Wii U eShop - News

July2013

June2013

  • News Project Sweat Could Come To Wii U if Stretch Goal is Reached

    Action RPG needs £45,000 to come to Nintendo's system

    Humid Games recently opened up a Kickstarter campaign for an action RPG that goes by the name Project Sweat. It's trying to gather £25,000 so it can release on Windows, Mac and Linux but now the project has new stretch goals to include console versions as well. Should Project Sweat manage to...

  • News Soul Saga: Episode I Officially Heading To Wii U

    Kickstarter project smashes through that $80,000 stretch goal

    Soul Saga: Episode I will officially be coming to Wii U after the one man development studio Disastercake reached the $80,000 stretch goal on Kickstarter. Originally, the stretch funding level to bring a Wii U version stood at $105,000 but Mike Gale, the man behind the beautiful...

  • Developer Interview Phil Tossell Talks Tengami and Japanese Papercraft

    Ex-Rare developer talks us through his new experience

    Back in April, we got the exclusive scoop on Tengami's Wii U release. Two months later, we caught up with the game's developer and former Rare coding guru, Phil Tossell, to talk about the Japanese-themed pop-up adventure. Nintendo Life: We're here with Phil Tossell of Nyamyam Games. You may know...

  • News Super Ubie Land Set To Emerge This August

    Update: Wii U version now scheduled for "the Fall"

    Since Notion Games revealed the release date of Super Ubie Land, the developer has clarified its comments on Twitter. Although Notion Games clearly wrote #WiiU, #Nintendo and #eShop in the tweet, this is actually the date for the PC, Mac and Linux adaptations. The Wii U eShop version will launch...

  • News Aqua Moto Racing 3D Developer Keen to Bring it to Wii U

    "It would be a dream"

    Aqua Moto Racing 3D arrived in the European 3DS eShop this week, with the North American release to arrive relatively soon. We're currently working on our review, but it's a title — and series — that's achieved notable success on smartphones, and from video footage alone may remind some of the Wave Race titles that graced...

  • News Corecell Turns To Crowdfunding To Bring AeternoBlade To The West

    There's even the chance of a Wii U version

    Corecell Technology is a relatively small developer that has been operating in Thailand for almost a decade now. It's developed a few titles for Nintendo systems in the past, including Wicked Monsters Blast, which is a shooting-based selection of mini-games for Wii. It's been developing a 3DS title for...

  • News Armikrog Officially Coming To Wii U

    Kickstarter campaign hits Wii U stretch goal just in time

    Pencil Test Studios has been running a Kickstarter campaign over the past month for its point-and-click adventure Armikrog, and the project has officially reached its set target of $900,000. What's more, the campaign even managed to reach its Wii U stretch goal with just a couple of hours to...

  • Developer Interview Richard Perrin Talks About Journal and Nintendo's Approach to Indies

    "Nintendo are leagues ahead of where they’ve been in the past"

    We recently caught up with Richard Perrin - the creator of Kairo and the white chamber - at the Rezzed PC and Indie Games Show at the NEC in Birmingham to find out what's happening with his latest creation, Journal. Richard is currently focusing on the Windows version of the game, but...

  • News Pikmin 3 Will Need to Gather 3950MB to Download onto Your Wii U

    That's 31,840 blocks in old money

    Pikmin 3 is getting so close that we can almost smell the flowers, right before we ruthlessly hurl Pikmin at them. It arrives in Europe on 26th July and North America on 4th August, and we shouldn't forget that fans of the GameCube originals have been demanding this new title since the early Wii days. Nintendo's...

  • News 3D Adventure Title Dreamfall Chapters Under Consideration for Wii U

    No promises as Wii U is "underpowered compared to the next-gen consoles"

    A number of upcoming Wii U eShop titles, many scheduled for 2014, are coming to fruition thanks to crowdfunding. One that we may be able to add to the list in the future is Dreamfall Chapters: The Longest Journey — this is a 3D adventure title from Norwegian developer Red...

