Wii U eShop - News


  • News Virtual Console Games Will Eventually Be Playable On Wii U GamePad Alone

    Nintendo still working towards getting the Virtual Console set up on Wii U

    The Wii U eShop has been hailed by a number of small developers as an exciting new platform on which to publish games; however, since the system's launch the eShop hasn’t seen a significant growth due to few new titles emerging. Many people have also been wondering what is...

  • News The Big Wii U Survey

    So, what do you think of Wii U?

    Chances are, if you're a dedicated Nintendo fan then you already own a Wii U console. Nintendo's latest hardware has a lot to live up to - its predecessor the Wii is one of the best-selling pieces of gaming hardware ever - but we personally think it's off to a good start, with some unique features, a great online...

  • News Two Tribes Considering More Wii U eShop Releases

    Points are all that you can score

    Two Tribes is currently working on finalising Toki Tori 2 for release on the Wii U eShop, but has been busy on Twitter hinting at more projects and releases that it's planning for the new system. On the cards are two existing PC/Mac/Smartphone titles, while the same thread of tweets also floated the idea of a "co-op...

  • News Picked Up A Pre-Owned Wii U Console? You Could Have Access To Free Downloads

    Content tied to hardware and not Nintendo Network ID

    We all know that the current Nintendo Network ID system isn't perfect - we've spoken about it in the past, in fact. However, things have become even more interesting with the news that second-hand Wii U consoles retain download privileges for games purchased by the original owner - even after the...

  • Feature The Biggest Wii U Games of 2013

    Well, those that we know about

    2012 was a busy year for Nintendo — which our upcoming yearly review will hopefully demonstrate — but now it's all about moving forward with its current systems, with Wii U hogging plenty of headlines by virtue of the fact that it's less than two months old. We won't truly know how well worldwide launch and Holiday...

  • News Mutant Mudds Deluxe Content Will Be Exclusive To Wii U

    3DS won't be getting any DLC

    Mutant Mudds Deluxe will be heading onto the Wii U eShop in the first quarter of 2013 and it has been revealed by Renegade Kid, the game's developer, that the additional content that will be found in it will be exclusive to the Wii U version. Taking to Twitter, Renegade Kid's co-founder Jools Watsham revealed that the...

  • News Indie Hit FEZ Is Finally Shaking Off XBLA Exclusivity In 2013

    Could be heading to the Wii U eShop

    FEZ creator Phil Fish has confirmed that the indie platformer will be coming to other platforms in 2013. He broke the news on the Polytron site in a post which reflects on 2012 and explains the plans for the next twelve months. FEZ launched on Xbox Live Arcade in April 2012, and gained a raft of awards. However,...



  • Feature Toki Tori 2 Top 5 - What's New In The Sequel

    Calling the shots

    Toki Tori 2, the sequel to one of WiiWare's best-known titles, arrives on the Wii U eShop on 20th December. This sequel features significant changes from the structure and gameplay of the original release, while the included level editor may give extra life to the experience for any budding game designers with their hands on a Wii...

  • Nintendo Download 30th November 2012 (Europe) - Wii U Edition

    Got your hard drive ready?

    Wii U is finally arriving in Europe and PAL regions, and with it comes all of the excitement of a new system. Part of that — after the system update, of course — is the Wii U eShop, which arrives with some exciting download-only games as well as a host of retail titles. There's plenty to get through, so let's get to...

  • News Mutant Mudds Deluxe Venturing Onto Wii U in Q1 2013

    Mud-sliding its way into the Wii U eShop

    A few months back Jools Watsham of Renegade Kid posted possibly the shortest blog post we'd ever seen, which simply showed an image of Mutant Mudds on a Wii U GamePad with the accompanying title "Mutant Mudds Deluxe". Obviously this indicated that the popular 3DS eShop title would be following in the...

  • News Two Brothers Developer Speaks Of Nintendo In Glowing Terms

    Nintendo "fighting against a stereotype", says indie dev

    AckkStudios - the team behind Two Brothers - has given some more details about what it's like to work with Nintendo on the Wii U eShop. Speaking to Kotaku, brothers Brian and Andrew Allanson (spooky, eh?) spoke about how Nintendo had approached the development of the game,

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    Review Trine 2: Director's Cut

    Three’s company, two

    It’s always a strange occurrence when the sequel to a hit game becomes available to a new community of gamers, especially when those gamers might have no prior knowledge of the series. Trine 2: Director’s Cut is not only one of the first games available on the Wii U eShop, but it's also the first iteration of the Trine...

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    Review Little Inferno

    Burn, baby, burn

    "Your Little Inferno is not like other games. There are no points, there is no score, you are not being timed. Just make a nice fire, and stay warm in the glow of your high definition entertainment product." This opening letter from Tomorrow Corporation - the real-life developer and in-game mega-conglomerate from whom you've just...

