The eShop for both Wii U and 3DS see a number of good releases this week led by the unusual team up of Phoenix Wright and Professor Layton. Inti Creates launches their not-Mega Man platformer, Azure Striker Gunvolt, and the Wii U gets to take digging to a whole new level (no, it’s not Minecraft).
Wii U Virtual Console:
Mega Man X3
Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (Available 8/29)
Azure Striker Gunvolt (Purchase of this also gives you access to Mighty Gunvolt for free) (Available 8/29)
Thorium Wars: Attack of the Skyfighter
Select Capcom titles are 60% off until 8:59am PT Sept. 4th
Super Little Acorns 3D Turbo: $3.95 (50% off) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 24
Soccer Up : $1.99 (71% off) until 9 a.m. PT on Sept. 17
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist is being reduced in price to $19.99 permanently beginning Sept. 1st
With the recent rash of publishers announcing their intentions (or lack thereof) for Wii U it’s refreshing to see one bringing more content to the system. Zen Studios, famous for their Zen Pinball / Pinball FX series, and Castlestorm, has announced a new update coming for the Wii U version of Zen Pinball 2.
A new update is set for the title on August 28th that will bring the latest round of Marvel themed pinball tables to the game. These include tables based on Guardians of the Galaxy, Deadpool and Doctor Strange. In addition to that, the recently released Walking Dead themed table will be made available for purchase. Each of these tables will be available for $2.99 each.
“We’re huge supporters of the Wii U, and have worked to ensure a great pinball experience across the board for our fans on the system,” said Mel Kirk, VP of Publishing at Zen Studios. “This table update is only a small piece of our ongoing future commitment to the platform, so be ready for more announcements coming soon.”
Zen Pinball is available to download for free from the Wii U eShop and you can try out tables before deciding to purchase them.
Mount Rushmore is a monument to some of the greatest men in American history. It immediately brings to mind those four men’s contributions to making this country the way it is. That form could be used in any industry to remember the most respected figures in said industry’s history. Last week we talked about the men behind the games who we think should be immortalized. This week we’re going to look at some of their creations. There are a number of characters that immediately come to your mind when you think of video games. Having said that, “If you were to create a video game version of Mount Rushmore what four characters would you nominate to be immortalized for all time on the monument?”
Thursday means the eShops for Wii U and 3DS are getting updated and today’s biggest release is Disney Infinity. The Skylanders style game featuring playable Disney characters is available digitally for the first time, though the character base and figures (sold separately) are still required to play them game. After that it’s pretty much Virtual Console or nothing. Here’s what’s available this week.
Midtown Crazy Race
Mega Man 6 (Virtual Console)
Life Force (Virtual Console
Abyss – $1.49 (25% off) until 9 a.m. PT on Sept. 10
Chasing Aurora – $3.99 (50% off) until 9 a.m. PT on Sept. 11
Nano Assault Neo – $7.49 (25% off) until 9 a.m. PT on Sept. 11
Demon King Box
Xtreme Sports (Virtual Console)
Boulder Dash-XL 3D – $1.69 (66% off) until 9 a.m. PT on Aug. 27
European Conqueror 3Dis – $2.79 (30% off) until 9 a.m. PT on Sept. 4
Aeternoblade – $9.99 (33% off) until 9 a.m. PT on Sept. 7
Nano Assault – $7.49 (25% off) until 9 a.m. PT on Sept. 11
Quell Reflect – $2.79(30% off) until 9 a.m. PT on Sept. 11
Aqua Moto Racing – $5.99 (25% off) until 9 a.m. PT on Sept. 18
In what can only be called a stunning replay of the last generation Nintendo owners can now officially begin the “if a game is coming out it’s probably not coming to Wii U” dance. Sledgehammer Games co-founder Michael Condry has confirmed that the next installment of Call of Duty, Advanced Warfare, will not be heading to Nintendo’s platform. This will be the first CoD game this generation to not appear on Wii U after both Black Ops II and Ghosts hit the system. It is the first game in the series since Modern Warfare 2 to not appear on Nintendo’s home console and the first game since Call of Duty 2 to not appear on a Nintendo system at all (Modern Warfare 2 was on DS and Call of Duty 2: Big Red One were on GameCube).
In a tweet earlier today Mr. Condrey confirmed that Advanced Warfare would be appearing on Xbox One, PS4 and PC. He did state this was an Activision decision. High Moon Studios is working on versions of the game for the PS3 and the Xbox 360. Treyarch, the recent lead studio of the franchise, has long worked on Nintendo versions of the series and it is a bit surprising that the game won’t be coming to Wii U in any form, but it does keep in line with more and more publishers pulling support of Wii U, including yesterday’s news that Ubisoft was all but abandoning the platform.
The two most recent games in the series Black Ops II and Ghosts sold 240,000 and 170,000 units according to VGChartz so the franchise had some support on Wii U from fans.
Let me first get this out of the way. To many people this will sound like an article from a Wii U fanboy who’s whining about their favorite system not getting support it deserves and saying that Ubisoft owes me something. That’s actually far from the truth. I know there are many other Wii U owners out there who have pledged their support and voted with their wallets that think every game player should be able to get the same experiences no matter what platform they own. This is my own personal opinion and yes it’s going to be a little rantish, but I think everyone is entitled to that every now and then.
If you were a Wii owner in the last generation you know things were pretty slim when it came to third party support. If you got games with the same title as other consoles it was very often a completely different game only loosely tied to the “proper” console release of the same name. They were very often feature incomplete. Games like Call of Duty left out entire levels, had minimal online support, if any or were cartoonified like Madden to fit the platform. Ubisoft was one of the few publishers that pushed support of Nintendo’s little white box and even they had a tendency to create sub-par experiences for Wii owners (I’m looking at you H.A.W.X. and Ghost Recon).
New games get released to the Wii U and 3DS eShops every Thursday. Here’s the list of what’s new this week.
Mega Man Battle Chip Challenge (Virtual Console)
Double Dragon II: The Revenge (Virtual Console)
Cooking Mama 5: Bon Appétit! – Demo Version
Amida’s Path (also available on the Nintendo DSi Shop)
Gravity Badgers – $3.49 on Sale until August 28th (30% off)
Hello Kitty Kruisers – $9.99 on Sale until August 18th (50% off)
Scram Kitty and His Buddy on Rails – $4.99 on Sale until August 21st (50% off)
ZaciSa’s Last Stand – $1.49 on Sale until August 28th (50% off)
Atlus Games – Code of Princess, Etrian Odyssey Untold: Millenium Girl (and others) on sale beginning August 18th through September 1st
Me & My Furry Patients – $9.99 on sale until September 3rd (67% off)
Travel Adventures With Hello Kitty – $9.99 on Sale until September 1st (50% off)