Wii U eShop News


  • Video This Laparoscopic Wii U Controller is Teaching Medical Students to Perform Keyhole Surgery

    Time to scrub up

    Nintendo consoles have been privy to some incredibly unusual controllers in their time, most of which are a bit rubbish and don't really improve gameplay in any way. However these previous blunders haven't deterred Grendel Games from designing a Wii U eShop game called Underground and an accompanying controller to accurately...

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    Wii U eShop / GBA

    Review Mario vs. Donkey Kong

    Prophesizing the amiiboom

    Mario vs. Donkey Kong is interesting in that it's the only game in the Mario vs DK franchise (to date) that actually allows the player to control Mario; indeed this was originally planned to be a sequel to 1994's Donkey Kong on Game Boy, so arguably those two have more in common than the other games in the series. Mario vs...

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    Review Extreme Exorcism

    A hauntingly good time

    Extreme Exorcism is a simple, fun indie title that embraces one of Nintendo's core values: getting people together to play. From its aesthetics to its modes, this game is dripping with retro charm. If you haven't seen or heard of it before, it's a 2D pixel-art shooter that focuses on platforming and run-and-gun mechanics. It...

  • News Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Is Still Targeting a Holiday 2015 Release

    But it could slip!

    We recently got our hands on Shantae: Half-Genie Hero and felt it is shaping up really nicely, and could turn out to be something rather special indeed. The Kickstarter-funded project was originally targeted for an October 2014 release, but it's been held back so the talented artists and developers at WayForward can make the game...

  • News BeautiFun Games' Megamagic: Wizards of the Neon Age is a Tribute to the '80s, and Could Come to Wii U

    Relying on Kickstarter stretch goals

    Wii U eShop aficionados may recognise the name BeautiFun Games courtesy of Nihilumbra, a stylise release that we absolutely loved in our review. Earlier this year the studio announced its next project, Megamagic: Wizards of the Neon Age, though has just recently confirmed that it could make its way to Wii U. The...

  • Nintendo Download 24th September (Europe)

    Skylanders! Extreme Exorcism! Nova-111! More stuff!

    It's the start of another week, which means its time to bask in the joy of more Nintendo Download Update details for Europe. There are quite a few promising releases on the way for both Wii U and 3DS, including a major retail arrival and enticing download-only games; some rather good titles also...

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    Review Explody Bomb

    This bomb's a dud

    Oftentimes when playing on the Wii U, it can be easy to forget that one of the major selling points of the console is that it features a second screen on the controller. Sure, a game here or there may attempt use it in an "innovative" way, but it seems that most of the time the second screen is simply used as a screen mirror or as...

  • Hands On Digging Deeper With Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows

    An explosive addition

    The new Shovel Knight expansion has finally dropped, and while it may not be an entirely new game in the Shovel Knight franchise it still brings enough new content and ideas that it warrants a sort-of-review. Remember, this expansion is entirely free with the game, we're just going to share our thoughts on it and how it differs...

  • News The Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows Original Soundtrack is Now Available for Download

    Name your price for this magnificent sonic concoction

    As many of you are aware, the much anticipated Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows expansion is now available as a free update. Following the adventures of Plague Knight, a member of the Order of No Quarter, it's a refreshing remix on the original campaign that does an excellent job of expanding the...

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    Wii U eShop / NES

    Review Tecmo Bowl

    ​Move over Madden 16, Tecmo Bowl is back and stealing the NFL spotlight

    1989 wasn't just an amazing year because that's when this writer was born. It's an also amazing year because that's when Tecmo Bowl received its home console release on the Nintendo Entertainment System. Boasting an impressive roster from the 1988 NFL season, players could now...

  • News Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows Update Now Live

    A game changer

    When the Shovel Knight Kickstarter campaign propelled Yacht Club Games to early success a number of stretch goals were hit, and therefore committed the developer to key updates. The studio has stuck to its task of bringing out the Plague of Shadows content as a free update, and it's now available to download on Wii U and 3DS...

  • Nintendo Download 17th September (North America)

    Skylanders! Year Walk! Off Road Racing!

    It's that time again, North American eShop fans, for the Nintendo Download Update details. We've got a generous helping of new titles for you to get your teeth into - so what are you waiting for? Missed the Nintendo Download Update details for Europe earlier in the week. You cheeky scamp! Don't worry, the...

