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News: MixedBag Outlines Design Ideas Behind forma.8

MixedBag Outlines Design Ideas Behind forma.8

A "necessity to be interesting, even with a simpler aesthetic"

The list of titles coming to the Wii U eShop has continued to grow in recent times, with forma.8 from Italian developers MixedBag being a recent example. It's coming to a host of additional platforms — Vita, PS4, iOS, PC, Mac and Linux — with the Unity support of the Wii U (and...

News: Zen Studios DLC For Star Wars Pinball and CastleStorm Landing on the Wii U eShop This Week

Zen Studios DLC For Star Wars Pinball and CastleStorm Landing on the Wii U eShop This Week

That's in North America and Europe

Zen Studios has shown solid support for the Wii U eShop to date, releasing multiple titles and accompanying DLC on Nintendo's system. While there have been slight delays to the arrival of DLC, in particular, it's nevertheless pleasing for Wii U owners to get access to all of the content in some of the developer's...

News: These NES Remix 2 Screens Are Full of 8-Bit Goodness

These NES Remix 2 Screens Are Full of 8-Bit Goodness

Dem Boos

NES Remix was a pleasant surprise when revealed as an imminent Wii U eShop release following the last Nintendo Direct of 2013, a slightly wacky compilation of memorable NES games with twists to the gameplay. Great for reminiscing or experiencing 8-bit games for the first time, and featuring a star and stamp collection system to keep the...

News: Festival of Magic Kickstarter Relaunches With a Fresh Name

Festival of Magic Kickstarter Relaunches With a Fresh Name

Earthlock is already well on its way

Late last year we reported that SnowCastle Games had launched a crowdfunding campaign for Festival of Magic, an RPG that had been in the works for a number of months and including a Wii U eShop release. That original campaign was put on hold, however, and was due to go live once again on 20th February; it's taken...

News: Armillo Release Date Pushed Back Into May

Armillo Release Date Pushed Back Into May

Was originally aiming to roll into the Wii U eShop on 24th March

Armillo has long been on the watch lists for some Wii U owners; it was originally revealed in early 2013. Plenty of effort has clearly gone into the project, which has promising-looking gameplay and will be a timed exclusive on Nintendo's home console. It had been targeting a release...

News: Californian Mobile Developer Robot Invader Expresses Interest In Wii U and 3DS Development

Californian Mobile Developer Robot Invader Expresses Interest In Wii U and 3DS Development

"Maybe someday" for Wind-up Knight

Californian game studio Robot Invader has recently expressed interest in bringing its medieval platform runner Wind-up Knight to the Wii U and 3DS. A question posed to the Android and iOS developer via its official Twitter account asked if it had any plans to bring Wind-up Knight to the 3DS or Wii U in the near...

Feature: Lifting the Curtain on Game Ratings and the Headache of Worldwide Releases

Lifting the Curtain on Game Ratings and the Headache of Worldwide Releases

Developers and publishers give us the details

In recent weeks some headlines have been made by the ratings agencies and processes for getting eShop games from development studios and onto our Nintendo consoles. An early shot was fired by Renegade Kid in an interview with us late last year, in which co-founder Jools Watsham explained why, to this...

Review: BLOK DROP U (Wii U eShop)

BLOK DROP U (Wii U eShop)

In Soviet Russia...

Developed by the one-man team at RCMADIAX, BLOK DROP U represents the first eShop release to emerge from the Nintendo Web Framework platform, an HTML5-based approach that aims to deliver browser-bite-sized indie experiences direct to your GamePad. True to that concept, BLOK DROP U is a simple physics-based puzzler with a fun and...

Nintendo Download: 6th March (North America)

6th March (North America)

Retro golf, dropping Bloks, golden cities, discounted Running and more

It's that time, North America, with another batch of downloads arriving on the Wii U and 3DS eShop platforms. This week brings new and Virtual Console games to both systems, as well as a discount to celebrate the one year anniversary of one of the finest Wii U eShop titles to...

News: SNES Classic Super Mario Kart Is Racing To The Wii U Virtual Console This Month

SNES Classic Super Mario Kart Is Racing To The Wii U Virtual Console This Month

Download and get a discount on the cost of Mario Kart 8

Nintendo UK has announced that Super Mario Kart will be hitting the European Wii U Virtual Console later this month — March 27th, to be precise. What's more, as part of a special promotion in the run up to the release of Mario Kart 8, if you download Super Mario Kart you will receive a...

News: EnjoyUp Confirms Abyss for the Wii U eShop

EnjoyUp Confirms Abyss for the Wii U eShop

HD depth

Way back in April last year EnjoyUp Games showed Abyss running on the Wii U, leading to thoughts of a sequel or HD remake of the well-regarded DSiWare title. The latter has now been confirmed, with the studio confirming to us that it's aiming for a release in April or May, while there'll be a budget price — $1.99 in North America, for...

News: Internal Invasion Blasting Onto the Wii U eShop

Internal Invasion Blasting Onto the Wii U eShop

Uses Construct 2 and the Nintendo Web Framework

In recent weeks and months we've seen a growing number of download games confirmed for the Wii U eShop, either utilising Unity or Nintendo Web Framework tools that help developers bring their games to the system with as little cost as possible. The Web Framework, which supports code such as HTML5 and...

News: Guacamelee: Super Turbo Championship Edition is Wrestling Its Way to the Wii U eShop

Guacamelee: Super Turbo Championship Edition is Wrestling Its Way to the Wii U eShop

Good times

If you're an eager download gamer that owns a PS3 or PS Vita, there's a decent chance that you've played Guacamelee by Drinkbox Studios; our partners at Push Square gave the action / platformer / brawler an 8/10 score in their review, describing it as "a fiery adventure for fans of platformers with a bit of a kick". The good news is that...

Interview: BNC Design Studios on Gemology, the Wii U eShop and Utilising the System's Capabilities

BNC Design Studios on Gemology, the Wii U eShop and Utilising the System's Capabilities

"There is no other platform that could support our games"

Just this week we revealed that Gemology is on the way to the Wii U eShop, another title from a new developer. In this case that company is BNC Design Studios, and those of you with good memories may recall that we spoke to its founder Jake Taylor about his desire to explore licensing...

Video: This Pier Solar HD Teaser Trailer Will Make You Weep Tears Of 16-Bit Joy

This Pier Solar HD Teaser Trailer Will Make You Weep Tears Of 16-Bit Joy

HD update of WaterMelon's retro RPG is shaping up nicely

Pier Solar HD is one of those Wii U eShop titles that we simply can't wait to get our hands on, having already played and enjoyed the Mega Drive / Genesis original. Developer WaterMelon has now released a new teaser for the HD edition, which not only ties in with the game's arrival on Steam...

News: Inti Creates Explains the Development Processes Behind Mighty No. 9

Inti Creates Explains the Development Processes Behind Mighty No. 9

Keiji Inafune gets at least one fresh build every month

In terms of Kickstarter success stories, Mighty No. 9 is undoubtedly in the top tier. With last year being an anniversary year for the Blue Bomber and Capcom making no moves to produce an official game, Keiji Inafune rather cleverly gauged the mood and seized the moment. As the figurehead well...

Exclusive: Gemology Dropping More Puzzle Action Onto The Wii U eShop

Gemology Dropping More Puzzle Action Onto The Wii U eShop

Online play and stage building planned as post-launch DLC

The Wii U eShop is, as all of the game announcements and emerging release dates make clear, getting close to a flurry of releases that may continue for much of 2014. It's a target store for established developers to some degree, but is also attracting plenty of newcomers to the industry. One...