  • News A Hat in Time Smashes Through All Kickstarter Stretch Goals

    Developer still in talks about a Wii U version

    At the end of May Gears For Breakfast opened up a Kickstarter campaign for the beautiful 3D cel-shaded platformer A Hat in Time. The campaign is in its final days now and it has not only achieved its set target but has smashed through every single stretch goal too. A Hat in Time will now feature a...

  • News Pilotwings Soars Into The North American Wii U eShop This Thursday

    Nintendo's website lists the Wii U Virtual Console release

    Pilotwings, the flight simulator that launched alongside the Super Nintendo way back when, looks set to be released on the North American Wii U Virtual Console as it's been listed on the official Nintendo website. The game sees you take to the skies using either a light plane, hang glider...

  • Nintendo Download 27th June (Europe)

    Dillon returns, Mighty Switchin', Wario madness and much more

    A day later than normal, we have the European download news to enjoy, and it's a packed lineup this week. We have various new and old goodies on Wii U and 3DS, even if the Wii and DSi miss out once again. Whatever your budget or favoured genre, you have decent odds of finding something...

  • News Spin The Bottle Aims to be Fun for "Everything From Families to Drunken College Kids"

    More about the game that doesn't need a TV

    Those that follow our Wii U eShop coverage may have already read a good deal about Spin the Bottle: Bumpie's Party, the experimental title from KnapNok Games that takes the TV out of the equation, with players being assigned tasks on the GamePad which are then carried out, in a collaborative way, using...

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    Review Wrecking Crew

    It's wrecking time!

    Mario's claim to fame has often been jumping; a simple skill, but unfailingly entertaining. It can be tough to remember a time when he traded high-flying acrobatics for a hammer and an insatiable appetite for destruction, but that's exactly the case in Wrecking Crew. Smashing things to bits is the straightforward goal, but...

  • News Star Wars Pinball Bringing the Force to Wii U on 11th July

    Patience, padawan

    When Zen Pinball 2 was released earlier this year, there was a delay before it landed in North America, while Wii U fans were disappointed to miss out on the Star Wars tables as DLC. It may have taken a while, and they've already been available on every other platform for a good amount of time, but it's been confirmed that Star...

  • News Spruced Up Version Of The Chaos Engine Could Be Coming To Consoles

    Bitmap Brothers' classic shooter is getting a new lease of life

    Fans of 16-bit gaming will no doubt be jumping for joy at the news that The Chaos Engine is getting a revival of sorts. Published by Mastertronic and overseen by original developer Mike Montgomery, the new version will be launching on PC, Mac and Linux this August — but we could see...

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    Review Mario Bros.

    Definitely not super

    If you've ever been curious about Mario and Luigi's actual credibility as plumbers, you'll want to look all the way back to 1983's Mario Bros., the game which established pipe-cleaning as their true vocation and served as something of a bridge between arcade sensation Donkey Kong and early platforming masterpiece Super Mario...

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    Review New Super Luigi U

    New Super DLC for U

    So, what is New Super Luigi U? It's not straight-up DLC, nor is it sizable enough to justify a full price retail game, so Nintendo has opted for a best of both worlds approach; it's available as either pricey DLC for New Super Mario Bros. U or as an inexpensive standalone retail game to be released at a later date. What does it...

  • News You Can Now Pre-Order a Copy of Soul Saga on Wii U For Only $15

    Update: Wii U stretch goal reduced to $80,000

    Since we posted this exciting news, Disastercake has been in touch with us to let us know it has reduced the Wii U stretch goal to $80,000. Here's what Mike Gale has just told us: I wanted to let you know that I reduced the stretch goal for the Wii U down to $80,000. I really want to see Soul Saga on...

  • News Kickstarter J-RPG Soul Saga: Episode I Heading to the Wii U, if Funded

    We catch up with the developer for more details

    The one-man-band behind Indie development studio, Disastercake, is hoping to bring its J-RPG style Kickstarter project to the Wii U eShop in Q4 2014. Described as a "love letter to J-RPG classics from the Playstation era like Final Fantasy, Breath of Fire, Suikoden, and Persona", Soul Saga: Episode I...

