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Feature: Kickstarter's Wii U and 3DS Campaigns - 13th August

Kickstarter's Wii U and 3DS Campaigns - 13th August

Our weekly (maybe) summary is back

Earlier this year we kicked off a series of weekly Kickstarter summaries, with the intention of providing handy regular updates of what's happening in terms of crowdfunding projects on the platform that are targeting Wii U and 3DS. The last entry was on 2nd June, after which we took a hiatus for two reasons — E3...

News: The Walking Dead's New Table is Shambling Onto Zen Pinball 2 on 28th August

The Walking Dead's New Table is Shambling Onto Zen Pinball 2 on 28th August

Yep, that's for the Wii U version

Earlier this week Zen Studios clarified to us that pinball news "is coming soon" for Wii U, as we followed up on some vocal discontent that had been expressed by some Nintendo gamers on the developer's forums. The company has been good on its word, having today confirmed that the latest new table in Zen Pinball 2...

News: The Letter Version 1.1 Update Has a New Trailer

The Letter Version 1.1 Update Has a New Trailer

Reaching for more stars?

Notorious indie title The Letter has had a storied history at Nintendo Life, being something of a poster child for quality control on the Wii U eShop and the recipient of a rare if not prestigious single star rating, with the major complaint being that there wasn't much to do, and what content there was ultimately didn't add...

News: Nintendo Confirms a Huge Range of eShop Discounts to Celebrate Super Smash Bros.

Nintendo Confirms a Huge Range of eShop Discounts to Celebrate Super Smash Bros.

Kid Icarus: Uprising! Tomodachi Life! Animal Crossing! Mega Man! More!

As part of an exciting batch of Super Smash Bros. reveals today, Nintendo has announced an impressive range of discounts coming to the Wii U and 3DS eShop stores this week. These details are for Europe, though we'll update accordingly should Nintendo of America announce an...

Video: Japanese Wii U Owner Gives a Handy Demonstration of SUICA NFC Payments on eShop

Japanese Wii U Owner Gives a Handy Demonstration of SUICA NFC Payments on eShop

We'll excuse the dodgy music overlap...

After a fairly lengthy period in the works, Nintendo implemented NFC SUICA card payments on the Wii U eShop in Japan, launching the service on 22nd July. The basic idea is that a typical swipe card used for public transport in the country, as an example, can also be utilised for applying funds to an eShop...

News: Zen Studios States That Wii U Pinball News is "Coming Soon"

Zen Studios States That Wii U Pinball News is "Coming Soon"

Tells us it remains "committed to supporting players on Wii U"

Last week we were pointed to the Zen Studios forums, in which a few disgruntled gamers voiced unhappiness at a perceived falling away of support for Wii U, especially with a succession of pinball releases and DLC initially skipping Nintendo's system. An administrator on the thread stated...

News: Goodbye Galaxy Games Reveals First Teaser Image of Wii U FPS

Goodbye Galaxy Games Reveals First Teaser Image of Wii U FPS

Tappingo soundtrack now available for free

Earlier this year we spoke to Hugo Smits, the man behind Goodbye Galaxy Games, to talk a little about the upcoming Tappingo 2. A surprising detail was that, when asked about other projects in the works, the answer was an "FPS with guns and blood" for the Wii U. The developer has now sent us a teaser image...

News: RCMADIAX Reveals SPIKEY WALLS for Wii U, a Block Capitals Flappy Bird Clone

RCMADIAX Reveals SPIKEY WALLS for Wii U, a Block Capitals Flappy Bird Clone

Has a revolutionary “HIGHSCORE” tracker

It's an age of clones in gaming, and one of the most peculiar, humorous and troubling instances of game cloning in the market was when Flappy Bird inexplicably went viral on smart devices. Clones followed, some tacky — oh, who are we kidding, all of them were — that attempted to repeat the success that...

Nintendo Download: 14th August (Europe)

14th August (Europe)

More Mega Man, Pets and a whole load of discounts

It's time for our regular Monday fix of Nintendo Download Update news for Europe, with this week's releases not bursting at the seams with new content. We do have a particularly good Game Boy title on offer, however, while there are some tasty discounts including some of the best games for Wii U and...

News: The Letter Plummets to a New Low With eShop Discount

The Letter Plummets to a New Low With eShop Discount

Less than 50¢

In the last generation there were consistent arguments that the DSi and Wii download stores were a little too expensive and inflexible, while access for developers was excessively difficult. We've seen changes on both scores in the 3DS and Wii U eShop platforms, while lower-priced games have begun to gain more interest, with Gunman...