  • Hands On Popping Wheelies In Pumped BMX+

    Becoming the raddest & baddest

    Curve Digital is a publisher and developer that rarely fails to impress, and when we were invited down to its HQ to play a new title it's bringing to the Wii U we couldn't refuse. Pumped BMX+ is a game not dissimilar to OlliOlli, a previous title from Curve, the difference being that this time not only are you riding...

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    Review Year Walk

    Into the woods

    A year walk -- or "Årsgång" -- is an archaic form of divination in Swedish folklore, in which a person would deprive themselves of sleep and food in a dark room for 24 hours to then venture through the woods towards the local parish. Certain nights, such as New Year's Eve, were said to be better suited than others for a successful...

  • News Minecraft: Story Mode Arriving on Wii U after Other Platforms

    Digging deeper

    Many people have clamoured for Minecraft to make an appearance on a Nintendo console, and although it's not quite what everyone was expecting, Minecraft: Story Mode will be making its way to Wii U at some point soon; at least we hope so. A press release from the developer Telltale Games certainly confirms a Wii U release, but despite...

  • News Human Resource Machine Coming To Wii U Soon

    The machines are coming... for your job!

    We absolutely loved Wii U launch game Little Inferno: there was a certain thrill to working our way through one catalogue of useless junk and unlocking the next while the oppressively cheerful 1950s sales muzak played in the background. It's all been a bit quiet from the talented trio at the Tomorrow...

  • First Impressions Digging into Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows

    Fiendishly good

    When Shovel Knight was Kickstarted in March 2013 and subsequently met its funding goal, Yacht Club Games announced additional content to follow its release if stretch goals were met. The developer is now delivering on its promise with the release of a new downloadable campaign titled Plague of Shadows. We recently had the opportunity...

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    Review Star Sky

    The sky, the stars and the B button

    Star Sky is not a video game. Well, not in the usual sense at least. It is described as being "similar to an interactive poem", something to experience rather than something to play - and that's a perfect description. There aren't many games that make you feel like lying down, grabbing a box of chocolates and...

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    Review Funky Physics

    Taking the Fun Out of Funky

    There's a lot of physics in Funky Physics. There are also some minor annoyances, like hitting blocks and timing them just right to bounce off platforms for them to function properly. It takes the funky out of the title. Or maybe it adds to it depending on which perspective you're looking at the game from and your...

  • News Release Of Wii U Exclusive Typoman Postponed

    A bad spell

    Publisher Headup Games has gotten in touch to reveal that the release of its Wii U eShop exclusive Typoman has been postponed. No reasons are given for the delay, but the publisher is keen to stress that it's only a minor setback and that the development process is progressing well. The game was due to launch this week in North America...

  • Nintendo Download 17th September (Europe)

    Year Walk! Mario vs. Donkey Kongs! Bowls of Tecmo!

    Another week, another helping of digital delights from Nintendo. If you're in Europe and you want to know exactly what titles you can download to your Wii U and 3DS this week, then you've certainly come to the right place. Wii U eShop: Year Walk (Simogo, £6.29 / €6.99) - Grim tales, horrifying...

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    Wii U eShop / DS

    Review Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon

    Emerging from the shadows

    Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon is a Nintendo DS remake of the first Fire Emblem game (originally released in 1990 for Famicom in Japan) that's now available to download in Virtual Console form for Wii U. The series staple of strategic turn-based gameplay along with the perma-death possibility for characters would form the...

  • Interview James Hoag on Aiming High With Wii U Platformer Mekazoo

    "Our goal is to make the best platformer ever. We want to aim for that."

    Earlier this year we reported on the announcement of Mekazoo, a forthcoming title with gameplay that harkens back to the glory days of speed-based platformers. As exemplified by Nintendo's recent Nindie crusade, the Wii U eShop is no stranger to independent games, making it the...

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    Review Brave Tank Hero

    War, war never changes

    Oh Brave Tank Hero, you were not a great game on the 3DS. For those of you who missed the review, ultimately Brave Tank Hero was a mediocre affair on the portable system - the flawed game design and an array of oversights ruined what could have been a good title. Now, Natsume has released the game for the Wii U eShop; will a...

