Gintendo Namer Review: Nihilumbra (Wii U eShop)

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Two years in the making, BeautiFun’s Wii U port of its stylish puzzle-platformer arrived last week, following mobile, PC and PS Vita versions of the game. As Gintendo Namer‘s Luke Summerhayes points out in his review, the game holds up well with the addition of physical controls and high-definition graphics.

“Look at the screenshots and you can see the gorgeous hand drawn backgrounds and characters but there’s a lot more to it than that. The animation, the music, even the narration creates an incredible atmosphere all the way from the first time you press start until the final credits roll.”

Read the full Gintendo Namer review of Nihilumbra here.

Emily Rogers discusses the challenges faced by Yooka-Laylee devs, Playtonic Games

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Yooka-Laylee’s immediate Kickstarter success must have come as a surprise to the guys at Playtonic Games, raising over £1 million in less than twenty-four hours.

Having smashed its funding goals, the UK-based studio now faces further challenges as it strives to deliver on the early promises – as Emily Rogers argues over on her blog Continue reading

Gintendo Namer Review: Affordable Space Adventures (Wii U eShop)

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Nicklas “Nifflas” Nygren and Knapnok Games have teamed up for an exclusive Wii U eShop title, combining the two developers’ trademark approaches to game design. Affordable Space Adventures is the end result, and Gintendo Namer‘s Simon “Zero” Ball delivers his verdict at the link below:

Affordable Space Adventures review | Gintendo Namer

“It’s a one-of-a-kind experience, which kind of automatically makes it worth the entry fee. All in all, we’re looking at something approaching a classic.”

A look at Mewtwo in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, with NintendoZjman

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Mewtwo makes his Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS debut on 28th April. Those that purchased both versions of the game, however, have received download codes for the new character ahead of its official release.

If you’re curious to see how it handles, NintendoZjman has put together a short video showcasing its moveset in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Check it out below, and don’t forget to subscribe to his YouTube channel!

Frozenbyte confirms Trine 3 is heading to PC later this year

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If you think back to 2012, Trine 2: Director’s Cut was one of the more impressive Wii U launch titles, despite being an eShop-exclusive from a small independent studio.

Having gone back and updated the original Trine with an Enchanted Edition – which us Wii U owners are still waiting for! – Frozenbyte’s started work on a third game in the series: Trine 3: The Artifacts Power. Continue reading

Review: Watch_Dogs (Wii U)

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When I’m playing a game that involves stealth mechanics, I can usually measure my enjoyment of the title with two simple questions. The first is an obvious one: are the stealth mechanics implemented in a meaningful way, and not tacked on? It’s a good start if the answer is yes, but the most important aspect, for me, is how well the game handles itself if you play badly and get caught.

Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Publisher: Ubisoft
Review Platform: Wii U
Also Available on: PlayStation 3/4, Xbox 360/One, PC
EU Release Date: 21/11/14
NA Release Date: 18/11/14
Players:
RRP: £49.99 | $59.99
PEGI: 18

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Watch_Dogs for Wii U comes with a mandatory install

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Watch_Dogs finally arrives on Wii U tomorrow, and firing up our review copy today, I noticed that it comes with a mandatory install – a first for Wii U software, according to @fronkhead.

Somehow, the loading sequence which follows a death or mission failure still feels like it lasts an eternity, but I’ll cover that in more detail in our review.

In the meantime, keep an eye on our YouTube channel over the weekend for an early look at the Wii U version of the game.

Review: Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones (Wii U eShop)

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When I first heard that Stealth Inc. 2 was a Wii U exclusive, I was puzzled. As somebody that thoroughly enjoyed its predecessor, I was excited to hear that a sequel was on the way – but why Wii U? Having now played this sequel, it becomes clear that Curve Studios still had a lot more ideas to play with – in terms of both gameplay, and with regards to how the Wii U’s GamePad controller could be used to expand on the original’s mechanics.

Developer: Curve Studios
Publisher: Curve Studios
Review Platform: Wii U eShop
Also Available on: N/A
Price: £12.99
Release Date (EU & NA): 30/10/14
Genre: Puzzle/platformer
Players: 1-2 (local co-op)
File Size: 304MB
PEGI: 12

While the core game remains largely unchanged, new elements have been built around what made the original Stealth Inc. so enjoyable, resulting in a much more complete – and challenging – experience. Continue reading

Review: Lone Survivor: The Director’s Cut (Wii U eShop)

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Does your favourite video game genre fall under one of the following categories: platformer, survival horror, or a good old point-and-click? If so, then you should enjoy Lone Survivor. I say ‘should’ because it takes a lot of cues from titles in these genres – but often not in the way you’d expect.

Developer: Jasper Byrne
Publisher: Curve Studios
Review Platform: Wii U eShop
Also Available on: PC, PS3, PS4, PS Vita
Price: £9.99 | €11.99
Wii U Release Date (EU & NA): 16/10/14
Genre: Survival horror
Players: 1
PEGI: 3
File-Size: 208MB

As a 2D side-scroller, there’s no platform-based action; as an adventure with a keen focus on your decisions, the choices you can make are often insignificant to how the game plays out. And as a survival horror game, it dishes out supplies whenever you need, while combat is slow and often clunky. Continue reading