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Developer Interview: Aurelien Regard Talks About Mixing F-Zero, Star Fox And Micro Machines In The Next Penelope

Aurelien Regard Talks About Mixing F-Zero, Star Fox And Micro Machines In The Next Penelope

Re-telling Greek legends on the Wii U eShop

Aurelien Regard isn't perhaps a name which will be instantly familiar with gamers. While fellow countrymen like Éric Chahi and Michel Ancel attract plenty of attention thanks to their famous titles, Regard has been dutifully plugging away in the shadows. Formerly of the now-defunct French studio Arkedo...

News: Plenty of Fishies Swimming onto Wii U this Week

Plenty of Fishies Swimming onto Wii U this Week

Finding Wiimo

Nitrolic is releasing a brand new title known as Plenty of Fishies to the Wii U eShop in the US. You control a fish – as you might imagine – and have to take on various challenges in order to get the highest score amongst your friends. The game features a number of different gameplay modes in both single player and multiplayer...

Nintendo Download: 18th December (Europe)

18th December (Europe)

99Moves, retro fighting, 3DS battles, puzzling sums and more

It's the final download update before a Christmas Day line-up, and it may be best to consider it a calm before a storm. There are some relatively promising new downloads on both Wii U and 3DS, along with discounts and demos, so there may be some games to part you from some cash before the...

Review: Mighty Final Fight (Wii U eShop / NES)

Mighty Final Fight (Wii U eShop / NES)

Looks can be deceiving

At first glance, it would be easy to mistake Capcom's Mighty Final Fight as a cheap cash-in of a superior arcade beat 'em up, with its chibi-styled characters and its seemingly limited 8-bit presentation. But while Mighty Final Fight may appear simpler than other entries in the series — game history buffs would be interested...

Review: GetClose: A Game for RIVALS (Wii U eShop)

GetClose: A Game for RIVALS (Wii U eShop)

Cheek to cheek

If you're wondering how Wombat Source came up with the title for GetClose: A Game for RIVALS, just imagine the proximity of two people who must hold opposite sides of a Wii U GamePad in order to control their respective characters on the TV screen. Not clear enough? What about two people on either side of a Wii U Pro Controller? Now...

Review: Shiny The Firefly (Wii U eShop)

Shiny The Firefly (Wii U eShop)

Glow or no?

In this reviewer’s opinion, any game that claims ‘funny faces’ as being a unique selling point in its advertising should be handled with caution, so without further ado let’s plunge into the realms of Shiny the Firefly. You control Shiny, the titular firefly in an effort to save its tiny firefly children that were scared by a...

News: Developer of Retro City Rampage Explains, Again, Why a Wii U Release Won’t Be Happening

Developer of Retro City Rampage Explains, Again, Why a Wii U Release Won’t Be Happening

“You can already purchase and play the WiiWare version”

If you were still hoping to see the eventual release of Retro City Rampage on the Wii U eShop in the near future, it’s probably best you erase any thought of it from your mind now. In a post on the game's official website, Vblank Entertainment's Brian Provinciano has spoken out once...

Review: Tested With Robots! (Wii U eShop)

Tested With Robots! (Wii U eShop)

Let it rust

It's no secret that Nintendo has relaxed its criteria for independent publishers to release their games on their eShop, and for better or for worse it looks like that policy is here for the foreseeable future. It's this relaxed attitude that is responsible for one of the latest releases on the eShop. Tested With Robots! is themed in a...

Nintendo Download: 11th December (North America)

11th December (North America)

Ace Attorney trilogy, Xeodrifter, Lucadian Chronicles and much more

It's that time again, North America, for a whole load of download goodies to arrive on Wii U and 3DS. This week brings a high profile Capcom arrival and some promising options on the 3DS, while free-to-play appears (sort of) on the Wii U; both Virtual Console platforms get a game,...

