Wii U eShop News

September2016

  • Video Pick Up Some Key Tips and Tricks for SEVERED on Wii U and 3DS

    Stylus slashing

    The latest Nindies 'Summer Jam' release is out today, with DrinkBox Studios releasing SEVERED on Wii U and 3DS. It supports crossbuy and is out on both systems in Europe, though only the home console version is out in North America today; the 3DS version is expected soon. In any case, it's a title that Nintendo has been keen to...

  • Nintendo Download 22nd September (North America)

    SMTIV: Apocalypse! SEVERED! River City: Tokyo Rumble! DKCR! More!

    It's Nintendo Download Update time, dear readers, and the North American line-up has some gems this week. The latest major RPG release from Atlus has arrived, with an enticing localised retail title from Natsume coming later in the DL week. On the download-only front we have an...

  • Random The First Skunk Bundle is Free on the North American eShop Right Now

    In other words, 30 free Gold Coins on My Nintendo

    Many of you have no doubt heard of Skunk Software by now, a somewhat recent developer that has drawn plenty of criticism on the Wii U eShop. If you'll take a look at the company's page, Skunk Software's average review score is sitting at a solid 3. Whether or not you think that score is merited, it...

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    Review Free Balling

    Gonna free fall, out into nothin'

    Some people consider video games to be art, but there are also games that let gamers make art. Titles like Mario Paint (and the more app-like Art Academy titles) allow you to create straight-up paintings, while WarioWare DIY gives players the tools to create their own microgames. Skunk Software's Free Balling tries...

  • News Axiom Verge Dev Tom Happ Opens Up About The Challenge Of Raising A Son With Special Needs

    "My work is directly correlated with my son's well being"

    A short time ago we were lucky enough to chat with Axiom Verge developer Tom Happ about the challenges of making what many consider to be a spiritual successor to the iconic Super Metroid; a massive, open-ended 2D adventure which exercises your trigger finger and tests your grey matter at the...

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    Review Super Hero Math

    It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... a lousy game

    Educational games typically aren't contenders for "best games ever" lists, but occasionally one rises above mediocrity and provides a fun gaming experience for kids while also offering some knowledge to take away. However, the majority of "edutainment" games come off as textbook problems slapped onto a...

  • Nintendo Download 22nd September (Europe)

    SEVERED! Noitu Love: Devolution! Ace Attorney DLC! Polara! More!

    Another week begins, and we have the Nintendo Download Update details of the goodies coming to Europe later this week. Wii U and 3DS are sharing a couple of big name 'Nindie' titles, while there are also a number of other download-only arrivals to consider. There are some discounts,...

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    Review Rorrim

    Save yourself, princess

    Damsels in distress are becoming less of a common theme in video games nowadays. Instead we see plenty of titles with independent women who are more than capable of solving their own problems and even saving the day. Not every princess needs someone to come to their aid - as Rorrim illustrates. Players take control of the...

  • Interview Learning More About Tom Happ and the Making of Axiom Verge

    Getting to know the man behind the masterpiece

    Have you ever been so wrapped up in a project that it began to seep into your personal life? What if your passion became your day-to-day? Imagine spending so much time and energy working on something that it eventually outgrew your expectations and became your bread and butter. It's the dream of so many...

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    Review Games For Toddlers

    By toddlers, for toddlers

    While many gamers fall into a certain age demographic, there are plenty of players younger and older than the average age. For games aimed at the young, the tradition has been to either create an educational experience or something dumbed-down and almost insulting to kids' intelligence. If you've got a young one who is...

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    Review Citadale

    "For evil to win all that is required are good people doing nothing"

    The original Castlevania game released on the Famicom in 1986 offered a dark and challenging action-platform adventure, the likes of which had not previously been seen before; to this day, Konami's classic continues to inspire developers. Citadale, by Ezekiel Rage and Nitrolic...

  • Feature 13AM Games and Its Next Hits - Runbow Pocket and Pirate Pop Plus

    Testing out the latest and greatest from the developer and publisher

    Beyond playing new games, seeing your industry heroes and getting tons of swag, one of the most rewarding aspects of going to a convention such as PAX is being able to share your passion for video games with like-minded individuals. Sometimes, when you're really lucky, those...

