Wii U eShop - News


  • News USK Lists "Replay: VHS Is Not Dead" For Wii U

    Disc-based media killed the VHS star

    The German Entertainment Software Self-Regulation Body (USK) has listed Replay: VHS Is Not Dead for the Wii U. The title was released by publisher Neko Entertainment in July on Steam and received a positive reception for being a challenging, satisfying and convincing puzzle-platformer. Taking place in a...

  • News A New Yooka-Laylee Support Character Has Been Revealed

    Remember the good old days with Rextro Sixtyfourus

    When you get right down to it, there's still not a whole lot known about Yooka-Laylee, an upcoming 3D platformer made from ex-Rare staff that worked on games such as Donkey Kong 64 and Banjo-Kazooie. After the initial buzz around the game from its successful Kickstarter debut died down, new...

  • Parent Trap Oft-Forgotten Wii U Features That Matter To Families

    Family Gamer TV looks at the eShop, backward compatibility and more

    Weighing up which console to invest in for a family is a matter of identifying which features are most important to you. I've had a repeated conversation over the last few months where I introduce friends and parents to some of the lesser known features of the Wii U. Some of these...

  • News Keiji Inafune is Interested in Implementing amiibo in His Games

    Just don't delay Mighty No. 9 again, Inafune

    Up until recently, amiibo had been exclusively first party affairs. There are already dozens of the evasive figures available for a wide array of Nintendo franchises, but the question always remained: will amiibo ever be utilized by third parties? This was answered by a rather surprising reveal by Yacht...

  • Video Take a Look at the New Cat Costumes Now Available In Super Mario Maker

    Play custom courses as a feisty feline

    If Super Mario Maker on the Wii U wasn’t already addictive enough with its extensive list of course-making tools and user-made levels, the costume collection aspect of the game is yet another reason to hang around. With the number of costumes in the game steadily on the rise, Nintendo has just added two more...

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    Wii U eShop / GBA

    Review Harvest Moon: More Friends of Mineral Town

    Farm Fatale

    If you're familiar with the original Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town, released on the Wii U Virtual console earlier in 2015, then you know just about all there is to expect out of its follow-up, Harvest Moon: More Friends of Mineral Town. In fact, you should probably skim the review of the first title if you want a rundown of the...

  • News Get Ready To Blast Off With Space Dave!

    Dave in space

    We really liked Choice Provisions recent frantic arcade-inspired platformer Woah Dave!, next up from developer MiniVisions is Space Dave! which is described as a spiritual successor to this readily-avaible eShop entry; you can think of this new title as a modern take on the fixed shooters of yesteryear. Taking a page from classic...

  • News Bigley's Revenge Arrives on the Wii U eShop Just in Time for Christmas

    From the talented studio that brought you Meme Run

    There are some developers on the eShop that - in a rather bizarre inversion – seem to be famous not because of how good their games are, but how bad. It becomes something of a guessing game as followers theorize over what the studio will do next and if this one will be even worse than the studio's...

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    Wii U eShop / NES

    Review Stinger

    Cute, creative and cruel

    Most shmups ask you to shoot your way through hordes of enemy ships while dodging gunfire. Stinger asks you to do this while juggling. The cute, goofy exterior of the game hides just how challenging it can be, as while it may be hard to take smiling shoes, flying phones and whirling donuts seriously, they're all highly...

  • News Free Origin Story and 'Remaster' Update Coming to Affordable Space Adventures

    Origin Story to include five all-new levels

    Update: This update is also live in North America on 12th November. Original Article: We're big fans of Affordable Space Adventures here at Nintendo Life - the Wii U exclusive is a collaboration between KnapNok Games and Nifflas, providing one of the best examples of innovative GamePad usage we've seen...

  • Nintendo Download 12th November (Europe)

    Rodea the Sky Soldier! SEGA 3DS HOME Themes! Discounts! More!

    With the start of a fresh week comes the European Nintendo Download Update details. This week brings a relatively rare case of cross platform retail release action, with two versions of a Yuji Naka title that some have been rather looking forward to. Beyond that we have some light-hearted...

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    Wii U eShop / NES

    Review Wild Gunman

    You mean you have to use your hands?

    Just like Duck Hunt and Hogan's Alley, Wild Gunman was one of the first games released to take full advantage of the NES Zapper, and can now be played on the Wii U by using the Wii Remote's pointer instead. Based on Nintendo's light gun arcade machine, you might even remember seeing it in the Cafe 80's in Back to...