News: Shantae And The Pirate's Curse Delayed Into 2015 For Europe

Shantae And The Pirate's Curse Delayed Into 2015 For Europe

Wii U version also set for late January / early February

WayForward's Shantae And The Pirate's Curse is already out in North America on the 3DS eShop, and we think it's fantastic, but it's been a frustrating wait for localisation in PAL countries. Unfortunately, it's been confirmed that the previous goal to get the 2D action adventure game out this...

Review: Heptrix (Wii U eShop)

Heptrix (Wii U eShop)

Silly rabbit! Heptrix is for... wait, who IS it for?

Given the recent influx of shovelware on the Nintendo eShop — both on the 3DS and Wii U — it seems like the right time for new developers to ask themselves an important question before taking the plunge into the indie scene: why? There are already hundreds of thousands of games out there in...

News: Hollow Knight is a Bit Like Shovel Knight, Except the Knight is Hollow Instead of Carrying a Shovel

Hollow Knight is a Bit Like Shovel Knight, Except the Knight is Hollow Instead of Carrying a Shovel

More action adventure than platformer, however

As the video game industry gets older, we see less mind-blowing new concepts and more clever variations on established ideas. While pummelling foes with the downward shovel attack in Shovel Knight — the hugely successful title now also heading to Sony systems — we were reminded of DuckTales; that's...

Review: Shadow of the Ninja (Wii U eShop / NES)

Shadow of the Ninja (Wii U eShop / NES)

Go ninja, go ninja GO!

Ninjas really were a hot ticket back in the '90s. The Turtles were making TV and toy executives money hand over fist, and children became so caught up in the craze they had the sheer gall to drag their parents into the cinema to watch dreck like Surf Ninjas. Yep, it was a great time to be a kid. The trend bled into gaming and...

News: UCraft Wii U Beta Plans Outlined as New Trailer Makes The Case for Upcoming Release

UCraft Wii U Beta Plans Outlined as New Trailer Makes The Case for Upcoming Release

Beta download to be available before full release

UCraft has had a mixed history to date, as it's a project with bold ambition that's also endured a failed Kickstarter campaign and a move to PC that ended its planned exclusivity to Wii U. It's endured its share of criticism, as a result. The aspirational feature-set is still front and centre of the...

Review: S.C.A.T.: Special Cybernetic Attack Team (Wii U eShop / NES)

S.C.A.T.: Special Cybernetic Attack Team (Wii U eShop / NES)

I'm a scatman

Right, let's get this dealt with from the start; S.C.A.T is an awful name for a game — we won't go into why here, but it actually stands for Special Cybernetic Attack Team. Interestingly, the cart shipped in Europe as Action in New York. That's a much better title, although the game has as much to do with the Big Apple as mushy peas...

Nintendo Download: 11th December (Europe)

11th December (Europe)

Ace Attorney trilogy, Rune Factory 4, Pokémon Pinball, discounts and more

It's the start of another week, and Nintendo of Europe has served up what must be one of the lengthiest download updates we've seen to date. There are some new titles, including a couple of big hitters on the 3DS, while there's plenty of pinball of various types gracing the...

News: Animal Crossing Plaza Service Stops At the End of This Month

Animal Crossing Plaza Service Stops At the End of This Month

More related news to arrive in 2015

With the Animal Crossing Plaza service ending this month, New Leaf Director, Aya Kyogoku, has issued a reminder and a message of thanks to loyal fans of the service. The plaza remains available on the Wii U eShop until 22nd December 2014, and when this year comes to a close, monthly surveys and the ability to...

Review: Crash 'n the Boys: Street Challenge (Wii U eShop / NES)

Crash 'n the Boys: Street Challenge (Wii U eShop / NES)

Crashing with the boys

After another success at the track-meet Crash and the Boys from Southside High are issued a street challenge by a jealous rival; now they and teams from four other schools compete in a series of no-holds barred sporting events to find who really is the greatest. Crash ‘n the Boys: Street Challenge differs from other sporting...