Wii U eShop News

August2016

July2016

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    Wii U / TG-16

    Review New Adventure Island

    An old-school endless runner

    It's often said that there's no such thing as a bad idea, that it just needs the right moment to shine. More than any other medium video games like to rehash what's come before, retrofitting old concepts into new titles for something that can feel wholly unique while paying tribute to what's come before. For instance,...

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    Wii U eShop

    Review JACKPOT 777

    More like 666

    It seems that many developers have a difficult time translating casino games to a video game format. When you take away the stakes of having your own hard-earned cash on the line, the experience can come across as feeling hollow and pointless. One would think that this could be easily sidestepped by introducing some kind of in-game...

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    Wii U eShop

    Review Tumblestone

    Block party

    A few generations ago, puzzle games had a prominent presence on home consoles. Brimming with individual personality, many could be relied upon to offer some fun single- or multi-player play. You don't see as many of these games any more. Puzzle games have migrated more towards mobile platforms, a large number swirling together into a...

  • News Quest of Dungeons Confirmed for 1st September Wii U Release in Europe, Includes Cross-Buy

    StreetPass also confirmed for 3DS version

    A while ago we told you about Quest of Dungeons, a turn-based dungeon crawler that utilises procedurally generated environments. It has permadeath, too, so that when you die you start again with a new hero - yep, with a retro look it offers a retro-style level of challenge. The Xbox One version's trailer is...

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    Wii U eShop / DS

    Review Style Savvy

    Retro Chic

    If there's one thing that's true in style, it's that what's old is new again. That's as true in fashion games as it is on the runway, and now, after two excellent turns on the 3DS in Style Savvy: Trendsetters and Fashion Forward, Nintendo's going back to basics by bringing the DS original Style Savvy to the Wii U's Virtual Console. Style...

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    Wii U eShop

    Review 3Souls

    Welcome to the world of Mustland

    One of the biggest criticisms the Wii U has faced during its lifespan is that not enough games released on the system have utilised the full potential of Nintendo's unique GamePad controller. Red Column's three-part episodic game 3Souls aims to fill the void, providing an inquisitive 2D puzzle platform experience...

  • Nintendo Download 28th July (North America)

    Lots of Kirby! Gotta Protectors! 3Souls! Vektor Wars! More!

    It's that time, once again, for the North American Nintendo Download Update. This week celebrates the Birthday of a certain pink puffball with a few retro treats, while there are some varied and intriguing new download-only releases on both Wii U and 3DS. There are some promising options...

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    Wii U eShop

    Review Chroma Blast

    Palette swap

    If you want colourful battles, video games have long been a good place to find them - at least in many cases. Colour has long shown us which barrels explode, which enemies take more hits, and where exactly our turf is. Chroma Blast takes the colour of competition and strips it down into a simple, abstract package. Players control a...

  • News ​Tadpole Treble Releases on Wii U on 11th August

    Music to our ears

    Some of you may remember Tadpole Treble, a fascinating rhythm action game created by Matthew Taranto, the creator of Brawl in the Family. The game officially released on other platforms this past spring, but the Wii U version didn't materialize. This was clarified later on to be the result of struggles getting the game through...

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    Wii U eShop

    Review Hot Rod Racer

    A complete write-off

    In Hot Rod Racer you take on the role of a reckless driver with the need for speed. Selecting from a car or a motorbike as your main mode of transport, you put the key in the ignition of your vehicle of choice and take to the track with the intention of speeding along until you run out of gas. Hot Rod Racer seemingly aims to...

  • News ​Minecraft: Wii U Edition is Receiving Another Patch Soon

    Map packs, bug fixes, and more

    Roughly a month ago, Minecraft: Wii U Edition received a fairly substantial update where a new multiplayer competitive arena mode was added in. A few updates followed to fix issues with this, among other things, and it's been several weeks since the last update was pushed out. Now, a new update is due out sometime this...

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    Wii U eShop

    Review SpaceRoads

    Take a higher road

    How do games like this get released in 2016? Wurd Industries' SpaceRoads is a mess. From the Microsoft Office-style Word art "Wurd Industries" logo to the horrendously optimized introduction video, to the amateurish visuals and loose gameplay, everything about SpaceRoads recalls the worst of 1990s shareware. There is no reason to...

