Wii U eShop News

November2014

  • 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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    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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    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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    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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    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...

  • Feature Kickstarter's Wii U and 3DS Campaigns - 19th November

    Second chances and missed targets

    Last week brought us a fairly busy Kickstarter update with a few success stories to celebrate, albeit with the flipside of other notable projects not hitting their targets. This week brings us more titles that have fallen short, while some new entries arrive with their second attempts on the crowdfunding platform...

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    Review Shuttle Rush

    Breath and taxes

    Sometimes a game comes at you and everything seems fully as you expect… almost. It looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck. It’s definitely a duck. But then it moos a little and you’re forced to take a step back. That’s Shuttle Rush. General gameplay here is very straightforward: this is a...

  • News DK: King of Swing Looks Set for a Western Wii U Virtual Console Release

    A bananas spin-off

    There's certainly more to Donkey Kong than terrific 2D platformers — the ape began life as a villain in the iconic self-titled arcade, went 3D on the Nintendo 64, has gone up against Mario in some tricky puzzle games and even had his own set of bongos. All of that said, Game Boy Advance title DK: King of Swing is still one of...

  • News Nexis Games Defends UCraft's Multiplatform Move and PC Beta Release

    PS4 and Xbox One on the agenda, no name change mentioned

    In recent weeks and months we've seen the emergence of a few titles clearly inspired by Minecraft, the phenomenon now owned by Microsoft that's been released on all platforms bar Nintendo's. Block building open-world adventures with primitive visuals are popping up as confirmed or prospective...

  • News Wii U eShop Title Meme Run Seals Approval To Release This December

    Totes LOLs guize, right? RIGHT?!?

    Today is a red letter day. During moments like this, one cannot help but sit down and take stock of their own small part to play in this vast eternity we call existence. Crack open the history books, prepare for the very earth to shake, dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria...Meme Run is coming. Yes in a...

  • Interview Curve Studios on the Unique Charm of Thomas Was Alone

    "The more eShop titles there are, the better it is for everyone"

    In recent weeks Curve Studios has been responsible for adding three high-quality titles to the Wii U eShop library — it ported and published both Lone Survivor: The Director's Cut and The Swapper, while bringing its own Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones to th

  • News The November Club Nintendo Rewards Are Now Up For Grabs

    Pilotwings! Tokyo Crash Mobs! Metroid II! More!

    Update: Shortly after publication four more games were added to the list, so the original article now reflects this. Original Article: It's time for the penultimate North American Club Nintendo rewards update of 2014, with details for November now available to tempt you into parting with hard-earned...

  • News Resolution Doesn't Matter With 2D Games, Says Hyper Light Drifter Developer

    "I don’t think anybody actually cares about this with 2D games"

    Wii U owners might not be quite so concerned with the subject of what resolution their games are running in, but for Xbox One and PS4 fans it's an ongoing concern. With certain cross-platform titles running at a higher resolution on one machine than the other, the topic is constantly...

  • Nintendo Download 20th November (Europe)

    Watch Dogs + DLC, Sonic Boom x2, Natsume retro goodies and more

    Another week begins, but at least those of us in Europe have the Nintendo Download news to cheer up our day. This week's line-up includes some major retail releases, new download-only options across the board (even DSiWare makes an appearance) and a range of DLC, HOME themes and more...

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    Review PING 1.5+

    All over the place

    Ping 1.5+ is a puzzle game that’s all about aiming and shooting a tiny white cube at a circular orange target. Of course that’s easier said than done, as you’ll need to judge the right angle, bank the cube off walls, and avoid colliding with obstacles to reach the target within the indicated number of bounces and/or moves...

  • Video Five Vital Tips for Conquering Shovel Knight

    Courtesy of Yacht Club Games' Sean Velasco

    Shovel Knight has been available for a good while now, yet those still digging in will have noticed that it's more than a simple A to B platformer. With in game currency, items and upgrades to manage it has its own levels of complexity, making it possible for players to inadvertently bypass important...

  • Nintendo Download 13th November (North America)

    Mario Kart 8 DLC, LEGO Batman, Tengami, Sonic Boom x2 and much more

    It's Nintendo Download time, North America, and this week is a bumper offering — we have major retail releases and exclusives on Wii U and 3DS, some intriguing new download-only titles, demos, discounts and, last but not least, Mario Kart 8 DLC. Lots to choose from, so let's get...

