Complaints about pricing on the Wii U eShop can - on occasion - be valid, but those looking to spend very few dollars on their games aren't short of options. With Unity and Nintendo Web Framework support the store has opened up to a host of new developers that are keen to offer budget experiences, with mixed results overall.
TreeFall Studios is one such studio, which attracted quite a lot of attention for debut release The Letter but has, with subsequent releases, been working on and releasing various projects in other genres. Its latest effort is Outside the Realm, which uses touch-based puzzles on the GamePad along with some side-scrolling sections.
It's due in North America on 11th February and may also have the honour of the lowest launch price we've seen. Though its regular price will be $1.99, it'll be just $0.49 over its launch weekend. Whether that sub-dollar price will drive a high volume of sales (with admittedly tiny revenues per copy) will be interesting to see, but it's part of an established trend on the home console's store for games under $2.
You can see a trailer for Outside the Realm below.
I see no reason to not spend the 49 cents on it. Even if the game isn't that great, it'll still be worth the money. This'll probably be a day one purchase for me
Now that I think about it, the game might actually sell fairly well just because of its very low price. Almost everyone has a dollar or so remaining on their eShop accounts from past purchases. This will be a great way to use it, regardless.
When Nintendo players eagerly throw away money on these trite affairs, they have created the eShop they deserved--plagued with bottom-of-the-barrel, zero-quality crap from people who know less about game design than your average shoe-shiner from turn-of-the-century New York. From last century.
Money can still be wasted, even at 49 cents. And continued support of sub-candy-bar value gaming will continue to produce more such games.
Pass. I just finished another eshop game, Scram Kitty and his Buddy on Rails. Great game, you can tell work and effort was put into it. Good controls, solid graphics, tight levels, just well done. I want more games like that and less of these bare bone efforts. At least somewhere in the middle.
I've spent lots of time on Zacsia's Last Stand, Cubemen 2, Toki Tori, Ping 1.5+ and a plenty other WiiU eshop titles and enjoyed them. But they had more to them than this, at least based on the trailer.
Well this be better then The Letter? Let's find out in the Next episode.. of Nintendo Life Z!
In the same week Wii U gets this, PS4 gets Unraveled.
If you look closely you should be able to tell them apart.
is Unravelled 49 pennies too? What a steal!
This reminds me of Journey of a Special Average Balloon.
Doesn't look like a particularly good game, but by all means a vast improvement over the letter. The thing that ticks me off is the shoody-looking collision detection and the immediacy with which the astronaut moves considering it's bloody space. Will likely be worth the price, that much is true.
@LetsGoChamp It's be nice to get more games that aren't just worth 49 pennies, though
I don't say this often. Looks like trash.
They should pay me 4.99 to play that. If people like that kind of game more power to them.
@spurgeonryan Good question, but I have no idea. I'd guess $14.99. I think that's 30x more, graphics are about 1,000x better though.
But as humans what we see is usually the first thing that matters, not whats in the wallet, that comes second. Outside the Realm may be a much better game than Unraveled, but most people are going to jump at the graphics first and figure out the financial considerations later. That's just the way it is.
after that "game" called the letter, i'll never spend money on this company ever.
On one hand I applaud the man for living his dream of designing games released on a Nintendo console. With the other, I scratch my head at the quality of said products.
The chances of me getting this game are....OUTSIDE THE REALM of possibility.
Everyone comments the gameplay or visuals. For me it's the music...
@Darknyht I agree that we should appreciate when people follow their dreams. We should also insist that they learn their craft before entering the industry by selling a game. TreeFall has gotten better (that's the impression I get, anyway; I've never played one of their games), but it really feels like they're still learning and that their games should be considered student exercises, not commercial products.
@Haiassai I know, catchy as hell, right?
Sure, I'll give it a spin!
49 cents? Too expensive. A fine price for me to get this would be the developer giving me twenty bucks.
Watch them be the next Square in 4 years.
Looks like posesed Colorforms on acid.
Well, it looks like they're improving. This one looks a bit more like a game.
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