Wii U eShop News

September2016

August2016

  • News Quest of Dungeons Confirmed for 29th September Release on Wii U

    3DS release date is close

    A little while ago we reported on some details for Quest of Dungeons, a rather interesting turn-based dungeon crawler that uses procedural generation. It has a neat retro look, and it was confirmed some time ago that $8.99 will get you both the Wii U and 3DS versions courtesy of cross-buy. In that article it had a release...

  • News Capcom is Putting on a Sale on the North American eShops

    Whaddya buyin'?

    Over the past few weeks, several publishers have been running some pretty tempting sales on the eShop and now Capcom has joined them in the giveaways. Though many of these games are older and likely already in your collection, it's a welcome opportunity to catch up and grab maybe a game or two that you missed at launch. The...

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    Review PANDA LOVE

    A short-lived romance

    Nintendo's eShop has become a home for aspiring indie developers; admittedly, the situation on the Wii U and 3DS is not much different on any other rival digital platform. Since the inception of mobile app stores, Valve's Early Access & Greenlight programs on its Steam platform as well as the likes of Kickstarter, releasing...

  • News Yooka-Laylee To Make Playable Debut At EGX 2016

    Hands-on with the dynamic duo

    Highly anticipated 3D adventure Yooka-Laylee will be playable by the public at this year's EGX event in the UK, it has been revealed. Created by a team of former Rare staffers and published by veteran firm Team 17, Yooka-Laylee is a 3D platformer which takes inspiration from the likes of Banjo-Kazooie and the Donkey...

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    Review Shadow Archer

    Follow the arrow

    So many games today are focused on being jam-packed with content that it can sometimes feel like a chore just to play through one. When you feel overwhelmed by big games, a classic pick-up-and-play retro arcade experience is the perfect antidote. Shadow Archer is the latest eShop title that aims to bring you back to that arcade...

  • Nintendo Download 1st September (Europe)

    Metroid Prime: Federation Force! Axiom Verge! Tetraminos! More!

    It's the start of another week, so we get a look once more at the download treats on the way to Europe; the information is later than normal due to a bank holiday in the UK, so at this point we only have the prices in Euros (a huge thanks to Daan Koopman for sharing his translation of...

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    Review Letter Quest Remastered

    Words are your weapon

    It's not uncommon to detest the idea of a video game designed to educate. This may sound like a huge generalisation, but take a moment to consider a time when you played even a mildly educational computer game. Maybe it was a complete mistake on your behalf, or somehow was a sense of relief from your regular schedule. Either...

  • Reminder One Week Remains to Grab Nintendo of America's eShop 'Summer Savings'

    Zelda! Mario! Nindies! Just Dance?! More!

    As Summer drifts towards Fall in the Northern Hemisphere, time is running out for game publishers to use the hot season for seasonal sales. For Nintendo of America that particular promotional gravy train ends soon, with its 'Summer Savings' eShop discounts set to expire on 1st September. If you haven't yet...

  • Nintendo Download 25th August (North America)

    Ace Attorney demo! Street Fighter x3! Mario! Legend of Kusakari! More!

    It's that time again, dear readers, for the North American Nintendo Download Update; this week certainly has some enticing options. The New 3DS Virtual Console has a triple whammy of Street Fighter titles, while the Wii U's retro service has a rather fun DS title. Beyond that are...

  • News Nintendo of America Unveils Nindies Summer Jam Promotion and a Tasty Sizzle Reel

    Launch discounts and fresh release details

    Nintendo is gearing up, as is always the case, to make a splash at PAX West in Seattle. Download games will be at the core of that again, with another [email protected] event leading the way among other goodies. Nintendo of America has now announced the 'Nindies Summer Jam', which will bring a notable release...

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    Review Surfin' Sam - Attack of the Aqualites

    No waves today, dude

    If you were around for the 16-bit era, you surely remember the influx of mascot-driven platformers at the time, such as Bubsy and Awesome Possum. Most of these games were nothing more than copies of popular games like Sonic the Hedgehog that wanted a piece of the popularity pie. Surfin' Sam: Attack of the Aqualites feels like it...

  • News ​Dan Adelman on Why the Wii U Axiom Verge Port is the Best Version

    Looks like the GamePad is showing its usefulness

    Axiom Verge launched about a year and a half ago for basically every gaming platform that wasn't Nintendo. This was due largely to the engine in which it was built being incompatible with the software architecture Nintendo uses, but the issue was circumvented for Wii U when the whole game was...

