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News: Tachyon Project Blasting to Wii U for Some Twin-Stick Shooting Action

Tachyon Project Blasting to Wii U for Some Twin-Stick Shooting Action

Shoot all of the things

Considering humanity's fondness for destruction, it's surprising that we're not bombarded with more space-based twin-stick shooters on the Wii U. It can be satisfying to destroy alien things with an explosion of pixels and particle effects, yet we're not given enough opportunities to do so. Eclipse Games, which previously...

News: Elliot Quest Developer Talks About a 3DS Port

Elliot Quest Developer Talks About a 3DS Port

No plans yet, but the desire is there

Several of you have already played Elliot Quest, the new side scrolling adventure game from Ansimuz Games that takes several design and gameplay cues from the likes of Zelda II and Kid Icarus. We awarded it an 8/10 in our review, citing minor performance issues and frustrating pacing as main issues. Whatever way...

News: Underground Is Coming Stateside Next Week, And Even Has Its Own Exclusive Laparoscopic Controller

Underground Is Coming Stateside Next Week, And Even Has Its Own Exclusive Laparoscopic Controller

Surgical strike

Grendel Games has confirmed that its Wii U title Underground will be hitting the North American eShop on April 2nd, following on from the title's European launch in January. In addition to this news, Grendel Games has also confirmed that it will be releasing a special controller for the game. As we mentioned in our 8/10 review,...

Nintendo Download: 26th March (Europe)

26th March (Europe)

Trine, Mega Man, RPGs and discounts galore!

It's time to brighten up Monday mornings in Europe, with the latest Nintendo Download Update having decent odds of achieving that goal. There is a whole smorgasbord of games and discounted goodies to consider, so let's get to it. Wii U eShop: Trine Enchanted Edition (Frozenbyte, €12.99 / £10.99) - Its...

News: Elliot Quest Patch Adds Several Additional Control Options and Fixes a Graphical Bug

Elliot Quest Patch Adds Several Additional Control Options and Fixes a Graphical Bug

It’s always nice to have more options

Elliot Quest is a new Metroidvania title on the Wii U eShop developed by Ansimuz Games. The 8-bit adventure sees players controlling a character named Elliot (who bears several similarities to Pit) on his race to find an ancient demon that can cure a curse placed on him that keeps him from dying, and will...

News: Zelda Lookalike Oceanhorn: Monster Of Uncharted Seas Could Be Sailing To Consoles

Zelda Lookalike Oceanhorn: Monster Of Uncharted Seas Could Be Sailing To Consoles

Game shares a link with the Sega classic Landstalker, too

Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas is an iOS adventure title which has recently crossed over to PCs, and is clearly influenced by Nintendo's Legend of Zelda - more specifically, the Wind Waker instalment which came to GameCube and - much later - Wii U. With the game branching out to other...

Interview: Dan Marshall on The Swindle, Cancellation and Its Rebirth

Dan Marshall on The Swindle, Cancellation and Its Rebirth

"Here we are thirteen months later and it's expanded"

The Swindle is planned for the Wii U eShop this Summer, and it brings an interesting blend of action, platforming, strategy and humour. With a steampunk aesthetic, procedurally generated levels, its combination of styles and design approaches left us impressed in our first impressions. When...

Exclusive: Affordable Space Adventures Pricing Confirmed, Aims to Retain Value Of Wii U Exclusive

Affordable Space Adventures Pricing Confirmed, Aims to Retain Value Of Wii U Exclusive

"We have to earn all our revenue in the eShop"

Affordable Space Adventures, a collaboration between KnapNok Games and Nifflas, is a much anticipated Wii U-exclusive eShop title. It'll utilise the GamePad for both single-player and co-op, with the second screen of the controller being used to control the mechanics of the ship itself - we listed it as...

News: eShop Games Added To The European Club Nintendo Store

eShop Games Added To The European Club Nintendo Store

Rewarding rewards

Club Nintendo shall soon close its doors. This heartbreaking news was announced earlier this year, revealing that Nintendo would close the program to make way for a new rewards system. Following this announcement the company flooded its users with a variety of new rewards, promising more to come leading up to the closure. Today the...

Nintendo Download: 19th March (North America)

19th March (North America)

Mario Party, Elliot Quest, KLONOA, Fossil Fighters and much more

A little later than normal courtesy of a few Goombas causing havoc with our servers, we have the Nintendo Download update details for North America. This week brings some interesting options across both Wii U and 3DS, with both systems having major retail releases and some anticipated...

Feature: We Catch Up With Four Nindies at EGX Rezzed

We Catch Up With Four Nindies at EGX Rezzed

Say hi to Image & Form, aPriori Digital, Dreadlocks and Delve Interactive

Last week we headed down to a lovely gaming event by the name of EGX Rezzed, which was held in London's charming Tobacco Dock venue. The event, hosted by our friends at Gamer Network, is a PC and developer-focused show, unlike the more mainstream and larger EGX which takes...

News: République's Creator Worked On Metal Gear Solid And Halo, And Says The Game Could Come To Wii U

République's Creator Worked On Metal Gear Solid And Halo, And Says The Game Could Come To Wii U

Unity 5-powered adventure may find its way to Nintendo's system

Ryan Payton is a man with a pretty impressive CV. He started his career at Microsoft in Japan before joining Konami and working alongside Hideo Kojima on Metal Gear Solid 4. From there, he became the creator director on Halo 4, and has since gone independent with Camouflaj, his own...

