Wii U eShop - News

March2013

  • News Ubisoft Wii U Titles Receive eShop Price Cuts In Europe

    Grab them while they're cheap(er)

    If you've been keeping your powder dry when it comes to purchasing digital games on your Wii U console, today's European Nintendo Download news should be music to your ears, as Ubisoft has reduced the price of all of its titles on the Wii U eShop. It follows a similar sale which occurred in North America not so...

  • Nintendo Download 21st March 2013 (Europe)

    Monstrous quests, reckless driving, retro boxing, a big sale and more

    It's Monday, so you know what that means Europe. It's time for the Nintendo Download update news, letting us know what'll be dropping onto our systems later this week; we have a lengthy list that includes the latest €0.30 / £0.30 Wii U Virtual Console promotion, some...

  • News Pokémon Rumble U Trailer Shows NFC in Action

    Details of first set of figurines included

    Announced in Coro Coro magazine in February, Pokémon Scramble U, commonly being called Pokémon Rumble U in the West, arrives as a download-only Wii U title on 24th April for 1800 Yen, which at the time of writing equates to just over $18/€14/£12; it continues on from Pokémon Rumble on WiiWare and...

  • News Broken Rules Has A New Game In The Works

    Will be set in the same world as Chasing Aurora

    Chasing Aurora has been in the Wii U eShop since the system's launch, and plenty of people have been enjoying soaring through it; a demo for the game is now available to download free of charge for those wanting to fly before they buy. In a recent interview with 4CR, Broken Rules, the developer behind...

  • News Zen Pinball 2 Launches Into North America on 21st March

    The wait is nearly over

    Every week with Nintendo Download updates for both North America and Europe, there are games that are eagerly awaited and seem to be perpetually missing. It can be frustrating, but one wait being endured by North American Wii U owners is almost at an end — Zen Studios has confirmed that Zen Pinball 2 will arrive on the Wii...

  • Nintendo Download 14th March 2013 (North America)

    Hunting monsters, going to the City, throwing retro punches, being Mega and much more

    It's Nintendo Download update time, North America, with so much packing the eShops and DSi store that we even had the information earlier than normal — all the more time to soak it up. Quite a few high profile retail downloads are joined by some demo action, a...

  • News A World of Keflings Is Migrating To Wii U eShop Later This Year

    XBLA hit is heading to Nintendo's console

    NinjaBee Studio has confirmed that it will be bringing its Xbox Live Arcade title A World of Keflings to the Wii U eShop later this year. The sequel to A Kingdom for Keflings, A World of Keflings launched on the Xbox 360 back in 2010. It places you in a fantasy world where you must help Keflings — small...

  • News Pokémon Scramble U Set To Be The First Wii U Title To Use The NFC Feature

    We can hear our wallets crying

    The latest edition of CoroCoro magazine has released some new information on upcoming Pokémon title for the Wii U, Pokémon Scramble U. The game will be released in Japan on the 24th April, and it'll be the first title to utilize the console's NFC (Near Field Communication) feature. NFC allows the player to place...

  • News Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams Heading to Wii U eShop

    It's what dreams are made of

    Giana Sisters: Twisted Dream is a platformer developed by Black Forest Games and has been out on PC since October last year. A console release is imminent with a PSN and Xbox Live Arcade version on the cards as of right now. However, the developer has confirmed on its Facebook page that Giana Sisters: Twisted Dream will...

  • News Pixelscopic Hopes To Bring The Zelda-Inspired Delver's Drop To A Nintendo System

    "Our inspirations come primarily from the Super Nintendo Era, though we're pulling from a lot of other sources as well."

    Delver's Drop is the kind of game you'd get if you combined The Legend of Zelda: Link To The Past with Demon's Souls and added in a pinch of Diablo — and it could be coming to a Nintendo console in 2014, if all goes according...

