Wii U eShop News

April2016

  • News Wii U eShop Exclusive 3Souls is Heading for an Episodic Release

    Episode 1 to hit original Q2 window

    Early this year developer Red Column unveiled 3Souls as a Wii U eShop exclusive, an ambitious project that places the GamePad at the core of the gameplay. Targeting a Q2 release, it's now being restructured in order to achieve the best possible results. It's becoming episodic, with 3Souls - Episode 1: Nelesa...

  • Nintendo Download 14th April (Europe)

    Nintendo Selects! Lost Reavers beta! Runbow DLC! Olympia Rising! Much more!

    With the start of another week we have the Nintendo Download Update details for Europe, and this week is full of enticing options. We have a range of new downloads on the Wii U, along with some 'Nindie' DLC and upcoming Nintendo Selects price-drops. In addition to that we...

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    Review Grumpy Reaper

    Death by a thousand lawn cuts

    The Grumpy Reaper opens with a storyline so absurd that developer Drakhar Studios should receive kudos for (presumably) shoe-horning it in to provide some context to a game that doesn't really need it. The set-up is thus: Death's granddaughter has made off with the keys to the Underworld and is releasing zombies out...

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    Review PixlCross

    More room for squares

    Picross games are something of a staple on Nintendo's DS and 3DS lines, but haven't seen much action on home consoles. Indie developer Pixlbit Studios seeks to change all that with PixlCross for the Wii U, and the results are good despite some wonkiness. If you haven't yet played a Picross game the rules are quite simple: each...

  • News 13AM Games Teases April Content for Runbow

    The self-titled "scrappy Canadians" are ready to share more

    13AM Games made a hugely impressive debut with the Wii U-exclusive Runbow in 2015, delivering an enjoyable and clever platformer that also supports chaotic multiplayer modes. The company's always been clear that more content is coming to the eShop release, and appears to be preparing to...

  • Reminder All of the Expiry Dates to Help You Plan Your My Nintendo Rewards

    They're not there forever

    The My Nintendo loyalty programme has been live for over a week now, and in various ways it's been a success so far. It does have its pros and cons, however, and for eager Points accumulators the challenge is to ensure that they grab the best rewards in good time. There's a double whammy at play - points expire six months...

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    Review Yoshi's Story

    A pretty but short story

    There's a lot to love about Yoshi's Story. The presentation is gorgeous, the mechanics are solid, and seeing a bunch of Yoshis wandering about remains adorable throughout the campaign. Unfortunately the game is held back by oversimplified platforming, design that's clearly oriented towards young and inexperienced gamers, and...

  • Nintendo Download 7th April (North America)

    Game & Watch Gallery 4! SUPER ROBO MOUSE! Discounts! Fates DLC! More!

    It's that time again, dear readers, for the North American Nintendo Download update. This week brings a few options on Wii U along with a high quality dose of retro charm on the Virtual Console, while the 3DS has a game in which you dress up dolls along with some retail DLC. There...

  • News ReVeN Pushed Back to an Undefined Release Date in 2017

    The developer got sidetracked

    Way back in 2014, we reported on a Kickstarter project by Varia Games called ReVeN. Obviously inspired by Metroid, the 2D action platformer eventually met its goals and went into production. Since then, it's been quite a rocky road in the lead up to going gold, and the game still is nowhere near completion. Addressing...

  • News Minecraft: Wii U Edition Update Adds Achievements, Wii Classic Controller Support and More

    And fixes, of course

    Minecraft: Wii U Edition proved to be a download success when it arrived on the eShop late last year, albeit Nintendo gamers have had to wait for some key updates, while the Nintendo-exclusive content announced with the launch is still a mystery. Nevertheless, developer 4J Studios is still improving the Wii U version, and has...