News: Hyper Light Drifter Might Not Hit Wii U Until 2016, Will Cost You Twenty Bucks

Hyper Light Drifter Might Not Hit Wii U Until 2016, Will Cost You Twenty Bucks

"We don’t want to release a bad game"

Hyper Light Drifter was one of Kickstarter's early success stories, raising $600,000 via crowd-funding back in 2013 - considerably more than the $27,000 that was originally asked for. Billed as a fusion of Zelda and Diablo, the game has already been confirmed for release on the Wii U eShop, but the bad news is...

Interview: Dan Marshall Discusses His Development History, The Expanding Indie Boundaries and His Route to Consoles

Dan Marshall Discusses His Development History, The Expanding Indie Boundaries and His Route to Consoles

"There's always something exciting about games on a console"

The Swindle is planned for release on the Wii U eShop this Summer, and it brings an interesting blend of action, platforming, strategy and humour. With a steampunk aesthetic, procedurally generated levels, its combination of styles and design approaches left us impressed in our first...

Nintendo Download: 19th March (Europe)

19th March (Europe)

Mario Party 10, Tipping Stars with DK, Aria of Sorrow, DLC and more

It's that time again, Nintendo Download fans, with the European update now available for your perusal. We have a dual arrival across both the Wii U and 3DS, classic Castlevania and a new first-party retail release on Wii U, along with some DLC and discounts. Let's get to it. Wii U...

Video: Nintendo Minute Interviews Several Prominent Indies on Their Upcoming Releases

Nintendo Minute Interviews Several Prominent Indies on Their Upcoming Releases

Also, see which one of them is the best at Mario Kart 8

Indies play a vital role in Nintendo's lineup for the Wii U. With major third party developers all but deserting the console, the responsibility to keep gamers engaged on their Wii U in between major Nintendo releases falls to Indie developers. Some may see this as a weakness of the platform,...

News: Two Tribes Co-Founder Doesn't Think He Would Have Bought His Own Game

Two Tribes Co-Founder Doesn't Think He Would Have Bought His Own Game

"I think we were trying to please everybody"

Toki Tori 2 was one of the Wii U eShop's first big exclusives, a puzzle platformer which built on the previous two games - one on Game Boy Color and the other on WiiWare - to offer one of the console's first big download releases. However, Two Tribes Collin van Ginkel has revealed that sales have been...

News: Mario Kart 8 Misses Out at BAFTA Game Awards, Though Indie Releases Earn the Spotlight

Mario Kart 8 Misses Out at BAFTA Game Awards, Though Indie Releases Earn the Spotlight

Upcoming Wii U release Never Alone wins Debut award

The BAFTA Game Awards do occasionally celebrate and reward the best of what Nintendo offers, but can also leave us scratching our heads. This year, notably, the Mobile / Handheld category didn't have a single 3DS game, which we certainly found baffling. Nevertheless Mario Kart 8 was nominated in...

Gallery: The Natives Are Most Definitely Hostile In Cube Life's Survival Mode 

The Natives Are Most Definitely Hostile In Cube Life's Survival Mode 

Minecraft-inspired Wii U eShop title gets some new screens

Cypronia has kindly sent us some more screens from its forthcoming Wii U title Cube Life: Island Survival, this time focusing on the game's Survival Mode. We've already seen what the game's Creative Mode looks like, but the following screens detail the many dangers that exist within the...

Interview: Yacht Club Games Talk Drawing in 8-bit and Aspirations for Shovel Knight 64

Yacht Club Games Talk Drawing in 8-bit and Aspirations for Shovel Knight 64

Game's "success is due to the brilliant designs of the 8-bit generation"

In this short interview Nintendo Life features contributor Alan Lopez caught up with David D'Angelo of Yacht Club Games, who spoke on behalf of the entire Shovel Knight creative team. Shovel Knight is a download-only 8-bit platformer. Alone, these qualifiers hardly separate...

News: Shapes of Gray Set for Spring Release, With Wii U Enhancements on the Way

Shapes of Gray Set for Spring Release, With Wii U Enhancements on the Way

Arcade Mode, visual improvements and more for the console version

Shapes of Gray arrived on PC last year in its first form, prompting a mix of positive reactions and some criticism. An aesthetically simple game, it places you in 10-second battles within small areas - the developer describes it as "Hotline Miami meets WarioWare". The aim is to give...

Nintendo Download: 12th March (North America)

12th March (North America)

Code Name: S.T.E.A.M., Trine, 3D Out Run, retro F-Zero, discounts and more

It's that time, North American gamers, for the weekly news on the download goodies coming to Wii U and 3DS. This week brings the latest retail offering from Intelligent Systems, retro F-Zero, a much-anticipated Wii U eShop adventure platformer and a stone-cold classic in the...

News: F-Zero: GP Legend Rated For North America Wii U Virtual Console, Arrives This Week

F-Zero: GP Legend Rated For North America Wii U Virtual Console, Arrives This Week

You got boost power!

The Wii U Virtual Console iteration of the GBA title, F-Zero: GP Legend, was already released in Europe earlier this year, and now it's speeding its way towards North America this week, after an official ESRB rating was locked in. The original title released in the west in 2004 took F-Zero on Nintendo's portable device of the...