  • News Spin The Bottle Gets Second Equally Bizarre Teaser Trailer

    Pass the badger, if you please

    Wii U eShop title Spin The Bottle has received its second trailer, and to be perfectly honest we're still none the wiser about this slightly mad but incredibly interesting new game. You can view the trailer — in all its sausage-shaped glory — below. It seems to show the names of some of the mini-game tasks...

  • Nintendo Download 14th March 2013 (Europe)

    Flying for less, stopping invaders, mastering jewels and more

    It's Monday morning, so once again Nintendo of Europe is starting the week with the news of what we can expect in this week's Download Update. There's a demo and sale of a recently updated launch release on Wii U, various 3DS offerings and a one-button runner from CIRCLE Entertainment...

  • News Minecraft is Just As Likely To Appear on Wii U as Any Other Platform

    Hope for it yet... Maybe...

    The massively popular indie title Minecraft has built itself quite a fanbase since its emergence in 2011. It all started on mobile devices and PC, but moved over to the console market when it appeared on the Xbox Live Arcade. Due to Microsoft's exclusivity deal with Mojang, the game's developer, it hasn't been made...

  • News The Adventures Of Dash Could Be Hitting The Wii U eShop

    "We hope to bring it to the Wii U as quickly as possible"

    Platform puzzle romp The Adventures of Dash could be bound for the Wii U eShop, according to developer Robotoki. A Kickstarter to fund the game has just launched, and although the Wii U isn't currently getting a version, that will change if the campaign is successful: We are already...

  • News Team Meat: We'd Work With Nintendo If Meat Boy Made It Into Smash Bros.

    "Nintendo are you listening? Smash Bros! Just f***ing use the character"

    Super Meat Boy creators Edmund McMillen and Tommy Refenes have been speaking to Eurogamer about their future projects, and have revealed that they would be prepared to work with Nintendo again — with one small caveat. McMillen: "I want Meat Boy to be in Smash Bros. That...

  • Developer Interview Uncade's David Byers Talks Another Castle And His Love Of Nintendo

    "I think the Wii U is going to be a really indie-friendly platform"

    As we exclusively reported a short time ago, Uncade's Another Castle is coming to the Wii U eShop in 2014. An old-school platform epic designed to test your reflexes and tickle your nostalgia-bone, the game is the work of just one man: David Byers. Fresh from announcing that...

  • News Chasing Aurora Update Now Available on Wii U eShop

    Ready for download in North America and PAL regions

    Chasing Aurora was a launch title on the Wii U eShop, bringing with it a focus on local multiplayer that was undoubtedly unique among its contemporaries. It's since become available as a demo and had a price promotion, though developer Broken Rules admitted earlier in the year that despite a...

  • News Two Tribes: Toki Tori 2 Development is Complete

    It's been submitted to Nintendo

    Two Tribes has been working hard on getting Toki Tori 2 ready for release. Recently it said it had approached Nintendo for more time and was told to take as long as it needed to get the game right before launching it into the Wii U eShop. Fortunately for us it didn't take much longer, as Two Tribes has announced that...

  • News Doesn't Look Like Minecraft Will Be Coming To Wii U Anytime Soon

    Love can't build a bridge?

    The Wii U eShop is becoming a haven for indie developers, but it seems that not everyone is keen to join the party. According to Edge Online, Mojang’s Jens Bergensten has said that his company is unlikely to port its indie smash hit Minecraft to the Wii U. Bergensten said: Microsoft has an exclusivity deal for...

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    Review BIT.TRIP Presents: Runner 2 Future Legend of Rhythm Alien

    A bolt of bliss

    There's a really strong sense of liberation to BIT.TRIP Presents: RUNNER2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien, made more pronounced if you’ve hung with any of the six WiiWare entries of the series. In no small part is it because of all the running and jumping, which does metaphorically speak strongest to our sense of freedom —...

  • News Two Tribes: Wii U is "Perfect For Us"

    Developer may use Miiverse to share user-created content

    Puzzle-platformer Toki Tori 2 has suffered a few delays in the run up to its highly anticipated release on the Wii U eShop. Two Tribes, the game's developer, told us in an interview last month that Nintendo was very understanding about the delay and told it to take its time in implementing...

