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News: Contra Advance Is Locked And Loaded For A Wii U Virtual Console Sortie

Contra Advance Is Locked And Loaded For A Wii U Virtual Console Sortie

Handheld Hard Corps

Konami's Contra Advance: The Alien Wars EX has been rated by the Australian Classification Board and should arrive on the Wii U in the near future as a Virtual Console download. This is a loose port of the SNES classic Contra III: The Alien Wars and originally hit the Game Boy Advance in 2002. In Japan, it was known as Contra:...

News: Shantae And The Pirate's Curse All Set For Festive Wii U Release in North America

Shantae And The Pirate's Curse All Set For Festive Wii U Release in North America

A virtual stocking filler

Shantae And The Pirate's Curse arrived on 3DS in North America in late October, though it's been delayed into 2015 in Europe. That delay announcement also indicated that the Wii U version will hit the EU alongside the portable original, but gamers in North America will have that HD option a little sooner.

News: Game Boy Advance Shooter Pocky & Rocky With Becky Gets Rated Down Under

Game Boy Advance Shooter Pocky & Rocky With Becky Gets Rated Down Under

Rocking up for a PAL release soon

A rating for the 2002 Game Boy Advance title Pocky & Rocky with Becky has appeared on the Australian Classification Board site. A sequel to Taito's Kiki Kaikai — which made its début in arcades back in 1986 — Pocky & Rocky with Becky follows in the footsteps of previously localised titles Pocky &...

News: Platinum Games’ Producer Thanks Wii U Owners Who Bought Bayonetta 2 on Release

Platinum Games’ Producer Thanks Wii U Owners Who Bought Bayonetta 2 on Release

Relieved by the warm reception

Despite an underwhelming sales performance on release, Platinum Games’ Bayonetta 2 was still a critically acclaimed and highly anticipated angel & demon hunting experience. With the dust now settled, the producer of Bayonetta 2 – Akiko Kuroda – has recently spoken out via Platinum’s website about the...

News: December's Club Nintendo Rewards Aim to Bring Festive Cheer

December's Club Nintendo Rewards Aim to Bring Festive Cheer

Super Mario Kart! Kid Icarus! Kirby! More!

It's now time for the final North American Club Nintendo rewards update of 2014, with the December offerings taking us well into 2015 and giving keen coin collectors their last chance to splash the virtual cash before Christmas. This batch has the now-standard eight games, with four across Wii U and Wii...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

News: Shovel Knight Digs For Victory With 300,000 Copies Sold

Shovel Knight Digs For Victory With 300,000 Copies Sold

That's across all formats

Yacht Club Games has revealed that Shovel Knight has sold 300,000 copies since launch. The Kickstarter-funded faux-retro platformer is available on PC, Wii U and 3DS. Back in August, Yacht Club Games revealed sales figures for the game, with 180,000 units sold at that point. Its crowd-funding goal was set at $75,000, but...

News: Curve Studios Announces Titan Attacks for 3DS and Ultratron for Wii U

Curve Studios Announces Titan Attacks for 3DS and Ultratron for Wii U

More "insane announcements" coming in the next few weeks

Curve Studios is already one of the most prolific publishers on the Wii U eShop in the latter half of 2014, but has now announced yet more projects coming to Nintendo hardware; this is hot on the heels of OlliOlli being confirmed for Wii U and 3DS in early 2015. As per that previous...

News: Lucadian Chronicles is the Latest Free-to-Play Game Coming to Wii U

Lucadian Chronicles is the Latest Free-to-Play Game Coming to Wii U

$7.99 for full game, micro-transactions won't be a factor

While Nintendo still prefers conventional approaches to selling games — you pay a price and receive the full game — it has, in recent times, shown an increasing willingness to explore areas such as DLC. It's also, to a lesser degree, explored and supported free-to-play — Steel Diver:...

Nintendo Download: 4th December (North America)

4th December (North America)

Fire Emblem, Captain Toad, Running Lodes, discounts and more

Feeling festive? Then get ready for a generous helping of downloadable delights courtesy of Nintendo. Wii U title Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is leading the pack, with retro favourite Fire Emblem also arriving on Wii U. It's a slightly slimmer overall offering, though some discounts may...

Video: Nintendo Minute Kicks Off Its Game of the Year Series, and Wants Your Votes

Nintendo Minute Kicks Off Its Game of the Year Series, and Wants Your Votes

The eShop starts us off

It's that time of year again, when we all look back and think about our favourite games of the past 12 months. Official video series Nintendo Minute is naturally joining in, and has kicked off a run of videos that'll work through and award the host's Game of the Year nominees and winners. In this first video series hosts —...

News: Fire Emblem Looks Set to Arrive on the North American Wii U Virtual Console This Week

Fire Emblem Looks Set to Arrive on the North American Wii U Virtual Console This Week

Finally...

When the Game Boy Advance library started to arrive on the Wii U Virtual Console, some franchises and titles will have immediately leapt to the top of quite a few wishlists; with the relatively recent success on 3DS of Fire Emblem: Awakening, we suspect that the first entry from the GBA era — simply titled Fire Emblem — would have...

News: Rad Skating Game OlliOlli is Tricking Its Way Onto Wii U and 3DS in Early 2015

Rad Skating Game OlliOlli is Tricking Its Way Onto Wii U and 3DS in Early 2015

Totally audacious, dude

Curve Studios has shown a great deal of support for the Wii U eShop recently, and has history with the 3DS eShop (and WiiWare before that) in developing Nintendo's Hydroventure: Spin Cycle / Fluidity; the company has also expressed its interest in bringing more content to the eShop should its recent titles — including...