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    Review Noitu Love: Devolution

    Do the Evolution

    Although you can't seem to walk down the street these days without tripping over a retro-revival of some sort, it's refreshing to see a game that harkens back to play styles you thought were gone or, as is probably more likely, you just simply forgot about. Noitu Love: Devolution feels like a love letter to the likes of Gunstar...

  • Nintendo Download 15th September (North America)

    Dragon Quest VII! Yo-kai Watch 2 demo! Noitu Love: Devolution! More!

    It's that time, once again, for the North American Nintendo Download Update details, and this week has some enticing options. The 3DS has a huge retail release and a high profile demo, along with some interesting download-only titles. The Wii U shares a particularly promising...

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    Review TOUCH SELECTIONS

    You might want to AVOID[ER] this one

    Hot off the heels of TAP TAP ARCADE 2, RCMADIAX has released TOUCH SELECTIONS; this title is a two-in-one game purchase, much like the existing ARCADE series. The games on offer this time are PEG SOLITAIRE and AVOIDER - which have been previously reviewed by other writers. The first offers a basic puzzle...

  • News New Patch Goes Live For Minecraft Wii U Edition

    But no details on what's included

    Minecraft: Wii U Edition got a pretty significant update a while back which introduced the Tumble Mini Game, and another patch has just gone live. "Patch 12" wasn't pre-announced and 4J Studios hasn't revealed any details on what's included in the update. Until those details are forthcoming, it's fair to assume...

  • News WarioWare Smooth Moves Arrives on the North American eShop This Week

    Smooth like butter

    The WarioWare series is easily one of the weirdest in Nintendo's stable, centered around a broad array of crazy minigames created by Wario and all his weird friends. After its initial debut on the GBA, it's had an entry on every console since – with the notable exclusion of the 3DS. It's certainly a series unlike anything else,...

  • Video Nintendo Gives Us All a Taste of This Year's [email protected] PAX Event

    Showcasing the talent

    One of the pleasing progressions in this generation of hardware has been Nintendo's increasingly open and supportive stance towards indie developers, particularly those producing rather high quality efforts that earn the term 'Nindie'. There are always improvements to be made, but we've seen the big N support Humble Bundles,...

  • News Yacht Club Games Reveals Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment

    That's the spirit

    Yacht Club has been fairly quiet for some time now, and it's been easy to forget that Shovel Knight is still due to receive more free content. About a year ago we got the first expansion, Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows, which showed us a parallel storyline featuring the scheming Plague Knight. After that, the Shovel Knight amiibo...

  • Feature Future Nindie Hits for the eShop - October to December

    A look at the titles that Nintendo is keen to promote

    September has already proven to be a good month for high quality Nindie downloads, and there are more to come. The 'Summer Jam' promotion has already delivered games like Axiom Verge and Jotun: Valhalla Edition, and we still have Noitu Love: Devo

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    Review 140

    What is art?

    140 - created by Jeppe Carlsen (lead puzzle designer, LIMBO) with music by Jakob Schmid - is a minimalistic rhythm-based puzzle-platform game that has clearly been inspired by the Bauhaus artistic movement. For those who aren't great lovers of art, Bauhaus was a school of art located in Germany that combined crafts with fine arts, and...

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    Review Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky

    The sky's the limit

    Though the core series still delivers by far the most popular kind of Pokémon games, the Mystery Dungeon series has still done a good job of establishing its own identity and setting itself apart. As the third and final game in the DS set of games for the series, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky provides a charming...

  • News Soul Axiom Arrives on Wii U in Late September, at a Reduced Price

    An extra 15% off for those with the [email protected] demo

    Master Reboot, by Wales Interactive, is a particularly intriguing title on the Wii U eShop, and it's been quite a long wait for its spiritual successor - Soul Axiom. It now has a firm release date, and patient Wii U owners will also pay a little less to try it out. It's coming on 29th September...

  • Nintendo Download 15th September (Europe)

    Dragon Quest VII! Futuridium on New 3DS! Gear Gauntlet! More!

    It's the start of another week, and that means we can check out details on the Nintendo Download Update goodies heading to Europe in the coming days. The stand-out is a long awaiting localisation coming to retail on 3DS, while the Wii U Virtual Console adds a first-party DS game to its...

