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French developer Aurelien Regard has revealed that it is bringing The Next Penelope to the Wii U eShop in early 2015.

The game is a curious shooting and racing hybrid which calls to mind Kingdom Grand Prix, a fantastic arcade shooter from the late '90s. It also reminds us a lot of the classic '80s cartoon series Ulysses 31, which is no bad thing at all.

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Here's the official rub, direct from the developer:

The Next Penelope is an original 2D racing and action game, set in a futuristic Greece. As Penelope is looking for Ulysses through the galaxy, the player is free to explore the worlds in any order. Each planet features unique situations, races, bosses, and new permanent abilities to get for the spaceship. All weapons cost vital energy when used, so the player is very powerful and close to death at the same time.

The Next Penelope tries to bring fast paced action, strategy, and special moments for a very non-generic racing game.

You can check out some footage of The Next Penelope in action below.