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    Review Cutie Clash

    Clash of the birds

    Yazar Media Group's Cutie Clash is another entry in the Cutie Pets meta-series. Of all the other strange Cutie Pets games, Cutie Clash is the weirdest, most charming and ultimately most disappointing. A wacky one-hit multiplayer brawler, Cutie Clash could have been a parody of Super Smash Bros. had it been fleshed out more. But...

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    Review Cutie Pets Go Fishing

    Hook, line...sink

    Yazar Media Group's Cutie Pets meta-series is a peculiar little oddity on the Wii U eShop. The games are full of strange, weirdly compelling characters and ideas, but the execution is very, very flawed. Unfortunately, that trend continues with Cutie Pets Go Fishing. Yet another Cutie game with very, very little content, it's...

  • News Mighty No. 9's Release Date Remains A Mighty Mystery

    No comment from publisher on "Spring" launch

    Kickstarter success story Mighty No. 9 hasn't had the smoothest of routes to market. After smashing its crowdfunding goal by some margin the title was expected to launch in September last year, but missed that original release window and was given an "early 2016" date. It then slipped from its new release...

  • News A New Patch for FreezeME is on the Way in North America

    Expect it in the next couple days

    A couple months ago, FreezeME hit the North American eShop, bringing some old fashioned 3D platforming action to the digital storefront. Though we thought it was a bit derivative of the games it was obviously inspired by, we nonetheless gave it a good recommendation, suggesting that fans of this genre should give it...

  • News Terraria Is Digging Its Way Towards A Late May Wii U eShop Release

    Similar timeframe likely for 3DS version update

    Terraria has evolved to be a hugely successful title across multiple platforms, blending 2D gameplay, adventure and sandbox mechanics rather effectively. Publisher 505 Games has been keeping fans up to date on an upcoming patch, and included some snippets on the 3DS and Wii U version. The 3DS version...

  • News Maximum Games Takes Over Avanquest to Expand Global Reach

    Both have history on Nintendo hardware

    Like any business the gaming industry is full of significant challenges, especially for small-to-medium sized companies. It isn't particularly surprising, then, when those with a little more success look to expand through acquiring smaller businesses, as now appears to be the case with Maximum Games taking...

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    Review Bird Mania Party

    Top flight entertainment

    Starting life as Bird Mania 3D – a hidden gem in the ever growing 3DS eShop library released back in 2012 – Bird Mania Party is an expanded version of the original brought to us by publisher and developer, Teyon. We were fans of the original release, as well as Bird Mania Christmas which was released not too long after,...

  • Nintendo Download 7th April (Europe)

    Mario & Sonic in Rio! Lovely Planet! Wario Shaking It! Much More!

    WIth the start of another week we have the European Nintendo Download Update details, the usual look at the eShop treats that are on the way. This week we have a number of intriguing releases on the Wii U eShop along with a lovely Wii download, while on 3DS we have an eShop sequel and...

  • News Road Redemption Developer Says It's Still "Actively Pursuing Wii U Development"

    Admits previous Kickstarter update didn't get the message right

    Road Redemption was a crowdfunding success story back in Spring 2013, tapping into nostalgia for Road Rash and offering chaotic bike racing action. After some early stumbles it recovered to start out as an early access PC title in Fall 2014, though progress towards a final release since...

  • News The Ace Attorney Anime Series is Waiting For You On Crunchyroll

    Just thought we'd point it out

    The Ace Attorney series has a loyal following in the West, perhaps not as big as in the GBA and DS glory days, but a sizeable enough fan-base to prompt download-only releases on the eShop. It's not just Capcom that seems keen to keep interest in the brand alive in the West, as Crunchyroll is doing its bit too. The...

  • Interview Solving the Puzzle of PixlCross on Wii U

    PixlBit Studios went from Picross addicts to Wii U developers

    Nintendo's systems have played host to various unlikely game genres, and Picross can certainly be considered one example. The history of the puzzle genre goes right back to the Game Boy, and on the 3DS eShop we've also had numerous Picross e releases. Let's not forget, either, that My...

March2016