  • News Cloudberry Kingdom Delayed On Wii U eShop

    We hope it's available 'berry' soon

    The developer behind Cloudberry Kingdom - Pwnee Studios - has revealed that its upcoming Wii U eShop title will be delayed. When asked if it would be available for download this month, the response from Pwnee was: Unfortunately it is not. Looks like we're going to delay for a bit and go for a simultaneous launch...

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    Review Mighty Switch Force: Hyper Drive Edition

    Arresting development

    When Mighty Switch Force was released for the 3DS eShop it was quickly heralded as not only one of the service’s best games but also one of the best games on the stereoscopic handheld period. Faultless controls, addictive puzzle platforming and a healthy dose of WayForward’s trademark charm made it shine, and now with the...

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    Review Nano Assault Neo

    Bullet hell on a cell

    Much like the its 3DS predecessor, Nano Assault Neo is an arcade-style shoot 'em up that’s all about piloting a microscopic spacecraft and blasting molecular baddies. There isn’t actually a plot present in this game, so there’s no need to worry about being bogged down by unnecessary story. What we have instead is a...

  • News New Gameplay Trailer For Chasing Aurora Soars In

    Braving the elements

    The Wii U eShop has gained a fair amount of support already from developers. One such developer is Broken Rules, which has brought the vibrant Chasing Aurora along to the virtual store for launch. Already available in North America, Chasing Aurora will be available in Europe on the same day Wii U launches – that’s November...

  • News Premium Wii U Owners In The UK Need To Spend £62.50 To Receive £5 eShop Voucher

    Points mean prizes?

    One of the big draws for the Wii U Premium Pack is its reward scheme which allows users to gain money back on their eShop purchases. It was originally claimed that eShoppers would gain 10% back as a reward but it appears this is not the case - it’s a little bit less. Nintendo UK has revealed a little bit more information on...

  • News Trine 2: Director's Cut Springs To Life With A New Trailer

    A story about a joker, a thief, and a knight

    Despite only launching a couple of days ago, the Wii U's eShop is slowly building up it's own library of downloadable games, with one of the forerunners being Trine 2: Director's Cut. While the original game launched last year for PC and other home consoles, this Wii U exclusive version comes with the...

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    Review Chasing Aurora


    At its heart, Chasing Aurora is a game about the dream of flight. Developed by Broken Rules - the studio behind And Yet It Moves - it's a beautiful journey with distinct single- and multiplayer components that share a focus on simplicity and the endlessly enjoyable act of flying. As a launch game for the Wii U eShop, it's first and foremost...

  • Talking Point The Wii U eShop Could be a Developer's Dream

    Nintendo hands over the reins

    When it comes to download game platforms, Nintendo's had to evolve rapidly. The arrival of the DSi and Wii online stores brought the famous company into the realm of the download market for the first time; both services have produced a number of top-notch gaming experiences, and in some cases proved to be the making of...

  • News Frozenbyte - Indie Developers Have More Control On Wii U eShop

    Trine 2 developer enjoying the freedom

    Trine 2: Director's Cut is available in the Wii U eShop right now in North America — and will be on launch in Europe — and the game's developer, Frozenbyte, has had nothing but praise for the way Nintendo is approaching downloadable gaming. In an interview with IGN, marketing manager at Frozenbyte, Mikael...

  • Nintendo Download 18th November 2012 (North America)

    U better believe it

    It's a special Nintendo Download update today, as lucky gamers in North America can enter a brave new world of HD offerings on Wii U. There are five download-only titles to choose from and a giddying range of retail options, which shows how seriously Nintendo's taking the idea of selling us games without boxes. Let's get to it...

  • News Wii U Version Of Mighty Switch Force Much Harder Than The Original

    The difficulty has gone into hyper drive

    When you get your brand spanking new Wii U home on launch day and dive into the eShop, you’ll find a sidescrolling puzzle-platformer called Mighty Switch Force: Hyper Drive Edition; it's a game 3DS owners will be more than familiar with seeing as it's an enhanced port of the 3DS eShop title, Mighty Switch...

  • Developer Interview Gaijin Games Gets Drunk with Wii U Power

    WiiWare champs set their sights on the future and rhythm aliens

    While plenty of developers have stepped up to take a swing at WiiWare, only a pinch have started from scratch and built good names strictly based on their output for the service. Perhaps the biggest success story in this realm is Gaijin Games: as a brand-new studio, the three-strong...

  • Developer Interview KnapNok On Spinning The Bottle For Wii U And Creating Innocent Social Games For Adults

    "Wii U is a revolution of the social space of the play situation"

    Spin The Bottle certainly isn't your average run-of-the-mill video game - but then the studio behind it is unique, as well. Spawned from the development hotbed of the Copenhagen Game Collective, KnapNok Games is all about creating unique experiences with modern technology, with a...

  • News Toki Tori 2 Lands on Wii U eShop on 20th December

    Not for use in festive meals

    Toki Tori 2 is likely to be one of the most widely recognisable names in the early weeks of the Wii U eShop, due to its predecessor being one of the leading titles to herald the arrival of WiiWare. The diminutive little chicken isn't going to be quite ready for launch day, however, with confirmation from Two Tribes that...