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    Wii U eShop

    Review Minecraft: Story Mode - Episodes 2-5

    Once upon a time...

    After months of waiting, Telltale Games has finally gotten around to releasing more episodes of Minecraft: Story Mode content on Wii U. The question on everyone's mind, then, is whether or not it was worth the wait. Overall, the storytelling has some pacing issues and the performance sometimes isn't up to snuff, but it's...

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    Wii U eShop

    Review Ziggurat

    Zig-a-zig-ahhh

    We open into a tale of a young wizard apprentice readying up to take the challenge of the Ziggurat, a rite of passage consisting of a series of tests inside a multi-floored labyrinth. As usual, many have tried but most have failed (and died in the process). Now it's your turn to prove your worth and earn the right to become one of the...

  • Exclusive RIVE Delayed for Wii U and Could Switch to NX, Two Tribes Tells Us Why

    "A better RIVE is preferable to an early sub-par RIVE"

    In the steadily decreasing list of enticing titles still coming to the Wii U and its eShop, RIVE was among the most anticipated in the download scene. The final game from Two Tribes, it made a favourable impression as one of the demos in the E3 2015 [email protected]' promotion, and we rather...

  • Nintendo Download 28th July (Europe)

    Secret Files Tunguska! 3 Street Fighter Games! 3 TurboGrafx-16 games! More!

    We're a little later than normal with the European Nintendo Download Update details today thanks to a bit of confusion, but in any case our pals at Nintendo Insider have helped us out, so a big hat-tip to them. This week brings plenty of Virtual Console goodness across both...

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    Wii U eShop

    Review Buddy & Me: Dream Edition

    Is this endless runner a dream to play?

    Imagine as you're nodding off to sleep one night, you realise there is a big furry creature with long ears outside your bedroom window staring at you. Why didn't you purchase curtains? This is pretty much the premise of Buddy & Me: Dream Edition. The "Dream Edition" part of the title is derived from the...

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    Wii U eShop / DS

    Review Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs

    New features and more circle-capture adventures

    The Oblivia region has tidy beaches, clear seas and lots of sunshine; it's a pleasant place to be whether a human or one of the many free-roaming Pokémon. Things have changed recently, however, with many Pokémon abducted by a villainous gang known as the Pokémon Pinchers (no, really) and it's up to...

  • Nintendo Download 21st July (North America)

    Pokémon Ranger! Buddy & Me! Star Fox demos + Battle Begins! More!

    The time has come, dear readers, for the North American Nintendo Download Update details. This week has a range of promising download-only releases on both the Wii U and 3DS, while some high profile demos also nudge their way into view. Throw in some discounts (including some that...

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    Wii U eShop

    Review Dracula's Legacy

    This one' s got bite

    Dracula's Legacy doesn't waste any time in getting on with proceedings - thrusting the player straight into a spooky hidden object adventure. The story focuses on a young woman named Isabella who is haunted by frightening dreams about her forgotten past. With an eagerness to find a solution to her problems, she travels to an old...

  • Interview Jason Behr on Buddy & Me: Dream Edition, Going Independent and His History With Nintendo

    "We just needed some space to prove we could carefully craft our own world"

    Along with the regular slew of digital releases in the weekly update of eShop downloads, today marks the release of Buddy & Me: Dream Edition. Starting life as a mobile game born of a Kickstarter campaign, Dream Edition takes the best of the endless runner and...

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    Wii U eShop

    Review Futuridium EP Deluxe

    Psychedelic shooting

    If you blend on-rails conventional Star Fox action with the Death Star run from the first Star Wars, then drop in some psychedelic visuals, you're starting to get a feel for Futuridium EP Deluxe. MixedBag makes its Wii U debut with its colourful shooter that's done the rounds on multiple platforms, and it's a welcome slice of...

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    Wii U eShop

    Review Hurry Up! Bird Hunter

    One dead duck

    Let's be upfront about this, Duck Hunt knock-offs never do very well. Hurry Up! Bird Hunter is disappointingly no different from the rest. The title by EnjoyUp Games aims to recreate the practice in a fun arcade manner, and all it does is fall flat on its face. It's hard to tolerate what is presented in this game, because every aspect...

