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Wii U eShop


Olympia Rising (PlayEveryWare, €4.99 / £4.49) - This is an adventure platformer with some rather stylish pixel-based visuals, as expected revolving around climbing up Mount Olympus. This looks impressive on other platforms, so we'll see how it stacks up on Wii U in a review.


Paranautical Activity (Digerati, €9.99 / £8.99) - A game with a somewhat unique and controversial history, it features procedurally-generated levels and permadeath - two common Roguelike elements - as well as hordes of enemies and bosses to fight. Upgrades are available to make things a bit easier, and there are plenty of hidden items to seek out. We'll tackle a review soon.


COLOR BOMBS (RCMADIAX, €1.49/ £1.39 ) - A chain-reaction title in which players must collect a predetermined amount of the aforementioned bombs to complete a stage. We were very critical of this in our COLOR BOMBS review.


Rubik's Cube (Cypronia, €4.99/ £4.49) - This is the 'official Rubik's Cube game', designed to recreate the iconic puzzle on your console. Well, we'll puzzle it out for a review.


Star Sky 2 (JMJ Interactive, €4.00/ £3.60) - A follow-up to a previous Wii U arrival, this is designed to be a relaxing, meditative experience in which you explore and soak in the atmosphere. We didn't think the first game hit the mark, but will find our inner peace to give this one a try.



Wii U Virtual Console


Yoshi's Story (Nintendo, €9.99 / £8.99 ) - Known as Yoshi's Island 64 in the early stages of its development, this entry into the Yoshi canon finally makes its Virtual Console debut. The platforming action here takes place within a pop-up storybook and has an interesting visual style, with pre-rendered 3D graphics used to craft worlds made from materials such as wood, fabrics and cardboard. We gave this a modest recommendation in our review.



Wii U eShop DLC


Runbow will receive a range of DLC options this week, as follows:

Satura's Space Adventure (13AM Games, €6.49/ £5.89) - Teased by 13AM Games recently, stay tuned for an exclusive reveal on Nintendo Life later today.

Lilac (13AM Games, free)

Professionals Pack (13AM Games, €1.99/ £1.79)

Winter Pack (13AM Games, €2.99/ £2.69)

Anime Pack (13AM Games, €1.99/ £1.79)

SteamPunk Pack (13AM Games, €1.99/ £1.79)

New Costumes and Music Bundle (13AM Games, €6.49/ £5.89)

Extra Value Bundle (13AM Games, €11.99/ £10.79)



Wii U Open Beta


Lost Reavers (Bandai Namco, free) - You can put this free-to-play online co-op shooter to the test in this beta until 26th April.



Wii U Nintendo Selects on the eShop (from 15/04)


New Super Mario Bros. U + New Super Luigi U (Nintendo, €24.99/ £19.99)

New Super Luigi U (Nintendo, €9.99/ £8.99)

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD (Nintendo, €24.99/ £19.99)

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Nintendo, €24.99/ £19.99)

LEGO City: Undercover (Nintendo, €24.99/ £19.99)

Nintendo Land (Nintendo, €24.99/ £19.99)

Wii Party U (Nintendo, €24.99/ £19.99)



Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts


Runbow (13AM Games, €10.49/ £8.24 until 28th April, normally €13.99 / £10.99)

Wicked Monsters Blast! HD Plus (Corecell, €2.99/ £2.69 until 28th April, normally €7.99 / £7.19)

Stone Shire (Finger Gun Games, €1.00/ £1.00 until 14th May, normally €1.99 / £1.79)



3DS eShop


Super Strike Beach Volleyball (Natsume, €4.99 / £4.49) - Promising 'high-octane' beach volleyball, you have the choice of eight characters (with different abilities) and a campaign mode to take on, though free-play is an option too. This could undoubtedly be fun, so we'll dig out a beach towel and let you know what we think.


Rubik's Cube (Cypronia, €4.99 / £4.49) - This portable version of the 'official Rubik's Cube game'.



New Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console


Pilotwings (Nintendo, €7.99 / £7.19) — This flying game was a trailblazer when first released, combining different vehicles and challenges with the goal of flying your way to a surprising and epic final mission. Not exactly a detailed flight sim, but under the right circumstances still laid back, this one certainly has a loyal group of fans that we suspect will eagerly pick it up on Wii U. We gave this a modest recommendation in our Wii U Virtual Console Pilotwings review.