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    Wii U eShop / NES

    Review Zoda's Revenge: StarTropics II

    Time for Mike to make his return

    For banana fans and island hoppers alike, the original StarTropics stands to this day as an under-appreciated classic of the NES library. It's the kind of imperfect gem that sadly went a little under the radar at the time of its release, but has endured as a cult favourite thanks in large part to its distinctive...

  • Nintendo Download 5th November (North America)

    Yo-Kai Watch! Rodea! Stinger! Electronic Super Joy! More!

    It's time for more Nintendo Download Update goodness, and this week gamers in North America have a high-profile retail arrival on 3DS to consider alongside a long-awaited dual release on the portable and Wii U. There are some promising download-only games on offer too, so let's get to the...

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    Wii U eShop

    Review Octodad: Dadliest Catch


    Back in 2010 a little known freeware title by the name of Octodad was developed by a group of students. Built using the ever-evolving game development software Unity, Octodad was a fine example o­­f what small development teams could conjure up just by using their home computers. Since then a sequel was born, with its appearance on the...

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    Review Electronic Super Joy

    Get out the glow sticks

    A key question often lobbed at reviewers is "did you completely finish the game?" We'll answer that one straight away here - no. The reason? Because we can't, but the fact we'll keep trying says much about why we're happy to recommend Electronic Super Joy to Wii U owners. Originally developed by Michael Todd Games and ported...

  • News Fatal Frame Developers on Why Water was a Central Theme and How Ayane Came to be Included

    Evidently, ghosts are less likely to appear in dry climates

    Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water released only a couple weeks ago to generally positive acclaim. While the game may be a bit repetitive in some places, its integration of the GamePad as the Camera Obscura was a clever move that really added a whole new layer of immersion to the...

  • News Swapnote's Nikki is Revived as a Fan-Created Character in Shantae: Half-Genie Hero

    Now known as 'Ikki' for copyright reasons, we suspect

    We're still awaiting a release date for Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, the crowdfunded HD entry in the series that'll arrive either late this year or early in 2016, though WayForward is still ticking along and maintaining interest in the release. While doing so it's also fulfilling its duties to...

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    Wii U eShop

    Review Wicked Monsters Blast! HD PLUS


    Party-style mini-game compilations can sometimes be a treat. Many of us will have spent countless hours on games such as Nintendo Land and Mario Party, laughing uncontrollably as the same person fails over and over, or screaming hateful abuse towards those we held closest to our hearts only seconds before. These games...

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    Wii U eShop / GBA

    Review Konami Krazy Racers

    Super Konami Kart

    Konami Krazy Racers (AKA Konami Wai Wai Racing Advance in Japan) is a largely forgotten Mario Kart clone that was also one of the original launch games for GBA. If you can imagine Mario Kart Super Circuit with Konami-themed characters and courses, you'll be on the right track with what to expect from this decent little kart racer...

  • Feature Finding Top Speed in FAST Racing NEO

    "It's been the biggest production for us. We're sure it'll pay off"

    FAST Racing NEO, still due this year, is almost certainly among the most highly anticipated Wii U eShop releases of the next two months. In fact, among the hardier and most dedicated band of Wii U devotees it may be one of the most exciting upcoming releases on the system full stop,...

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    Wii U eShop

    Review PictoParty

    Bad drawings are funny

    Drawing with a time limit is a great recipe for laughter, especially among friends. PictoParty channels your inner terrible artist, letting you poorly draw cupcakes, skyscrapers and lamps as your friends desperately try to guess what it is you're trying to create. It's a simple party game that you may have seen before and is...

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    Wii U eShop / NES

    Review Hogan's Alley

    Not exactly a bullseye

    One of the earliest NES games released, Hogan's Alley is also possibly the most well-known Zapper game after the classic Duck Hunt. But does it hold up as well as its lightgun game partner? The premise of Hogan's Alley is fairly simple. You are (seemingly) some sort of police officer or soldier doing shooting practice, with...

  • News Monster eShop Maintenance to Run Through Most of 2nd November

    It's for a major server revamp, so don't get too excited

    Some of you may have had some trouble accessing the eShop today, and having assumed it was the usual short weekly session we decided to wait a short while. Then we waited a little longer. In actual fact, the eShop will likely be down for most of 2nd November due to a potential 24-hour...

  • Nintendo Download 5th November (Europe)

    Chibi-Robo! Electronic Super Joy! Contra! Toki Tori 3D! More!

    Another week begins, and Nintendo of Europe has the task of setting off some virtual fireworks in its Download Update. It does succeed in terms of delivering a first-party retail title on 3DS, while we think the download-only scene on Wii U is looking pretty encouraging this week. Throw...