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Talking Point: Deconstructing Nintendo's Retail Releases of Wii U eShop Titles

Deconstructing Nintendo's Retail Releases of Wii U eShop Titles

Sensible cash-in or lack of focus?

The recent announcement of a NES Remix physical disc compilation coming to North America was the latest in a minor trend for Nintendo, as it is showing an increased willingness to convert download titles into retail releases. It was also surprising, as NES Remix Pack will combine two $15 titles, so presumably...

News: XType Plus Delayed in North America Due to Online Leaderboard Bug

XType Plus Delayed in North America Due to Online Leaderboard Bug

High score table causes system lockups

Update 2: Nintendo of Europe has issued the following statement: Please be informed that the Wii U title "XType Plus" has been temporarily removed from Nintendo eShop due to an issue with online leaderboards which causes a critical error. XType Plus was, however, available for a short time today and if this...

News: One Classic Mega Man Game Is Coming to Wii U Every Week in August

One Classic Mega Man Game Is Coming to Wii U Every Week in August

A Mega Man in every North American home

Update: The Capcom Unity blog has now confirmed the titles that will be included in this August promotion (thanks to Ryan Millar for the heads up). The release order is remaining a mystery for now, but the following four games are all coming to the Wii U eShop in the next month. Mega Man 5 (NES)

Nintendo Download: 31st July (North America)

31st July (North America)

XType, music, Mega Man battles, Steel Empire and more

It's Nintendo Download Update time, North America, and this week serves up a decent number of new games on both Wii U and 3DS, along with a Game Boy Advance Mega Man title. Throw in some discounts and a free demo and there's a decent selection this week, so let's get to it. Missed the European...

Interview: Eclipse Games on Driving for the Podium With Super Toy Cars

Eclipse Games on Driving for the Podium With Super Toy Cars

Charging off the grid

Super Toy Cars is a recent arrival on the Wii U eShop, satisfying the appetite some will have for even more racing on the system; it's also on PC. It takes a fairly unique approach and includes a track editor, though at launch the experience is offline-only, with online leaderboards on the agenda; the emphasis is on local...

News: Collectorvision Announces Justice Beaver for Wii U eShop and Super Nintendo

Collectorvision Announces Justice Beaver for Wii U eShop and Super Nintendo

Not to be confused with trouble-making pop sensation, Justin Bieber

Retro-inspired video games have to be authentic, and the team over at Collectorvision knows this. Since 2008, Collectorvision has been developing, publishing and manufacturing a quality line of new but retro-inspired home-brew releases for classic video game systems of yesteryear...

News: Doodle To Your Heart’s Content in Upcoming Wii U eShop Exclusive, Doodle Dash

Doodle To Your Heart’s Content in Upcoming Wii U eShop Exclusive, Doodle Dash

Multiplayer doodling, what could possibly go wrong?

Nintendo’s expansion of the eShop library continues with yet another newly authorised developer today announcing a game exclusively for the Wii U. If you like doodling on a sketch pad, Pocket Dragon Games' upcoming title Doodle Dash is one to keep an eye on. Doodle Dash is a multiplayer and...

News: The Next Penelope Boasts Shooting And Racing, And Is Speeding Towards The Wii U eShop In 2015

The Next Penelope Boasts Shooting And Racing, And Is Speeding Towards The Wii U eShop In 2015

A mad dash through futuristic Greece

French developer Aurelien Regard has revealed that it is bringing The Next Penelope to the Wii U eShop in early 2015. The game is a curious shooting and racing hybrid which calls to mind Kingdom Grand Prix, a fantastic arcade shooter from the late '90s. It also reminds us a lot of the classic '80s cartoon...

News: Did You Realise Lone Survivor Was Coming to Wii U Later This Year? Well, It Is

Did You Realise Lone Survivor Was Coming to Wii U Later This Year? Well, It Is

Included in the E3 listing

E3 was particularly busy for Nintendo, as the company revealed a number of games for the first time for Wii U — in particular — and 3DS. One that slipped us by was Lone Survivor, which is coming to the Wii U eShop in Q4. In the madness of the event we missed this one in a downloadable release list — it didn't appear...

