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News: Acro Storm Fuses F-Zero With Extreme-G, And It's Racing To The Wii U eShop

Acro Storm Fuses F-Zero With Extreme-G, And It's Racing To The Wii U eShop

Hoverbikes ahoy

Look, we all want a new F-Zero game - that's a given. But until Nintendo actually announces it, we'll just have to make do with titles inspired by the famous racer - titles like Acro Storm, which is currently being developed by Indie studio Blue Comet Games. Built using Unity and featuring 16 different futuristic tracks, Acro...

News: Introducing The Very First Support Character In Yooka-Laylee, Trowzer The Serpent Salesman

Introducing The Very First Support Character In Yooka-Laylee, Trowzer The Serpent Salesman

A snake wearing trousers

Support characters were very much a staple of 3D platform games during their prime, and it looks like Playtonic Games will continue this tradition with the recent reveal of the first support character in Yooka-Laylee: Trowzer, the serpent salesman. A business-snake whose career never took off, the smug salesman is...

News: Shapes of Gray Arrives On The North American Wii U eShop May 21st

Shapes of Gray Arrives On The North American Wii U eShop May 21st

“Hotline Miami meets WarioWare”

Described by Secret Tunnel Entertainment as “Hotline Miami meets WarioWare”, Shapes of Gray is set to arrive on the North American Wii U eShop on 21st May. As previously noted, Shapes of Gray is an aesthetically simple 2D title that takes players through 10-second battles within small game environments...

News: ​Playtonic Confirms Post-Release DLC as the Next Stretch Goal for Yooka-Laylee

​Playtonic Confirms Post-Release DLC as the Next Stretch Goal for Yooka-Laylee

"When – and only when – we've finished and shipped the full version"

It's pretty safe to say that Yooka-Laylee is shaping up to be a massive success. After meeting its initial funding goal in less than forty minutes, Yooka-Laylee went on to become the fastest Kickstarter game to pass the $1 million mark. Evidently, gamers around the world really

Video: Here Is The Trailer For The Delayed Wii U Title, Red Goddess: Inner World

Here Is The Trailer For The Delayed Wii U Title, Red Goddess: Inner World

“Testing and debugging is taking more time than anticipated”

In case you missed it, Yanim Studio has revealed its upcoming Kickstarter-funded project, Red Goddess: Inner World, for the Wii U and various other platforms has been delayed. The Wii U release date, originally on-target for this year, has been pushed back until the first quarter of...

News: Mega Man & Bass Kickstarts "Mega May" On Wii U Virtual Console

Mega Man & Bass Kickstarts "Mega May" On Wii U Virtual Console

Dr.Wily's least favourite time of year

Last month, Capcom announced that their "Mega May" event was back in full force for 2015, focused on bringing classic GBA Mega Man titles to the Wii U Virtual Console. Now that the month is here and we're already panicking about how fast time is slipping by, these weekly releases have launched into action, with...

News: Play 8-Bit Retro Squid Games While You Wait For An Online Match In Splatoon

Play 8-Bit Retro Squid Games While You Wait For An Online Match In Splatoon

Complete amiibo missions to unlock special gear & more mini-games

The plaza featured in the upcoming Wii U title, Splatoon, will allow players to interact with the game world in an assortment of ways, and the latest Nintendo Direct today has revealed a few extra hidden surprises within the happening location. First is the inclusion of a vintage...

Nintendo Download: 7th May (North America)

7th May (North America)

Splatoon demo-ish, strangeness, retro Mega Man, Atlus goodness and more

After a delay while the Splatoon Direct festivities were completed, we now have the download update details for North America. There's a much-hoped for demo (sort of), classic Mega Man, platformers on the 3DS, a whole load of discounts, DLC and a particularly quirky Indie...

News: Splatoon Global Testfire Demo Includes Discount For Eager UK Inklings

Splatoon Global Testfire Demo Includes Discount For Eager UK Inklings

Available for as little as £31.49 on the eShop

A "Global Testfire" for the Wii U title Splatoon takes place this weekend, and to celebrate the event Nintendo UK is offering a 10 percent discount for those who download the demo and take part. That means you'll be able to download the full game on May 29th for just £31.49 - a neat saving over the...

News: Yooka-Laylee Hit The $1 Million Point Faster Than Any Other Game In The History Of Kickstarter

Yooka-Laylee Hit The $1 Million Point Faster Than Any Other Game In The History Of Kickstarter

On course to be the UK's biggest gaming Kickstarter campaign, too

Playtonic's Yooka-Laylee reached the $1 million marker faster than any other game on Kickstarter, it has been revealed. The campaign smashed its initial funding goal of £175,000 in less than 40 minutes, and by the end of its first full day had

News: Project Giant Robot Will Be Out Sooner Than You Probably Expect

Project Giant Robot Will Be Out Sooner Than You Probably Expect

Yes, it is still a thing

Remember Project Giant Robot? It was shown off at last year's E3 but has dropped off the radar entirely since then, which has made some - us included - fear for its future. However, Nintendo has outlined its 2015 software plans and Project Giant Robot is still in there - and we may get to play it sooner than you think...

