Wii U eShop News

December2014

November2014

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    Wii U eShop

    Review Snake Den

    Snake? Snake?! SNAAAAAAAAAKE!

    When revisiting a well-worn concept, it's important to bring something new to the table. After all, we've reached a point in the gaming industry where certain genres — first-person shooter, platformer and adventure, just to name a few — have been pioneered and perfected over the years by generations of developers...

  • News Nintendo eShop Maintenance Planned for 1st December

    Get your shopping done

    While perusing the 3DS eShop notifications and wondering why on Earth Tetris is being removed from the store, we saw a far more helpful message outlining that the download platform has a hefty chunk of maintenance on the way. There'll be a little over seven hours of downtime, though maintenance taking down the eShop stores is...

  • News Let's Summarise the Remaining eShop Deals on Wii U and 3DS

    As Nintendo decided not to share...

    Earlier this week a host of titles went on discount in North America, some of which were outlined in last week's download update without firm prices, and a whole load of others that came as surprises. We held off believing they'd all be covered in today's download update only to be foiled; there are plenty of...

  • Video Curve Studios Demonstrates Stealth Inc 2's Level Editor

    Do your worst (by which we mean best)

    In recent weeks we've been sharing a series of videos from Curve Studios which show off the various features of Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones. It's a title that we rate very highly, not least because it includes a lot of excellent features that flesh out the experience. One of these features is the Level...

  • Nintendo Download 27th November (North America)

    Persona Q, Thomas Was Alone, Hyrule Warriors DLC, discounts galore and more

    For those of you in the US celebrating it today, here we have the Thanksgiving edition of the Nintendo Download Update, while for everyone else in North America it's simply the 'wow look at all the discounts' edition. Alongside more price reductions than you could shake a...

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    Wii U eShop / SNES

    Review Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!

    Donkey wish your girlfriend was Kong like me?

    Having stunned audiences with Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest, Rare had an awful lot to live up to on the final entry of the original Donkey Kong Country trilogy. Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong’s Double Trouble! sees the titular hero take centre stage after being second to the delightful...

  • News Teslagrad to Arrive at Retail on Wii U in Early 2015

    Magnetic appeal

    In this era of flourishing download-only stores that open the doors to a host of small development studios, it's not often that an indie game will make the move into physical retail. Teslagrad bucks that trend, however, having arrived on a diverse range of digital platforms — including the Wii U eShop — and is now on the way to...

  • News Image & Form Reveals That Steam Powered Giraffe is Producing the SteamWorld Heist Soundtrack

    Will appear in-game, too

    SteamWorld Dig, the 3DS eShop title — since ported to other platforms including Wii U — propelled Image & Form to prominence among Nintendo gamers and the wider gaming community, so there'll be plenty of attention on the upcoming SteamWorld Heist. Less a sequel and more of a spin-off, it sees the steam-driven robots...

  • News Spidey’s Arch-Nemesis Venom Is Receiving His Very Own Table In Zen Pinball 2

    Releases on the Wii U eShop next month

    The ongoing support for the Wii U version of Zen Pinball 2 continues with Zen Studios announcing Spider-Man’s symbiotic nemesis, Venom, will receive his very own themed table. The Marvel Comics-inspired table – also featuring the heroic web slinger Spider-Man, Eddie Brock as the empowered villain, and...

  • News Nintendo of America Announces Upcoming eShop 'Cyber Deals'

    Like Black Friday without the crowds

    We're heading into one of the biggest shopping weeks of the year, but Nintendo's keen to accommodate those that don't feel like venturing out into crowded shops. While there are hot releases arriving on the eShop in multiple regions, Nintendo of America has now confirmed that it'll also be running eShop 'Cyber...

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    Wii U eShop

    Review Thomas Was Alone

    Simple brilliance

    We're in the middle of one of the most diverse, intriguing periods in video game history. The rise of download games, small 'indie' developers and stores like the Wii U eShop have shifted how we think about content; we're a long way from the retail-only culture of the '90s or even early 2000s. One modern trend is for low-fi...