  • News Indie Point And Click Adventure Armikrog May Hit Wii U

    It needs to reach its Kickstarter goal first

    Pencil Test Studios has announced on the Kickstarter page for its upcoming adventure Armikrog that Nintendo of America reached out to them at E3 and expressed interest in the title coming to Wii U. While there are no concrete details or plans yet, here's what Pencil Test Studios had to say: After E3...

  • Exclusive Conker's Bad Fur Day Creator Chris Seavor Is Bringing Rusty Pup To Wii U

    Fellow ex-Rare developer Shawn Pile also involved

    A short time ago, we posted a news piece regarding Chris Seavor's plans for the Wii U. He hinted on Twitter that Nintendo's console could figure in his plans, and we can now exclusively reveal that he wasn't kidding — Gory Detail's next game — following the iOS title Parashoot Stan — will be...

  • Nintendo Download 20th June (North America)

    Luigi, Wario, tanks fighting bugs, X Zone craziness and much more

    It's that time again, North America, when your Nintendo systems groan under the weight of new download offerings cramming up virtual servers. That's not always strictly accurate, but is this week, with plenty of new titles available on Wii U and 3DS, with a sequel even gracing...

  • News Toki Tori 2 Miiverse Drawing Contest Flies Into Its Second Half

    Now for some downtime

    Toki Tori 2 developer Two Tribes has been going out of its way to engage and reward fans of the Wii U eShop title, with a meaty update and, in the past couple of weeks, a Miiverse drawing contest. Each week the studio has set a theme, sifted through a shortlist of those with the most 'Yeahs' and picked winners that'll appear...

  • News Club Nintendo Confirms Luigi Pin Contest For New Super Luigi U Downloads

    And double coins, too

    New Super Luigi U arrives in this week's Nintendo Download update, arriving on 20th June — at midnight in some regions — as DLC for New Super Mario Bros. U. An update for the retail title will arrive in time for Luigi's arrival, which will allow you to access the new content — a copy of Mario Bros. U is mandatory for this...

  • News Steampunk Puzzle Platformer Teslagrad Looks Gorgeous, And It's Coming To Wii U

    Magnetic attraction

    Norwegian indie studio Rain Games has revealed that its forthcoming 2D puzzle platformer Teslagrad is headed to the Wii U eShop. The Nintendo version of the game will launch alongside the other editions later this year. Set in a steampunk world governed by electromagnetic forces, Teslagrad places you in the shoes of a young boy...

  • Nintendo Download 20th June (Europe)

    Luigi steps up, the Guild returns, some retro goodies and much more

    So E3 is now but a fading memory, but at least we have a lot of Wii U and 3DS games on the way to keep us entertained for the rest of the year. One of those lands as Wii U DLC today, while the 3DS is pretty much overflowing with varied offerings, including the second entry from...

  • Feature A Miiverse Adventure With Mega Man X

    Time for some Megan Man, er, Mega Man

    A little while ago we reviewed Mega Man X on the Wii U Virtual Console, and liked it a lot. We happen to think this is a brilliant game, but it may nevertheless seem peculiar to those encountering it for the first time. We decided to try and see the game through fresh eyes while working on the review, and below...

  • News Shin'en Ponders Over HD Version of Jett Rocket II

    Could it come to Wii U too?

    Shin'en Multimedia is currently working on Jett Rockett II - The Wrath of Taikai, the sequel to the fun little WiiWare title that was released back in 2010. This new iteration is headed to the 3DS eShop and should be with us later on in the year. It appears the developer is contemplating the idea of releasing an HD...