  • Weirdness Wii U Title Bombing Bastards Becomes 'Bombing Busters' on PS4, at Sony's Request

    Oh Nintendo, you rebel without a cause

    When we received a press release for Bombing Bastards coming to the Wii U eShop last year, our instinct was "good luck with that", assuming it'd undergo a name change before release. Nope, none of it, as it then launched on the eShop in July 2014. It was a further indication, among others, of Nintendo...

  • News Starwhal Makes A Slash On The North American Wii U eShop September 24

    A narwhal of a time

    The intense and chaotic multiplayer-driven title Starwhal is soon arriving on the Wii U eShop in North America, with developer Breakfall today announcing the title will be making a splash on September 24. [tweet The Wii U version of Starwhal will include an exclusive new 5 player mode. This mode titled “Blastopus" involves...

  • Nintendo Download 10th September (North America)

    Super Mario Maker! The Swindle! Q.U.B.E! Tecmo Bowl! More!

    It's that time again, North American eShop fans, for the Nintendo Download Update details. This week brings one of the year's biggest Wii U retail releases and a range of promising downloads on the home console. On the 3DS we have Hatsune Miku, a theme and... did we mention how good the Wii...

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    Review The Swindle

    An old-fashioned cyber thief

    The Swindle represents the first foray onto Nintendo hardware for Dan Marshall and his studio Size Five Games - via Curve Digital - having built up a strong reputation with PC releases. Bringing its own unique brand of quirky cyberpunk thievery, it's a slice of procedurally generated silliness likely to amuse as well as...

  • News Plague of Shadows Catching on All Systems Next Week

    It's gonna be sick

    Shovel Knight fans who have been waiting to launch an alchemical assault on the land will not have to stretch their patience much further, as Yacht Club Games has announced a 17 September release date for its free Plague of Shadows campaign. According to an announcement on the developer's website, the update will arrive for all...

  • News Gunscape to Bring Cross-Platform FPS Level Creation and Sharing to the Wii U eShop

    Build and share retro-style levels and multiplayer maps

    The Wii U - and in one case the 3DS - has brought the first eShop download games that are truly cross-platform. In a concept similar to Cubemen 2, Blowfish Studio Games is bringing Gunscape to Wii U, PS4, Xbox One and PC at the same time and opening up cross-platform level sharing. Gunscape is...

  • News Pumped BMX+ is Tricking Its Way to Wii U Soon

    The latest title published by Curve Digital

    Curve Digital has been a strong supporter of the eShop, with plenty of titles on Wii U and also OlliOlli on the 3DS. The studio is keeping up that support with its latest multi-platform release - Pumped BMX+. Originally developed by Yeah Us! - a one-man indie studio - this is a title that draws much of...

  • News The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth Hits Europe on 29th October

    Just in time for Halloween

    The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth is an excellent roguelike adventure game on Wii U and New Nintendo 3DS, combining randomly generated, Zelda-esque dungeons with an extremely graphic art style and theme. We awarded both versions an 8/10, praising the virtually endless amount of content that's packed in and the fiendishly...

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    Review Mario Golf

    Serious Golf for Serious Plumbers

    You could argue that the best part of many of the Mario sports titles is that they bring goofy, lighthearted aspects to those pastimes. Games like Super Mario Strikers and Mario Hoops: 3 on 3 all make dramatic changes to the sports they're portraying, capturing the attention of players who might not be interested in...

  • News Castles Pushed Back to Q1 2016

    More building required

    Castles is an action-driven puzzle title that's certainly caught the eye. Spanish developer WhootGames enjoyed notable success with its Steam Greenlight campaign and had planned a 15th September release on PC and consoles, including the Wii U eShop. With that original release just a week away, the studio - via publisher...

  • News Update on the Way to Make Wheels Round Again in Gunman Clive HD Collection

    No need to re-invent it

    We're big fans of Gunman Clive HD Collection on Wii U, as it successfully combines two terrific 3DS games in one package on the home console. There can be a couple of little technical issues for some, though, and developer Bertil Hörberg has been working on a fix. The issues generally seem to pop up if you have the game...

  • Nintendo Download 10th September (Europe)

    Super Mario Maker! The Swindle! Hatsune Miku! Etrian Mystery Dungeon! More!