  • News ​Dragon Fantasy Developers Explain the Difficulties of Implementing Cross-Buy for Nintendo Platforms

    Codes being given away seems to be the issue

    It's no secret that Nintendo has been behind the times with online services for quite some time. While the company has made fantastic leaps ahead over this past hardware generation, and the new My Nintendo system points towards a bright future, there's definitely been some glaring issues that will have to...

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    Wii U eShop / TG-16

    Review Bonk's Adventure

    The third (stone) wheel

    Woe is the child who grew up with a TurboGrafx-16. Whereas battles of words and wills cropped up endlessly in the schoolyard by stalwart Nintendo and Sega fans in the great console wars of the early 90s, anybody with NEC's home rendition of the PC Engine was the gaming equivalent of Switzerland, a neutral entity that was more...

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    Wii U eShop

    Review Prism Pets

    Find your zen

    Those of you who enjoy playing the odd puzzle game on your smartphone will no doubt remember 2048. The viral "It" game of 2014, 2048 was centered around the very simple idea of consolidating like numbers on a grid by swiping in any direction. Naturally, dozens of clones began to arrive on digital storefronts shortly after, hoping to...

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    Wii U eShop

    Review Blackjack 21

    Bust

    Skunk Software seems to have a thing for making casino-style games for the Wii U eShop, and unfortunately they're not strong releases. After two shoddy attempts at poker games and a similarly unappealing slot machine title, the studio has opted to make a Blackjack game. For what it's worth Blackjack 21 stands as the best casino game to come out...

  • Nintendo Download 21st July (Europe)

    Buddy & Me! A Shadow's Tale! Wind-up Knight 2! Demos! FE DLC! More!

    With the start of another week we have the usual batch of details for the goodies due in the European Nintendo Download Update. Coming up on Thursday we have a range of promising download-only titles across Wii U and 3DS, including a New 3DS exclusive. We also have a new Wii...

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    Wii U eShop

    Review Educational Pack of Kids Games

    What an apt name

    Skunk Software is a studio that's released a handful of disappointing games on the eShop; its releases typically consist of sophomoric and barebones approximations of gambling games and educational games. Still, you have to hand it to the developers for trying to fill a gap in the eShop's library, as there aren't too many games in...

  • News Racing Apex Fuses Virtua Racing With Mario Kart Combat, And It's Racing Towards Wii U

    Death on the track

    Gamers of an advanced age will no doubt get a warm, fuzzy feeling inside when the name "Virtua Racing" is mentioned. One of the first genuinely effective demonstrations of 3D graphics in an arcade setting, this slick title followed on from the likes of OutRun and Super Monaco GP and paved the way for future Sega classics such as...

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    Wii U eShop

    Review Bit Dungeon+

    Devilish fun

    As fast as video games have developed over the past few decades, when it comes to value for money the amount of replay value within a title remains an important factor when deciding whether or not to make a purchase. This is where Bit Dungeon+ excels, offering a one to two player roguelike endless adventure. Starting out as a free web...

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    Wii U eShop

    Review INVANOID

    To be a 'noid

    Classic arcade styles have stood the test of time, making them ideal subjects for experimentation. Combine two in a certain way and you might just make a delicious chocolate/peanut butter combo of fun. The retro concoction of INVANOID, however, is a different matter. INVANOID combines the downward travelling foes of Space Invaders...

  • News ​Buddy & Me: Dream Edition Launches on 21st July

    It's so fluffy!

    UPDATE: It turns out that the release date is actually for North America as well. Original Story: A few months back, it was revealed that the adorable Buddy & Me: Dream Edition would be arriving on the Wii U eShop. An enhanced version of a popular endless runner on smart devices, Dream Edition aims to add new features such as...

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    Wii U eShop

    Review Rubik's Cube

    The '80s are back...

    Cypronia's take on the original rage quit toy, the Rubik's Cube, is now available on both the Wii U and 3DS eShop. Does this game differ a great deal from a physical Rubik's Cube? No, not really. Like with releases such as Epic Word Search Collection 2, it's down to personal preference whether you opt to have a physical,...

