Wii U eShop News


  • Exclusive Check Out Runbow's Complete Cast of Colourful Crossover Characters

    Let the colours run

    Runbow's crazy breed of colour-based running action has already enlisted the help of the likes of Shovel Knight, Scram Kitty, and CommanderVideo to help in the endless task of running from one place to another, and now that list of indie guests has just grown even larger. In this exclusive trailer 13AM Games' frantic 9-player...

  • Video This New Soul Axiom Trailer Sets the Scene

    Was part of Nintendo's Nindies booth at Gamescom

    Nintendo had a sizeable presence at Gamescom last week, and it was certainly pleasing to see a dedicated 'Nindies' section showing off upcoming Wii U and 3DS eShop releases. Soul Axiom from Wales Interactive was on the booth - some Wii U eShop aficionados will remember the studio's previous release...

  • News Mega Man And Mighty No. 9 Creator Keiji Inafune Admits He Doesn't Make Games That He Can Play

    "My staff, though, are really good"

    Keiji Inafune is responsible for some of the most joypad-crushingly difficult games of the 8-bit era, with the Mega Man series being considered the ultimate test of skill by many Nintendo players. However, Inafune has admitted to Kotaku UK that he is in fact a mere mortal and doesn't create games which he himself...

  • Nintendo Download 13th August (Europe)

    Retro Mega Man, a load of discounts and a demo

    Another week begins with a Nintendo Download Update, and this week focuses on discounts. We only have one fresh release on the Wii U Virtual Console while the 3DS receives a demo, putting the emphasis on price drops. Let's get to it. Wii U Virtual Console: Mega Man & Bass (Capcom, €6.99 /...

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    Review Kung Fu FIGHT!

    Hop and Chop

    The world has seen its fair share of endless runners in the last few years. The genre has grown in popularity and moved from phones to home consoles and dedicated gaming devices almost overnight. Run, jump, dodge, slide, attack - Kung Fu FIGHT! follows the formula of the many endless runners that came before it. One doesn't have to be...

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    Review Beatbuddy: Tale of the Guardians

    Boots ‘n cats ‘n boots ‘n bugs…

    You are Beatbuddy: a cute little blue fella who is tasked with travelling through the six, beautifully hand drawn worlds of Symphonia to do… something. The basic idea is to save Symphonia from the evil Prince Maestro, ruler of this world, who is planning to steal the planet's music all for himself. You're...

  • News Mighty No. 9 Producer Shares Regret Over Delay, and Clarifies the Reasoning Behind RED Ash Campaign

    "We are upset as well, just as much as the backers"

    As we suggested in our article regarding Mighty No. 9's delay into early 2016, Comcept has endured a tough and damaging period for its image with fans. After the giddy highs of the game's successful Kickstarter campaign in 2013, multiple delays and some poor communication / decision making around...

  • Video Three Reasons Why You Should Be Pumped For Shovel Knight's Plague Of Shadows Expansion 

    Straight from the developer

    Shovel Knight may no longer be a Nintendo console exclusive, but the game is still one of our personal favourites on the 3DS and Wii U eShops - and it's about to get even better thanks to some free DLC. Showcasing the Plague Knight, Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows will be delivered entirely free of charge. In case you...

  • News Nintendo Won't Rule Out Giving Yooka-Laylee Additional Support On The eShop

    "Never say never"

    Nintendo's relationship with indie developers has undergone a truly dramatic transformation since the days of WiiWare, and both the 3DS and Wii U eShops are brimming with amazing games as a result. Nintendo has done a lot to support and highlight indie games on its platforms, with the most recent example being the successful...

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    Review Endless Golf

    Golf a while. Golf... FOREVER!

    The title Endless Golf pretty much explains the entire game. If you've ever found that eighteen holes just wasn't enough for you, then the constant rolling green hills of Endless Golf will call to you, promising a game that will never, ever end. By generating a new hole every time you sink a ball, the game's 2D golfing...

  • Talking Point Fatal Frame's Trial Version and Limited Edition Highlight Nintendo's Shifting Approach to Retail

    The eShop can be key for smaller retail releases

    In the glut of Gamescom announcements earlier this week, Nintendo of Europe confirmed interesting details for the launch of Project Zero: Maiden of Black Water, known as Fatal Frame: The Black Haired Shrine Maiden in North America; we'll opt for Fatal Frame as our preferred title. Given a

  • Video Xenoblade Chronicles Marches Onto The Wii U eShop

    It's Reyn Time... again!

    This week Nintendo of Europe unleashed another one of its surprise eShop releases, and it's admittedly quite a puzzling one. Mere months after the New Nintendo 3DS exclusive port was released, Xenoblade Chronicles has made its way as a Wii digital release on the Wii U eShop in Europe. However, that's not to say there isn't...

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    Review Dragon Fantasy: The Volumes of Westeria

    ​A good, old fashioned JRPG

    Take a look at just about any digital storefront and you'll see that many Indies are focusing on creating JRPGs that harken back to the classics of the 8-bit or 16-bit eras. While it's nice to see how a new generation of developers have been inspired by the games they played as kids, the problem is that many of these...

  • Nintendo Download 6th August (North America)

    Golden Sun goodness, classic Capcom, Picross, Kung Fu and much more

    It's time for another Nintendo Download Update in North America, and this week serves up a fairly diverse range of options. We have two promising Indie efforts on Wii U, while a certain GBA Virtual Console release with 'Golden' in the title may go down well. The 3DS has a couple of...