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    Review Skunky B's Super Slots Saga #1

    An unintended anti-gambling PSA

    Throughout the history of video games, players have discovered that some real-life events and ideas translate better into interactive experiences than others. Playing football, marching into battle and exploring a dense forest are all exciting in their own ways, but others aren't quite as suitable when it comes to...

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    Review TAP TAP ARCADE 2

    Double tapped

    RCMADIAX returns, this time with TAP TAP ARCADE 2 for the Wii U eShop. Don't let the name fool you, as promising as it may sound this one doesn't quite live up to the name. With such a title naturally one would expect a compilation of games. Oddly, though, TAP TAP ARCADE 2 only includes two - just like the original TAP TAP ARCADE. The...

  • News Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Has Been Delayed To 2018

    Ouch…

    It could be said that Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is one of the most highly anticipated Kickstarter projects bound for Nintendo platforms. We absolutely loved what we saw of it at E3, and it seems as though development has been progressing quite well. The game was set to launch in March of 2017, but it seems now that fans will have to...

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    Review Jotun: Valhalla Edition

    The Gods are definitely pleased

    Quietude is not a word synonymous with videogames. Most of the time there are peaks and valleys - an ebb and flow of exuberance and bombast, quickly followed by a period of downtime filled with storytelling and world building. Sometimes they eschew one focus for the next, either by being filled with a constant barrage...

  • Nintendo Download 8th September (North America)

    Ace Attorney! Jotun! Mario Strikers Charged! Futuridium on New 3DS! More!

    Here we are, once again, with the North American Nintendo Download Update. This week most certainly has some tempting options; on 3DS we have the latest in an iconic Capcom series and a welcome port on New 3DS, along with a Konami classic on the Virtual Console. Wii U is led...

  • News Wii U Version Of Hyper Light Drifter Is Officially Cancelled

    Adrift

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFvzI0xGgTg Heart Machine's Alex Preston has confirmed that the Wii U version of Hyper Light Drifter has been officially cancelled, along with the PS Vita edition. The title was previously described as being "in limbo" following development issues and Preston cites problems regarding the porting process as...

  • News Grand Prix Rock 'N Racing Gets Close to the Finish Line on Wii U

    Good enough for a podium place?

    A little while ago EnjoyUp Games confirmed that it'd be bringing Grand Prix Rock 'N Racing to the Wii U eShop, the latest entry in the top-down racing series. It now has firm release details; it'll be getting off the grid in Europe and North America on 15th September, priced €7.99 / $7.99. In terms of features for...

  • Interview Will Dubé on Mythology, Art and Big Bosses in Jotun: Valhalla Edition

    "We want to make beautifully powerful game experiences"

    If you haven't already, do yourself a favour and take the time to look at some screenshots and trailers for the upcoming Wii U release of Jotun: Valhalla Edition. It's a beautifully crafted adventure game that pulls its story right from the pages of Norse Mythology. Not long ago we posted a...

  • News A Samus Costume Was Almost in the Wii U Axiom Verge Port

    Nintendo axed the idea, of course

    Despite its popularity, the Metroid series has fallen on hard times as of late. Nintendo has done little to address the series over the past several years, and while we got a pretty good spinoff on the 3DS this year, it's struggled greatly commercially. Axiom Verge, while not a Metroid game, was obviously made as a...

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    Review Tadpole Treble

    Pretty sharp

    Fans of video game-themed webcomics have no doubt seen or are familiar with the Nintendo-inspired Brawl in the Family strip. Though the comic has concluded now, its creator – Matthew Taranto – went on to create a music themed game featuring the art that made his comic so popular. Tadpole Treble is a wonderfully charming experience...

  • News ACT IT OUT! is Bringing Charades and Shenanigans to the Wii U eShop

    Photogenic players are optional

    The Wii U has a handful of group party games of various types, from mini-game collections to budget quiz releases and more besides. Now ACT IT OUT! is coming to the system, a 'Game of Charades' - previously seen on PS4 - that also throws in aspects of Pictionary and singing. For starters the trailer below gives you a...