3DS eShop Temporary Discounts


AeternoBlade (Corecell, €10.99/ £9.99 until 28th April, normally €14.99 / £13.50)

Karous: The Beast of RE: Eden (CIRCLE Entertainment, €3.99/ £3.29 until 28th April, normally €5.99 / £4.79)

Samurai Defender (CIRCLE Entertainment, €1.99/ £1.59 until 28th April, normally €2.99 / £2.39)

Snow Moto Racing 3D(Zordix AB, €3.99/ £3.59 until 21st April, normally €7.99 / £7.19)



3DS HOME Themes


Hatsune Miku: Carton Box Theme (SEGA, €1.79/ £1.59)

Hatsune Miku: Deluxe Theme (SEGA, €1.79/ £1.59)

Elves and Unicorns: A special friendship (Rainbow, €1.99/ £1.79)

Bloom and Stella Tynix A magical transformation (Rainbow, €1.99/ £1.79)

Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess: Shadow & Light (Nintendo, €1.99/ £1.79)



3DS HOME Theme Permanent Discounts


Mia and Me main characters: Mia, Mo, Yuko and Onchao (Rainbow, €0.99/ £0.89, was €1.99 / £1.79)

Mia and Me: Mia in Centopia (Rainbow, €0.99/ £0.89, was €1.99 / £1.79)

Mia and the Unicorns (Rainbow, €0.99/ £0.89, was €1.99 / £1.79)

The Winx at Alfea (Rainbow, €0.99/ £0.89, was €1.99 / £1.79)

Winter in Centopia (Rainbow, €0.99/ £0.89, was €1.99 / £1.79)

Winx Club Fashion Style: Flora and Bloom (Rainbow, €0.99/ £0.89, was €1.99 / £1.79)

Winx Club Mythix: Bloom, Stella and Flora (Rainbow, €0.99/ £0.89, was €1.99 / £1.79)

Winx Music & Magic:Dancing to the rhythm of magic (Rainbow, €0.99/ £0.89, was €1.99 / £1.79)

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51 minutes ago, stefcha said:

I was just wondering if the physical versions of the Select games have some unnecessarily shit adornments on the boxart for the re-release, and the answer is, of course, yes.


Can you do a sponsored 'No Moaning Month' to raise funds for the forum?


I'd sponsor you a couple of quid. 

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I'm completely with stefcha on this one.  I don't think I've ever bought a budget re-release because the boxes are always shit.  But then I probably spend as much time looking longingly at the games on my shelf as I do playing them.

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On 11/04/2016 at 11:01 AM, deKay said:

Wii U Open Beta


Lost Reavers (Bandai Namco, free) - You can put this free-to-play online co-op shooter to the test in this beta until 26th April.


Not heard anything from anyone on this so I gave this a try, and it's seems to be truly awful. There doesn't seem to be any nuance to combat besides press a button for an attack, and those attacks have the feel of power behind them akin to someone popping a paper bag, it's definitely putting in a challenge for the world of gaming's most disappointing shotgun. I only played a couple of presumably early stages but it's really basic stuff, a handful of tiny rooms navigated pretty much a to b then back. It was also a bit of a pain even getting into a game (had 5 failures before getting into my first game, and after each it has to re-search for sessions which takes an age) and I don't think I'll bother going back to it as if it does pick up, it's really not got me feeling like I want to see if it does.


Free beta though, so give it a go. 

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3 minutes ago, Nobuo's Organ said:

I can see how it would be fun if it was light, fast and arcadey, but it's slow and clunky.


This was a big issue, could've been a lot more fun with an injection of pace but my god is it slow. You move slowly and there didn't seem to be a run button, then press A to unlock or decode stuff which is literally standing there holding A while a circle really slowly fills and that's it - presumably for an injection of tension while two bad guys slowly wander towards you, because if you're attacked you have to start again, same if you let go of A for a millisecond - followed by you walking even slower if you pick up the relic although near sod all else came after you while you were hobbled by that anyway. It's like they didn't spot Left 4 Dead came out 8 years ago, there are better ways to add tension and panic. There's no style to anything either which it'd really benefit from, something like Borderlands took 4 players and made them distinct and noticeable in battle here it was just a few bland characters I could barely tell the difference between in action. Really drab.

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