  • News Wii U eShop Space-Themed Title Factotum Arrives In North America 20th August

    Can you save the day?

    You’re deep in space and something has collided with your space vessel. The main power is offline and you’re now trapped. Fortunately you have access to a walker control terminal. Although it’s a tad outdated, with the assistance of two little robots, some cleaver thinking and an unknown voice guiding you, you might be...

  • News Oddworld Inhabitants Is No Longer Working On Wii U Stranger's Wrath, But It's Not Canned 

    "It's not on our radar right now"

    Oddworld Inhabitants may have confirmed that New 'n' Tasty is still coming to the Wii U this year, but it would appear that the studio's port of Stranger's Wrath has been put on ice. Responding to a story posted on GoNintendo, the firm pointed out that while the game isn't "cancelled", it is no longer being worked...

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    Review Tiny Galaxy

    A dizzying experience

    Tiny Galaxy is an action platformer that takes the original concept of a platformer and turns it on its head. You play as a nondescript blue square, Orion, as you race through the "tiny galaxy", jumping from planet to planet to try and retrieve your stolen headphones. With a unique gameplay approach that blends the 2D...

  • News Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty Wii U Screens Remind Us That It's Due This Year

    It's happening

    Update: Below are another four screens showing the work in progress build for Wii U, with release due in 2015. Original Article: Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty is a critically acclaimed remaster - it's far more than a simple remake - that's gone down well on various systems. Its Wii U release has been elusive and long delayed,...

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    Review DK: Jungle Climber

    Aping the King of Swing

    What do you get when you throw away an established series' playbook and try for something new? You get DK: Jungle Climber. Unlike previous entries in the venerable Donkey Kong franchise, DK: Jungle Climber takes a fresh look at the series by focusing on swinging and timing more than precise platforming. The problem? It gets...

  • News Nintendo Confirms Full Gamescom Line-Up

    Including Shovel Knight's 'Plague of Shadows' DLC

    Nintendo has been keen to ahead of Gamescom opening to the public with a range of announcements for Europe, covered in other articles, and has also outlined its plans for the show itself. If you are heading along to the world's biggest gaming expo this weekend in Cologne, Nintendo is keen to keep you...

  • News Get a Taste of Upcoming eShop Goodness in This Awesome Sizzle Reel

    Beatbuddy is out today, don't forget

    We love a good sizzle reel here at Nintendo Life, and Nintendo of Europe has released a beauty to celebrate its presence at Gamescom. Focused on Wii U and 3DS eShop releases, it rattles through plenty of exciting games that are out now or on the way relatively soon. Many of these are familiar, though its nice to...

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    Review Canvaleon

    Karma karma karma karma karma Canvaleon

    Take a peek at some recent Wii U releases and you may see a painterly pattern forming. That's right; what with Art Academy: Atelier and Splatoon splashing some colour onto Nintendo's home console this year, it's almost like an artistic renaissance is upon us - just with more squids. On the surface, Canvaleon...

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    Review Astral Breakers

    Puzzling Over the Stars

    Ever since the stars aligned and humans discovered the fun of matching coloured objects, we've been trying to invent new ways to make puzzle games based on this simple premise. Puzzle Fighter and Bust-a-Move are just some of the diversions we've come up with. Astral Breakers joins the fray and brings with it a little bit of...

  • News PolyKid's Poi Hits Kickstarter, $80,000 Needed To Bring It To Wii U 

    2016 release date mooted

    Back in June we reported on Poi, a 3D platformer from PolyKid which is inspired by the likes of Banjo-Kazooie, Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine. The title was slated for release on Wii U and PC, and the team confirmed that Kickstarter would be used to raise funds. The

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    Review Mario Tennis

    Love All

    Some people would say Mario Tennis is worthy of praise solely for the fact it introduces the glorious specimen known as Waluigi into the Nintendo World. These people are right, but you can't write a full review out of that. In all seriousness, Mario Tennis marks a highlight in Nintendo's adaptation of the sport into a fun, casual style...

  • News Typoman Set to Spell Out a Release on 16th September

    That's the target for all regions

    Typoman was one of nine titles to feature in the E3 [email protected] promotion, a smart twist on puzzle platforming with wordplay and a Limbo vibe to the visual design. Based on that demo alone it's certainly full of promise. The good news is that it's not too far away from its arrival on the Wii U eShop. It's now been...

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    Review Dare Up Adrenaline

    Don't you dare...

    Dare Up Adrenaline is a game that doesn't have much going for it. The idea of a Pilotwings-style experience with high-flying stunts and tricks is certainly an appealing concept, but this title fails to deliver on every front. The main gameplay hook of Dare Up is controlling a wingsuit-wearing daredevil through the skies. The idea...

  • Nintendo Download 6th August (Europe)

    Beatbuddy, Star Fox, DK,Dragon Ball Z demo and more

    Another week has begun, bringing with it the European Nintendo Download Update. This time around we have a long-anticipated Indie effort on the Wii U, alongside a lesser known title and two DS releases; the 3DS offers a demo, DLC and plenty of discounts. Let's get to the details. Wii U eShop:...

  • Interview 13AM Games on Getting Up to Speed With Runbow

    "When we go to parties it's always the Wii U out entertaining everyone"

    You can always judge how much Nintendo's eShop teams enjoy an upcoming release by the amount of support it receives at the big N's expo booths, social media channels and more. On those criteria Nintendo's staff clearly adore Runbow, as the colourful nine-player Wii U eShop...