    Another week begins and brings with it news of the upcoming European Nintendo Download Update, and this time around there's plenty to look forward to. One of the year's biggest retail releases on Wii U is joined by a much-anticipated download release published by Curve...

  • News Q.U.B.E: Director's Cut Arrives in North America on 10th September


    As many of you are likely aware, Q.U.B.E: Director's Cut launched on the Wii U eShop in Europe a little under two weeks ago. We awarded it a 7/10, praising its well-crafted puzzle design while criticizing some technical issues and a fairly unexceptional plot. Fortunately for North Americans, Q.U.B.E has finally been given a release date for its...

  • News Mario Slam Basketball Rated By Australian Classification Board

    Get ready to shoot some hoops

    If you’ve wanted to shoot hoops on your Wii U, you may soon be in luck with the Australian Classification Board today rating Square Enix’s 2006 DS title, Mario Slam Basketball. Known as Mario Hoops 3-on-3 in North America and Mario Basketball 3on3 in Japan, this is the first time the game will receive the Virtual...

  • First Impressions Getting Down with Shantae: Half-Genie Hero

    Don’t call it a reboot

    Among the indie stars that have graced Nintendo platforms over the years, it's easy to say that WayForward's Shantae is one of the most recognizable. Despite playing the lead role in only three games over the past decade, the scantily clad genie has managed to dance her way into the hearts of so many gamers

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    Review Zombie Defense

    Here a zombie, there a zombie, everywhere a zombie zombie!

    The game title Zombie Defense couldn't be more accurate and straight to the point. Developer Teyon's Wii U début is exactly that: a tower defence/RTS (real-time strategy) game where you fight off waves of zombies in an attempt to save the planet from total zombie supremacy. As with all...

  • Guide 9 Tips for Playing Runbow

    Get up and running

    Runbow is finally out in both North America and Europe. But did you know that to Runbow properly you need to follow a series of steps? It is scientifically proven by a group of proven scientists that running is more difficult than walking. Write that down as a fact! Luckily for you we have come up with the perfect guide; no no,...

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    Review Crab Cakes Rescue

    This cake is a lie

    The Wii U's library is bursting with quirky, innovative, fun games. Crab Cakes Rescue is not one of them. From the moment you start up Crab Cakes Rescue, its lack of polish is readily apparent. For starters, it runs in a 4:3 aspect ratio, leaving unsightly black bars on either side of the screen. The title is lifted directly from...

  • News Chieftain Bob Meets Gunman Clive, You Won't Believe What Happens Next

    Brokeback Clive

    Unless you've been hiding behind a tumbleweed, you've probably noticed that the Gunman Clive HD Collection is now on the Wii U eShop. In our review we awarded it a gunslinging 9/10 and said buying it is an absolute no-brainer. For the low price of entry, you are getting HD versions of not one, but two of the most impeccably-crafted...

  • Video Even Reggie Is Crazy About Runbow

    All hail the Reggie-lution!

    With Runbow now available in both North America and Europe, Nintendo of America has posted an amusing video on its YouTube channel revealing Reggie’s addiction to the recently released Wii U eShop title. The clip, which can be viewed below, lasts a minute and a half and also features Nintendo of America’s Damon...

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    Wii U eShop / NES

    Review VS. Excitebike

    Enjoyable interlude

    It's undoubtedly a good thing when Nintendo starts releasing older titles on the eShop that are otherwise fairly difficult to find or play. But does VS. Excitebike, originally only released on the Famicom Disk System in Japan in 1988, offer enough extra content compared to the original to justify a purchase? As the core of the...

  • News Wii U Offers "The Best Realisation Of The Second Screen Experience", Says Watchup CEO

    Unique newscasting app now available on Wii U eShop

    Earlier this week, news app Watchup appeared on the Wii U eShop without warning or fanfare, and has strangely been missed off this week's download update. Even so, Watchup CEO and Founder Adriano Farano is keen to make some noise about the Nintendo version of the download, which - in its Android...

  • News Freedom Planet Wii U Fix Making Progress, GalaxyTrail Aiming to Reveal Release Date Soon

    "We believe we’ve found the source of the problem"

    Freedom Planet, which has achieved some success on PC, has been on a number of Wii U eShop gamer's wishlists. It started out as a Sonic fan-game, before GalaxyTrail evolved the idea into its own IP; it incorporates some aspect of classic Sonic titles but nevertheless has plenty of different ideas...

