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Nintendo Download: 30th January (Europe)

30th January (Europe)

Wii Fit U, hamsters that are brilliant and plenty of discounts

As is now the regular routine, European Nintendo Download fans can kick off the week with an early look at what's to come in Thursday's update. The upcoming week does only feature one new game, rounding off a quiet January for the eShop platforms, but does include a series of tempting...

News: Kickstarter Campaign Launches For ReVeN

Kickstarter Campaign Launches For ReVeN

Metroid-inspired game includes Wii U in main target

A new Kickstarter campaign has been launched by Texas-based indie developer Varia Games for a 2D shooter/platformer called ReVeN. The title, which draws inspiration from classic games such as Metroid and Mega Man, could be coming to Wii U — as well as PC, Mac and Linux — if its $18,000 target...

News: Early Mighty No. 9 Screenshots Blast Into View

Early Mighty No. 9 Screenshots Blast Into View

Looking mighty fine

In September 2013, Mega Man mastermind and creator, Keiji Inafune, teased fans all over the world with the idea of a spiritual successor to the Blue Bomber. He showed off concept art and ambitious plans for his project, but the one thing he lacked was money, and so he turned to Kickstarter to ask fans to provide the necessary...

News: Spin the Bottle DLC Update and Increased Price Detailed and Dated

Spin the Bottle DLC Update and Increased Price Detailed and Dated

"We are basically trying to do 'DLC’s done right'"

Spin the Bottle: Bumpie's Party is an intriguing game in a number of ways; not only does it utilise the GamePad and Wii Remotes for quirky minigames, but developer KnapNok Games wasted little time in stating that it'd be incorporating a DLC pricing model to reward early adopters. It may have taken...

Interview: Wales Interactive on its Upcoming Wii U eShop Games and Working With Nintendo

Wales Interactive on its Upcoming Wii U eShop Games and Working With Nintendo

"We love the GamePad concept and being able to connect to another display"

It seems fair to say that, though some quality releases have graced the Wii U eShop, we're still awaiting — due to various delays — a consistent flow of tempting download-only content on the store. With each passing week the list of promising and confirmed titles creep...

Exclusive: Wales Interactive Highlights "Very Positive" Relationship With Nintendo, Plans More Wii U Releases

Wales Interactive Highlights "Very Positive" Relationship With Nintendo, Plans More Wii U Releases

"We are massive Nintendo fans so it's a huge privilege"

Late last year we reported that Wales Interactive is bringing two games to the Wii U eShop; these are Gravity Badgers and Master Reboot. The studio has been prolific in its short existence to date, publishing a number of smartphone titles, but is increasingly moving onto PC and home console...

News: Mighty Bomb Jack Is Blowing Up The North American Wii U Virtual Console This Week

Mighty Bomb Jack Is Blowing Up The North American Wii U Virtual Console This Week

Explosive stuff

We usually put our North American Nintendo Download update live later in the week when the official word hits the street, but every now and then we get a bit of a heads-up on forthcoming releases — and today is one of those times. A listing for Mighty Bomb Jack has appeared on the North American Wii U eShop which lists the NES...

News: Scirra's Construct 2 Engine to Support Wii U Nintendo Web Framework Development

Scirra's Construct 2 Engine to Support Wii U Nintendo Web Framework Development

Another route to the eShop

While various small developers are bringing their games to the Wii U eShop using custom-developed engines or licensed options such as Unity, Nintendo's also established the Nintendo Web Framework to allow games using web-based codes such as HTML5, CSS3 and Javascript to be published on the store. One upcoming HTML5 game...

News: Team Kakumei Joins The Wii U Developer Family

Team Kakumei Joins The Wii U Developer Family

They came in like a Wrecking Ball

For fresh, straight-out-of-college game devs, catching a break can be tough. It’s no different from any other job; employers want their new recruits to have experience in the field they’re applying for, so getting the job you want straight out of school can be hard. This was no different for Team Kakumei – a...

Nintendo Download: 23rd January (Europe)

23rd January (Europe)

Unepic, old-school Mario and Ninja Gaiden challenge, loads of discounts

European Nintendo fans once again have the download update to bring some cheer to a dreary Monday morning. This time around we have a new Wii U eShop title that's already earned an 8 in our review, along with some retro goodies and a lengthy list of 3DS eShop discounts. Let's...

News: Shadow Of The Eternals Isn't Dead, But Don't Expect Big News Any Time Soon

Shadow Of The Eternals Isn't Dead, But Don't Expect Big News Any Time Soon

Precursor "taking a look" at potential options

It's fair to say that Shadow Of The Eternals has had a particularly eventful development period. The game's status as a spiritual sequel to the GameCube classic Eternal Darkness ensured that it received plenty of attention when it was initially announced, but after more than one failed crowd-funding...

