Wii U eShop - News


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    Wii U eShop

    Review SDK Paint

    Just OK Paint

    SDK Paint has an interesting history. Its developer, Hullbreach Studios, began making JavaScript applications for Wii, Nintendo DSi, and Nintendo 3DS using their respective Internet browsers. These include both the initial versions of SDK Paint — DSi Paint and 3DS Paint — as well as a full-fledged browser-based MMORPG called...

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    Review Chests O' Booty

    Pieces of 2048

    You can hardly swing a stylus without hitting a match-three game on the 3DS eShop these days, but so far the relentless tide of phoned-in puzzlers has mostly sidestepped the Wii U’s digital storefront. And while Chests O’ Booty might at first look like a pirate-themed take on more of the same, it’s actually a surprisingly unique...

  • News Art Academy for Wii U Pushed Back to 2015 in North America

    Joins previously confirmed delay in Europe

    Art Academy for Wii U, which will be an eShop-only release, has had a low profile existence, enduring delays and only occasional mentions by Nintendo. The full release follows the 2013 arrival of the pared-back Art Academy: SketchPad; the updated release will have the lessons and full tool-set typically...

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    Review Costume Quest 2

    Fine, but not double fine

    As RPGs go, the original Costume Quest was never a particularly complex affair. The same thing can be said about its sequel, Costume Quest 2, which takes the two trouble-seeking children into another Halloween adventure, but this time in different periods of recent history. You control Wren and Reynold, two marginally...

  • Nintendo Download 13th November (Europe)

    Mario Kart 8 DLC, Golden Sun, Tengami, LEGO, Castlevania and more

    It's another Monday morning, which means we have Nintendo Download news for European gamers. It's a packed week with a major retail release, eagerly anticipated DLC, some high-profile Virtual Console games and enticing download-only titles to consider. There's a lot to get through, so...

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    Wii U eShop / GBA

    Review Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow

    The best for last?

    Konami's Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow is the third and final Castlevania title for the GBA, and arguably the strongest. A departure from the typical period drama involving the extended and ever-complicated Belmont clan, Aria of Sorrow introduces new characters and mythology into the series while also building on what has made...

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    Review Flapp & Zegeta

    What the Flapp?

    On Denysoft's official website, Flapp & Zegeta comes with a disclaimer reproduced here verbatim: "Warning: this may be one of the most challenging games of all times it may require a high level of intelligence and reflexes to get through." Rest assured, Flapp & Zegeta is challenging. In fact, it probably does meet its lofty...

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    Wii U eShop

    Review Rock Zombie

    B movie beat 'em up

    It's always a pleasant surprise when a game surpasses your expectations. Suffice it to say, this reviewer's expectations were modest going into Rock Zombie — the goofy synthesized guitars, expressionless character models and mangled English dialogue all seemed to lead in one direction: pain. But you can't go into every game...

  • Video Take a Closer Look at the Awesome GamePad and Co-Op Features of Stealth Inc 2

    Be stealthy together

    We're big fans of Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones here at Nintendo Life, a Wii U eShop exclusive that combines solid platforming, a Metroidvania world and terrific level design; we awarded it a handsome 9 out of 10 in our review. A key feature that we appreciated in that review is the local co-op, which utilises the GamePad...

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    Review Falling Skies: The Game

    Falling to pieces

    Video games have relied on the standard 'alien invasion' plot since the very beginning. It takes a unique twist to make it work in this day and age, whether it's a new gameplay style or a refreshingly original storyline, and that isn't an easy task. Falling Skies: The Game takes fun, tactical gameplay and blends it with the...

  • News Citizens of Earth Release Pushed Back to 20th January

    Electing for more dev time

    Citizens of Earth is a quirky RPG with origins on Kickstarter, though a failed campaign was saved when Atlus stepped in to publish Eden Industries' project. With a promise of a lengthy campaign and classics such as EarthBound cited as influences, there are high hopes for this one. It'll be a little longer before we take...

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    Review Pixel Paint

    Almost pixel-perfect

    Let’s face it: at some point, every gamer has been caught off guard by the alluring retro beauty of pixel art. Say what you will about its overuse in today’s onslaught of independent games — chances are you still love it. There’s something majestic about the way tens, hundreds, or thousands of tiny dots come together to...

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    Review Tetrobot & Co

    Acute brain-bending pleasure

    Many puzzle games – particularly on mobile devices – can be argued as being insultingly easy or too mind-numbingly obtuse to even be comprehended by human minds. Luckily *Tetrobot & Co. doesn’t fit into either of these categories. The story of this game revolves around an intelligent young lady who spends her...

  • Nintendo Download 6th November (North America)

    Sportsball, The Swapper, Pikmin movies, GBA Mario, Sonic discounts and more

    It's that time again, North American gamers, as we have more downloadable treats to consider. Some arrivals dropped onto the eShop stores following this week's Nintendo Direct broadcast, while there are a host of additional attractive options for Wii U and 3DS landing today...

  • News Pikmin Short Movies Available to Buy Now on Wii U and 3DS

    Pikmin 3 demo also released

    Pikmin 3 has clearly been a title of great personal importance to Shigeru Miyamoto, a point highlighted by the recent Tokyo International Film Festival première of three short films that the legendary game designer has overseen. These animated shorts allowed Miyamoto-san to step away from games and work on a fresh...