  • News Super Mario 64 DS Heading to the North American Wii U Virtual Console This Week

    Wahoo!

    As is now the norm, Nintendo has updated its official website with one of the games that's coming in the North American Download Update - this time around it's Super Mario 64 DS on the Wii U Virtual Console. Regular NL tipster Ryan Millar got in touch earlier today to highlight an ESRB rating for this title, and sure enough its game page now...

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    Review Collateral Thinking

    Let's think about something else

    Games used to be a lot simpler back in the arcade days, and that's the idea behind Astrosaurus Games's first foray into the Wii U eShop, Collateral Thinking. Taking cues from the simpler games of yesteryear like Donkey Kong, Mario Bros. and Wrecking Crew, Collateral Thinking gets back to the basics as a new...

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    Review Pokémon Snap

    Gotta catch 'em all (on camera)

    There are moments during Pokémon Snap where - upon finding a hidden path - the game ditches the first person perspective to show your character looking on in amazement at the new discovery. Despite being a low-polygon Nintendo 64 release, it still manages to convey a sense of wonder – something the game manages...

  • Video Check Out The Action On Offer In Twisted Fusion

    Another Wii U eShop exclusive

    We've just got word from Leuvsion - a studio led by UK-based developer Lewis Pugh - that work on the ambitious "open platformer" Twisted Fusion is progressing nicely and is now aiming to launch in early October for reasonable price of £4 / €5 / $5. Way back in Spring 2014 this was one of a number of eShop projects...

  • Video Check Out This FAST Racing NEO DLC Trailer

    The dream of F-Zero lives on

    Shin'en Multimedia has been a loyal Nintendo developer for many years now, consistently putting out good-looking, high-quality titles. The latest of these was FAST Racing NEO, the latest in Shin'en's futuristic racing series. We absolutely loved it in our review, declaring it as a product that's on par with the quality...

  • News Nintendo eShop Selects Games Go Up for Pre-Order on the Official UK Store

    Printed premium

    Back in late July it was confirmed that Nintendo of Europe would be releasing both FAST Racing NEO and the SteamWorld Collection as Wii U disc games under the 'Nintendo eShop Selects' banner, both due on 30th September. It's certainly an exciting development for Shin'en Multimedia and Image & Form, seeing their eShop games...

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    Review Armikrog

    In Space Nobody Can Hear You Point-and-Click

    With the introduction of Telltale's The Walking Dead a few years back, the long dormant adventure genre came back with aplomb. Telltale took a curiosity of yesteryear and brought it back with the necessary accoutrements to make it more palatable for a broad range of modern day gamers. It worked out so...

  • Nintendo Download 25th August (Europe)

    Armikrog! Ace Attorney Demo! Legend of Mystical Ninja! Much more!

    It's the start of another week, and Nintendo of Europe has juicy Download Update details showing which games are on the way to the eShop. This offering includes a high profile demo, a much-loved SNES game on 3DS and some rather promising new games on both Wii U and 3DS. Throw in a...

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    Review Poncho

    Can one robot bring humanity back to life?

    Poncho is a puzzle platform game by Delve Interactive (published by Rising Star Games) that explores what life would be like without the existence of humanity. Players take on the role of Poncho, a robot wearing a poncho (naturally), who wakes up to discover humanity has been extinct for several centuries...

  • Video Earthlock: Festival Of Magic Still Coming To Wii U, Looks Prettier Than Ever

    Scratch that JRPG itch

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1rB5pKSxfk Earthlock: Festival of Magic has been in development for what seems like forever, but it's finally coming out next month - on the Xbox One and PC, at least. However, developer SnowCastle Games has stated that the Wii U eShop release is still happening - alongside a PS4 version -...

  • Video This Fast Racing Neo DLC Footage Will Melt Your Eyeballs

    Fresh from Gamescom 2016

    Fast Racing Neo has to rank as one of our favourite Wii U titles and has successfully scratched that "F-Zero" itch - which is good, because Nintendo has shown very little interest in resurrecting its legendary anti-grav racing series for the modern age. If you've also enjoyed this superb title then you'll be pleased to know...