  • Nintendo Download 14th July (North America)

    Monster Hunter Generations! Tumblestone! 3 TurboGrafx-16 games! Much more!

    It's that time again, dear readers, for the North American Nintendo Download Update. We'd suggest that this week is a good 'un - there are promising download-only titles on both Wii U and 3DS, while the Virtual Console also has some tasty options. There are also two major...

  • News Wii U Exclusive 3Souls - Episode 1: Nelesa Hits July Release for North America

    Same day as in Europe

    There aren't many eShop titles that are still utilising the unique possibilities of the Wii U GamePad, so for that reason alone 3Souls - Episode 1: Nelesa is rather interesting. Developer Red Column is working towards the first entry of this episodic series (in three parts) making its mark, and has good news for North American...

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    Wii U eShop

    Review Twin Robots

    Definitely not scrap metal

    At first glance you would be forgiven for thinking Twin Robots was a copycat of Nintendo's very own Chibi-Robo!: Zip-Lash on the 3DS. This is not the case. Originally developed and released by Thinice for the Ouya game system in 2013 and later made available on multiple other digital platforms including Android and Steam,...

  • News A Duo Of TurboGrafx-16 Games Hit The Wii U Virtual Console In North America This Week

    R-Type and New Adventure Island inbound

    Kayne West will be delighted to find out that a lovely pair of TurboGrafx-16 games are making it on to the Wii U's Virtual Console in North America on 14 July . Nintendo of America's site has listed both R-Type and New Adventure Island for release later today, marking these as the first TurboGrafx-16 games to...

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    Wii U eShop

    Review 153 Hand Video Poker

    147 extra hands don't make it any better

    We pity the poor souls who paid their hard earned money on a dud as bad as 6-Hand Video Poker, where soulless presentation and meaningless gameplay combined to make it a nearly worthless product in our eyes. Skunk Software evidently thought that adding dozens of additional hands to the game would somehow...

  • News Nexis Games Hopes Wii U FPS Draw The Line Will Help Speed Up UCraft's Development

    Minecraft clone still in production, despite Kickstarter failure

    Indie developer Nexis Games is releasing a Call of Duty-style shooter on the Wii U eShop in the hope that the revenue generated will speed up the completion of its Minecraft-inspired title UCraft. Taking more than a little inspiration from Mojang's phenomenally successful title,...

  • Nintendo Download 14th July (Europe)

    Monster Hunter Generations! Disney Art Academy! Tumblestone! Much more!

    Another week begins, and we have the European Nintendo Download Update details to sink our teeth into. This week has plenty to offer with some major retail releases, some rather nice New 3DS Virtual Console offerings, a range of promising download-only options and some fantastic...

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    Wii U eShop

    Review Emojikara: A Clever Emoji Match Game

    No Bed is a Lady

    Here's a fun fact about the Japanese language - the word "Emoji" combines the Japanese for "picture" and "character". What's more, the word "Chikara" means power. What do you get when you combine the two? Emojikara, the name of a game that is anything but powerful (or clever, as the title would lead you to believe). While the...

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    Wii U eShop

    Review STEEL LORDS

    Steel disappointing

    Steel Rivals, released on the Wii U eShop not too long ago by indie developer nuGAME, was by no means a shining example of a quality fighting game experience. The package as a whole had poor production values and was uninspired in terms of its design. Be it the bland characters or broken fighting mechanics, it failed to garner a...

  • Video Latest Trailer For The Girl And The Robot Has The ICO And Studio Ghibli Feels

    Coming to the Wii U eShop later this year

    We covered The Girl and the Robot's Kickstarter campaign way back in 2013 when it was confirmed that the game was coming to the Wii U eShop. It's been awhile since we last heard anything about it, but developer Flying Carpet Games has just released the launch trailer, and it gives us a pretty comprehensive...

  • News Playtonic On Yooka-Laylee's Non-Linear Structure And Retaining That Trademark Rare Humour

    "It's almost like Banjo-Tooie was yesterday and Yooka-Laylee was today"

    Yooka-Laylee may have been cruelly pushed in 2017, but the game remains one of the most eagerly-anticipated titles of recent memory - and with good reason. It's being made by Playtonic Games, a studio formed almost entirely from ex-Rare staff, and it raised a massive amoun

  • News ​Dual Core Has Just Gotten a Significant Update in North America

    Off TV Play and new character customization options

    Some of you may remember Dual Core, a futuristic twin-stick shooter that launched a couple months back. We thought it was a pretty good time, praising the variety of modes and the couch co-op action. Of course, it's not without its flaws, but Gray Fin Studios aimed to combat some of these by...