  • Nintendo Download 3rd September (North America)

    Gunman Clive! Excitebike! Mario Golf!More!

    It's that time again, North American gamers, for the Nintendo Download Update details. This week brings an excellent download option on the Wii U from Hörberg Productions, along with a much-loved Mario sporting spin-off and another retro début in the West. Pickings are slimmer on the 3DS, though there are...

  • News Assault Android Cactus Still Coming To Wii U, Definitely Maybe

    Q1 2016 for real this time

    We first got our grubby mitts on Assault Android Cactus at EGX in September 2013 and liked what we played of this high octane arcade-style twin stick shooter. In fact, we found ourselves eagerly awaiting its arrival which was said to be Q1 2014 at the time. Australian indie developer Witch Beam may have bitten off a bit...

  • News These Disturbing Year Walk Bedtime Stories for Awful Children May Haunt Your Dreams

    "The boy screamed, but before anyone could hear his cries for help..."

    Year Walk is now just a couple of weeks away from release on the Wii U eShop, with developer Simogo teaming up with Dakko Dakko to produce a definitive version of the game. As was explained to us in an interview with both studios recently, the "GamePad becomes the link between...

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    Review Q.U.B.E: Director's Cut

    Meet your new companion Q.U.B.E

    A gigantic alien cube is hurtling through space on a collision course with Earth - and you've just woken up within it. As your body shakes off the fatigue, distant memories fail to solidify, leaving you in a state of total confusion and amnesia. Alone, save for a crackling voice over the radio, you're tasked with...

  • News Extreme Exorcism to Haunt the Wii U on 23rd September

    What an excellent day for a release

    Extreme Exorcism may be a title familiar to keen Wii U eShop fans courtesy of its inclusion in the E3 [email protected] demo promotion; publisher Ripstone has now confirmed that it won't be long until the full game is available. It's due to arrive on 23rd September on Wii U and a host of other platforms, priced at...

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    Review Gunman Clive HD Collection

    ​An excellent tribute to retro gaming

    Early in 2013, the world was graced with Gunman Clive, a short and sweet action platformer that was praised for its simplistic art style and solid mechanics. Almost exactly two years later we received Gunman Clive 2, a sequel that built upon and expanded the original in nearly every way possible. Now, both...

  • News Space Hulk Finally Docking With The Wii U eShop This Christmas

    In space, no one can hear you lament slipped release dates

    Last we heard, the Wii U version of Space Hulk was due to arrive in May, but that proved to be a false dawn as all of the console editions were pushed back slightly. If you own a Sony machine then the wait is now over, as the PlayStation 3 and PS Vita versions are out this week. Sadly,...

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    Wii U eShop / SNES

    Review Genghis Khan II: Clan of the Gray Wolf

    Who knew that Genghis Khan was so cool, calculating, and complex?

    Genghis Khan II: Clan of the Gray Wolf was originally developed by Koei and released for the PC-8801, PC9801, and the MSX in 1992. The following year, Genghis Khan II saw releases for MS-DOS, Sega Genesis, Sega CD, PC Engine CD, NES, and SNES. Five more years later, and the game would...

  • News Amazon Now Offering Nintendo Games For Direct Digital Download

    "Seamless redemption experience" promised

    Online retailer Amazon is now offering digital downloads of "over 50 Nintendo digital game titles" which can be downloaded directly to your 3DS or Wii U console using a "seamless redemption experience". It works like this. You purchase the game on Amazon as you would normally, and then link your Nintendo...

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    Wii U eShop / N64

    Review Sin and Punishment

    On the rails and off the hip

    It's no secret that many Japanese titles never see the light of day overseas. Countless games have been unreleased for fear of lack of public interest and fear of bad. This was the initial reason Sin and Punishment, released in 2000, never surfaced on the Nintendo 64 outside of Japan. The hectic shoot'em up only made...

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    Wii U eShop / DS

    Review Wario: Master of Disguise

    Master of Mediocrity

    After WarioWare took off, it seemed like that was all everybody's favourite antihero was up to, save for a Wii instalment of the Wario Land series. In truth, there was also an attempt at a Wario platformer on the DS, though it is quite easy to see why not many seem to remember this outing. Developed by Suzak, the company...