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    Review Tengami

    Above the fold

    Development studio Nyamyam prides itself on being founded with the primary purpose of making games that are fun and meaningful. This is a company that openly states that through great love and attention, it strives to create beautifully crafted games that bring a little magic into people’s lives. This is a small band of Rare alumni...

  • News Mario Kart: Super Circuit is Racing Onto The Wii U Virtual Console

    Rated and ready for a US release

    Update: It seems this title is coming out today in North America, as a trailer has been posted on YouTube: Original Article: While ambassadors of the 3DS have had their hands on Mario Kart: Super Circuit since 2011, the rest of the Nintendo community has been wondering when the Game Boy Advance title would...

  • Feature Kickstarter's Wii U and 3DS Campaigns - 12th November

    Updates on successes, failures, and more campaigns

    It's been a while since our last Kickstarter update, so this one will incorporate plenty of successes and failures covering campaigns that have closed, in addition to some new projects currently battling towards the finishing line. There's at least one more game on the way to Wii U, at least. As...

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    Review Angry Bunnies: Colossal Carrot Crusade

    Colossal Clone Catastrophe

    More and more cheap titles on the Wii U eShop are being released with amateurish production and design, and Cypronia's Angry Bunnies: Colossal Carrot Crusade is only a half-step up. A port of a 3DS Angry Birds clone, Colossal Carrot Crusade contains the exact content of its 3DS counterpart, but with added online...

  • News Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Pre-Purchase and Pre-Load Now Available on the eShop

    17.2GB in space required, will allow immediate launch day play

    Not long ago Nintendo announced that it was introducing a pre-download service to the Wii U eShop that'll kick off with Super Smash Bros. for Wii U; it'll eventually be utilised more and on 3DS in 2015. The exciting news is that details have been confirmed, meaning that fans of...

  • News Table Top Racing: World Tour Dev Isn't Sure About Bringing The Game To Wii U Because Of Mario Kart 8

    Micro Machines-style racer is hitting consoles first this time around

    Former Psygnosis staffer and Wipeout developer Nick Burcombe plies his trade at Playrise Digital these days, and has overseen the release of the successful Table Top Racing on smartphones and tablets. He and his studio are now hard at work on the sequel — Table Top Racing: World...

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    Review The Swapper

    A clone in the dark?

    With the Wii U eShop’s recent flurry of sci-fi titles such as Master Reboot and The Fall finding a home on the digital service, what does it take for yet another game set in space to stand out from the crowd? Puzzles. Yep, but not just any old puzzles — spatial physics-based conundrums that’ll give your brain a thorough...

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    Review SDK Paint

    Just OK Paint

    SDK Paint has an interesting history. Its developer, Hullbreach Studios, began making JavaScript applications for Wii, Nintendo DSi, and Nintendo 3DS using their respective Internet browsers. These include both the initial versions of SDK Paint — DSi Paint and 3DS Paint — as well as a full-fledged browser-based MMORPG called...

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    Review Chests O' Booty

    Pieces of 2048

    You can hardly swing a stylus without hitting a match-three game on the 3DS eShop these days, but so far the relentless tide of phoned-in puzzlers has mostly sidestepped the Wii U’s digital storefront. And while Chests O’ Booty might at first look like a pirate-themed take on more of the same, it’s actually a surprisingly unique...

  • News Art Academy for Wii U Pushed Back to 2015 in North America

    Joins previously confirmed delay in Europe

    Art Academy for Wii U, which will be an eShop-only release, has had a low profile existence, enduring delays and only occasional mentions by Nintendo. The full release follows the 2013 arrival of the pared-back Art Academy: SketchPad; the updated release will have the lessons and full tool-set typically...

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    Review Costume Quest 2

    Fine, but not double fine

    As RPGs go, the original Costume Quest was never a particularly complex affair. The same thing can be said about its sequel, Costume Quest 2, which takes the two trouble-seeking children into another Halloween adventure, but this time in different periods of recent history. You control Wren and Reynold, two marginally...

  • Nintendo Download 13th November (Europe)

    Mario Kart 8 DLC, Golden Sun, Tengami, LEGO, Castlevania and more

    It's another Monday morning, which means we have Nintendo Download news for European gamers. It's a packed week with a major retail release, eagerly anticipated DLC, some high-profile Virtual Console games and enticing download-only titles to consider. There's a lot to get through, so...