  • News Gaijin Games: Runner 2 Fix is On The Way

    The patch is with Nintendo already

    BIT.TRIP Presents: Runner 2 Future Legend of Rhythm Alien was released onto the North American Wii U eShop last week, representing the series' leap into the HD era of gaming. The release hasn't gone as smoothly as Gaijin Games would have hoped though, as many who downloaded it have been experiencing freezing...

  • News Renegade Kid Developing New Title Called Treasurenauts

    Some treasure has been spotted

    The developer of hit 3DS eShop title Mutant Mudds is working on a new title, according to Siliconera. A trademark reveal had been discovered by the site on the USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office), which had been filed by developer Renegade Kid. We reached out to Jools Watsham, founder of Renegade Kid,...

February2013

January2013

  • Nintendo Download 31st January 2013 (North America)

    An awakening, a puddle, underwater exploration and more

    While this week's Nintendo download update for Europe is rather modest, albeit with a long-awaited Wii U release, you lucky North Americans have a broad range of content across every platform. There are demos, retail downloads and some interesting new and retro options, so let's get right to...

  • News NBA 2K13 Demo Now Available In The Euro Wii U eShop

    Hoopin' and hollerin'

    NBA 2K13 has been available in North America since the very start of the Wii U's existence. Europe had to wait a little longer to shoot some hoops, with the game being released earlier this month. Europe has also had to wait longer for a demo, something that's been in the North American Wii U eShop for a while. Well worry not...

  • News Oliver and Spike: Dimension Jumpers Pencilled In For Wii U

    "Ratchet & Clank meets Zelda meets Uncharted"

    Norwegian developer Rock Pocket Games is working on a new project called Oliver and Spike: Dimension Jumpers, and it intends to bring it to Wii U as well as PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The colourful 3D exploration puzzler features a world full of dimensions, and the happenings in each one influences...

  • News Zen Studios Confirms Zen Pinball 2 Launch Tables

    25 either bundled or on individual sale

    Ahead of its release in Europe this week and its arrival "very soon" in North America, Zen Studios has published the list of day one content for Zen Pinball 2 on the Wii U eShop. As expected, with the format following that seen on other consoles — a free download with demos of tables and DLC packages —...

  • News The 90's Arcade Racer Speeds Closer to Wii U

    Update hints at exciting developments ahead

    A little over a week ago we told you about The 90's Arcade Racer, a project from one-man Greek developer Pelikan13 with the goal of creating a new experience inspired by classic arcade racers such as Daytona USA and Sega Rally. In order to get the project over the finishing line for a release this year the...

  • News Pinball Games Contribute to a Revival of Real Tables

    A new generation is getting interested

    While it's often easy for veteran gamers — some of which are part of the Nintendo Life team — to bemoan the loss of some video game traditions, there are occasions where modern trends are good for those with old-fashioned sensibilities. We see old titles given new life on download platforms, for example,...

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    Review Balloon Fight

    Float on

    To mark the arrival of the Virtual Console on the Wii U, Nintendo has launched a very generous promotion to mark the 30th anniversary of the Famicom (the Japanese version of the NES, in case you were wondering). What this promotion entails is the release of seven classic Nintendo games on the Wii U over a period of seven months for the...

  • Nintendo Download 31st January 2013 (Europe)

    Pinball at last, downloadable Batman and a video

    While there's a common saying — at least in the rainy old UK — that "when it rains, it pours", we're not sure that can be applied to the Nintendo Download this week. There's an eagerly anticipated release on the Wii U eShop — making it the second download-only release on the console in as many...

  • News Puddle Given Release Date In North America

    It'll be in the eShop before February

    Water-based puzzle game Puddle has been making a splash in the Wii U eShop in Europe since the day the new system launched way back in November. North Americans, meanwhile, had their spirits dampened as they were forced to wait a little while longer for it. Information seemed to be drying up, but fortunately...