  • News Unemployment And Platforming Combine In Wii U Title 8-Bit Boy

    One man show

    Danish one-man studio AwesomeBlade Software has announced that its retro-themed platformer 8-Bit Boy is coming to the Wii U. Created by Rasmus Kønig Sørensen - a Danish ex-video game journalist with a bachelor degree in Construction Management - 8-Bit Boy is a love letter to the 2D platforming epics of old. Sørensen counts himself...

  • News Wii U User Accounts and Nintendo Network ID Detailed

    12 user accounts allowed

    During today's Nintendo Direct broadcast, Satoru Iwata provided information on Wii U user accounts and the Nintendo Network ID. In terms of user accounts, it'll be possible to have up to 12 on the system, with each storing their own save data, settings and internet browser bookmarks. With the console's concept of being an...

  • News The Pinball Arcade Set for Wii U Launch Window Release

    Pinball wizards

    In a recent interview with Warpzoned, Rob Mann, community manager at Farsight Studios, has confirmed that his company is hoping to release The Pinball Arcade during the Wii U's launch window. The pinball simulation game is notable for including a collection of real-world pinball tables, which have been accurately remade in digital...

  • News Developer Excited by Indie Friendly Wii U eShop

    Anticipated indie title teased for Wii U

    The Wii U eShop may still be a mystery to us — a Nintendo Direct broadcast to show it off wouldn't be a surprise — but there have certainly been plenty of developers queuing up to share optimistic viewpoints on the platform. The latest to do so is a young studio called Nyamyam, founded in late 2010 by two...


  • News Wii U Digital Promotion Giving You More Bang For Your Buck

    Nintendo delves deeper into its Deluxe Set promotion

    We already knew that Nintendo had mentioned a digital promotion for those who purchased the Wii U Deluxe Bundle - buyers of said bundle who purchase a game from the Nintendo eShop will receive 10% of their value back in the form of points. This in turn allows users to purchase more content from...

  • News Ostrich Island Could Be Making Its Way To Wii U

    The game we've all been waiting for...

    MeDungeon Games has revealed that it has plans to bring Ostrich Island to the Wii U eShop. The game is already in the works for Windows, Mac, and Linux, but may make its way to Wii U should its current crowd-funding initiative prove successful. It's described as a mix between an adventure game and a...

  • News Puddle For Wii U Will Be The Definitive Version Of The Game

    Neko Entertainment explains why the Wii U version is the best so far

    In September we confirmed that Puddle would be available for Wii U on the Nintendo eShop. Neko Entertainment has now dropped some good news on the Wii U version, that it's been improved in a number of areas specifically for Nintendo's upcoming home console. Due to the good...


  • News Ron Gilbert's The Cave Coming To Wii U eShop

    Promises Metroidvania-like platform adventure action

    Ron Gilbert is something of a legend in gaming circles; he's the genius behind such LucasArts classics as Maniac Mansion and The Secret of Monkey Island. He's currently working alongside fellow ex-LucasArts staffer Tim Schafer at Double Fine Productions, and The Cave is his latest venture...


  • News Developers Enthusiastic About Wii U's Download Service

    The future's bright

    Several developers have expressed displeasure at Nintendo's previous digital set ups with WiiWare and DSiWare over the years. While the services certainly had successes — Gaijin Games' BIT.TRIP series and Frontier's LostWinds, to name a couple — a number of problems with them have been cited, from lack of flexibility through...


  • Interview Tomorrow Corporation - Little Inferno

    Burning down the house

    When some of the folks behind WiiWare wonder World of Goo and the creator of DS darling Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure team up for a project, well, you best sit down and pay attention. Tomorrow Corporation is hoping to light up Wii U when their debut title Little Inferno hits this winter. We caught up with the men...

  • News Mighty Switch Force! HD Heading to Wii U eShop

    Lick of paint

    WayForward's eShop favourite Mighty Switch Force! is getting revamped for the Wii U's download store. Mighty Switch Force! HD is currently on course to launch alongside Wii U later this year, with all-new graphics akin to the hand-drawn style of Wii title A Boy and His Blob. It'll also include all the extra content recently released...


  • News Chasing Aurora Announced for Wii U eShop

    From the makers of And Yet It Moves

    Broken Rules — the team behind WiiWare gem And Yet It Moves — has just confirmed Chasing Aurora is coming to the Wii U eShop in late 2012. The game aims to recreate the sensation of flight using the Wii U GamePad, with a single player story mode told without dialogue. This puts us in mind of SEGA Saturn...



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    Review Bonk's Adventure

    Prehistoric bonking fun

    The Super NES had Mario, the Genesis had Sonic, so you knew it was only a matter of time before Hudson would be looking to create a mascot game for their Turbografx-16 system as well. Hudson went old school, and I mean really old-school to find their man. Like prehistoric old school. The result was Bonk, a loveable but rather...