  • Video Check Out Six Minutes of Yooka-Laylee Footage

    Like the 90's platformer never vanished

    Playtonic has opted to use the Gamescom conference as a means to show off all the work that it's done on Yooka-Laylee so far, and it looks like things are coming along quite well. We already got a new trailer, showcasing some polished environments and new transformations, and the game appears set to hit its...

  • Video Yooka-Laylee's Gamescom 2016 Trailer Contains Transformations, New Enemies And Farting

    A Rare combination?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqmF8IgxtJ0 Yooka-Laylee's Q1 2017 launch seems like so far away, and the latest trailer for the game - shown off at Gamescom 2016 today - makes the wait even more difficult. Not only does it showcase some gorgeous level designs and new enemies, it gives us a look at one of the duo's...

  • News ​A Nicalis Sale is Live on the North American 3DS and Wii U eShops

    Get 'em while they're hot

    With summer slowly but surely drawing to a close, many young gamers are no doubt scrambling to clear out as much of the backlog as possible before school resumes in fall. Unfortunately, Nicalis has just put on a sale on the eShop in North America, so that backlog could be in great danger of being lengthened even more. The...

  • News Axiom Verge Heading to the Wii U eShop on 1st September

    The wait's almost over

    Axiom Verge has been critically acclaimed on a host of platforms, a reward for years of solo effort by creator Tom Happ. Now the 'retro-style action-platform-exploration game' that's drawn comparisons to a range of 16-bit classics is heading home, as it were - it's landing on the Wii U eShop on 1st September for $19.99 /...

  • News Pokémon Snap Confirmed For Wii U Virtual Console Release This Week

    Todd Snap is back in business

    One of the most beloved entries in the Pokémon series is finally making its way to the Wii U Virtual Console this week. Originally intended for the 64DD add-on, Pokémon Snap launched in 1999 (2000 in Europe) on the Nintendo 64 and for many fans presented the first look at Pocket Monsters in 3D. The game plays like an...

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    Review Vektor Wars

    Explosive robot annihilating fun

    When you hear word that a game is retro-inspired, what's the first thing that comes to mind? Pixelated homages to platformers long past? The type of title that takes stalwart mechanics and filters them through decades of proven formulas to make them palatable to today's gamer? Something that straddles the line...

  • Nintendo Download 11th August (North America)

    Tadpole Treble! Mega Man X! Wave Race 64! Ambitious slimes! More!

    It's that time again, dear readers, for the North American Nintendo Download Update details. This week has some promising download-only titles across Wii U and 3DS, while it all gets rather sporty on the Wii U Virtual Console. The New 3DS VC gets a rather fun SNES title from Capcom,...

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    Review Rynn's Adventure: Trouble in the Enchanted Forest

    You Rynn some...

    Nintendo is certainly no slouch when it comes to platformers. Mario, Kirby and DK all provide superlative experiences, but there's still plenty of room for newcomers. Rynn's Adventure: Trouble in The Enchanted Forest has the colour and whimsy to fit in with a top class of platformers at first glance, but could stand to be a bit more...

  • Nintendo Download 11th August (Europe)

    Super Paper Mario! Frankenstein! 2 Mega Man games! Discounts galore! More!

    With the start of another week we have the European Nintendo Download Update details, giving us the heads up on what treats to expect. Highlights this week include a puzzle adventure game with some potential on Wii U, an enjoyable Wii download and a couple of SNES Mega Man...

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    Review R-Type

    More like our type

    You can't have a conversation about shoot-'em-ups, or shmups, without mentioning R-Type. Back in the late '80s and early '90s the game was synonymous with the genre. Unfortunately for Nintendo fans at the time one of the best ports of the arcade classic was on the TurboGrafx-16, an also-ran console that never found its place in...

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    Review Metroid Prime: Hunters

    A bit past its Prime

    The year was 2004. The Metroid series had been brought roaring back to relevance a couple years prior with the excellent Metroid Prime, and its sequel was due out soon. At E3, Nintendo opted to unveil its newest platform, a bizarre device that featured two screens. Many were skeptical as to whether or not the device would be...

  • Video Playing Yooka-Laylee Properly With a Nintendo 64 Controller, Sort Of

    Because we can

    A little while ago Playtonic Games released the Yooka-Laylee pre-alpha 'Toybox' build to Kickstarter backers - it's a large area in which you can run around, do a bit of jumping and generally mess about with the game's mechanics. Naturally it has a handful of secrets to discover too. Our video man Alex happens to have a copy, and...