  • News Nintendo Reveals Specific Dates For Wii U Virtual Console Trial Campaign

    Each of the seven games dated

    During last week's information-packed Wii U Nintendo Direct, Satoru Iwata revealed there would be a special promotion coming to the Wii U eShop to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Famicon - the Nintendo Entertainment System in the West - called the Wii U Virtual Console Trial Campaign. The promotion will release a...

  • News Zen Pinball 2 Release Date Arriving "Any Day Now"

    Don't panic, it's still coming

    Zen Pinball 2 developer Zen Studios has taken steps to assure fans that the Wii U version of the game is still on course for release. Originally expected back in December, the launch slipped to January - but there's still no sign of the game as yet. We know what you're thinking - delays of this kind can only mean one...

  • News Trine 2: Director's Cut Update Now Live In Europe

    Download it while it's hot

    Trine 2: The Director's Cut has been updated in Europe by developer Frozenbyte. Frozenbyte confirmed the update was coming when we spoke to them last year, and more recently stated that it should be arriving this month. We can confirm that the update is now live in Europe, as we've just downloaded it to our

  • Talking Point The Wii U Virtual Console Trial Campaign's Advertising Role

    Simple but effective

    Among the many announcements in yesterday's Wii U Direct, only one had an immediate impact on console owners, with the Wii U Virtual Console Trial Campaign launching right after the broadcast. Balloon Fight is now available to download with some Wii U-exclusive features — which we'll get to later — and the release schedule...

  • News Balloon Fight On Wii U Reportedly Running At 50Hz in Europe

    Oh, Nintendo

    So, Balloon Fight is available in exchange for some loose change right now on the Wii U eShop. That's good. The download in Europe is apparently continuing the trend seen on Wii and is running at 50 Hz. That's most definitely bad. For those of you outside of Europe and unaware, back in the old days — prior to the GameCube era —...

  • Nintendo Download 24th January 2013 (North America)

    Fighting with balloons and guns, cave exploration, getting funky and more

    It's Nintendo download time, North America, and this week brings you various goodies for your latest systems. The Wii U eShop features a new downloadable title that you probably spotted two days ago, the first Virtual Console release — sort of — on the system, and 3DS has...

  • News Wii U Virtual Console Games Support Wii Classic Controller And Pro Controller

    Also supports the use of two GamePads

    Details of the Wii U Virtual Console were finally announced during yesterday's Nintendo Direct, revealing that it will be up and running after a system update in Spring. Games purchased from the Wii U Virtual Console will be playable on the GamePad and Pro Controller as well as the Wii Classic Controller. You...

  • Rumour Flashback Remake Coming To Wii U eShop

    1992 classic is getting a lick of paint

    French action platformer Flashback is being remade for modern consoles, and rumour has it that a Wii U eShop edition is also on the cards. Originally developed for the Commodore Amiga by Delphine Software in 1992, the game combined 3D visuals with 2D platforming and quickly gained a cult following. Console...

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    Review The Cave

    It sure is dark in here...

    We've been anticipating The Cave here at Nintendo Life Towers ever since it was announced. After all, it's a collaboration between two genuine legends of the industry. Firstly there's Ron Gilbert, whose work includes classics such as Maniac Mansion, the first two Secret of Monkey Island games, and 2010's repetitive but...

  • News Wii U Virtual Console Trial Campaign Schedule Released

    Seven classic games incoming over the next seven months

    During today's Wii U Direct Satoru Iwata announced the Wii U Virtual Console Trial Campaign, which has been devised to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the original Famicom. Eagle-eyed readers will note that the Virtual Console doesn't officially launch until after Spring, when the system...

  • News Nintendo Launches Wii U Virtual Console Trial Campaign Today

    In celebration of the Famicom's 30th Anniversary

    Following the announcement of the Wii U Virtual Console in today's Wii U Direct, Satoru Iwata went on to announce the Trial Campaign, which is to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the original Famicom. Although the full Virtual Console doesn't officially launch until after the Spring system update,...