News: High Strangeness is Out Now on Wii U in North America and is, Well, Strange

High Strangeness is Out Now on Wii U in North America and is, Well, Strange

Launch trailer sums it up nicely

Midnight City is a publisher with an eye for quirky experiences, and may be familiar to Wii U owners through its publishing of Double Fine's Costume Quest 2 on the system. It's now stepped up with High Strangeness, developed by Barnyard Intelligence Games. It's described as "a hybrid of 8 and 16 bit games - a 12 bit...

News: Yooka-Laylee Character Designer Spills on Creating Playtonic Games' Quirky Heroes

Yooka-Laylee Character Designer Spills on Creating Playtonic Games' Quirky Heroes

"Big eyes, big teeth, big belly. You can’t go wrong with these traits"

If the core appeal of your game is 3D platforming, there are key ingredients that simply must be included - slick controls, a smooth camera and solid mechanics are naturally part of the recipe. Immediately charming characters are also a must, though - unlike some genres where...

News: It's Hats Off to the Latest SteamWorld Heist Ambassador Challenge

It's Hats Off to the Latest SteamWorld Heist Ambassador Challenge

For all you doodlers out there

With SteamWorld Heist heading to Wii U, 3DS and a load of other systems later this year, Image & Form is keen to keep its fans busy in the build-up. Part of those efforts are bi-weekly competitions for someone to become a SteamWorld Ambassador; they'll get to play Heist before it comes out and get free copies on...

News: Funk of Titans Aims to Teach "Jive-Turkey Pagan Titans" Some New Beats

Funk of Titans Aims to Teach "Jive-Turkey Pagan Titans" Some New Beats

Dig if you will the picture

While the Wii U eShop isn't short of download-only platformers, some can be criticised for being a little lacking in personality or creative flair. While the gameplay of Funk of Titans looks like fairly conventional fare, the concept gets prizes for its pure chutzpah. Developed by A Crowd of Monsters - not an actual...

News: Yooka-Laylee Sets a New Stretch Goal to Smash, This Time for a Fully Orchestrated Soundtrack

Yooka-Laylee Sets a New Stretch Goal to Smash, This Time for a Fully Orchestrated Soundtrack

A Rare treat

Yooka-Laylee is proof that combining industry veterans of an iconic development studio with a genre that brings to mind the late '90s is a tonic for success. From that laboured bit of wordplay we segway to Playtonic Games, which has quickly turned from a start-up of excellent developers into a significant Kickstarter success story...

News: Nihilumbra Begins Its Wii U Journey on 14th May

Nihilumbra Begins Its Wii U Journey on 14th May

Includes system-exclusive co-op, remember

It's been a little while coming, but BeautiFun Games' Nihilumbra finally has a confirmed release date on the Wii U. Having cleared Nintendo's testing it'll arrive on 14th May in Europe and North America. This puzzle adventure incorporates a painterly art style and a variety of mechanics, in which you use a...

Talking Point: Nintendo's Legacy Makes The Virtual Console Essential, But It Must Modernise

Nintendo's Legacy Makes The Virtual Console Essential, But It Must Modernise

Idealism should make way for realism

Technologically, the world is busier and noisier than it's ever been before. So many gadgets and screens demand our time and loyalty, from smart TVs with hundreds of channels and streaming apps, to smartphones and tablets and, of course, game systems. Those with a decent amount of spare cash that are anxious to...

Poll: Is It Time For a Fresh Alternative to the Virtual Console?

Is It Time For a Fresh Alternative to the Virtual Console?

Bundles, remixes, subscription services - what's next?

When the Wii launched it had plenty of exciting ideas that contributed to its extraordinary success. One service that appealed to older gamers and / or dedicated fans was the Virtual Console - while relatively niche services had offered older games for download in the past, this was a game...

News: Yooka-Laylee Double-Jumps Through Final Kickstarter Stretch Goal In Less Than 24 Hours

Yooka-Laylee Double-Jumps Through Final Kickstarter Stretch Goal In Less Than 24 Hours

£1 million in the bag, day one Wii U release assured

Update: Playtonic Games has now announced two new stretch goals on its campaign page. £1.1 million will bring an N64 'shader mode' plus a DK rap + video in the credits, while £1.2 million will add a developer walkthrough and commentary video. At current momentum these will likely be passed in...

News: Yooka-Laylee Kickstarter Campaign Smashes Its Funding Goal In Less Than An Hour

Yooka-Laylee Kickstarter Campaign Smashes Its Funding Goal In Less Than An Hour

Thousands of backers jump in for spiritual Banjo-Kazooie Successor

Playtonic Games, a new studio comprised of ex-Rare developers, has been generating a lot of hype for its first project. We know from speaking to the studio, however, that it'll be absolutely stunned by the reaction to the Kickstarter campaign for its first game - Yooka-Laylee. After...

News: Classic Arcade Shooter Ultratron Is Inserting Credits On May 14th

Classic Arcade Shooter Ultratron Is Inserting Credits On May 14th

Twin-stick Robotron homage launching on the Wii U eShop soon

Curve Digital has confirmed that Puppygames's Ultratron is launching on the Wii U eShop on May 14th. A loving tribute to arcade shooters like Robotron and Smash TV, Ultratron is a twin-stick blaster with a retro-futuristic soundtrack and "slick, stylised graphics." It even has a filter...