Wii U eShop - News

November2015

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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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    Review Octodad: Dadliest Catch

    Octo-Sad

    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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    Review Wicked Monsters Blast! HD PLUS

    MASH, MASH, MASH, MASH, MASH…

    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...

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    Review Defense Dome

    It seems that the rocket has missed its mark

    Defense Dome is a classic-style arcade action game developed by the aptly named HullBreach Studios for the Wii U eShop. Designed to be played in short bursts, this game offers quick access to three separate level designs, with promise for more content to be made available as add-on content. It is...

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    Review Nova-111

    Exploring Space, One Turn at a Time

    Oh to be lost in space, exploring strange new worlds with a plethora of rocks. Lots and lots of space rocks. Enjoying the thrill of combat from dangerous, colourful and stinky creatures at your fuel tanks. Rescuing your fellow scientists, some unwillingly and others affected by the loneliness that is space...

  • First Impressions Taking A Shot At Fatal Frame: Maiden Of Black Water

    "I like it here...She's calling me."

    The Fatal Frame series, known as Project Zero in Europe, has had an inconsistent presence in the West for quite some time now. Though several installments made their way onto Nintendo consoles - most notably the Wii - fans outside of Japan have grown accustomed to importing in order to get the latest spooky...

  • News Metroid Prime: Hunters Arrives on Wii U Virtual Console in Japan

    Yes please, NoA and NoE

    When Nintendo announced DS games for the Wii U Virtual Console quite some time ago, many reacted with variations of "huh", "erm" and "that's weird". Yet it has worked reasonably well in many cases, with the GamePad screen and TV having various configurations to get the most out of these previously portable titles. It also...

  • News Super Smash Bros. Wii U & 3DS Version 1.1.1 Is Now Live

    New and classic stages, Mii Fighter outfits & more

    Nintendo’s ongoing support of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U & 3DS continues with the latest patch for the game now live. Version 1.1.1 further enhances the overall game experience and also introduces new paid DLC offerings including the anticipated Super Mario Maker stage as well as seven...

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    Review Rock 'N Racing Off Road DX

    Quantity over quality

    EnjoyUp's top-down racer Rock 'N Racing Off Road, released in February, was a disappointing, frustrating experience that left much to be desired. Now, just months later, Rock 'N Racing Off Road DX aims to improve upon the formula and offer a more robust set of features, tracks, cars, and modes. Yet while there's certainly more...

  • News Excellent Shovel Knight Sales Prove That Indie Games Sell Well On Nintendo, Says Capy's Nathan Vella

    30 percent sold on 3DS, 20 percent on Wii U

    Yacht Club Games may have removed Shovel Knight's Nintendo exclusivity in recent months, but the game has still performed best on Nintendo consoles. According to Nathan Vella, president and cofounder of Capy Games, 30 percent of sales have been on the 3DS, with 20 percent of total sales on Wii U. 14...

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    Review Job the Leprechaun

    "What do I look like, me lad?"

    Job the Leprechaun is having a hard time. A witch has kidnapped his best friend, Eri, and has taken her far away, past lands filled with knights, zombies, and goblins. So Job's going to save her…eventually. First, he'll grab all the four-leaf clovers he can find, slowly moving through the poorly-defended countryside...