News: Take Pleasure In The Stupidity Of Your Friends In IQ Test, Coming To The Wii U eShop July 31st

Take Pleasure In The Stupidity Of Your Friends In IQ Test, Coming To The Wii U eShop July 31st

“Have a great time watching your friends fail”

Ninja Pig Studios has announced its latest game IQ Test will be released in the US on July 31st, at a special launch price of $3.99. After this short period the price of the Wii U eShop title will be bumped back up to an MSRP of $4.99. Alongside this announcement was the official trailer reveal,...

Nintendo Download: 31st July (Europe)

31st July (Europe)

XType, Ice Cream heroes, racing, bombing, loads of discounts and more

Monday morning means Nintendo Download Update news for European gamers, as we learn what's coming to the region later this week. It's a packed schedule, with a mix of new titles on both Wii U and 3DS, along with a host of discounts and a new Virtual Console entry. There's lots to...

Feature: Ten Wii U and 3DS eShop Games That Are Perfect For Summer

Ten Wii U and 3DS eShop Games That Are Perfect For Summer

Summer gaming for a little less

Earlier this week we brought you a list of ten Wii U and 3DS games that are perfect for summer, as a starting point to also get community feedback on other favourites for the season. As promised, though, here's a follow-up that's all about eShop titles. These eShop games are all download-only titles, and no Virtual...

News: The Mysterious Murasame Castle Set For North American Début on 7th August

The Mysterious Murasame Castle Set For North American Début on 7th August

See the origin of that Nintendo Land mini-game

The Mysterious Murasame Castle is a Famicom Disk System game from 1986 that's only been known in the West through some cameo appearances and references — most recently through the Takamaru's Ninja Castle game in Nintendo Land. Having recently made its Western début on the European 3DS Virtual Console...

News: Curve Studios Is Bringing Spooky Puzzle Title The Swapper To The Wii U eShop

Curve Studios Is Bringing Spooky Puzzle Title The Swapper To The Wii U eShop

Space, man

Curve Studios has revealed that it is bringing Facepalm Games' space-puzzle title The Swapper to the Wii U eShop. The game — which is already available on PC and is also coming to the PS3 this August — places you in the shoes of a spaceman exploring a seemingly derelict space station. You are armed with a gun which can create up to...

News: Rivyd Announces Kenji: Rise Of A Hero For Wii U eShop, November Launch Expected

Rivyd Announces Kenji: Rise Of A Hero For Wii U eShop, November Launch Expected

Team aiming to create "one of the most difficult games for the Wii U"

Indie studio Rivyd Incorporated has revealed that it is producing a platform title exclusively for the Wii U eShop by the name of Kenji: Rise of a Hero. The title is expected to launch on November 25th, and is being billed as a title for "advance players, or beginners that want...

News: Wii U Download Developers Preparing to Host a Live Q & A Chat Next Week

Wii U Download Developers Preparing to Host a Live Q & A Chat Next Week

All are welcome

As the Wii U eShop continues to attract more developers onto Nintendo hardware, we're sure to see various approaches as studios seek to reach out and communicate directly to their potential audience. Some download developers with content coming to the store are planning an online event to do just that, through a nine hour live chat Q...

News: Trine Enchanted Edition Will Be Casting A Spell On The Wii U Later This Year

Trine Enchanted Edition Will Be Casting A Spell On The Wii U Later This Year

Uses the Trine 2 game engine

Finnish studio Frozenbyte has revealed that the original Trine will be launching on the Wii U eShop later this year under the title Trine Enchanted Edition. An updated version of the first title which uses the Trine 2 game engine, Enchanted Edition will boast improved visual effects and mid-level saving. You'll also be...

Nintendo Download: 24th July (North America)

24th July (North America)

Fiesta time, toy cars, a Master Reboot, Wooden Sen'SeY and more

It's that time again, North America, for the Nintendo Download details to tempt you into parting from your eShop funds. We have three new titles on the Wii U eShop, an excellent arrival on 3DS eShop, Virtual Console entries on both systems, discounts and more. Let's get to it. Missed...