  • Nintendo Download 27th November (Europe)

    Smash Bros., Pokémon, Thomas Was Alone, Hyrule Warriors DLC and much more

    Another week begins, but the European Nintendo Download Update should have some exciting titles to cheer anyone up, with two of the year's biggest retail titles arriving on both Wii U and 3DS. Beyond those big contenders we have some enticing download options, so let's get to...

  • News Shigeru Miyamoto Discusses Production of the Pikmin Short Movies in a Miiverse Interview

    A new HOME theme for the 3DS also revealed

    The creator of Mario, Shigeru Miyamoto, has dabbled in many new and exciting experiences this year, including the production of animated shorts – he even had the opportunity to show his recently released Pikmin movies at the Toyko International Film Festival. Now, in an interview with Nintendo’s...

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    Wii U eShop / SNES

    Review Natsume Championship Wrestling

    Tapped out

    Let's be honest here: wrestling is essentially one big television drama, and that's no way an attempt to belittle the incredible athleticism of the men and women involved. It's Eastenders with a mullet and tight pants, complete with plot twists and a cast of larger than life characters to root for. These heels and faces are the reason we...

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    Wii U eShop

    Review Sportsball

    No harm, no fowl

    Nintendo has been highlighting TOO DX's Sportsball at various shows and conferences as one of several particularly strong "indie games" available on the Wii U eShop, promoting it as a quality party game. Though at first it looks like a primitive, simplistic Joust clone, its charms quickly become apparent with fast-paced gameplay and...

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    Wii U eShop

    Review Xavier

    X-cruciating

    In the world of platformers, the name of the game is control. That is to say, nothing speaks to a platform game's quality quite like the level of control the player feels they have over their character. Of course, control alone does not guarantee a successful product — creative level design that makes intuitive use of the mechanics is...

  • News Child of Light's Creative Director Paints a Picture of its Artistic Process

    The game also made green, ended up in the black

    Released back in spring Ubisoft Montreal's Child of Light possessed a uniquely gorgeous visual style that few, if any, have matched. In a talk at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) earlier this year, Creative Director Patrick Plourde discussed the journey from concept art to bringing the 2D RPG to...

  • Nintendo Download 20th November (North America)

    Smash Bros., Pokémon ORAS, Watch Dogs, GBA DK, Battleminer and much more

    It's time for the Nintendo Download update, North American gamers, and this week's update brings massive releases on Wii U and 3DS. Beyond the big-name retail titles we have some new download-only titles, a host of other retail downloads both old and new, retro GBA DK and a...

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    Wii U eShop / GBA

    Review Mario Kart Super Circuit

    Good for another lap

    When the Nintendo 64 hit the market and suggested that 2D games had gone the way of the dodo, many of us that were fond of fancy sprite-work were forced to dust off elderly hardware to scratch our itch for the classic genres we held dear — until the Game Boy Advance came along, that is. Often reflected upon as the second...

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    Wii U eShop / GBA

    Review Golden Sun: The Lost Age

    The Return of the Prodigal Sun

    Back in 2001 (2002 in Europe) some players were left feeling short-changed when Golden Sun reached its abrupt ending. Developer Camelot – perhaps better known for the Shining Force series – had to split the game into two parts due to the Game Boy Advance’s hardware limitations. Those who’d already invested in...

  • News Sakurai Explains Why Ridley Is Not A Playable Fighter In Super Smash Bros.

    Wanted to provide an accurate portrayal of the space pirate

    The recent reveal of Ridley in the Super Smash Bros. for Wii U 50-fact extravaganza had Smash fans fooled for a brief moment thinking the well-known archenemy of Samus Aran was a playable character. As we now know though, this is not the case. In a re

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    Wii U eShop / GBA

    Review Super Mario Advance

    Old Super Mario Bros.

    While some video games don't age well, playing through Nintendo's back catalogue is like drinking a fine, aged wine. Super Mario Advance is rather unique in that it's a re-release of a collection of remade NES games. Super Mario Advance's brightly coloured remakes of Super Mario Bros. 2 and Mario Bros. shine on the Wii U...