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    Wii U eShop / GBA

    Review Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow

    The best for last?

    Konami's Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow is the third and final Castlevania title for the GBA, and arguably the strongest. A departure from the typical period drama involving the extended and ever-complicated Belmont clan, Aria of Sorrow introduces new characters and mythology into the series while also building on what has made...

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    Review Flapp & Zegeta

    What the Flapp?

    On Denysoft's official website, Flapp & Zegeta comes with a disclaimer reproduced here verbatim: "Warning: this may be one of the most challenging games of all times it may require a high level of intelligence and reflexes to get through." Rest assured, Flapp & Zegeta is challenging. In fact, it probably does meet its lofty...

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    Review Rock Zombie

    B movie beat 'em up

    It's always a pleasant surprise when a game surpasses your expectations. Suffice it to say, this reviewer's expectations were modest going into Rock Zombie — the goofy synthesized guitars, expressionless character models and mangled English dialogue all seemed to lead in one direction: pain. But you can't go into every game...

  • Video Take a Closer Look at the Awesome GamePad and Co-Op Features of Stealth Inc 2

    Be stealthy together

    We're big fans of Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones here at Nintendo Life, a Wii U eShop exclusive that combines solid platforming, a Metroidvania world and terrific level design; we awarded it a handsome 9 out of 10 in our review. A key feature that we appreciated in that review is the local co-op, which utilises the GamePad...

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    Review Falling Skies: The Game

    Falling to pieces

    Video games have relied on the standard 'alien invasion' plot since the very beginning. It takes a unique twist to make it work in this day and age, whether it's a new gameplay style or a refreshingly original storyline, and that isn't an easy task. Falling Skies: The Game takes fun, tactical gameplay and blends it with the...

  • News Citizens of Earth Release Pushed Back to 20th January

    Electing for more dev time

    Citizens of Earth is a quirky RPG with origins on Kickstarter, though a failed campaign was saved when Atlus stepped in to publish Eden Industries' project. With a promise of a lengthy campaign and classics such as EarthBound cited as influences, there are high hopes for this one. It'll be a little longer before we take...

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    Review Pixel Paint

    Almost pixel-perfect

    Let’s face it: at some point, every gamer has been caught off guard by the alluring retro beauty of pixel art. Say what you will about its overuse in today’s onslaught of independent games — chances are you still love it. There’s something majestic about the way tens, hundreds, or thousands of tiny dots come together to...

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    Review Tetrobot & Co

    Acute brain-bending pleasure

    Many puzzle games – particularly on mobile devices – can be argued as being insultingly easy or too mind-numbingly obtuse to even be comprehended by human minds. Luckily *Tetrobot & Co. doesn’t fit into either of these categories. The story of this game revolves around an intelligent young lady who spends her...

  • Nintendo Download 6th November (North America)

    Sportsball, The Swapper, Pikmin movies, GBA Mario, Sonic discounts and more

    It's that time again, North American gamers, as we have more downloadable treats to consider. Some arrivals dropped onto the eShop stores following this week's Nintendo Direct broadcast, while there are a host of additional attractive options for Wii U and 3DS landing today...

  • News Pikmin Short Movies Available to Buy Now on Wii U and 3DS

    Pikmin 3 demo also released

    Pikmin 3 has clearly been a title of great personal importance to Shigeru Miyamoto, a point highlighted by the recent Tokyo International Film Festival première of three short films that the legendary game designer has overseen. These animated shorts allowed Miyamoto-san to step away from games and work on a fresh...

  • News Nintendo Highlights Huge Indie Line-up for Winter and Beyond

    Lots and lots of games

    It's little secret to Nintendo gamers that the eShop platforms on Wii U and 3DS — particularly the former — have picked up a lot of steam in 2014. Both Nintendo of America and Europe (in their respective Direct broadcasts) took the opportunity to highlight just that, showing off games out now and on the way. In Europe...

  • News The Original NES Duck Hunt Is Coming Soon To The Virtual Console On Wii U

    No dogs laughing at this

    Since Duck Hunt Duo — simply known as Duck Hunt in North America — emerged as a part of the character line-up in the latest Super Smash Bros. for Wii U & 3DS, fans have been holding out for the return of the classic pairing in some other way or form; now that very day has arrived. Nintendo has revealed the 1984...