Interview: Two Tribes Discusses RIVE, Starting Again and eShop Support

Two Tribes Discusses RIVE, Starting Again and eShop Support

Currently earning more from the eShop than "any other digital shop"

Just recently Two Tribes lifted the lid on its shooter, RIVE, which it had been teasing for a number of months. It was a welcome landmark for a company that's endured a difficult year, with co-founders Collin van Ginkel and Martijn Reuvers shutting down the development company and...

News: Shapes of Gray is Aiming to Bring Less Colour to the Wii U eShop

Shapes of Gray is Aiming to Bring Less Colour to the Wii U eShop

Has apparently been described as "“the WarioWare of Dark Souls"

We're seeing a number of simplistic but potentially snappy titles coming to the Wii U eShop, and another that may fit that description is Shapes of Gray from Secret Tunnel Entertainment. It's a title with a simple aesthetic and quickfire challenges. This has already been released on...

News: Nintendo of America Confirms Wii U Virtual Console Titles For Next Two Weeks

Nintendo of America Confirms Wii U Virtual Console Titles For Next Two Weeks

Fighting and shooting, NES style

Nintendo of America has taken the opportunity, in its standard Download Update details, to confirm two games that'll be arriving on the Wii U Virtual Console in the next two weeks. They're both familiar NES titles, though with Capcom keeping the lid on the running order for its month of Mega Man releases this doesn't...

Nintendo Download: 7th August (North America)

7th August (North America)

Super Mario Kart, Mega Man, Murasame, Cybernator and more

It's that time again, North American gamers, to see what treats are in store in this week's Nintendo Download update. There are plenty of enticing retro options, with three quality entries on Wii U and a North American début on 3DS; elsewhere there are two new download titles on the home...

News: Dakko Dakko Confirms Development of Update for Scram Kitty and his Buddy on Rails

Dakko Dakko Confirms Development of Update for Scram Kitty and his Buddy on Rails

Purrfect

Scram Kitty and his Buddy on Rails is a colourful and rather challenging Wii U exclusive from Dakko Dakko, and has already gathered a band of devoted fans. The literal approach to on-rails shooting is certainly fun, albeit a number of gamers may find the level of challenge a bit too much to handle. As a positive for those unsure of whether...

News: SNES Classic Cybernator Is Suiting Up For An Assault On The Wii U Virtual Console Tomorrow

SNES Classic Cybernator Is Suiting Up For An Assault On The Wii U Virtual Console Tomorrow

In North America, that is

The SNES was a system which was lucky enough to enjoy amazing support from the best publishers and developers of its era, and one of the console's best third-party releases is set to stomp its way to the North American Virtual Console tomorrow. Cybernator — also known as Assault Suit Valken in Japan — was launched by...

News: Super Mario Kart Speeds Onto the North American Wii U eShop

Super Mario Kart Speeds Onto the North American Wii U eShop

At last!

Earlier today Nintendo confirmed release details for a Mario Kart 8 update and the free Mercedes DLC, with the content arriving on 27th August. That was European confirmation, but now Nintendo of America has confirmed the same date and changes to the game, along with an extra treat. A day before the standard Download Update, Super Mario...

News: XType Plus Bug Resolved With Download Now Available on the European Wii U eShop

XType Plus Bug Resolved With Download Now Available on the European Wii U eShop

Concrete release date for North America is pending

Last week's Nintendo Download Update had some unexpected drama related to budget shooter XType Plus, when it arrived on the European store and an online leaderboard error caused some Wii U systems to freeze. It was pulled from the eShop within a few hours, and due to time zone differences in store...

News: Shovel Knight Sales Numbers Revealed by Yacht Club Games

Shovel Knight Sales Numbers Revealed by Yacht Club Games

Indie developer rocks the boat

Actual sales figures are some of the most closely guarded secrets in the games industry, but Yacht Club Games has posted the full story of developing the indie hit Shovel Knight from its initial Kickstarter campaign to first full month of release, complete with approximate sales figures on Wii U eShop and 3DS eShop in...

News: The Club Nintendo Reward Details Are In For August

The Club Nintendo Reward Details Are In For August

Nintendo doubles up with 8 games

It's that time again, as Club Nintendo in North America has updated its rewards for August; there's a fresh batch of download treats that you can exchange for your treasure trove of coins. In a break from tradition, there are now eight games to choose from. This extended batch has six Virtual Console games and two...

News: The Man Responsible For Reviving Nintendo's Relationship With Indies Has Left The Company

The Man Responsible For Reviving Nintendo's Relationship With Indies Has Left The Company

So long, Dan Adelman

Nintendo's approach to indie developers has undergone a massive overhaul in recent years, and that is partly thanks to the considerable efforts of one man: Nintendo of America's Head of Digital Content and Development, Dan Adelman. Adelman was instrumental in getting indies on board with the Wii, Wii U and 3DS, and has been...