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Nexis Games Revealed As Mysterious Developer For Minecraft Clone On Wii U

The mystery developer behind the intriguing Minecraft clone for Wii U – which is aptly named U Craft – has been revealed. Nexis Games, the developer behind BrickBlast U! on the Nintendo eShop, has confirmed they are developing U Craft for the Wii U eShop. While we’ve seen a few screenshots of the upcoming sandbox construction clone, sneakily unveiled by HullBreach Studios last week, the game is apparently well on its way to completion.

In fact the studio has since said U Craft could arrive for the Nintendo eShop before Christmas – though such plans are not yet set in stone. Let us know your thoughts on the game’s potential on Wii U, and whether it could become a substantial carbon copy for Minecraft in the comment section below.

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Armillo Review

Games like Armillo are what set the Nintendo eShop apart from other digital distribution platforms. Inspired by established and beloved franchises, they are unique to Nintendo’s system and contain their own set of distinctive traits that differentiate themselves from the competition.

The game revolves around an orange space armadillo named Armillo. It is set in a galaxy where invading forces known as the Darkbots are capturing small blue critters, who also happen to be friends of Armillo. Armillo’s brother, a cool blue armadillo with a pair of groovy shades, gets kidnapped as well and serves as the hero’s main motive for embarking on a quest that’s literally out of this world. The straightforward story doesn’t deter from the the main game and includes a couple of cute twists to boot.

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Although its space-themed spherical environments are undoubtedly inspired by the Wii classic Super Mario Galaxy and its direct sequel, the game plays more like Sonic the Hedgehog and Metroid – specifically when both of the series’ leads are transformed into their respective ball states. Armillo is almost always rolled up into a ball, which is his primary weapon and allows him to swiftly navigate landscapes and dodge or destroy obstacles in his path. Naturally, rolling has a different feel than walking and is a refreshing take on the conventional 3D platforming formula.

The game can be played with the Wii U GamePad or Wii U Pro Controller and offers gyro controls, which developer Fuzzy Wuzzy Games recommends to those looking for an extra challenge. It also supports the off-TV play feature, allowing it to be played entirely via the GamePad and its 6.2-inch display.

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Power-ups can be acquired from the in-game store by exchanging blue orbs, which are scattered throughout planets, encouraging you to revisit levels to find all the hidden items and obtain all the collectibles. The power-ups aren’t worthless either, as they have permanent effects and provide massive help along the way. You can buy all sorts of things from an extra heart, to a bonus life, to an ability that eases the process of collecting orbs.

Core levels contain hidden parallel worlds, which are essentially time trial levels that challenge you to speed run through 2D zones. Reminiscent of 2D platforming classics, these areas are a welcome addition to the core experience and highlight the flexibility and variety of Armillo. Main stages also house parallel dimensions that task you with solving puzzles or escaping hazardous areas within a time limit.

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Unfortunately, frame rate issues are still prevalent – even with the latest update applied. During my playthrough, awkward and sometimes frustrating frame-rate drops occasionally occurred when a lot was happening on the screen. Hopefully, though, these hiccups should be mended or at least alleviated through upcoming patches.

Armillo’s addictive gameplay, clever puzzles, cuddly characters, sci-fi-style themes and extensive amount of content combine to form an engrossing download – especially considering its attractive price point. It is one of the most polished gems in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U.

8/10

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Don’t Forget The Brilliant Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Tropical Freeze Is $30 On Wii U eShop This Week

Just a quick reminder that you can purchase the marvellous Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze on the Wii U eShop for $30 this week. If you don’t have a Wii U and are looking for some Donkey Kong related action then you can purchase Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D on the Nintendo 3DS eShop for $20.

Thanks, HeroponLuigi

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Check Out The First 16 Minutes Of Art Of Balance By Shin’en

Tilmen from Nintendomination has uploaded the first sixteen minutes of Shin’ens Art of Balance for the Wii U eShop. The Art of Balance was originally released on WiiWare and then the Nintendo 3DS eShop and has now found a home on the Wii U eShop. Shin’en also have another game in the works for the Wii U eshop which is titled Fast Racing NEO. Enjoy.

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The Creators Behind Child Of Light Have Become A New Core Team At Ubisoft

The creators behind the well-received Child of Light in the Wii U eShop have revealed that they are now part of a new core team at Ubisoft. The team will be tasked with tackling a brand new project that will no doubt be equally as exciting. Hopefully it will be released on the Wii U eShop once it’s been completed.

“The group behind Ubisoft Montreal’s Child of Light has been installed as a core development team at the studio and will explore a new project, CVG can reveal.”

“We are super happy with Child of Light. The team did a good job and the game had a great reception. We were proud to deliver something new and unique – a lot of people were surprised that Montreal was delivering this kind of game.”

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IQ Test Developer Ninja Pig Studios Announces Meme Run For Wii U

Ninja Pig Studios has announced that it is bringing Meme Run to the Nintendo eShop on Wii U. The upcoming endless runner promises to include funny memes, extremely difficult gameplay and an awesome air horn soundtrack. Scheduled to launch soon, the Wii U version of the game will run at 60 frames per second. Ninja Pig Studios’ IQ Test was released earlier this year on the Wii U eShop.

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Spikey Walls Set To Take Flight In European Wii U eShop By Early Next Year

RCMADIAX has announced via Twitter that Spikey Walls will grace the European Wii U eShop by early next year. The Flappy Bird clone has seen success on the North American eShop, largely due to its cheap as chips price tag and addictive nature.

But the grumpy little fly isn’t content with conquering the eShop charts overseas, so will spread its wings and set its sight on landing during the first quarter of 2015 in Europe. Pricing has yet to be revealed, but will surely stick within its low price range.

The developer also mentioned Europe would receive Blok Drop x Twisted Fusion – a cross-over between the addictive puzzle game and the lavish open world platformer by developer Leuvsion – within the same time frame.