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Talking Point: Nintendo's eShop Policies Deserve Both Praise and Attention

Nintendo's eShop Policies Deserve Both Praise and Attention

We break down the known details of eShop publishing

Just recently we reported on announcements made by Nintendo of Europe's Business Development Manager, Ed Valiente, who gave a presentation on eShop publishing at The Indie Games Collective event at the UKIE HQ in London. We picked up on a couple of notable revelations, relating to Miiverse coming...

News: Nintendo Confirms There Are No Paid Feature Slots on the eShop, While Devs Receive Free Promo Codes to Distribute

Nintendo Confirms There Are No Paid Feature Slots on the eShop, While Devs Receive Free Promo Codes to Distribute

All part of an indie-friendly approach

Earlier today we shared reports that Miiverse is set to come to the 3DS "soon" and, in the future, receive dedicated smartphone apps. That information was from attendees at The Indie Games Collective event at the UKIE HQ in London, where Nintendo of Europe's Business Development Manager, Ed Valiente, gave a...

News: Mysterious Cities of Gold: Secret Paths Will Officially Be Made in English

Mysterious Cities of Gold: Secret Paths Will Officially Be Made in English

We catch up with Fleur Marty to find out about the new stretch goals

Ynnis Interactive has been running a Kickstarter campaign in order to bring Mysterious Cities of Gold: Secret Paths, the puzzle adventure game based on the Japanese-French animated series of the same name, to other nations in English. It has now reached its goal and...

News: Assault Android Cactus to Feature Off-TV Play and Wii Remote and Nunchuk Controls

Assault Android Cactus to Feature Off-TV Play and Wii Remote and Nunchuk Controls

Dual stick controls will also be included, naturally

Not long ago we told you about Assault Android Cactus, an action shooter from Australian developer Witch Beam that's targeting a Q1 2014 release on the Wii U eShop. With a top-down perspective and plenty of twin-stick mayhem potentially on offer, it looks like it could be a stylish slice of fun...

News: CommanderVideo to be a Playable Character in Aban Hawkins & the 1,001 Spikes

CommanderVideo to be a Playable Character in Aban Hawkins & the 1,001 Spikes

Still planned for release on Wii U and 3DS this year

Aban Hawkins and the 1,001 Spikes was announced for the Wii U and 3DS eShop platforms way back in April 2012, with the original target being to release the title on both systems that year. It's a project that's fallen largely silent, however, though publisher Nicalis has provided updates on...

News: Sword 'N' Board Confirmed For Wii U

Sword 'N' Board Confirmed For Wii U

Kickstarter-funded adventure RPG is on the way

Just short of a month ago independent games developer Robert Busey opened up a Kickstarter page for his new game Sword 'N' Board. Essentially, it's a puzzle-based adventure RPG that sees you battling through imaginary monsters, cardboard forests and dark pillow fort dungeons all in an attempt to find...

News: Over 61% of Q2 Game Sales in the U.S. Were From Download Products

Over 61% of Q2 Game Sales in the U.S. Were From Download Products

That'll be why Nintendo's pushing the eShop platforms, then

It's been reiterated enough times that, despite the desire of many to maintain physical retail collections of games, the rise of download platforms and products nevertheless continues to gain momentum. While Nintendo weighs in with the eShop platforms on Wii U and 3DS, there's also...

Developer Interview: keen games Talk About TNT Racers: Nitro Machines Edition And The eShop Difference

keen games Talk About TNT Racers: Nitro Machines Edition And The eShop Difference

Start your engines

TNT Racers: Nitro Machines Edition is a high octane battle racing game developed by German studio keen games. It draws on inspiration from classic titles like Micro Machines and features an isometric viewpoint with all drivers competing on the same screen. Previously released on WiiWare, this updated version on Wii U crams in...

Nintendo Download: 5th September (North America)

5th September (North America)

Dungeons & dragons, twisted dreams, rare retro shooting and much more

It's Nintendo Download update day, North America, and there are some real goodies on offer this week. We have long awaited Wii U eShop games, a rare NES shoot 'em up on the 3DS Virtual Console and various other treats. Without further ado, here are the details. Wii U eShop:...

News: Ghost Song: A Journey of Hope Misses Wii U Fundraising Target But May Still Arrive

Ghost Song: A Journey of Hope Misses Wii U Fundraising Target But May Still Arrive

"I'm working to make this happen anyway"

In August we brought you details of Ghost Song: A Journey of Hope, a crowdfunded project with stylistic references to Super Metroid, in particular. With bold plans to incorporate ideas from the likes of Dark Souls, its setting and storyline was promising to the extent that it quickly reached its funding...

News: Nintendo: We Need To Do A Better Job Of Attracting Indies To The eShop

Nintendo: We Need To Do A Better Job Of Attracting Indies To The eShop

"We've learned a lot of lessons over the past five or six years"

If there's one thing you learn from speaking to indie developers working on the Wii U and 3DS eShops, it's that Nintendo is a much easier company to work with these days when you're a small-scale studio. The nightmare days of WiiWare are long gone, but that doesn't mean that the...