  • News Toki Tori 2 Miiverse Drawing Contest Flutters Into Round Two

    Getting historical

    A little over a week ago we reported on an interesting Toki Tori 2 Miiverse drawing contest that was launched by Two Tribes, aiming to encourage the talented artists in the game's community to share even more creations. The prize is a grand one, with winning drawings set to appear as cave drawings in the game. The contest is...

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    Review Mutant Mudds Deluxe

    A muddled experience

    In early 2012, Mutant Mudds hit the 3DS eShop, and we loved it. Its faux-retro sprite design and satisfying difficulty made for a great gaming experience, as did the fact that it actually used the 3D effect in an interesting way; our hero Max could leap forward and backward through the background layers in order progress through...

  • News Former Rare Staffer Chris Seavor Hints At Wii U Development

    Is the Conker creator working on Nintendo's console?

    Chris Seavor — otherwise known as the man who created Conker's Bad Fur Day — has already stated that Wii U development interests him a great deal. However, he's now given his most convincing indication yet that he has something in the works for Nintendo's system. When asked on Twitter if he...

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    Review Spelunker

    Deeper underground

    Ask a few western gamers about Spelunker and it's likely that barely any of them will have heard of the game, despite it being originally developed by an American company. Ask Japanese gamers, though, and it's a completely different story — the game is very well known to them and is joked about online all the time, though not...

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    Review Mega Man 4

    The Blue Bomber jumps onto the GamePad

    In 1991 the world got a fourth entry in what had quickly shaped up to be one of the NES's most popular series. This game was Mega Man 4, and expectations were high. After all, the first game laid down a solid — if static — template that resonated very well with gamers, the second game refined the formula...

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    Review Yoshi

    Not very eggciting

    With so many tile-matching games available on so many different gaming platforms, it’s surprising to see that, despite the Wii U launching six months ago, there have yet to be any released on the new console. Nintendo has finally decided to fill that empty gap with the Virtual Console release of Yoshi, an NES era puzzler...

  • Video New Super Luigi U Trailer Flutter Jumps Into View

    Just a week away

    It may have slipped off some radars, but the substantial New Super Luigi U release arrives as DLC for New Super Mario Bros. U in next week's Nintendo Download update. The initial download release will arrive alongside an update for the Mario retail title, with the content then purchased through the game; a standalone boxed version...

  • Nintendo Download 13th June (North America)

    Mudds, mighty switching, Game Gear goodies and more

    As the E3 madness settles down to daily regular madness, we have the reliable and steady Nintendo Download news to enjoy. This week is a strong one in North America, with both the Wii U and 3DS eShop services hosting games from Renegade Kid and WayForward, while the Game Gear also returns on the...

  • News Over 1,000 Parties Interested In Developing For Wii U Since Nintendo Web Framework Announcement

    Lots of indie developers want to get on board

    Nintendo announced the Nintendo Web Framework during the Games Developers Conference in San Francisco in March. Essentially, it provides a method of developing software for Wii U by using open web technologies like HTML5 and JavaScript. Since then it appears to have been a hit with small developers as...

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    Review Mega Man 3

    The Blue Bomber jumps onto the GamePad

    It's fitting that Mega Man 3 introduces our hero's antagonistic, cocksure older brother Proto Man, as the game itself seems to eternally duke it out with its own brother Mega Man 2 for the coveted title of Best in Series. But wherever you may fall on the question, there's no doubt that this third installment in...

  • News Nintendo to Launch First Free-To-Play Game By March 2014

    What could it be?

    At an analyst briefing during E3, Nintendo has confirmed that it plans to launch its first free-to-play title at some point during the current fiscal year — that's the end of March 2014. There's no confirmation of platform or title just yet, so we'll have to wait to find out if it's Wii U or 3DS that will be home to Nintendo's...

  • News Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath HD Is Also Coming To Wii U

    More Oddworld? Yes please

    Following yesterday's announcement that Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee New 'N' Tasty is coming to the Wii U eShop, Oddworld Inhabitants revealed that Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath HD is also making its way to the Wii U's digital store. The game is a high definition port, with the original already having enjoyed success on the Xbox...