  • News Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker Now Launching In Europe On 2nd January 2015

    70 stages also showcased

    The latest Nintendo Direct has revealed that Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker will now launch across Europe on 2nd January 2015. The release date previously listed for this region was the 9th, so this will no doubt come as welcome news for Wii U owners located in PAL regions who were eager to get stuck into what appears to be...

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    Review Pier Solar and the Great Architects

    Build me up and tear me down

    While playing Pier Solar and the Great Architects, it’s important to consider what a labour of love the title really is. With origins as a Sega CD homebrew project from the now-defunct Sega fansite Eidolon’s Inn, it was originally meant to star members of that website’s "Tavern" message board before evolving into a...

  • News Shovel Knight Now Available In Europe On The Wii U And 3DS eShops

    Release day has arrived!

    While North American Nintendo fans have been enjoying Shovel Knight since June, Wii U and 3DS owners in Europe have been waiting for the release of the title in their own region for some time now. With what's likely to be the final Nintendo Direct presentation for the year now out of the way, European Wii U and 3DS owners...

  • News Paper Monsters Recut Now Pencilled In For 13th November in Europe

    Another download fighting for your eShop credit

    The Wii U eShop has had its share of enjoyable releases recently, and another to make its presence felt is Paper Monsters Recut, a platformer originally released on smart devices that has been re-purposed and improved for the home console. It arrived in North America in mid-October, though publisher...

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    Wii U eShop / NES

    Review Devil World

    Heaven a good time

    As far as obscure releases within the NES library go, Devil World is certainly one of the most interesting. Originally released in Japan in 1984 and in Europe in 1987, this is a title that to this day has never been available to purchase in North America — not even through the wonders of Nintendo’s Virtual Console service...

  • News Shovel Knight is Getting a Cross-Buy Discount in Europe

    And Australian regions too!

    Gamers in Europe, Australia and New Zealand have been champing at the bit to get their grubby mitts on Shovel Knight for some time now. We know Yacht Club Games is doing its best to get the PEGI and OFLC ratings sorted out and we're expecting some good news on that front very soon. In the meantime as a sweetener to...

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    Review My Style Studio: Hair Salon

    Bad hair day

    In the grand scheme of things, hairdressers can seem pretty insignificant, but deep down they hold the secret, terrible capacity to utterly ruin your entire week. You put your faith into them and trust that they know what they're doing, or else just one bad haircut will stick with you for a month. If a new generation of these stylistic...

  • News Moon Chronicles Developer Seeking Interest for Wii U Version Through Kickstarter Campaign

    Fly Wii to the moon

    Developer Renegade Kid is asking the Twitter community if they'd be interested in supporting a possible Kickstarter campaign they have in mind. The campaign is suggested for a Wii U version of Moon Chronicles, which was released earlier this year on the 3DS eShop. No details about whether or not this potential title would be...

  • News Retro Adventure Title Elliot Quest Coming to Wii U in 2015

    Fighting to avoid a fate worse than death

    If you like your adventure/RPGs with 8-bit style and a dark-sounding plot, then Ansimuz Games's Elliot Quest may be one to keep an eye on. Developer Ansimuz Games has announced that the title will be expanding out from its original PC platform and should appear on the Wii U early next year. The story of...

  • News uWordSmith Is In Development Exclusively For The Wii U

    Coming to the US this December for $1.99

    If you’ve ever wanted to be a writer, perhaps this upcoming Wii U eShop release will let you start to make those dreams a reality (on a very basic level). uWordSmith is a new puzzle game for Wii U by Temple of Yog developer CHUDCHUD Industries. The creator, Cody Diefenthaler, has been promoting the project...

  • Interview Still Games Discusses Kickstarting a Legendary Tale With Animal Gods

    "You are called upon to save the Gods"

    Over recent weeks our Kickstarter summaries (which will resume this weekend) have featured Animal Gods, an intriguing project from US developer Still Games. Though listed for PC, Mac and Linux, as is the norm on the crowdfunding platform, the developer has also included the Wii U in its core goal, placing...

  • Showcase Exploring Runbow - The Depths of 13AM Games’ 9-Player Platformer

    “Why settle for eight when you can have nine?”

    Runbow is a nine-player, fast-paced mutliplayer platforming game developed by 13AM Games that's coming to the Wii U eShop next year, and looks to be a very promising example of indie development for Nintendo. The guys working on the game are nothing if not ambitious, and we managed to get some...

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