger distribution options that the eShop gives Nintendo, the trial...

News: Teslagrad Wii U Release Drops Into 2014

Teslagrad Wii U Release Drops Into 2014

Arrives on PC / Mac / Linux on 13th December

We've made little secret of the fact that we're anticipating the arrival of Teslagrad on the Wii U eShop, as our impressions in time spent with the game so far have been undoubtedly positive. Unfortunately it won't make its appearance on the store in 2013 as originally planned, with Rain Games officially...

News: RUSH Confirmed for 12th December Release on Wii U eShop

RUSH Confirmed for 12th December Release on Wii U eShop

The Two Tribes Classics Trilogy comes to an end

For those looking at low-cost additions for their Wii U download library, the Two Tribes Classics have certainly been tempting options — Toki Tori and EDGE have arrived so far. The final of the three releases now has a confirmed release date, with RUSH arriving in Europe and North America on 12th...

Review: Contra III: The Alien Wars (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Contra III: The Alien Wars (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Lasers and missiles and heliobombs, oh my

Just when you thought the Wii U eShop had reached a maximum capacity of irresistibly cute little creatures with the likes of Pikmin 3, Toki Tori and Kung Fu Rabbit, here comes Contra III: The Alien Wars to mow down the competition with its terrifying alien invasions, flamethrower-wielding protagonists and...

Nintendo Download: 5th December (Europe)

5th December (Europe)

Bravely Default, more retro SEGA goodness, Scribblenauts and more

Another week begins as we creep towards the Holidays, and Nintendo of Europe once again sends us on our way with a fresh download update. This week has some promising offerings, including more 3D SEGA goodies, a long awaited 3DS RPG and a much overdue Wii U and 3DS retail release;...

Review: Brawl Brothers (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Brawl Brothers (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Sibling rivalry

Jaleco released a trilogy of side-scrolling fighters in Japan under the Rushing Beat banner, and while all three made their way to the west, they did so under different titles: Rival Turf, Brawl Brothers and The Peace Keepers. Inspired in no small part by the success of Capcom's Final Fight, the series never really managed to reach...

Interview: Child of Light Team Tells Us About Storytelling, UbiArt And Stepping Back From Blockbusters

Child of Light Team Tells Us About Storytelling, UbiArt And Stepping Back From Blockbusters

"Child of Light has many unique and distinctive features"

Upcoming Wii U eShop releases that catch the eye are often from small, independent developers, with a sense that it's these small teams that have freedom to express new ideas or conventionally niche approaches. For multi-national, multi-million dollar publishers the focus can be different,...

Weirdness: This is How Teslagrad Would Look on the Game Boy

This is How Teslagrad Would Look on the Game Boy

Kind of awesome, actually

Teslagrad is one of quite a few upcoming Wii U eShop titles that Nintendo's been happy to show off in video sizzle reels. That's not surprising, as the Rain Games project has caught the eye with attractive visuals and clever magnet-based puzzle platforming mechanics. Its attractive visuals certainly play a part in the...

News: Retro-Inspired Adventure Platformer Lobodestroyo Adds Wii U to Funding Goal

Retro-Inspired Adventure Platformer Lobodestroyo Adds Wii U to Funding Goal

Nintendo 64-style game includes Wii U in main target

While it has its critics, crowdfunding platform Kickstarter is a becoming a prominent stepping-off point for encouraging game development projects that need a helping hand. Often these games can draw from sources of inspiration not necessarily deemed profitable to a publisher but, nevertheless,...

News: The Girl and the Robot is Officially Coming to Wii U

The Girl and the Robot is Officially Coming to Wii U

Reaches Kickstarter stretch goal with just hours to go

Last week we reported that indie developer, Flying Carpets, had added a Wii U eShop stretch goal to its Kickstarter campaign for The Girl and the Robot, after achieving the project's initial goal of $15,000 CAD. The title, which draws inspiration from classic games such as The Legend of Zelda:...

Review: Coaster Crazy Deluxe (Wii U eShop)

Coaster Crazy Deluxe (Wii U eShop)

Not so crazy after all

Hold on to your coaster cars, Nintendo fans, because with the release of Coaster Crazy Deluxe for the Wii U eShop, gaming just got a whole lot crazier….or did it? Frontier’s latest iOS port proves that despite Nintendo’s concerted efforts to simplify the process for converting indie titles to Wii U, some games are better...

Developer Session: Nifflas and Ripstone Talk Over Design Principles, Age Ratings and What's Next

Nifflas and Ripstone Talk Over Design Principles, Age Ratings and What's Next

"It’s a hobby that just kind of escalated"

Just last week we published the first part of our chat with Nifflas, in which the game designer — full name Nicklas Nygren — outlined many of the ideas that form upcoming Wii U eShop title Knytt Underground. We learnt a great deal about the complexity and depth that the title is striving for, in the...