  • News ​Rain Games On Teslagrad's Success and World to the West

    Teslagrad shifted 1.6 million copies

    Some of you may remember Teslagrad from a few years back, the metroidvania title that featured beautiful, hand-drawn 2D graphics. The gloomy, steampunk-esque environments created a fantastic atmosphere, and the magnetism-centric puzzles were quite smartly designed. It was certainly a unique title on the eShop,...

  • Nintendo Download 7th July (North America)

    Legend of the Mystical Ninja! Flying Dragon! TAP TAP ARCADE 2! More!

    It's time, once again, for the North American Nintendo Download update, and this week goes heavy on Virtual Console offerings in particular. The Wii U has two Culture Brain titles, including one that hasn't previously had a VC release, while the New 3DS gets a classic SNES game...

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    Wii U eShop / DS

    Review Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia

    New region, new Pokémon, similar circling action

    During the Pokémon Ranger games you spend a lot of time wandering around catching Pokémon. Captures are different from the main series, however, as Poké Balls are ditched in favour of Capture Stylers, requiring you to use the touch screen to draw circles around the Pokémon with your stylus. The...

  • News Two-Player Roguelike Bit Dungeon+ Coming To Wii U eShop This Month

    Procedurally generated dungeons and multiple endings await

    Spanish developer Dolores Entertainment has confirmed that it is bringing its Roguelike dungeon crawler Bit Dungeon+ to the Wii U eShop on July 14th. The game features two-player co-op and procedurally generated levels. There are six different level themes, over 40 individual enemies and a...

  • Feature The Biggest Wii U and 3DS Games of 2016 - Summer Edition

    Yes, we're combining the lists...

    Summer is pouncing upon us and at the time of writing it's Independence Day in the US and a tad drizzly in this writer's part of the UK. It seems like a typical early July day, but we are shaking things up a little in this latest quarterly entry of the 'Biggest Games' series. We're combining the Wii U and 3DS...

  • News Wii U Exclusive 3Souls - Episode 1: Nelesa Arrives Soon in Europe

    28th July in EU, "a few weeks" later in Americas

    There aren't many games still on the way that prioritise the Wii U GamePad and its unique features, but the exclusive eShop title 3Souls - Episode 1: Nelesa is one example. Developer Red Column has the goal of showing how the second screen can still be used in smart ways to enhance gameplay and...

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    Wii U eShop

    Review SPLASHY DUCK

    ​Just keep swimmin'

    So why did the duck cross the water? In SPLASHY DUCK, it's to grab a bunch of coins before colliding with a whale. So, uh, now you know? SPLASHY DUCK is another addition to the RCMADIAX line of simply designed score attack games. The player guides a duck endlessly swimming a vertical channel in the middle of the screen. When...

  • Nintendo Download 7th July (Europe)

    Splatoon discount! Professor Layton Movie! TAP TAP ARCADE 2! More!

    With the start of another week we have the Nintendo Download Update details for Europe, and it's a relatively modest line-up this time around. Two new budget download-only titles arrive on the Wii U, while a fan-favourite also gets a timely discount. On the 3DS there's DLC,...

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    Wii U / N64

    Review The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask

    Link's Groundhog Days

    The Zelda games have a lot of fans and people are always eager to pick up the latest release to enjoy some high-quality gaming. There's also been plenty of opportunity to revisit previous instalments in the series, and indeed The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask has seen a few re-releases since first appearing on the Nintendo 64...

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    Wii U eShop

    Review Slots - Pharaoh's Riches

    More like Pharaoh's Rags

    There seems to be a dearth of casino-style or gambling games on the Wii U eShop, so Skunk Software has taken it upon itself to try and fill this gap. Unfortunately, there is a glaringly obvious reason why gambling games aren't found all over the eShop: they simply don't work as intended. For its part, Slots - Pharaoh's...

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