News: Mighty No. 9 Wii U Stretch Goal Has Been Reduced

Mighty No. 9 Wii U Stretch Goal Has Been Reduced

It's now set at a cool $2,200,000

The Kickstarter campaign for Mighty No. 9 kicked off over the weekend and it has already smashed through its original $900,000 goal, meaning the game will definitely be coming to PC. When comcept USA revealed its new project it stated a home console version for Wii U, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 would be made should...

News: WayForward Launches Kickstarter Campaign for Shantae: Half-Genie Hero

WayForward Launches Kickstarter Campaign for Shantae: Half-Genie Hero

Wii U listed as a platform

Late last week WayForward began a countdown to a Kickstarter project, prompting fans to speculate on what it could be. Perhaps unsurprisingly it's for a new title in one of its most adored original IPs — Shantae: Half-Genie Hero. If funded it'll be a multi-platform HD adventure for the character, with the Wii U listed...

News: Super Castlevania IV Is Whipping The Japanese Wii U Virtual Console Next Week

Super Castlevania IV Is Whipping The Japanese Wii U Virtual Console Next Week

A 16-bit classic to get your teeth into

Japanese Wii U owners will be able to enjoy what is arguably Simon Belmont's best adventure next week as Super Castlevania IV (or Akumajō Dracula as it's known over there) hits the Virtual Console in that region. The first 16-bit outing for Konami's esteemed vampire-hunting series, Super Castlevania IV was...

News: Mighty Switch Force! Hyper Drive Edition Update Now Live in Europe

Mighty Switch Force! Hyper Drive Edition Update Now Live in Europe

Fixes "a few bugs"

A new patch for Mighty Switch Force! Hyper Drive Edition is now available to download from the Wii U eShop in Europe. Players won't need to do anything as the update will be applied automatically once you're connected to the internet. Matt Bozon, creative director at WayForward, made the announcement on his Twitter page, where...

News: Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara Battles to North America This Week

Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara Battles to North America This Week

European release set for 12th September

Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara has been a frustrating release for some Nintendo eShop gamers. After arriving on rival platforms earlier in the summer, issues with the Wii U build caused a rather late notice delay and then multiple weeks of silence and, we imagine, failed submissions. Just over...

News: Eurostyle Neo Geo Shooter Gunlord Is Blasting Its Way To 3DS And Wii U

Eurostyle Neo Geo Shooter Gunlord Is Blasting Its Way To 3DS And Wii U

Indiegogo campaign started to fund development

UPDATE: Since this news item was written the original Indiegogo page has been removed and a new one has risen up in its place, with a lower goal of 40,000 Euros. We have updated the links to reflect this. The flexible funding option has now also been removed, meaning that NG:DEV.TEAM will only get the...

Interview: Designer Luc Bernard Talks Wii U And Crowdfunding His Vision

Designer Luc Bernard Talks Wii U And Crowdfunding His Vision

The man behind Eternity's Child is back

Remember Luc Bernard? He's the guy behind Eternity's Child — the WiiWare title that never was — and has since produced a string of titles such as Mecho Wars and SteamPirates on iOS and Android. A long-time fan of Nintendo, Bernard has been watching the recent developments on the Wii U and 3DS with...

News: Nintendo Has A "Continuing Relationship" With Minecraft Studio Mojang

Nintendo Has A "Continuing Relationship" With Minecraft Studio Mojang

But there's no news of a Wii U or 3DS version

Minecraft is massive — but you surely don't need us to tell you that. The indie game started life as a PC title but has since made the jump to Xbox 360 and smartphones, picking up millions of new players as a result. The question of Minecraft coming to Nintendo platforms has been asked before, but...

Nintendo Download: 5th September (Europe)

5th September (Europe)

Explosive racing, a legendary titan, cheaper Mickey and more

Monday mornings are, perhaps strangely, relatively happy times for some Nintendo gamers in Europe. The download delights due this week have been revealed, and this time around there are two new Wii U download-only games, a long awaited 3DS RPG and much more. Let's get right to the...

News: We're Getting Digital Right On 3DS And Wii U, Insists Reggie

We're Getting Digital Right On 3DS And Wii U, Insists Reggie

"The consumer is voting with their wallets"

Plenty of people will happily tell you that Nintendo doesn't understand digital, and that the Japanese giant is late to the party and has been outpaced by rivals Microsoft and Sony, who put their respective weights behind online content much earlier and more effectively. Nintendo certainly has some things...

News: Mighty Switch Force! 2 Aiming to Bring the Heat to Wii U in October

Mighty Switch Force! 2 Aiming to Bring the Heat to Wii U in October

Wayforward is also counting down to a Kickstarter campaign

A few weeks ago WayForward confirmed that it would be bringing its latest 3DS eShop release, Mighty Switch Force! 2 to the Wii U. It has previous form in bringing its handheld titles to the home console with an extra HD sheen, of course, with Mighty Switch Force: Hyper Drive Edition. It...