  • News Nintendo Highlights Huge Indie Line-up for Winter and Beyond

    Lots and lots of games

    It's little secret to Nintendo gamers that the eShop platforms on Wii U and 3DS — particularly the former — have picked up a lot of steam in 2014. Both Nintendo of America and Europe (in their respective Direct broadcasts) took the opportunity to highlight just that, showing off games out now and on the way. In Europe...

  • News The Original NES Duck Hunt Is Coming Soon To The Virtual Console On Wii U

    No dogs laughing at this

    Since Duck Hunt Duo — simply known as Duck Hunt in North America — emerged as a part of the character line-up in the latest Super Smash Bros. for Wii U & 3DS, fans have been holding out for the return of the classic pairing in some other way or form; now that very day has arrived. Nintendo has revealed the 1984...

  • News Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker Now Launching In Europe On 2nd January 2015

    70 stages also showcased

    The latest Nintendo Direct has revealed that Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker will now launch across Europe on 2nd January 2015. The release date previously listed for this region was the 9th, so this will no doubt come as welcome news for Wii U owners located in PAL regions who were eager to get stuck into what appears to be...

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    Review Pier Solar and the Great Architects

    Build me up and tear me down

    While playing Pier Solar and the Great Architects, it’s important to consider what a labour of love the title really is. With origins as a Sega CD homebrew project from the now-defunct Sega fansite Eidolon’s Inn, it was originally meant to star members of that website’s "Tavern" message board before evolving into a...

  • News Shovel Knight Now Available In Europe On The Wii U And 3DS eShops

    Release day has arrived!

    While North American Nintendo fans have been enjoying Shovel Knight since June, Wii U and 3DS owners in Europe have been waiting for the release of the title in their own region for some time now. With what's likely to be the final Nintendo Direct presentation for the year now out of the way, European Wii U and 3DS owners...

  • News Paper Monsters Recut Now Pencilled In For 13th November in Europe

    Another download fighting for your eShop credit

    The Wii U eShop has had its share of enjoyable releases recently, and another to make its presence felt is Paper Monsters Recut, a platformer originally released on smart devices that has been re-purposed and improved for the home console. It arrived in North America in mid-October, though publisher...

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    Wii U eShop / NES

    Review Devil World

    Heaven a good time

    As far as obscure releases within the NES library go, Devil World is certainly one of the most interesting. Originally released in Japan in 1984 and in Europe in 1987, this is a title that to this day has never been available to purchase in North America — not even through the wonders of Nintendo’s Virtual Console service...

  • News Shovel Knight is Getting a Cross-Buy Discount in Europe

    And Australian regions too!

    Gamers in Europe, Australia and New Zealand have been champing at the bit to get their grubby mitts on Shovel Knight for some time now. We know Yacht Club Games is doing its best to get the PEGI and OFLC ratings sorted out and we're expecting some good news on that front very soon. In the meantime as a sweetener to...

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    Review My Style Studio: Hair Salon

    Bad hair day

    In the grand scheme of things, hairdressers can seem pretty insignificant, but deep down they hold the secret, terrible capacity to utterly ruin your entire week. You put your faith into them and trust that they know what they're doing, or else just one bad haircut will stick with you for a month. If a new generation of these stylistic...

  • News Moon Chronicles Developer Seeking Interest for Wii U Version Through Kickstarter Campaign

    Fly Wii to the moon

    Developer Renegade Kid is asking the Twitter community if they'd be interested in supporting a possible Kickstarter campaign they have in mind. The campaign is suggested for a Wii U version of Moon Chronicles, which was released earlier this year on the 3DS eShop. No details about whether or not this potential title would be...

  • News Retro Adventure Title Elliot Quest Coming to Wii U in 2015

    Fighting to avoid a fate worse than death

    If you like your adventure/RPGs with 8-bit style and a dark-sounding plot, then Ansimuz Games's Elliot Quest may be one to keep an eye on. Developer Ansimuz Games has announced that the title will be expanding out from its original PC platform and should appear on the Wii U early next year. The story of...

  • News uWordSmith Is In Development Exclusively For The Wii U

    Coming to the US this December for $1.99

    If you’ve ever wanted to be a writer, perhaps this upcoming Wii U eShop release will let you start to make those dreams a reality (on a very basic level). uWordSmith is a new puzzle game for Wii U by Temple of Yog developer CHUDCHUD Industries. The creator, Cody Diefenthaler, has been promoting the project...

  • Interview Still Games Discusses Kickstarting a Legendary Tale With Animal Gods

    "You are called upon to save the Gods"

    Over recent weeks our Kickstarter summaries (which will resume this weekend) have featured Animal Gods, an intriguing project from US developer Still Games. Though listed for PC, Mac and Linux, as is the norm on the crowdfunding platform, the developer has also included the Wii U in its core goal, placing...

  • Showcase Exploring Runbow - The Depths of 13AM Games’ 9-Player Platformer

    “Why settle for eight when you can have nine?”

    Runbow is a nine-player, fast-paced mutliplayer platforming game developed by 13AM Games that's coming to the Wii U eShop next year, and looks to be a very promising example of indie development for Nintendo. The guys working on the game are nothing if not ambitious, and we managed to get some...