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    Review Tallowmere

    Deeper into the dungeon we go

    Roguelike games — where you journey through procedurally generated levels with the risk of losing everything if you die — can be a hard sell to some players. While some gamers live to get just a bit further in each subsequent playthrough, others are turned off by the idea of having to start from the beginning every...

  • Nintendo Download 8th September (Europe)

    Ace Attorney! Jotun! 140! Final Fight trilogy! Much more!

    With the start of another week we have the European Nintendo Download Update details, and this time around there's plenty on offer. We have some highly promising options on the Wii U, while the 3DS has a major release from Capcom and a trilogy of SNES releases on the New 3DS Virtual Console...

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    Review Tetraminos

    Now with new shapes

    Tetris was created by Russian game designer Alexey Pajitnov and originally released in 1984. It wasn't until the title's debut on the Nintendo Game Boy in 1989 that the tile-matching puzzle game became a truly global sensation and established itself as one of the most popular video games of all time. To date, Tetris and more...

  • Feature Exploring the Licensed Content in RCMADIAX Games on the Wii U and New 3DS eShop

    Origins on asset stores

    In recent days we've had multiple readers and colleagues direct us to licensed game assets available to buy online that appear to have been utilised extensively for games sold on the eShop. The developer in question is RCMADIAX, a studio that has produced a substantial volume of releases over the past year, in particular...

  • Video Here's Some Pointers on How to Get the Most Out of Axiom Verge

    Axioms to live by

    Axiom Verge launched today on Wii U, much to the anticipation and excitement of many Nintendo fans. We thought it was an absolutely outstanding piece of game design, praising its innovative gameplay and gorgeous visuals. Of course, as with any 'Metroidvania', it's a pretty dense game by design, and there's no doubt many things...

  • Nintendo Download 1st September (North America)

    Axiom Verge! Picross 3D Round 2! Skyward Sword! Much, much more!

    Well, it's later than normal thanks to Nintendo holding off until after its Direct broadcast, but here are the North American Download Update details. It's a whopper of a week, with a surprise retail download (though it's technically eShop-only) on 3DS, a Legend of Zelda Virtual...

  • News New Play Control! Pikmin Out Now on the Wii U eShop in Europe

    Get a discount if you also buy Skyward Sword

    During today's Nintendo Direct festivities it was confirmed that a new Pikmin game is coming to the 3DS in 2017, and it adopts a 2D side-scrolling approach. In Europe there's an extra treat available on the Wii U, to celebrate the news. New Play Control! Pikmin is available now on the Wii U eShop in...

  • News The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is Out Today on the Wii U eShop

    Just flown in

    Update: In Europe (not North America, sadly) this is part of a promotion where you can get this and New Play Control! Pikmin with 50% off the second title downloaded, until 15th September. Original Article: Today's Nintendo Direct had a few surprises on offer, and in a segment around The Legend of Zelda both European and North...

  • News Kickstarter Launches for Futuristic Racing / Rhythm Game - Flight of Light

    It's a world in motion on Wii U

    A little while ago we had a brief play of an early Wii U build of Flight of Light, the next project from Cystalline Green. The studio released Totem Topple, which had some notable post-launch updates to improve the experience, and is also publishing the Wii U port of Gear Gauntlet. Flight of Light has a fairly neat...

  • News Gear Gauntlet Arrives on the Wii U on 15th September

    In Europe and North America

    Announced earlier in the year for Wii U, Gear Gauntlet is a challenging - but potentially addictive - title in which you try to keep up a relentless pace through tricky courses. Previously released on Xbox One, developer Drop Dead Interactive now has a firm release date for the eShop - it'll arrive on 15th September in...

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    Review Axiom Verge

    Welcome to the Minus World

    "It's not a bug, it's a feature." This is a phrase that's often thrown around in a lighthearted manner, but there's some truth behind the words. Programming errors can often lead to fascinating results that were never intended, creating a sense of excitement when one stumbles across a curious glitch that's obviously not...

  • News Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Has Been Delayed by Six Weeks

    Bug testing is the reason for the hold up

    Many have no doubt been looking forward to the release of Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, the latest in WayForward's flagship action platforming series. The build we played at E3 a few months back was top notch, and there's little doubt that the rest of the game will hold to the series' standard. Previously the...

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