One of the main reasons I purchased both the Wii U and the New 3DS, is for their virtual game library which includes classics from the NES, Super NES and Gameboy eras, along with other systems such as N64, Sega Master System, Genesis and Neo Geo when clicking into the Wii menu. Who wouldn’t want to play Mario 64, Contra 3: Alien Wars or any of the Mega Man titles, all games which have aged well over the years? Today, Nintendo of America announced the release of a host of first- and third-party digital games, including some from acclaimed indie developers, to the Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS in 2015. In addition to anticipated upcoming games like Affordable Space Adventures, Runbow and Swords & Soldiers II, the newly announced SOS favourites Don’t Starve: Giant Edition and Never Alone will be coming to the Wii U console with exclusive GamePad features and functionality. For Nintendo 3DS, puzzle platformer BOXBOY! is set to arrive this spring, and Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars launches for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS on March 5. There’s quite a bit here to keep gamers busy throughout the year. Check out the full list of games below with some additional information from the press release.
Don’t Starve: Giant Edition is an uncompromising wilderness survival game full of science and magic from Klei Entertainment. In this definitive version of the game, which launches this spring, the Wii U GamePad controller can be used for Off-TV play and an easy-to-access in-game map, a much-requested fan feature. Created by E-Line Media in partnership with the Alaska Native community, Never Alone is an atmospheric puzzle platformer that explores the harsh and vibrant world of Alaska through the traditional stories of the Iñupiat people of the Arctic. The Wii U version of the game launches this June and features Off-TV play and “contextual insights” – detail about the history, culture and lives of the Iñupiat people – that uses the second-screen interface of the GamePad.
BOXBOY! for Nintendo 3DS lets players solve puzzles and traverse tricky landscapes by creating structures out of boxes across 173 stages as Qbby, the game’s angular main character. Developed by HAL Laboratory, Inc., the game is headed to the Nintendo eShop this spring.
“The Nintendo eShop continues to grow, offering consumers a vibrant and constantly expanding library of digital content on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS,” said Steve Singer, vice president of Licensing at Nintendo of America. “We’ve seen tremendous support from the ‘Nindie’ developer community, and can’t wait for fans to get their hands on the games we will soon be helping them to launch.”
In addition to these two game announcements, more levels, game play and characters were revealed for upcoming Nintendo eShop exclusive games like Affordable Space Adventures, Runbow and Swords & Soldiers II. Affordable Space Adventures, a development collaboration between KnapNok Games and Nifflas, is a beautiful space exploration game for Wii U featuring multiple levels that can be cooperatively played with up to three people in a seamless drop in/drop out mode. The game launches exclusively in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U on April 9.
In Runbow, up to nine players can compete in fast-paced challenges featuring platforms and obstacles that appear and disappear as the background changes colors. This chaotically fun party game features catchy music, striking character and environmental art and hectic combat mechanics. 13AM Games also introduced a new female character, Val, and teased more playable characters to join the roster. Runbow launches exclusively in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U in Q3 2015.
Like its predecessor, Swords & Soldiers II from Romino Games is a 2D side-scrolling strategy game for Wii U that allows players to acquire units, cast spells and build structures to overwhelm or outsmart opponents. In this sequel, players can play as threefactions – The Viking Legion, the Demon Horde and the new Army of the Persian Empire. This new playable faction consists of mystic swordsmen, shadowy assassins and evil witches. Swords & Soldiers II launches exclusively in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U in May.
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In addition to the wide range of games coming soon to the Nintendo eShop from third-party developers, Nintendo is also launching the Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars game on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS on March 5. The latest game in the fan-favorite puzzle action series lets players create and share custom stages with ease, using Miiverse to “tip” other players for creating enjoyable stages. Nearly all custom stages can then be played on either the Wii U or Nintendo 3DS version of the game. Additionally, those who purchase the Wii U version of the game will receive a download code for the Nintendo 3DS version of the game at no additional cost, and vice versa. More information on this special offer can be found at http://mariovsdk.nintendo.com/buy.
Beyond these major announcements, Nintendo also provided release details for many more games. The full lists are below.
Developer Game Release 13AM Games Runbow Q3 2015 Ackk Studios LLC Chromophore: The Two Brothers Director’s Cut August BeautiFun Games Nihilumbra Spring Bedtime Digital Games Back to Bed May Breakfall STARWHAL Q2 2015 Curve Digital NOVA-111 Summer Curve Digital OlliOlli March 5 Curve Digital The Swindle Summer Curve Digital Ultratron May Choice Provisions Woah Dave! Q2 2015 Choice Provisions Shutshimi Q2 2015 Digerati Distribution Slain! Q3 2015 Disparity Games Ninja Pizza Girl June Flippfly LLC RACE THE SUN Q2 2015 Frogmind BADLAND: Game of the Year Edition Q2 2015 Frozenbyte Trine Enchanted Edition March 12 Hoplite Research, LLC Space Hulk May 2 James Montagna Dot Arcade March Juicy Beast Studio Toto Temple Deluxe Q2 2015 KnapNok Games Affordable Space Adventures April 9 Klei Entertainment Don’t Starve: Giant Edition Spring Mixed Bag forma.8 Q3 2015 Nintendo Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars March 5 Nintendo Art Academy 2015 PlayEveryWare Elliot Quest March Prismatic Games Hex Heroes Q3 2015 Renegade Kid Mutant Mudds Super Challenge Q2 2015 Ronimo Games Swords & Soldiers II May Saturnine Games Antipole DX Q3 2015 Super Icon Life of Pixel Q2 2015 THREAKS Beatbuddy Q2 2015 Tic Toc Studios Adventures of Pip May Turtle Cream 6180 the moon Q2 2015 Robot Invader/Unity Games Windup Knight 2 April Upper One Games Never Alone June Wayforward Shantae: Risky’s Revenge – Director’s Cut Q3 2015 Young Horses, Inc. Octodad: Dadliest Catch Summer
Developer Game Release Big John Games Cube Creator 3D Q2 2015 Big John Games Lionel City Builder 3D: Rise of the Rails Q2 2015 Curve Digital OlliOlli March 5 Choice Provisions Shutshimi Q2 2015 Engine Software Proun+ March 5 Image & Form SteamWorld Heist August Nintendo Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars March 5 HAL Laboratory, Inc. BOXBOY! Spring Renegade Kid Dementium: The Ward Q2 2015 Renegade Kid Mutant Mudds Super Challenge Q2 2015 Saturnine Games Antipole DX Q3 2015 Wayforward Shantae: Risky’s Revenge – Director’s Cut Q3 2015 PUMO DOOORS Spring