Interview: Codemasters - F1 Race Stars: Powered Up Edition

Codemasters - F1 Race Stars: Powered Up Edition

Vroom vroom

Codemasters’ F1 Race Stars: Powered Up Edition finally zoomed on to the Wii U eShop this week in Europe and North America; its marketing promises fast and fun arcade racing on the Wii U, with four-player split-screen racing. Formula One fans may get a kick out of seeing stars such as Lewis Hamilton, Alonso and Vettel make an...

Nintendo Download: 16th January (North America)

16th January (North America)

Unepic, Powered Up F1, double Castlevania and a discount

It's Nintendo Download time, North America, and this week we have rather slim pickings. That said, there are two new offerings on the Wii U eShop, a Konami double on the Virtual Console's and an attractive discount. So, let's get to it. Wii U eShop: Unepic (EnjoyUp Games, $9.99) — The work...

Video: This New F1 Race Stars: Powered Up Edition Trailer Hits the Accelerator

This New F1 Race Stars: Powered Up Edition Trailer Hits the Accelerator

Maybe the real sport could do with some of these ideas

At the risk of irritating Formula One enthusiasts around the world, we'll suggest that it's a sport often lacking the wow factor. Occasionally races are thrilling, but there are plenty of occasions where the cars simply follow each other around for a couple of hours — at admittedly high speeds...

News: FuzzyWuzzyGames Talks About Its Development Experience With The Wii U

FuzzyWuzzyGames Talks About Its Development Experience With The Wii U

In early stages of planning for a fresh Wii U project, after Armillo

From an outsiders’ point of view, being a game developer seems like a fantastic way to express creativity. Whether you’re working as a team or whether you’re on your own, you are making something from scratch and turning it into something people can enjoy. There are many in...

Interview: RCMADIAX on BLOK DROP U and Working On the Nintendo Web Framework

RCMADIAX on BLOK DROP U and Working On the Nintendo Web Framework

"At $1.99, that's about the cost of a pack of gum!"

Throughout 2013 Nintendo went to a good deal of effort to spread the work that its platforms, particularly the Wii U, were supportive of small, download-only developers. Much focus and, by extension, confirmed releases fell into the Unity engine camp, with Nintendo offering free tools and usage...

Talking Point: An Unplanned Flash Sale Looked Like Retail Download Genius from Nintendo

An Unplanned Flash Sale Looked Like Retail Download Genius from Nintendo

A flash sale... well, 'flashed' before our eyes

There was a moment this week when, for a brief and glorious moment, Nintendo ran a Steam-like flash sale on retail games. It may have passed plenty of people by, especially as it was for download codes on the official Nintendo UK store, but it was a glimmer of a brave new world where Nintendo creates...

News: A World Of Keflings Now Expected In "The Latter Half" Of Q1 2014

A World Of Keflings Now Expected In "The Latter Half" Of Q1 2014

Will the wait be worth it?

A World of Keflings was supposed to hit the Wii U eShop last year, but the game sadly missed its scheduled launch date. Thankfully, developer NinjaBee Games has addressed the slippage and insists that the title will see the light of day this year: A kingdom-building adventure of epic proportions, A World of Keflings has...

News: BLOK DROP U Developer Shares Perspective on HTML5 Web Framework Development for Wii U

BLOK DROP U Developer Shares Perspective on HTML5 Web Framework Development for Wii U

Also outlines level release plans

BLOK DROP U is approaching release on the Wii U eShop, and is an early representation of a range of games we may see on the platform courtesy of the Nintendo Web Framework. It's a setup that Nintendo began to promote with greater visibility throughout 2013, as it enables game makers utilising code such as HTML5 (as...

News: Club Nintendo Rewards Updated for January

Club Nintendo Rewards Updated for January

Game & Watch! F-Zero! Snowboarding!

2014 is now two weeks old, and we finally have the new North American Club Nintendo rewards to sink our teeth into. Nintendo's kept us in suspense but has now lifted the lid on some DSiWare and retro treats to get the pulses racing. While the DSiWare releases, in particular, may make you stretch your memories...

News: Unepic Begins Its Quest in Europe on 23rd January

Unepic Begins Its Quest in Europe on 23rd January

One week later than North America

Unepic appears to be confirmed as next in line for download-only titles coming to the Wii U eShop, with news of its arrival in North America on 16th January now matched by clarification that it'll land in Europe one week later, on 23rd January. As clarified before, off-TV play will be available while the...